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Gale's Italian Restaurant and Bar

452 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2634
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Ranked #4 of 585 restaurants in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: California
Transit: We are very close tothe Del Mar Station for the Metrolink. We are about 3 blocks away.
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86% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I love italian food and was really looking forward to dinner at Gale's. They had a good wine list and but the food menu was a bit overwhelming. We ordered several things to share. The portions were huge. Everything tasted good but wasn't amazing. The glassware for our wine and sparkling water was medieval, so heavy with silver bases. The... More

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San Diego
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

My daughter suggested we meet at Gale's for good Italian food. The name threw me off at first, but she said it was the name of the owner's daughter. We were lucky to get a nice table for 6 in the far corner of the second room. The place got crowded and it was noisy. Fortunately, the food made us... More

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fort lee, nj
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62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I would rate the food as average....perhaps average +. Service definitely excellent. The pasta w white clam sauce disappointing. There is parking available behind the restaurant, a major. Plus in this area. Beware the extreme noise level in the front section...sit in the back area.

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Los Angeles, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We have been coming to Gale's for years. We have lost count of how many anniversaries, Valentine's Day and birthday celebrations we have had at Gale's. The Italian food is delicious and the service is warm and welcoming. Biscotti at the end of the meal is always a treat. We can't recommend this restaurant enough. Just make sure to make... More

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San Jose,CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

My wife and I dropped in for lunch b/c it was convenient and we love Italian food. Food and service were excellent. Many choices, and excellent wine list. Server very knowledgeable and gracious, hostess charming. Everyone very polite. Makes you want to return.

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Los Angeles, CA
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Went last night with friends and was pleasantly surprised. Kind of a hidden gem in Pasadena. Was definitely checking out the plates of food as they passed our table on the way out of the kitchen and everything looked good. Generous portions too! Service was professional and helpful. The prices were on the high side, but would definitely go back.

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Glendale, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Was meeting some long time friends for lunch, and this turned out to e the perfect spot. This was a great dinning experience. The Decor is inviting and the Staff is very welcoming and attentive without being intrusive. We order the warm olives and the Bruschetta as starers, both were good. I had the pena pasta marinara with the artisan... More

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I love Italian food, but I cook so much of it at home that I'm picky about eating it when I travel. That said, Gale's was a wonderful dining experience. It's located in the middle of a line of shops south of Colorado Blvd., so you have to know where you're going. However, you can walk there in about 10... More

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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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438 reviews 438 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
297 helpful votes 297 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

This is one of my favorite local spots in Pasadena. It usually was on my list of places to take out of town guests to when I wanted to make Pasadena seem like a cool, hip urban spot! It's Italian (name says that) and has a studio loft kind of feel with exposed brick walls and a kind of urban... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The food and service were amazing. The spinach lasagna was delicious and the portion on the chicken parmesan was huge.

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