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30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103-3609
626-578-1404
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 76
    Excellent
  • 78
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Menu, Service & Location

Had breakfast for 4 people there. Food was excellent and the prices were reasonable. My only complaint was the wait to get a table but that was caused by it being so popular. I definitely plan on grabbing breakfast or lunch there the next time I am in old town Pasadena.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Kevin C
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had breakfast for 4 people there. Food was excellent and the prices were reasonable. My only complaint was the wait to get a table but that was caused by it being so popular. I definitely plan on grabbing breakfast or lunch there the next time I am in old town Pasadena.

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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202 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It seemed a very busy place so we decided to check it out. Bottom line, it has very good food. It appears to have a big breakfast following though we went for lunch. The pork was delicious. My husband and I shared a hamburger as they were quite large. Very tasty beef. The side salad was fresh, crisp and delicious.... More 

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1 Thank Colleen B
Gulfport
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best breakfast in a long time. Served hot and quickly. Space limited, so go early. We had a very good lunch there a few days later. The convenient location is just off Colorado Blvd.

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1 Thank mrd102
Palm Springs, California
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We read about this place a few days before we arrived in Pasadena and discovered it was only two blocks from our hotel. Most of the reviews here are spot-on: it's clean, cozy, and we had a great breakfast. I'm not big on waiting in line, but we made an exception because we wanted to try something local. Besides, if... More 

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1 Thank SPINDOCDENVER
San Antonio, Texas
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87 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if the food were not close to perfect (it IS), I would still go here for breakfast every trip I make to Pasadena because I love the atmosphere. Famous "paintings" on the wall, energetic young servers in ties and dress shirts, a bustling choreography behind the counter! Even people like me who "rewrite the menu" get just what they... More 

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1 Thank Marilyn E
San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When in Pasadena I always go to Russell"s! Mostly for breakfast but the menu is great for dinner as well. Upscale diner atmosphere with great food. Parking is a challenge.

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1 Thank Vicki G
Briarcliff Manor, NY
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163 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went here twice during a recent visit to Pasadena and both times it was excellent. The food was well prepared and very tasty. Although it gets crowded, you may have to wait a bit for a table as the place is very popular, the service is excellent and you never feel rushed. Among the best breakfasts we had.

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1 Thank PeteZebra
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great breakfast and service. Sat at the counter so no wait. I like these American diner style eateries especially for breakfast and this ones a cut above most. I do wish they'd all update and get espresso coffee machines. I really thought this one would have, but no. The standard coffee shop coffee really lets down an otherwise exceptional experience.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an amazing place for breakfast. They have everything, including pure maple syrup (my requirement) and home made corned beef hash (my husband's delight). Service is great. We sat at the counter as all tables were filled and received very good wait service. It's also open for lunch and dinner.

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

The food was fabulous, but the service was even better! Very attentive and nice, we ate at the counter, and was served very quickly and the food quality was 1st rate! I would strongly recommend that if you are traveling to Pasadena to check this place out, if you are going for breakfast, go early, the line ques up after... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103-3609
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: 626-578-1404

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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