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Cafe Bizou - Pasadena
Cafe Bizou - Pasadena

Cafe Bizou - Pasadena Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafebizou.com
  • Phone: (626) 792-9923
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Lunch:Monday: 11:00am - 2:00pm, Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Jonathan Neil Rogers
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private room with a capacity of 60 people maximum.
  • Private Party Contact: Julio Lopez (626) 792-9923

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Holly Street
  • Public Transit: Gold Line 1 block east on Holly Street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street and Valet parking. Additional underground city parking with first 1 1/2 hour free situated 1/2 block north of the restaurant on Raymond Ave.
A word from Cafe Bizou - Pasadena
Come enjoy the Cafe Bizou experience located in Old Town Pasadena. At Cafe Bizou, we pride ourselves in providing top quality service and delicious food in a family friendly restaurant.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Why are French restaurants in the US so off? I don't understand really. What happens to this cuisine once it leaves the native land of France? Well...Cafe Bizou is what happens. I've been to this restaurant..both the Pasadena and Studio City/Sherman Oaks locations...and both are the same. They serve food that I can only describe as cheap French food for the masses. Why did I go more than once? Well...I know people who love this place and I can't be rude and say no I won't go. Try L'Assiete Steak Frites instead...at least it feels and tastes French. Cafe Bizou...ugh."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Saturday lunch was excellent. All four of us ordered from the prix fixe menu, had different things, and enjoyed them all. I've previously had dinner there many times. To summarize, you won't find a better, more reasonably priced restaurant in Old Town Pasadena, or most anywhere else."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "several friends I worked with for about 40 years treated me to a belated birthday lunch at Café Bizou. We had leisurely lunch; everyone seemed to enjoy the food. I had a nice salmon salad. And, there was a lovely flourless chocolate cake with a birthday candle on top for me!! The bread was delicious.My only disappointment is the fact that none of the fish is wild caught. I realize that most restaurants don't buy wild-caught seafood, and those that do most likely charge a hefty price for it. To their credit, Café Bizou personnel know that their seafood is farm raised and are willing to admit it. For that, I was very grateful. I'm anxious to try this lovely restaurant for dinner in the near future."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Food was subpar, and did not taste fresh. The ambiance is good for groups, but may be too noisy for an intimate dinner."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Had an enjoyable dinner. We had ordered some really tasty foods off the pre-fixe menu. Our server was good but unfortunately they had him working a big party in anther room so he did not return as much to make sure we were okay. Had to ask others from wine and bread but I could understand since he was working hard at the big party table. We had a relaxing meal since it was not very noisy at the time we went."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "we took my Dad for his 90th birthday to Cafe Bizou because it is one of his favorite spots. The service was very nice and the pricing is very good. Great time!!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I've eaten here many times and always enjoy that there are reasonably priced dishes with lobster. I invited my good friend for a leisurely lunch (three hours+ and no impatience shown on the part of the server). There was a 3-course prix fixe menu offered with great choices. My friend had just experienced a family trauma and said that this delicious and relaxing lunch was just what she needed to unwind from weeks of stress. Neither of us left a spec on our plates that included appetizers of chicken-stuffed mushrooms with a balsamic sauce; we both also opted for the seafood pasta with lobster, shrimp, etc. Dessert was also included, or you could opt for a glass of wine for the appetizer or dessert course -- all for $15 each!!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Great value. The $2.00 corkage is an added inducement to make the 15 mile drive The sweetbreads were the best we've had here...it's a regular extra appetizer for us. The escargot and Asian pear salad were both exceptional."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Cafe Bizou is a local favorite. Always great service and friendly staff. Food choices and prices are tops for Pasadena."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Great place... My friend and I had the three course surf and turf special for $35. Both the steaks and lobsters were cooked perfectly. It was part of a promo that will end at the end of this August - and for that price it was a deal that can't be touched by any restaurant. This is only my third time to this restaurant, but I have never walked away disappointed. No corking fee either ever! Price vs quality of food, service and ambience it may it the best in the LA area..."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I've been here several times and always enjoy the food, the servers and the company."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "We had a LOVELY time at dinner.....food and service were GREAT....."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Decided on Café Bizou for a celebratory dinner that included two young teens who are not eager to try new things. They did step a little out of their comfort zone, and the adults were able to enjoy the sand dabs and seafood pasta! Everything was delicious, and very reasonably priced. Service was great--attentive, but not rushed. Will definitely return"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This is my first time dining at Cafe Bizou. The restaurant is conveniently located in Pasadena. The restaurant setting is a little traditional. The food is amazingly tasty. We had a group of 6 people and we all ordered different items. Thus far, the dishes are very delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant. The pricing is very reasonable, especially with the Dine LA special."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I had a hard time finding the lobster and scallops in my pasta. It was suppose to be a Lobster, scallop and shrimp pasta. What are the ratios of sea food to pasta? Mostly pasta would not order again!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Our party of 4 enjoyed a delicious luncheon meal. Their luncheon specials were wonderful and perfect portions. The food was great, the service was attentive & very nice/plesant and the ambience of the restaurant was exactly what our group needed for a relaxed, enjoyable meal together and being able to converse and catch-up with life's happenings. We can always count on Cafe Bizou for their great food and ambience --- allowing us to relax and escape from the rush-rush of daily life. Would recommend this lovely restaurant for get-togethers, conversations, meetings, luncheon & dinner parties."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I took my wife here for her birthday. My wife had been wanting to try Beef Wellington for quite some time and it just so happens the Sunday Special is always Beef Wellington...perfect. We were sat at our table right away and our waiter came shortly after asking for our drink order. My wife had wine and I ordered the only beer they had on tap. I was told they were out of beer on tap...strike 1. We ordered appetizers that included shrimp and lobster ravioli. Our waiter returned and said they were out of ravioli...strike 2. We placed our dinner order and to wife's surprise they were out of the Sunday Special, Beef Wellington...strike 3. Our app. included tuna tartar and had fish scales in it! Another strike. One water glass was filthy."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I had a great experience at Cafe Bizou Sherman Oaks last year with dineLA so thought I would try the Pasadena restaurant this year. We wnt to Cafe Bizou Pasadena my girlfriends 50th birthday celebration. We all were really disappointed in the service more than anything. I'm not sure if the service was bad because we were dineLA or if this is their norm. The food was ok. Majority of us upgraded to the steak and lobster. I received my plate and my lobster shell was empty. Yes, no lobster. The food was warm but not hot. Our water, iced tea and soft drink were not refilled unless we asked. Our server disappeared several time. I'm not sure why restaurants participate in dineLA if they are going to treat the customers differently."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Besides the great food & awesome service, the $2 corkage fee is a real deal 'specially in this town. We highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food was absolutely exceptional! For the amount of food and quality of the products the prices were amazing! Definitely going back, had a great experience. Would recommend!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "A recent dinner was superb. The lobster bisque contained an unexpected, but delicious, quenelle. The escargot was flavorful, yet subtle, without the overwhelming garlic you encounter elsewhere. The service team was impeccable, always available. And, the prices should fit anyone's budget."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Went there for lunch. It was very crowded but were seated fast. The lighting is too low and I could hasrdlely read the menu. The foot ranged from average too epxcellepnt. The house wine was superb! Service was so-so, the staff was very harried.maybe hire morel people."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Overall experience was good, we had lobster bisque and baked mushroom for appetizer and they were good. We had fillet mignon burger , which was cooked right and still juicy, the seafood pasta on the other hand was slightly overcooked to my taste. I prefer the italian al dente style. The lobster sauce was good and not too overwhelming. To end the day, we had sorbet and tiramisu. They were good but nothing to brag about. The service was slow for a busy day and the complimentary baguette was not warm, which was disappointing."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Came over for lunch and the soup was cold and the food was tasteless. Very slow service, won't come back again!!!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Dine LA brought us to this cute restaurant. It was a warm day and there was issues with the AC. So it was quite a hot experience eating there. I ordered the lobster bisque and lobster pasta on the Dine LA menu. The lobster bisque tasted like tomato soup, very runny. The pasta was interesting as it had black noodles. The meal was good but lacked flavor. The flourless chocolate cake was light and tasteful."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The whole experience was ok. The appetizers were disappointing - 2 stuffed mushrooms about one inch across is not an appetizer, but the entrees were really good. Wait staff also not great - didn't seem to have one person dedicated to table, so had to ask random staff as they went by ....."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We've dined here many times. Everything was great which is why we keep returning."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My best friend and I tried Cafe Bizou as part of DineLA's Restaurant Week because it was close and we wanted to try something new-hence, French food. I had the cedar salmon and it was okay. It had a slimy texture on the bottom part of the fish that's touching the cedar plank and it didn't feel fresh. My best friend's pasta was pretty good though! She got the seafood pasta. We both had the lobster bisque, which had chunks of lobster and so was good. I enjoyed the tiramisu (cause I love desserts) and my best friend enjoyed the flourless chocolate cake."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We are learning our way around on the Gold Line. A couple of blocks from the Pasadena Memorial Park station, French-style Cafe Bijou has become one of our lunch destinations. There are two menus to choose from. One has a full range of fine food favorites at a decent price. We prefer the "set" menu, which is a bargain. It has some fine choices in three categories, and the option to substitute a glass of wine for one of the categories. It is the best deal for us. If you order dessert, I strongly suggest the tiramisu. The meal arrives in a timely manner, prepared to order. The service is friendly and attentive. It is a chatty and bright restaurant, perfect for meeting with friends or business associates."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Went there for Dine-LA dinner menu, had the steak and lobster and everything was great, except for the steak and flourless chocolate cake (yuck). The steak was okay, didn't have any taste to it (need more seasoning) and served almost cold. That flourless chocolate cake dessert was horrible, how could anyone eat that, it's mushy and tasteless - not worth the calories!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "I treated a friend to a birthday lunch during DineLA Week When we entered the restaurant, I knew that I'd been there before. But, that when it was Café Jacoulet, a wildly-popular place that closed a few years earlier. Café Bizou is large, but also cozy, and very charming. The DineLA menu was not only VERY affordable, but full of wonderful choices. Besides that, for $15, it offered a three-course lunch, which compares very favorably with the more pricey establishments that offer only two courses for $25 or $35. I loved my sauteed mushrooms, grilled salmon with a rainbow of fresh vegetables, and tiramisu. My friend was equally happy with her Caesar salad, seafood pasta (lobster, shrimp, and more) and mango+raspberry sorbet. I will be back!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Love everything about this restaurant, especially their nominal corkage fee of $2. Good value for the food and service. Who can beat that in Pasadena !"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "To celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary we decided to try the Pasadena location. We ordered from the special menu $25 for 3 courses. First, I let the hostess know that it was our 25th wedding anniversary. There was no special treatment, or even an attempt to get us a special table. We ordered the Lobster bisque and the cups were so small, it was perceived as being very "cheap". The main dishes were very small portions. The tira misu portion was extremely small. We ate bread just because we were still hungry. Not enjoyable at all. My spinach was non-edible. There's a hold in the carpet, and the bathroom is old and dirty."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Unfortunately we were unable to rate the foods and ambience because there was an unexpected closure due to maintenance issues. We went there to find it out, I think I would appreciate a call prior to our reservation time if they know they have to close the restaurant for the day =("
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Had dinner here for the Dine LA week and the reviews were pretty good. Unfotunately the Black Tagallini pasta I ordered was bland and had only 2 pieces of shrimp, a few chunks of lobster and scallops. The flourless chocolate cake though more than made up for the pasta. The cake was light and airy. The service was a bit slow for an early Sun. dinner."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We stopped in for the Dine LA menu and were mostly impressed with their offerings. My boyfriend ordered the escargot, which we both ended up enjoying, especially dipping bread into the remaining butter, garlic, parsley. I did NOT care for my Asian pear salad.. It felt like Trader Joes bagged mixed greens with a generic slightly sweet vinaigrette, hard pears, and a teaspoon of gorgonzola cheese. I was not a fan. The boyfriend loved his seafood pasta, and I enjoyed my filet and lobster (a reasonable $10 upcharge), but didn't like the side of veggies that came with. Just steamed with not even salt to season them. Quite boring, albeit well-cooked. The service was great until it came time to pay.. We waited about 20-25 minutes for the check."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I came here twice for DineLA week and both times (different years) it was pretty bad. I thought $15 was a good deal for three courses for lunch but the food wasn't very good- the quality and presentation of the entrees were poor and the service was equally as bad. It was slow and our waiter was missing the entire time - only showed up to give the starter, entrees, dessert and bill but other times he was just no where to be found. On top of that they seated people who didn't have a reservation before us ... what's the point of making a reservation if you aren't going to be seated first. Overall I would not come to this place again."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Great customer service! Dine la lunch menu was a very good deal! 3 course meal for 15 dollars! I love their lobster bisque and their flourless chocolate cake...ambience is quiet and romantic."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Came here for dine la special. Overall, meh.. Like a meal from Denny's. The gal at checking in, was bragging on how there were 300 tables for lunch and about the same for dinner, and how she was so exhausted. This can explain why the food was cold and mediocre at best. The desert was a small square of tiramisu. Even though the cost was affordable, the value was poor."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • " - Rushed service - Deceptive menu items (baked mushrooms were stuffed with chicken and spinach) - Bland food (seafood pasta had no sauce and needed, at the very least, salt - Deserts are pre-made and sit in a fridge all night - Rather than trying to convert Dine LA customers to future customers, they chose to turn-and-burn in order to get a quick buck - Only one men's toilet for a large restaurant, so you might wind up waiting around while the rest of your table finishes dinner - Once of the worst meals I've ever had. How can a French restaurant be this bad? - And for the Dine LA price + a bottle of wine ($100), I would have been happier at In-n-Out... - There is no reach anyone should ever go here, it's a complete waste of real estate."
    Dined on 7/19/2014