Arroyo Chop House
Arroyo Chop House

Arroyo Chop House

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.arroyochophouse.com/
  • Phone: 6265777463
  • 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 WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Arroyo Chop House reviews from OpenTable diners
185 reviews since May 17, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (148)romantic (92)notable wine list (70)fit for foodies (68)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (42)vibrant bar scene (22)hot spot (21)great for outdoor dining (8)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (7)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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.
  • Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This was my 2nd time to dine at the Arroyo Chop House and once again I was not disappointed. Unlike the first time, I did away with the appetizer course so I could do justice to my entrée. Tonight I picked a New York steak that was cooked to perfection. I paired it with the lobster mashed potatoes and the grilled corn and I found myself hunkering down for one seriously good meal. I left room though for the warm slice of apple pie that went so well with the most delicious cup of coffee that I've had in a long while. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. In all the experience was very positive and is a testament to the consistency and quality of this venerable establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best meat and fish entrees
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Arroyo Chophouse's prime steak and high-quality wild-caught fish are superb. We think it's the best "classic" restaurant in Pasadena.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Holy Cow
    Chakal
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This was a great steak house and may be as good or better than Taylor's or Ruth's Chris. It's not cheap but it is a great experience. Get the twice baked mac-n-cheese or the mashed potatoes for sides.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the steaks!
    HungrymanVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Steaks are cooked to perfection, full of flavor and tender. Best steaks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best steakhouse in SGV
    Chris100VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is the best steakhouse in the San Gabriel Valley, much better than any of the national chain restaurants. The fish is also excellent, in the event that you do not want beef, lamb, or veal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food
    nhactual
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Excellent steak and chocolate souffles. Price is very good compare with other steak house.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Neighborhood place
    Pickyeater
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was my first time at the restaurant. My older Pasadena friends go here regularly. I can see why this place is dependable-it's close by the neighborhood, has a top notch steakhouse vibe and terrific barrel aged Negronis. The menu is thoughtfully executed. The meat was quite good and executed perfectly. The only hiccup was my wait between courses. Otherwise, I can see why Pasadenans love the place for birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Pasadena is still a food wasteland, and the Arroyo fills a niche.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it! Always delicious.
    travelingfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    As usual, wonderful. Love my lemon drops and ahi tuna. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a good night....
    DDDiners2
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This evening was very disappointing. Though we had Open Table reservations and I indicated it was a special b'day, we were sat in the VERY busy and loud bar. I asked for a booth or other table, and was told nothing was available. We could not hear or understand the waiter, or each other. Of course the meat is delicious here - but not exemplary this night, and service seemed rushed, and somewhat unfriendly. As this is one of our guests favorite restaurants, I think she was quite disappointed.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite Restaurant
    mmbczdd
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I love this place! Since it is a little bit more expensive, we only visit maybe once a year. It's always a special treat! The food is of the highest quality, and the waiters are very personable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This was our first visit to the Arroyo Chop House and it didn't disappoint. It was a birthday celebration and it was amazing. There was a card wishing my wife Happy Birthday and at the end of our dinner they surprised her with flowers which was the perfect end to the perfect evening. The wait staff was attentive but we never felt rushed. The food was absolutely amazing and the menu had enough choices for everyone. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food!
    Lverd
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food was amazing. We had the Kobe NY steak which was so good. I would recommend the pancetta scallops. Those were mouthwatering! The only thing I would warn about is the noise level. My husband and I went for our anniversary and sat across from each other because the booth was for a single seater and we could hardly hear each other. Other than that this restaurant knows how to treat the guests. They knew it was our anniversary and gave us a bouquet of orchids. It was really nice of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as usual
    Bets
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Arroyo Chop House never disappoints! We had an amazing dinner with exceptional service as usual. Love this place!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining
    Foodielady
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food at the Chop house was outstanding! I had the lamb chops and my husband has the Porterhouse-absolutely delicious. But more so, we really enjoyed our waiter Mark-exceptional service...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Perfect!
    demetraVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My son chose Th Chophouse for his last meal in LA before going back up to college. Superb service and amazing food. The Kobe Steak did not disappoint and my Hendrick G&T was spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner: Blair is Terrific
    foodforthoughtVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    After coming here for 25 years (since the 2nd week the restaurant converted to the Chophouse format), I wait for them to slip up and they never do! This is what makes a great restaurant that can live a quarter of a century: consistency of the experience. Always a nice relaxing setting with piano player, great food that's fresh and is always prepared the same way you last had it, nice wine and cocktail list, and wonderful service. Our server, Blair did his usual great job. Not intrusive or pushy; quick on the cocktails, sense of humor, and the orders went to the kitchen correctly. I rank the Chophouse in my top 5 along with The Metropolitan(Seattle), Hall's(Charleston, SC), Lucky's(Montecito), and Archie's Wayside(LeMars, Iowa).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't Overlook The Small Things
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Choose this restaurant on a reccomend from a friend. Food was delicious but I can't overlook the small things. The restaurant was pretty empty when my hubby & I arrived. Hostess was less than friendly and we were only people waiting. Place was pretty empty yet we were given a table right on top of piano. I so do not like to play the race card but we were also the only african americans present at the time. Waitress was very nice, but the garlic bread we were served was cold. Restaurant opens for dinner @ 5:30 our reservation was for 6 & we arrived early. Drinks were excellent as was dinner but then our apple pie was cold!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    debbyron333332
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Very happy with the terrific service and quality of the meal
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    skluvsfoodVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We went to celebrate a b'day & they gave a bouquet of orchids (complimentary) which was a nice & classy touch. The steak was delicious and the mac-n-cheese is to die for, close tie with the Grand Marnier souffle. l definitely will be back to this restaurant as everything was perfect from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • KFRANZ
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    WE HAD A GREAT TIME, FOOD WAS EXCELLENT, AND THE SERVICE WAS AS WELL!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cover the Top
    Luvshiros
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    As usual the food is superb, the ambience is 10+, the noise.....it's people enjoying the food and the atmosphere. It's noisy but in a good way. The service is always Over the Top. I go to Arroyo Chopped House at least 2x a month and each time I got its alway alway top class. I have people visit my from out of the country and state and when I ask them where would you like to have dinner. They're answer is alway Arroyo Chopped House. Love everything about Arroro.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service
    Glen
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The service was great as was the selection and the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    kcbirdVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Excellent value for LA restaurant week. Although I could not resist the bone in filet off the fixed menu. Everything was superb . Service was excellent. One of our Pasadena/LA favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    FoodCrush
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    it was lil pricy but overall great service. and food was great i had porterhouse steak for 2 and mountain mushroom. it was worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    JohnM
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Really enjoy going there. Service and food are excellent every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food shined
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Overall the food was great! Server seemed preoccupied but got our orders right and checked up on us regularly. Would come back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ruined experience
    PapaLion
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I brought my date for a special occasion - delivered a decorated cake to the Chop House a few hours in advance to be served for surprise dessert. Dinner was good and when he asked if we were having dessert, of course I said yes. He brought us a dessert menu. I asked him to check with kitchen and he seemed confused again. Then I asked him to check with the desk...after several minutes, he returned with ---------two slices of the special cake I had delivered earlier. I was flabbergasted. I asked about the cake and he said it was still in the kitchen "Do you want the rest of it?" I told him that the presentation was now ruined - he had no answer. A few minutes later he came back with a scoop of ice cream and a candle. I was speechless.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent except one thing
    James1680lin
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Our dinner was excellent everything went well, except for the fact that the person that led us to the table only gave us the dine LA menu, didn't even bother giving us the regular menu, probably thinking we were teenagers and couldn't afford it. I go to arroyo chop house every year with my family for my birthday and also everyone else's birthday in my family. Just becuase I went with my friends that are my age doesn't mean they should look down on us!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great LA restaurant week 2014 find!
    HungryMan
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My wife has been here through past work lunches, and had recommended it for the family to try it out for dinner, when she saw it in the LA restaurant week list. We ordered from the prix fix menu and the fillet mignon was cooked perfectly to our liking. Although there was no kids menu, our server recommended several options for our 7 and 10 year old boys, and the selections were perfect. They shared and finished a yummy ham n Mac n cheese, large prawns, as well as some of our mignon! Our boys had commented that they like the "dimly lit" restaurant! And this ambience too, was to our liking! Overall, this was a welcome experience and we will return in the near future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Love Arroyo
    BarbaraFred
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food is always top notch. I've never had a bad experience here. We usually go for Dine LA Restaurant Week so it is an incredible value twice a year. We have gone during full price time and we still love it. Delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great steakhouse in Pasadena
    ChenVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    My friends and I went there for the DINELA. We order the filet mignon and the cowboy ribeye. Both of them are so so so good. But the lobster mashed potato is just so so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service
    LatinredVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is not my first time here and it's true, the service is slightly slow... But this evening it was exceptionally slow. We were seated at 9:15pm and left at 11:13pm. There was approximately a 20-25 minute wait between courses. Other than that, the meal was great. Unfortunately, it was entirely too long to be seated there so I think we will visit another steak house in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Always a great treat. Perfect petite filet, creamed spinach and BBQ shrimp salad. Nothing compares.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were seated at a booth as requested, and we had a terrific dinner for, and with, our nephew. Starting with waiting at the bar, we felt welcomed, and we were served well. The bartender was thoughtful and friendly. When we were seated at the table, we were greeted warmly by the server Mark, and his service was excellent throughout the night. Mark did not rush us, and we were able to spend quality time with our nephew. The service by everyone at the restaurant was excellent, as always. The food, of course, was excellent and prepared very well. The drinks were excellent, too. We had a nice, relaxing and happy time at Arroyo Chophouse, once again. Thank you, Arroyo Chophouse, for being so consistently excellent in all respects.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing for Arroyo
    Alexandros
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went to the this great restaurant during dineLA week and we thought to give the dineLA menu a try -- what a mistake... The food offered by the Arroyo was sub par and did a disservice to both the restaurant and the dineLA concept. Very salty oysters, tomato bisque soup that tasted as if it came from the can, bland cream spinach and just OK filet mignon. The desserts (cheesecake and brownie with ice cream) also did a disservice to such an acclaimed restaurant. Add to all this a very noisy dining room and the whole experience was disappointing. The restaurant should either not participate in dineLA or, if it does, it should make sure it maintains its high standards with the dineLA menu as it does with its regular menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service, nice server.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Very nice place to eat at. Will come back for more. Ribeye steak was delicious. Everything was nice and calm. Server were super nice and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Fails to Impress
    Bfarly
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've been here three times now, and it never fails to impress. It's still the best steak I've ever had and they have amazing sourdough bread. This time we also tried the caramelized sweet corn, and let me tell you, I would never have thought that a corn dish could taste that good! Wonderful food, wonderful service--you can just never go wrong choosing Arroyo.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dated and average.
    DaveD
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Service was slow. Food was average at best. The environment felt dated. A good attempt at wanting to be a stand out restaurant. I kept wanting to find something to like and a reason to come back. Sadly it never happened. Nothing was terrible, just average. I had high expectations, and left feeling disappointed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No where better
    ArthurVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Best steak house in Los Angeles hands down, I've been to every steak house in la county and none come close to arroyo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.