Café Pinot

700 WEST FIFTH ST. LOS ANGELES 90071
RESERVATIONS 213 239 6500
Adjacent to Downtown LA's 1920's landmark public library, Café Pinot's guests are surrounded by an impressive metropolitan skyline view, a gorgeous garden setting, and floor to ceiling windows. Enjoy a contemporary Californian-French menu featuring fresh, sophisticated dishes inspired by the farmers' market as well as a daily rotisserie. Perfectly located for guests attending events at the Music Center and Staples Center, Café Pinot is also ideal for weddings and social celebrations.

"Best of" LA Downtown News – Best French and Most Romantic

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NEW Two for Tableside - March 24 - May 16 | Dinner Mon - Fri. Join us nightly for dishes sliced, deboned, dotted and sauced with deft-handed precision. We're reviving the spirit of tableside dining when eating out is a celebration and the food takes center stage. Sit back and revel in the dramatic staging of your dish as it unfolds before your eyes, thrilling the senses and heightening your appetite. VIEW MENU
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Secret Garden Happy Hour | Click here to view
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Wine Spectator Restaurant Award Winner

    

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NEW Secret Garden Menu - Discover our Secret Garden at happy hour with seasonal and expanded offerings to enjoy in our outdoor patio in Maguire Gardens. Highlights include our all new Cheese and Serrano Ham Bar with wine pairings for $25, plus a generous assortment of the finest imported and domestic cheese and charcuterie available.
See menu here

**Voted 'Most Romantic' and 'Best French' by Downtown News 'Best of' for 2013**

MONDAY TO FRIDAY | 2:30 PM TO CLOSE
SUNDAY | 4:30 PM TO CLOSE
5/6/7 Drink Specials
$5 beers, $6 daily selection of wines by the glass, $7 cocktails
Cal-French small bites: $8-11
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MARKET MENUS
Our chef selects the freshest ingredients from the farmers' market to create a spa menu at lunch ($19.95 for two courses). Tax and gratuity additional.
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CHEF'S ROTISSERIE
When you enter Café Pinot, glance through the kitchen window to view the chef's signature dish, on the menu since the restaurant opened, mustard-glazed rotisserie chicken served with crispy Pinot fries.
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BEST OUTDOOR DINING
Named "Best Outdoor Dining" by the readers of the Los Angeles Downtown News, enjoy the spectacular summer afternoons and evenings on downtown's best patio.
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CATERING CONTACT

To receive more information about our catering and private event options at this location, please contact our special events representative below:

Emily Cooper | 213 405-0005 | EFax: 213 814 1861
ecooper@patinagroup.com

FACT SHEET


CATERING MENUS
Wedding Package
Wedding Cake Collection
Frequently Asked Questions
Cocktail Reception
Lunch
Dinner
Menus subject to change without notice.
Please Note - All menus are in PDF format. To install the latest adobe pdf reader click here
New Two for Tableside - March 24 - May 16 | Dinner Mon - Fri
Mother's Day | Sunday, May 11
Secret Garden Menu
Lunch
Dinner
Dessert
Cocktails list
Beer List
Wine List
Menus subject to change without notice.
Please Note - All menus are in PDF format. To install the latest adobe pdf reader click here
SYDNEY C. HUNTER III
Executive Chef - Café Pinot

After working in some of the most highly regarded restaurants in Los Angeles, Sydney Hunter arrives at Café Pinot with an enthusiasm for classical technique and an ability to push the envelope through his creation of French cuisine with a strong focus on enhancing natural flavors.

A Southern California native, Hunter has followed an unconventional route to the kitchen. After working as a barber, he was persuaded to attend culinary school by friends who were amazed at his backyard barbecuing skills. Although it was a dramatic career change, Hunter applied to his new endeavor the same principles of thinking creatively and always keeping the customer in mind.

Following his new passion, Hunter enrolled at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, completing an externship at L’Orangerie, one of the most prestigious restaurants in L.A. After graduating in 2002, the young chef stayed at L’Orangerie, working the line under acclaimed Chef Ludovic Lefebvre, and was eventually promoted to chef de partie.

Hunter continued to perfect his skills with renowned Chef Alain Giraud at Bastide, one of the city’s pre-eminent French restaurants. Beginning as chef de partie, he became chef tournant in 2003 and assumed a leadership role in the kitchen. When Giraud departed in 2004, Lefebvre arrived to reinvent the restaurant and Hunter stayed on to work for his former mentor in the role of sous chef. Before leaving several years later, Hunter also had the opportunity to work with Walter Manzke, who had taken over the kitchen from Lefebvre.

In 2008, Hunter took the role of sous chef at Santa Monica’s Riva (which became Fraîche), owned by Chef Jason Travi. There he executed the restaurant’s new concept, creating a menu of stuzzichini. “In fine dining restaurants, you tend to forget how people eat every day, but Jason reintroduced me to a more rustic, simple cuisine,” Hunter notes.

After two years working with Travi, Hunter reunited with Lefebvre for series 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0 of Lefebvre’s renowned LudoBites, the innovative pop-up restaurant concept. As sous chef, Hunter executed Lefebvre’s signature molecular gastronomy recipes. While he learned how to work with liquid nitrogen and sodium alginate, in his own cuisine approach Hunter generally favors classical over avant-garde techniques, incorporating diverse international influences. “The food I’m cooking now is more accessible,” he says. “I try to be honest with the ingredients, and you don’t have to guess what’s on the plate.”

In 2011, Hunter returned to Bastide as executive chef. After the restaurant closed later that year he joined the Patina Restaurant Group’s catering division, participating in high-profile galas such as the Emmy Awards, before becoming executive chef at Café Pinot. The restaurant’s history and location—it was one of the first concepts that Patina Restaurant Group Founder Joachim Splichal opened after his flagship restaurant, and is located adjacent to downtown L.A.’s landmark public library—inspires Hunter as a chef and reaffirms his belief that no matter what food is on the menu, his role is to please and inspire. “I want to accommodate all our guests, so my menu makes sense for everyone,” he says.

When he’s not in the kitchen, Hunter, 35, enjoys riding motorcycles and spending as much time as possible with his two young sons.
SYDNEY C. HUNTER III
HOURS

LUNCH
Monday - Friday, 11:30AM–2:30PM

DINNER
Monday and Tuesday, 5–9PM
Wednesday and Thursday, 5–9:30PM
Friday and Saturday, 5–10PM
Sunday, 4:30–9PM

SECRET GARDEN MENU
Monday - Friday, 2:30PM to close
Saturday, 5PM to close


DIRECTIONS | MAP

PARKING
Lunch parking is available at the adjacent library. First 2 hours $6 with validation.
For dinner, valet parking is available. Flat rate $7.
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