Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

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674 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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V
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food -- love the revolving taco ingredients. Great service. Asked for a seat near the window and they seated us near the window. Always like coming here.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great spot for a

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

No one came to take our order for 15 minutes and then they where quite rude about it. Quite disappointing

J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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LG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the unique tacos and variety of veggie options! Fun environment and great cocktails!

T
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, Creative and Delicious Cocktails, Fantastic Service, Great VIBE and clientele make for a great experience. Pricey for small sized tacos but otherwise a nice treat.

F
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, unique food! Awesome tequila drinks! Plates are small, but you're full after only one or two! A really fun place to go!

a
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant! Delicious food and drinks, a little pricier than the average "Mexican" restaurant. Nice indoor/outdoor atmosphere. If you want cheap Mex food, go to the next block.

MV
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a terrific time! Great food, excellent service, clean bathrooms, and top notch entertainment. If I lived locally, I'd definitely be a regular.

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our view of the entertainment was very poor! We were seated at a bench table and in front of us were High top tables which hindered our view. Suggestion: put the High Top tables toward the back and the low bench tables in the front, that way everyone has a view. The food was VERY overpriced for the amount received. $6 per taco and they were the size of street tacos with very little meat. $5 for a Diet Coke bottle that was the size of a mini bottle. No domestic beer what so ever, and not many choices at that. Their mix drinks were the size of a “high ball glass.” No regular tall glasses. The service was ok. Our waitress was extremely friendly and very attentive. But, not sure I’ll ever go back there to eat. Sorry.

j
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I thought the sound level was too noisy. Also, though we reserved in advance, we were given seats in the general area at shared wooden tables with really uncomfortable chairs. When I asked whether a more comfortable booth was available, they told us no. But I think there may have been one available. Finally, one cocktail that I ordered tasted way too bitter. When they noticed I wasn't drinking it (to their credit) they offered to change it, but they said that it was made the way it should have been. I don't think so - I've had the same thing before there, and it was better. So my impression was that the service was rushed, although they were trying. The food's always good here - I just wish the pace wasn't so hectic and that the mood and setting was more relaxed. It comes off as a really hype version of relaxed - not the real relaxed vibe they are advertising.

DW
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great vibe and the music was off the chain. Go DJ!

NI
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience3

The cauliflower nachos were really good, however, the tacos were weird, and had too many different ingredients. The michelada was also not good. It was too expensive for the amount of food and the quality of food.

SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love petty cash

LR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think it is great that restaurants are offering their employees health care benefits but feel that it is tacky to add a percentage onto your total bill to pay for it. Just increase your prices by that percentage instead. I don't care if there is a menu item that is $12.99 or $13.38.

MD
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

i really like Petty Cash. the food is terrific, great energy and the server always has great personal recommendations. Noise level was high so it was a bit difficult to hear a conversation but overall really terrific.

M
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The place is great! The food is fantastic and so is their service. However they have over charges that show up on your bill and I happened to read them and even though the menu says one price. It is different on the bill. They have a charge for some kind of service fee and it even though it is like $5.00 They should alway let the customer know about it and not hide it and make it clear why.

T
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fun environment! Festive!

BH
Los Angeles
114 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This is a different take on Mexican cuisine in a cheerful if a bit physically uncomfortable environment. The service is great, the food is delicious, and the ambiance is cheerful contemporary. The chairs and stools are uncomfortable, perhaps by design to promote turnover in patrons. A bit pricey for what you get, but fun and delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Lively place. The cauliflower nachos were very good. Had a great time just couldn't hear any of my friends across the table.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the host to the servers everyone was so great! Love it here! Thanks guys

CB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Our waitress Shayna was excellent, knew her menu by heart and made suggestions only after asking what our preferences were and if we had any allergies or other issues that might matter when ordering.
The place filled up after we arrived and we saw her doing her best to keep up with a full section that all showed up and ordered at the same time. Interesting seating pattern. Anyways food was acceptable and drinks were, too.

KP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Best margaritas in central LA.

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M
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is fantastic and so is the service

M
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great nachos!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, can’t ever go wrong coming here! Definitely make a reservation

JH
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and environment.

m
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love the braised brisket quesadillas. Fun atmosphere. Great scene.

RR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family really enjoys dining at Petty Cash Taqueria. There tacos are something very special. Our favorite appetizer is the cauliflower/kale nachos and we love to top it off with the,
Good S*^t margarita. We love bringing our friends here for a fun casual dining experience!

SP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband's in a wheel chair. At first glance I didn't think it would work but Petty Cash's manager moved a bench and made the long table in the window a perfect spot for brunch. The guac was chunky and flavorful but not too spicy. We each had a taco on blue corn tortillas that were crunchy and more than a couple of bites. My husband had the huevos which were a thoughtful and filling version of the dish and then, as it was my husband's birthday, they brought us a tray filled with hot beignets and home-made rasberry jam. I expected the food to be excellent but the staff really went out of their way, discreetly, to make my husband's birthday brunch a delicious and relaxing experience. Thank you Petty Cash. There's nothing Petty about you.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, little pricey but quality of food reflected price. Fun place to either have drinks or go for dinner! Will be going back!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to have a last minute dinner and needed and easy yet place with a vibe so it was our first time and really over exceeded our expectations.

Our only comment is to take more pictures to show how the place is really is because the ones you have are not doing it any justice

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican food in LA

A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, a little pricey. Great for casual dining

KP
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

great food as always. Drinks were phenomenal. Great atmosphere.

RG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing as always, love this place! The chicken nachos, brisket quesadilla and carnitas taco are my favs!

W
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Fool was great

NB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The food and drinks and ambiance were decent. However, it took 25 mins to get our drinks and the waitress kept apologizing but nothing was taken off the bill. Then she accidentally rang in a chicken taco instead of chicken nachos, which took another 20 mins to remedy. I understand mix ups, I'm a bartender. But to still receive a $120 bill for 2 people after staying an extra hour due to mix ups seems ridiculous

AA
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, fantastic drinks, hotspot - The fish tacos and Al Pastor are incredible. I tried a bite of the octopus taco and it was also delicious.

d
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

One of the best Mexican inspired restaurants in Los Angeles. Simple, excellent.

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