Arroyo Chop House
Arroyo Chop House

Arroyo Chop House

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.arroyochophouse.com/
  • Phone: (626) 577-7463
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sun-Thu 5:00pm-9:30pm

    Fri/Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Manuel Avila
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: For catering information please contact the restaurant.
  • Entertainment: Live piano player nightly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California Ave.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking is offered to all Arroyo Chop House guests.
A word from Arroyo Chop House
A modern take on the classic American steakhouse, Arroyo Chop House is one of only a few restaurants in Southern California that serves exclusively USDA Prime beef. This strikingly handsome restaurant, inspired by the Arts & Crafts architectural style for which Pasadena is famous, is clad in rich mahogany and the cozy booths are bathed in seductive light.

Our steaks are aged and hand cut daily and then perfectly seared in a 1,500 degree oven. Traditional steakhouse side dishes include creamed spinach, baked potatoes, asparagus spears with hollandaise sauce, and Arroyo Chop House's famous onion rings. We also offer live Maine lobster and fresh fish, Alaskan King Crab legs, fresh oysters, and shrimp. Compliment your meal with a bottle from our award-winning wine list and finish the night with one of our delicious desserts such as a Grand Marnier soufflé, warm apple pie, butterscotch pudding or chocolate pecan pie.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Arroyo Chop House reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (119)fit for foodies (76)romantic (75)notable wine list (64)neighborhood gem (58)good for groups (40)vibrant bar scene (22)hot spot (15)late-night find (7)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • dark inside and outside!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Slow service. Noisy inside. Super dark parking lot and bad valet service.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always a wonderful meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    As always, the service was attentive but not intrusive; our server, Ese, was friendly and helpful. The food was well prepared and attractively served. We love Arroyo Chophouse especially for special occasions - a birthday card and beautiful orchid sprays were waiting at our table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parkway Grill and Arroyo Chop House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Both restaurants, located right next to each other, are owned by the same company. Twice I have entered Parkway Grill accidently because of the partial obscurity of the Chop House entrance, but parking is shared and not a problem. I have eaten in both and would recommend Parkway Grill over the Chop House with quieter ambiance, and a little more open (larger). Food is excellent in both places, though. The wait staff, while professional, were a bit aloof and pushy at Arroyo, trying to get us through the first seating.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very slow service
    starrynight
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    We sat down for about 10mins before we got a menu. Then someone came to give us a menu after about 5mins our waiter came and offered us drinks. Then about 10mins later he asked if we got our bread yet, we told him nobody offered us bread. So he brought our bread. He took our order and honestly it took about 30 - 45mins for our food to come out. The food was good, but the service was just to slow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quality
    Savydiner
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    It's a lovely Resturant that cares about the food they prepare and the way they present it. Quality dishes with superb ingredients !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our first time at the Arroyo Chop house and while we were not disappointed with the steaks we ordered, the Ceasar salad was mediocre at best. The service was wonderful and after asking two times to be reseated in a quieter area of the restaurant, we ended up on the enclosed patio which was beautiful and quieter so we could have a dinner conversation without shouting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Steak House
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The service was great. Plenty of staff to attend to your every need. The food was great. The Cowboy Steak had my name written all over it. The restaurant is very energetic but I found it was not disruptive to the party at my table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Meal!!
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Have been going here for 20 years and it's amazing to see the consistency of great food, service and ambiance on every visit. Over all these years we have never sent a dish back or complained about service: these guys know how to run their business and it shows. Our favorites are the BBQ shrimp salad, filet, whole lobster, shoestrings, corn soufflé, and of course the gran marnier and chocolate soufflés. The bar knows how to make a proper cocktail and our server was excellent. No one has ever made an error on our orders: must be hire great talent, good on going training, ownership leadership and let 'em make a ton of money. Better have a reservation, especially on weekends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breeders Cup Dinner
    BarrmanDining
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We attend the Breeder's Cup Racing Championships every year; when the races are at Santa Anita we have dined at Arroyo Chop House. This was our 5th time at the restaurant (here are 4 of us). Their food and ambiance are excellent - serving USDA prime steaks, excellent seafood, salads and sides. They even have souffles for dessert, one of the only steak houses still performing this tradition. We highly recommend the restaurant, they are remarkably consistent (we have been going for 6 years, never a problem or a sub-par meal). I prefer the main dining room, although their "side room" also quite nice and perfect if you want a quieter room. The same owners (The Smith Group) run the Parkway Grill, located right next door - also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome dinner!
    Markncarla
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We had the Chilean sea bass and it was the most tender and moist bass I've ever eaten! We also had the filet mignon and also very tender. Cooked to perfection; I didn't even need a steak knife. I'll definitely come back when I'm in town again. Oh, and the wine list was very nice as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Very Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was delicious as usual, especially tableside Caesar salad. Service was very good but not excellent as it was very busy, but it did not prevent us from having a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service yet noisy
    ruarunner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The server was polished and showed up at the right moments - a real professional. Yet you could hear a lot of background noise of customers, that while not unruly, that made conversation difficult at times. Overall, this is a splendor of a restaurant. Good service, above all, and food. The steaks were delicious and the extra amenities that the experienced server provided, such as, knowing when to cream the horseradish the prawns came with in time for the main course, were superb. A real testament to Blair! The wine was very good, but overpriced. I would return to their place across the driveway, Parkway Grill. Good job, though.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    PolishGirlFoodie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It was the perfect meal to celebrate a special occasion. The food was prepared to order.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    It is always a great dining experience at the Arroyo Chop House -- from the moment you enter the restaurant to the moment you leave the restaurant. The Arroyo Chop House is consistently a wonderful restaurant, with everyone there being super customer-oriented and extremely pleasant in a warm, professional way. For example, Enrique and the front hostess, as well as David (the server) and the others assisting David, were so nice and accommodating -- thank you very much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • annivesary celebration
    ladyleo
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    this was my first visit. I was celebrating my wedding anniversary with my cousin. We share the same anniversary date, only her husband is serving oversees and mine past away last year. The chop house kindly left a card and 2 beautiful bouquets of orchids. it was a nice touch. the food was delicious. I had rib eye and she had pork chops. my cousin said she has never had pork chops with so much flavor. my steak was cooked to perfection and was exactly what I wanted.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    MarkNicometo
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First off free complimentary valet service! Great place to take a date if you want a romantic setting at a fancy restaurant. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is perfect for itimate conversation.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The Arroyo Chop House is a great experience and an enjoyable the atmosphere. The service is superb and the food is great. Our Server Ezequiel was very knowledgeable and cordial as can be. I would recommend the Arroyo Chop House for all occasions. This is a must experience…
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Excellent Service
    gsldr77
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    My husband and I decided to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. I made reservations on OpenTable, however the restaurant did not show my reservation for the correct time. No problem, the hostess was very nice and had us seated in no time. Our waitress was super nice and took care of from beginning to end. The table side ceasar salad for two, the filet mignon, short rib chop house burger and grand marnier souffle was all so delicious! The ambience was perfect and far from disappointing. I look forward to our next dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Dine4U
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I went there because it was my boyfriends Birthday, his favorite place to eat and my first time. The food and service was excellent, they even provided him with a card and cupcake which was a nice surprise. Definelty recommend to everyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SERVICE NOT UP TO PAR
    richdlrosa
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    You cannot compare to Ruth Chris, Lawrys or Del Friscos on the service, you will wait on drinks and table service but the food is good. None of the servers give you a name and you have to wave down a person if you want something. For the prices they have you think you would get better service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top Notch USDA Prime!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Came in after a college football game and treated royally. Great food and great wine list. As with every great steakhouse, our knowledgeable and experienced server quickly figured out the pace at which we wanted to dine. Never felt like we waited too long or were hurried. Tremendous dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful dining experience
    SeniorSantaFeHedonist
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Everything was 5 stars during this evening's dinner. From the knowledgeable staff, prompt service, excellent drinks and food, and live piano player. Highly recommend! It was well worth the high cost of $100 per person for drinks, dinner, dessert and coffee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Highly recommended
    Edna
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    You can never go wrong whenever you dine at the Arroyo Chop House! Everything is perfect - from food to their staff and their excellent service.. A very good dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    MountainCycler
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The food was great, our waiter was wonderful. Overall a good value for the quality of the food and service. They had flowers and wine waiting for our arrival.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than I thought
    outwithfriends
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I have been driving by for years and never ate here. On a whim I made reservations for a couple of friends and I and we really enjoyed the elegant atmosphere. The menu is definitely for the meat lover although they have chicken and fish dishes. One of the few restaurants that still offers steak tartare in the appetizer manu. Great service. The house Cabernet was excellent. They have a piano player in the evening, although a little pricey it's a great place to enjoy a relaxed dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    It was a little noisy. but the food was outstanding. We all had the rib eye rare, cooked to perfection. It was the most flavorful and tender steak ever. The service was great. We are absolutely coming back!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the Perfect Steak
    AzAndy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Delicious, tender, and perfectly prepared. Generous sides were more than enough to share.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arroyo Chophouse
    enosteak1VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Beautiful restaurant. Appetizer and sides were good. We ordered the porterhouse medium rare and it was so rare, we couldn't eat it. Our waiter was busy with other tables and didn't get back to us very quickly to see how everything was. So we ate our sides and the bread. We opted to just have it boxed and I cooked it more the next day. Next time we will get something else.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence Incarnate
    Skubidu
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The Arroyo chop house is an excellent restaurant with exceedingly above-par food, outstanding customer service, and an outstanding winelist. It is not cheap, but is worth every penny. From the valet to the wait staff, there was nothing "average" about the restaurant. I highly recommend this restaurant that lives up to the hupe and the reviews. I was very, very happy with my experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Perfect for a special occasion. as the saying goes, you get what you pay for so if you are prepared for a fine dinning experience, The Cop House will not dissappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great
    PACO
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food and service impeccable. My first choice for a great steak and sea food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Always wonderful - always perfect. Impeccable service; perfectly prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special place
    BronxBoy
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    When you combine a tender steak, fresh tasty vegetables, a nice cocktail, Nancy on the piano and Bobby on guitar -- you get a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing!
    jcald
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our family enjoys celebrating big events at the Chop House. On this evening, we were celebrating my son's first professional job. He chose the location primarily due to the fresh oysters. That combined with a great steak menu and delicious sides made for a wonderful dinner. All 4 of us were thrilled with our dinner, and we loved our server. She did a great tableside Ceasar, met our every need and seemed to enjoy our celebration as much as we did. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfection
    JStoneyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Amazing food, service and ambiance. What more could you want?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    Jeff
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went to this restaurant because of ratings and reviews, but as a steak house lover, I was disappointed. Oh the filet mingon was good, cooked perfectly, the table side Ceaser salad was fantastic, but the rest of the meal was just ok. Really not worth the money. The night special side vegetable dish was under cooked. I'll stick with Flemings or Mastro's thank you
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Memorable Anniversary
    regrets
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were surprised by beautiful orchids at our table and an Anniversary Card. Simply mentioned the special occasion in the online comments when booking. My wife's favorite desination even though its a good 40 mile drive. Thank you for making our evening so special. ....and don't miss the Grand Marnier Souffle. (NO regrets)
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Pasadena
    John120
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Chop House has been our very most favorite restaurant for over 10 years. The 3 pound lobster I had a few nights ago was the best I've ever had...anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Gem
    happysusie25
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The Arroyo Chop House is a hidden gem for Pasadena, brought my boyfriend here for his birthday, it was a romantic setting, the quality of food was exceptional and the service was great from Brooksley. You can tell they treat their customers with care. I would recommend the Cowboy Ribeye Steak and the Filet Mignon, it will melt in your mouth!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but....
    Pearl
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Noisy--but it was Friday night. Food was good. We had steak (done perfectly to order) and scalloped potatoes and brussel sprouts. However, it was a little surprising that we were charged $5 for bread--and the bread was nothing special--didn't understand that it was not complimentary as it is at most restaurants. We shared the heirloom tomato salad--expensive and the tomatoes were dry and not ripe. Disappointing. Skip that salad.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.