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“Good Greek Food, happening place, exc. service on a busy night”
Review of Cafe Santorini

Cafe Santorini
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Ranked #7 of 718 Restaurants in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Delacy
Transit: 2 blocks away on Holly St.
Description: Tucked in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, Cafe Santorini is the spot to be in. Offering a variety of delicious Mediterranean dishes and a romantic second floor patio. Perfect for a date, a family gathering or a celebration. Cafe Santorini also offers two large banquet venues in the Rococo Room and Pandora on Green.
Reviewed February 3, 2013 via mobile

We were greeted by our waiter within seconds of being seated on the patio. Extensive menu. Ordered Greek appetizer with several tasty foods which met out expectations except for the cold falafel bread. Wine list was pricy, but our server made a recommendation of a red wine that was a better value. Risotto with prawns was great ;moussaka was ok. Would go again on our next visit.

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Thank Swiftfeet
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

Located in the centre of old town Pasadena, this brick building upper level restaurant has a pleasant outdoor patio with views of Millers Alley / Square. The patio is well covered in cold weather and still comfortable to be outdoors. Note: the restaurant is up a lot of stairs - check with the restaurant re possible lift if you have mobility difficulties. On arrival, there was quite a crowd so reservations seem prudent. Also a number of special events - birthdays etc.. - so people seem to book here for those. The food is definitely greek / mediterranean - with a few italian pasta / pizza offerings. While the ambiance is charming, and the service friendly, the food did lack. Aside from the vegetarian mezzo starter sampler plate (typical greek finger foods and sauces) the mains lacked creativity or real flavour. The pasta felt very mass produced, with two chicken breasts on top (clearly purchased from a mass-market supplier - perfectly oval, 1/2 inch think, like seen at a cheap diner) and the fish special was dry and overcooked. The greek salad was just iceberg lettuce with unripe tomato chunks. A shame really as with a little more effort in the kitchen could make this place very special.
Drinks list was adequate. Full bar. Medium prices for eating out. Plenty of neighbourhood parking but they don't validate unless you valet.

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1  Thank LondonUnveiled
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

We first visited Cafe Santorini some 10 years ago at the recommendation of friends who lived in Pasadena. The restaurant is located upstairs in a brick walled building on Union Street, one block north of "Old Town's" Colorado Boulevard. Once you've climbed the stairs from the street, you enter a large, wood-floored room with a usually crowded circular full bar to your left surrounded by simple square tables. The room is busy and can be a bit noisy, but the restaurant's gem is the outdoor patio with a view overlooking Union Street, a walkway and an interior courtyard. The outdoor dining is available all year round, as clear shades and heaters keep the area comfortable in colder months while the open atmosphere is delightful when the temperature is warm. The menu has a mediterranean and middle eastern feel, accentuated by warm pita bread, olive tapinade and hummous should you care to order it. Dishes range from a variety of seafoods to poultry and meats, all artfully prepared, seasoned and presented. The staff is pleasant and generally quite accomodating, although on busy nights the kitchen and service can be a bit slow. In all of our visits, we have never had a disappointing experience. When making your reservation, you should request a table on the patio unless you have a group of more than eight people when you will be seated inside. Another interesting feature is the restaurant's Rococco Room, which is a large banquet/party facility (also with a full bar) located downstairs with large windows facing Union Street. All-in-all, Cafe Santorini is most definitely worth a vist.

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1  Thank Travelwherever
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Lousy service and so so food. What more is there to say? Avoid...

Then again, old pasadena is a pretty lousy place for food. Most of the restaurants are owned by owner/operators who have multiple locations and no culinary experience. It shows...this is just typical of that model. I think the only chef owned restaurant in old pasadena is Racion on Green and maybe Green St tavern. Which are both pretty bad too. Sad state of affairs.

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Thank Michael-and-Jose
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Reviewed December 1, 2012

This is the third time I have been to this restaurant and I keep hoping for something better. Last night was by far the worst. We sat and sat waiting for service until I got up and asked the hostess to send someone. There were people standing around us waiting for a table which was irritating. The calamari appetizer was quite good, but the entree (chicken kabob, made from thigh meat) was overcooked and dry. Good mashed potatoes but it's hard to screw them up. Other times I have had lamb which was tough and not as tasty as it should be. The ambience is lovely, true, but it tends to fill up and is quite noisy, both inside and out. This is my last time there.

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Thank WendyS58
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