Preux & Proper

4.5
518 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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We love you just the way you are and we hope you feel the same! As for most major holidays we stick with the same nightly programming. Forget about minimums and overpriced prix fixe menus and spend your evening with your old friends at Preux & Proper.

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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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DP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I've been here a couple times before this visit. I took my daughter here for her birthday. We made reservations for 8:30, and were told that last call for food and drinks was in 15 min at 8:45. Not a huge deal, but made things feel more rushed than necessary given when we were seated. They were out of several dishes we wanted to order, but being the end of the day, perhaps that was to be expected. We had the grilled octopus, which was really good and done perfectly. We also had the grilled calamari with fried green tomatoes (big fried green tomatoes fan here), which was tasty but the calamari was a little overcooked, which is easy to do . The andouille sausage was our least favorite, but still tasty. We also had the catfish, which was really good. We had cocktails before the meal and wine with the meal, both of which were good.

All in all, a good meal, good drinks, no complaints. Service was attentive without being pesky. I'd recommend Preux & Proper to friends and family.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made a reservation thru Open Table for Sunday at 3:45. We intended to order off the brunch menu since the restaurant’s website said it went until 4pm. We had a concert at 6pm and specifically timed our reservation early enough to catch the brunch menu but not so early that we’d have a lot of downtime before the concert. When we arrived at the restaurant, I noticed that it also stated on the outside of the restaurant that brunch went til 4pm. However, when we checked in with the hostess and mentioned the brunch menu, she told us that brunch was over and was kind of rude about it. I said I thought it went until 4pm because that’s what the website stated. Again she told us kind of rudely that no, we have to order dinner. So...we said that’s fine, we’ll still get seated. The server came and my husband ordered a coffee while we looked at the menu. Unfortunately, my husband did not find anything on the dinner menu appealing and decided he wasn’t going to order anything. I didn’t want to order something if he wasn’t going to eat. So we decided to go somewhere else and asked the server for our bill for the coffee. We paid for the coffee and left.
Besides not finding the menu appealing, we didn’t care for the service either. The hostess had an attitude and the server had absolutely no personality. She wasn’t rude but she wasn’t friendly at all and didn’t crack a smile.
To top it off, later that evening I got an email from Open Table stating that the restaurant marked us as a “no show” and that the next time we should please notify the restaurant if we’re not going to make our reservation so as to leave the table open for other diners. First of all, we were NOT a no show. We showed up, got seated and ordered a coffee. Secondly, the restaurant was almost empty! There were lots of tables available so it wasn’t like we took up a reservation time that could have been taken by someone else. We will definitely NOT be coming back (even though the brunch menu looked good).

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EL
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with a group of 11 people for DineLA. The host & waitress were all flexible and friendly. The food was great and as we shared everything. Great flavors and variety. It's rare to find good southern food in LA, and the place had great energy.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I made reservations during DineLA, but all of our party opted to order from the normal menu and skip the special menu.
The service was great. Everyone from bartenders, the host, the entire staff was welcoming, friendly and attentive.
We ordered drinks (the Punk Evans was fantastic), salads, and a couple different veggies for the table (the grilled corn shouldn’t be skipped). Most of our party opted for the catfish, which they thoroughly enjoyed. I chose the 36 Hour Prime Boneless Beef Rib and it was well worth the price.
Really, the only issue we had with Preux and Proper was with the timing of the food being served. The entire table received their entrées, but I was told mine would (understandably) take a bit longer than theirs. So they sat with their food for about 20 minutes waiting for my dinner. During the wait we ordered another vegetable dish. The Prime Rib arrived and we all finished our dinners without the vegetable, which arrived about another 15 minutes later.
Don’t get me wrong, dinner was great and we will be returning. It’s just that the restaurant is established and they should have their food delivery timing down by now. Entrées should be served when all of the table’s entrees are ready.
In conclusion, the food is very good and so worth it...

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DI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! The Dine LA menu was an awesome value. So much food and a glass a wine came with. I would definitely dine here again.

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A
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant downtown. It’s not stuffy, the food is amazing (worth the price) and generously sized (when they say family style they actually mean it) and we have always received friendly, prompt service. Cocktails are A+. Ambiance is amazing- feels like dining in a grand home in the south. Definitely make a reservation. In warmer months, the three little tables on the upstairs terrace are our favorite place to sit. They always have a great DineLA menu as well (almost all of their menu to choose from, includes a glass of wine and dessert- almost too much food!).

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SD
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The customer service is top notch and the maitre D is absolutely breathtaking. the food, in comparison to Mom's, is authentic! awesome!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delish food, and great waitstaff, but the kitchen took forever to create our meals.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is delicious, service was a bit slow, but the restaurant was busy.

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ST
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I’d definitely go back. Just wished our server would have suggested having a bottled wine the moment we ordered the 3rd glass. I would have for him if I was serving on him. But overall, a MUST GO-TO if you’re in dtla.

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D
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall we had a good experience, had been there for brunch a couple years back and returned for a gathering with friends. Our group of 6 ordered various dishes to share, all were excellent (game hen, octopus, catfish, hushpuppies), except for the chile relleno which all in the group did not like. Service was good but we had one issue where server poured wine to a glass that had a different wine in it; despite the error, there was no attempt to deal with it beyond a basic I am sorry. We brought two bottles of wine, their corkage fee is most expensive I have had to pay.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVED the food & service! Cocktails are great as well as beer selection. The owner is such a sweetheart and made our anniversary so special by sending us a dessert. Will definitely be returning!!!

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RZ
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This is not really a restaurant, but more like a bar with bites. Some of those are excellent, such as the fried catfish and the crab meat hush puppies. Some are less successful, yet ambitious--I'm certain I've never before had a Caesar salad made with sea vegetables and crisped "yellow eyed" peas. The real star is the cocktails. I enjoyed something called a "gnome alone," served inside a copper gnome-shaped container, which, despite the gimmickiness, was actually delicious. The only way to describe it was that it was like drinking an iced chai in front of a fireplace. The service was distant, close to rude, and the atmosphere was cold, cramped and uncomfortable. Basically, a fun place to hit if you're headed downtown, but definitely not a destination where you might want to unspool an evening.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic New Year’s dinner. The food was amazing. My only disappointment was they were out of the jumbalaya. I’ll get there earlier next time. The service was great, which was especially impressive considering how packed it was. Looking forward to my next visit.

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k
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner here for NYE 2018 with a group of 8 friends with seating upstairs. The food was delicious and tasty! service was great, everyone was friendly and efficient. Highlights were the Punk Evans cocktail, chicken and biscuits, chili relleno, crab hushpuppies and the octopus!
Also, don't forget to hit up this place on a Sunday for bottomless mimosas.

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JJ
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for dinner before a show at The Orpheum, which is about a block away. The ambiance was great, the food had some interesting flavors and was nicely filling without being too much. Also my girlfriend ordered a seasonal cocktail that came in a mug shaped like a gnome which was pretty hilarious (and tasty).

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

Food was amazing! Service was even better.

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SJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, Great Menu, Wonderful Attentive Service. A must place to dine!!

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JA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Food was very tasty but wasn’t warm enough when it got to the table. Service was friendly but a bit clumsy. Coffee and a cocktail were both spilled. Great ambience.

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The host was very rude. There were dirty towels and grosss used paper napkins littered around the bar and by our faces while we were eating at a table. Our server didn’t even bother to clear it. The bartender finally cleared it, but we were about to pay so it didn’t matter at that point. The catfish was bland. The only reason I gave 3 stars is because the Hush Puppies, Corn, and Chicken Liver Pate were delicious. However, the rude host, and dirty atmosphere will definitely keep me from coming back.

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MT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A Saturday night dinner for nine picky people, ranging in age from 14 to 75, including one vegetarian, can be a minefield. This was not - everyone found something to eat, share and enjoy. The servers were friendly and helpful.

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AR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for contemporary southern food. Cocktails are amazing as well.

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n
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was surprisingly good! Service was also on point. The highlight were the cocktails. Super refreshing

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MA
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great dinner here! The pork belly was out of this world! They seemed to be out of quite a few items when we went.. And the hush puppies that were raved about were just ok. The server was friendly but seemed a little short staffed. Would return again!

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m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed our Sunday brunch with my girlfriends here. Not all the food we ordered are on point but we did enjoy the Mac & Cheese and the popsicle mimosa. The collard greens could use a little bit more of the roasted pork. The corn bread is good but nothing compared of what a true corn bread should be, to flat and thin for my taste. We were rooting for the bottomless mimosa but it was never offerred to us when we dined in upstairs. Service was great and they are attentive. The place and ambiance is good.

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BG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. I have eaten here a few times and I am never disappointed. I adore New Orleans cuisine, and seeing the mix between NOLA food and California influence makes for a wonderful meal every time. There is no bad dish on the menu. Eating here will make any special occasion that much more special.

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KM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the service was awful. Our waitress did not seem knowledgeable about the menu and she behaved as if she didn’t want to be there. We had to get up to cash out and she just walked right past us multiple times without saying sorry or thank you. In retrospect she didn’t even deserve the small tip that we gave her.

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N
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This review is more for OpenTable than for Preux and Proper.

FOR PREUX and PROPER:

But before I delve in, PP is a nice restaurant. The service is good and consistent and the food is pretty good. No issues there.

FOR OPENTABLE:

The issue we had was that I had $50 OT credit that I used for dining at PP. I accidentally booked it for the wrong day so I canceled the reservation and rebooked it for the correct evening (i.e. the night we went 12/10). This was our anniversary dinner.

When I rebooked, I got a request for using my gift card so I did. We show up at the restaurant, eat, have a nice time, then only to find out OT had not loaded our card again. It was embarrassing and ruined our night.

To OpenTable

A) I've never come across a more lousy, incredibly incompetent website for redeeming one's points for credit. It's so cumbersome, so complicated, and so unforgiving. This is not the first time I've had issues with OpenTable's points to cash system.

B) I spent over 30 minutes at the restaurant just trying to contact OP to see what they could do...and they did nothing. They couldn't even honor the credit card issued to me and said I'd have to use my $50 voucher another day for another restaurant. Absolutely absurd. What sort of program is this where the company that issues you the card can't honor it on the spot??

C) What OT should have done was talk with the restaurant, on the fly, and sort it out and make sure the customer (i.e. me) was taken care of...not tell me there's nothing we can do and you're shafted you need to pay for the whole thing this time. It's disgraceful.

D) For my troubles, they "were to give me 300 points....$3. I said the least you can do is give me a 1000. They had to check to do that and said OK. So they gave me $10 credit. But I was left with an $80 bill.

E) OT needs to seriously revamp the points to cash/gift card system they have. It's appalling. A 5 year old child could haved designed a better site. Pathetic.

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NF
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was great and super authentic Nola with a Cali twist. I would definitely come back and make the drive. We came all the way from the Valley as I was reading so much great reviews. Ok a few minor minor issues. 1) They need purse hooks on the patio badly. There was no place to put my purse but on the ground and the other patio table, everyone was like clutching their purses in their laps because no purse hooks!! 2) Hipster waitress was slightly rude but couldn't tell if that was just her hipster personality or just bad service.

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SC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Chicken Fried Pork Belly was heavenly. Will return because of it.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Overall I'd like to thank Greg for making our experience possible. The rabbit jambalaya way fantasic and the 36 hour aged prime rib was decadent

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L
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good service and decent food (exceptional dessert) but the upstairs was closed for lunch on a Saturday so had to sit on bar stools for a business lunch.

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OT
Columbus
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was a little disappointing (neither of us actually ate our entire meal). The company and the attentive service really helped.

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AS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The upstairs area is nicer but too loud (in my opinion).
The food was excellent and the service was even more so.
100% recommended in DTLA.

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GB
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

On a Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. the restaurant was out of 6 items on their menu. The service was poor and the due to the fact that almost half the menu was unavailable, I wouldn't go back.

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FJ
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I accidentally brought a friend with me to this restaurant, who lives in New Orleans. He laughed because I had not noticed that it was New Orleans cuisine when I made the reservation. The food was fantastic the table next to us was so much fun and we ended up swapping food with them it was our first time at the restaurant and the gentleman at the table next to us was bringing his girl there for the first time too. We all agreed it was a great place to return to because we just thought everything was so yummy. While the portions didn’t seem huge, we couldn’t eat more, if we tried. It was perfect.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved that I was able to celebrate my birthday with class and great food.

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JP
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food! We got lucky to sit upstairs outside, and the seating and outside vibe was really special. The food was great and the cocktails were unique!

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