Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

4.7
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710 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mexican

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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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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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AlexF
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

I’ve dined here in the past however this occasion was unfortunately not like the past times.

We had a reservation and arrived on time. There was a group of hosts having a conversation and we were not greeted by any of them. Eventually they assisted and told us the table wasn’t ready yet.

Eventually we were shown to our table. After 10minutes someone brought us water but couldn’t take our order as she wasn’t our server. After another 5 minutes of waiting, we asked the host who our server was and told her that we still hadn’t ordered.

Our host eventually arrived and took our orders. There wasn’t any acknowledgement of the delay for attending to us and the service was short. It was also very difficult to hear as the music was quite loud.

The food arrived quickly and was all well presented. The portions are large although the tacos are small.

Unfortunately the service let things down here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Waited 30 minutes to be seated with a reservation. Then waited 10 more mins to get water or to have anyone come to our table. They then gave us the wrong menus. And rarely checked on us if we wanted more food or drinks.

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JacquelineF
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was quick, food was amazing!

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EricaM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very attentive and the food delish. Loved the Kanpachi ceviche.

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vipsiminb
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was much better before. We felt like everything was not as tasty as it was.

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vipsally
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Delicious food but overpriced.

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vipSeth
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This was a very disappointing trip. I always enjoy their food, and made a reservation in advance. But when seated we were told we had 1 hour to eat. During which they forgot 1 of my tacos, messed up my friend's order and had to redo it, and forgot to get us an additional round we requested. When I finally got the attention to call this out, we were told our time was up and we had to leave the table. At the time, 2/3 of the restaurant was empty. Its pretty appalling to have bad service, mistakes with your order and THEN be told you have to leave before anything is even reconciled. Especially when the restaurant is not crazed. I was so disappointed...I will never go back.

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vipdiscerning
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great nachos w carve Asada

Seating really uncomfortable despite fun atmosphere.
Tall stools were torture.

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vipJosephF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Been coming here since it opened. The food has slowly been getting worse. Fun date spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Come here all of the time, food is great BUT after the way we’re treated by the hostess last time we will not return. Lots of great Mexican options in LA, in fact an amazing one just a few feet away!
So long

BM
vipBigMike
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had to be there for the “Man in Black’s” birthday. Sorry we missed the brunch. The food was excellent as always. This is a small local gem. I go most times when I’m down in LA.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great Brunch and there was a live band there for Johnny Cash’s Birthday

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toddh
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Limited menu, but good. Drinks are good. Noise level is a little high and the service a little slow and haphazard, but overall a really fun place on a weekend night with friends.

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vipAlineS
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience1

This was not my first visit to Petty Cash and I went with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday. NONE of us could hear anything said at the table due to the LOUD BLARING MUSIC, at a level way beyond what is tolerable. Several other friends who had been there before have said they would not return because of the noise level. Trust me, I go to loud restaurants all the time, but this was really unpleasant. By the end of the meal, all we wanted to do was to exit. The food and service were terrific, but not planning on returning unfortunately.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I love everything about it except for the music is way too loud you can’t even talk

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Elle
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & drinks!

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maryc
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday celebration. Staff was wonderful and sliced the cake we brought.

ONLY downside was music way too loud. Was perfect level when we arrived at 6. At 6:15. It got cranked up. Asked two different staff about lowering, no change.

Appreciated the wonderful vegetarian options. They were fantastic!

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vipluvfood
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

This was first time here and it definitely was "energetic". It took a bit getting use to as the crowd was definitely a younger crowd and knew this is not the place if you want to carry on a conversation and be heard. The food was excellent as was the service and I definitely would come back. The music was varied as to musical taste, some hip hop, country, rap, etc. Don't expect to hear Bach , Beethoven or even Mozart. The music really does contribute to making this a very lively place which probably accounts for it's popularity along with the quality and creativity of the dishes and great and friendly service.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Portion was small and price was expensive.

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viptamara
Los Angeles
126 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

we went for brunch cuz i loved the mural on the outside :)
great mescal drink, great huevos rancheros and nice/ helpful waitress.
i will go back.

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HowardT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went to Petty Cash Tacqueria to celebrate a special occasion and to explore DineLA. The environment inside the restaurant is noisy and the tables are very close together. The main dining area has picnic bench seating and high bar tops. Not the type of environment you would expect for a mid to expensive restaurant. For $39/person, you get guacamole and chips, a ceviche, a choice of two tacos, a dessert to share and a margarita. Not too bad, but still a bit pricey. The ceviche is on the spicy side, so if you do not like spice, you should ask for a modulation. Do not think we would go back during non DineLA times as the menu is way overpriced for what you get.

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vilmarillion
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is creative, interesting, and consistently delicious, and the drinks are too (alcoholic and non-alcoholic alike) - plus, they have very good coffee. Highly recommended for the weekend brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service and food.

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vipPeachy
Los Angeles
65 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Packed and great

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Fayebee
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fun reastaurant. Some of the seating us casual - shared table. Food is tasty, high end versions of tacos and quesadillas. Ambiance and decor are also very fun. Full bar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and very nice server. Would come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The food was absolutely terrible , it even got me sick at night and I’m going to call to complain. Far too expensive for just mediocre food and environment- won’t be coming back to say the least and someone is going to get chewed up for the sour food that upset my stomach. DO NOT GO

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vipMaverick0115
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience5

Completely overpriced. Food portions are insultingly small. Drinks are decent but small, overpriced and watered down. Theme and ambience are great, but that’s it and it’s not enough to want to go back. Any other taco joint in town is a better option where you won’t get ripped off.

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Edawg
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fun place with great food. The happy hour prices are much more agreeable. It has a great selection of Mezcal, but the waitress and the bartender didn't give us any clues when we were ordering.

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FoodLover
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Petty Cash is great! Has fantastic food, drinks, and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very light spirit pours I thought I was in Utah. Besides the skimpy drinks the food is pretty good.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for big group!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews