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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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Chamblee, Georgia, United States
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank Jerry L
Pasadena, California
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242 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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209 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 207 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

Thank DBRobinson13
Los Angeles, California
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

This is a great little find off the beaten path of old town Pasadena, everything is fresh including the pasta and you can't go wrong with any of them

Thank crodgers34
Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

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 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

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 October 5, 2016 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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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

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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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

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

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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, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, 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?