Pete's Cafe & Bar

★★★★★
  • 400 S Main St

    Los Angeles, CA 90013

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  • 213-617-1000

About Pete's Cafe & Bar

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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I <3 Petes! 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

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I <3 Petes! 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

Pros: Everything

Cons: Small Patio

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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

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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

Pros: Great location Great food

Cons: Can't think of one

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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

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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

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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

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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

Pros: Great food

Cons: The people

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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

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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

Pros: Good food

Cons: Will not return phone calls or e-mails!

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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.

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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.

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WOW!!!!!!!! I had a GREAT experiece at Pete's, the food was GREAT !!! took my cousin to dinner for her birthday and we had the flat iron steak followed by the delicious bread pudding topped with strawberys. The service was wonderful, I

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★★★★★

WOW!!!!!!!! I had a GREAT experiece at Pete's, the food was GREAT !!! took my cousin to dinner for her birthday and we had the flat iron steak followed by the delicious bread pudding topped with strawberys. The service was wonderful, I

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I agree the service is lacking and I really don't understand why servers are so arrogant if they are in fact servers, but besides the service... The veggie burguer is an awesome option for the non-carnivores that miss a classic burguer.

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I agree the service is lacking and I really don't understand why servers are so arrogant if they are in fact servers, but besides the service... The veggie burguer is an awesome option for the non-carnivores that miss a classic burguer.

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In the midst of urban Main St in the Historic Core, Pete's is a welcome relief to the hustle and bustle of downtown LA. The food is great- although note the menu is small. My favorite dish was the spinach salad. It was really done well. Prices are in the $8-14 range for lunch, which is a bit on the high end, but the classiness of the venue and the great food makes it worth it. Would recommend.

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★★★★☆

In the midst of urban Main St in the Historic Core, Pete's is a welcome relief to the hustle and bustle of downtown LA. The food is great- although note the menu is small. My favorite dish was the spinach salad. It was really done well. Prices are in the $8-14 range for lunch, which is a bit on the high end, but the classiness of the venue and the great food makes it worth it. Would recommend.

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This place has great food and a nice location. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but I really like the grilled cheese sandwich. I know it sounds strange, but Pete's makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich. On the downside service is slow so don't go there if you are in a rush.

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This place has great food and a nice location. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu, but I really like the grilled cheese sandwich. I know it sounds strange, but Pete's makes a mean grilled cheese sandwich. On the downside service is slow so don't go there if you are in a rush.

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The food and the service are HORRIBLE. Servers are uniformly INCOMPETENT (forgetting to bring orders, getting orders wrong, etc.), but incompetence mixed with arrogance is UNBEARABLE. The food is way OVERPRICED and is barely a step above

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The food and the service are HORRIBLE. Servers are uniformly INCOMPETENT (forgetting to bring orders, getting orders wrong, etc.), but incompetence mixed with arrogance is UNBEARABLE. The food is way OVERPRICED and is barely a step above

Pros: Somewhat of an interesting scene on Artwalk nights

Cons: You name it: low-quality food, incompetent servers and the same old decor.

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In the food wasteland that downtown turns into after 11pm, Pete's is one of the few places still serving up food, though the service part is questionable. You might wait a while to be greeted or for your drink to be made properly and brought to your table, but the food is worth the wait. (Try side tipping a busboy to move things along a bit.) The Hellman Burger is a great pub burger, the mac and cheese is top-tier, and an array of seasonal salads round out the late night menu and keep me coming back, even as I curse the servers.

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In the food wasteland that downtown turns into after 11pm, Pete's is one of the few places still serving up food, though the service part is questionable. You might wait a while to be greeted or for your drink to be made properly and brought to your table, but the food is worth the wait. (Try side tipping a busboy to move things along a bit.) The Hellman Burger is a great pub burger, the mac and cheese is top-tier, and an array of seasonal salads round out the late night menu and keep me coming back, even as I curse the servers.

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It has only been about 3 weeks since I was first introduced to Pete's and have been hooked ever since! I've been there about 4 times so far and I love everything that I've tried thus far. The restaurant has a cool air to it and the food

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It has only been about 3 weeks since I was first introduced to Pete's and have been hooked ever since! I've been there about 4 times so far and I love everything that I've tried thus far. The restaurant has a cool air to it and the food

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I DO NOT RECOMMEND this restaurant at all, as the SERVICE IS ATROCIOUS. Not sure if they are UNDERSTAFFED or INCOMPETENT but maybe both.\r
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The first time I went with 12 people from my office and we waited to be seated for 40 minutes.

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I DO NOT RECOMMEND this restaurant at all, as the SERVICE IS ATROCIOUS. Not sure if they are UNDERSTAFFED or INCOMPETENT but maybe both.\r
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The first time I went with 12 people from my office and we waited to be seated for 40 minutes.

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Very interesting historical building. Great atmosphere, good wait staff, and great food. The eats and drinks are a bit overpriced so don't plan on an economical night.

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Very interesting historical building. Great atmosphere, good wait staff, and great food. The eats and drinks are a bit overpriced so don't plan on an economical night.

Pros: great downtown location and cool wait staff

Cons: overpriced

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We love Pete's amd go there regularly- especially later at night when many places start to close the kitchen. I'm generally not a fan of blue cheese, but the blue cheese fries are fantastic! The velvet cosmo is great as well as the bread

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We love Pete's amd go there regularly- especially later at night when many places start to close the kitchen. I'm generally not a fan of blue cheese, but the blue cheese fries are fantastic! The velvet cosmo is great as well as the bread

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don't waste your money here..unless you don't mind eating a $12 bread burger and deal with a pretentious staff. don't be fooled by the nice patio :)

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don't waste your money here..unless you don't mind eating a $12 bread burger and deal with a pretentious staff. don't be fooled by the nice patio :)

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Im pretty late in rating this review for I went to this restaurant back in October of 2006. I went to this restaurant at nite with my girlfriend the day we got together. It was a great dinner, the hostess gives you the OPTION of eating

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Im pretty late in rating this review for I went to this restaurant back in October of 2006. I went to this restaurant at nite with my girlfriend the day we got together. It was a great dinner, the hostess gives you the OPTION of eating

Pros: Great Food and Service

Cons: Crackheads

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Pro: nice decor, good atmosphere, very gracious hostess\r
Con: poor table service, undercooked food\r
We went to Pete's late Friday night. There were a lot of people there in the bar and patio, but the place seemed to be adequately

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Pro: nice decor, good atmosphere, very gracious hostess\r
Con: poor table service, undercooked food\r
We went to Pete's late Friday night. There were a lot of people there in the bar and patio, but the place seemed to be adequately

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Went to Pete's with a dear old friend who is a regular. She had vegetable pasta, I had the mac n cheese. We both added chicken. 'Twas delish! we took the suggestions on the menu as far as wine pairings. Bustling atmosphere, great decor,

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Went to Pete's with a dear old friend who is a regular. She had vegetable pasta, I had the mac n cheese. We both added chicken. 'Twas delish! we took the suggestions on the menu as far as wine pairings. Bustling atmosphere, great decor,

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We used to go to Pete's around once a week, but this one time the service was so bad that we prmosied to nver go back. We got charged twice for the the food, which was undercooked, and we sent it back several times to have it come back

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We used to go to Pete's around once a week, but this one time the service was so bad that we prmosied to nver go back. We got charged twice for the the food, which was undercooked, and we sent it back several times to have it come back

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First off, yeah, the service can be spotty. But, I adore the staff; never found them surly as others suggest. I think they're so spirited and fun. I recommend sitting at the bar where the service will be spot on, and you can interract

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First off, yeah, the service can be spotty. But, I adore the staff; never found them surly as others suggest. I think they're so spirited and fun. I recommend sitting at the bar where the service will be spot on, and you can interract

Pros: Ambience, Location, Nachos!, Staff

Cons: Lousy wine list, flat screen tvs at bar

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I had such nice experience at Pete's cafe. The owner was very nice. They have great wine list, food was good, server was nice. I had a good time.

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I had such nice experience at Pete's cafe. The owner was very nice. They have great wine list, food was good, server was nice. I had a good time.

Pros: nice atmosphere

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Dang boy! Wine list rocks with cool selections at great prices. Menu has really improved and there is something for everyone to enjoy. We like to go for cocktail hour... great place to have a couple of drinks before heading home .On

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Dang boy! Wine list rocks with cool selections at great prices. Menu has really improved and there is something for everyone to enjoy. We like to go for cocktail hour... great place to have a couple of drinks before heading home .On

Pros: Wine selection and pricing.

Cons: Can get a little noisy

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It feels homey but clean. Great casual, friendly service and good selection of food. Cheap beer or decadant cocktails or wine. Have steak or salad... Side of fries or just dessert. Sit for hours and watch the local traffic entertain

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It feels homey but clean. Great casual, friendly service and good selection of food. Cheap beer or decadant cocktails or wine. Have steak or salad... Side of fries or just dessert. Sit for hours and watch the local traffic entertain

Pros: Service, Ambiance, Food

Cons: Bad Area, Pricey

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while looking forward to some good ole mac and cheese, i was disapointed in getting a hot bowl of CHEESE. there was more cheese than macaroni! had i finished it, i probably would have had a heart attack. order at your own risk...

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★★★★★

while looking forward to some good ole mac and cheese, i was disapointed in getting a hot bowl of CHEESE. there was more cheese than macaroni! had i finished it, i probably would have had a heart attack. order at your own risk...

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One of the few treasures in L.A. This restaurant capitalizes on it's setting; an old Art-Deco building, to serve great food. If I could think of a perfect downtown restaurant this would be it It's classy but not pretentious. I've been here

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One of the few treasures in L.A. This restaurant capitalizes on it's setting; an old Art-Deco building, to serve great food. If I could think of a perfect downtown restaurant this would be it It's classy but not pretentious. I've been here

Pros: The setting, the food, the service what else do you want?

Cons: Neighborhood is sketchy, but this adds to the charm in my opinion

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Some people might find the restaurant a little too loud, I personally don't mind. \r
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I love Pete's because its a casual restaurant. The prices are reasonable and the service is awesome! The food there is great. I recommend getting:

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Some people might find the restaurant a little too loud, I personally don't mind. \r
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I love Pete's because its a casual restaurant. The prices are reasonable and the service is awesome! The food there is great. I recommend getting:

Pros: Food Presentation, Open Bar, Opens Late

Cons: Busy During Lunch Hours

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If it weren't for Pete's and everyone there who make it a place you can call home...late night dining would not exist in Downtown. Yes you may be able to find a couple of other late night joints, but nothing beats Pete's and the local

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If it weren't for Pete's and everyone there who make it a place you can call home...late night dining would not exist in Downtown. Yes you may be able to find a couple of other late night joints, but nothing beats Pete's and the local

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Only go here if you have hours to kill. If they even acknowledge that you've sat down, it'll take forever for them to get to you even at slow times. And your food will be cold or wrong or mixed up. The staff is unfriendly and unapologetic

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★★★★★

Only go here if you have hours to kill. If they even acknowledge that you've sat down, it'll take forever for them to get to you even at slow times. And your food will be cold or wrong or mixed up. The staff is unfriendly and unapologetic

Pros: Location

Cons: Bad Service, Mediorce Food, Weak Drinks

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Took a group of friends to artwalk last week and we has such a blast -- this is really a great place. I'm always glad to turn new people on to how cool Downtown has become! Great drink menu (love the sidecar) and yummy appetizers like

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Took a group of friends to artwalk last week and we has such a blast -- this is really a great place. I'm always glad to turn new people on to how cool Downtown has become! Great drink menu (love the sidecar) and yummy appetizers like

Pros: fun, chill, good food

Cons: no happy hr specials

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I can overlook food being overcooked or undercooked as was the case both times i have been to Petes but the bad service just sealed the fact that this is a bad place. The bartenders are rude and complained about how much they hated their

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I can overlook food being overcooked or undercooked as was the case both times i have been to Petes but the bad service just sealed the fact that this is a bad place. The bartenders are rude and complained about how much they hated their

Pros: parking, nice menu

Cons: service, service, service

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Went to Pete's on a double date and were more than impressed. I love carbs, cream, and taste and this place was heavy on all three. They have recently added a new chef from Spago in Vegas, which accounts for the improvement over other

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Went to Pete's on a double date and were more than impressed. I love carbs, cream, and taste and this place was heavy on all three. They have recently added a new chef from Spago in Vegas, which accounts for the improvement over other

Pros: Food, Ambience, Staff

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I first visited Pete's during happy hour, when PBR is $1/pint. My companion ordered the blue cheese fries, which were amazing, even with ketchup (I know it sounds like a disgusting duo in theory, but the ketchup complements the fries

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I first visited Pete's during happy hour, when PBR is $1/pint. My companion ordered the blue cheese fries, which were amazing, even with ketchup (I know it sounds like a disgusting duo in theory, but the ketchup complements the fries

Pros: outside patio, cheap beer, blue cheese fries

Cons: adjacent streets, service, volume

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great prices, great ambience, easy parking. yes we all know it's located downtown which equal homeless people. don't be frightened! come for the food, wine and location. 4th & main is a great backdrop!

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★★★★★

great prices, great ambience, easy parking. yes we all know it's located downtown which equal homeless people. don't be frightened! come for the food, wine and location. 4th & main is a great backdrop!

Pros: ambience, romantic, food, vibe

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I was always hesitant to try Pete's because of the reviews that say the food is good but the service is terrible. My husband and I finally decided to try it for ourselves a few days ago. We went there without reservations on a Saturday

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I was always hesitant to try Pete's because of the reviews that say the food is good but the service is terrible. My husband and I finally decided to try it for ourselves a few days ago. We went there without reservations on a Saturday

Pros: Good service, Good food, Reasonably priced

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A restaurant like Petes is a sign that downtown LA is finally starting to become the vibrant, lively downtown it never was and always tried to be.

I wandered down from a Thursday night concert series at Cal Plaza and there wasnt a better

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A restaurant like Petes is a sign that downtown LA is finally starting to become the vibrant, lively downtown it never was and always tried to be.

I wandered down from a Thursday night concert series at Cal Plaza and there wasnt a better

Pros: food, people, atmosphere

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Pete's is in an up and coming neighborhood, so it can be a mixed experience. The food is pretty tasty for the price. The Hellman burger has a great flavor and is filling. The building is nice and the interior is cool, check out the bar.

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Pete's is in an up and coming neighborhood, so it can be a mixed experience. The food is pretty tasty for the price. The Hellman burger has a great flavor and is filling. The building is nice and the interior is cool, check out the bar.

Pros: downtown oasis, price, food

Cons: parking

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Pete's came highly recommended by a few friends, so we checked it out. We went on Friday night and everyone was wearing black and looking serious about going out to eat. We showed up hungry, in "street' clothes, and were seated next to a

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★★★★★

Pete's came highly recommended by a few friends, so we checked it out. We went on Friday night and everyone was wearing black and looking serious about going out to eat. We showed up hungry, in "street' clothes, and were seated next to a

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The food I've had there (Burger, pasta, fries) is decent but the service is slow and the neighborhood is intimidating. Seems like the owner's have little to no idea what's going on in their own restaurant. Definitely need alot more

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★★★★★

The food I've had there (Burger, pasta, fries) is decent but the service is slow and the neighborhood is intimidating. Seems like the owner's have little to no idea what's going on in their own restaurant. Definitely need alot more

Pros: ok food

Cons: Neighborhood, whoever's running it

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I have tried this place so many times and want to enjoy it considering the atmosphere is so inviting, but I always have the same experience. The burgers take 45 minutes (the place was empty) and when they arrive your bun is cold, hard and

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★★★★★

I have tried this place so many times and want to enjoy it considering the atmosphere is so inviting, but I always have the same experience. The burgers take 45 minutes (the place was empty) and when they arrive your bun is cold, hard and

Pros: lighting, outdoor seating, location

Cons: food, service

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We are magazine writers, and it is lucky for Pete's we weren't on assignment. The place has great ambience (except for the plasma TVs playing sports - kind of ruins the artsy vibe). The menu sounded better than the food tasted. Our service

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★★★★★

We are magazine writers, and it is lucky for Pete's we weren't on assignment. The place has great ambience (except for the plasma TVs playing sports - kind of ruins the artsy vibe). The menu sounded better than the food tasted. Our service

Pros: Great Space, Booths & Tables, Large, serviceable ba

Cons: Service, Food, Sports TVs playing

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Wonderful food, great decor and setting, and Pete is often on premises, and is nice and welcoming! Bad part of town, though .. Pete & Co. have their hands full on that score! One night I was sitting alone at the bar waiting for my

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★★★★★

Wonderful food, great decor and setting, and Pete is often on premises, and is nice and welcoming! Bad part of town, though .. Pete & Co. have their hands full on that score! One night I was sitting alone at the bar waiting for my

Pros: Food, Decor

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We went yesterday evening. The location is a bit daunting in the evening (i'm sure this will change as they continue gentrification of this area) The food was EXCELLENT in taste (hat's off to the chef) but our server literally lacked any

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★★★★★

We went yesterday evening. The location is a bit daunting in the evening (i'm sure this will change as they continue gentrification of this area) The food was EXCELLENT in taste (hat's off to the chef) but our server literally lacked any

Pros: Wine, Bartender was nice, Inexpensive Menu

Cons: , Neighborhood, did I mention Service

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Hey, look, don't complain when the joint is busy, because we need busy restaurants downtown. They need to be successful to help draw other residents, stores, and bar/restaurants to the area. This place serves good honest American Bistro

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★★★★★

Hey, look, don't complain when the joint is busy, because we need busy restaurants downtown. They need to be successful to help draw other residents, stores, and bar/restaurants to the area. This place serves good honest American Bistro

Pros: food, prices, beer and wine list

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the food is great, especially the blue cheese fries. HOWEVER, two out of the three times that I have been there, the waitress was HORRIBLE and rude...the other time we went, we had a male waiter and he was great...

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the food is great, especially the blue cheese fries. HOWEVER, two out of the three times that I have been there, the waitress was HORRIBLE and rude...the other time we went, we had a male waiter and he was great...

Pros: great food, beautiful decor, wine selection

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Pete's is a gem in a not so great neighborhood. We had a reservation and were seated immediately by the friendly hostess (so refreshing in LA). Our waiter was great...quick to bring our wine and offered some great suggestions from the

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Pete's is a gem in a not so great neighborhood. We had a reservation and were seated immediately by the friendly hostess (so refreshing in LA). Our waiter was great...quick to bring our wine and offered some great suggestions from the

Pros: staff, not crowded

Cons: neighborhood

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If you're wondering where the growing legions of downtown residents are eating, look no further than this sophisticated pub. In the heart of the historic Old Bank District, Pete's sidewalk patio brings new life to a once-dreary part of…

 

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