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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 111
    Excellent
  • 52
    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
Great find!

On our last day in California during a recent vacation we decided to make a stop in Pasadena. When lunchtime arrived we sought out our favorite ethnic food - Italian. Throughout our visit to California we gravitated unrepentantly to establishments serving up Italian food. We did so in Los Angeles... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Romaguy333
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Chicago, Illinois
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

On our last day in California during a recent vacation we decided to make a stop in Pasadena. When lunchtime arrived we sought out our favorite ethnic food - Italian. Throughout our visit to California we gravitated unrepentantly to establishments serving up Italian food. We did so in Los Angeles, Hollywood and La Jolla and we were never disappointed. Could... More 

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Chino Hills, California
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103 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Great food and service. Really care about Pasadena and supportive of local public schools and organizations. Food is always excellent, the wait staff are knowledgeable and give great recommendations. Parking is a nuisance.

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The food isn't exciting but it is pretty competent and the service is efficient and friendly. Good value and full of people having a good time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

The spicy sauce is to die for! Impeccable service. Drive from LA - worth the trip even in traffic! Enjoy

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West Sacramento, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Wonderful ambiance. Brick walls and a lively atmosphere. The sausage gnocchi and spinach lasagna were terrific, packed with flavor and sauce. nice wine selection. sit in the back, away from the bar, for a slightly quieter dining experience. Definitely make reservations through open table. It's a popular place.

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Irvine, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Was looking for a place to eat after a late evening working and found this place right on Fair Oaks. Street parking on the street made it convenient to park. A very cozy place to go for some authentic Italian food. There was bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar brought to the table promptly along with plenty of ice... More 

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Pasadena, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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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, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
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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