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Café Pinot

700 W. Fifth St. (Flower St.) Send to Phone
213-239-6500 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Downtown dining featuring glittering views and California cuisine.


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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly

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Dining room at Café Pinot, Los Angeles, CA

Café Pinot Restaurant Review

: Café Pinot has become a culinary institution in downtown Los Angeles. We like the spacious feel of the glass-enclosed restaurant, located next to the architecturally striking central branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. A patio provides superior views of the downtown skyline --- without ever boarding an elevator --- especially at night when looking out at the glimmering lights of the surrounding high-rises. The restaurant is part of Joachim Splichal’s portfolio. Start with the gazpacho poured tableside over a huge, slightly fried basil leaf and into a plate with a paprika-decorated border, or the beet salad served with goat cheese, pistachio and peppercress. You may also try the crispy pork belly with smoked fingerling potatoes and salsa verde. Wild mushroom risotto, made as it should be with Italian Arborio rice and seasoned with black truffled cream, can be an appetizer or a main course. If you are in the mood for pasta, order the homemade tagliatelle with wild chanterelles. The John Dory is prepared “en papillotte,” while herb-crusted salmon arrives atop a bed of crispy polenta, niçoise olives, stewed tomatoes, garlic confit and basil oil. The filet mignon in balsamic jus, accompanied by a Parmesan-soufflé potato and wild mushrooms, is just perfect. End the meal with the chocolate mousse crunch, with candied hazelnuts and milk chocolate gelato; other desserts include goat cheese mousse and lemon verbena tartlet. The wine list is reasonably priced and offers many California and French labels. You might want to ask the efficient and courteous staff for guidance with making your selection from the many choices. Since Café Pinot provides free shuttle service to the Music Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall, it's ideal for pre-theater dining.

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Cafe Pinot
by eenzo295 on Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:59 am
The food is definately good. But it doesn't match the 15/20 rating reported on the site. 13/20 would really be more in line with reality.

The entree was good (calamari) but with a little too strong lemony taste. Not enough refinement in the range of flavors.
The main course (rabbit) was good as well, but with not much creativity, nore flavor to the meat.
The dessert (apple tart) again, nothing to set it appart from just a regular home made apple tart.

13/20 is what the ratings for this restaurant should be.
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