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Pete's Cafe & Bar

400 S. Main St. (Fourth St.) Send to Phone
213-617-1000 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
This attractive, high-ceilinged downtown dining room offers upscale American classics.
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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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4.5 rating over 3 reviews

Pete's Cafe & Bar Restaurant Review

: If you're wondering where the growing legions of downtown residents are eating, look no further than this sophisticated pub. In the heart of the historic Old Bank District, Pete’s sidewalk patio was among the first to infuse some life into a once-dreary neighborhood. This endearing hangout is a venture of developer Tom Gilmore, part-owner of Cicada, who built hundreds of lofts in the neighborhood, and hands-on Pete McLaughlin. The high-ceilinged space, with its old-fashioned black-and-white tile floor, long marble-and-mahogany bar and dramatic skyline view, is a casual but cosmopolitan setting that suits its menu of American classics with a few interesting wrinkles. For basics, consider the Hellman burger (named for a neighboring building, not the mayonnaise), a half-pound of quality Angus beef topped with Fontina and smoked tomato aïoli, or three-cheese mac ‘n’ cheese scented with tarragon. A flat-iron steak arrives with addictive blue cheese fries, while pancetta-wrapped sea scallops are bathed in a lobster nage. It's all very comforting, right through to the banana split or bread pudding with caramel sauce. A lot of well-crafted cocktails are consumed on the patio, but there’s also a surprisingly good wine list, filled with eclectic international finds.

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