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Cafe Santorini
Cafe Santorini

Cafe Santorini Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafesantorini.com/
  • Phone: (626) 564-4200
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Italian, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Ramon Mendez
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for information about outside catering & take out. We can also accommodate special requests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Located in historic Old Town Pasadena, Cafe Santorini offers an ideal setting for weddings, personal celebrations, or corporate events. Our Mezzanine room holds up to 25 guests. Our Rococo Room holds up to 170 seated guests and Pandora on Green holds up to 320 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Stacy Udave (626) 564-4200
  • Special Events & Promotions: Wether you're planning a wedding reception, anniversary or a business event, Cafe Santorini is your solution.
    We can accommodate up to 170 seated guests in the Rococo Room and up to 340 in Pandora on Green.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Delacy
  • Public Transit: 2 blocks away on Holly St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Public parking is available across the street on Union, and valet parking is available on the corner of Delacy and Union. We validate valet parking only.
A word from Cafe Santorini
Tucked in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, Cafe Santorini is the spot to be in. Offering a variety of delicious Mediterranean dishes and a romantic second floor patio. Perfect for a date, a family gathering or a celebration. Cafe Santorini also offers two large banquet venues in the Rococo Room and Pandora on Green. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was very good and the back waiters were nice. Our particular waiter seemed a little checked out and wanted a quick table turn over. He never checked to see if we liked our food. Overall good food."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We celebrated a graduation here with and it was fantastic. The food was excellently prepared and the portions were quite large. Everything tasted very fresh and full of flavor. The martini I got was also very well made, not too strong with a perfect balance of fruit flavors. We brought a cake and the restaurant was very accommodating. Our servers were very attentive and made sure we always had refills on our waters and had everything we needed."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Cafe Santorini was the perfect choice for our party of 8 dual birthday celebration luncheon! The table on the patio, the service & the food were ALL outstanding! The "birthday girl" declared her Rib Eye Salad the best salad (especially the dressing) she's ever eaten! EVERYONE enjoyed their selections! Not a negative comment from anyone about anything...which, with this group, is unusual! I would highly recommend this restaurant for lunch &/or any celebration!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food is great a so is the service. Not to mention, the outdoor seating offers a beautiful veiw."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great food, great presentation and all except one grumpy waiter if was great service. It was really warm inside and because its really crowded it made it worse. I think the outdoor seating is best but they need to give customers personal space between tables. Some seating is close enough to hear whispers. The food and outdoor seating is worth it so I'll be coming back. Beware, there is a cake cutting fee that they don't tell you about."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Great food, but tables are very close together where we were sitting so we had no privacy. No room for waiting area."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We've been to this restaurant a number of times, and have always enjoyed it. Great value, excellent food, very nice ambience. Our experience was marred this time by two things: (1) a large party of single women were partying a little too hard, and a couple of them had loud, shrieking laughs. And (2) our server was pretty poor. After our meal was served, we never saw him again. I typically have two glasses of wine with my meal, but never the opportunity to order that second glass."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I discovered this restaurant 4 years ago and I am still in love with all they have to offer. Service and attention to detail has gotten better and better every time I visit. Thank you Cafe Santorini!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We had a 7 pm reservation on a busy Saturday night. They seated us immediately out on the beautiful balcony that I requested. Yes, the tables are a bit close together. I recommend getting one next to the restaurant or the flowered covered railing. Still, it is not really a problem. My date and I had no trouble holding a conversation in our normal speaking voices. Plus, and she really liked this, you can actually dress nicely here and feel at home. The service was terrific. Everyone was friendly and attentive. I mean everyone, from the hostess to the busboy, and of course, the waiter. As for the food? It was the best mousaka I have ever had. Her lamb dish was also excellent. I will be coming back here."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Beautiful Bldg, loved the hole in the wall feeling then finding it and walking up staris to the resturant. My boyfriend and i had resevations that we were a little early for, so we ended up waiting at the bar which was nice. The service at the bar was outstanding up untill our table was ready and they didnt offer to take our bottle of wine and glasses to our table. We had to carry everything ourselfs through the crowded room. We requested eating on the patio, it was a beautiful area in-between bricked walls, the lighting was perfect for a special ocassion. The food was great, the service at our table was not so great, towards the end of the night it looked like our server ignored the smaller tables and only waited on his bigger parties."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Went here with my girlfriend for our anniversary. She ordered what the waiter recommended (fish) and was very disappointed. She only took two bites and couldn't finish the rest. I ordered the shrimp with noodles( can't recall the proper name) and it was okay. I only finished half of my plate. The waiter was nice. Paid $61.00 for our dinner for 2 plates neither one if us enjoyed. The ambience was very nice."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "It had been some years since I last visited Cafe Santorini, and I'm so happy to see that it hasn't lost its old world charm. What a great place to celebrate an intimate birthday dinner with friends and family. Our server, a native from Greece, was very polite and personable. The white sangria is a refreshing choice on the terrace on a warm summer evening. All of the seafood dishes our group ordered were presented beautifully, right out of a culinary magazine. If I had to note one complaint, it would be that our server forgot our request for olive oil to dip the bread in."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Enjoyed our meal and the broad selections on the menu ranging from Mediterranean to Italian. Bread brought to table was great! Two specials were offered by the waiter; I tried one as it was a filet of sole stuffed with crab. I prefer servers to offer the prices on specials, and usually ask if not, but forgot on this one. And I did have some sticker shock ($30); especially considering the sole tasted fishy / not fresh to me. Salad with watercress and gorgonzola was good but felt greens were a little limp. Could be the weather as it was unusually hot in Pasadena the days I was there. Lamb with orzo dish very well seasoned and lamb was very tender. Thought dish could have been served warmer...seemed a little warmed over."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The vagetable come with grilled calamari was not fresh!"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Cafe Santorini is our go to spot when we are meeing people for lunch or dinner. It's never overly crowded, so it's easy to get a big party in there and it's not super expensive. The have a nice range of food to satisfy many different tastes. Service is always pleasant."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Although we had a reservation for 5 @ 6:45, we were forced to wait about 15 minutes in the hot, crowded space by the reception desk (standing-room only!). Courses were not brought out together -- my soup came out 10 minutes before the salads, one of the salads was served 20 minutes later, but only after we reminded the waiter. Food improperly prepared -- I requested no dressing on my salad only to have it come fully dressed. The manager insisted on making me a new one even though I told him not to bother. The 'second' salad was not very good, definitely not up to the normal standards, yet I was charged $15 for it. It was also brought a good 15 minutes after the rest of our party was served. I do not plan on coming back. VERY DISAPPOINTING!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We have been several times and on each occasion I have been stymied. They have a lot of poultry, meat and fish entrees, but also vegetarian choices. I am not used to the huge selection of vegetable and pasta dishes. So hard to choose, but all delicious."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Always have a great time dining at Cafe Santorini. Exceptional service and the food specials are great."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The hummus was fab as usual, the mushroom risotto was not."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Great food, good service....we were there for a friend's birthday, and we had a fun night!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Always so good! Great food and ambiance! The waiters are so attentive! Love Reza"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A group of 8 friends came to Pasadena from San Diego for a special birthday outing. We chose Cafe Santorini for our Friday night dinner and were SO glad we did. For starters we were impressed that Kathy Santorini called in the morning to re-confirm our reservation. This showed that it's definitely a family business. Our dinner on the patio was delicious, relaxing, and fun. Everyone loved their food, and the sangrias were a hit. Several of us shared an appetizer platter, a salad, and a pizza as dinner and loved the variety. If in Pasadena again, I'd definitely come to Cafe Santorini!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I took my friend there for her birthday on Sunday afternoon. We sat in the balcony; we thought it might be too hot since it was hot that day however there was a lovely breeze. We decided to share an appetizer, the tasting plate of Mediterranean delights. It was delicious and so filling along with a glass of Sangria that we decided to skip the entre and go for dessert and another glass of wine. My friend had the poached pear with wine reduction and I had the apple tart. Both were very good but next time I would choose the poached pear. The staff are friendly, courteous, and perfectly attentive. We were not rushed at all, however, the restaurant was not busy. The prices are very fair. I recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We were visiting LA and we could not find a place to dine, but two friends gave us this place. Best place ever! Great food, atmosphere, great waiter, everything was way over the top."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Good food, service, and ambience! An old town Pasadena favorite!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great food, superb outdoor dining experience and fantastic service!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I love the freshness of the menu, and the outdoor patio, especially in the summertime at night. We shared the generous shrimp, watermelon, feta & watercress salad. Tasty grilled shrimp and balanced flavors. Lamb kebab came with delicious rice, hummus, tzatziki, pita. Chicken milanese arugula salad, simple but good. Portions are generous. Great attentive service. Our go-to in old town Pasadena for a fresh, Mediterranean meal. Great Italian and Mediterrean, California wines. The gavi is especially nice on a hot day!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food was great and quite authentic. Service was attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I go to this restaurant once or twice a year because my dad loves the grilled octopus. The food is always great but the service is inconsistent. There is one server who is phenomenal! (Forgot his name but he has a Greek accent) The other servers are slow and continuously have trouble with my drink orders. Most of the servers don't know the difference between Ouzo and Metaxa. It's a Greek restaurant. Learn your liquor."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I visited Santorini for dinner mid June 2014 and loved it so much that I returned 2 weeks later for lunch. The food was excellent both times I dined there. I had the typical chicken kabob with rice, vegetables and hummus. The lunch sample platter was enjoyable as well. The steak and lobster was amazing. The servers were very attentive and we were not rushed. The menu has Italian and Mediterranean dishes; I will return to try the Italian side of the menu soon. Ambiance for lunch was quiet, relaxed; for dinner was more vibrant. I recommend the patio dining; if it is warm and sunny, the patio is covered. If it is cool, they have proper heating. A great restaurant."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Went to a special lunch with retired ladies and were treated with patience and outstanding service from all of the staff. The hordorvers, and main courses were delicious and so were the martinis. I will certainly encourage my friends to join me in the future."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "My husband and I just sort of stumbled upon this great restaurant for an early dinner. We had the caprese brochette, which was unbelievable! The cesar salad was also delicious. We tried two martinis that were hands down the best I have had in years...very Berry and peach. Yum. We left quite content and anxious to return."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "chairs were uncomfortable tho :( other than that...overall was great"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I brought out of town guests and the dinner was enjoyed by all. As usual, the service was perfect. The grilled calamari salad is the best I have had anywhere. Cannot wait to go back!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Cafe Santorini definitely has great food and a really good wine list. The mushroom risotto and the lamb shanks are amazing! I usually dine in the Patio area because the ambiance is very romantic, but this time I opted to eat inside because the patio are seemed busy. It worked out because the inside was very quiet and perfect for good conversation. I definitely recommend this place for dates and for special occasions as well."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Service was exceedingly slow and food was mediocre. Very disappointed and won't be going there again."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "From the friendly and hospitable staff to the delectable menu, outdoor dining on a patio, and easy parking just across the street, this is one of my Pasedena favorites. Great for business or personal. I've never had a bad experience, never."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a group of 6 for brunch/lunch on Sunday. Very good range of choices on menu. The Middle Eastern dishes, particularly the chicken and lamb kebabs, were excellent, and the hummus is among the best in the world. The outdoor balcony is great for good-weather days."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "This is a great place to eat a late dinner then check out what Old town pasadena has to offer! The waiters are not too attentive though... It took a while to get our check, box our food, or get our waters refilled."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I wanted to check this place out because it was right next to Ipic in Pasadena. Made reservations for 8:30. Well there was no need to make a reservation. We still had to wait 45 minutes for our table. After 20 minutes went to go ask if it was almost ready. The host fed me some line about them clearing tables. In which she fed the same line to another person 10 minutes later. I finally made eye contact with the manager and was sat 10 minutes later. Sat on the patio which would have been beautiful if we weren't sat right next to the service area and so close to the people next to us it was like we were having dinner with them. Server was okay. The only thing that was good about this place I must say was the food. Besides that not worth it."
    Dined on 6/20/2014