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Gale's Italian Restaurant and Bar

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452 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2634 (California)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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23 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Gales has been around for years .. A few years ago I went with a friend and the food seemed more reasonable Last month I went with my husband and it the prices were a lot higher than before I order the Caprese which was pretty boring nothing special And the price was high for the portion We will not... More 

Thank Christine B
Pasadena, California
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3 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we have been to Gales many times but the last two times have been very disappointing. So much so that I will not be back. My food was not good compared to previous visits. I have chicken picata and pasta. Will not be back.

Thank Barbara Y
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popular Italian restaurant on Fair Oaks, on a Wednesday night it was pretty crowded. We had 8 people at our table and we ordered different items off the menu, everyone was happy with their choices. I ordered the sausage ravioli which cost $20 and is pricy for the small amount of food one gets, but still it's delicious.

Thank Creeping_Death_LA
Pasadena, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We frequent restaurant about 3-4 a year, the food is always fresh and delicious. Caesar salad, great kids menu, and the baked penne is what I always order.

Thank Markeen F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food with decent prices. Looks like a small restaurant but they've got many tables in the back. I would urge people to visit independent restaurants like this instead of all the boring comercial food you could find.

Thank Simen H
Pasadena, California
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108 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I guess it's just the style these days, but if they are busy, it is hard to hear yourself. Otherwise it is very good - excellent food and service. I would have given it the top rating if it weren't so noisy inside.

Thank 1goofybird
Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A couple of us took a co-worker here for her birthday lunch, it was her first time and she loved it!!!! The service was great and the food was amazing a usual. I can't recommend this place enough. The only thing I'd call out is that the main seating area gets very loud as it fills up, so if you... More 

Thank MMarasco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Don't be fooled by the un-Italian sounding name of the restaurant. This is simply the best dining experience in Pasadena. I have spent a lot of time in Northern Italy, so I am quite familiar with food there. Gale's is one restaurant outside of Italy that easily tops the Italian bests. Fresh ingredients, perfectly cooked meats, al dente pasta, desserts... More 

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

After disappointment previous night at Cafe Santorini we went to Gales with trepidation as similarly rated on TA/Yelp etc. But so pleased we did as the difference was night and day. Great ambiance, service was perfect, friendly, attentive but not in your face at all, anything we ask for was done an quickly, we even changed our main course order... More 

Thank David J
Sierra Madre, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful food and service. Rob was great. I loved the fresh salmon and they were so nice to accommodate substitutions Penne pasta was perfect al dente. My first time here but I would definitely be back !!

Thank MySeaBiscuit13

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $25
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 452 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2634
  • Public Transportation: We are very close tothe Del Mar Station for the Metrolink. We are about 3 blocks away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: 626-432-6705

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