Clifton’s Cafeteria – Los Angeles, CA


Mary is a San Diego native and has been a food blogger for 11+ years. She is an avid reader, a lover of puppies, and loves trying new food. Foods she loves: sweets, peanut butter, pasta, Triscuit crackers with cream cheese, and extra nuts on top of her sundaes. Food she dislikes: pickles, really spicy food, runny eggs, olives, and too much arugula.

9 Responses

  1. Holy #%@! So RAD that you went here! I’ve heard of this place and have been wanting to go but was afraid of line lines and a long wait since it was a tourist destination. Just curious, did you have to wait long? This place also underwent some massive remodeling. It looks ginormous and I like that the rooms are themed. Everything that you all had looked good, like the sausages on Jake’s place and especially your pecan pie slice with more nuts than goo. That’s my kind of pie! The bread foxes were cute too! I’ll have to make another excuse to go to DTLA just for Clifton’s. Great post – I consider it our preview! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hey CC! We went on a Saturday afternoon. We got there about 1PM and there were not really any lines so we didn’t have much of a wait at all. Maybe it’s busier during peak times (like peak lunch or dinner) but we didn’t have a problem. We parked about 2-3 blocks away using the Park Whiz app and scored all day parking for $4 by paying in advance. I think it was $5 otherwise. I know you would get a kick out of this place! There’s a ton to look at and I didn’t take photos of everything but it’s really fun to walk through! I had a hard time picking just one dessert. Almost got two. But I had a feeling we would be full with all of the food we got. Ha!

      • Thanks for the tips! Afternoon is better, check. That, plus that parking app that I need to install. Because parking sucks royally over there, omg. Clifton’s has been around forever and with the new remodel, looks like visual overload (in a good way).

  2. Faye says:

    I want to come here now! I’ve never heard of this place. I LOVE cafeteria style ordering. It’s just visual overload for foodies like us I think. Was it pricey though?

    • Mary says:

      Hi Faye – This place is so fun! You should totally take a trip and visit it! I didn’t put prices because I didn’t know the breakdown of everything, but I think our total was just over $30 for everything (we didn’t get drinks, just water). We also had way too much food. I think the pot pies were around $10. That’s the only price I remember seeing (besides dessert prices). So, not super cheap, but not super expensive either.

  3. That’s the coolest looking cafeteria I’ve ever seen!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Soo – I loved the interior at Clifton’s – it felt like eating in a forest! There was so much stuff to look at, too. A really fun cafeteria!

  4. Oh man oh man oh man. This place looks awesome. Even though wheat makes me bloat like a puffer, that pot pie looks heavenly. I definitely need another trip to California!!

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