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

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  • 111
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 23
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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
Excellent, local Italian food

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
Tom_B_NJ
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Montville, New Jersey
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Montville, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Additional Information about Gale's Italian Restaurant and Bar

Address: 452 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2634
Phone Number: 626-432-6705
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
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
Average Prices: USD 9 - 25
Cuisine: Italian, Pub

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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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