Cafe Pinot

4.3
2004 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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

THANKSGIVING – NOVEMBER 22 | GATHER AROUND OUR TABLE
Feast with friends and family on downtown LA's prettiest patio. Curated wine pairings available. Children's menu available for $29 for those under 10 years of age. Three-Course $70 & Four-Courses $90 per person. Menu subject to change; tax and gratuity addtl. RESERVE NOW
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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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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Feast with friends and family on downtown LA's prettiest patio. Three-Course $70 & Four-Courses $90 per person. Children's menu available for $29 for those under 10 years of age.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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 2004 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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3.8
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SJ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great staff & service! Recommend trying to Pork Entree!

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MA
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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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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
13 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
17 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
52 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
20 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
3 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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C
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the spa menu of fresh, delicate fish and a wonderful salad with figs and can't leave out the lemonade flavor of the day cucumber basil - absolute perfection!

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TH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat on patio for with two at your table landing new jobs that day. Really good value for the Summer Grill. Restaurant manager is full of energy and really friendly. She spent some time welcoming us at our table.

Watch the cost of the second glass of wine.

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OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 1

Big bugs and cold food...

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s
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Since I was last there, there have been changes, the greatest one being no more valet parking. To make matters worse, the parking information on your website was not correct. Further, traffic into the parking garage was so bad that,although we were there about 15 minutes early, we didn't get into the restaurant for 20-25 minutes. The service was excellent but, since this was a pre-theater dinner, it ended up being much more rushed than it should have been because we also felt that we had to allow more time to get out of the parking garage (turned out that getting out wasn't a problem, but we didn't know that). In addition, I ordered my steak medium rare, but it was served medium well. I didn't dare send it back because of the time element. All in all, it certainly wasn't worth the price or the effort.

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X
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have wanted to visit Pinot for awhile and found an awesome opportunity to go during DineLA lunch. My friend and I enjoyed the meal and the service was very friendly.

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JG
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

The food and service at Cafe Pinot are impeccable, and the ambiance is nice. I had two problems with what was otherwise an excellent experience. First, I was there for lunch during a hot Los Angeles summer day, and the air conditioning was not sufficient to keep the restaurant at a comfortable temperature — the waiter brought a serving of bread and butter, and a couple of minutes later my lunch companion observed that the butter was melting on the plate. The waiters served everyone complimentary dishes of ice cream at the end of the meal to cool us down, but this did not make up for the lack of decent air conditioning. Second, Cafe Pinot added a 3% “administrative fee” to the bill. While I know that some other restaurants in LA also have begun to do this, I think the practice is cowardly — if they want to charge more money to cover their costs, then they should have the guts to increase the price of their menu items instead of adding a separate administrative fee.

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OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

The food is always good but there was no air conditioning on a very hot day, flys were flying all over and near the window were ants climbing up and down the seat. Service was also slow.

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