Paul Martin's American Grill - Pasadena

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From the first bite of our juicy Classic American Burger to the last slice of artisan cheese in a Butcher’s Board shared with friends, you’ll enjoy every moment spent at Paul Martin’s American Grill in Pasadena. Located in the Shops on Lake Avenue, we serve classic American cuisine set to a higher standard. Our polished yet welcoming dining room and cheerful bar is the ideal venue for raising a toast to good times.

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Gather friends and family for a traditional Thanksgiving menu -- roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, savory stuffing, housemade cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake. Limited dinner menu also available. $34 per person, $16 per child. Open 11AM - 8PM.

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Daily 11:00AM - 11:15AM 1:30PM - 1:45PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM

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Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent, service attentive without being overbearing.

S
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We made a reservation so we were seated immediately. Our server was knowledgeable about the food and drinks. Our food was delicious and the manager came by to check on us and to acknowledge our anniversary. Will definitely come back!

J
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Recommend it highly. Delightful service and food is delicious.

W
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, service, selection

OT
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Always reliable.

RG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

I made a reservation earlier in the week for the patio at 5:30 PM. We were told that we could have our spot until 7m as they had another reservation coming in. Really? That doesn’t seem quite right...🤔

AJ
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in a long time. The cedar planked salmon entree was cooked to perfection. It was well season, the salmon was moist and the spinach and mushrooms were a good accompaniment. Overall great dish. I am planning to return and hope to leave room for the butter cake dessert.

DP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The service was beyond excellent. Very attentive (and it was busy) and when my daughter's steak came out cold and she didn't want to eat it, they comped it. And asked her if she wanted something else on them. That's service. Everything else came out the right temperature and was delicious.

T
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Paul Martin's is a family favorite (especially Happy Hour). We enjoyed another fabulous dinner with some friends who had never been there before!!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

From the moment we entered we were welcomed and greeted. We got seated and out waiter was right with us getting out drink ordered and asking if we had any questions about the menu! Dinner was excellent! Just wish we’d had room for dessert!

B
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

They were more than accommodating when I requested we move our reservation to earlier than I had originally made. The food was good, and the service was great. I have dined here several times, and never been disappointed. Always a nice ambiance!

JH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My wife and I went there for our anniversary. Our service was excellent, our waiter was both knowledgeable and very friendly. We very much enjoyed our dining experience.

S
Palm Springs
42 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our first time at PM Grill. Loved everything! Service was great! We’re were there for happy hour which went until 7 - nice! Our waiter said if we ordered one of the burgers or HH wine was included in the price! That was nice but we ended up with pear and prosciutto ham flatbread, salmon with bread, olive tapenade and short ribs! Wonderful!

l
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We went for lunch and had a great hamburger!! Service was excellent and we were seated right away! Will definitely be back!

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Muy mal los términos de cocción de la carne. No pidieron sacar un rib eye termino medio en 2 ocasiones.

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L
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything about Paul Martin's is impeccable! The atmosphere, the service, and of course the food was flawless!!!

KC
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff at Paul Martin's in Pasadena was outstanding! All staff from hostess, waiter and management staff were very accommodating and in a service frame of mind. Our food was amazing! We drove an hour to have a special dinner for my daughter's 22nd birthday. Thanks to all! We will be back again!

ID
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Our food server was extremely friendly and very helpful with them any suggestions however the music was a bit loud and it was hard to talk

DB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Both the food and service at Paul Martin's American Grill are uniformly good. Salads are especially interesting here. Nice comfortable seating, too.

l
Los Angeles
99 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Met my friend for lunch and it was excellent!! We were seated immediately and our server was right there. This was the second time I have been there and it did nit disappoint we split two different sandwiches. The French dip and the vege burger one with fries and the other with the green salad. One sandwich would have been enough!! They r very generous! W highly recommend.

TC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great for my wife’s birthday.

MJ
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server, Lisa, was exceptional! Her recommendations were spot on for us.

L
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Our server was good. She was friendly and efficient. Food was good and it was a good deal. However, we had a bad experience with the host/hostess that seated us to our table. We were greeted by three different staff after we walked in to the restaurant. We had a reservation, but all three staff seemed confused as to where to seat us. Finally, a hostess lead us to our table. We were seated but was not given any menus. After sitting there for 5 minutes, I flagged down a waitress and told her that we need menus. After receiving our menus, the rest of the evening went well. I don't understand why the host/hostess were so confused where to seat us and why we were not given menus as soon as we were seated. Seems to me that the host/hostess staff need better training. Other than the confusion at the beginning, we were happy with the rest of the evening. Food was good.

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Took visitors to Paul Martin's because it was close and food always good. My friends appreciated the varied menu and the wine choices. We all agreed we had an enjoyable meal.

TD
Los Angeles
80 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food as usual.

R
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. We had the skirt steak and buttermilk fried chicken, both was better than good. The best was peach cobbler!!

MG
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Steak was rare then redone over cooked, but the manager and Bar staff was fantastic

KM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Let bed the casual atmosphere of this place and the kind and smiley waitress. The good was great since the ingredients are different.

RO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Service was sub par. We were seated at at table for six when we had 3 in our party. The occasion was my husband’s birthday but I was preoccupied that our daughter was feeling ill. So it was more apparent when we realize how slowww the service was. The food was definitely not up to the prices. The halibut was okay so for $34, it was a disappointment. Desert was wonderful. Trying to find the valet attendant to leave was another task. Not impressed one bit even if our daughter was feeling 100%.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent place to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. Our server, Amber, was attentive, knowledgeable and very accommodating. Manager came over to check on us during the meal as well. Classy establishment without being pretentious. Highly recommend.

ZL
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Paul Martin's at Pasadena is a nice place for a business meeting with friendly and attentive staff. The restaurant is near a public parking plaza which is convenient. I recommend this restaurant.

D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food, service and ambience are always great. Food is fresh, good quality and prepared tastefully.

TM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The servers are just so nice and eager to please. The food is creative and excellent! We especially appreciated Lisa’s knowledge of the wine list and food preparation. Besides, Lisa is fun!

JR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

First of all, let me say our server was excellent. The food on the other hand not so good. I have been to Paul Martins over a dozen times and usually order the ribs which are usually meaty and very tasty however on this visit I found them to be lacking flavor. They looked like a pile of mush on the plate and not meaty at all. Additionally, they were room temperature and not hot. We also each ordered a wedge salad, mine came without bacon and had to be sent back. There is lots of competition for eateries along Lake Avenue, Paul Martins needs to up its game.

l
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

I've been here five times and recommended it often. Best fish tacos. Wonderful brown butter cake. This last time wasn't so good. Had to wait at the door while people tried to figure out my open table reservation. Once seated had to wait for the menu. Then we had to wait to order. Then we had to wait for the bread service. Watched our server wipe his face with his bare hand several times. Not appetizing. Perhaps he had too many tables but the other wait-staff didn't seems so frenzied. Fried chicken just okay. Disappointed.

S
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We skipped this restaurant for the last 3 months after a bad meal- bad service and horrible wait for our drinks that were wrong-
HOWEVER- WE JAD A GREAT MEAL THIS TIME WITH GREAT SERVICE FROM JIMMY AND GREAT DRINKS AND MINIMAL WAIT!!!
THE DIRTY MARTINIS W/BLUE CHEESE OLIVES WERE GREAT ALTHOUGH I DO PREFER A TRADITIONAL MARTINI GLASS- BUT A WELL MADE DRINK. THE TINA TARTARE APPETIZER WAS NICELY COLD AND GREAT SPICE, THECSALT/PEPPER SHRIMP APPETIZER WAS ALSO HOT AND TENDER SHRIMP W/ AIOLI SAUCE. THE WEDGE WAS CRUNCHY FRESH . WE WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK!

C
Los Angeles
94 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

We always have a good time and good food when going to Paul Martin's. We chose 3 appetizers for a group of 5--nice generous servings of calamari and sauces were delicious, artichoke/spinach dip delicious, and fried shrimp scrumptious! 2 of us shared a salad--very generous servings. Someone had brick chicken that he loved, especially with the mashed potatoes! I had shrimp linguine, that was delicious--large sweet shrimp and sauce was delicious. Our problem was the halibut that was recommended. Not sure if it was overcooked or had been prepared too early but it was so hard and tough on outside that you needed a knife to cut through fish! I sure hope it wasn't something that had been rewarmed and then overcooked. Very disappointed and first time something hasn't been prepared properly. Everyone else's entree was great and we shared a banana cream pie slice that was out of this world.

m
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food and perfect ambiance. Our server, Derek, was personable, efficient and attentive.

T
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So far not a bad experience in the times we've been here. Friendly staff and good menu selections, not overwhelming, priced fairly.

MA
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was excellent, it was my birthday and it was an excellent experience to go to Paul Martin’s. The service was very good the food was very good the ambience was very good and I had a great evening of good memories

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