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Cafe Pinot

4.4
1920 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Quiet Conversation
  • Special Occasion
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

MOTHER'S DAY | TREAT MOM ON HER SPECIAL DAY
Sunday, May 13, 10:30AM-3:30PM
Treat Mom on her special day at Café Pinot. Dine outside on our stunning patio, with views of the iconic LA Public Library. Indulge in a delectable brunch menu, made with Mom in mind, and choose from brunch beverage options, including our signature Bubble Bar | Prix-Fixe Menu: Three-Course Brunch $55; Four-Course $70; Children's Menu $19. RESERVE NOW

Menu subject to change; does not include beverage. Price excludes tax and gratuity.
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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 | F 213-814-1861
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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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat Mom on her special day at Café Pinot. Dine outside on our stunning patio, with views of the iconic LA Public Library. Indulge in a Three-Course $55 or Four-Course $70 Brunch menu, and choose from brunch beverage options, including our signature Bubble Bar. Children's menu available.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 1920 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

We had not been to Cafe Pinot in several years, but we always remembered the beautiful outdoor patio/garden. It is still just as lovely and romantic as ever right in the heart of Downtown LA. We enjoyed a special chef's menu of just about all fish - everything was fresh, creative and delicious! The tables are well spaced so that you can enjoy an intimate conversation and not be pressed against strangers. The atmosphere is delightful - we will certainly return soon!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Everything was perfect, and delicious. I had a reservation with Blackboard Eats.

What a great value! Loved every bite. So glad I had a driver with all that wine!

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

The service was very nice and friendly. The food was expensive and small portions but tasty.

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1.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We were provided menus and were later told they were obsolete. Then had to wait for new menus to be printed. Service was very slow. Menu items were not always available. Food was delivered at different times and not as ordered.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

Great food and atmosphere

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Very much enjoyed the “small bites” followed by “small plates” with an awesome bottle of wine. Great evening!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great meal; quiet ambience and we received attentive service from Jorge. Highly recommended.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Usually great but never go on a holiday or holiday weekend. We've gone twice during the holidays (never again). The restaurant falls apart, then menu is bare bones, the food seems pre-cooked and ready to go, not made to order. Go on a regular weekend and you'll have a great time.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great place! Excellent service, excellent food, good value and a fun but quiet ambience.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We appreciated the chef & manager allowing us to order from the lunch menu even though it was dinner. Had our hearts set on Salade Nicole’s & we’re not disappointed

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Our waiter, Flavio, was extraordinary. He made the entire experience memorable.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Food is always tasty and service is memorable.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Always very good!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Great business lunch spot with both outdoor option (casual) and indoor option (very quiet). I wouldn't call it the best food in the world, but edible and needs improvement. Still a fan.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This place was last minute perfect to dine ~ service and food was exceptional.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We always have an enjoyable evening at Cafe Pinot - the meals are excellent, the is attentive, and the setting is sublime.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

I do like the ambience and light. But food was not good.
French dip was cold and had gristle in the meat. My clients picked at theirs too.
No one wants fried food any more.
Menu has poor options for healthy dining.
No good fish or salad options.

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2.0Dined on March 13, 2018

I ordered the chopped salad. There was a couple of very small pieces of sausage and a few little chunks of cheese. It was nothing better than average. I was extremely disappointed. With my tip it was basically a $23 salad. Not happy!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We dined at Café Pinot on a rainy Saturday night before an opera performance. Although the menu is limited (California cuisine with a French accent), all the dishes we had, including the butter lettuce salad with grapes and almonds, the butternut squash soup, the veal osso bucco (with creamy polenta) and the hanger steak with fingerling potatoes, were good. Dessert included a selection of ice creams and the dark crème bar with brown sugar nest, coffee chocolate sauce and mascarpone chantilly. Cocktails included sparkling wine flavored with framboise liquer; wine was a syrah from a well appointed wine list. Best of all, the service was friendly and helpful; we finished in plenty of time to make the performance and the restaurant made arrangements for a shuttle to deliver us in the rain to the performance hall. Has a lovely outdoor patio which of course was not being used that evening. We now have eaten at Café Pinot several times over the last few years and we have enjoyed it every time.

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Cafe Pinot is a favorite of ours when it comes to DTLA dining. Always a venue to remember!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Beginning to end our meal was amazing. Our server, Grace, attended to every last detail to make it so. The food was to die for and the venue itself is just perfectly understated, elegant, and lovely. Can’t wait to go back again!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

George the manager and David the server were outstanding. Food was so good. We had the butter lettuce salad, cod (delicious!!!) and hangar steak. Can't beat that $6 happy hour wine.

Love this place and believe me David and George are just fantastic!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Wonderful service and tasty food! A memorable night.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Another great meal at Cafe Pinot. Been here many times since they opened long ago, and we are never disappointed. The food is excellent, service is perfect, and the atmosphere is enjoyable. I went solo this time and was alone on the patio under the city lights. A bit cold but they put two heaters around me and it was nice and toasty. The onion soup is the best in town, but they take it off the menu in summer. I know a lot of new restaurants have opened up in Downtown LA, but Cafe Pinot is still doing an amazing job!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

When I come to Los Angeles, I head to the Café Pinot. Dinner was, as always, excellent and the setting is wonderful.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Excellent service; our waiters (we went twice for dinner) were friendly and personable, and the food was tasty, with appetizers, small plates, and large ones; something for everyone. There's a patio out back where even in the exceptionally cold weather (for LA) the heat lamps made it very comfortable. I'd go back any time!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Great place for dinner before the theater. They will call a shuttle for ride to theater. We parked in underground garage open 24 hours. Easy access to elevator to restaurant’s front door. Parking validation reduced cost to $7. Shuttle will bring you back to Pinot to retrieve your car. Delightful experience!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Good food. Not amazing though. Service was excellent. Attentive. Parking is a little difficult. Lovely location. Good for a business lunch.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Mark was a great waiter. happy hour wine is only $6.

Meals and salad were great--veal shank and hangar steak. Bread is awesome.

Dessert (lemon cake) not worth the $ and calories

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

It was honestly the worst place I have ever spent Valentine’s Day, I know for a fact to never go there again

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

The restaurant is beautiful, the service is impeccable and the food is inventive and delicious. I don’t see how it could be more perfect.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

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4.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Was surprised to enjoy my meal after not dining here for years.

The service was superb and the food was quite tasty!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2018

Dining on the patio adjacent to the historic LA Public Library and surrounded by the tall buildings of DTLA is a very special urban experience.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Garden seating was lovely - downtown skyscrapers surround. Food was very tasty and inventive. Best of all was the staff, which went out of their way to accommodate us with the table we wanted. Service was professional and attentive.

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1.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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