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Bistro De La Gare

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921 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3135
+1 626-799-8828
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Wed - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Glenn Dale, Maryland
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lamb shank and porcini ravioli were very good. Beet carpaccio was served frozen, which might have facilitated slicing the beets thinly, but the texture was unpleasant and did not enhance the beets' flavor. Mousse au chocolat was similarly served too cold. Service was a bit casual.

Thank Diane F
Zurich, Switzerland
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935 reviews
581 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 272 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

We were delighted by the service, food and ambiance. The maitre d' and the servers took care of a large party without batting an eyelid. We were indeed a Happy Family as we left after a great meal.

Thank Mypace
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Went two nights in a row. Delicious food. Great ambiance. We ordered pork cheeks, onion soup, mushroom soup on first visit. Pork sauce was so flavorful. Soups were outstanding. Second night we ordered terrine, quiche, and gazpacho. All delicious. Terrine and quiche were among best I've ever had. Waitstaff were very nice and attentive. Chef/owner came out on our second... More 

Thank Corinne T
Sedona, Arizona
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016

Nestled on a corner near the Pasadena metro station is a charming bistro with excellent food and responsive service. The gazpacho and pasta bolognese were both up to European standards. Ambience was good, and people were enjoying themselves. Prices were 'low-reasonable,' and were a 'good deal' relative to the food and experience.

Thank KenBork
Los Angeles, California
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154 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2016

My husband surprised me for our anniversary by taking me to dinner here. It was such a lovely treat to be back...especially now that it's under New Management. Although we had enjoyed it before, a couple of bad experiences with the staff had kept us away. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner which was inventive, well presented and overall delicious! Our... More 

Thank JaniBani06
Pasadena, California
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213 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2016

We were told that this lovely spot is under new ownership and that it was much improved from what it had been a couple of years ago. I have nothing to compare it's current condition to but we found it delightful. The setting reminds me of something you would find in a European town. Tables are a bit close together... More 

Thank fro2
San Juan Capistrano, CA
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77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2016 via mobile

They were busy, our large table was not ready, they ran out ribs, but the evening was PERFECT. They handled every obstacle with grace and made us feel special, like one of the family. Everyone enjoyed themselves from the kids to the grandparents. The food was EXCELLENT - the lamb, duck, burger and dessert, oh the desserts... try them all.... More 

Thank BennyMc
Westport, Connecticut, USA
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58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2015

We joined another couple for a dinner at the Bistro. The service was excellent and the food was excellent as well. We were there on a week night and it was very quiet and comfortable.

Thank Jerald_Froschauer
Pasadena, California
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2015

Our fave server wasn't there...and a young server didn't have a clue...plus the table next to us got an apology that their order had gone "MIA". Yet, what a lovely location...caring food (though, no calves liver and onions just doesn't seem right)....so, we hope the problems are only temporary.

Thank PasadenaOldies
South Pasadena ca
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2015

The wait stafe is very personable and helpful, the menue genuinely French, We are never disappointed after numerous visits, from traditional h'or de heures like escargo and foie gras to full dishes more from a provencial menue than from haute cuisine. Your tastes buds will be happy and so will your stomach. Go again & again!

Thank richardgerrish

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $50
French, Italian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 921 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3135
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  South Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-799-8828

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