Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

4.7
605 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican
Chef: Walter Manzke

Walter Manzke's Petty Cash is a semi-authentic taqueria with myriad talent drawn from East LA, Baja and beyond. Petty Cash's menu features re-conceptualized street food classics driven by the best local, seasonal ingredients, rooted in multi-generational tradition and technique.

Featuring urban elements such as hand-painted murals by local street artist RETNA and picnic style tables and bench seating which lend to a relaxed and playful communal dining experience. The street art meets street food vibe channels the spirit of Tijuana circa 1986 meets modern day LA. The equally spirited cocktail program features unique craft cocktails on draft and eclectic Mexican spirits.
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J
London
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very tasty food. Great tacos!

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AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Pork taco was very fatty. Had two 'Good Sh*t ' margaritas that were just average weak. The steak quesadilla was good but I won't be back for it.

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RB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food but they clean up after you way to fast. You’re still chewing and they whisk away the plates

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D
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I've been a few times and I love the food. The problem is that I leave hungry and broke. It is overpriced for what you get.

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience

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RS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Mexican in La!! The food is so good and the margaritas 😋😋😋 we wanted to come back for a second time on our trip! Must visit when in LA

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ML
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petty Cash is our go-to for Mexican, especially when we are entertaining out of town guests. The food is exceptional: creative, delicious and good value for the money. The guacamole is to die for. Ditto the brisket quesadilla. And the roasted brussels sprouts. All the tacos are great, but I especially like the octopus, carne asada and the pork with pineapple. The flan dessert is really closer to a creme brulée and it is da bomb.

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DP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

Horrible food. Loud.

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F
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Portions could have been larger for ceviche

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SA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Really yummy. A bit on the expensive side. Love the kale nachos.

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BM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very cool atmosphere and the Califlower Nachos are amazing!

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AR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks & atmosphere. Super lively on a Friday night.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s the third time we’ve been there and we can’t wait to go back.

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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and healthy! What could be better! Cauliflower nachos—the best!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

I requested a specific table earlier in the day . We were on time for the reservation and the table was not available . Our drinks arrived after the food was served . The wait staff was nice and apologetic .

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CW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I come here a lot and always enjoy the food and the service.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Out server Lauren was absolutely amazing! She totally rocked a super busy Friday happy hour rush and made us feel completely taken care of. I’d hurt my back and needed to stand and she made sure I had the space and was comfortable. 10 stars for her!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely dibber

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RH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Noise level doesn’t make for very easy conversation...so not ideal for a first date.

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J
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere at this place is great! I made a reservation through opentable and got seated quickly. Try the margarita and the baja fish taco and al pastor taco. Yum

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Very noisy and they didn’t serve our food at the same time. They also forgot about one of our dishes all together until we asked. They were very nice though. And great food

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and staff in LA.

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ZZ
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Go for happy hour with friends and order off the Munchies menu; it won't be a full meal, if you want that, you'll have to order quesadillas and multiple tacos. Food is average but flavorful. Very cool space though, worth a visit to have a drink and enjoy those delicious corn chips.

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HJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always, especially the Brussels Sprouts dish!

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W
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is always absolutely perfect. Always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petty Cash was absolutely amazing!! We will be back good and service was amazing.

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delish as always!! Love that those rainbow cauliflower nachos are back!!!

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JD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please bring back The Brixton. Please. Please. Please.

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JB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great experience at petty cash.

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BR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place just please turn down the music a little. It’s difficult to have a conversation.

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W
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petty Cash is PERFECT. All of the food is absolutely delicious - those nachos, those tacos, those bunuelos!!! The drinks - the margs are amazing. The service? So attentive and friendly and thoughtful.

My husband and two grown children went for dinner a few nights back, for my daughter’s birthday — her choice. Our server Matthew was so dear and funny and charming and efficient. He helped make our night a perfectly memorable one.

We’ll be back.

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f
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Petty Cash has exceptional service! Margaritas are outstanding and food is DELICIOUS! Love coming here to have their “special” margarita, worth the extra pennies. Guacamole is tasty with warm home made chips. Best taco is the AL PASTOR and the pork belly carnitas.

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N
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The tacos were scrumptious. I enjoyed two tacos de lengua, (tongue), and one with shrimp. The lengua was cooked and diced perfectly. Oh and the tortilla chips were delicious and addicting. I could certainly tell they take pride in cooking quality food for their customers. I drank the Oaxacan Old Fashion, which I loved. Loved the smoky flavor of the mezcal and the hint of orange bitters. I can’t wait to return and this time bring a larger group.

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RK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Was good but pricey. Fun atmosphere.

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DK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still my favorite restaurant in LA. Best margs, octopus taco, cauliflower nachos. Amazing service.

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SW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Great food! Love that they have homemade tortillas made from organic blue corn masa. Love that they use organic chicken. But very loud, what a racket! Go on the early side.

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BM
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The wait staff seemed annoyed and not friendly. I do think the menu is original. Interesting spot to bring my production crew for a simple meet-up that is casual.

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RC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great great great

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go for the cauliflower nachos! Such a hit with everyone we bring there.

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AK
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We've been here several times and it never disappoints. Food is delicious, service is timely and great drinks. We went after a matinee at the Pantages (need to drive from there) so it wasn't crowded or noisy. We've been there for dinner several times and always enjoyed although definitely more crowded. I would recommend.

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