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Gale's Italian Restaurant and Bar

452 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2634
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Ranked #2 of 583 Restaurants in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $9 - $25
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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English first
Pasadena, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Gales is the top 1-2 restaurants in Pasadena. Thr rotini bolagnese is the best I have had. Salads and pasta dishes are outstanding and fish dishes are always fresh and excellent. The entire staff is outstanding and have a great sense of customer service. Will always eat Northern Italian here, my favorite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Took my family to dinner and Pasadena is one of our favorite cities to meet at and eat, I goggled Pasadena and Gale's came up and we had not been before. Easy to fine, parking on site and best of all, the service and food excellent. We are planning a vacation to New Orleans and the wait staff was not... More

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San Diego, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I've driven by this restaurant probably hundreds of times and never even knew it was there. A friend suggested we meet there before going to another restaurant to eat. Well, the other restaurant was a bust, and we ended up going to Gale's for dinner after all. What a great experience! The environment is cheery, well-decorated, and friendly. It is... More

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Navarre, Florida, Usa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Gales was crowded during a week day....a tip off that this is a good place. I had gnocci which was excellent my wife one of my guests had the special pizza...large and ate the whole thing...great. My bother had mussels and the eggplant and raved about both. We all thought that the martinis were the best we ever had.

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Gale's has fabulous food, is always packed and the locals come here in droves. We literally encountered 4 sets of friends enjoying dinner there a few weeks ago. If you want to avoid the crowds, come in for an early dinner. The owners are great and often stop by the patrons' tables for a brief chat..

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We got in early on a Saturday evening. The place then wasn't that busy. Service was good and fast. It was good Italian food and reasonably priced. It's highly recommended.

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Mammoth Lakes, California
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61 reviews 61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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99 reviews 99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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