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Union
Union
(1403)
$$$$
Italian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Excellent food with unique taste. The plates are made for sharing and they use the seasonal produce. Service is outstanding. Menu is limited but there’s something for everyone. Highly recommend it. More

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Nick's South Lake Ave
Nick's South Lake Ave
(1092)
$$$$
American | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Great menu! My favorite is the Thai noodle salad. The avocado flatbread pizza is amazing too. Service is always solid! More

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The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse at the Langham
The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse at the Langham
(856)
$$$$
Steakhouse | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Great quite date night for a couple that just wanted to try something different and got something more special then we expected More

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The Arbour - Pasadena
The Arbour - Pasadena
(760)
$$$$
Californian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Everything was great as usual!! More

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Shiro Restaurant
Shiro Restaurant
(886)
$$$$
Contemporary French | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

The food was delicious as always. We shared an squash blossom w/ shrimp mousse appetizer and it was wonderful. The taste was delicate with a crispy tempura shell. Their scallops were done just right being very tender. The New Zealand lamb chops were delicious as always. I have had many things on their menu and never been disappointed. We were celebrating someone's birthday and they brought several samples of their wonderful desserts as well as some vanilla ice cream for the others. This restaurant is definitely a keeper. More

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Pasadena
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Pasadena
(2556)
$$$$
Steakhouse | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Excellent food, wine, and service. Thanks for remembering my birthday! More

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Gyu-Kaku - Pasadena, CA
Gyu-Kaku - Pasadena, CA
(1432)
$$$$
Japanese | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

I’ve been coming here for years. I love this place. Cel rating an anniversary and it couldn’t of been better. More

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Malbec - Pasadena
Malbec - Pasadena
(748)
$$$$
Argentinean | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Staff was great! More

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Gale's
Gale's
(1849)
$$$$
Italian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Gale’s is my go-to Italian restaurant. Food is really tasty and quality very consistent. Unfortunately, service was a little spotty this visit (eg, bread stale, no offer of cheese with our pasta, had to ask multiple people multiple times for butter, infrequent check-ins by server, etc.). More

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The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room
The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room
(1946)
$$$$
Afternoon Tea | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

This tea is a very special experience. From the choice of tea to the scones (sweet and savory), tea sandwiches and desserts - including a delicious panda cotta - the whole experience is delightful. The service is excellent. My husband and I are not fond of salmon and were able to exchange that sandwich for an additional cucumber sandwich for me and an egg salad in filo for him. Wonderful! More

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Fleming's Steakhouse - Pasadena
Fleming's Steakhouse - Pasadena
(1038)
$$$$
Steak | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

I am never disappointed at Fleming's. Never. So, this review is more about the top notch service my family and I received from Jacob who was attentive, professional, and kept things moving throughout the evening. While I am going to miss the bone-in filet which I understand is going to be taken off the menu, I thoroughly enjoyed the steak and the sides. In my humble opinion Fleming's is a superior steakhouse and a solid outing when you are up for a nice evening out or for date night. More

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Celestino
Celestino
(2230)
$$$$
Italian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

We been coming here for years. It's a rare occurrence that my meal was off. I ordered the Pork tenderloin medium. It came very well done, and dry. Other than that the pasta's were done perfectly. The special beet salad and arugula salad with shaved artichokes were outstanding. More

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Mint Leaf Indian Cuisine
Mint Leaf Indian Cuisine
(451)
$$$$
Indian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

The owner is anxious to please and always comes over to say hello. We always tell him the same thing - best Indian food in southern California - and then introduce him to our friends if they are new to Mint Leaf. Great place. More

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The Lobby Lounge @ The Langham Hotel Pasadena
The Lobby Lounge @ The Langham Hotel Pasadena
(278)
$$$$
Afternoon Tea | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

I had a wonderful experience as always and look forward to returning. The music being played however through faulty, poor connection speakers in the lobby lounge was irritating to listen to, as the music would have been lovely had it not been coming from a broken speaker. Certainly there’s an AV person on staff to address this? More

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Altaeats
Altaeats
(432)
$$$$
American | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

We were in town for the Breeders Cup and a friend at the races recommended Altaeats after dining there the night before. My dad doesn’t drink and ordered a Coke, which they didn’t have, but it was sweet that one of the servers ran across the street to get him one. That really is going the extra mile. We ordered the olive starter, the cauliflower starter and the wedge salad. Probably should have served them in that order dish-wise, I thought it was a little strange the salad came before the cauliflower but that is an extremely minor point as all the dishes were excellent and the service was great. My dad had the ribeye and I was caught between the opah or the pork chop, ordering the latter with the server’s recommendation and was not disappointed. Both dishes were excellent and I enjoyed my Pinot Noir and the evening in general. It’s a little tricky to find in the dark at night with no signage other than a welcome mat out front and you wouldn’t think that nice a restaurant would be located between a barber shop and a liquor store but it’s a hidden gem and highly recommended to others looking for a fine dining spot. More

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True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
True Food Kitchen - Pasadena
(1352)
$$$$
American | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

I love True Food. But we had very poor service. I'll. E back because I know it's rare. Unfortunately the others in my party won't be back. More

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Eden Garden Bar and Grill
Eden Garden Bar and Grill
(81)
$$$$
Mediterranean | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Very good service and food...just a bit depressing as we were the onlt four people in the large room! More

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Sushi Roku - Pasadena
Sushi Roku - Pasadena
(923)
$$$$
Japanese | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Some of the bendy sashimi I have had anywhere. And the uni..... More

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Tibet Nepal House
Tibet Nepal House
(91)
$$$$
Indian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Came here for their lunch buffet. We liked it so much we invited friends for dinner. Very good Samosa, Yak Momo and Chicken Tikka Marsala. The most pleasant surprise was how tender and juicy the Tandoori Chicken was. Very good service. More

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Paul Martin's American Grill - Pasadena
Paul Martin's American Grill - Pasadena
(1378)
$$$$
American | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Excellent service and food. We loved it! More

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Mama M Sushi & Rolls
Mama M Sushi & Rolls
(4)
$$$$
Sushi | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

We were in Pasadena for an overnight stay before we continue our road journey from San Francisco to Phoenix. We were staying in downtown Pasadena and decided to give this restaurant a try. It was very good as we were happy with the salmon attack roll that we shared, the Sushi Set A dinner that I had, the tonkotsu ramen that my nephew ordered, and the BBQ pork ribs ramen that my husband had. Everything was delicious and nicely presented, and the staff were very friendly and efficient in keeping all the customers happy. More

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NodaSushi
NodaSushi
(4)
$$$$
Sushi | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Delicious!!! I had the Avocado salad, which was beautifully displayed. Also had a spicy tuna roll. Fabulous. Not too spicy. The ginger on the side was flavorful. More

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Sage Vegan Bistro - Pasadena
Sage Vegan Bistro - Pasadena
(253)
$$$$
Vegetarian / Vegan | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

As a vegan - I appreciate the variety of foods available It’s a little pricy but understandable because of the tasty and variety Of items on the menu. It’s a one-stop shop for vegans The ambiance is welcoming, artistic and fun I like the new items at their gift area and at the ice cream stand I did not appreciate the server we had on Monday We had to call for her several times when we needed and her and she seemed abrupt She was not as welcoming as the other servers I had in the past More

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Mi Piace
Mi Piace
(2513)
$$$$
Italian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Outstanding food, service and experience More

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Plate 38
Plate 38
(346)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Was a little surprised on entering that greeter did not know of reservation. Asked if I had a reservation for the ten guests. I told him I did. Took a few for him to set up for us. I guess I had expected that the area and tables were ready when I arrived. All patrons did not come at the same time, so the waiter was kept busy. I was impressed that all were taken care of promptly. The food was as expected but the potato fries were exceptional. Everyone enjoyed what they ordered. Will come back again as it was a very enjoyable evening for Happy Hour. More

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Il Fornaio - Pasadena
Il Fornaio - Pasadena
(2275)
$$$$
Italian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Great food, attentive service, tasty wines. Hard to beat, even on a busy night at the 'rush hour' for diners. More

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The Raymond Restaurant
The Raymond Restaurant
(2014)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Keep forgetting about this place but my wife and I had a great time. The mussels were the best and our server was great. A nice hang on a Sat night. More

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Green Street Restaurant
Green Street Restaurant
(1998)
$$$$
Californian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Food and service great. Patio seating nice and quieter than inside. Robin great server! More

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Avanti Italian Bistro and Bar
Avanti Italian Bistro and Bar
(356)
$$$$
Italian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Excellent restaurant - good food and ambiance. Very relaxing atmosphere. The parking was easy too. More

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Colombo's Italian Steakhouse & Jazz Club
Colombo's Italian Steakhouse & Jazz Club
(612)
$$$$
Italian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Excellent food and service. The ambiance was perfect. Love the red booths. I had the grilled salmon and pasta and the salmon was cooked perfectly. My husband had the Pomodoro with chicken and it was also very good. We will be coming back! More

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Alexander's Steakhouse - Pasadena
Alexander's Steakhouse - Pasadena
(1048)
$$$$
Steakhouse | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Great customer service attentive. Amazing cuts of meat along with Japanese Wagyu. 5th time here and will continue to come for great steak and attentive service! More

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Great Maple - Pasadena
Great Maple - Pasadena
(668)
$$$$
American | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

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Enjoy going to the Great Maple. Good food and a lively atmosphere. Everything I have ordered is very good. I like the menu. More

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Magnolia House
Magnolia House
(102)
$$$$
Contemporary American | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

This place is perfection. The ambience is great, staff are friendly and professional, the food is delicious and so are the cocktails. Brunch gets packed and they play good music--which is to say that it can get loud. It's not really the place for a cozy, quiet, intimate brunch, but if you want a fun, lively one, this is it. More

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The Terrace at The Langham, Pasadena
The Terrace at The Langham, Pasadena
(990)
$$$$
Californian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

My friend and I enjoyed a very nice lunch after a morning at the Spa. The grilled cheese and tomato soup are delicious. The hotel is beautiful. More

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P.F. Chang's - Pasadena
P.F. Chang's - Pasadena
(41)
$$$$
Asian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Nick was a great server More

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Buca di Beppo - Pasadena
Buca di Beppo - Pasadena
(816)
$$$$
Italian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Great surprise birthday dinner for my wife and son! More

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Choza 96
Choza 96
(3)
$$$$
Peruvian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

The food was Absolutely Delicious and Amazing. It was a random pick our first time at Choza 96 and the restaurant did not disappoint. We will definitely go back for more delicious food and their Saturday night entertainment. More

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Roy's Pasadena
Roy's Pasadena
(2018)
$$$$
Seafood | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

We had a birthday dinner for my niece. The servers were great. Fresh utensils were ready for the next dish and they cleared dishes as needed, never asking them to do so. Never had a dining experience where we didn't have to look ask for anything. Great job! Even saw the manager in the red shirt helping out, which is unusual, since they usually stand around and watch the servers go crazy. More

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All India Cafe - Pasadena
All India Cafe - Pasadena
(19)
$$$$
Indian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Good food at a great price. Staff were lovely throughout. Overall vibe is upmarket casual. Great variety of choice for vegetarians. I had Shahi Paneer my partner had Nirvana Chicken we split rice and Naan and left full. Good spot for date night or a casual catch up with a friend. More

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BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Pasadena
BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse - Pasadena
(13)
$$$$
American | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

From the moment we were greeted at the door to the moment we left my friends and I were treated to nothing but the best of service. Forgive me for not remembering her name but our server was so polite and made us feel so comfortable . This night was special for me because I was meeting with school chums that I hadn’t seen in fifty yrs. Thank you once again for a memorable night. More

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Madeline Garden Bistro & Venue
Madeline Garden Bistro & Venue
(100)
$$$$
French American | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

amazing so lovely More

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Beer & Claw
Beer & Claw
(49)
$$$$
Seafood | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

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I love this place and it was only the first time coming! Lunch menu was very reasonable and the food was great! Will be coming again definitely’ More

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Umami Burger - Pasadena
Umami Burger - Pasadena
(43)
$$$$
Burgers | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Great food and great service! More

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Pinocchio's Pizza
Pinocchio's Pizza
(37)
$$$$
Italian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Everything about our evening was fantastic. Great food, excellent service in spite of it being REALLY busy. Even though we were late because parking and traffic, they still had a table for us. There was a wonderful jazz band, which was a pleasant surprise. It could not have been any better. Completely awesome. More

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Trejo's Cantina - Pasadena
Trejo's Cantina - Pasadena
(174)
$$$$
Mexican | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

This is the perfect place to go if you need to please both meat-eaters and vegans -- the vegan friends I brought were very happy. My friend who got the jackfruit bowl couldn't stop raving about how delicious it was. My husband and I got the steak and grilled chicken bowls and were equally happy. The service was warm and friendly and, although it seemed to take a while for our food to arrive, it was piping hot when it did. More

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El Cholo Cafe
El Cholo Cafe
(791)
$$$$
Mexican | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Awesome food, great recommendations, bilingual and tasty margaritas! More

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Capital Seafood Restaurant
Capital Seafood Restaurant
(11)
$$$$
Seafood | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Celebrated a family’s members birthday. Restaurant staff was very attentive and made good suggestions. They cut the birthday cake for us for no additional charge (I’ve notice a growing number of restaurants charge an additional fee to serve birthday cakes). Food was delicious. I would highly recommend this restaurant More

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Corfu
Corfu
(60)
$$$$
Mediterranean | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Our first visit, We decided to try the Corfu special combo. It was steak kebab, chicken kebab and a minced beef with spices. Served with roast tomatoes, a sweet roasted pepper and rice. The delicious meal was preceded by hummus with pita and tabouli. All of it was wonderful. We will definitely return. More

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El Torito - Pasadena
El Torito - Pasadena
(25)
$$$$
Mexican | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Came for brunch. Great selections. The bartender also waited on tables so the refills were a little slow. More

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Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Pasadena
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Pasadena
(19)
$$$$
Sukiyaki | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

The meal was flawless, and our servers were pleasant and efficient (not to mention good looking)... More

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Lucky Boy - Walnut Street
Lucky Boy - Walnut Street
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Burgers | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Home to the "King of the Breakfast Burrito" as acclaimed on National Hangover Day 2014.More

The Hideaway Pool at the Langham Hotel Pasadena
The Hideaway Pool at the Langham Hotel Pasadena
Reviews coming soon
American | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

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Lucky Boy
Lucky Boy
Reviews coming soon
Burgers | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Home to the "King of the Breakfast Burrito" as acclaimed on National Hangover Day 2014.More

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Old Pasadena
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant - Old Pasadena
(48)
$$$$
Japanese | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Dog friendly the best happy hour in Pasadena very fresh fish More

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Chibiscus Ramen
Chibiscus Ramen
(15)
$$$$
Ramen | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Amazing ramen. Get the big bowl - waitress recommended and it was perfect. Hate I was only visiting bc this would be a takeout regular for me. More

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Pasadena Diners' Choice Winners

Pasadena's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Union
Union
(1403)
$$$$
Italian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Excellent food with unique taste. The plates are made for sharing and they use the seasonal produce. Service is outstanding. Menu is limited but there’s something for everyone. Highly recommend it. More

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Nick's South Lake Ave
Nick's South Lake Ave
(1092)
$$$$
American | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Great menu! My favorite is the Thai noodle salad. The avocado flatbread pizza is amazing too. Service is always solid! More

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Ruth's Chris Steak House - Pasadena
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Pasadena
(2556)
$$$$
Steakhouse | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Excellent food, wine, and service. Thanks for remembering my birthday! More

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Shiro Restaurant
Shiro Restaurant
(886)
$$$$
Contemporary French | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

The food was delicious as always. We shared an squash blossom w/ shrimp mousse appetizer and it was wonderful. The taste was delicate with a crispy tempura shell. Their scallops were done just right being very tender. The New Zealand lamb chops were delicious as always. I have had many things on their menu and never been disappointed. We were celebrating someone's birthday and they brought several samples of their wonderful desserts as well as some vanilla ice cream for the others. This restaurant is definitely a keeper. More

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The Arbour - Pasadena
The Arbour - Pasadena
(760)
$$$$
Californian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Everything was great as usual!! More

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The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse at the Langham
The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse at the Langham
(856)
$$$$
Steakhouse | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Great quite date night for a couple that just wanted to try something different and got something more special then we expected More

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The Lobby Lounge @ The Langham Hotel Pasadena
The Lobby Lounge @ The Langham Hotel Pasadena
(278)
$$$$
Afternoon Tea | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

I had a wonderful experience as always and look forward to returning. The music being played however through faulty, poor connection speakers in the lobby lounge was irritating to listen to, as the music would have been lovely had it not been coming from a broken speaker. Certainly there’s an AV person on staff to address this? More

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Gale's
Gale's
(1849)
$$$$
Italian | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

Gale’s is my go-to Italian restaurant. Food is really tasty and quality very consistent. Unfortunately, service was a little spotty this visit (eg, bread stale, no offer of cheese with our pasta, had to ask multiple people multiple times for butter, infrequent check-ins by server, etc.). More

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Gyu-Kaku - Pasadena, CA
Gyu-Kaku - Pasadena, CA
(1432)
$$$$
Japanese | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

I’ve been coming here for years. I love this place. Cel rating an anniversary and it couldn’t of been better. More

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The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room
The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room
(1946)
$$$$
Afternoon Tea | Pasadena, Pasadena / San Gabriel

This tea is a very special experience. From the choice of tea to the scones (sweet and savory), tea sandwiches and desserts - including a delicious panda cotta - the whole experience is delightful. The service is excellent. My husband and I are not fond of salmon and were able to exchange that sandwich for an additional cucumber sandwich for me and an egg salad in filo for him. Wonderful! More

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