Cafe Pinot

4.4
1991 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
In the heart of Downtown Los Angeles and adjacent to the historic LA Central Library, our California French-inspired cuisine meets an impressive metropolitan skyline view of the city. A beautiful garden setting and floor-to-ceiling windows are some of our luxurious features. A backdrop of the glimmering lights of surrounding high-rises on our outdoor patio makes for a grand, cityscape dining experience. For guests taking in a show or live music event, we’re located minutes from the Music Center and STAPLES Center. Enjoy our market-driven lunch and dinner menus whether it is for business or pleasure.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, French, Californian
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Hours of operation
LUNCH
Monday - Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm

HAPPY HOUR
Tuesday - Friday: 2:30-6PM

DINNER
Tuesday - Thursday: 5pm–9pm
Friday - Saturday: 5pm–10:00pm

THANKSGIVING – NOVEMBER 22 | GATHER AROUND OUR TABLE
Feast with friends and family on downtown LA's prettiest patio. Curated wine pairings available. Children's menu available for $29 for those under 10 years of age. Three-Course $70 & Four-Courses $90 per person. Menu subject to change; tax and gratuity addtl. RESERVE NOW
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Phone number
(213) 239-6500
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Lush greenery, tranquil fountains and a remarkable view of the downtown skyline make Cafe Pinot one of LA's most cosmopolitan restaurants. Spilling out into Maguire Gardens, a little known gem offering an idyllic setting for social gatherings, romantic weddings or large convention events. For parties of 12 or greater, please contact 213-405-0005 or events@cafepinot.com.
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Private party contact
Michelle Hayes: (213) 405-0005
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Catering
Catering and Special Event Sales
T 213-405-0005 | events@cafepinot.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th & Flower St.
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Parking details
Parking is available at the adjacent library, located on Flower Street. First 2 hours $6 with validation.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS:
Entrance is on 535 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071
The first driveway on the right side on Grand Ave after you pass 5th street due to Metro construction Flower St Weekend Closures.
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Public transit
Metro Rail, DASH
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Feast with friends and family on downtown LA's prettiest patio. Three-Course $70 & Four-Courses $90 per person. Children's menu available for $29 for those under 10 years of age.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 1991 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a very nice time sitting outside on terrace. Grace was a great server and manager George made sure we had a nice evening.

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MK
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Café Pinot was very nice and is in a beautiful setting out side of the Library. The food was very good, wine was even better.

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MT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great, soup and entree were delicious, dessert was a real disappointment. Would definitely return but skip dessert

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B
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been to cafe Pinot in a long time... thought we’d try it out for lunch before a theater matinee. So glad we did! Beautiful food. We’ll be back soon!

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m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great as usual. The new manager Hugo was exceptional. Wonderful restaurant and very good food. The only critique I have is they recently started imposing a high corkage fee. Bad vision. Otherwise I recommend this place!

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K
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was unbelievably poor! We arrived at 1pm, ordered food around 1:20. At 2:15, we still had not been served and one of my guests had to leave. At 2:45 we had to go look for our server in order to pay the bill. I will never dine at Café Pinot again!

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b
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience. The salmon and barramundi were delicious. Great bread.

Grace was our server and she was terrific. Jorge is the manager and he does an outstanding job. They really went out of their way to make it a wonderful evening and dinner for us.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great outdoor patio

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SM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and pleasant ambiance, food was delicious!

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IT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for dinner with friends who eat there regularly. We took the Metro and were late. We find them sitting in a magical enclosed patio. This IS downtown LA. We could converse and hear ourselves think — with the exceptions of short intrusions by a police helicopter and the odd emergency vehicle.
Lovely staff.

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LC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best French Restaurant to wine and dine in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Cafe Pinot - warm and inviting outdoor patio, nested in the center of two sophisticated buildings with skyline view of Library Tower and U.S. Bank. The restaurant offers good food, attractive ambience, and cater to your heart content. The best Beignets in town (available two months in a year) and great services from Arissa and the manager, Chriselda Chew. Not to mention reasonable price for fine dining.

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DP
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Flies were very annoying. Too expensive for the type and quality of food

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DS
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a walk down memory lane for my wife and me at Cafe Pinot as we celebrated our 10th anniversary. The cafe was the site of our wedding reception and was as magnificent for dinner as it was for our wedding. We had the pleasure of being served by Grace who described each dish with detail and finesse - including the vegan tomato bisque and beet salad - both amazingly apportioned and delicious. Naturally, the entrees did not disappoint either as we shared the market fish and cilantro pasta. The manager, Jorge, made our celebration especially memorable by serving us two complimentary glasses of champagne and conversing with us about our 10 years of marriage and the changing downtown scene. I cannot recommend dining at Cafe Pinot especially if the patio is open. Cheers!

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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful - each dish is delicious and beautifully presented - with fresh ingredients; the service and hospitality by everyone, including Chriselda, Tyler, Karen and Arissa, are exquisite; and the atmosphere is so pleasant and professional. I have worked in downtown LosAngeles for many years, and I have recently rediscovered Cafe Pinot - it is now one of my favorite restaurants. It is all because of the people who work there and the wonderfully delicious dishes served so consistently. In addition to this dining, I returned to Cafe Pinot on August 30. It is always a great experience. Thank you to everyone at Cafe Pinot - headed by Chriselda.

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L
Los Angeles
75 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner at Cafe Pinot. Service was excellent. Food was great. Love the ambiance.

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L
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I am sad to write that this restaurant was a disappointment. I had not been for several years and used to love it. It was a birthday lunch. Yet we were seated by a large industrial fan with no explanation. The servers were good but when the foos was delivered 1/6 people had to wait to get their food. Also for the 2 course spa menu, the first course salad was overdressed and brought to the table after our main course. One person got the burger which was sadly over cooked. The spa salmon was delicious. They brought 4 strawberry shortcakes to the table for the 4 celebrants, a lovely gesture. Unfortunately they were inedible.
Lastly, and not their fault, parking is a nightmare.

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OT
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire dining experience was wonderful - very professional and yet warm and comfortable. The restaurant GM Chriselda Chew is super - creating a nice, professional and customer-oriented atmosphere with great, attentive service. All of the restaurant staff are so nice, polite, friendly and professional, including Karen and Tyler. Tyler helped and served me in the past - Tyler was nice to remember me on this visit and was so nice and helpful once again. We thoroughly enjoy the dining experience at Cafe Pinot each time. A true gem in all respects! Thank you very much.

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Z
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

This time dining at Café Pinot just didn't do it for me. The atmosphere there is nice but sitting outside, there were some June bugs and other insects which doesn't make for pleasant eating outside. All in all it was not relaxing, coupled with that the food was just okay - expected a little more.

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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Stellar service and a wonderful seasonal menu!

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C
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the spa menu of fresh, delicate fish and a wonderful salad with figs and can't leave out the lemonade flavor of the day cucumber basil - absolute perfection!

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TH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat on patio for with two at your table landing new jobs that day. Really good value for the Summer Grill. Restaurant manager is full of energy and really friendly. She spent some time welcoming us at our table.

Watch the cost of the second glass of wine.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

Big bugs and cold food...

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s
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Since I was last there, there have been changes, the greatest one being no more valet parking. To make matters worse, the parking information on your website was not correct. Further, traffic into the parking garage was so bad that,although we were there about 15 minutes early, we didn't get into the restaurant for 20-25 minutes. The service was excellent but, since this was a pre-theater dinner, it ended up being much more rushed than it should have been because we also felt that we had to allow more time to get out of the parking garage (turned out that getting out wasn't a problem, but we didn't know that). In addition, I ordered my steak medium rare, but it was served medium well. I didn't dare send it back because of the time element. All in all, it certainly wasn't worth the price or the effort.

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X
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have wanted to visit Pinot for awhile and found an awesome opportunity to go during DineLA lunch. My friend and I enjoyed the meal and the service was very friendly.

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JG
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service at Cafe Pinot are impeccable, and the ambiance is nice. I had two problems with what was otherwise an excellent experience. First, I was there for lunch during a hot Los Angeles summer day, and the air conditioning was not sufficient to keep the restaurant at a comfortable temperature — the waiter brought a serving of bread and butter, and a couple of minutes later my lunch companion observed that the butter was melting on the plate. The waiters served everyone complimentary dishes of ice cream at the end of the meal to cool us down, but this did not make up for the lack of decent air conditioning. Second, Cafe Pinot added a 3% “administrative fee” to the bill. While I know that some other restaurants in LA also have begun to do this, I think the practice is cowardly — if they want to charge more money to cover their costs, then they should have the guts to increase the price of their menu items instead of adding a separate administrative fee.

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OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

The food is always good but there was no air conditioning on a very hot day, flys were flying all over and near the window were ants climbing up and down the seat. Service was also slow.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

AC wasn’t working and it’s 95 degrees out. Our table wasn’t too happy about this.

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J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostess Kitty, manager Chriselda, waitress Grace all ensured a wonderful meal, not to mention kitchen staff executing the delicious food.

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T
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good, but a little pricey and I don't think the food was worth the cost

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WM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was great but place needs some renovations. Doors were so heavy they needed to station someone to open and close it. Restrooms were very dimly lit. Food was sow to come out and the server forgot my drink order.

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PB
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were perfect. We had a great time.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual- the Panna Cotta was Delish!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice and delicious 👍

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NR
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I came here for my birthday. The food was nothing special. We waited a long time to see a server. When we mentioned this to the bus boy he quickly called the manager. The manager was gracious and apologetic. He tried to make things right by offering us some champagne on the house. This was a very nice gesture. Unfortunately the food fell short. We have dined here in the past and have had a great experience. That is why we are still rating this as 3 stars. I'm not sure what is going on now but the food was terrible with very limited options. I hope that they will improve these issues. This restaurant has a lot of potential.

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GN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Dining on Café Pinot’s patio continues to be an excellent experience. Great ambience and excellent food. The spa menu was very good and service was great

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DI
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Good service, wonderful location but the food was uninspired. Like the food was prepared and just reheated. Pea agnolotti was dry, vegetables were fresh but nothing really but the broth of the vegetables. Hamachi seemed to be in the fridge too long, Fish special cooked well but same veggies as pasta dish and extremely small portions even for LA and for the price. Salad decent but once again small.

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KP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Café Pinot is my favorite "special" restaurant. It just feels good to be there (especially eating outside when the weather's nice) and the food & wine choices are wonderful. Grace is a wonderful server, gracious and knowledgeable. Her recommendations are always good.

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VW
Los Angeles
83 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

We thought the menu was very limited. Our server was great. One guest enjoyed the Jidori chicken, while another had the special fish which was very dry. Wine way out of line expensive.

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C
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we enjoyed their lovely patio before the theater. Always great service, and a menu with just enough choices to keep us happy. Can’t recommend it enough.

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m
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food. Loved the outdoor patio.

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