Eating Downtown

  • 23 May 2007
  • Anonymous (not verified)

Generally steeper than the neighborhood spots. PARKING: Most downtown parking lots have highly reduced rates after 4 pm. Parking is generally cheaper as you move south, highest near City Hall, Disney Hall, and the Music Center.


Barbara's at the Brewery
620 Moulton Ave. (Brewery Lofts Complex)
American bistro
KITCHEN HOURS: m-f Lunch 11:30 AM-3:00 PM, Dinner 5:00 PM-9:00 PM, Saturday 6:00PM-9:00PM, Sunday brunch 11:00AM-3:00PM

When you turn on to Moulton Ave. off of N. Main St. drive about 100 yards and make a left just before you get to the red brick building.  You will see a yellow building with an open sign, thats us!  Parking is free and usually easy.

Border Grill (formerly Ciudad)
445 S. Figueroa
Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner nightly
$$$ Dinner from aobu $17 to $25, a few higher
Mexican fusion

Cabbage Patch
520 W 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Plenty of salads and vegetable sides, though they do serve meat.
$   ($10-$12 with veggie sides at $4)

Casey's Irish PubCasey's Irish Pub
613 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Shepherd's pie: $13.50, Fish and chips $16.50, sandwiches $10-$12

Checkers Restaurant
535 S. Grand Ave.
Reservations: 800-445-8667
Dinner 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
Elegant dining in a historic hotel.

Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria
648 S. Broadway.
Currently closed for renovation, this historic landmark is scheduled to reopen with new equipment in 2013.

Colori Kitchen
429 W 8th street,
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Italian. Pastas: $14-$16, meat and fish $19-$22. Salads extra.

The Edison
108 W 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Unique eatery in basement filled with antique generating equipment and other mementos of old Los Angeles history and technologies.
Sandwiches $13-$16, ala carte dinners $17-$$23 plus salad extra, special platters $39

Engine Co. No. 28
644 S. Figueroa St.
Gumbo, lamb shanks, meatloaf, burgers in a former firehouse.
$$  Entrees from $17 to $26 with a few higher

The French Garden
1936 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 623-4028
At the corner of Mateo, east of downtown.
Price range: $8-15
Charming, very reasonable, outdoor spot hidden away in an inner courtyard. Free valet parking. Open for lunch Monday-Friday from 10:30-2:30.

Green Hut Cafe
808 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Open: Mon-Fri 10am – 10pm; Sat-Sun Closed
The do serve meat, but have several vegan entrees
$  (Nothing higher than $8)

Hop Li
526 Alpine (Chinatown)

McCormick & Schmick's
633 W. 5th St.
Mon-Fri 11 am-9:30 pm Sat-Sun 4:30-9 pm
Seafood $$
Largest fish house in L.A. Both traditional and contemporary menus.


Nickel Diner
524 S. Main Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213 623-8301

7:30am-3:30 pm Wednesday thru Sunday

Excellent and inventive breakfast menu. Samples:

Ham, leeks and fontina cheese 8.25
Bacon, spinach, roasted garlic and goat cheese 8.50
Italian sausage, roasted peppers with parmesean 9.00
Salmon, leeks, roasted tomatoes with sour cream 9.75
Grilled zucchini, spinach, leeks, roasted tomatoes 9.50

Pacific Dining Car
1310 W. 6th
Open 24 hours
Steakhouse $$$ Menus that don't list prices

The Palm
1100 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-4600
$$$$ Another place that doesn't list prices on the menu, except lobster dinner for two at $99

The Palm is a legend in New York and the Staples location has quickly risen to the top of The Palm's locations for popularity. The restaurant features mainly steaks and some seafood. Our favorite is the Gi-Gi California Salad which features ice cold iceberg lettuce, shrimp, bacon, blue cheese, eggs, green beans, and diced tomatoes. -- Tom McCurnin

The Pantry
877 S. Figueroa
24 hours
American, plus a bakery $
Best for breakfast. Mountains of hash browns, giant pancakes, huge slices of their own sourdough toast. Unchanged since the 1920s, the crowd gathers outside after 7 am on weekends. Now owned by former Mayor Riordan. Free parking on Figueroa on Sunday, or has a cheap lot across the street.

Pete's Cafe and Bar
400 S. Main Street
Parking at 4th and Main
On the ground floor of the San Fernando Building at the corner of Fourth and Main streets. A 3,200-square-foot American bistro.
Lunch daily from 11:30 am, open until 2 am, Thursday through Saturday.
Soups at $6, entrees $14 to $24 or so

Riordan's Tavern
875 S. Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 627-6879
Adjacent to The Pantry, which Riordan also owns.
Hours: Daily 11am-11pm
See our review

St. Vincent Court
A picturesque alley running north from 7th Street, halfway between Broadway and Hill Streets
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Home to a dozen ethnic restaurants, mostly Middle Eastern: Persian, Arabic, Turkish. Each has a few outdoor tables where customers savor their kebabs and Turkish coffee.
"In a discreet dark alley way in the middle of downtown’s Jewelry District lies a hidden gem.  St. Vincent Court is home to a Middle Eastern/Persian community nestled amongst chaos.  Complete with faux European awnings over street cafes, small specialty food shops, and local businesses." - For Love of Exploration, Feb 3, 2011

Seven Restaurant
555 West 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 223-0777
Hours M-F 11-11, Sat: 6-11, Sun: Closed

Located in the historic Quimby Building, this small restaurant features a magnificent hanging glass sculpture in the lobby consisting of hundreds of blown glass bubbles, enhanced by lavender light, representing champagne. The menu is small and distinctive, with salads, steaks, pasta, and fish, all with a special flair.

800 N. Alameda (inside Union Station)
Mon-Fri, 11 am-10 pm, Saturday 5 pm-10 pm
California fusion. Dinner:  $14-$27. Reservations required

Water Grill
544 S. Grand
Seafood. Entrees $27 to $38

Expect to spend about $55 per person here. The portions are small and the style is California minimalist on the food, in a charming old building with lots of marble, across the street from the Main Library. The seafood is arguably the best in town to be had anywhere. Without alcohol expect dinner for 2 to run about $110 including tax, tip, and parking.

Wood Spoon
107 W 9th St Map.6135de1
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Small Brazilian grill, quiet decor. Lunch and dinner at simmilar menu and prices, grill plates include meat or vegetable, black beans, rice, and sauted greens. Typically $15

Yard HouseYard House
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Pub chain. Sandwiches $15-17, steaks and seafood into the mid-high $20s. Large selection of beers and ales.