Public School - Downtown Los Angeles

4.3
56 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, we are an American gastropub offering a variety of your favorites as well as a range of unique twists on the classics. From fresh salads and vegetarian cuisine to one-of-kind burgers and hand-tossed pizzas, Public School 213 has something for everyone.
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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

we arrived five minutes early with a reservation for a table for 8. turns out they sat a separate party of two at our reserved table and wanted us to sit at the same table and stick two more chairs at the head of the table.

Host proceeded to show some real attitude when we told him we would not sit there.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

the food was good but the service was terrible. had to ask multiple times for plates, silverware, more water. waitress ignored us most of the time.

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Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

A group of 4 friends planned to have lunch at the Public School in downtown LA and later on to go to a show. We came from far away and did not find any parking spot around. I called the restaurant and they suggested me to do Valet Parking ($7). We waited for more than 15 minutes to be helped, and NO ONE showed up.
After 20 min. I called the restaurant again explaining the situation and we had to cancel the lunch. We were very upset about the situation and did not have a chance to eat there.

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TH
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great and the service was exceptional. Loved that they have games at the table to play. Will definitely go back.

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n
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Year’s Eve dinner

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my bday. Great service. Great ppl. Great vibes.

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MT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner with friends! Food was great and so was the service!

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NM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was perfect.

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C
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal and a great time. The Quinoa salad and the crispy chicken sandwich were amazing. We also tried the sublime Mexican lager which was really good. Waiter was fantastic. He let us sample a beer we asked about, was very friendly and attentive. They have games to play and a creative theme.

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YT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Came for Sunday brunch. Great food. Definitely understaffed. Maybe add one more server to the floor

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RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm a fan of Public School restaurants, 213, 310 and 818. Have had good experiences. Good food and drinks!

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SC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! Sports bar that doesn't feel oppressively like a sports bar. Will definitely go back.

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A
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for a get together with former colleagues. As we age we need seats with back support not stools for 2 hour lunch. Menu was interesting but limited in variety. Would try them again.

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JM
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love the playful environment and consistently good food.

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CP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service- would for sure go back!

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C
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location , friendly environment , a wide range of menu options and adequate portions leaving you satisfied

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Went to brunch on a Sunday, both the kitchen and bar were backed up. Took forever to receive our drinks and food. Messed up on my order and I had to wait a little longer.

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m
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

While we were seated right away the restaurant was either understaffed or something. 3 of the four orders came out at the same time; the 4th order - poached eggs and toast was 30 minutes later after multiple requests and assurances it was "coming right up" we also asked for a side of ketchup and thousand island dressing which took more than 30 minutes. While the food was tasty the service was well below par. No attempt by management to even acknowledge our issues - oh, and the didn't charge for the poached eggs...I like the location for breakfast before a Rams game but not sure if I would be back. Also, the Valet parking was full, but they did allow us to park the car on the street. This was a Sunday morning at 11am. The restaurant had the hostess delivering food - again I believe they were short staffed but no care from management.

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C
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Was a little too loud. Sat next to two very loud groups.

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a
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was okay, the service was average, and the bar was painfully slow getting out drinks. Overall, it was an average dining experience.

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KC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal and fantastic service! We will be back!

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KJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Had reservations at 1 they kindly informed when I arrived that they were having a private event st 2 I felt relished and I thought it was rude I want be back

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w
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, reasonably price, and a great location with cheap parking nearby. I’d highly recommend for anyone looking for a bottomless Bloody Mary brunch.

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WL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent burgers and fabulous taster tots!!!

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s
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Loved the happy hour offerings however service was less than satisfactory.

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d
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The restaurant was very empty considering it was lunch time 1PM. We were seated right away. The waiter didn't check on us after we received our food and we had to flag someone else to get ketchup for our fries. Also, after we finished eating, we couldn't find our waiter and we were in a hurry to get back to work.

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KC
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tyler was an amazing server! Knowledgeable about the food and made great suggestions. Everything tasted delicious and we are looking forward to the next time we head to PS 213

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CH
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So enjoyed our firs time at school today. Our servers were Lisette and Joelle and they couldn't have been more accommodating. The menu was eclectic and delicious. The bloody mary's were outstanding.
Would come back in a heartbeat.

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Happy Hour shareable bites and drinks. Good place for a group!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Food took over 30 minutes to come during lunch hour

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Trendy spot to eat at. Very fun and laid back environment.

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CL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant menu had variety. Food came out quickly for lunch and everything tasted great. Place is a little noisy for a lunch business meeting, but overall was great.

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M
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fun atmosphere and delicious food! Highly recommend the buffalo cauliflower bites and the PB & J burger! Service was amazing. Will definitely be back.

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o
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall, my experience was ok. The food was ok but service could have been better.

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AM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Although our waiter took so long to bring our drinks and forgot our appetizer. I think it was the kitchen who forgot to make it. But he was apologetic and I feel his sincerity with it. And took off the appetizer off our bill. That’s how a good restaurant should handle a situation. We would definitely be coming back. Their cocktails are amazing!

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DY
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great and creative options for lunch. I had the Chorino Pizza - pizza with Chorizo! What could be better?? It was delish! its a thin crust (which I love) and the perfect balance of flavors.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is so much fun! The atmosphere is spot on and I loved the menu’s and cocktail napkins. Everything the servers recommended was FANTASTIC!!! Well Done!

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T
Los Angeles
110 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another good day for lunch at Public School. It never dissappoints.

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JW
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The food was really good, but the service was not good at all. I feel like the waiter forgot about us.

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DL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful experience! It got busy and we lost our waiter for a while, but overall, excellent dining experience!

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