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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)
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Open now
All hours
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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Los Angeles, California
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This has always been one of our go-to places. Unfortunately, I'm thinking that maybe too many people have found it. Our last visit on Saturday for dinner was a rather slow affair - it was really crowded. I can live with that, but I think the result for me may have been the overcooked sauteed salmon. I don't know how... More 

Thank Allan G
Indio, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband has the wonderful ability of find great restaurants. We were in Pasadena for two days. We had dinner at Gale's both nights. The menu, the food, presentation and staff were outstanding.

Thank JoAnn P
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Place is popular. Constant buzz all night so regulars must like. But relative to other Italian restaurants it was just average. Nothing wrong. Just nothing special. Linguini and clams were bland. Needed a pinch of hot pepper. And garlic. The minestrone soup was bland as well. Needed a slight kick. And chick peas. Too much bland squash. The one outstanding... More 

Thank David R
Sneedville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fourth time back and another great meal. Went on a Saturday night with my wife. I had their special for the night, ravioli stuff with shrimp with crab meat. I never had a bad meal or poor service from this place. If you want a good place for Italian, you can go wrong with Gale's.

Thank Hikerman53
Los Angeles
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I have eaten at Gail's several times and each time had the same reaction.. the food is nothing to write home about, the service is good but there's nothing that will compel us to return as there are many better restaurants in the area. The food lacks the authentically Italian, deep, rich flavors.

Thank begreen123
Las Vegas, Nevada
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

If you are more interested in a good tasting meal that takes a long time to order, then this is the place for you. I had the Poached Salmon salad and coffee. My wife had a personal size pizza with a class of wine. The waiter appeared to be able to only do one thing at a time.

Thank Kathleen B
Agoura, California
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78 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

Would have given a higher review but every time someone moved their chair on the concrete floor it was so annoying. Food and service are top notch, maybe a table up front isn't so loud. Despite the above if I had to suggest a place in Pasadena for great Italian food I would say go to Gale's. Hopefully the owner... More 

Thank Jim n
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Went here as a family group,it was very busy and you have to book,took a while to get the food but it was very good,our waiter did a great job,would go back if we went to Pasadena again

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Pasadena, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Gale's Italia Restaurant is one of our favorite neighborhood places to dine. Love the atmosphere, the crowd is very eclectic and their service is excellent. Bread and olive oil is served as soon as you sit down. I have to admit that most of the time I order the Clams Linguini but other dishes are excellent too. My only reservation... More 

Thank marta469
Fort Worth, Texas
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

We went with another couple for dinner and was not disappointed. Service was good and the food was very flavorful. It was pricy but we were willing splurge. 3 entrees, one bottle of wine, and a glass of wine came out to about $116.

Thank tink8009

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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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings
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?