Cafe Pinot

4.2
2027 reviews
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Contemporary American
VALENTINE'S DAY – FEB 14
“Most Romantic Restaurant.” –L.A. Downtown News. Cafe Pinot is a California French-inspired restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles offering stunning outdoor dining on our garden patio. Celebrate your love of food with a menu by Executive Chef Phillip Martin. 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.

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“Most Romantic Restaurant.” –L.A. Downtown News. Cafe Pinot is a California French-inspired restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles offering stunning outdoor dining on our garden patio. Celebrate your love of food with a menu by Executive Chef Phillip Martin.

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Orange County
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 13, 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 12, 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 12, 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 11, 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
1 review
Dined on January 6, 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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CH
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was good restaurant which greeting New Year. Thank you for your service.

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J
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It wasn’t great. Fish was frozen so it was very unevenly cooked. Wine smelled and tasted like lighter fluid. Gelato full of ice crystals. Not Patina group quality.

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JO
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

My only complaints are that we were near the entry door and every time someone opened the door we got a cold draft at our table. There was also a loud office party but that's not the fault of the restaurant. A warmer night might have been better so we could sit outside.

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TA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my family for a pre-Christmas holiday dinner after a theater matinee. We ate outside on the patio. The evening was cool, but the heaters were perfect, and we were all very comfortable. The twinkle lights and the city lights were just beautiful. We started with a cheese platter. Delicious. The wine recommendation from Grace, our server, was spot on. We ordered pasta, pepper steak and roasted chicken...all were well prepared and tasty. Our service was impeccable the entire time. We will be back soon!

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EJ
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere

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DA
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Everything was very nice. I feel the interior could use a refresh. The food is solid which is what I care most about. And he service was stellar. I’ll Go back to see all of the friendly faces who took great care of us!

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J
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love to go and eat at this place! Good eats!

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RA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can't rave enough about Cafe Pinot. My boyfriend and I had a magical christmas present date here early in our relationship and we've returned every year to relive that lovely night. The food is outstanding, the service is attentive (to the point where they brought us black napkins so the white ones wouldn't leave lint on our dark fancy clothes), and the vibe calm enough that we really get to feel like we're in a little happy world of our own.

This year was our third annual holiday-time visit and our incredibly sweet waitress, Grace, remembered us from a year ago (and a year before that!) and she and the manager, George, sent us champagne to celebrate, poached figs for dessert, set us up with the best table in the house, and otherwise pampered us beyond belief. We really couldn't be more grateful (and more ready to return weekly if we could afford it)!

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JS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
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 on December 12, 2018
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
35 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
10 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
4 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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