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Clifton's

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648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014-1807
+1 213-627-1673
Today
06:30 - 19:30
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 19:30
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I really love grabbing a drink here although weirdly I have never tried the food. I love the decor, it feels like proper old school Los Angeles. Love the taxidermy and velvet couches. I just like the rich indulgent feel of the space sipping on a glass of cab. Anytime I have out of towners visiting dtla I take them... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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69 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you remember the old Cliftons or other cafeteria style places, this is not what you're looking for. The picture of the desserts is accurate but most of the other food is more like a food court, with lines for the different entree options. When we were there they were of several things and the lines moved so slowly. So,... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You have to be in the mood for an experience! Ignore the kill-joy who called it "touristy." And if she wanted haute cuisine, she shouldn't have expected to get it from a cafeteria! This is eclectic and historic. And FUN! We started with a drink in the Gothic Bar, and enjoyed sitting and talking and people watching. The night we... More 

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Appleton, WI
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You feel like you are stepping back into time with the edgy,eclectic decor. Where else can you find a stuffed bear and a concrete tree growing in the middle of the restaurant? The food is super too with various stations in the buffet line. They have carved meat, meatloaf, huge pot pies, various sides selection, desserts, and many other food... More 

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Woodland Hills
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit disappointed in the restaurant. Food overpriced however, the chicken pot pie was tasty. I found the place was a bit too touristy and not as "old" charming as it was forty years ago.

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Camillus, New York
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208 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were visiting downtown at the Broad art museum and walked over to Clifton's to see what it was all about. When you ask someone "What's Clifton's like?, no one can give an answer. Its a cafeteria and bar, and so many other curiosities that when you walk around something catches your eyes everywhere you look. Some of the items... More 

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Dallas
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111 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This review covers the facility itself & the bars, but not the food. We came here one evening for a birthday, not knowing what to expect. Ours jaws literally dropped upon entering Cliftons. The place is like nothing you have ever experienced before. There are multiple levels with a different themed bar on each level (and different themed drinks for... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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87 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

January 3, 2017 - After walking on Broadway to look at the facades and architectural features of some of the old theaters; the Palace, the Roxi, etc., we stopped at Clifton's for dinner. We had listed Clifton's as one of the historical places we wanted to visit while in Los Angeles and this was a good time to visit. We... More 

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Claremont, CA
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27 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came on Super Bowl Sunday to celebrate a birthday. Parking is $6 and directly across the street. Food is arranged in a few different stations and I did the the tradional meal with roast beef and two sides. I was a little disappointed that by the time I got to my table almost everything was room temp or cold.... More 

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Fullerton, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Welcome back Clifton's! After so much anticipation, I was very happy with all the food and the environment. The lines were very long and they don't have very many vegetarian options, but what they had was great tasting. We really want to come back and go to the Tiki Room!!!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
American
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Buffet
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 19:30
Monday
06:30 - 19:30
Tuesday
06:30 - 19:30
Wednesday
06:30 - 19:30
Thursday
06:30 - 19:30
Friday
06:30 - 19:30
Saturday
06:30 - 19:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 648 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014-1807
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 213-627-1673

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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