Cafe Pinot

4.3
2013 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
CHRISTMAS EVE – DEC 24 | ‘TIS THE SEASON FOR DELICIOUS FOOD
Indulge in festive holiday specials like Chestnut Agnolotti and Carved Australian Beef Ribeye and desserts by Executive Chef Phillip Martin. Full a la carte menu and curated wine pairings available. Menu subject to change | Price excludes tax and gratuity.
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In the heart of downtown L.A. and adjacent to the 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. For guests taking in a show or live music event, we’re located minutes from The Music Center and STAPLES Center.
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
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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
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Phillip Martin
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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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

‘Tis the Season for Delicious Food & Delightful Company. Indulge in festive holiday specials and desserts by Executive Chef Phillip Martin. Full a la carte menu and curated wine pairings available.

Monday, December 24, 2018

What 2013 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.2
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4.3
service
4.5
ambience
3.8
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Everyone was wonderful and very accommodating. The food was marvelous as the ambience.

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T
Los Angeles
109 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

another great experience dining at Cafe Pinot during lunch with key clients. The room in the middle fit for table of 8 was ideal and setting was beautiful. Cannot ask for more ! Thx

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B
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just awesome

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S
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Friendly service, tasty food...love the sea bass, beef tenderloin and pork chop all excellent. Wait staff welcoming and kind. Mgr, George was also gracious and so helpful. A great place to go before performing arts shows
downtown Parking tip- Head S on Flower, stay to your left and past 5th, entrance to parking , 1/2 blk. down, just @ end of yllw. Construction wall. Enjoy!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Thanksgiving Day

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CW
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a remarkable experience. This was our first time dining at this restaurant, and the ambience, the wine, the food, and the service exceed our expectations. Our server Grace and the manager, George, went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and valued. We were first provided a complimentary glass of champagne because we were celebrating a special occasion. The appetizers that followed were delicious. Our entrees were out-of-this-world amazing. The tastes, textures and creativity combined to provide a truly unique tasting experience. The evening ended with a complimentary dessert that melted in our mouths. This restaurant is truly a gem in the heart of DTLA. You won't be disappointed. Hands down, one of the best restaurants in LA.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff & service! Recommend trying to Pork Entree!

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MA
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance is lovely at Cafe Pinot. The staff was helpful, attentive, and very professional. I was a bit surprised at how much food I got for what we were paying; I'll be honest. It was a bit modest. The dessert we got was not what we expected and it was quite dry, but the server removed it from our bill without asking, so that was an intuitive and appreciated service move.

I actually really like this restaurant, but the above factors might not make it my regular dinner location. There is a lot to appreciate about this restaurant's location, attitude, and thoughtful menu (they have a menu option for people going to the theatre, to help ensure timely departure for the event).

Would recommend! Everyone has different preferences and it is obvious that a high standard is desired here.

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DT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered the pre-event prix fix dinner and though it was delicious, the portions sizes were surprisingly small. When asked, the manager indicated that the small sizes were so people could eat their meal before leaving for the play--we were there at 6 for an 8 pm show, so clearly had lots of time to eat. I recommend ordering off the menu, instead.

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B
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was awful. Chicken Judori good. Salad and pasta not good. Service confused

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is good and the service is very friendly. However, the decor is quite outdated and it’s expensive compared to nearby, good restaurants. I had two client meetings there during the same week and picked the location due to its convenience and low noise level (the noise is low because the restaurant is only half full). During both lunches, we ordered two salads and two drinks. No appetizers and no desserts. With tip, the bill was $80 each time. There are a lot of dining choices in downtown LA now, so for the restaurant to thrive, they may want to update the restaurant to match their prices. Or, they should lower their prices to match the current ambience.

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K
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our lunch here! Feels like a nice break from the city to sit on the patio and have a glass of lemonade. Very refreshing.

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NS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love Cafe Pinot. Cafe Pinot is one of the best places I have ever eaten and enjoyed coming to for many years. However, I will not be returning. Arriving at the restaurant and parking is an absolute nightmare and costly. I went to lunch and no valet, parked in the library and parking was $32 for an hour and half stay. My parking was more than the cost of my meal. I've been lots of time before and was able to park valet (after 6 PM) but if valet is not available, the cost parking outweighs the visit to the restaurant. It's a shame. Cafe Pinot is a gem.

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J
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

They forgot to check me in under OPEN TABLE. They said they validated and they did not and we had to pay full parking. It took over 30 minutes to figure out how to apply Open Table reward and gift card. mac and Cheese was too salty. Overall, i was very disappointed and this was an anniversary event.

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WM
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter Brooke and the manager George were so kind, helpful and made the experience wonderful for me and my dear friends birthday! ;) thank you!!

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D
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, great outdoor environment away from all the noise of DTLA but in the middle of it. Maybe we were lucky and hit it on a quiet night, but everything was perfect.

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BP
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining u see the stars in the middle of LA but you’d never know you were there because of the great food, amazing service, and great ambiance!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

told there was no reservation, then credit card machine not working

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R
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

It is not often that the food at Cafe Pinot does not measure up. We were served a Caesar salad with brown lettuce which we returned. Then we were served a Caesar salad with tasteless salad dressing. The waitress was kind enough to remove it from our check. The remainder of the meals ordered were excellent.

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K
Austin
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had our first date here almost 8 years ago so since we were in town we made reservations. Everything we ate was delicious and the service was fantastic. Wine selection is great. We ate outside and it is such a cool area. Lots of people watching. We had fun talking with the server and others. Awesome night.

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DB
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
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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R
Milwaukee
19 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
31 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
55 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
6 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
21 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
5 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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