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Cafe Pinot

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Neighborhood:
Downtown
French, Californian
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700 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Flower)
Metro Rail, DASH
(213) 239-6500
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Today
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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
Good for:
Fine Dining
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 61
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 15
    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
banquet meal

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Jean_alberta_10
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Edmonton, Canada
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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122 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Riverside, California
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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 

Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
341 reviews 341 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I had lunch here earlier this month while in town working with my boss. We were the first to arrive at 11:30am on a Friday, so had immediate seating. The dining room is well lit with natural light, and it was a touch too cool to sit outside so we had a table along the window. Service was excellent, friendly... More 

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January 30, 2015 Dear Mark , 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... More 

Los Angeles, California
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Situated right by the LA library, and across the street from the US Bank building(tallest building in LA). I've been here for lunch and dinner, and I would say dinner is a much better overall experience. The dishes felt like they were given more attention to detail, and focus. Very high quality of ingredients, and probably one of Downtown LA's... More 

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January 17, 2015 Dear Chuck, 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 

Newburgh, Indiana
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This restaurant is a gem in downtown Los Angeles next door to the old public library. It actually seems remote, given it's very urban location. But the good news is that the food has that French flair that is unusual in the US, especially in LA. The main courses are reasonably priced and impeccably served in an upscale fashion -... More 

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January 8, 2015 Dear Janna, 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 

Charlotte, North Carolina
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

A friend and colleague hosted a dinner at Cafe Pinot to introduce me to a group of 12-15 interesting people. The staff handled the group perfectly in spite of some time delays due to the rare very wet weather. The restaurant is in downtown LA but the huge windows and relationship to the garden outdoors are not an urban feel.... More 

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January 7, 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 

San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We visited Cafe Pinot twice on a recent long visit to LA, so you know we enjoyed it. - The food is very well prepared and seasoned CA cuisine. - The service is very good but has room to improve in terms of professionalism. - The ambiance, especially the garden setting, is absolutely exceptional: eating outdoors in late Nov in... More 

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December 3, 2014 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 will also continue to groom our staff to act in a... More 

Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Food is phenomenal! Just like the drinks and service! Sitting inside is a great experience but if you can get outside, it is just that much better! Join their club and enjoy your birthday dinner! Located right next to the LA library! Parking is easy!

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November 11, 2014 Dear Mr. Barrett , 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... More 

Abergavenny, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We had an extended lunch on our last day in LA before going to the airport. It was very busy ,mostly with business lunches. However service was excellent and friendly. Really good imaginative menu, and surprisingly reasonably priced wines. We both enjoyed the food, the restaurant is delightfully located and decorated.

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October 28, 2014 Dear Mr. Hutchison, 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... More 

United States
Top Contributor
177 reviews 177 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We were "greeted" by the hostess with a disappointed snarl that we didn't have a reservation so "...you can only have one of these tables..." she said. Not sure if we just got shafted, but isn't an open table and a guest the best pairing? Our server was difficult to understand but within 2 minutes told us that the Pappardelle... More 

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October 28, 2014 Dear Guest, 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 about the mistakes made with your dinner and as a result, your experience with us was unsatisfactory. We take your feedback very seriously... More 

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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: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
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

Questions & Answers

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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