Preux & Proper

4.5
580 reviews
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Rooted in the bold flavors and techniques of the South, we season our food with a bit of Lowcountry swag and So-Cal culture. Our scratch cookery focuses on thoughtfully sourced sustainable ingredients, modern culinary technique and putting a whole lotta love into everything we do. The barroom downstairs offers our full menu and is open 7 days a week. Our fine dining room is open Thursday through Sunday.
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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 4:00PM 6:00PM - 6:15PM
Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 4:00PM 6:00PM - 6:15PM

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Preux & Proper is a New Orleans themed restaurant/bar in DTLA that is surprisingly tolerable.

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AK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

I’ll preface by saying I’ll give it another try likely downstairs at Preux. They seemed to be having much more fun at Sunday brunch down there. Hubby and I ordered the chicken and waffle, crawfish roll and braised collards upstairs at Proper. We were told it would be delivered to the table when it came out of the kitchen and it was. The crawfish roll which was just ok, then the chicken and waffle which were both a little dry. It comes with honey but it was too dry without syrup which could be requested at the extortionist price of $2. The waiter never bought the syrup. We were finished with our meal and still no braised collards. Our waiter offered them to us for free so we stayed to try and glad we did because it was the best tasting of them all. We also ordered the shareable drink for $27. Good but so filled with ice it felt like a ripoff. I’d still like to try the downstairs despite little about this visit being very memorable.

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MB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun and modern take on Cajun and southern cuisine. Loved the space, the servers were great, and overall it's a very fun place.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

date night with wifey

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S
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been several times but it was a first for my gal pals and they really enjoyed the eats. The favs were the Mac and cheese, skillet cornbread and lamb chops in addition to the shrimp Po boy and crawfish roll. Great lunch and vibes and several of the ladies ordered more to take home for dinner.

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GO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I really enjoyed the food

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KI
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The ambiance and food were great. It’s definitly pricey for the portion sizes you get. Additionally, even though we expressed for our large group we needed separate checks, that wasn’t provided and resulted in a lot of confusion. Tasty cocktails and staff was very knowledgeable about food items.

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l
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

My catfish entree was served cold and the portion was too small for the price of the dish. Also, the fish was not well seasoned. It was so disappointing because I have dined at Pruex and Proper before and really enjoyed the catfish. I would have sent the fish back but the waiter didn’t timely return to the table to check on us

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was mediocre, gumbo roux was burnt but staff was nice.

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

We used to LOVE Preux & Proper. It really was like being in NOLA for those of us who can't be there as much as we'd like. We would come for happy hour and linger on into dinner that was always a special treat with things not found on other menus around town. But then, the exciting menu changed, changed again, & again, to a point that there's not that much resembles Louisiana/NOLA cooking anymore. The menu used to be extensive, with fun, innovative takes on beloved staples, but we didn't find any of that this last visit for Mardi Gras. We had Red Beans and Rice, which IF the Andouille sausage had be cut into small pieces & mixed with the Rice and beans, it would have been delicious (this is how it's done in Louisiana). However, to have to fight with a link laid on top of the rice/beans mixture & cut it myself was more work than I want to do when I go out to dinner. The use of "red pea" beans vs the traditional Red kidney beans was confusing & very disappointing, especially when there was barely enough rice and beans to equal the size of the sausage. Sadly, it wasn't creamy like it had been in the past & just a disappointment. The jambalaya was served in a cast iron skillet, which kept it hot, but also continues to cook it, so there were bits that were quite crispy, also lacking in shrimp, I think we found 5-6 in a 9" skillet. For the $, it was not worth it. To top it off, red beans and rice & jambalaya with no hush puppies to be found? Really, people? For dessert, the "King Cake Beignets" were nothing more than "cake pops" without sticks, with food colored icing in green/pruple/and gold. By no means were these "beignets". Last, it used to be a part of the NOLA experience here that they'd finish off with offering each guest a little "lagniappe" ("a little something extra") from their 3 daiquiri machines, to finish the meal. Well, not anymore. In fact, the manager (?) didn't even know what a "lagniappe" was, much less the tradition they used to have. So disappointed

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d
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find before a concert at the Orpheum. Downstairs bar packed and noisy, upstairs dining room (marginally) quieter. Very efficient service. Great cocktails. Wine list very average and overly priced for the "grocery store" labels offered.
Steak tartare was delicious, though a little too much ginger-worschestershire sauce...only one duck yolk to cut the pungent sauce...really needed two. Stuffed squash blossoms with Humboldt Fog cheese wasn't the prettiest dish, but downright tasty. The octopus was tender and flavorful, though it would have been better warm, rather than room temp.
All in all, an interesting menu and I would like to go back and try some other dishes.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

I made reservations for a late lunch on Saturday and had not been there before. Not a good experience.

But a Cool little joint with a building that marks the joining of two streets, a little narrow and has an outdoor patio at one end and a bar at the other with an upstairs that was closed at the time.

Upon arrival we were offered seating, and mentioned our reservation, to every employee who walked by including the bartender. There was an 8 top on the patio and a few tables in order. Service timing was horrible but everyone was intentionally nice. I wouldn’t be surprised if a local Target went out of business and everyone there came to this place and started working there —that day. No one knew what they were doing including serious delays in greeting the table, nothing happened for 15 minutes then drink orders (had to do both myself by going to the bar) ordering the food (waiter recommended every item), asking about drinks ordered, (unknown delays as they were not that busy), getting only part of food order, waiter checking back (didn’t happen) and even getting the check. The waiter brought a free beer and comped one of the sandwiches which was the only reason for the better score (and the food was good, but not composed properly, ie coleslaw on po boy was okay but a plate full of water and dressing squeezing out with every bite. Needs lots of work!

Cool joint, won’t be back.

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BF
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

We love the food and had a good time, would’ve been better if we didn’t make a reservation, and the need to leave a credit card with the reservation, and then stick us outside in the rain, with a leaky patio. I get it if we were a walk in, but it was pouring rain. The reason given when we asked why they stuck us outside is because the people inside had a reservation.

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HB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Had a reservation for dinner, in the dining room. Upon arrival, we were informed that the dining room was closed and would have to eat at the bar. Food was not memorable. The catfish dinner was nothing more than some greasy fried fish fingers that tasted more like fast food chicken fingers . The waiter was very helpful and polite, so we didn't leave unhappy. Just would not return.

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YB
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My first time at this restaurant, first time tasting Southern food. Brought my friends who were aquatinted with the menu and ordered for the whole table. They were thrilled with the dishes we chose- hence, the test was passed with flying colors. Very pleasant service and a quaint space. We’ll be back.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Nice atmosphere. Lively, but not too loud and lots of windows for people watching. Food was disappointing though. Cornbread was too thin and soggy from too much butter. Beef heart pastrami toast and pork chop were good, but nothing special. Squash blossom chile relleno was awful. Everything was so covered in a weird thick gravy with hominy and beans that the batter became gelatinous lumps. Would come here for drinks if catching a show at the Orpheum, but there are better places to eat.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Sausage tasted old and bland. Carrots were too oily. GAme hen was outstanding

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FP
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service is really the star here. The menu is perfectly varied and fairly priced. The tartare was the standout dish. Get yourself some beignets for dessert. Delish

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P
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I highly recommend the hen and catfish dishes. So good.

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M
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing overall!!! Great service, yummy food, awesome vibe.... what else can you ask for?

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good for pre Orpheum show dinner

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience with excellent food. One of my favorite restaurants.

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was excellent for a group of six that all like to share. The family style was great, the service excellent and the food delicious. Highly recommend to all!

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p
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Very nice restaurant with excellent staff. The Pinot noir was delicious. The food though was mixed - despite descriptions that suggested a new take on southern cooking, some thing, like catfish, hush puppies, were undistinguished and disappointing. Collards and poutine were good.

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CQ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Preux and Proper delivers with outstanding food and wonderful service. However, the evening was dampened by the terrible acoustics. Saying the Dino g room is loud is a drastic understatement, we found ourselves shouting over the din just to pass shared plates.

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BM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having been to New Orleans just last year, and an avid foodie, Preux & Proper gives a deliciously respectful nod to classic NOLA cuisine with fun and flavorful twists. It was wonderful to "re-live" our travels through this local restaurant and experience their culinary creativity.

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RW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Preux & Proper is an amazing restaurant and my Bae and I would recommend that you give it a try. The staff were awesome!!

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W
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall nice place. Very pricey for what you receive. I understand it is downtown LA blah blah blah. Good not Great

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g
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for “Valentine’s Day” dinner. As soon as we arrived we were greeted and directed towards check in. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The drinks were good, but the highlight of our night was the Chile Relleno dish. Can’t wait to return.

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OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish there was a way to give our waiter Rob more than the five stars. Also our host was exceptionally kind warm and welcoming and deserves more than the five stars. We will certainly return the next time we are in Downtown LA. And next time we are getting dessert. That’s the only thing I wish we would have made time and room for. The banana foster beignets.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, vibe, and experience! This place definitely had the southern feel, coming from someone who's been to Louisiana many times to visit family.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely Vday dinner with my girlfriend thanks to great service by Chuy. The food was fire too.

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D
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

A bit of attitude from the host. The server was great though. Food was awesome. Get the sausage and hush puppies.

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VM
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, this restaurant is absolutely AMAZING. The staff are friendly and the food is out of this world good.

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k
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Preux & Proper is a groovy downtown joint with yummy Southern food. We dined upstairs at Proper, which had great atmosphere and background music and a significant lack of insulation which meant, on a chilly Valentine's Day, that much of the room was uncomfortably cold. We were able to secure a seat near the back of the room, right by the busboy's station, but that was the warmest part of the room and that made it quite worthwhile. The wines by the glass were limited but acceptable (the prosecco was quite good, actually), and the creative Southern food lived up to billing right up until dessert. P&P may want to consider including a few more options. There were two desserts, beignets "bananas foster" and an apple cobbler. Neither I nor my husband are banana fans, so we opted for the apple cobbler and it was . . . flavorless. Truly disappointing, after a meal that had been, up to that point, delightfully delicious and also just sad for two people who really like a good dessert. We ended up hunting down a favorite gelato place after dinner to give it a proper sweet finish. Nonetheless, there was a lot to like about P&P and we will be back, and we will know to skip dessert.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Impossible to order a bad dish. Wonderful staff, great decor, all around excellent. Look no further.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service from all staff. But our waiter Jesus was the most outstanding waiter I have ever met in all of LA. The drinks were inventive, classic old fashioned. The food was delicious. Not over salted but well seasoned and balanced. Everyone in our family enjoyed their meal. Great birthday celebration. Totally enjoyed the bday beignets. Yum!!!

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Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Mac and cheese was amazing!! Some dishes were overpriced, but overall, great experience.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in NYC. EVERY TIME I come to LA, Preux & Proper is a must! This time I took my group of 4 for a visit. They loved it as well!

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AM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We felt that the hush puppies lacked flavor and didn’t have enough crab, and the sauce was VERY spicy to the point where we couldn’t enjoy them so we sadly had to send them back and they still ended up on our bill. HOWEVER, everything else was FANTASTIC! The mussels were spectacular and the octopus was the best either of us have ever eaten. Our server was also very helpful. Overall, we had a fantastic anniversary dinner that sent us back to New Orleans. So glad to have a place in our neighborhood with sick an authentic feel of a place we both love so much!

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AR
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Preux & Proper really hit the mark on everything I could of asked for. The atmosphere, the food, the service. Will be back again soon!

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