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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
  • "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
  • "We have eaten at Cafe Bizou many times, however, out last dinner was nothing short of spectacular. The restaurant was busy, we were early for our reservation, but were seated. Everything from our cocktails to desert was excellent. It was so good that my husband was still talking about it the following day."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • " I have eaten here many times but was disappointed. The service was spotty - OK jammed Saturday night. The dollar salads were just that. A little lettuce - about 1/2 the size they used to be and very watery dressing. My halibut was delicious. The pork tenderloin and the ribs were OK. I'd think twice before I took someone, but would probably try it again on our own because of past good experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Usually go to Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks. With no reservations available when we wanted to eat, tried the Pasadena location for the first time. Great food, great value, great service."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Escargot drenched in garlic butter, black pasta with seafood in a bolognaise sauce, wine and all finished with flourless chocolate cake and coffee. So good all around, delicious. Excellent little place service & food, and overall vibe. I was originally seated in the mid section which was a bit too romantic in that it was away from the windows and darker so I asked to move. (I dined with my friend so no need or desire for an intimate setting, but now I know its there if I want it..sigh, someday). And they accommodated every request so politely, even when I asked for more French banquette pieces to soak up all that garlic butter from the escargot..MMMMMM!! Loved it. 5 stars all around; food, service, ambiance, cost. Tres good."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Easy to get to and reliable service and food ... you simply cannot get a bad meal here ... the service is friendly and attentive ... the food never disappoints ... great specials all at a reasonable price ...especially in Pasadena ... Café Bizou is a gem with convenient Valet or public parking close by and our reservation was honored on time with attention to a special request."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Had a great experience. Food was good, service good. We got sat in the middle in a 2 seat booth. Comfortable but the table next to us was only separated by a half wall. It felt like we were in a double date with people we didn't know. Wasn't a fan of that. They could at least put up a window or curtains to separate us."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We had to wait for about 20 minutes before getting our table after our reservation. However, they do have a bar where you can sit and wait. The bartender was a little rude, never once greeted us, but only to ask what we wanted to drink. The drinks were good, nothing too memorable except that it was stronger than most other places. Dinner was great, but we had to wait a good 30-40 minutes for each of our dishes. The service was excellent, which was a plus!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Surprisingly crowded on a Thursday night. Waitstaff not very attentive or friendly. I loved the mixed seafood pasta, but my husband's salmon was overwhelmed by a too-sweet, too-strong-tasting sauce."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Had a round table so easy to converse. There were 6 of us. The salmon blackened was great. My husband ordered that and I ordered the shrimp and scallops with risotto. Everyone said they really enjoyed their food. We brought wine so corkage was only $2. But the valet parking was $8 even with validation plus a $2 tip. So what we saved in bringing our own wine, we spent on the valet. One member of our party was unable to walk to the city parking structure."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "It had been a awhile, but I decided to meet an old friend at Bizou for lunch. We both had the lunch special and we both approved of the food. The service was unhurried. We sat in the open window and it was lovely. Everything was very nice."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Very nice menu and good food. The service was good. The salmon was excellent. I thought the salad was a little small that went with our meal."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Great food, great dine LA deal! The steak and lobster was delicious"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "My friends and I had lunch here, ordering off the dineLA prix fixe menu. Two of us had the lobster panini. There were only a few very small bits of lobster in the sandwich. I was disappointed because I love this restaurant and have always had good experiences here. But the rest of the meal was very good, the service is always excellent, and we love the ambience."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I have eaten here many times and always really, really liked it. This time, very disappointed. The chef's idea of Cajun fries is certainly different from New Orleans. The sirloin burger was put on such HUGE pieces of bun that you nearly had lockjaw to get it into your mouth, and it was not that tasty. I left all the French fries, scraped the food off the buns and ate it that way. Desert was very good and did not disappoint."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "It was okay. The waiter was slow and very inattentive."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "It is consistently great. The food is always tasty and the service is good. The $2 corkage fee is a GREAT deal too!!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014