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“extraordinally quiet, restful” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Descanso

Cafe Descanso
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Cafe Descanso located inside Descanso Gardens in Pasadena, serves an al fresco lunch menu and offers event and wedding catering.
San Diego, California
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154 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“extraordinally quiet, restful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

One of the most beautiful places in greater Los Angeles. Under a canopy of graceful oak trees, another canopy of tall, beautiful camellia bushes; streams, ferns, natural California flora...the perfect place for a restful walk or a short hike up the hill. Beautiful views of the San Gabriel mountains, to the north.

Visited December 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Lovely spot to visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

The Cafe at Descanso Gardens offers a light lunch which would be plenty to keep you going for a day wandering through the gardens, attending talks or shopping in their lovely store. You order at a window, and can enjoy your meal on a lovely tree- and umbrella-shaded patio.

The menu includes several sandwich and salad options as well as a daily soup choice. You can also get a hotdog or a pretzel, muffins etc if you're just looking for a snack. Two of us shared a Caesar salad, which was pretty good: the lettuce was crisp and the dressing, served on the side, was tasty. We also shared a Greek pita sandwich: filling delicious, pita thick enough to withstand the moist contents but a bit overwhelming. They serve soft drinks, and if you're in the mood for wine, rather wait for another time: $7.00 for 2/3 of a plastic glass of Chardonnay or Merlot was a bit steep.

All in all, definitely somewhere to consider if you're planning a visit to the Gardens.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“we're members; the lunches at the park are well prepared; they have wine; it's a great place to visit. Not sure why...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2009

we're members; the lunches at the park are well prepared; they have wine; it's a great place to visit. Not sure why it's listed in the Restaurant Section here... but it's really a must visit botanical garden spot.

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