LA Dining: Cafe Pinot
Cafe Pinot is part of the Patina Group of restaurants.
Terrific food. I had the Caesar salad for appetizer. For entree, I had the lamb loin. My other dining companions had the duck and the veal. I got to sample a bit of the meats from the other two meals and they were excellent as well. Portion sizes are appropriate and well presented. Obviously, you aren't going to Cafe Pinot to stuff yourself! For dessert, the three of us split the creme brulee and the chocolate decadence. Yummmmm...
Service from the staff was friendly and generally good. However, we were there with the post-matinee opera crowd AND as the pre-musical crowd was arriving there so things got pretty busy and some customers were unhappy.
Nice indoor and outdoor seating. We had outdoor with the heat lamp which works pretty well. The outside has a view of the towering buildings of downtown which was quite spectacular especially at night.
Dinner for three with tax and tip came out around $150. A real bonus of Cafe Pinot is *no* corkage fee! We found this out from the posts over at Chowhound.com.
Check out the Citysearch review of Cafe Pinot where it won a "highly recommended" rating.
700 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 239-6500