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Cafe Descanso at Descanso Garden

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1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
18187903663
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Description: Cafe Descanso located inside Descanso Gardens in Pasadena, serves an al...
Cafe Descanso located inside Descanso Gardens in Pasadena, serves an al fresco lunch menu and offers event and wedding catering.
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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Communing with nature

Brought the kids on a Monday, too bad there was no tram or train service... But other than that it is a nice place to walk and enjoy the different plants and flowers. Loved the Japanese garden, and these garden. We will definitely be back next spring!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2013
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Glendale, California
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Southern California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Order at a counter, food is delivered to your outside table - umbrellas and shade in the courtyard, they could use more tables. Menu by Patina is creative but based on my meal, poorly executed. Salad was drowning in dressing - server was nice enough to bring me an extra serving of greens to make it edible. If busy, difficult... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

nice outdoor seating but a small selection. Food is brought to your table after ordering so if there is a large crowd the line is long and slow to order a meal.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The Descanso Café at Descanso Gardens serves some of the very best sandwiches you can get, and they serve them big enough to share, but you probably won't want to. While Descanso Gardens is the botanical reserve that requires a membership, the Descanso Café sits just outside the entrance in a free, open-air complex that includes a gift shop. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

Descanso Gardens is not, repeat not, a restaurant! It's a beautiful garden, as SPELLED OUT IN ITS NAME, particularly known for its camelias, azaleas and old roses.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

It is one of my favorite places in the area. I like to go here in the mornings when the air is so fresh. I was gifted with a membership card and it became very handy! It also is a place to go to see California native drought tolerant plants growing in nature. Spring is my favorite time to visit... More 

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Glendale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Brought the kids on a Monday, too bad there was no tram or train service... But other than that it is a nice place to walk and enjoy the different plants and flowers. Loved the Japanese garden, and these garden. We will definitely be back next spring!

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Thank tameia
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

One of the most beautiful places in greater Los Angeles. Under a canopy of graceful oak trees, another canopy of tall, beautiful camellia bushes; streams, ferns, natural California flora...the perfect place for a restful walk or a short hike up the hill. Beautiful views of the San Gabriel mountains, to the north.

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Thank Tony C
Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012

The Cafe at Descanso Gardens offers a light lunch which would be plenty to keep you going for a day wandering through the gardens, attending talks or shopping in their lovely store. You order at a window, and can enjoy your meal on a lovely tree- and umbrella-shaded patio. The menu includes several sandwich and salad options as well as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2009

we're members; the lunches at the park are well prepared; they have wine; it's a great place to visit. Not sure why it's listed in the Restaurant Section here... but it's really a must visit botanical garden spot.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Canada Flintridge
  • Phone Number: 18187903663

Description

Cafe Descanso located inside Descanso Gardens in Pasadena, serves an al fresco lunch menu and offers event and wedding catering.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?