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Cafe Pinot

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French, Californian
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700 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Flower)
Metro Rail, DASH
(213) 239-6500
Website
Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great small menu - interesting combinations

Not a large menu but this small indoor/outdoor spot is located in a garden a block away from the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. Excellent food and great service. Eclectic but well edited menu.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
NYCworldtraveler2
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NYC
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
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NYC
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103 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Not a large menu but this small indoor/outdoor spot is located in a garden a block away from the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. Excellent food and great service. Eclectic but well edited menu.

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Los Angeles, California
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Most romantic restaurant in the middle of downtown L. A. Placed in the park right next to the main library makes this place iconic. Great service, and the prices are fair for what it is. A destination.

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Carlsbad, California, United States
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Went to dinner before a theater performance. Wait staff was very attentive and conscious of our time constraints. Recommend reservations at 6 pm to attend a performance at 8 pm. The outdoor patio was beautiful. There should be more such venues in downtown LA. The food: we loved the meatball appetizer in curry sauce - very spicy though. The chicken... More 

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Steve M, General Manager at Cafe Pinot, responded to this review

June 18, 2015 Dear Sabine, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Café Pinot on your recent visit. As the General Manager of the restaurant, it was a pleasure to read your very kind words and insight and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. I am sharing your comments with my team. We also... More 

Beijing, China
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Good Restaurant due to its location and Good and enjoyable atmosphere with a couple of glasses of good red wine...

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Steve M, Manager at Cafe Pinot, responded to this review

June 16, 2015 Dear Walter, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Café Pinot on your recent visit. As the General Manager of the restaurant, it was a pleasure to read your very kind words and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. We’re all very grateful for your patronage and truly look forward to... More 

Montgomery, Alabama, United States
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68 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This week I had a business dinner at Cafe Pinot. It was my third time to eat there. Hands down, the best atmosphere in downtown LA. Eating outside is enough to forget what you are eating. But, the food was great. Small portions. CA cuisine. Shredded kale salad was a hit. The fish was perfect. Simple but good wine list.... More 

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Steve M, Manager at Cafe Pinot, responded to this review

June 5, 2015 Dear John, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Café Pinot on your recent visit. As the General Manager of the restaurant, it was a pleasure to read your very kind words and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. We’re all very grateful for your patronage and truly look forward to... More 

Palos Verdes
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100 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Lunch at Cafe Pinot is a pleasant break from the active central down town financial district. Sitting on the tree lined patio under the warm So. California sun is a unique experience. The service is first rate and the food always good. Parking is expensive even with a restaurant validation, but well worth the cost.

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Steve M, Manager at Cafe Pinot, responded to this review

May 14th, 2015 Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Café Pinot on your recent visit. As the General Manager of the restaurant, it was a pleasure to read your very kind words and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. We’re all very grateful for your patronage and truly look forward to... More 

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39 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

My wife and I love to vacation in downtowns of big cities and find the best restaurants - seldom patronizing the same eatery twice in a single trip. But Café Pinot was so good on our first night in LA that we violated our rule and enjoyed it again on our last night. What was good about it? Well ...... More 

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Steve M, Manager at Cafe Pinot, responded to this review

April 20th, 2015 Dear Guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Café Pinot on your recent visit. As the General Manager of the restaurant, it was a pleasure to read your very kind words and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. We’re all very grateful for your patronage and truly look forward to... More 

Laguna Niguel, California
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128 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We had a wonderful dinner on a recent Saturday night at Cafe Pinot [a sister restaurant to Pinot Provence in Costa Mesa, CA]. The service was absolutely outstanding, from our initial greeting by the hostess through the entire meal. It was a beautiful, clear evening, so we chose to sit on the patio behind the restaurant's free-standing building, looking out... More 

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Steve M, Manager at Cafe Pinot, responded to this review

April 7th, 2015 Dear Dave, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Café Pinot on your recent visit. As the General Manager of the restaurant, it was a pleasure to read your very kind words and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. We’re all very grateful for your patronage and truly look forward to... More 

Riverside, California
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Restaurant ambience is great but the food did not match. We had late reservations - 8:00pm. Our server was Joseph and he was excellent. Several of us wanted to order the sea bass, however they were out of it and substituted turbot. The menu stated it was prepared with a blood orange vinaigrette but the fish had no citrus flavor... More 

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March 3, 2015 Dear Cyndi, Thank you for taking the time to contact us about your dining experience at Café Pinot on your recent visit. As the General Manager of the restaurant, I am sorry to hear that we were out of several items as well as the portion size of the Turbot and as a result, your experience with... More 

Edmonton, Canada
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The organizers of a workshop at USC invited participant to a small banquet at this restaurant. The food was excellent and overall the banquet was an enjoyable experience. I do not remember much about the dishes that I had (squash soup; some sort of seafood as a main course) but the food was delicious and nicely presented and I will... More 

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Steve M, Manager at Cafe Pinot, responded to this review

February 19, 2015 Dear Jean, Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience at Café Pinot on your recent visit. As the General Manager of the restaurant, it was a pleasure to read your very kind words and I wanted to express my sincere thanks. We’re all very grateful for your patronage and truly look forward to... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Pinot

Address: 700 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone Number: (213) 239-6500
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
Cuisine: French, Californian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 700 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
    (Flower)
  • Public Transportation: Metro Rail, DASH
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (213) 239-6500

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 40
  • Cuisine: French, Californian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Entertaining clients, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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