Cafe Pinot

4.5
1963 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Quiet Conversation
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

JOIN US FOR SUMMER DINELA | July 13-27
$25 Lunch | $39 Dinner
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EXPERIENCE SUMMER NIGHTS IN THE CITY
Friday, August 3, 10, 17 & 31 | 5:30-7:30PM
Two-Courses Al Fresco + Specialty Beverage
$30 per person, tax and gratuity not included
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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
Reviews from verified diners
1,963 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
66%
Very Good
21%
Good
8%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Quiet
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0
Dined 2 days ago

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
3.0
Dined 2 days ago

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
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

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

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined 4 days ago

Awesome as usual- the Panna Cotta was Delish!

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined 5 days ago

Nice and delicious 👍

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NR
3.0
Dined on July 15, 2018

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
4.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

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
3.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

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
4.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

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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C
Los Angeles
4.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

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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VW
Los Angeles
3.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

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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m
5.0
Dined on June 28, 2018

Great service and delicious food. Loved the outdoor patio.

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C
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

The cuisine is excellent, super fresh. The ambiance is nice, especially outdoors, lots of trees and greenery. Staff is friendly.

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E
Los Angeles
1.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

The food was really bad :(

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m
Los Angeles
3.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

very disappointed. salad was very small and mediocre.
Bread pudding tasted awful. Waiter had a dirty apron.
Salmon was good but the rest of the meal poor.
Some in our party ordered the sliced beef --
very dry and tasteless

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A
London
5.0
Dined on June 22, 2018

What an awesome evening sitting on the patio. Grace, our server, was knowledgable, attentive and engaging. We very much enjoyed the new seasonal menu. We had the beet and fig salad....yummy and a combination of the dessert cheese plate and charcuterie. We are returning Saturday for a repeat!

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j
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

The location is amazing. Outdoor seating is particularly nice. The cuisine is excellent and very well prepared. Who knew a beet salad with smoked cheese would be that good?
This was our second visit, but not our last.
Our server was very knowledgeable and helpful.
I look forward to our next occasion for which we can dine here.

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

Another great meal at Cafe Pinot!

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S
Los Angeles
4.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Lovely restaurant with splendid food and service. Just need the music turned down!

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OT
Los Angeles
2.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Second time eating there. Awful, AC was turned off in dining room, no windows open, the place needs a remodel, the menu very limited and the food just okay. Had to ask for a place setting. Wait staff uninterested in service. You don’t get points for eating there even if you request it when making the reservation. Suppose if you worked DTLA you might go, I would think twice about that, but there is no reason to go there if its out of your way.

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M
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on June 10, 2018

Cafe Pinot is our go to restaurant. The outdoor dining area is relaxed, sincere and quiet. And shaded thank goodness.
The staff is spot on. Just the right amount of interaction, and attention to detail.
Our last visit we were not extraordinarily hunger so we chose the fennel salad, the hamachi and the burrata. Definitely would recommend all three. And even without us saying a thing, the kitchen split our starters and did not skimp on the presentation.
Wonderful evening.
Highly recommend becoming a regular.

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OT
4.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

I dined at Cafe Pinot twice in the space of a week, once for lunch and once for dinner. The food on both occasions was very good - well prepared and attractively presented. The menu is compact but still offers a good range of choices. I had two different fish main courses, both of which were excellent. The pea agnolotti was plate-licking good but came with only four pieces of the pasta so was not as substantial as I had expected. The two-course spa menu offered at lunch is a great value. My only reservation about this place is that the wine list is ridiculously overpriced.

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LP
Orange County
5.0
Dined on June 6, 2018

Your menu was wonderful. Service was great, even better than wonderful. Meals were very special. Great job....I will be back.

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b
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on June 1, 2018

David, Grace and Jorge are all fantastic.

$6 wine at happy hour

We liked the butter lettuce salad better than the new Caesar.

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G
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

We were celebrating our anniversary. Everything was perfect!

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HD
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on May 25, 2018

Food is always delicious at Cafe Pinot, and they have wonderful cocktails as well. We were fortunate to have an incredible pre fixe from Blackboard Eats, and it was fabulous!

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OT
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on May 23, 2018

We had an absolutely wonderful experience. George and Grace provided excellent service and the food was very good. Cannot recommend highly enough.

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M
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Always terrific meals here. Great food. Excellent service starting with hostess Olivia. We love our wonderful server Michael. Kudos also to Grace, Sandra and manager George. They always know how to make us feel special while serving the delicious dishes that Café Pinot is known for. This is one of our "go to" favorites and definitely worth the drive from the Santa Clarita Valley.

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ZZ
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Excellent food ,matching service. The terrace is lovely. Will be back every time we visit LA.

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L
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Exquisite food in an exquisite setting. Manager George made us feel at home and server Michael was the consummate professional. Beyond the din of the trendy downtown restaurants, here one can hear conversation, soak in the lovely surroundings and enjoy fabulous food.

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r
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

We had the BBE menu and the food courses were delicious. We enjoyed the wine pairing with the meal. Our server, Grace, was very attentive and kept the food and wine moving very nicely for our dinner. The manager, George, was very friendly and made sure we were having a good dinner.

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PA
San Diego
4.0
Dined on May 19, 2018

Good food and wine collection.
Outdoor seating surrounded by olive trees is very nice.

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RH
Los Angeles
4.0
Dined on May 18, 2018

Great ambiance whether you sit inside or out. David, our server was second to none. Made a great meal even better. Thank you!

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OT
Washington DC
5.0
Dined on May 16, 2018

Great decor, and the food was presentable. The cod was seared to perfection, but the tuna niçoise salad was over dressed. Overall, a pleasant place to dine in DTLA

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LK
Los Angeles
3.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was good enough but we were surprised that there was so little to choose from. I like choice. The wine , bread and salads were excellent. The service was excellent but just the limited food selection was a surprise. There was not a lot of people eating there that night. I used to come and it was vibrant with a great crowd, especially before theater.

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H
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on May 4, 2018

Nice restaurant with indoor and outdoor dining right next to the library. The outdoor patio is great when the weather is right. Service and food were both very good. I have been there several times and definitely recommend it.

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GG
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on April 27, 2018

Delicious. I understand they have a new chef. The menu is limited which I like very much. The outdoor dining is without comparison. It is so beautiful at night. Love this place.

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PC
New York Area
3.0
Dined on April 26, 2018

Fair location outside- quiet during our dinner. Some small and large plate items were not available. Very confusing because of the supposed reputation of the restaurant. Dessert was spartan- we were given gelato because what we wanted was not available. Waiter was gracious , kind and apologetic. Food server plopped down food as if he had other things to do!
Is this restaurant going out of business???

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P
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on April 25, 2018

Everything was fantastic!

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CG
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on April 22, 2018

Service by Jorge was exceptional. Tasting menu was creative and delicious. Salmon was the best I have ever eaten , and it is not something I would normally choose. Hamachi tartare was delicious. A wonderful dining experience

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