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648 S. Broadway (Seventh St.) Send to Phone
This 80-year-old Broadway icon dishes up cafeteria comfort classics and cocktails on three floors.

Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late

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Clifton's, Los Angeles, CA

Clifton's Restaurant Review

: This massive 80-year-old cafeteria has returned to downtown L.A. after a $10-million renovation, resulting in a truly eye-popping experience. Founded in the Great Depression by philanthropist Clifford Clinton, who instigated a “pay what you can” policy to combat the city’s endemic hunger, the iconic cafeteria closed in 2010. The Edison owner Andrew Meieran has revived the surreal restaurant that juxtaposes taxidermy (a lot of it) with gleaming Deco-themed cocktail bars, loungy antler furniture, enormous stone fireplaces, a waterfall, a meteorite and oh, did we mention the giant fake redwood tree up through the center? It’s little wonder then that the nightlife scene here buzzes, particularly on weekends. Lunchtime sees an eclectic workaday crowd queuing up at the carving bar for roast beef or a turkey dinner; pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and salads are also on offer. Chef Andrew Pastore is putting his own stamp on the menu with offerings like a bison patty melt. For dessert, try neon jello. The food is decent, and the cafeteria style makes ordering fast, but don't expect gourmet grub --- it's comfort all the way. However, day or night the beauty of Clifton's is always finding an odd new nook to explore, a lively local crowd and a feeling of community.
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