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Public School - Downtown Los Angeles

4.4
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176 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, Public School is a fun, school-themed gastropub that features a wide selection of local craft beers, classic drafts, and craft cocktails. PS delivers "An Education in the Art of Food & Beer." We offer a chef-driven menu that is made from scratch using only the freshest quality ingredients. "Recess" (aka Happy Hour) is held every day from 3pm-7pm and Late Night Recess is Sunday to Wednesday from 9pm to close. Brunch is in session every Saturday and Sunday until 3pm. Weekday quick service breakfast is available Monday to Friday from 7:30-10:30am.

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Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 176 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.2
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DavidL
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant, food and staff were outstanding. If I lived in LA, I would be there all the time!!

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vipPS01
Los Angeles
497 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The best pizza in DTLA!!

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vipSabrinaStar
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

Overall it was good with high-quality food but the service was lacking as it took forever to get our check. The cocktails were really good and so was the edamame hummus!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second time here. Perfect for a casual dinner night. Food is great and drinks are pretty good. Had the public school burger and chicken sandwich both very tasty. Margaritas are really good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service!

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vipPS01
Los Angeles
497 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome Happy Hours menu!!!

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GSQUARED
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience post Covid-19! Felt good to be social except for the loud lady behind us

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My friend and I ordered off the happy hour menu and both, food and cocktail, tasted great. The service was great as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great post Covid first meal. Everyone was super attentive to us and they were all awesome. Oh ya the food was great too!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Angela was so sweet and made table for my group!

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LDFD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Although we were seated promptly and politely by the hostess within just a few minutes our reservation time, our waiter seemed a bit overwhelmed and yet disinterested in being there. It was extremely crowded and loud, but that was to be expected for a Friday during happy hour. The happy hour cocktails appeared to be pre-mixed (no modifications) and were very imbalanced and strong compared to the same drinks I had at other PS locations on other occasions. We ordered 5 of the share plates on the happy hour menu and they were brought surprisingly quickly but were also probably pre-prepared, as they were barely warm. The food was also strangely underseasoned, again as compared to my having the same items at other PS locations. I very much enjoy the Public School franchise and it's menu on the whole, but I doubt I will patronize the 213 location again.

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vipTrebla10
Los Angeles
131 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

a nice convenient venue for lunch amongst co-workers and clients.

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vipJohn
Chicago
37 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service1Ambience5

A good experience and very good food, but our server was pretty condescending. My office is in the neighborhood so I'll be back --hope the server treats us as adults.

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Ashlee
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went for brunch on Sunday and had a great time. Service was very good and our waitress was very friendly.

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MannyC
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and great food! Had a reservation and everything went just as perfect as can be. Would definitely return ! Thanks for everything

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DanteH
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great time. Highly recommend

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vipHankK
Los Angeles
91 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good place for a quick lunch. Sometimes this place can be loud making it difficult for business, but this time, it was quiet. Our waiter was terrific, prompted to the table, and our meals came out quickly. I had the fish & chips which are delicious, while my guest had the Ahi Bowl, which is her go too entree at the restaurant. We had no complaints on food or service.

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vipRichard
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Really surprised at this gem in DLA. Give it a try and go for happy hour the food and drink prices are fantastic for the value.

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vipHaynorcal
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience3

Good:blueberry french toast was great. Convenient location to rest of downtown. Our server was good.

Bad: chilaquiles (oddly the plate was hot, chips were cold and there was nothing on them other than sauce and a little scrambled eggs). Egg dish was bland. Hostess was unfriendly.

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MariaK
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

I've dined here multiple times before, this time, however, the service was very off-the-mark.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Recess menu was perfect! Absolutely love that they offer the recess menu everyday. Everything was great. We will be going back soon.

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vipNormando
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I went to this restaurant after a tour of the LA Library with 11 people. The staff had prepared for us and the table was set and laid out for us. The sservice continued to be attentive and good throughout. The food was quite excellent and delivered promptly. I have only good things to say. If you are going to the library, you should consider coming to PS213.