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Bistro de la Gare
Bistro de la Gare

Bistro de la Gare Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://bistrodelagare.com/
  • Phone: (626) 799-8828
  • Hours of Operation: DINNER :
    Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday : 5:30 to 9pm
    Friday & Saturday : 5:30 to 10pm
    Tuesday : CLOSED

    LUNCH :
    Wednesday-Fri: 11:30am to 2pm
    Monday & Tuesday : CLOSED

    Sat-Sun : 10:30am to 2:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Italian
  • 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 & Promotions: Call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Meridian Ave & El Centro
  • Public Transit: MTA Gold Line - South Pasadena Station
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free public parking available on Meridian Ave and Mission St. parking structure.
    2-hour parking available on street.
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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "A 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."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Beautiful 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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This restaurant has a new menu which is not as good as before and more expensive."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "My 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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Nice location in South Pasadena, restaurant is cozy while we had our brunch. Food is below average, nothing to remember about."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Great 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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It 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. :/"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Excellent 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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It 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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I 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."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "What 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. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Our 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!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I 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. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I'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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "To 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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "love this place... unusually slow service tonight. Ces't la vie?"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Glad 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."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Love this little neighborhood bistro! The staff is friendly. The mussels, beef, and seafood pasta are on point each time I have been. The chef's specialties make the experience unique. (pig's ear, homemade terrine, salad frisee...etc...) The chef always comes out to check on things. The experience feels personal and special every time. Great wine list. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The new ownership has created a intimate and quite enjoyable dining experience. We've already dined there several times so it was our first choice for Easter brunch. We couldn't have been more pleased. The eggs Benedict is the best I've ever had. This is now one of our favorite restaurants in LA."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "The place was very clean and very welcoming. They had seating outdoors as well, which would be a good option because it is nestled in a quiet neighborhood. I went for Easter brunch. I didn't expect that they had a fix pixie. I was a little disappointed because I wanted to try their Quiche Lorraine, which is on their regular brunch menu. Nonetheless, the food was good. I had the crispy fried chicken and the herbs that in it was an expected delight. The only thing is that service was very inconsistent. The servers couldn't even crack a smile. They walk around looking at your table and not say anything. We never got out bread if we didn't ask for it, but the table next to us had constant bread service. Need better guest service to all."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Bistro de la Gare is a charming culinary adventure carefully tended to by a responsive and charismatic staff. The food is prepared with skill and care, keeping a watchful eye on French tradition. Lingering over a delicious assorted cheese plate while enjoying a crisp Sancerre, you dine with one foot in Europe and one in Southern California. Our wait staff, Rafael, was as stylish as his flawless transitions from French phrasing to English slang. A wonderful dining experience! "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Fantastic food!! What a great find. We will be back and try something else yummy on your menu."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This was our first visit since the change in ownership and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent. The service was also very good, which was not always the case in the past. We will definitely go again and recommend to friends."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Another enjoyable evening in our new fave local restaurant...BUT....jeepers...still slow bussing (pls stop trying to be "cute) with the bread!?).....two menu items were, again, MIA....and one of the specials was down to the last "one"...at 6:30!! And, alas, still no Calves Liver and Bacon! Desserts were not up to snuff...how about, at least, a "special"?"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "A wonderful neighborhood bistro with a new chef/owner and a very French menu. Great for dinner or brunch; definitely a bistro atmosphere with good food and service for a very reasonable price."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "While we enjoyed ourselves, the prices of certain items seemed really off the mark. A very ordinary Caesar salad starter at brunch was $12 dollars. It was just lettuce and croutons -- nothing too special. The same salad at dinner is only $9. I think they need to rethink things a bit..."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "My husband and I have been looking for years for a delightful French restaurant. A friend from France recommeded this bistro. We had a wonderful evening. Our waitress , Adeline was adorable and really from France. The food was amazing. If you're looking for the true French experience, you must try this bistro!!!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "First time coming to this part of South Pasadena. Nice setting but slightly crowded (almost rubbing elbows with your neighbor). Service was very attentive though did miss one of our oderes. Food was overall good. Onion soup was excellent per my wife since I am not really a fan of soup. Sole was nicely prepared but mussels were overdcooked. We will come back and try other dishes."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The new owner/ chief has succeeded in moving the food quality meter from poor to destination level. Also interior changes have made the environment so much more pleasing. For me, the most satisfying food offerings in the Pasadena. A nice change from the usual fare"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Beautiful restaurant, great ambiance, and delicious and authentic French cuisine and wines."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Took a few minutes to even get our drink order in, but once we got the ball rolling service and food were impeccable!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This restaurant was not French just ordinary American. Coffee was watery coffee. I disappointed."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We were 3, so we ordered several appetizers to try and all were very good: Le Terrine Du Chef (country paté of veal, duck, pork, hazelnuts and blueberries), Escargot, Beet Caprese with Burrata & Langoustine special The Moules (mussels) were small but nicely prepared with a light, spicy, champagne broth. Filet Mignon was tender and a little more cooked than ordered, but still tender and flavorful. Both served with a fries that could easily become habit-forming. The Chateau Cadillac Bordeaux that was excellent and very well priced Opted to eat outside. Music was European-tinged jazz and pleasantly low, so you could converse. The chef/owner came out to check on us a couple of times. We will be back soon and often."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Close your eyes for a moment and when you reopen them at this Bistro it's very easy to imagine yourself at a great Bistro in France. The food, staff and décor is terrific."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Absolutely excellent! I took a friend there for her birthday. We both ordered the same thing from the nighly specials menu - sea bass. It was marvelous and the portions were exactly the right size. Not too much not too little. We also ordered chardonay by the glass -- the waiter said it was from France (he was French too) -- and it was excellent. We were both very impressed, and we make a habit of finding the best restaurants in LA, so we have knowledge to back up our assessment. My only criticism is that the noise level is high. I think some drapery would kill some of the sound. But don't let that keep you away. You'll want to return again and again to this restaurant!!!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The Service was great...... Our waitress was French. She gave us a full description of the Menu. Food was very good. I will return. What I liked is I could hold a conversation with out having to yell at my husband."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went with friends for dinner several times, very pleased; came back for lunch on Sunday, the whole family rated below average. It seems to us that lunch is an afterthought for the restaurant. will not be back again."
    Dined on 3/2/2014