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Gale's Italian Restaurant and Bar

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$$ - $$$
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452 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2634 (California)
+1 626-432-6705
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place is a hidden gem on Fair Oaks, just above California Street. Regulars and locals frequent this restaurant. We like to visit this restaurant at least every other month. You start off with delicious hot bread vo/balsamic. The soup is excellent always, but the salads are equally good. All the entree's I'd recommend; chicken, fish, beef, vegetarian. The coffee... More 

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southern California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic quaint atmosphere, especially if you sit in back room. Attentive service and extraordinary food. Highly recommend.

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Gale's is both a neighborhood hangout and a destination rstaurant for consistently good Italian food. It is not gourmet, but their classical Italian pastas and fabulous bread are outstanding. The trouble is, you can't just pop in at any time. Lunch is best later on (past 2) and dinner reservations are a must on any night after 7. They also... More 

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Racine, Wi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We heard from the staff at our hotel that this is a restaurant the locals frequent, so we thought we would try it. Surpassed expectations! Food was fresh, delicious, great variety in the menu. Service was outstanding - thank you to Gabriel for a really wonderful evening. Would highly recommend and will return when in Pasadena!

Thank RacineGO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just hosted a baby shower luncheon at Gales for 25 women. The restaurant staff was very accommodating and the luncheon was awesome. Everyone enjoyed the meal that they chose. I would recommend this for any event.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Gale's is always our favorite restaurant whenever we feel like Italian. The portion here is generous. The complimentary sour dough bread is so tasty. Ask for butter even you use olive oil and vinegar.The butter is delicious. Our favorite dishes are Portobello Ravioli. It's sooooo delicious. Also try the Flourless Chocolate Cake with homemade Fresh Cream. The boss is always... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Looked for Italian restaurant near Caltech where we were going for a Canadian Brass concert. Nice find. Service and meals were perfect.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

12 of us with kids. Three bottles of barolo. A couple of aperitifs. Appetizers shared. Mains also shared. Everyone was happy. Saturday night. Must book. Service was fine. Osso bucco and the special ravioli do made stars for the night. If I visit Pasadena again, I would come back. Parking at the back of their lot.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2017

Pricey but portions are a good size for most dishes. Busy, with seating in front, along the side and in the back. Parking along side of building and in back of restaurant. Make reservations as they book up quickly. Food is good but pricey. One of us had the homemade ravioli, and they liked the five medium sized pieces. As... More 

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

One of my favorite dinner places in Pasadena - I daydream about the fettuccini arrabbiata. The owners and staff are super-friendly and welcoming. The entrees begin with a simple, fresh green salad very lightly dressed with a vinaigrette and some shavings of parmesan. I've never made it to dessert but have witnessed the towering coconut layer cake and am going... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $25
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
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: +1 626-432-6705

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