Cafe Pinot

4.3
2061 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.
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Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service in a beautiful garden setting. Wine list may be overpriced.

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Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The setting in the garden is extraordinarily pleasant--and very quiet. The food was merely mediocre. My main objection was the outrageous pricing of the wines.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Salad was amazing. My chicken dish was good and very large portions. My husband's lamb was undercooked but they made it right and brought out another plate. It changed the sequence of
eating together though. Because of that, they did not charge me for my dessert.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly staff! I brought my baby there during business lunch hour. It was effortless and calm. I would definitely go back.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had not been here in several years. It's not as great as it used to be. Food is still fine but the lounge singer was too loud. Lighting used to be more subdued and created a nice atmosphere. Too bright now! And no valet parking anymore. Probably better for lunch these days.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love Cafe Pinot. It's always a five star experience when we go. The service is phenomenal. The people there are so genuine and make you feel special everytime. The food is cooked perfectly and is always fresh and innovative. The atmosphere is such a gem with the location tucked in a cozy spot overlooking the Maddie gardens, fountains, central library, and the DTLA skyline. Dining here is a guaranteed great experience!

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PJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service as always. I had the Spa Menu and that was outstanding. Very fresh ingredients and light

The manager George was great and very attentive.

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VK
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best restaurant meals we have had in a while. We let the chef pick for us. Started with a great squash soup that included crunchy nuts and a light creamy cheese. Then had two salads, one with beets that is on the regular menu and was very good, then an outstanding fennel salad with quince and nuts - maybe the best salad we've ever had. As a main course, a savory, tender, juicy chicken breast with enoki mushrooms - full of umami and flavor. Finally, two desserts - a light chia pudding with fruit and a very sweet, decadent deconstructed strawberry shorcake. Great experience overall!

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ES
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious and the service is terrific. They are very attentive to your needs. We ordered off of the menu and were very happy with our selections. There was a couple at the next table who wanted the chef to prepare a meal for them based on their dietary restrictions rather than order off of the menu. The chef came out and discussed all of the options and the couple seemed more than pleased!

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb in every way - food, service, experience. This place is truly one of the best in DTLA. Validation made parking for our 6-hour dining/ theater experience only $7. The spot is nestled in a lovely garden by the beautiful LA library and our 5-block walk to the Music Center was a joy. The pre-theater French menu and the live French singer added a nice touch as well. The manager greeted us and checked in with us regularly making us feel incredibly special. Even the seat cushions are luxuriously comfortable. We will definitely be back! Date and Fig salad was DIVINE - a work of art.

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KM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Pinot is a go to spot when in DTLA. We are never disappointed! Food is consistently good, service is spot-on and the location was especially perfect for our lunch after a tour of the Central Library.

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DD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Friday night dinner. Great food and an exceptionally competent and attentive waitress.

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NW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went out for an after Valentines Day date. The back outdoor patio was very nice with well lit trees and plenty of heaters.

There was a bit of a fumble after we were seated where it seemed like the waiter wasnt told we were there, but they made up for it with some complimentary champagne.

Dinner was great, definitely recommend the steak entree.

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Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grace and George are fantastic. Love the bread. Had the Market fish bass It was great. Try the Napa rose.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Very slow service. We waited for one hour for the first dish. Though it was Valentines Day.

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MK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cafe Pinot was a very beautiful restaurant in the heart of downtown. Very romantic spot for Valentines days.

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OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Avoid the Valentine’s Day set menu! Food was over cooked and over salted. Service was subpar! No one even acknowledged the holiday.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and the staff. A delightful experience. We’ll definitely return.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there for Valentine’s Day dinner. They had us sardined in with 2-person catering tables but that’s to be expected for the holiday. Food was slightly disappointing since it was top assembly-line in terms of quality.

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Valentine's Day Dinner. I feel like the restaurant was not ready for such a busy night. We were seated about 25 minutes after our reservation time, and no one came to our table for another 15 minutes. We spent a total of just under 3 hours for our dinner. The service was very slow. The food was just okay, but definitely not worth the $200 we spent for two. I don't think I would return to Cafe Pinot.

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AM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food and atmosphere! great, attentive staff

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BF
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing and the service was even better. Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Beware of parking fees in the underground lot. Cafe Pinot validates 2 hours, but when you're leaving, if you don't put your parking ticket in the pay machine within 2 hours of entering the garage, you'll pay $3.50 for every 10 minutes thereafter.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful oasis in DTLA! Great place for a quiet dinner--the food was delicious and 'right-sized'. The service was exceptional, and we could sit and talk after our meal without feeling at all rushed out.

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Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grace was our server she was top notch & knowledgeable. Jorge the manager is also a star player! They both made us feel at home & taken care of! The food is so delectable & the patio where we normally sit was closed due to rain, but they made the indoors just as cozy. This is an all around gem DTLA...you can’t go wrong!!

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p
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my client here for lunch, food was great! The service was amazing, always checking in to see if everything was ok, nice and quiet too. Great for a business lunch.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful restaurant! The general manager, Chriselda Chew, took our lunch reservation and I immediately knew we were in the best of hands. A very personable and knowledgeable professional, her recommendations were spot-on in terms of both the cuisine and the choice of table. In addition, our waiter Hugo provided exceptional service and expert advice. A lovely restaurant, we sat on the patio that day and enjoyed truly delicious food, especially the celeriac soup, Alaskan cod, chocolate bread pudding and the incredible panna cotta. We are already planning our next visit.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The facility and comfort was special. We had a Fixed Menu from blackboard eats. I would rate the food service at a 2 and the service at 3.5. For a 4 coarse meal the coarses were in many respects too large especially the salad. While interesting it could have had more dressing. In the case of the tongue dish I and pretty sure tongue was not used, as it did not have the intensity or consistency, it would have been OK but they should have said something and again it was too much food. My wife's main coarse was market sole and it was rubbery, clearly cooked too much or poor quality to start with, in my case the chicken breast was fine but the squash and other elements were not cooked correctly and effectively non edible or unable to add to the dish except for adornment. It is a nice space and the dishes on the menu were interesting but effectively all poorly executed. The service was attentive but at times too attentive and almost intrusive. It is a hard balance but the better spaces often figure that one out.

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Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Grace was wonderful but the manger George was up and beyond. He really wanted to make sure we had a lovely meal and evening. Dinner was delicious and the ambiance romantic!

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DW
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very nice outdoor seating... in the heart of downtown LA!

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there on a Blackboard Eats discount. The value was excellent, as was the food. But I want to write about the exceptional service. A couple of tables away, a fellow diner in a "happy hour" group of four was frequently interrupting the generally peaceful atmosphere with a piercingly loud laugh (perhaps "cackle" is more accurate). Although my wife and I talked quietly to each other about how annoying it was, we didn't mention it to anyone on the staff. But the staff must have noticed too, and halfway through our meal a server gently ushered the foursome out of our room and into an interior room next to ours. I'm not sure what the foursome was told. Anyway, the manager then came over and asked us if this solution was satisfactory. It certainly was -- even though we had never mentioned the problem to anyone except each other.

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s
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely surprise.

Great food. Good value. Nice wine list.

GREAT server!

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RL
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Can't wait to come back again to this establishment!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

We went during DineLA. Generally, food wasn’t good. Pork Belly was ok. They served my friend a wrong dish!

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Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hosted a luncheon for my work. Staff was energetic, sincere and attentive. Food was excellent as was setting. Tha ks

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Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting LA and found Cafe Pinot through OpenTable as it was near our hotel. Glad we did - food and wine were great and our server Grace took good care of us. Would definitely come back when in the city again.

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BP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did the DINE LA menu. We tried 5 of the 9 items between us. All were excellent. The service was above and beyond.

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JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best places in downtown LA to dine before a show or day of exploration. Great food with historic library as a backdrop.
Jorge & Grace took care of us, will be returning!

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G
San Diego
78 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I don’t know what’s happened to Cafe Pinot. This has been a favorite spot for years, but our most recent experience was a real letdown.

First, the bread was stale, service was spotty. Our entrees were very good. We both had the opah. Things went downhill from there. The dessert was laughable—stale, crumpling cake. What gives? Better to tell us the cake wasn’t available rather than try to pass this off. (In all fairness, it was quickly removed and we were not charged. No one thought to ask if we would like something else.). Just to top off the evening, I ordered a decaf latte and ended up with decaf coffee, and my husband ordered “any type of tea but Earl Gray and promptly received a pot of Earl Gray. We just gave up at that point.

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LM
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Unfortunate that they no longer provide shuttle service to the Disney Concert Hall. Other than that Cafe
Pinot offers excellent pre concert dinners.

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