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Pez Cantina

4.4
4.4
367 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Pez Cantina the latest project by former Patina Chef and co-founder of Milk on Beverly, Bret Thompson. Located on Bunker Hill Downtown Los Angeles, walking distance from Disney Concert Hall and downtown theater center Pez Cantina is a sustainable Coastal Mexican style restaurant and bar serving the freshest sea to land dishes in an oasis type atmosphere. Inspired by his travels to Loreto, a sleepy fishing town in Baja California Mexico, and his marriage into a Mexican family, Bret captures the complexity and spirit of the food he’s developed a strong love and passion for. Pez Cantina’s menu offers a glimpse of the many distinct regions of Mexico, from Baja to Oaxaca to the Yucatan Peninsula. Items like assorted chili oils, fresh ceviches/cocteles, sizzling meat platters and the crunchiest fish tacos please the senses. A fine-tuned cocktail selection along with a California focused wine list and craft beers round out the Pez Cantina menu.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:30pm-11pm Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3:00pm-6:300pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 258-2280

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef Bret Thompson

  • Catering

    Corporate Catering now available. Contact lucy@pezcantina.com<br /> for further information.

  • Private party facilities

    Pez Cantina's private dining room offers an intimate atmosphere with up to a 40 guest capacity. Our PDR features a stunning 750 porcelain fish chandelier centerpiece, use of our 70" screen H.D. television. Select from tray passed or stationary hors d'oeuvres, family style or a coursed out menu. We can custom tailor any reception, meeting or celebration.

  • Private party contact

    Lucy Thompson: (213) 258-2280

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking available at underground parking lot of 400 S Hope St (CBRE BUILDING). Entrance available on both Grand Ave and Hope St. Valet cost $7.50 for 2 hours with validation.

  • Entertainment

    Live Music Saturday Nights

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

What 367 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. h

    heycamster

    Los Angeles

    47 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    When the Pez Carina management decided to leave Open Table, they did not contact loyal regular diners who had existing reservations. The reservations could not be cancelled or updated. Open Table disregarded my emails requesting assistance. I have a $20 reward with Pez I fear is worthless.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2017

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Server added $26+ to her tip without our consent. Discovered via fruad report on credit card. Server was beyond horrible and not attentive. Manager gave us a really hard time when we complained about the bad servicebut eventually comp'd the drinks. Didn't believe us when we complained a few days later about the fraudulent tip add on behalf of the server. Will never go back.
  3. F

    gFunk

    Los Angeles

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome seafood and great service.
  4. R

    Robert

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2017

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    The food was very good. For the price the quality was good with fresh ingredients and a good guacamole. However, the service is extremely poor. Just not enough people to help. Also, they need to change the position of their brunch. In addition, they should never run out of plates during a brunch! At one point, from my advantage view, for a solid 15 minutes of time, I did not see one waiter. Not acceptable during a beautiful busy Sunday brunch.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Brunch!!!!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2017

    overall5food2service4ambience4
    The scenery was nice however too expensive for drinks and food.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is by far one of my favorites of all time. The staff is great and the food is excellent not to mention the drinks!!
  8. MR

    MayRye

    Los Angeles

    58 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2017

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    This place is being mismanaged but has the potential to turn it around. The back of the house is putting out consistently good food, the drinks are potent and fresh, the neighborhood is appreciating, the terrace is magnificent, but the front of the house seems disorganized, tired, and always harried. We're too often having to flag someone down for service or a drink and truly feel badly for the employees who seem tired and overworked. Our meal arrived oddly...beans and rice arriving a full 10 minutes prior to our meat or tortillas (we ordered a molcajate). Our bus man did an inadequate job of fixing a wobbly table and just ended up spinning the table around so that my husbands' plate, cup, fork, and napkin were now in front of me and mine in front of him. The presentation was sloppy and molcajete sauce oozed on the table. I think this was our 4th and last visit as $78 .00 PLUS tax and a 20% tip for two adults with only 3 margaritas between them is too much to pay for regrettable service that does not seem to be improving with time.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything! The best cocktails ever.
  10. R

    Reverendray

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    made reservations for 5 for Easter Brunch. The location is right in Downtown, and I am sure gets lots of business during the week. We arrived early and were seated immediately. We waited for a while before anyone came to our table. Finally the hostess came and brought set ups and explained there was only buffet available. I was disappointed since I was not informed when I made the reservations or when I called to increase the number of guests, and not even when they called me to confirm. The pricing was $30 for buffet, $40 for buffet with Mimosas and Champagne, and $ 50 for buffet, mimosas and beer and wine. There were several large groups, and only one waiter. He was hustling, and really needed another waiter. It took forever to get a drink. We got there at 1, and the place was a mess. Dirty dishes piled up, no water service at the tables. I waited at the table while everyone went to the buffet. when they returned, I went to get food. There were no clean plated. so I used a small oval dessert plate. There were bugs near the fruit so I passed on that, the shrimp looked old, so I passed on that Served a few things on my small plate, Chicken Chinga, chile ciquelles, and some potatoes. They had a pot pooled, but again no bowls. went to the table and all the food tasted the same. Very disappointed. Finally they had some bowls so served some pisole. That was the only real serving I had to eat. the desserts were all good, but clearly brought in. The other tables were all large groups and clearly had lots to drink. the group of guys next to us were loud and obnoxious, one said he had 13 cocktails. I don't question, based on the belligerent conversations . the other large group I think were owners of the place. They had all the attention. They were walking around with bottles of champagne and carafes of OJ. I wont be going back.
  11. BG

    BillG

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful margaritas and great service! The appetizers were inventive and very tasty.
  12. CP

    CarrieP

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Took a client here and he was very impressed.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was just amazing! Great food, with a beautiful ambiance
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2017

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Terrible service
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and ambiance but a little pricey for lunch specials.
  16. L

    Louise

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2017

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Even with reservation- poor table Service sporadic as to speed & care for details We were not in a hurry, but server disappeared for more than 10 minutes after leaving the dessert menu.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service. The music playing was fun, but more importantly was not too loud.
  18. IE

    IrishEyes

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food! From the chips and blackened salsa to the main entrees, everything was delicious!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lunch is better than dinner. Make sure to attend lunch only.
  20. B

    Brenda

    Los Angeles

    107 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    107 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2017

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Great guacamole and chips. The tacos are great too. Only negative is slow services so allow plenty of time.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Every bite of all the dishes we ordered are uniquely jam-packed with flavor! We love everything we've ever had there. We park under ground, eat, walk five minutes to the music center and walk back. Very easy.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again Pez Cantina was on point. Service and food was excellent!!
  23. DA

    DianeA

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food was great as usual. Service was good but a bit slow this time.
  24. l

    luv2eat

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. Service was good and staff were friendly.
  25. J

    Jenna

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pez Catina was delicious! The cocktails are all handcrafted and they are worth every cent. The food is a hit and the service couldn't have been any more attentive.
  26. J

    Javier

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It took a while to be seated at the beginning even though i had a reservation. Food was average and the cocktails was not that good.
  27. CB

    CollegeBoy24

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2017

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    I had heard great things about this place and it was recommended by one of my best friends to come here. I had come to celebrate with my mom and aunt to take them out for a fun night out. The margaritas were fantastic. The food was delicious. My only issue was that our server was rushing us to leave. It literally put a sour taste in our mouth. By no means was the restaurant busy and there was plenty of open tables. I was still eating my food when he asked if we wanted to bill. I wanted another round of drinks and dessert but he angered me quite frankly in rushing us out. So great food and drinks but the service was terrible because of this.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a blast. Went with my wife and 2 kids. The place was perfect. Would have appreciated a kids menu, but we went with the chicken with the chimichurri sauce on the side...and substituted fries for all the veggie sides with the dish. Worked out fine, though a reduced price would have been appropriate. They should just add a kids menu.
  29. LH

    LeslieH

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The special swordfish was the best we've had in ages. We needed to get to the theater quickly and they got our food out immediately Love this place
  30. JS

    JayS

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    2.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2017

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Salsa excellent. Guacamole blah. Most food swimming in sugary sauce. Nothing special.
  31. JA

    JoAnnH

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2017

    overall2food1service1ambience4
    the service was very poor and we waited for everything, drinks, food, more drinks, dessert, coffee. even after saying something we still had bad service. the food and drinks were very tasty but the wait was unexcusable, the food was all cold three people dining and every thing cold!!
  32. B

    Brisas

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Service during lunch should be a little faster. Most people during the week are on their lunch hours.
  33. D

    Dakdiesel

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Long wait for server to take our order but otherwise a good experience.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great experience! The food was soooo good and the service was great! I recommend any of the taquitos, brussel sprouts and the ahi tuna tosadas. It was great for a group and the staff was extremely accommodating. I cannot wait to come back to try more delicious food.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was superb. High quality ingredients. Seafood was outstanding. Salsa and chips was an experience. 8 different salsas to choose from. All salsas good to excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
  36. SP

    SteveP

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    The first time we went the food was simply fantastic. My dish beef cheeks this time were wonderful with papas that were delicious but my friend's scallops while good were overall not very good at all because the sauce was very unappealing to her. The salmon of my other friend was okay but nothing to write home about. I feel that the quality of the food was substantially less than the time before. The chips were greasy and I realize they are homemade but still very much on the greasy side. So sorry. Also they had a band there and it was very very noisy even though we were on the non bar side. Not the very best experience this time. Service was super.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant, great food. The soups are always delicious, seafood is fresh, the ceviche also delicious. I'm a big fan of the daily dive tacos, but this time I had the soup special and the blue crab was so good, it's my new favorite.
  38. DD

    DowntownDaisy

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2017

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The food at this restaurant is Mexican contemporary. You will not find traditional Mexican food. Not your grandma's recipes. All is all the food is OK but not great. The menu for happy hour could be better. I found that paying $8 for two very, very small shrimp tacos that had ONE shrimp in each taco was expensive. Also paying for chips and salsa is somewhat perplexing. Most Mexican restaurants give you that at no cost. Drinks and service are very good. The ambiance is nice. I liked the music and the level of noise. I LOVE that they provide a PURSE holder/stand. Not many places offer this. The ladies room was clean. This restaurant is pricy and a good choice for a special occasion. Their tacos are the best option.
  39. S

    Srojas

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2017

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    Service was horrible. We had to practically hunt waiter down for drinks. It was my wife's birthday, which we had mentioned before brunch and durning brunch when she was in bathroom. Never even said happy birthday all they did was bring out some fish compliments of the chef. We really wanted to like his place because of the food reviews but unfortunately we decided to go to brunch. Will never return.
  40. j

    jbamf21

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is SO GOOD, the chef/owner is awesome at what he does. The service and food was top notch. We love coming here. I highly recommend coming here in evening to sit outside on a warm night. The view and the ambiance is beautiful. And if you want a great brunch, check them out.

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Pez Cantina does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Pez Cantina is rated 4.4 stars by 367 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 2:30pm Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:30pm-11pm Happy Hour: Monday - Friday 3:00pm-6:300pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, Contemporary American, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking available at underground parking lot of 400 S Hope St (CBRE BUILDING). Entrance available on both Grand Ave and Hope St. Valet cost $7.50 for 2 hours with validation.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Bret Thompson

  • Entertainment

    Live Music Saturday Nights

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

  • Phone number

    (213) 258-2280

  • Catering

    Corporate Catering now available. Contact lucy@pezcantina.com<br /> for further information.

  • Private party facilities

    Pez Cantina's private dining room offers an intimate atmosphere with up to a 40 guest capacity. Our PDR features a stunning 750 porcelain fish chandelier centerpiece, use of our 70" screen H.D. television. Select from tray passed or stationary hors d'oeuvres, family style or a coursed out menu. We can custom tailor any reception, meeting or celebration.

  • Private party contact

    Lucy Thompson: (213) 258-2280

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