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Cafe Pinot

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700 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2026 (Flower)
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon - Tue 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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111 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a delightful lunch ensuring the I Paso dining. The wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable and the food is exemplary. Try the grilled salmon salad or halibut entree. The chef makes a crispy skin a major addition uti the meal. Reasonably priced wine list and peaceful views of the courtyard.

Thank Emortens
san francisco
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127 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is located near the LA Library. It has a really nice patio in a small park. I had the filet mignon and it was tender. I thought it was a little rare but still really tasty. The au jus sauce was a nice compliment with the mash potatoes. The chicken was also really good too. Overall, a nice... More 

Thank ThePlumber2015
Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You walk right by not realizing what a special place this is. Situated right outside the city library the patio overlooks gardens. The wait staff was attentive and efficient. The food was delicious. The salad fresh and flavorful and the french onion soup excellent. I dined alone and at no point was I ignored. Great for a pre theater dinner.

Thank mthomas03
Clyde Park, Montana, United States
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112 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

My husband and I decided to go for the appetizers and they were wonderful. We started with fresh oysters -- fabulous. We had grilled octopus that had a wonderful and tasty sauce with a touch of zing. The salad was fresh and delightful. The sorbets for dessert were refreshing and yummy. We will definitely return.

Thank Barbara M
Coppell Tx
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

While attending a conference downtown my friend and I visited not once, but twice, it was that good. Fabulous service, excellent food in a historic setting in a city park in front of the LA City Library. I definitely recommend this restaurant.

Thank BUTennisLover
Riverside, California
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62 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Had a lovely evening dining with friends outside on the Patio of The Cafe Pinot restaurant next to the Old L.A. library. The waiter was a delight - (an aspiring actor with a terrific Shakespearian voice). We all ordered something different, and all praised our selections. I had the duck confit - perfectly cooked - quite moist with a crispy... More 

Thank adwrd
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151 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016

Cafe Pinot was the setting for a private business dinner of about 50 people that I recently attended. It is located in downtown LA and has seating indoors and out. Our dinner was on the patio out back and the service was excellent. The food itself was average, however we had limited options due to a fixed menu, so I... More 

Thank LovesTheBeach13
Alexandria, Virginia
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38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2016

A lovely seating right in downtown, yet outdoors eating a pleasure; service professional and competent, anticipate your needs, but don't fawn; food above standard - not great, but very well presented - grilled octopus a stand out - wine by the glass limited selection.

Thank thecommissioner41
Marina del Rey, California
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309 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2016

Cafe Pinot is very pretty. It has indoor and lovely outdoor seating most of the year. The place has little lights everywhere and is very nice. Now, go somewhere else. The service is acceptable and that is all I can say about it. It takes quite a while to be waited on, and then there is a long wait for... More 

Thank Elizabeth L
Los Angeles, California
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74 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

Joachim Splichal does it again. This restaurant not only has fabulous food but extremely attentive service. PLUS the portions are so sizable that you can take home an entire meal from what is served to you. In the heart of downtown, you can eat indoors or out. A true treat.

Thank AndreaMichaels1214

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$31 - $40
French, American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Scenic view, Special occasions, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071-2026
  • Public Transportation: Metro Rail, DASH
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 12132396500
Cafe Pinot is a fine dining California French inspired restaurant in downtown Los Angeles offering outdoor dining as well as event and wedding catering.

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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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Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
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