Clifton's Cafeteria

★★★★★
  • 648 S Broadway

    Los Angeles, CA 90014

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  • 213-627-1673

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I remember my parents takes us to Clifton's during the Christmas holidays. We would take a bus all the way into town, eat, always checking to see if we had a red tip on our ice cream stick, of course we always did, & would get a pick a prize for the chest. Then we would look at all the store windows decorated for Christmas. What a wonderful childhood memory that has lasted almost 60 years. Thank You so very much.

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★★★★★

I remember my parents takes us to Clifton's during the Christmas holidays. We would take a bus all the way into town, eat, always checking to see if we had a red tip on our ice cream stick, of course we always did, & would get a pick a prize for the chest. Then we would look at all the store windows decorated for Christmas. What a wonderful childhood memory that has lasted almost 60 years. Thank You so very much.

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A great place to eat while in downtown LA. Food plus experience makes it very special. There a a good reason people keep coming back over 60 years. If you are a jackass who only cares about gum on a public sidewalk or having to pay for parking in downtown LA I'm sure they don;t want your business.

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★★★★★

A great place to eat while in downtown LA. Food plus experience makes it very special. There a a good reason people keep coming back over 60 years. If you are a jackass who only cares about gum on a public sidewalk or having to pay for parking in downtown LA I'm sure they don;t want your business.

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YES go see their website FIRST and learn it??s history!
I took a drive downtown last Saturday by myself just to ??experience all that is CLIFTON??S? and I??m glad I did.

As I walked in I immediately felt transported right back to childhood vacations in the Wisconsin Dells.
??IT WAS AMAZING!! I found the food lines and decided I should try something so I had a an avocado, Garlic mashed potatoes, roast beef and a diet coke.$11.77! what!? cheap? uuuum not!!!

Do not go for the food. Instead go with a thirst for adventure. Before you leave you MUST go to the 3rd (actually it??s the 4th floor) and see all the old memorabilia. That was my favorite part.

3 stars for the history and kitsch
1 star for the food
Minus one star for the expensive parking garage, the nasty gum paved sidewalks and dirty Tijuana like shops you have to pass the get there. But I am very happy I got to experience CLIFTON??S CAFETERIA.

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★★★☆☆

YES go see their website FIRST and learn it??s history!
I took a drive downtown last Saturday by myself just to ??experience all that is CLIFTON??S? and I??m glad I did.

As I walked in I immediately felt transported right back to childhood vacations in the Wisconsin Dells.
??IT WAS AMAZING!! I found the food lines and decided I should try something so I had a an avocado, Garlic mashed potatoes, roast beef and a diet coke.$11.77! what!? cheap? uuuum not!!!

Do not go for the food. Instead go with a thirst for adventure. Before you leave you MUST go to the 3rd (actually it??s the 4th floor) and see all the old memorabilia. That was my favorite part.

3 stars for the history and kitsch
1 star for the food
Minus one star for the expensive parking garage, the nasty gum paved sidewalks and dirty Tijuana like shops you have to pass the get there. But I am very happy I got to experience CLIFTON??S CAFETERIA.

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I read some of the reviews, and honestly I have not been inside Clifton's in over 50 years, but the place holds more family history for my family than anywhere else. When my Dad was a young man dating my Mother, he asked someone where he could take a gal out for a good dinner. They sent him to Clifton's, and every year there after except during WWII my folks went for their anniversary dinner. When I was young all the fountains, and fake stuff seemed exciting, and my Dad would get such a hoot out of being so much in love with this gal he married, and vice versa that I am not sure the food was what was important. The fact that to this day no one need go hungry at Cliftons is still practiced, well add another star!

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★★★★★

I read some of the reviews, and honestly I have not been inside Clifton's in over 50 years, but the place holds more family history for my family than anywhere else. When my Dad was a young man dating my Mother, he asked someone where he could take a gal out for a good dinner. They sent him to Clifton's, and every year there after except during WWII my folks went for their anniversary dinner. When I was young all the fountains, and fake stuff seemed exciting, and my Dad would get such a hoot out of being so much in love with this gal he married, and vice versa that I am not sure the food was what was important. The fact that to this day no one need go hungry at Cliftons is still practiced, well add another star!

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Ok so the food is ok. Sometimes you go to a place just because it has style or just because it has character. This is one of those places. This is an old historical downtown institution that you really should try just for the fun of it.

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★★★★★

Ok so the food is ok. Sometimes you go to a place just because it has style or just because it has character. This is one of those places. This is an old historical downtown institution that you really should try just for the fun of it.

Pros: Choices, vibe, atmosphere

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Naysayers can go get your Papa John's. This place is awesome. There's a dignity to this place that takes years to earn. If you don't like it here, you don't get it. Good food. Genuine people. Excellent pies. Huge portions of decency.

3
★★★★★

Naysayers can go get your Papa John's. This place is awesome. There's a dignity to this place that takes years to earn. If you don't like it here, you don't get it. Good food. Genuine people. Excellent pies. Huge portions of decency.

Pros: Great location, ambience, food

Cons: Not gourmet (but not supposed to be)

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Nasty nasty nasty! so gross. over 100 items but cant find a single thing to eat because everything looks so disgusting. you couldn't pay me to eat here.

3
★★★★★

Nasty nasty nasty! so gross. over 100 items but cant find a single thing to eat because everything looks so disgusting. you couldn't pay me to eat here.

Cons: everything about it

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I ate there because I saw that it was on the news as one of the hot spots in LA.\r
And it was the best etc etc etc. Guess What they lied!!!! That place is very distasteful.\r
It feels like your in a prison when your eating, When your

3
★★★★★

I ate there because I saw that it was on the news as one of the hot spots in LA.\r
And it was the best etc etc etc. Guess What they lied!!!! That place is very distasteful.\r
It feels like your in a prison when your eating, When your

Pros: ambience

Cons: service??

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I use to go to Clinfon's in West Covina all the time as a kid. I am so happy that I now live walking distance to the Clinfon's in downtown. Clinfon's has a great atmosphere, I especially love eating on the third floor. The have the best split pea soup, and vegetable soup around. The turkey is great and so are the deserts. The overall experience can't be beat!

5
★★★★★

I use to go to Clinfon's in West Covina all the time as a kid. I am so happy that I now live walking distance to the Clinfon's in downtown. Clinfon's has a great atmosphere, I especially love eating on the third floor. The have the best split pea soup, and vegetable soup around. The turkey is great and so are the deserts. The overall experience can't be beat!

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I HAVE eaten their food My dad used to get a great deal here (ssshh!) on roast beef and mashed potatoes whenever we had a wedding and yes everyone liked it. But you, you are the sentimental type; of course you go here for the food, but

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★★★★★

I HAVE eaten their food My dad used to get a great deal here (ssshh!) on roast beef and mashed potatoes whenever we had a wedding and yes everyone liked it. But you, you are the sentimental type; of course you go here for the food, but

Pros: Cafeteria, Ambience like no other.

Cons: It's in a sketchy Neighborhood, but that's so L.A.

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Cliftons is the one place that my friends and I remember as children dining at with our parents for home cooking. There are so many choices in salads, entrees and desserts to chose from that one my go nuts. My favorites are Macaroni and Cheese and Custard Pie. Everything is made fresh and served in hearty portions. Though the other locations were closed years ago, the original Downtown Los Angeles cafeteria is kind of prehistoric in appearance and approach, the food is the same and classic in taste.

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★★★★☆

Cliftons is the one place that my friends and I remember as children dining at with our parents for home cooking. There are so many choices in salads, entrees and desserts to chose from that one my go nuts. My favorites are Macaroni and Cheese and Custard Pie. Everything is made fresh and served in hearty portions. Though the other locations were closed years ago, the original Downtown Los Angeles cafeteria is kind of prehistoric in appearance and approach, the food is the same and classic in taste.

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This is an old fashioned cafeteria located in downtown LA that offers your favorite comfort foods, mac n cheese, steaks, sandwiches and lots of desserts.
It has a waterfall, fake trees and animals and also has a policy of never turning anyone away who cannot afford a meal.
They offer both kids specials and senior discounts.

3
★★★☆☆

This is an old fashioned cafeteria located in downtown LA that offers your favorite comfort foods, mac n cheese, steaks, sandwiches and lots of desserts.
It has a waterfall, fake trees and animals and also has a policy of never turning anyone away who cannot afford a meal.
They offer both kids specials and senior discounts.

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I didn't like my experience in this restaurant. The food is not that great. The place looks really old and has a bad smell. Parking is a real problem because is downtown LA.

3
★★★☆☆

I didn't like my experience in this restaurant. The food is not that great. The place looks really old and has a bad smell. Parking is a real problem because is downtown LA.

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Clifton's is an LA establishment, reminiscent of the greasy spoons you read about in noir novels. The interior, though, is something out of a strange theme park with fake trees and supposed wildlife representation. There are even dioramas that you listen in on. Food's good, but not exceptional.

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★★★★☆

Clifton's is an LA establishment, reminiscent of the greasy spoons you read about in noir novels. The interior, though, is something out of a strange theme park with fake trees and supposed wildlife representation. There are even dioramas that you listen in on. Food's good, but not exceptional.

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Look it's a cafeteria so don't expect the food to make your taste buds water, but the food is good. Not unforgettable, just good enough to satisfy your hunger and not make you wish you went somewhere else.

That said, you have to visit

3
★★★★★

Look it's a cafeteria so don't expect the food to make your taste buds water, but the food is good. Not unforgettable, just good enough to satisfy your hunger and not make you wish you went somewhere else.

That said, you have to visit

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Every visit is a great experience. There is a great variety of food, from appetizers to salads, to main courses, to dessert. Prices are more than reasonable and the food is delicious. To top it off, service here is always friendly.

3
★★★★★

Every visit is a great experience. There is a great variety of food, from appetizers to salads, to main courses, to dessert. Prices are more than reasonable and the food is delicious. To top it off, service here is always friendly.

 

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