Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

4.8
851 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 851 people are saying
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Jewls0830
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I would say the pastor taco was very tasty, the grilled octopus taco was bland, and my drinks took too long to come out, however they were ok. The manager on late shift about 9pm on. 10/15/2021 was very rude.

Don’t go to the bathroom and use the restroom for 3 minutes before she is banging on the door to see why you are taking too long. Well, maybe because I had 4 drinks and really couldn’t hold it. She was rude, and didn’t apologize, just walked away from me when I told her, “I’m coming, I was literally in here for 3 minutes, I do have to wash my hands for at least 20 seconds”. Just rude lady.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome vibe, staff and food. Don’t sleep on the Cauliflower Nachos!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always 5 stars at Petty!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Love the nachos

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Meeting friends from OOT

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AJAR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We took our kids for dinner. We were 15 minutes late for our reservation, but they were very accommodating. They provided coloring supplies for the kids. It was a Saturday night, so service was a bit slow, understandably. Food was delicious. Would definitely go back.

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vipShelby
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Just not at all what it used to be. If basic tacos and guacamole are going to be the direction, prices and perception of the restaurant needs to undergo rebranding.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite! Delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and vibe!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not big on diversity but overall an amazing place! Tables are kinda

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ZachD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience3

I had friends visiting from out of town, who were very excited to go to Petty Cash because they love their cauliflower nachos. Most of the night was fine until the end when we went to order another of drinks and our server told us that everything was closed. At 20 minutes to 9pm he told us that the kitchen was closing and to order food, but the not the bar. So when we asked for more drinks the server gave us attitude. Then as we were sitting wrapping up, another server rudely told us “we’re closing and we need you guys to get out…please”. It was very jarring and doesn’t make us want to come back again.

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thorntee
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We came on a Friday night and sat outside. Enjoyed the cocktails and food (guacamole, salsa, and chips to share plus cauliflower nachos, quesadilla, and assorted tacos). However the server was incredibly rude and acted like we were an inconvenience in addition to having to ask several times for missing dishes, more water, checks, etc. so that was the only negative of the experience was that particular server.

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DawnJ
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great taco happy hour. Amazing margarita !
Fun, bright clean . Great service

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vipPatS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and ample outdoor seating at the moment.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Tables are no more than 6 inches apart inside and the service was terrible - food was ok but the short rib tasted a bit weird.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great all around. Friendly service and great food how can you go wrong.

SB
vipSophieB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. The rainbow cauliflower nachos were delicious. We shared and then got a taco each and were stuffed. You also can’t go wrong with the pineapple habanero cocktail.

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vipRosieH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Sat to where our elbows were touching with the next guest. Not covid safe. Waitress was inattentive and we had to ask multiple other people for help. Took us over 2 hours to eat and we ordered everything at once. Food was meh and overpriced.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was probably the worst we had experienced in years, if not ever. It took almost 20 minutes before waitress took our simple order. The chips were broken in small pieces, beers took almost another 15 minutes to arrive, then only one of our meals arrived. HORBLE dinner experience which we shared with the manager. Sub standard for service from a regular patron.

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vipJuanA
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have a fun birthday dinner! Great tacos and margaritas! Great looking crowd!

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DanielA
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Two items that we ordered were never served. Waitress had to remove the items from the bill.
Aside from that, food is fenomenal.

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MandyS
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Portions are ridiculously tiny for the price

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Go to Petty Cash and get the Cauliflower Nachos. They are perfect.

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vipMartinL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience at Petty Cash.
Best tacos in town, and the staff are so friendly.

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LauraP
Berlin
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love sitting outside because of the noise levels inside. The outside seating is perfect. We love the food and our server was excellent.

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LisaB
London
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate outside which I wasn't thrilled about since it's a busy street, but the wait staff was excellent and the food was perfection, so it didn't matter in the end! Will definitely be back!

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vipMarphee
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All of the apps we ordered were delicious. Super big, shareable portions. The nachos and the pinto beans were fantastic. The weakest dishes were the tacos. Definitely ok to pass on those. Don't sleep on the nachos or the squash blossom quesadilla. So happy I finally tried it.

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vipMartinL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager Shana and Malory made my night at Petty cash a Night to remember.
The food is amazing as always and the introduction of the Tuna tostada to start was excellent.
But the thing that keeps me coming back to Petty Cash, is the staff and their fantastic ability to make you feel at home.
They always greet me with a smile and make me feel welcome.
Chef Walter deserves a shout out for a brilliant menu, but Shana and Malory deserve a big thank you !!!!!!

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OTDiner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun place, albeit a somewhat limited menu. Drinks were great - we had the Petty Cash margaritas. Cauliflower nachos were awesome. Fish tacos were excellent. The chicken tacos were fine. They are fairly small, though, and at $8 a taco, expect to spend upwards of $24 for three tacos if you are hungry. Somewhat loud, so not a place for an intimate dinner.

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pastaman
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I used to go fir the octopus tacos. They changed them ftom bring really grilled charred they are now chopped up way too much and not really grilled the same way. I still like them but not fantastic. It’s a solid place to eat. Good drinks etc. I’m picky do take it with a grain of salt

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CJB85
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy but chill. Sat at the bar and had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Not impressed. Made a reservation for my birthday. Went with some of my friends. It took asking 3 times and 30+ minutes just to get water to the table. Our waiter had the worst attitude the entire night. Spoke so rudely to everyone the whole time. My friend asked if they had Diet Coke, and the waiter laughed so rudely and said no. Our drinks took forever and half of them came 10 minutes after the rest. Same with our food. It was just a bad experience overall. Margaritas are good though, I'll give them that. But our waiter and the service was terrible. Also, we’re seated right by the road with a new car pulling up every 5 minutes, honking, traffic flying by, etc.

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Claudovey
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time for my friends and I, along with our four legged friend (Olive).
What a wonderful experience! Also, the cauliflower nachos and octopus taco was DELICIOUS!! Can't wait to be back! Definitely had a great vibe!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was a wonderful experience and the warier was attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our outdoor table was right on top of the valet so we had people walking around our table the entire night

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance. Felicia was awesome as well!

MO
MatthewO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, food and cocktails are great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & service!!!

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X123
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Margaritas and tasty food. Everything was fresh and the wait staff was very helpful.

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 4.8 stars by 851 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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