Original Pantry Cafe

(213) 972-9279 | View Website

877 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA | Directions   90017

34.046335 -118.262900

Open Hours

Monday To Sunday From 12:00 PM To 12:00 AM

 
Restaurants, $, Breakfast  more

More Tags: Brunch, Cheap Eats, Late Night Dining, Lunch Spot

Cuisine: Steakhouse

Payment Methods: Cash

General Info: Open 24 Hours

Neighborhoods: Central LA, South Park, Downtown

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Original Pantry Cafe
Original Pantry Cafe
Original Pantry Cafe
Original Pantry Cafe
Menu
Beef Tenderloin, New York, Top Sirloin, T-Bone, Club Steak, Hamburger Steak, Pork Chops, Pantry Burger, BBQ Pork Sandwich, Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich... more

Reviews for Original Pantry Cafe

Original Pantry Cafe
Recommends

Cash only and seat yourself! Order the sourdough cause it's delicious!

Recommends
2 months ago

Deemed to be one of the best breakfast spots for late night eats. This old school diner dishes out some tasty meals. They place is full most of the time. Parkin her can be difficult in downtown.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

now this place is old in a good way. food service is nothing special, but the original pantry makes you feel comfortable.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Best breakfast in town – I'm glad the Hahn's cleaned it up a little, becasue the pantry is an LA staple. Soul food doesn't even begin to describe the love that they have for traditional American breakfasts. By traditional, I mean HUGE!!! The staff is caring, attentive, and happy. You can tell that each waiter loves being a part of this historical treasure. I can't think of anything bad to say about them other than you better be ready to wait for a table. When you are there, you are in their house, so be polite.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Surreal experience, in a bad way – We were a party of 10 last night, a busy St. Patrick's day. Without even greeting us, a waiter came to us to tell us to move to the other side of the line as we were blocking the entrance. He told us it is clearly stated in the front door which is the entrance and which is the exit. We waited for around 20 mins, then a grumpy waiter asked us how many we were and settled down a table for 10, but never called us, we seated ourselves (despite the first waiter telling us the second one would tell us 'what time you are allowed to sit'). We sat for another 20 minutes, waiting for our menus... the grumpy waiter came to take the order, but we had no idea there are no menus, he was pissed and pointed to the board. Left for another 10 minutes. He came back, asked one of my friends what was she ordering, she wasn't sure, so he turned around and told us "when she's ready, I'll be back" another 20 minutes... I honestly ordered whatever I saw: a hamburger and a coffee. They brought me a tasteless beef patty in between two slices of sandwich bread, not even a bun. It was totally gross! I never got my coffee. And yes, you guess right: he charged the coffee! Bottomline: avoid this stinky place, it's not worth it at all.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Really good Really good – Great NY steak, incredible hamburger, great apple pie,I'm a local, but if not it would be worth the trip.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

the pantry has changed – My wife and I have been going to the pantry for over 20 years and the portions at breakfast were hefty. Not any more. The thick bacon got thin, potatoe servings are 1/2 of what they used to be and they use small (no longer jumbo) eggs. The bargain is gone and people will catch on.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Nauseatingly Bad – After having heard so much about this place I went there today. Waited in line for 45 minutes. While waiting thought to myself "hey it must be good if there is a line." Boy was I wrong. First it was very difficult to read the menus on the wall because of the table position. Yup, they got no menus other than the faded chalk writings on the wall. I tried the so called country fried steak. My friend got the eggs, french toast, and sausage. I find it hard to come up with a word to properly describe the nauseating material served to us. Nothing was edible. Not even the peas which were stale and overcooked. Other than the horrible horrible food it took us 30 minutes to finally convince someone to give us the check so that we could leave the dive. DON'T GO, DON'T GO, DON'T GO. .

Recommends
over a year ago

Old-school diner with steak, chops, all-day-eggs and a side of L.A. history. – In Short
The decor is straight out of a noir novel--bleak lighting, Formica tables, turn-of-the-century photos of downtown, and a high-security cashier's cage. Busy at every hour, ancient waiters cater to an endless stream of ravenous nightcrawlers and lunching City Hall suits. Full steak dinners with a squirt of the cafe's signature sauce--plus all the fixings--are bargain-priced. Hearty breakfasts of omelettes, ham and buckwheat pancakes are also legendary.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

the breakfasts are overrated but the steak is not – this is not a restaurant where everything on the menu is good, however if you are looking for an authentic melt-in-your-mouth steak, this is the place. and the atmosphere is certainly of a style that may not appeal to all, but i find it charming and nostalgic with the gruff and elderly waiters, the formica tables and the lack of pretense. stick to steak and potatoes and you won't be disappointed.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

After all the hype about this place over the years, we expected.....something, like good food! – We wouldn't recommend this place to anybody. After years of hearing what a good place this is to eat, we finally got a chance to try it. What a disappointment! We both ordered breakfasts, and both were lacking a key ingredient in any good food. Flavor! Save yourself the trip and if you must eat at a "diner" go down the street to Denny's! Save yourself from the overpriced, blah-no flavor food!

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Nominated for:
24 Hours (2013)
Breakfast (2007)
Comfort Food (2007)
Breakfast (2006)
Comfort Food (2006)
Late-Night Dining (2006)
Breakfast (2005)
Cheap Eats (2005)
Late-Night Dining (2005)
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