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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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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 127
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Best pasta around town!

Ok just so you know I have never sat down to eat here, but I have done take out from here four times. The staff has always been friendly especially when I was sick and came to pick up food not looking so great. The pasta and soup of the day were so incredible that on my last visit I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kxrauditt
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Alhambra, California
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Hawaii
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303 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The wait was fairly long, but they gave us a fairly accurate wait time upon checking in on a Friday night at prime dinner hour. Once seated and ordered, the food came out fairly quickly. The servings were generous and the staff was very attentive...all this in a packed house. This restaurant has all the makings of a great restaurant,... More 

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Alhambra, California
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ok just so you know I have never sat down to eat here, but I have done take out from here four times. The staff has always been friendly especially when I was sick and came to pick up food not looking so great. The pasta and soup of the day were so incredible that on my last visit I... More 

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Thank Kxrauditt
Pasadena, California
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27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very popular place so reservations at busy times will help. It can also get a little noisy at times. The food is authentic and consistently excellent. At the end of the meal a complimentary (and delicious) biscotti is always given so order a coffee or tea to enjoy with it.

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Thank up2snuf
Altadena, California
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42 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The food is good, and a good menu is available (the specials are usually very good)...but boy this restaurant can be so loud,...

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Thank Nicolas H
Edmonton, Canada
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923 reviews
532 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 422 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

We met our niece and her boyfriend here for a late dinner. The place was packed. We had reservations but the hostess made us wait until everyone in our party arrived before we could be seated. Once we were seated the service was great. We really liked the scampi rapini and the lemon spaghetti and both were generous in size.... More 

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Thank kpatters
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Lunched at Gale's today while visiting Pasadena and enjoyed it so much. The spa menu of salads were huge and delicious. Our server was extremely at tentative but not bothersome. Great value! Highly recommended.

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Thank Renee M
Edmonton
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We stopped in at this restaurant on tbe recommendation of a friend after visiting the Rose Parade floats on the day after toe Rose Bowl. The popularity of this event may have been tbe reason tbe restaurant was so busy and noisy. However the sandwiches abd pizza we had were excellent. Our onlycomplaint was that tge service was slow, again,... More 

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Thank Maycat99
Sugar Land, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Great food: perfect gnocchi, fresh swordfish, excellent service. Don't forget to make reservations if you're dining in the evening!

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Thank John K
Alberta
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79 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Visiting Pasadena from out of town, we booked this local Italian favorite based upon the many consistent positive TA reviews, and were very pleased that we did so. We dined later in the evening on NY's Eve, and were promptly seated and served. Restaurant was full with a mix of ages and groups, and both casual and more formal dress.... More 

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Thank Western_Traveller
Pasadena, California
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

This is a popular Pasadena eatery whether in a party of 10 or 2. Plan on spending some time to enjoy the experience. Great atmosphere and fabulous food. I suggest trying a bit of everything from burrata cheese appetizer to the amazing perfectly prepared pastas to the beef and fish. Do not forget the deserts, also amazingly flavorful.

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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, Pizza, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?