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Public School - Downtown Los Angeles

4.4
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176 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Public School is a fun, school-themed gastropub that features a wide selection of local craft beers, classic drafts, and craft cocktails. PS delivers "An Education in the Art of Food & Beer." We offer a chef-driven menu that is made from scratch using only the freshest quality ingredients. "Recess" (aka Happy Hour) is held every day from 3pm-7pm and Late Night Recess is Sunday to Wednesday from 9pm to close. Brunch is in session every Saturday and Sunday until 3pm. Weekday quick service breakfast is available Monday to Friday from 7:30-10:30am.
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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
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4.2
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4.3
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DavidL
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, food and staff were outstanding. If I lived in LA, I would be there all the time!!

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vipPS01
Los Angeles
493 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best pizza in DTLA!!

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vipSabrinaStar
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Overall it was good with high-quality food but the service was lacking as it took forever to get our check. The cocktails were really good and so was the edamame hummus!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here. Perfect for a casual dinner night. Food is great and drinks are pretty good. Had the public school burger and chicken sandwich both very tasty. Margaritas are really good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service!

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vipPS01
Los Angeles
494 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Happy Hours menu!!!

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GSQUARED
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience post Covid-19! Felt good to be social except for the loud lady behind us

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I ordered off the happy hour menu and both, food and cocktail, tasted great. The service was great as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great post Covid first meal. Everyone was super attentive to us and they were all awesome. Oh ya the food was great too!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Angela was so sweet and made table for my group!

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LDFD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Although we were seated promptly and politely by the hostess within just a few minutes our reservation time, our waiter seemed a bit overwhelmed and yet disinterested in being there. It was extremely crowded and loud, but that was to be expected for a Friday during happy hour. The happy hour cocktails appeared to be pre-mixed (no modifications) and were very imbalanced and strong compared to the same drinks I had at other PS locations on other occasions. We ordered 5 of the share plates on the happy hour menu and they were brought surprisingly quickly but were also probably pre-prepared, as they were barely warm. The food was also strangely underseasoned, again as compared to my having the same items at other PS locations. I very much enjoy the Public School franchise and it's menu on the whole, but I doubt I will patronize the 213 location again.

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vipTrebla10
Los Angeles
128 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a nice convenient venue for lunch amongst co-workers and clients.

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vipJohn
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience5

A good experience and very good food, but our server was pretty condescending. My office is in the neighborhood so I'll be back --hope the server treats us as adults.

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Ashlee
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for brunch on Sunday and had a great time. Service was very good and our waitress was very friendly.

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MannyC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food! Had a reservation and everything went just as perfect as can be. Would definitely return ! Thanks for everything

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DanteH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time. Highly recommend

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vipHankK
Los Angeles
91 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place for a quick lunch. Sometimes this place can be loud making it difficult for business, but this time, it was quiet. Our waiter was terrific, prompted to the table, and our meals came out quickly. I had the fish & chips which are delicious, while my guest had the Ahi Bowl, which is her go too entree at the restaurant. We had no complaints on food or service.

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vipRichard
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really surprised at this gem in DLA. Give it a try and go for happy hour the food and drink prices are fantastic for the value.

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vipHaynorcal
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Good:blueberry french toast was great. Convenient location to rest of downtown. Our server was good.

Bad: chilaquiles (oddly the plate was hot, chips were cold and there was nothing on them other than sauce and a little scrambled eggs). Egg dish was bland. Hostess was unfriendly.

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MariaK
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I've dined here multiple times before, this time, however, the service was very off-the-mark.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recess menu was perfect! Absolutely love that they offer the recess menu everyday. Everything was great. We will be going back soon.

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vipNormando
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to this restaurant after a tour of the LA Library with 11 people. The staff had prepared for us and the table was set and laid out for us. The sservice continued to be attentive and good throughout. The food was quite excellent and delivered promptly. I have only good things to say. If you are going to the library, you should consider coming to PS213.

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vipLuvnlife
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cute concept. Loved the decor. Food was good. Went for Dine LA so used special menu. Loved the buffalo crispy cauliflower and bacon cheddar tater tots. Husband loved chicken salad, I had steak. Very tasty! The churros were my favorite part! Looking forward to going for regular menu. Reasonably priced for DTLA!

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Judy
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

We wanted to try DineLA and went on MLK. But they told us that because it is a holiday, they don't do dineLA deals (which I don't understand.. other dineLA restaurants seemed to offer regardless.. but sure ok). We ended up ordering breakfast burrito, poutine, and cauliflower appetizer. The waiter was really nice but the food was terrible. The waiter told us to be careful because the skillet was hot. After he left, we ate the poutine fries and it was COLD. So we told the waiter and he apologized and told us he would get us a new one (which wasn't true .. they reheated it). When he brought it back out, IT WAS STILL COLD. We were upset at the workers in the kitchen and felt bad for the waiter. The wet breakfast burrito that we ordered, the red sauce was dried up on the surface .. why? because they left it out probably. The place wasn't even busy during MLK lunch. Five tables surrounding us were all empty but the food was just terrible. Sad that I chose this place from dineLA list and had a bad experience. I won't be coming back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews