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About Cafe Pinot
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.
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Contemporary American, French, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Monday - Friday: 2:30 - 6PM
Monday - Thursday: 5pm – 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 5pm – 10:00pm
NEW HAPPY HOUR MENU Treat yourself to our revamped happy hour with brand-new cocktails and dishes by Executive Chef Viet Pham. Highlights include homemade chips and dip, truffle mac & cheese and our classic Bubble Bar. RESERVE NOW
5th & Flower St.
$31 to $50
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Catering and Special Event Sales
T 213-405-0005 | F 213-814-1861
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.
Metro Rail, DASH
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Private Party Contact:
Victoria Frazier-Kirchhoff: (213) 972-3028
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
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Cafe Pinot Ratings and Reviews
Made a reservation based off 1.8k reviews of over 4 stars. Unfortunately the meal was just average. Had the ravioli and mushrooms. The mushrooms were good the the ravioli was rubbery. Sat outside, beautiful setting but the food and service didn’t meet the same standards
Tonight was Valentines night and it was obviously a packed house, but the staff worked hard and tried to get everyone seated with food on their table as fast as possible. I applaud not only the food and service but also their composure on a stressful night like Valentine’s night.
Valentine’s Day was terrible. Front of the house was clueless. We were seated more than an hour after our reservation. Their system was to hand write names on a series of menus in the order of guest arrival. Not sure why I made a reservation then. A few times they couldn’t read their own handwriting and they forgot to put my name on the list. They remembered checking me in so they guessed and inserted me into a random place on the list.
To make matters worse, while we were waiting, one of the waiters came wobbling to the front of the restaurant where we were all waiting (I head other patrons say they thought he was drunk or high) and asked a few Asian couples if they had been the ones who he served. None of us had even eaten yet. He had a check in hand and was angry. We think he was looking for an Asian couple who didn’t tip well or something. Maybe I’m wrong in what he was looking for, but asking all the Asian couples is wildly inappropriate.
They forgot to bring our third courses. Ended up waiting an inordinate amount of time for our correct course. The entree was terribly cold.
The only positive of the night was our waiter. He was a tall blonde man with glasses. Awesome character, great attitude.
The manager, Jorge, made us feel very welcome as he greeted us upon arrival. We were seated in a lovely outdoor patio next to a beautiful tree covered in lights. Grace, our waitress, recommended the market fish, halibut, that was delicious! A must when dining here. The cocktails were great! The staff here made us feel relaxed as they efficiently attended to us during dinner. The restaurant is great for dinner when attending the LA Phil just a few blocks away at the Walt Disney Concert Hall as they provide a complementary shuttle between venues.
We've been to many of the Restaurants that are part of the Patina Restaurant Group and this restaurant is part of that group. Their Restaurants are all amazing! Great menus, wine lists, Chefs, and everyone else involved in serving you! Always a wonderful experience!
We definitely look forward to coming back to Cafe Pinot in the near future.
It was obvious from the beginning, when we entered a freezing cold restaurant, that something was off. We opted to sit outside because it was warmer - in February. Our server was obviously new. She served my wine while my husband was in the restroom, and said that they were out of the call brand of gin, but wasn’t sure what they did have. She brought his martini after he had finished his salad. My soup was tepid, and had obviously been sitting for a while. I wanted to substitute French fries for fingerling potatoes with my hangar steak, and was told there would be a $2 charge. The 1/2 jodori chicken arrived as a leg and very dry boneless breast. The steak was not cut on the bias and was served in chunks. The fries were overcooked frozen shoestrings. The desert was an extremely dry 1” x 2” piece of pound cake smothered in whipped cream. The tea was served in coffee cups. Jorge, the assistant manager, apologized for the problems and comped the food. I was going to write to the manager, and when I googled his name, saw an ad for a restaurant manager. It appears they are desperate for management.
Loved our evening at Cafe Pinot. The server David was fantastic with his recommendations, right amount of presence and he even set up a shuttle for us. The food was fantastic and the setting very pretty with the city lights around us. Close to the downtown museums and music venues.
I love the downtown views at Cafe Pinot, whether sitting outside with views of the downtown Central Library and grounds, or indoors, on the west side of the restaurant next to the windows with views of the downtown buildings at 5th and Flower. This night we availed ourselves to the special three course Dine LA menu and were treated to great soup and a salmon main course. Service was friendly and prompt and parking, under the library, was free with the restaurant validation. And the Oregon Pinot Noir was well worth the second glass.
Formerly the most romantic restaurant in Los Angeles with marvelous service and extraordinary food--now unfortunately acquired by Patina Group, cooking elaborate recipes they don't execute well, with brash and in-your-face "friendly" staff (we were addressed as "guys"). They had trouble finding my reservation, had great confusion over where to seat us, and actually reported me as a no-show to OpenTable (failed to check me in). The table wobbled and had to be shimmed up mid-meal. Obnoxious pop music and inadequate space heaters in patio, which I suppose they had open because the old Cafe Pinot won an award for "best open-air dining." An octopus starter salad had pickled lemon peel as a nice touch but mealy edamame. My mushroom risotto was grainy and oversalted. Also a quite different crowd from before, because who could enjoy this? Prices on the moderate side, but that's hardly relevant.
Two of us dined tonight and we both thought this was the best food we’d had in Los Angeles. Everything from the starters to the dessert and coffee were exquisite. And the LA Restaurant Week menu was a great value, including the wine pairings. Noteworthy were the broccoli quinoa small plate, and the dinner of the hanger steak and the osso bucco. They were simply delicious. All the staff were attentive and gracious. Jorge was especially so and took such great care to make sure everything was perfect, from where we were seated when we first arrived to the final course and wine pairing. We highly recommend this restaurant. We will be back.
Service was painfully slow. It was a full hour after we arrived before we were served our lunch. We spoke with the management 1/2 hour after we arrived and asked that somebody come to our table to take our order. I expected that would speed things up, but it seemed to have no impact. The food was excellent, however. I haven't had the problem with slow service in the past and perhaps it was just an aberration.
We came for dinner after visiting the Museum of Ice Cream. Easy parking in the garage around the corner . Our waiter Jorge G made the evening very special. His excellent service and knowledge of the menu was helpful, profession and pleasant. The meal was relaxed. We never felt rushed.
The short rib ravioli was excellent.
Less salt in the onion soup would have made it better. Overall, we can't wait to return next time we are downtown LA.
We've been to Cafe Pinot at least ten times and never had a problem, but on this Thanksgiving holiday, they were definitely having an off night. The service didn't attend well to the table or meal, but I believe there were a lot of guest staff due to the holiday. We actually had to send our main courses back due to being completely cold, and then again had to send them back due to being undercooked, followed by foregoing the course entirely. I would definitely recommend Cafe Pinot, but I might hesitate to go back on such a busy holiday night as Thanksgiving, Christmas, or NYE.
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