Public School - Downtown Los Angeles

4.3
123 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Comfort Food
Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, we are an American gastropub offering a variety of your favorites as well as a range of unique twists on the classics. From fresh salads and vegetarian cuisine to one-of-kind burgers and hand-tossed pizzas, Public School 213 has something for everyone.
What 123 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.3
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Group of six and staff was accommodating and helpful.

J
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

This location has the WORST service. I really dont wanna destroy their reputation on this but maybe someone will notice and they can turn it around. The restaurant is close to my office so the team goes here often for meals. This time I had to tell the waitress I need utensils, she asked me if I needed a plates for the group appetizers, and we didnt get water until after the food was served, and we were thirsty enough I guess. I enjoy the food often, but I really would like to see an improvement in the quality of service.

AB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

If you prefer your dining experience to be in a cacophony of noise, this is the place. You cannot have a conversation with your dining partner nor understand what your server is saying. The food was actually very good and if I was in the mood for an energetic pub then our experience might have been better. Also, the maitre de did not say a word to us at the door, just put up a wait a minute gesture then grabbed 2 menus and started walking to a table. Not a word was said as the menus were placed on our table and she walked off. That probably didn't help set a positive mood. But maybe she realizes that talking makes no sense since the din is too loud to compete with.

OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Looks adorable. Clever theme. Fair/marginal. staff VERY nice, but forgetful.

BA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great! And reasonably priced. Games were fun while we waited. Enjoyed our stay.

DB
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Unfortunately, the restaurant really smelled like fish when we walked in. My pizza was served to me cold and the parking is horrific with nobody standing at the valet stand for a good 20 minutes while we continued to block traffic. Public school theme
was fun but I won’t be back.

CB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Fun place with a variety of food and drink options.

RD
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food and at a good price. Service was excellent and for lunch importantly we were done in no time.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and food!

KW
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We picked this restaurant for its moderate prices relative to some of the other options in the area. The food and drinks were all fine, but nothing really stands out at all. Service was quite good, attentive and friendly. I can see the attraction of the games available at the tables although we did not use them this time. All in all it was totally fine, but I'd probably try a new place next time.

AR
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Went to watch a soccer game, and do bottomless brush brunch. Was a great choice with a great atmosphere. Brunch menu is nothing special however.

B
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Even though it's advertised as bottomless, the first thing the waitress tells you is that you only get three carafes.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

I called ahead to make sure there was a vegan option, and they said yes, Impossible burger. Arrived with my party to find out they had been out of the impossible burger for days had had no other vegan entree options.

SS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really fun place with games to play at the table, good food and the service was excellent.

N
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

No. Food was really, really poor and very disappointing.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Our waiter was barely present leaving us with no drinks for the majority of our visit. We ordered two appetizers and two entrees and they all came at the same time. We told the manager (who delivered the entrees) it would have been nice to have had a moment to eat our apps first and he just mumbled sorry dropped the entrees and left. The food was ok, nothing special. But the service (or lack thereof) pretty much sealed the deal that this was a one and done experience at this place.

l
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 3

So loud in there this time and the food was not up to the level it had been on past visits. Disappointing.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food was amazing!

VN
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Food was excellent. Fun atmosphere with decks of cards and games that could be played at your table. Cocktail was delicious when we received it 30 minutes into our meal. Had to ask the busboy for it as we never saw our waitress again after ordering. A different waiter asked how our food was. Never received a refill on my soda, and had to flag a different waiter down to get our check. On the taste of the food, I would try another Public School location but won’t be back to the downtown LA restaurant.

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The impossible burger!!! So good!!!!

LH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 3

Food was good service was poor. Been there a few times now but won’t go again because of the service

r
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Impossible burger was the best veggie burger I have ever had!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for brunch. They ran out of mimosas but everything else was good.

BA
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Unique menu with lots of interesting dishes to choose from. Our waitress. Ashley, was charming and we will be certain to return the next time we are in LA.

EP
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Atmosphere was great. Food was quite good.
Unfortunately, we waited nearly 10 minutes until a server came by to the table. We had to back to the hostess and complained. Finally, The manager took our orders, but did not know the menu items that well.

L
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Friendly service. Prompt with the table. Great recommendations. Not to expensive. Lots of food. Delicious.

H
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The fish and chips were great. It's a noisy place, though, so keep that in mind.

EB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

Stone and concrete floors make it much too loud to talk when the place is full. Food was OK, but not great and service was a bit slow

PS
Denver
17 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The biggest thing preventing a 5-star rating was the fact they were out of multiple Happy Hour beers and hinted at possible replacements, but refused to honor any replacements.

The validated valet parking worked great. The quality of the food was excellent

DA
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

A little loud for our prospective client meeting but everyone liked the food and had a nice time.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Service was too slow. Food portions are too small.

RH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

I had dinner plans for 6 of us at another spot. Turns out that place was closed Saturday for a wedding reception. Ugh... Bonaventure concierge suggested Public School, and it was a great choice. We had a 16 year old vegan in our party and she felt awesome when the waitstaff gave her their vegan menu. The kids played Monopoly while we adults enjoyed the 'Recess' menu. Food and drinks! Great ambiance and fantastic service. 1 warning, it is loud and, depending on where you sit, conversations can be rough. They also have a private room for parties and such. We'll be back.

GS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Been wanting to eat here for a while. So glad I finally had time. Everything looks amazing!!!

l
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The service was excellent!

A
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

First of all, I want to say that Public School in Downtown is super cool. They have a game room with beer pong, corn hole, Connect Four, and Jenga as well as board games that you could play at your table if you were seated outside the game room. The food was good, the drinks were good, the atmosphere was fun, and the service was good... The only complaint I had is that they allowed children in the game room on St. Patrick's Day to play beer pong. Granted, it was beer pong with water BUT we spent a TON of money on drinks and food that day and on a drinking holiday, it would have been great to not be stuck around children who were easily under the age of 10.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Was an early lunch with a work friend. We both ordered the slaw with our meal and was VERY surprised to find peanuts in it. Neither of us liked it nor do we remember it being mentioned on the menu. The peanut flavor overpowered the slaw.

EF
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The food was good and the service was excellent. I enjoyed it.

RA
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Booked a table and got sat in a dark corner in the bar under a tv not in their nice light restaurant area.
Food was poor, service was slow and sloppy. Would not go back

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 1Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Went for the second night in a row because there were not a lot of other walkable options between a conference and basketball crowd in the area. For the second night in a row the service was terrible. Servers disappear and while others offer to help it never comes. The manager came over and, I’m not kidding, offered me a card for free cauliflower during my next visit. My friend got free fries! What a joke. It’s a shame because the food is really good and the high school theme is fun.

K
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

This visit was disappointing. I was with two friends and we were placed in the back room— fine, but there was one server for the entire room and she seemed overwhelmed. Service was very minimal. She forgot that I ordered brunch without dairy (due to allergy), and they had to remake my dish later. I got the basic 2 eggs, bacon and potatoes, and the second dish came with one little overeasy egg (despite menu saying 2 eggs). Trivial perhaps, but the meal looked pretty sad. Maybe this is a good spot if you’re up front, ordering bottomless mimosas and apps.

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