Preux & Proper

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704 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Rooted in the bold flavors and techniques of the South, we season our food with a bit of Lowcountry swag and So-Cal culture. Our scratch cookery focuses on thoughtfully sourced sustainable ingredients, modern culinary technique and putting a whole lotta love into everything we do. The barroom downstairs offers our full menu and is open 7 days a week. Our fine dining room is open Thursday through Sunday. We are proud at announce that we a recipients of the 2019 Michelin Bib Gourmand!
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Keyword: Orpheum, Ace Hotel, Vogue Theater, DTLA, Downtown Los Angeles, Southern, Cajun, Creole, Louisiana, New Orleans, Soul Food

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Note: Preux & Proper will close promptly at 10:30pm this New Years Eve to allow our employees to enjoy the Ball Drop with their loved ones. Please make alternative arrangements for midnight.

But first come to Preux and Proper and get the best meal you've had all year. Have some bubbles!

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What 704 People Are Saying
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BM
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 2

The food was not good at all. The host who sat us down was so kind and sweet; she made the dining experience nice. We keep seeing bugs on the wall next to our food. The food was not good. Honestly, was turned off by the bugs.

ME
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Before event at Orpheum theater. Perfect spot. Delicious food. Attentive service.

LB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I was ambitious and ordered catfish, andouille sausage, corn, and crab hushpuppies. Everything was tasty although the hushpuppies were fried hard - tough exterior and somewhat doughy interior.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great! Except the restaurant was closed an

MN
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Amazing food. Great cocktails. We loved everything we tried. Service was slow and it was super cold when we went, buy loved the food.

DB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful experience. Drinks and shared plates were all well prepared and very tasty, although we all ate too much.
One diner in our party had some food allergy questions and when our waitress wasn't 100% sure on some of the ingredients she brought in a manager who took great care of us and returned multiple times to ensure we were well taken care of. Very enjoyable evening.

S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Cornbread and Poutine were faaantastic - and the Tiki drink for 2 was served in a big copper piineapple adding to the festive feel. Fun.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Date night dinner here before a show at the Ace Hotel Theater- perfect meal (gumbo), great drinks, close location, just a great choice all around.

PL
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks. Servers were nice. Nice environment. Great for a date.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing & eclectic food!

DF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed dinner here before a show at the Orpheum. Early enough to take advantage of happy hour drinks and appetizers. Everything we tried was wonderful. Will be back to explore the menu further.

K
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We stumble upon this place while in LA. Quite the neighborhood find. They had an extensive happy hour special/menu. We tried the Carolina bbq cubano, fried Mississippi catfish, baked mac and cheese, braised collards and beignets. While I would have preferred less meat in the greens, overall the food had a great taste and was well seasoned. The house wine (Wycliff brut, I believe) paired well with our meal selection. Our server Chuey was very attentive and provided superb customer service. I would highly recommend for every day dining or special occasions.

NM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Not a great place. Save your money, and fly to New Orleans. ;)

Overpriced, extremely small portions, bland cocktails and food.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Ran out of oysters before we arrived. Terrible service.

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Downstairs stunk and the place was sticky. Thank god we only got desserts, which we did not even need. Glad we ate a huge meal before because the smell was a total turnoff.

DD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Cool, hip vibe but the place is small and loud. Food was good but pricey, drinks were okay but the service was impeccable! Will be back but will try to hit happy hour and maybe grab a table outside on the patio.

FS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Just have to differentiate the upstairs "Propper" from the downstairs "Preux" menus. "Proper" has the more diverse menu.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and great atmosphere. Perfect for a date night.

s
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Definitely recommend - such a find in the middle of downtown. Great for pre-concert, or post concert...excellent bar and amazing space!

WD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Other than the oddity of needing to go upstairs to get a table downstairs, the atmosphere was nicely casual, the service timely and the food quality excellent. Sitting near the door does tend to punctuate the evening with the period boom of the shutting door, but that's easily overlooked thanks to the quality of the meal.

N
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect for anniversaries! The best customer service I’ve ever gotten.

l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food is very hit or miss. Some dishes are delicious, some not so much. Overpriced for what you get—for these prices I’d rather go to Bavel or Majordomo.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was good, however the menu did not accurately reflect the menu posted on Open Table. There were not as many options unfortunately.
I ordered the hush puppies, which tasted pretty good but, on the menu, was listed as a $22 entree. When it came out, it was served as a small appetizer and I felt ripped off. I had ordered this as my only course thinking it would be enough to serve one person. I’m not sure why the waiter, who was very friendly, didn’t point out that what I had ordered was small and more like an appetizer. If I had known, I would not have ordered 4 small balls for $22.
Another thing that wasn’t so nice was the seating. The only option for chairs are bar stools crammed up against the walls. This was okay since we weren’t there long, but I could imagine it being very uncomfortable for older guests or small kids.
Overall the experience was nice, but not somewhere I would return to due to what felt like overpriced food and the fact that downtown parking is minimum $15 on top of what we paid for the food.

PM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal as always. Only problem was deciding what to order from the incredible menu

OT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always have a good experience when I come! The food is AMAZING, the opens definitely set the vibe, and service was fast.

OT
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good environment. Quite enjoyable.

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OT
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Sunday family brunch.
The skillet corn bread is fantastic!
We ordered a couple of the Bloody Mary versions and they were really good.
The shrimp and grits were okay , the grits were coarse ground- would have been better if creamier. Flavor was delicious.
The crawfish roil was good too and on the proper grilled bun!
One of us ordered the egg and sausage dish- it was delivered to our table long after the other dishes and hubby was not impressed. Eggs were over cooked and the sausages were dry. Hoping that was unusual.

Overall is was a good experience, would like to try the dinners.

JB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Flavors that we have not found in any other restaurant. Bravo.

MH
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This was a cool place. Good crowd. Food was good with interesting textures and tastes. I didn’t realize it was a share plate experience but the portions were very generous. I tried a really good drink that was a gin pineapple mule type thing I loved! We skipped dessert but I wish we hadn’t. The beignets looked amazing!

G
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Too many items on the menu to try. We'll have to go back and try more. Didn't quite understand the crush in the lower lobby/bar; upstairs there were many empty tables. We had reserved a table for two but decided to eat and drink at the bar. The wife ordered an Aperol spritz and reported it was light on Aperol; I can confirm it was also light on prosecco because I watched it being made. I had an old fashioned, and it was well built but, like most old fashioneds, mostly ice cube. The moules were good and nicely seasoned; crab hush puppies excellent; squash blossom chile relleno very tasty; and the house andouille sausage more like thuringer than andouille but still good.

F
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The food is orgasmic, I was very pleased. Shared among my party were the chicken and waffles, shakshuka, French toast and shrimp and grits, all just amazing. Will definitely make a return trip.

I was too hung and busy enjoying my food to take photos, I wish I did, yet another reason to return.

My only complaint is that the bottomless mimosas are only served downstairs 🙁

E
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Staff Awesome, attentive, very nice and helpful !! Food excellent. I Would definitely return.

K
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfectly seasoned, creative and delicious! My new favorite restaurant! Our group really enjoyed dinner.

TS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent as usual. This is my fourth or fifth time eating here, and it was amazing and expected. My wife and I love this place, and we let everyone know about it if they are looking for a great place to eat in DTLA. Great food excellent service and a party like atmosphere keeps it lively! Come for the food, and leave feeling full and happy.

L
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I made a reservation for my sister's bachelorette dinner and we were able to be seated in the outdoor patio. The service was amazing and they showed my sister a great time. It was my third time at the restaurant and definitely not my last. Drinks and bar food options were great. Thank you!

EA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The food just wasn't good. Service was nice. A couple items were burnt.

l
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and love the ambience

OT
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food! Great service!

a
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Fun experience but very limited menu on a Saturday. The fried chicken sandwich was very good but small for the price. I wish they had offered fried chicken on Saturday.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

It was good