Petty Cash Taqueria & Bar

4.7
621 reviews
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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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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

STAFF WAS GREAT ! A little loud for me, but I'm ancient. I appreciate a lighter more veggie friendly menu.

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very tasty - love it when they open the front windows and it feels like we are eating outside

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LB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Margaritas are wildly overpriced considering their tiny size, but they are delicious.

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F
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I know it was Cinco de Mayo, but the music was so brutally loud, everyone seemed miserable.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

After numerous tables kindly asked forn the music to be turned down they continued not to listen. It was a challenge to have a conversation with people at the same table and didn't feel as though the service care whatsoever

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FD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & drinks were so good!!! Friendly service! I’m not sure if the decor was for the next day (Cinco de Mayo) but regardless the place was nice. Love the Retna mural!

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RT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just wanted to thank you for the wonderful customer service we received at your establishment on Saturday, May 4th. So as a group we just wanted to thank you and with service like that you will always definitely be a Los Angeles favorite. Thank you

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JM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The service was okay. The overpriced menu was limited with regards to food and drinks. Disappointed as we were excited to try the place.

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

Food was excellent, without Happy Hour pricing you’re paying a hefty amount for everything. The tortillas are particularly good. Room can be a bit loud.

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Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, Very good as always!!!! One thing .... for years the have the chicharones... when are you going to bring them back.... please !!!

Than you

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MA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent and food was amazing! Tacos were all delicious! We had shrimp tacos, octopus tacos (my fave) and the carne asada tacos. The ceviche was just ok in my opinion, however the guacamole is deeelish! I would definitely come back again and I have been there many times in the past! Definitely my go to for tacos!!

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RW
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant in LA! We go there often, as a family, with the kids, with friends and always choose it as a destination restaurant when out of town Freinds are in LA.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

We had a great time celebrating my girlfriends birthday!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, just a little loud.

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R
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious ! The seasonal quesadilla is great! They always have some new dishes based on what’s available at the farmers market.

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n
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best tacos. Authentic with a touch of something else.

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J
London
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
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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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
6 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
30 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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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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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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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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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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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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