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“very tight Backstage -- overpriced !” 3 of 5 stars
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The Coffee Gallery
2029 N Lake Avenue, Altadena, CA 91001
6263987917
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Ranked #11 of 27 Restaurants in Altadena
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Coffee Shop, Contemporary, Eclectic, Café
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Pasadena, California
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217 reviews 217 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“very tight Backstage -- overpriced !”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Very narrow and tight space to comfortably even sit, let alone settle in and watch any performance. It feels more like an echo-ey dungeon, no windows, stuffy due to poor ventilation.
Overcame with claustrophobia, we left after one number.
How can they justify charging $10 - $20 per head for a poorly cobbled together place like that?
I get it, it is to help launch struggling performers careers.

The Cafe staff were friendly though.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
San Antonio, Texas
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200 reviews 200 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 93 cities Reviews in 93 cities
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
“Buzzing center of hippie social life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

I spent about five hours there three days ago writing a grant. The wait-staff were super friendly and helpful, but did not intrude on the patrons. The shop has plenty of somewhat mismatched seating. The coffee was good--i think you primarily would come for the friendly vibe though.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Altadena, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Superb Coffee Tea and Music”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

A neighborhood gem. The locals know it. Relax, drink coffee or tea, munch on home made, delicious real food. And Bonus: listen to Fantastic, live music most nights, in the ultra intimate, super sound quality, high production value, Back Stage Concert room ($15 to $20 per seat).

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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California
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65 restaurant reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“be surprised!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2012

eclectic entertainment in fun friendly neighborhood setting!

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Altadena, California
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“best coffee around and Jeff makes awesome breakfast and lunch on weekdays. Free wifi and free community/meeting room.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2009

best coffee around and Jeff makes awesome breakfast and lunch on weekdays. Free wifi and free community/meeting room.

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