Bistro de la Gare
921 Meridian Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030Neighborhood:
FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
Bistro de la Gare
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://bistrodelagare.com/
- Phone: (626) 799-8828
- Hours of Operation:
Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday : 5:30 to 9pm
Friday & Saturday : 5:30 to 10pm
Tuesday : CLOSED
Wednesday-Fri: 11:30am to 2pm
Monday & Tuesday : CLOSED
WEEKEND BRUNCH :
Sat-Sun : 10:30am to 2:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Italian, French
- Executive Chef: Bruno Morin
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: Call for details.
- Special Events: Call for details.
A word from Bistro de la Gare
Under new ownership since August 2013, Chef Bruno and his team at Bistro de la Gare are dedicated to offering each of their guests an authentic French culinary experience, with an Italian flare.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
- Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
- Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
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Bistro de la Gare reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since July 29, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (40)fit for foodies (26)great for outdoor dining (25)special occasion (24)romantic (23)notable wine list (16)great for brunch (10)great for lunch (9)scenic view (6)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (2)Show More
- Lovely neighborhood restaurantLondonbadgeDined on 11/21/2014The food was really outstanding and tasted as though it was prepared by chef straight from France! I ordered the french onion soup and linguine with seafood - both were really tasty and beautifully presented. My husband had the moules and frites, which were also wonderful. The only real disappointment which we were informed about upon arrival was that they did not possess a liquor license, so were unable to enjoy any wine with our meal. The music was also a bit odd for the scene - sounded like wind chimes/meditative music? I would have preferred something more appropriate like French cafe music. But all in all, we had a lovely evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Food was tasty but all of us had lukewarm entrees.cleoDined on 11/15/2014Thanks for not charging corkage fee; we were disappointed that there was no wine and we had not been alerted. Noise level made conversation nearly impossible.Special Features:
- Bistro de La Gare: ExquisateOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/8/2014We had never been before… it was elegant, authentic, and absolutely delicious; definitely worthy of a special occasion, but accessible enough for any given date night. We drove from Studio City, and it was worth the trip!Special Features:
- superbjasper23Dined on 11/1/2014This bistro was an integral part of an incredible evening. The food was outstanding and both myself and my date were extremely pleased with the experience. Gentlemen, if you're looking to impress someone then put this at the top of your list of hot stops. It doesn't hurt to learn the names of a few French foods so you can pretend to be worldly.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CCCindy90230Dined on 10/26/2014Great food in a lovely setting but a little pricey.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Rare find and so authenticloveithereVIPDined on 10/19/2014This intimate bistro is such a rare and unique gem. Lovely ambiance,excellent service and innovative French cuisine. Delicious and ever changing specials. Bring friends..you're sure to impress themSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, unfortunate servicePasadenaFoodieDined on 10/10/2014My second time here. Our group of 5 enjoyed sitting outside in a nice area of South Pasadena watching the trains pass by. The food is very well-prepared and presented, with good variety--even for vegetarians. Unfortunately our French-speaking waiter was the low point of the experience. He was arrogant, did not know the prices of the (pricey) specials, made mistakes in what we ordered & argued with us about his ordering mistakes, and was not attentive. So, our experience was soured by the poor service. I'll go back for the good food, but will request another server.Special Features:
- Thank YouOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 10/2/2014Amazing the food is so unique, egg plant is wonderful. Atmosphere, service. Winner all aroundSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 1st time at the Bistro de la GareaFrenchmominLADined on 9/19/2014We celebrated a friend's birthday with a lunch at the Bistro de la Gare. The food was delicious and the wine suggestion interesting. The service was good and we had fun. We particularly enjoyed to finish with a "café gourmand" : an expresso with a selection of four dessert samples... I recommand this French restaurant if you have not tried it yet !Special Features:
- Nice French-inspired foodJVegaDined on 9/17/2014Decent food, nice ambience and attentive service. Only hitch is that at these prices the a/c should be running, fans just don't cut it.Special Features:
- NjoyFoodNjoyFoodDined on 9/14/2014The new owner/chef is excellent. He comes out and greets his guests when possible, which is a nice touch. The menu is not too long and there are choices for everyone. We enjoy the French onion soup, the escargot, and other appetizers very much. We usually order the fish entrees because they are always delicious, occasionally the nice pastas. Good wine list. Some tables outside for nice evenings. Street parking.Special Features:
- Ordered wrongKurtcmoVIPDined on 9/13/2014I would try it again but was not cheap and the food was bad. I order what I thought was good but it was bad. The server didn't pick up that we left our plates full. Not good service.
- Great French FoodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 9/7/2014The food here is exceptional and so was the service. It's been 2 days since we dined there and I am still thinking about it. I will be back as soon as I can.Special Features:
- Wonderful Date NightTravelerDined on 9/6/2014Excellent good, fantastic service, great place to enjoy dinner with your special one. Establishment did not rush us out, mades for a relaxed enjoyable evening.Special Features:
- Bistro de la Gare2ConstantGardenersDined on 8/29/2014We had a perfect evening with friends sitting outside. Every meal or portion thereof was great. We especially enjoyed our French lessons.Special Features:
- Lovely Dining ExperienceRGTolucaLakeDined on 8/29/2014I've dined here before with my family and have always had a wondering meal and first rate service. I'm thrilled that they are now open for lunch. The lobster and shrimp salad is delicious!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- all tastespugletVIPDined on 8/23/2014The food is always delicious and the presentation can be photographed. Plenty of parking.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious French food in South PasOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 8/22/2014Bistro De La Gare is a lovely local restaurant in South Pasadena. It has a cozy romantic atmosphere and nice outdoor patio . The menu is varied and they have a nice selection of daily specials. The prices are fair and I would defiantly recommend it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Neighborhood GemOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/22/2014Small intimate restaurant has new owners, a face lift and new menu. Generous wine pours. Fabulous pate thickly heaped on toast and lightly dressed peppery greens. A salmon tartar and heavy mixed citrus as a counterpoint to the richness of the salmon. Burrata and tomatoes very good. A rustic terrine of pork, veal, hazelnuts was very good. We had the isle flottante and maybe it was perfect but I prefer something sweeter for a dessert. The chef, Bruno, was very friendly, had a complimentary after dinner drink sent over, nice ending to the meal. A wonderful experience overall and only blocks from my home! What a find.Special Features:
- A Cozy Neighborhood RestaurantmochiVIPDined on 8/16/2014Dining indoors is just as good as out but with air conditioning. You get the same lovely view of the street from the large windows. It looks like the restaurant was first a house before it was converted so it gives a very welcoming and warm vibe. Chelsea, our server, spoke French, was knowledgeable and could answer all our questions. She was considerate and friendly and made our experience a pleasant one. Unfortunately the waffles were much too small a portion for me to call a meal. I do recommend the salmon and Eggs Benedict as well as the French Toast. Both the Belgian Chocolate Mousse and the Creme Brule were quite good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- French and freshNjoyFoodDined on 8/13/2014A fine small bistro. Excellent two-page menu of starters and entrees. Fabulous escargot, onion soup, salad, fish and meat plates, good wine, nice dessert choices. Friendly owner and staff. One of our favorite dining places.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- European welcomeOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/2/2014Beautiful refuge from noisy, trendy, mediocre restaurants. Service is attentive but not intrusive; food is very good. The European ambiance and menu are most welcome. The current owners appear to know what it takes to please their clients. Delightful addition to the area.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- new menusfirecrakerDined on 8/1/2014This restaurant has a new menu which is not as good as before and more expensive.Special Features:
- The following 65 reviews are from the Bistro de la Gare reviews archive.
- A French GemLaFemmeDined on 7/26/2014My family and I enjoyed this place immensely. We were entertaining out of town guests and Bistro de la Gare did not disappoint. Their dishes are very nicely executed, be it appetizers, main course, desserts. I find it refreshing when the chef pays a visit to your table at the end of the meal to make sure everything was up to par. Well, everything was above par and we will be going back. Officially tops most French restaurants I've dined at.Special Features:
- kittyVIPDined on 7/6/2014Nice location in South Pasadena, restaurant is cozy while we had our brunch. Food is below average, nothing to remember about.
- One of the best French spots in LAfrenchPasadDined on 7/5/2014Great french cooking ands menu items, especially since it is so hard to find a good french place in LA. Did the table flowers through open table and the resturant executed it perfectly. Great place to take your significant other for a nice quiet dine. A little disappointed they didn't have the duck but the lobster ravioli was awesome. Fantastic coffee bar too.Special Features:
- Good food with poor service.SouthPassYumDined on 6/22/2014It would have been absolutely perfect if they didn't do a 180 degree turn & abandon our table completely towards the end... This unprofessional, semi-rude kid kept coming over but didn't speak; even gave us another table's good at one point. :/Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food needs more staffCarlDined on 6/15/2014We returned to Bistro de le Gare after not visiting them for several years and learned that there had been a change in ownership several months earlier. We we greeted by a friendly staff and seated within 5 minutes of arrival. I was looking forward to a nice provincial veal dish but there was no veal on the menu. My wife and I had the filet Mingon. It was prepared to order and the sauce was godd. Theeat was very tender and the "French Fries" were cooked just right. We had planned on a desert but had to wait for an extended time around 20 minutes before anyone came by our table. Apparently a large party came in and our waiter was tied up with them. Overall it is a nice place with a limited menu. We will go back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good choice for Sunday dinnermcmaxDined on 6/15/2014Excellent food and large portions. Nice selection of wines by the glass that pair well with the food. Rose was clean/fresh, and nice Chardonnay and Viognier. Appetizers: excellent Carrot Ginger Soup and nice grilled eggplant. Main courses: Sole Meuniere (filet of sole) was nicely seared slightly crisp outside and flaky tender inside with a tasty lemon butter sauce. Moules Marinieres (steamed mussels) had a perfectly seasoned champagne sauce (not too salty and certainly not bland). Each main course was enough to feed two and I would order an appetizer or soup/salad for each person and split the main course next time. Strawberries balsamic was a tasty light dessert. Good quality and taste in every course.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Bistro de la Gare-South Pas ParisSanRafaelite2Dined on 6/13/2014It had been several years since we had been to this place. Remembering that prior visit years ago was to an uninspired restaurant. Can it be the same place?! Decor and layout was opened up, lightened. Food was inspired, great presentation and attentive service. Prices are high, but it was birthday party so we could splurge. The group liked the ambience, the coziness, the food, and the great wine. The beautiful South Pasadena location is on a tree-lined street and just around the corner from the Gold Line....you could squint and think you were in Europe. It is a nice place and next time we are going to sit outside in the lovely twilight, just the two of us. It's kind of place that makes you love living in California.Special Features:
- South Pass disappointmentAltadinerDined on 6/6/2014The place looked charming, but the food was mediocre, expensive, and the service terrible. Many people were there, so I suspect it's a popular local hangout. Driving is too much effort for this place.
- four stars instead of five starsLexiVIPDined on 6/1/2014I was disappointed that the restaurant forgot to celebrate my good friend's birthday. I made sure this was written in the notes when booking the reservation. I'm usually quite happy with the service but this time was not the same.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pleine aire charmerNYtoLAdinerVIPDined on 5/25/2014What a great spot, on the square in South Pas, adjacent to the Mission Street train station. The neighborhood and the bistro have such an Old California charm to them, and the outdoor terrace was the perfect spot. Inside dining room and bar also done very well. The French bistro menu was very authentic, but with enough nouvelle California touches to offer more healthy options. French speaking management and staff added to the sud-France atmosphere. Standouts were the sole meuniere and the melanzanee. Nice wines, good service. Our party all agreed we definitely will return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Toughluv EncoreToughluvVIPDined on 5/23/2014Our 5th enjoyable visit in the last 6 months...and, we'll come again! Adelne, alone, makes dining enjoyable. But, please dont run out of chocolate mousse...and, get the main courses out on time...and more vegetables with the nights special seabass! Oh, and the wine list is still pretty "weak"...though growing! And, if the kithen got it's act (a little more) together, then the servers bringing the main course could explain what we are going to be eating..instead of sliding the plates in front of us and almost sprinting away. One more thing...be prepared to lip read on the left side of the restaurant...as you walk in..maybe now that the $s are flowing, some noise baffles in the ceiling? Lastly, PLEASE some bread wth the escargot!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/21/2014I was disappointed since I had heard such nice reviews. Perhaps Chef was having an off night. My frise salad with lardons and poached egg had way too much vinegar in the dressing. Roast lamb turned out to be rack of lamb...one order was perfectly cooked for medium rare and the other came rare, rare so that went back. the vegies were fine, the frites were rather tasteless and the wrong dessert came. Coffee was very good and service and ambiance were excellent. It is just the food was rather ordinary.
- Great food, but still some kinksNickVIPDined on 5/11/2014We hadn't been for a long time, and had been meaning to go back because the place is so quaint and cute. Saw they were under new management, so decided to go for Mother's Day. The food was really good, with a lovely French flair. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if they just weren't prepared for a busy day or what happened. We sat for over 30 minutes before we even got water. Had to ask for bread because we were all so hungry. Very long wait times in between courses. Our brunch took 2.5 hrs in all, and because we were 9 people, they added 20% gratuity after all that. The food was good, so we 'may' give them one more shot before writing it off. They were nice, but really only one apology (at the end) for the delays.
- Regula wannaberegularDined on 5/11/2014I've always thought it's a great spot for a restaurant--I've only been at the deli next door. We've always taken our mom to the Huntington Tea Room on Mothers' Day, but this year i was late in making a reservation - i wanted to stay in the neighborhood and Bistro de la Gare is listed on the 'best' so i thought i'd give it a try. I found the staff friendly, efficient, and attentive - the gentleman who we believe is the owner is very sweet handing out roses. My mom had a great time, she loved the personal touch- I'd like to be a regular from now on.Special Features:
- BKV123Dined on 5/10/2014To the Events Manager, What could have been a great experience was only mediocre because of your limitations on my group of 20. Initially, when we spoke/emailed, you stated a large group takes up much space, and you have to be guaranteed a certain number of diners; you offered our group brunch at $44.00/person, which was not acceptable. When we arrived (reservations made as 4 separate groups of 5 each) on May 10, the restaurant was quite empty as was the "group dining room." Our group was seated at 4 separate tables, giving no opportunity to socialize with all members. I hope you will consider your "group" policy, especially when the restaurant is not full for weekend brunch. Please see my rating above.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- nice night4emwDined on 5/9/2014love this place... unusually slow service tonight. Ces't la vie?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I shall returntjkid8VIPDined on 5/2/2014Glad to back. I like the job the did on the refurbishment. I like the airy and new colors look. Great service by our waiter Raphael.Special Features: