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700 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (Central L.A)
(213) 239-6500
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Ranked #91 of 8,696 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $40
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
Cuisines: French, Californian
Neighborhood:
Downtown
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Flower
Transit: Metro Rail, DASH
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
315 reviews 315 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

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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Los Angeles, California
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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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Steve M, Manager at Cafe Pinot, responded to this review

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
59 reviews 59 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
165 reviews 165 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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 

Canada
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

After touring around various venues in downtown LA, our friends introduced us to Cafe Pinot, which had a wonderful outdoor dining patio right beside the main library. It was quite a warm, sunny day, but seated underneath an umbrella, we were comfortable and still able to enjoy the outdoor comings and goings. Service was prompt and timely, and all four... More 

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

October 16, 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’re all very grateful for your patronage and truly look forward to... More 

Fairfax, Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The food was a conversation stopper. Nothing but "Taste this!" My husband had a warm and flavorful soup and I had this delicious fish over kale and cannellini beans. I think they called it a ragout, but it was so good! I wish we could have been able to try all the wine pairings that were suggested. The atmosphere was... More 

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October 16, 2014 Dear Marcia, 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>  > Central L.A
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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