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Gale's Italian Restaurant and Bar

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452 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2634 (California)
We are very close tothe Del Mar Station for the Metrolink. We are about 3 blocks away.
626-432-6705
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 107
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
fantastic dinner

My Daughter took my wife and I there Friday nite for my Wife's Birthday we had a great time and they treated her like a Queen. Everything was perfect, from the hostess to the waiter and the servers. We shared The BRUSCHETTA was so tender, We ordered off the special menu they had for Friday nite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Randy C
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Pasadena, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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183 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Pasadena, California
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My Daughter took my wife and I there Friday nite for my Wife's Birthday we had a great time and they treated her like a Queen. Everything was perfect, from the hostess to the waiter and the servers. We shared The BRUSCHETTA was so tender, We ordered off the special menu they had for Friday nite, My wife had the... More 

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Pasadena, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Gale's is a traditional italian restaurant and every meal I have ever had here is very good. My favorite though is her lunch menu with the chicken salad sandwich. Its always fresh with big chunks of white meat chicken on an amazing roll. If you save a little room, splurge and have the coconut cake or flowerless chocolate cake…totally worth... More 

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new jersey
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Visiting from Jersey, I love Pasadena so I was in a really good mood when I went to Gale's with long time friends. I stayed happy! Dinner was delicious! i had the pasta with bolognese and it was perfect. The portion was extremely generous (as was the wine pour :) My only disappointment was that I was flying out in... More 

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Pasadena, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Gale is an experienced restauranteur. She's most earnest in her efforts here but the consistency just isn't there. I've had decent food and good service but have also had very bad food several times in a row. This place has the potential to be good but misses so often I no longer think of going there due to many past... More 

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Pasadena
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Food was very good, both salad and pasta. Met friends and lingered to talk, were not rushed to move on. Server was attentive but not pushy. Noise level is fairly high when they are busy, tables are close together so would not recommend as romantic or for a large group. Price is a bit high, everything is a la carte.... More 

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Chicago
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Gnocchi was not bad just a little bland. Linguine was not bad just a little overcooked. The problem is the price point is too high for food that is only okay. The place was packed so we thought it must be amazing. I was underwhelmed.

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South Pasadena
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We ended up going to Gale's when we were stuck in a nearby apartment for 6 months and couldn't eat at home. Gale and her husband are such warm and friendly restauranteurs that we have continued going there even after moving away. The food is just the right amount of authentic - where else can you order rabbit? But still... More 

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The pasta dishes we had were alright, but I would not get what I ordered again because the garlic was overpowering, and was lukewarm once the dish actually arrived. Our waiter totally forgot about our table, and we got our drinks only a few minutes before our main course arrived! It was my mom's birthday, and she wanted to try... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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101 reviews 101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

A nice intimate neighborhood setting for really tasty Italian food. The service was good even though it was a hectic new years eve. Some may find it a little noisy, but we didn't find it objectionable. The food was tasty.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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67 reviews 67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I enjoyed the salad. We agreed each of the pastas we had were ok but not great. I had carbonara, my daughter had pomodora.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 452 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2634
    (California)
  • Public Transportation: We are very close tothe Del Mar Station for the Metrolink. We are about 3 blocks away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: 626-432-6705

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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