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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
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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Hong Kong, China
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank DesyKo
New York City, New York
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95 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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Milford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was in town for the Rose Bowl and had New Years Eve dinner here based on reviews. WOW! What a great experience and the food was fantastic. If we ever come back to Pasadena, we will certainly eat here again. Great atmosphere and food! Nice job!

Thank Chris L
North Hills
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're planning a visit to Gale's, be prepared, it's going to be crowded and somewhat noisy. That's the downside. The upside is that you will love generous portions of delicious food. I have been there many times and have enjoyed many different dishes from pasta to pizza. The service is very good and you might even see Gale visiting... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

Love the Italian Food here. Getting in is difficult. They are not very friendly about reservations. If you want to wait, the food is very good. Just wish they were more friendly people working there.

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Chamblee, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2016

This restaurant exudes the comfortable feeling of one's best pair of loafers. It is small and lively, and the food is what one expects in the Italian districts of large cities. Service is outstanding, and it is fun to watch the chefs do their thing in an open area which you can also easily see from the outside sidewalk and... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

We went to Gale’s for our anniversary. We both enjoy pasta dishes and were not disappointed with Gale’s. The service was very good as were the pasta dishes. We started by sharing a Caesar salad and then had gnocchi and risotto. Classico and Moretti accompanied our meal all for about $100. Parking is on the street or in the lot... More 

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Nederland, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Gale’s is a lively, busy place featuring an extensive menu of Italian dishes and wines. The food was very good and the service attentive and efficient. At one point we were suddenly asked to move to what was, actually, a better table, so they could use ours to accommodate a party of ten. The request was accompanied by an offer... More 

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Flower Mound, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

On a quick visit to CA, my brother and I met at Gales for dinner on a Friday night at 5:30. It was fairly empty, but filled up quickly. The bartender was very helpful in helping me select a nice Napa syrah ($15/glass). My brother had the lasagna and I had the linguini with spicy red sauce. It was definitely... 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
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
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?