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424 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
626-799-2266
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Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 9
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tried and True Italian Cuisine

On our way to Pasadena on the weekend of Mother's day, we decided to stop at a restaurant that we have driven by for so many years. We were famished and parked our car on the street in 1hr. parking and walked in without reservations at around 6PM. Our only options, were outside in the front patio... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
sherrieseg
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Long Beach, California
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  • Families with children
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So Calif
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Wanted some Italian food and was in the area. Had been here before years ago when it was associated with the Carmines in Arcadia. This place was bad. It looked to be remodeled from before but it didn't look completed. Order of manicotti was cool in the center and the pasta was not completely cooked. Also ordered a small pizza... More 

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Long Beach, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

On our way to Pasadena on the weekend of Mother's day, we decided to stop at a restaurant that we have driven by for so many years. We were famished and parked our car on the street in 1hr. parking and walked in without reservations at around 6PM. Our only options, were outside in the front patio or the bar... More 

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California USA
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Looking for a good Italian restaurant, resonably priced in the Pasadena, CA area. Go south to South Pasadena and enjoy the Pasta Pescatore or Chicken Cacciatore (both recommended) at Carmine's. Service was very good and the separate bar area is a great spot to meet before dinner.

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rhode island
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

I went here with a group of family and friends, we had a reservation made hours in advance, and overall, we had a good meal. Luckily, we were excited about visiting with each other, and no one was terribly hungry, because the waiter was a bit overwhelmed with too many tables, and things took a lot of time. One of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This was my family's go to weekend restaurant. We came back after a few months to find tat the food quality has significantly declines. 2 out of 4 entrees were burnt or overcooked. The pizza we ordered was the quality of a school cafeteria;however, could not make up for the poor food quality. Please let me know when the food... More 

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South Pasadena
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4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Returned after 12 years to give Carmine's another chance. One waitress struggling to take care of too many tables; wine came after salads were finished. Lasagna was too salty to eat, pasta sauce was orange not red, not close to being authentic. Likely no one who is Italian preparing food in the kitchen.

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pasadena
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is a great place to go for the happy hour. Go straight to the bar, get a seat on a couch and order away for wine and pizza, salad, etc. Very cozy, great for a date. The restaurant section, not so great. The good food is in the bar folks.

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Laguna Hills, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

we had very bad service, a waiter who did not even know the specials and it took us forever to get our meal. Bread was promised twice and finally delivered on the third time. And there were very few people there at that time --- no wonder.. By the way, food quality was not terrible, just very poor. We won't... More 

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San Marino, California, USA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you are looking for good basic Italian food go no further. Friendly service in a nice atmosphere. Their clam linguini is to die for.

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Macomb, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

The menu had lots of selections, was reasonably priced and you got large portions but both food and service were average. Not typical Italian I am accustomed to.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 424 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  South Pasadena
  • Phone Number: 626-799-2266

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?