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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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5:00 pm - 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, Takeout

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  • 117
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  • 56
    Very good
  • 24
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  • 2
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Uniformly good

Wooden tables and no tablecloths--but nothing to complain about. A friendly and homey spot with an extensive menu and a specials list almost as long. Varied and reasonably priced wine list. This is worth many a repeat visit.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
geezerman69
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Tucson
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Wooden tables and no tablecloths--but nothing to complain about. A friendly and homey spot with an extensive menu and a specials list almost as long. Varied and reasonably priced wine list. This is worth many a repeat visit.

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The food was good, not great. Service was adequate. Went after the theater and the restaurant was busy but not packed. i would return but probably would try other places to compare

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Azusa, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I have a good friend who was on a road trip for several weeks, and his last stop in California was to visit me. I decided to treat him to dinner at Gale's, and I'm glad I did. The dimly lit atmosphere was relaxed but active, and the service was excellent. We each took a glass of wine and an... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We found Gale's on Trip Advisor. The food was really special, burrata salad with largest portion of burrata in town with wonderful roasted tomatoes. Side salad was truly well done, lightly dressed with parmesan that coated each leaf but no oily pool at bottom of dish. Fettucine carbonara was exquisite, just as we have enjoyed in Milan. Everthing was perfectly... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

As an man of Italian Heritage, I have not had as good Italian food since Mama was alive. Flavorful, well prepared in an atmosphere that will take you to Italy in Pasadena. The service is most attentive and non-intrusive. Treat yourself to a special meal in a truly Italian ambiance. The biscotti is not to be missed so just start... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015 via mobile

Four people shared as appetizers: steamed artichoke, scampi fritti, beef carpaccio and crab salad. The artichoke was stuffed with a tomato mixture that was similar to bruschetta (they called it checca) with yummy cheese on too and had melted butter for sipping. Whatever they used to cook the scampi was genius only to be topped by the "oh so" delicious... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The service is outstanding here. The minestrone was cold, the margarita pizza was a bit too salty. Overall the food was 7/10 but enjoyed the overall experience.

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Pasadena, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Had the lasagna Bolognese. Certainly edible, but not flavorful or memorable. Served with bread and salad. The cheese in the salad was the best part of the meal. Best to make a reservation for dinner, crowded on a Friday night.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A lovely small restaurant with fantastic food and wine! This is a rather noisy restaurant so if you're wanting a little more one-on-one time, I would pass, however, the food and service is quite good!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

WOW - our high expectations were met. A little tough to find, there's a parking lot next door & seemingly plenty of street parking. Everyone was very friendly & helpful - front desk, bartender, wait staff. Food was excellent - great bread & olive oil; mussels in wine sauce, warm roasted olives are a must. Rosemary lamb chops were cooked... 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: Romantic, 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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