Pete's Cafe & Bar

(213) 617-1000 | View Website

400 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions   90013

34.047824 -118.247353

Open Hours

Monday To Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 AM Saturday To Sunday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 AM

 
Restaurants, Traditional American, $$  more

Tags: Bar Scene, Dine At The Bar, Hidden Find, Late Night Dining, Local Favorite, Online Reservations, People Watching

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: Central LA, Historic Core, Downtown

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Pete's Cafe & Bar
Pete's Cafe & Bar
Pete's Cafe & Bar
Pete's Cafe & Bar
Menu
Buratta Cheese And Marinated Olives, Hummus, Ahi Two Ways, Goat Cheese Tart, Butternut Squash Soup, Beef Carpaccio, Crispy Oyster Spoons, Cafe Salad, Caesar Salad, Chopped Vegetable Salad... more

Reviews for Pete's Cafe & Bar

Pete's Cafe & Bar
Recommends

Affordable breakfast place that never seems too busy with delicious options!

Recommends
4.0

good for drinks – i like coming here for cocktails. the patio is nice, and you can usually sit outside for just drinks once the food service has stopped or is slowing up. i must confess, i've not eaten here in years. i recall the food was good. from what i've seen lately, it's your basic american bar stuff plus some heartier dishes. the wine list is interesting. good location, too! the neighborhood has really come up.

Recommends
2 months ago

I've very much enjoyed stopping in here for a drink, where the bartenders are competent and generous. The food is also quite good though, and I remember both the steak and pork chop being very tasty.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

cool spot – I had my birthday lunch here yesterday and my friends and I loved the place. The ambiance was very urban and the food was very good. I ordered the ham and mushroom omelet and it was good. I also ordered the cheddar bacon fries and that was just amazing. A friend ordered the much talked about blue cheese fries and that was very good as well but i preferred the cheddar bacon fries. Another friend ordered hellman burger and he said it was wonderful. Overall a great experience and I'll be back for sure.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Blue Chees Fries – I love Pete's for it's great food, low key surroundings, and great prices! This is my boyfriends and my go to spot when we are in DTLA. We know it wont be crowded with those downtown LA visitors that just want to be seen. There always seem to be a lot of locals here. But seriously even if it was one of those places I would still love it because their food really is delicous.

Start with the Wasabi Oysters..AMAZING! I wish there were more on the plate but then there wouldn't be room for the Beef Short Ribs and creamy polenta. They serve just the right amount. I leave feeling comfortably fool but not that disgusting feeling I have after eating at Claimjumpers. But really the best thing there and what everyone needs to try are the blue cheese fries. It comes with the NY Strip Steak which is what the BF gets so I get to try two amazing sides!!

We <3 Pete's!!!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Loved by Locals – I <3 Pete’s! I live down the street from Petes and go there with other people from my building about once or twice a week. I would go more if I could afford it. The bar and patio is filled by mostly locals. They have friendly service and a great atmosphere. I love their Chipotle fries, Veggie burger and Mac and Cheese along with most of their Sandwiches and I can’t forget about their happy hour!! $3 Stella how could you not love it! And occasionally you will dine with celebrity or two.

Locals <3 Pete’s!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

My favorite place downtown – I have been going to Pete's for some time now. The staff is always so great. The food is perfect and one of the best wine list around for the level of dining you experience. And I just have two things left to say "Bread Pudding and Blue Cheese Fries". If you haven't been its a great place to just hang out with friends and drink a cup of coffee and a great place to have a first date.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Apparently the food is as bad as their customer service – I know of two people who ate here on the same night, ordered two entirely different dishes and both became very ill that same night. When one of the people called to notify them, the woman who identified herself as the general manager immediately went on the defensive and told them that since no one else complained that it couldn't be true (the dumb twit didn't even consider that perhaps they were the first to call!).

The person told the GM that she wasn't looking for anything (e.g., free meal, etc.), but rather just wanted to let them know so that no one else gets sick - and that she called them vs. calling the health dept, the GM hung up on her.

These people are both elderly and not very web savvy - although extremely intelligent and coherent individuals - which is why I'm writing this for them.

Clearly Pete's Cafe's service is about as good as their food. I would avoid altogether. I know I am.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Downtown staple – The first time I went to Pete's was in 2003 I think. Main Street was still an adventure in itself and Pete's was a little oasis. Their food was fantastic and their drinks won me over. We moved Downtown shortly thereafter and went to Pete's pretty regularly. I still love the food and the place, but the crowd's changed over the years and the servers are often too-cool-for-school. I haven't been for a while now, but I have tremendous respect for the management, as they were pioneers in the Historic Core.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

No Respect! – While recently dining at Pete's Cafe my purse fell over. I retrieved my pill box but was not aware that my credit card size camera had also fallen out. I called the following day and the day after to no avail. After speaking with 3 different employees, one a manager, I requested a call back either way, found or not . When I didn't hear back from any of the 3 employees, I sent a e-mail to Pete requesting a good look around and either a phone call or return e-mail. No luck, I sent a second e-mail, practically begging, and still no response. Too bad for Pete's, I will never go back there and have told my friends not to go there either. I am often downtown for theatre etc. where there are many good choice of places to eat were they treat their patrons with respect!!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

DO NOT Order The Helman Burger!! – My friend broke her tooth on a ROCK that was in the meat of the "prized" Helman Burger. The staff was not supportive of the sensitive situation and refused to reimburse for the tooth. The staff at this place is as lame as the clientele.

Recommends
over a year ago

Bistro-style dining emerges in a historic Downtown L.A. bank building. – In Short
Transformed from its original function as a bank, this massive dining room is a sight to behold with high ceilings, parquet floors, ornately decorated lamps, glossy wood tables and a gorgeous art deco bar. Businessmen, shoppers and local bohos are usually found having a relaxed drink or celebrating some festive occasion. As for the menu, think classic American with a modern twist: Macaroni and cheese is a mix of many cheeses, including white cheddar and goat, while a grilled cheese can be prepared with crab, Brie and avocado salsa. For brunch, there's smoked-salmon crepes and eggs Benedict.

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