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“Gale's is unbeatable!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gale's Italian Restaurant and Bar

Gale's Italian Restaurant and Bar
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Ranked #7 of 693 Restaurants in Pasadena
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: California
Transit: We are very close tothe Del Mar Station for the Metrolink. We are about 3 blocks away.
Pasadena
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Gale's is unbeatable!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

Full disclosure: however often I go to Gale's, I always feel it's never often enough! This place is the best - great north Italian food, buzzy atmosphere, friendly and attentive service, always crowded but they always seem to have a spare table. The specials can be a little pricey, especially as they don't come with a soup or salad, so if you are watching your pocket go for one of the classic pastas with the free appetizer. It's the sort of place you can go to just because you want to get out of the house, or it can rise to the occasion and cater a special event that feels special.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pasadena, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Delicious food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

The food was wonderful, and the service was friendly and attentive. I loved the branzino I had .. a perfect Paleo dish on a bed of spinach! Desserts were so-so, but the rest of the food was delicious.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank MermaidsTale
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Santa Ana
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221 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Really enjoyed the family atmosphere and excellent food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

We had an opportunity to have a dinner with my daughter before going back to college and asked Trip Advisor for some recommendations. We came across Gale's restaurant and decided to go with the advice of my many advisor friends. Again they did not let us down with an excellent location. The place was hopping at 9:00 PM and it looked as though many of the locals dine here which is usually a positive sign. The Lasagna was a recommendation both with meat or the Spinach Lasagna. Both were excellent and I was very impressed with the salad that came with our meal. The bread was warm and the olive oil perfect. I would return to this restaurant on my return to Pasadena. I enjoyed the service and the manager was very inviting. Definitely give it a try. I would also recommend the linguini with the Arrabbiata sauce with clams and add some shrimp as well. The shrimp salad was very nice as my daughter had it and she said it was excellent.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank dmas6
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Newport Beach, California
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46 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2013

We went last night, restaurant was busy. Service was spotty. The rack of lamb was not well cooked despite being sent back to the kitchen twice. The first time was raw, the 2nd time was raw and 3rd time was edible. The restaurant was gracious enough to not charge the dish and provided a free dessert. The rest of the dishes: the Bolognse sauce was OK, chicken Piccata are both just OK. The clam linguine was good. The chef must had an off night. We are disappointed with the food. Will give it another try at some point as the staff are very apologetic!

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Pasadena, CA
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Classy Friendly Local”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We live in Pasadena and have been going to Gale's regularly for almost 15 years. We never get tired of the superb food and the staff is friendly and attentive.Gale and her husband are frequently welcoming guests or visiting tables. The regular menu covers a broad range of tastes. We love the eggplant pizza and the Lamb Chops. There is always a daily menu that has really special dishes.

Visited November 2013
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