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424 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030
626-799-2266
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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, Reservations
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Visitor rating
  • 9
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great portions, good food

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
rhodeygem
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rhode island
via mobile
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
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rhode island
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote 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
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This review is for the So. Pasadena store. I have not eaten at their Arcadia venue. I've been to Carmine's Italian restaurant/bar a number of times now, and have enjoyed the food. Their soups are delicious as are their salads. The Caesar salad is made with real anchovies and you can ask for extras on the side. The thick, hot... More 

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Carmines has always provided heaping portions of pasta with great flavors at a fair price. I was a bit concerned when they remodeled that food quality would suffer but not so. The classic pasta dishes such as the Pasta Gumbi or Pasta Rossa are still great. The pizzas are also a treat.

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Pasadena, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Carmine's in South Pasadena not only have descent italina family style pasta but one of the best pizzas in town. I eat even the crust which I usally dont. They also renovated their "dive" bar and its is now a very good taste lounge.

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