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Pete's Cafe & Bar

(Now Closed)
Bar, Café, and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Los Angeles, Los Angeles
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  • Dorothy L.
    Dorothy LêJanuary 4, 2014
    I loved my last visit at Pete's. We had a big group of ten for New Year's Day lunch and they were so accommodating! They provided excellent service and as always, great food. Will be back again ASAP!
  • Sharon A.
    Sharon AlexandriaDecember 22, 2011
    Great staff!!! Had my 1st meal at Pete's last night. Great waiter Casey, resembles to me Michael Rapaport and cute too! Made for a great evening! Tarragon to Mac & Cheese great combo!!!
  • Christian L.
    Christian LachelApril 7, 2012
    Great brunch menu. Pancakes are golden & perfect, lox Benedict is to die for and don't forget a spicy Bloody Mary to wash it all down.
  • James W.
    James WadeFebruary 16, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    One of my favorite items here is the chicken pot pie. The crust is lite and flaky and the chicken and vegetables inside are fresh and delicious!
  • Mo R.
    Mo RMarch 8, 2013
    The bar menu holds yummy secrets! The sliders are very good and inexpensive. Either lamb or beef, $2.50 each.
  • John S.
    John StanforthSeptember 2, 2013
    Calamari, lamb bolognese, and mac-n-cheese were all really good!
  • Giancarlo S.
    Giancarlo S.March 25, 2010
    The flat iron steak is delicious! And those who complain about the bleu cheese fries being soggy don't know that it's supposed to be that way. The mac and cheese is good. Unlike anything I've tasted.
  • Phuong
    PhuongJuly 12, 2010
    Order the Hellman Burger and upgrade your fries to the cheddar bacon. If there's no more street parking, circle around again on to Main - there's a $5 lot a few store spots south of the eatery.
  • FabFitFun
    FabFitFunDecember 9, 2011
    Fab breakfast spot! Try an omelet and top it off with a mimosa, then come back at night to grab a drink at the bar!
  • Scott O.
    Scott OnaschMay 24, 2010
    The Lamb Bolognese (pasta dish) was outstanding; heard great things about the Chicken Pot Pie as well. Everyone in our 8 person group enjoyed their food. Great place, will be back!
  • Kadrian A.
    Kadrian AlvarengaJanuary 31, 2010
    Holy grilled cheese, Batman! This place serves a delectable macaroni & cheese made of five different cheese AND blue cheese fries! pair with house wine during late night happy hour (11-12pm) for $4 Read more
  • Milan B.
    Milan BauchamApril 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The folks who work here are first class, good is great and the atmosphere is good
  • Elmo M.
    Elmo MartinJanuary 3, 2014
    The food is good, the staff is great. The portion size of the seared tuna on the other hand is insulting.
  • RoxyJane
    RoxyJaneNovember 29, 2011
    Try the yummy blue cheese fries and the cheddar bacon fries! Only $7 each so yummy!!
  • Bubsy
    BubsyApril 21, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Fries are good. Lamb bolognase, Hellman burger. Mixed drinks have always been weak. Go for beer or wine.
  • Laura K.
    Laura KnappJuly 15, 2011
    Butternut squash soup is amazing! And vegan friendly if you ask for no creme fresh on top. :)
  • StickyDrama
    StickyDramaOctober 19, 2009
    Pete's is probably the biggest, most popular bar and restaurant in the "Historic Core" of downtown LA. It's open until 2am every night. GET THE BLUE CHEESE FRIES. SERIOUSLY. THEY'RE F-ING AWESOME! Read more
  • Bubsy
    BubsyFebruary 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    I like the Hellman burger,lamb bolognase. Weaky mixed drinks, stick to wine or beer.
  • Deji S.
    Deji SakaNovember 12, 2013
    Really amazing service!! Cool vibes! & delicious hell burger! 🍝🍷
    DTELS LAMarch 8, 2012
    You can order from their dinner menu until 11pm or from their bar menu until 2am.
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LopezOctober 20, 2012
    Bomb food! The burger is off the I ever had!
  • Marisa G.
    Marisa GarciaFebruary 15, 2013
    Do not leave without having Mac and cheese! So delicious!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamApril 7, 2012
    Hmmm…well, they're open late but the service…I dunnow. Feel like we were seated and then promptly forgotten. FYI.
  • Linda
    LindaDecember 5, 2012
    The arugula truffle fries are the best! Super tasty :)
  • Rachel E.
    Rachel ElnarJanuary 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    For appetizers, try the raviolis and crispy oyster spoons for dinner. The Hellman Burger is a favorite as well as the Lamb Bolognese.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarkhamApril 7, 2012
    The blue-cheese fries. My gawd. Worth the less-than-stellar service. Why haven't I heard of these before?
  • Coolassmike B.
    Coolassmike BowersApril 12, 2010
    Cool outside patio. Get a table out here. Sunday is usually filming day downtown so you will most likeley see SOMEtHING!
  • Tami A.
    Tami AbrahamyMay 10, 2012
    Jeanette S. has dead taste buds. The mac n cheese is the best!!!!
  • JNET
    JNETSeptember 30, 2011
    Flat iron steak. Yum :) looking forward to visiting again and working my way through the menu :)
  • Milan B.
    Milan BauchamApril 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the pulled pork with extra apples, you won't be disappointed
  • Christina W.
    Christina WoogNovember 23, 2009
    Great place downtown for dinner and drinks. Get the carpaccio to start, salmon or pork chop for entree. Burgers are great as well.
  • Vanessa K.
    Vanessa KaufmanMay 6, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Blue cheese or chipotle fries are bomb!! Nice staff!
  • Trish
    TrishAugust 26, 2014
    Order the Hellman burger + blue cheese fries.
  • Ismail E.
    Ismail ElshareefNovember 21, 2011
    Great ambience on Sunday night. Try their cappuccino. It's good.
  • NYRunnerJai
    NYRunnerJaiJuly 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing DTLA neighborhood bar! Jason, Max and Casey are the best bar tenders!
  • Pink Money CEO
    Pink Money CEODecember 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The crispy oyster spoons and steak & blue cheese fries yum
  • Trung
    TrungJuly 12, 2011
    Oyster spoons are good! Only thing is that it's in small portions. 5 spoons to be exact.
  • Vanessa K.
    Vanessa KaufmanJune 1, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Mozzarella, tomato & beet caprese salad is yum!
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MillsJanuary 13, 2010
    The pear salad is fantastic. The Eiswein on the dessert menu is delicious, but strong. Not as sweet and crisp as others I've tried. But it's a healthy portion for $10.
  • Kishari S.
    Kishari SingMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sweet potato dies with truffle salt. 'nuff said. Jason the bartender is a riot.
  • David F.
    David FalconJanuary 5, 2011
    This place use to be a Fat Burger back in the day. Just look at the red diamond tips outside of the patio fence.
  • Patrick
    PatrickApril 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the chipotle fries! Eat with a fork.
  • Roxy C.
    Roxy CoxxFebruary 23, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Gotta try the Haraszthy (Hair-as-thee) Zinfandel by the glass!
  • Eugen
    EugenJune 9, 2013
    Amazing steak omelette with asparagus!
  • Chris K.
    Chris KJune 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Happy hour prices all night on mondays when u show your downtown resident card!
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BakerDecember 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing blue cheese sliders. Really good Pinot Noir too.
  • Joseph S.
    Joseph Shore-GossJuly 24, 2013
    OMG the oyster po boy is fantastic
  • The Gray Area Blog
    The Gray Area BlogOctober 31, 2010
    Seriously. The Blue Cheese Fries are amazing. Nice date spot.
  • Jeremy Q.
    Jeremy QuantAugust 21, 2012
    Loved the BBQ Pork ribs and soup. A-MAZING.
  • catherine c.
    catherine castleOctober 18, 2011
    The best bread pudding.... Yum! Yum! Can't get enough!!!!
  • Boberto P.
    Boberto PatricioSeptember 21, 2010
    Crab cakes are ace. Free bread if you ask for it
  • Tiffany B.
    Tiffany BJune 18, 2011
    The breakfast burrito is delicious and worth a try
  • Chris K.
    Chris KNovember 10, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Half off bottles of house wine on Tuesdays. Great deal!
  • Torrey N.
    Torrey NommesenJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Whatever you do, DO NOT order a pitcher. You will not make it home!
  • Diana M.
    Diana MontanteMay 22, 2010
    Try the blueberry pancakes during brunch, they are delicious!
  • Love C.
    Love C.February 2, 2013
    The Meyers Lemon Tart tastes like nasty fish... So probably a good idea to pass on it unless you like fishy tarts. Um... yeah...
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PangJune 24, 2012
    Bar staff slow and day dreaming on Saturday lunchtime!
  • Jane D.
    Jane DamDecember 24, 2010
    They have the most amazing bread pudding. Really. Amazing.
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie GApril 27, 2012
    Gotta love their chipotle fries. Mmmm....
  • Blixa G.
    Blixa GMarch 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    They have the best grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup I have ever had.
  • Jason C.
    Jason CarlinMarch 21, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Pete's has a surprisingly delicious Caprese Salad and an amazing Supreme Grilled Cheese Sandwich, served with tomato bisque.
  • cyn
    cynSeptember 13, 2011
    Save room for the bread pudding!!!
  • Stephanie
    StephanieJune 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken club fries!!! #swoon
  • Hakan Y.
    Hakan YildizNovember 19, 2011
    Best Blue Cheese fries
  • Claire V.
    Claire VictoriaSeptember 18, 2011
    Bloody Mary x blue cheese fries. Yessssss
  • Lil S.
    Lil Steph*January 7, 2012
    Blue cheese fries, thank you.
  • Emmett O.
    Emmett OMalleyAugust 15, 2012
    Unremarkable bar food at Michelin star restaurant prices. Skip it.
  • David T.
    David ThomasAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Closed until October
  • Nancy-Jean C.
    Nancy-Jean CarlsonNovember 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Here with some OBD "pioneers"!!
  • Allison P.
    Allison PhelanJuly 29, 2013
    i <3 downtown:)!!!
  • Yesi O.
    Yesi OrihuelaFebruary 3, 2013
    Try the Hemingway
  • Michael A.
    Michael AndersonJune 30, 2013
    Brunch before theatre
  • Lily g.
    Lily gvJuly 2, 2013
    just amazing :D
  • Craig Y.
    Craig YoungDecember 12, 2010
    This place is filthy. Our water glasses were served with scum around the edges. And further in realized the whole glass were dirty. Complained to manager, who was unhelpful and unsympathetic. Awful
  • Dale S.
    Dale SaundersJune 1, 2010
    Their happy hour isn't that great. My glass of wine was $10, so was my bf's cocktail.
  • Sheba F.
    Sheba FamilyJuly 27, 2012
    Try the chicken quesadillas
  • Ella
    EllaAugust 27, 2011
    OMG Breakfast Burrito!! Amazing!!
  • Momica K.
    Momica KellyAugust 7, 2010
    Best Blue Cheese fries I've ever had
  • Dr. Brian M.
    Dr. Brian McFaul MDApril 1, 2011
    Dr. Brian McFaul MD loves his coffee!
  • Jeannette S.
    Jeannette ScapeMarch 15, 2009
    Go to Pete's Cafe & Bar and order the carpaccio or the tomato soup. Avoid the mac & cheese. No more PBR, just bite the bullet and have a Stella.
  • Love C.
    Love C.February 2, 2013
    Meyers Lemon tart tastes like fish.
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica StewartJanuary 13, 2012
    The blue cheese fries.
  • Holly M.
    Holly MaeFebruary 23, 2012
    Have the squash soup!
  • eva w.
    eva weertsMay 30, 2010
    The elder flower lemon drop martini is delic!
  • Mirko N.
    Mirko NedovicJanuary 21, 2011
    Yummy Food cool atmosphere.
  • Jason A.
    Jason AshleyApril 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Pete's brought Guinness back! Sweet!
  • Giancarlo A.
    Giancarlo AsongJanuary 31, 2011
    blue cheese fries is a must
  • Annaliese N.
    Annaliese NielsenJune 18, 2011
    Blonde hostess leaves much to be desired. Like a pleasant attitude for example.
  • Lesley M.
    Lesley MccartyAugust 21, 2010
  • Lennon C.
    Lennon CarusoJanuary 16, 2012
    Skip the hash browns. Oil fest 99'
  • J.P. F.
    J.P. FloDecember 10, 2011
    Great breakfast!
  • Torrey N.
    Torrey NommesenNovember 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Order a black and derp!
  • Kathryn S.
    Kathryn SweeneyJanuary 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Chef Sean has really improved the food in the last few months!
  • mr. martini pants
    mr. martini pantsDecember 1, 2011
    hellman burger, please!
  • Joey S.
    Joey SingerSeptember 30, 2010
    The bread pudding. Period.
  • Ann
    AnnNovember 19, 2010
    Going late at night, service tends to suck. The staff acts like they don't have customers.
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos GomezApril 4, 2010
    Halibut is to die for!
  • Jenna M.
    Jenna MOctober 1, 2013
    This is THE WORST food I've had at a sit down restaurant in years.
  • Davari A.
    Davari AbstraktAugust 11, 2011
  • Erin O.
    Erin OwensSeptember 6, 2011
    Wouldn't give us the check in special. Not sure how this works
  • Alexis
    AlexisNovember 16, 2009
    order the Hellman burger and attain happiness Read more
  • Deidre M.
    Deidre MannaJanuary 31, 2012
    This place is wayyyy overpriced, making it a joke!
  • Roman W.
    Roman WydenFebruary 14, 2011
  • Stephen B.
    Stephen BoxJuly 23, 2010
    Cobb Salad rocks!
  • Aubrey
    AubreyMay 22, 2010
    Best veggie burger ever!!!
  • Liam
    LiamFebruary 12, 2012
    Very lazy staff. Disappointing service.
  • Christine S.
    Christine SilverNovember 22, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the Mac and Cheese!
  • Jim K.
    Jim KlecknerFebruary 26, 2010
    There is a dead body in the bathroom. Tickle it!
  • Nikki
    NikkiJanuary 4, 2010
    Bread pudding!!!!
  • Jason C.
    Jason CarlinJune 15, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Just read Jeanette's tip. Seriously? This place serves Delirium Trenens and Chimay White. Skip the Stella.
  • Aprendi
    AprendiAugust 23, 2011
    Estás en el bar más popular del sitio histórico de Los Ángeles. Aprovecha y prueba todas las comidas, y así nos cuentas cuáles fueron las mejores en Aprendi Read more
  • Aprendi
    AprendiAugust 2, 2011
    Estás en el bar más popular del sitio histórico de Los Ángeles. Aprovecha y prueba todas las comidas, y así nos cuentas en Twitter cuáles fueron las mejores. Read more
  • Angeles B.
    Angeles BiersackApril 14, 2012
    esta de lujo :D
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