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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
VALENTINE'S DAY - FEBRUARY 14 “Most Romantic Restaurant.” –L.A. Downtown News. Experience a Taste of Love with menu by Executive Chef Viet Pham and Sweetheart Wine Flight for additional costs. Prix-Fixe Menu: Three-Course $65; Four-Course $75. Menu subject to change; tax and gratuity addtl. RESERVE NOW
5th & Flower St.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
We purchased a Travelzoo voucher, what a mistake that was!! We informed our server about the voucher and soon learned it came with odd restrictions like the main course had to be the same for both of us. I found this to be odd since one of us does not eat red meat. I asked one of the managers, she apologized and told me we could each order a different main course. We did just that, so I was truly surprised when the server came to our table prior to serving the main course and told me we were both getting the same dish. At that point, I did not want to argue any further, so we finished up, paid the bill and left very disappointed. Definitely not coming back to Pinot!!
Cafe Pinot is always high quality, in service, setting, and food. I tend to choose it for business lunches because we can eat outside under the shadow of umbrellas and enjoy the beauty of the warm Southern California day, in an atmosphere with virtually no room noise to cover the conversations. I especially like the salads, and most especially the Salade Nicoise.
To start out on a really positive note, the food was fantastic! The kitchen is artfully placed as you enter and one can view the preparations through a glass window. Nice touch. The Artichoke dip was the best I have had with fabulous bread. I ordered the Risotto for dinner and it was cooked perfectly with excellent blended cheeses, mushrooms and herbs. The other dishes looked tasty and well presented. The negative note was the service. Our server was sweet but her perfume was overpowering, she did not know how the fish of the day was prepared and our food took 45 minutes and she never kept us updated warning us of the wait. There were only 7 tables with customers on this Saturday night so no excuse for the wait. We were starving by the time we ate. The patio was beautiful with views of the city lights, but the restaurant inside has a strange musty smell. If they train their servers, update the carpet and get the smell out, the food and atmosphere will bring the customers back.
Food and service were great. I am just very disapointed that I booked the reservations in advance and mentioned it was my birthday and there was no candle or anything special done.
When we got our desert and there was no mention I thought maybe they will bring it on a plate or some other way, but nothing was mentioned. we left before 10pm and there was no stuff at the reception or any where to mention it.
We love that we can sit on the patio here almost any time of the year and hear ourselves talk! Such a pleasure. Aside from a lovely menu, we are always REALLY pleased with the staff. The servers ask if you are going to the theater, and they pay attention to your timing. We so appreciate that. We also like that the menu is not over-loaded. Enough choices in each category, but not over done. We eat here quite often when in DTLA.
Probably the saltiest food I’ve ever had. Literally could not taste anything, but salt, to the point where it was burning my tongue. We left an entire entree untouched as it was just salt and just horrible. There was no depth in their food as it used only one flavoring style, salt, and too much of it.
It was like wedding catered food where it’s been sitting in a steam tray all day and is over-salted to cover up the blandness from cooking large batches.
I do not recommend this place to anyone.
The service was decent, but is moot if the food is inedible and not enjoyable — that is really what you’re paying for, and I spent $130 for nothing.
Still great, with attention to detail. A haven in a (currently) somewhat demolished part of town due to subway construction and L.A.'s general bad construction coordination. Every course from starter to coffee was perfect. The branzino for two is delicious, especially its vegetable base. Pastas are sublime. Share one as a starter if you're having a more substantial entree. In warm weather the patio is about a s lovely as L.A. dining gets.
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