Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

4.7
768 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 768 people are saying
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vipECB2
London
19 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional outdoor dining experience! Great food and margaritas- the cauliflower nachos are crave-worthy! ❤️ Petty Cash!

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Abhi
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The cocktails knock it out of the park and the El Pastor Taco was my favorite. Even something as simple as chips salsa and guacamole tasted so amazing due to the freshness of the chips and unique salsas

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Parking around the restaurant is terrible (I know this isn’t the restaurants fault..), but there’s no available street parking because it’s all reserved for residents in the area. Had to park pretty far away... The service was very slow. Seemed like there was only one waitress inside working all 10 tables... maybe they’re short staffed because of covid but none the less it took forever to order and get anything additional we needed. I thought the food was overpriced, $8 for a tiny steak taco seems like too much... and $13 for a reallyyyy small margarita. It was tasty but expensive. Chips and Guacamole were amazing, and the ambiance was nice. Would maybe recommend but the service needs to improve for me to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Menu is very limited. Only 6 tacos to choose from. Guacamole was good. Cauliflower nachos good. Drinks good but overall expensive dinner and we were hungry. The tacos are two bites each. You need many.
Good outdoor tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The cauliflower nachos are my favorite and the margaritas are delicious! It was my second time dining here and I was very satisfied!

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MadisonL
Austin
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this restaurant! would go back here anytime and highly recommend for a fun dinner

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vipDallK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST food, BEST service, super COVID safe. Never a disappointment; I love this place so much.

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vipLADiner77
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

💯 very good good and service we will return

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Crystal
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Tacos were TINNYYYYYY for that price.
Drinks good but small glass for 15 dollars is nuts.
Will never come here again

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vipTedR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. A personal favorite of mine.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Staff was friendly and accommodating. The octopus taco was my favorite!

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foodie2
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebrating a birthday! Too bad two orders not delivered. ☹️. Overall food is AMAZING!! Service always good. The absolute BEST margaritas!!

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Tacos
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never fails. Glad it still has the opportunity to operate

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BruceE
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great staff
Good food
Felt safe at a socially distant table.

BR
vipBenR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and vibes. Love the cauliflower nachos and the quesadilla!

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mofau
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The most overpriced tacos ever! $8 for a taco that is tiny. Three don't constitute a full meal. The place feels like such a ripoff. The tacos are fine but nothing special and definitely not for the price. Chips are good.

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Cottoncandy
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good is amazing and great customer service. I'll definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My brother brought me there to celebrate my birthday. It’s one of my fave spots so we were happy to support. We are both restaurant managers so we are hyper aware of service by default.
The food was amazing, and our server, Mallory, was outstanding. And it’s very reasonably priced. Can’t wait to go back, I think about their cauliflower nachos pretty much every day. Highly recommend Petty Cash

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KatieP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience3

Waitress wasn’t attentive. It smelled like a port o potty.

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DavidR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing effort to provide the safest and most comfortable environment. Staff was incredibly warm and gracious.

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vipGBDRES
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Outstanding bites and service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing, I just felt like the tacos were a tad overpriced but everything tasted great!

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vipNancy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience5

My favorite place for margaritas with spacious outdoor seating now that we have the outdoor dining ordinance in place.
We sat as a table of four and ordered a full dinner with drinks/appetizers/tacos.

Our waiter was very attentive, only issue was that we asked for the dessert menu- and I think he forgot. Another 30 min went by without being checked in on and then he dropped off the check. So we left without dessert which is honestly my favorite course of the meal.

BUT still had a great experience. I’m so happy they’ve been able to stay open through all of these covid ordinances- and grateful to all the restaurant staff for showing up and helping people have a more “normal” dining experience right now.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made the reservation on open table (got the email confirmation and reminders the day of), but when we showed up at the restaurant (a few minutes before our set reservation), we were confused to find out the restaurant was not open. All lights were off.

Nothing against the restaurant (we’ve always enjoyed it whenever we’ve gone), but i still don’t understand how we were not informed that the restaurant was not open. We made the trip over and found out when we pulled up to the restaurant. Always prefer to use open table over other apps, but this will make me look into the other ones a bit more next time we are making a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Mexican! Amazing selection of mezcal. Cauliflower nachos are sooo good. Everything is amazing highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time! Food was delicious :)

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vipyujun
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Really great food! Pricier than most taco shops but worth the extra $$$. It was cold outside and it would be better if they bring out the heater when we were dining.

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vipvanessaa
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. The house margarita was flavorful and well made. My table ordered the chimichangas, napalas plate, chips and salsa, and the zucchini quesadilla. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their food. The chips in the chips and salsa were so warm and the salsa options were incredible. All the plates were flavorful, unique, and affordable. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super expensive for one tiny taco

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a fun place for lunch and dinner!

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SteviC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

So, they got us seated fairly quickly. One "pain-point" is the layout of the outdoor dining. I understand they're trying to adapt to COVID guidelines, but the outdoor heaters were only near some tables. I was freezing! The service was great- very attentive and friendly.

Also, where are the shrimp tacos?! That's a big miss to me.

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kristens
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love Petty Cash because of their chips and guac and margaritas! They also have some very delicious tacos including the Al Pastor and the butternut squash one when it's in season

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foodie2
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always AMAZING food!! Best margaritas in LA! Service impeccable. My favorite spot. Accommodation for outside dining well thought out and implemented.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious! I got the crane asada and fish tacos. Both were amazing!! Very pricey though

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Emily
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Love Petty Cash but wasn't aware the restaurant closed at 10pm but they still offered a 9:30pm reservation - Google says closes at Midnight. Anyways, we were seated late because our table wasn't ready so had about 10 minutes to order anything/everything we wanted. Hopefully they can update their operating times soon to avoid further guests being rushed/disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Sat my party of 6 just 11 minutes before the kitchen AND bar closed. Rushed us to eat and pay. Why would they take a 9:30 reservation if they close at 10 and say over 15 minutes late. Didn’t offer anything to compensate (we didn’t ask).

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PepperB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good social distancing Good social distancing Good social distancing

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vipSteveG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutley delicious and our server (Celestial?) was outstanding. Cauliflower Nachos?! What? Excellent. Margarita's (believe called the good sh*t) are delicious and dangerous. They also did a great job with the temporary Covid Sidewalk patio.

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vipPrincipessa
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fave place to go! Great and friendly service! Unique menu.
Best chips ever! Love the drink menu too! The refried black beans are the bomb. I always get the cauliflower nachos with the crispy Brussels sprouts. The fish taco is tasty too. The social distancing Covid set up makes you feel safe. It’s spread out well.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Food was delicious! Enjoyable and casual.

FAQs

Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 933-5300.

Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 768 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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