Public School - Downtown Los Angeles

4.3
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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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4.3based on recent ratings
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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
1 review
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
61 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
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the NFL playoffs. Mimosas were good, food was great as well. Great place for big groups.

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DawnP
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Previous reviews had listed noise level as low -- not on a Friday night! But other than that, Public School delivered on everything promised. Fun place, great service.

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vipNildaL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really nice food.
Loud at lunchtime.

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alicea
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were all very pleased with our meals and service.

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ConnieG
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious, and the service was great! Leo was very attentive and friendly to our group. We were there for brunch and the choices pleased everyone in our group of 11. Can't wait to go back!

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Pago
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This place is right in the heart of DTLA down the street from the public library sits on the corner next to an apartment complex; there is valet available for place shares with tenants. People here are welcoming and kind. Did brunch for New Years Day no crowds almost empty @ 10a. Streets were pretty empty too. There 's a game room in back behind bar where we sat. Live sports viewing on tv around bar area; very large room. Enjoyed the blueberry brioche french toast and wet breakfast burritos. The menu is extensive lots to try and something for everyone. I hear this place is very crowded during the week lunchtime surrounded by office workers and end of business day people winding down from work. My son enjoyed lunch during his business meeting.

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vipTraveler
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Visited for brunch. I have been here a few times in the past and always had a great experience.

This time: The Bloody Mary was excellent. The biscuits were pretty dry on the biscuits and gravy and the wet burrito lacked a bit of flavor. Both the Madame and Deans List were good. I love the being able to grab a game a play something fun with friends or on a date. I will go back and recommend it for a fun night out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Love that they offer Valet parking for $7. Surrounding parking options are $13+. Only caveat is that there is only 1 valet attendant. Be prepared for a 5-10min wait to have your car parked. Also, you only get 2hrs.

The restaurant was energetic, but too loud for my taste. The had a table game, which looked fun. However, it was occupied the entire time, and we couldn’t wait due to our 2hr time limit.

Overall, I liked it. It was my 1st time there. I wouldn’t mind visiting again.

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StefanieA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Xmas gathering

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MallaryW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is great! not too loud and food is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Horrible service. The restaurant was not busy at all; however, it took at least 10 minutes before anyone came to our table to take our drink orders. Service from that point on was below average at best. Food was ok but the lack of attentive service far outweighed the overall experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review