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LA Café

LA Café

American Restaurant, Breakfast Spot, and Burger Joint$$$$
Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles
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  • Cory N.
    Cory NesMarch 31, 2014
    It was my first meal in LA and the lobster grilled cheese is a must try.. also the thai ice team. Sitting is limited but cute and cozy!
    Upvoted Jun 22
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsApril 21, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Probably the most consistent delivery and food downtown. Tuna Panini with chips (don't get fries for delivery they aren't good travelers) or Bangkok Salad are my usual staples. Brownies are good too.
  • Justin O.
    Justin OrdovezaJanuary 3, 2015
    Love that it's open 24 hours. The food is fresh and the servers are friendly. The mezze platter was excellent especially the falafel.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LokkenAugust 24, 2013
    This is my friends' favorite place. They come almost everyday to have the lobster grilled cheese. A new level of flavor satisfaction. Like, out of this world.
  • Natalia C.
    Natalia CarterAugust 11, 2012
    Friendly staff, casual atmosphere. Good food. Open 24 hours so you can come any time, any day. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Anelle
    AnelleAugust 10, 2015
    if you want to be healthy yet craving a panini, you have the option to order half and half! half of a salad, half of a panini! boom! treating yourself + being healthy! 😵
  • 오미헤
    오미헤August 29, 2011
    their delivery service suckz !! but their tomato basil soup, mojo chicken songz, banana-vanilla milkshake, carne asada tacoz, caesar salad, & their seasoned fries are amazin !! but min. must be $20
  • HOTTAMAN E.
    HOTTAMAN ESCADAMANMarch 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Sirpopington"Not of Nottingham" hAd the Orange Julius SmOothie Y Lobster Grilled cheese sandwich IZz Sheer Excellence HOTTAESCADA Give em "5 *'s" you will also after YO taste buds get hip 2Dí Spot !
  • Dion M.
    Dion MartinezAugust 14, 2013
    Headed here with a couple of friends after the bars closed down. A random stranger (drunk) told me to get the Lobster Grilled Cheese and that it would change my life. It in fact, has changed my life.
  • De D.
    De De KridgeApril 3, 2012
    I discovered LA Cafe in 2010. When it's hot, get there early and sit outside for lunch, and enjoy both the food and the service. In fact, the service is not bad for L.A.
  • Anthony W.
    Anthony WilliamsApril 1, 2013
    I wound up here on a random, crazy L.A. night, helping out a stranger. I bought him some food and had some of the homemade chips -- pretty good. And open 24 hours? I'll be back.
  • Cherith Z.
    Cherith ZanghiAugust 31, 2015
    The sparse seating is weirdly cramped and a little hard to navigate, but they're working with what they've got. LOVE that it's 24 hours. Cookies, Thai tea amazing, grilled cheese overrated.
  • Dahlia
    DahliaDecember 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Loved the burger sliders, just enough without being too much. Fries are nicely crispy and seasoned. Sinful, must go back.
  • T M.
    T MSeptember 1, 2012
    The chipotle chicken panini and The Sink panini (breakfast sandwich ) a must. Also the café lattes are the best
  • Caleb
    Caleb2 weeks ago
    Might not look like much but the food is very good!! The donuts are good and the breakfast tacos are amazing!
  • Sonya E.
    Sonya EnserFebruary 18
    Love their brownies, cookies & other sweets. Plus the chili cheese fries were so good & enough for 2!
  • Abi P.
    Abi PanickerOctober 3, 2015
    Friendly staff, downtown staple, wait times are long during peak times due to their popularity, plan accordingly
  • Tom M.
    Tom MaxwellMay 1, 2014
    Great fresh-squeezed juice, and open 24 hours a day. What more could you want?! No good indoor seating, though.
  • Quinnton P.
    Quinnton ParkerApril 29, 2013
    Carne Asada wrap is delicious! Also check out the parklet out front it's got swings exercise bikes and foosball!
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsMay 18, 2016
    I don't know many places where you can get anything lobster for $11...delicious lobster at that in the lobster grilled cheese.
  • Harris O.
    Harris OrangesMay 28, 2014
    Order a big Kitchen Sink burrito. Share it with a little hottie.
  • StickyDrama
    StickyDramaOctober 19, 2009
    LA Cafe is super popular with DTLA locals. It''s open late, has cute outdoor seating, and all the food is tasty. The best part is checking out all the hot young guys who live in the apartments above! Read more
  • Fabio K.
    Fabio KoelschMarch 10, 2013
    Great fresh squeezed O.J! Grilled veggie burger with fries isn't bad either. Food comes out fast!
  • Raymond D.
    Raymond D.February 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Turkey Avocado Panini is good. Almost all the sandwiches on a croissant role are pretty damn tasty as well. Seating outside is set up for the weather as well. Now open 24 hours.
  • Jillian W.
    Jillian WatsonAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Paninis are great, and the fries are to die for! Best fries I have ever tasted.
  • Tommy J.
    Tommy JohnsonSeptember 13, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Everyone there has such an attitude but it's so damn good! Highly recommend Turkey Avocado Panini. And please bring back the macaroni salad!!!!!
  • Angie W.
    Angie WNovember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Since its cold outside ,try their chili. If your a French fry addict you will love the ones here.
  • Miss B.
    Miss Barbie-QDecember 23, 2011
    Know they do CLOSE Monday nights from 3-5am for cleaning. Learned the hard way. You've been warned :-)
  • Curbed
    CurbedMarch 20, 2014
    Pumping the WiFi 24 hours for when you totally underestimated how long it would take you to do something. Read more
  • Alma E.
    Alma ElliotJune 15, 2013
    The pesto veggie wrap was delicious and can't resist a chocolate crossaint.
  • Heidi P.
    Heidi PlanckOctober 1, 2013
    Amazing! Good food , always open ( I think) and nice employees.
  • Forrest
    ForrestDecember 26, 2015
    The homemade chips served with the panini's are delicious
  • Michael I.
    Michael IsamazingOctober 27, 2012
    This place rocks! Was just there. Had the lobster Brie grill cheese! Amazing! !
  • Barry B.
    Barry BuckMarch 1, 2011
    Cheeseburger Caesar salad - typical salad but with two cheeseburger sliders and two onion rings on top!!!
  • Roger C.
    Roger ChongNovember 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Seating situation kinda blows. Just be ready to cozy up with some strangers at the table. Cause it's worth it.
  • Karthik R.
    Karthik RavishankarApril 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Their panini selection is amazing. Their parking is atrocious, but hey - welcome to Los Angeles.
  • Robert H.
    Robert HowardMay 18, 2016
    The Granola and yogurt parfait is very good for breakfast.
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShonJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Correct. Lobster Grilled Cheese. Even better with the Tomato Bisque soup.
  • Mandara T.
    Mandara TakowskyDecember 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is great! Open 24 hrs, delivers 24hrs, delicious pastries..
  • AnyClip
    AnyClipApril 11, 2011
    The exteriors of the Ryan Office Board in Mulholland Dr. are in fact the Banks-Huntley Building, check it out! Read more
  • Chris P.
    Chris PattonOctober 5, 2013
    Bomb food .. Great panini .. Turkey and avocado
  • Emerson Q.
    Emerson QuevedoSeptember 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The Mexicali steak salad and the orange Julius smoothie it's a delicious summer combination for lunch or dinner.
  • Humpfree L.
    Humpfree LowGartNovember 3, 2013
    This place kicks ass! Good food, real quick, must visit!
  • Daniel G.
    Daniel GarciaJuly 28, 2015
    Food is amazing, pricey, and by the time I received it lunch was over. 😔
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7, 2016
    Great for a quick bite any time of the day.
  • Africa H.
    Africa HernandezApril 7, 2013
    Grilled cheese lobster is the best.
  • Caitlin S.
    Caitlin SmithNovember 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite local spot to have a cup of coffee and people watch. There are some interesting characters in my hood. : )
  • Chris S.
    Chris ShonMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lobster Grilled Cheese + Tomato Bisque Soup = Orgasm in Mouth & Soul
  • Nick F.
    Nick FodenSeptember 21, 2012
    Kitchen Sink on a croissant ! Add hot sauce!
  • Image C.
    Image ChaseFebruary 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Their salads are foolish, negative lettuce. U know, iceberg. With zero nutritional value. Not the #amount
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SantulanFebruary 19, 2014
    the lobster grilled cheese is to die for 😍
  • Sam L.
    Sam LickerOctober 23, 2015
    Great breakfast!! And served 24 hours!
  • Kyle E.
    Kyle EspinozaMarch 15, 2013
    I'm obsessed with chilli cheese fries also.
  • Ryan T.
    Ryan TellesOctober 8, 2010
    Roast turkey and avo panini... Allergic to bull$hit...(inside joke) the food is awesome!
  • Furry Beanbag O.
    Everything is good - try the burgers #Fantastic
  • Steven C.
    Steven C.December 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    have the chili. its great on a cold day and best in town..
  • cynthia w.
    cynthia wangMay 21, 2013
    paninis and fries are awesome. and this place never closes.
  • AKurchinski
    AKurchinskiApril 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong with The Lobster Grilled Cheese
  • Femi A.
    Femi AbodundeSeptember 23, 2011
    Chili with Sour Cream is the best you'll find downtown...
  • Rebecca K.
    Rebecca KnellJuly 9, 2010
    Check out the server Macy, shes bright, inquisitive, and super funny. She serves a great cup of coffee too.
  • Patricia E.
    Patricia EvelineAugust 6, 2014
    Very good sandwiches, totally worth the wait
  • Michael A.
    Michael AbdallaJuly 9, 2011
    The Over the Border was awesome, especially on a bagel. 24 hours!!! Badass.
  • Greta O.
    Greta OttesonMarch 27, 2013
    Yummy burgers, and I don't know why... But the fries here are so bomb
  • ∏Δⓢ ŁƱƘΔⓢ ⓢƘΔZ L.
    Breakfast w/all the group, its gonna feel mad weird lool!! Well good thing I'm going 2 ... :D
  • Kidnoeffects
    KidnoeffectsDecember 9, 2016
    The best lobster sandwich in Los Angeles.
  • DTELS LA
    DTELS LAAugust 9, 2011
    Open 24 hours a day for dine in AND delivery.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DarbroDecember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Tomato Basil Soup ever. Order it. you'll be glad you did.
  • Chris B.
    Chris Brinlee Jr.March 10, 2012
    Orange juice is amazing! Fresh squeezed!
  • Stacey S.
    Stacey SNovember 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Their seasoned fries are addictive (in a good way).
  • Kaitlyn W.
    Kaitlyn WilliamsMarch 8, 2014
    French fries. Lobster grilled cheese. I'm so happy.
  • Stephen R.
    Stephen RoysterNovember 9, 2013
    Open 24 hours & they deliver!
  • Galen S.
    Galen StoeberApril 24, 2013
    Are panini's supposed to taste stale?? And the chips aren't that good either. But open late!
  • Kyle E.
    Kyle EspinozaJune 15, 2012
    Try the Mexicali Steak Salad... Bomb digiddy yo!
  • David R.
    David RamirezSeptember 5, 2014
    Chipotle Chicken wrap was delicious!
  • Trish
    TrishFebruary 20, 2013
    you can place online pick-up and delivery orders.
  • Juliette B.
    Juliette BlackJune 13, 2013
    Where else can you get lobster at 1am?
  • Jade T.
    Jade ThomasNovember 14, 2016
    Open late, and great burgers
  • cj p.
    cj pylesFebruary 22, 2012
    Lobster grilled cheese and homemade chips!
  • Whitney T.
    Whitney ThompsonDecember 9, 2010
    Caprese Panini will blow your mind. Love this place!
  • Allison C.
    Allison CoronaDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The cigarettes are cheaper here than the market a few doors down
  • Michael P.
    Michael PetraliaSeptember 28, 2011
    The lobster grilled cheese is amazing.
  • Anna S.
    Anna ShatokhinaAugust 24, 2014
    the best burger
  • Benjamin G.
    Benjamin GodfreDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the lobster grilled cheese panini
  • Nancy S.
    Nancy SApril 30, 2012
    lobster grilled cheese is the business~!!!
  • Anissa A.
    Anissa AnnalynnFebruary 14, 2012
    Must try hippie rice. It's magical tasting!
  • Shane E.
    Shane EppsApril 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken pesto panini! Yes!
  • DYLA
    DYLAMay 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Dude. The home made chips are BOMB!
  • Kenneth C.
    Kenneth ChanJanuary 26, 2014
    Trying out lobster grill cheese
  • Jason
    JasonOctober 25, 2015
    Oatmeal cranberry white chocolate cookie
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff TovarNovember 20, 2009
    The DTLA partier's night usually ends at LA Cafe. Great food, coffee and open til 4 for the weekend.
  • StaasTao.com
    StaasTao.comApril 22, 2013
    Breakfast caprese yummy!!!!
  • Dan A.
    Dan AuilerSeptember 8, 2013
    They do great caprese
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HoffmanMay 19, 2012
    Kitchen sink panini... Soooo goood!!!!
  • Rob B.
    Rob BlaskoAugust 5, 2010
    Skip the blander breakfast menu and grab the Shanghai Chicken Wrap or a burger instead.
  • Taylor T.
    Taylor TracyMarch 19, 2013
    Delicious Vanilla Latte!
  • Jenn L.
    Jenn LloydJanuary 6, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    The new menu is awful. Tried 3 different things and all terrible. Very disappointed. Used to love this place and the Mexicali Steak Salad.
  • Dan L.
    Dan LeveilleFebruary 21, 2011
    Definitely recommend this place to anyone who has a lot of time to spare. We waited 48 minutes for a panini and a grilled cheese. The panini was cold and our chips were stale. Very unfriendly staff.
  • Justin
    JustinSeptember 20, 2014
    Salmon tacos: love!
  • Paris A.
    Paris ArrowsmithMarch 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the falafel wrap. Good food.
  • Michael Antonio
    Michael AntonioOctober 26, 2012
    Yummy food and great coffee
  • Francesca D.
    Francesca De LucaMay 17, 2013
    Non certo un posto gourmand, no alcolici, colonna sonora ipno/trans/psichedelica opprimente, insalate enormi rincuoranti. Nota: provvisto di tavoli all'aperto e spazio e bike (!) nel traffico...
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