Cafe Santorini
Cafe Santorini

Cafe Santorini

  • 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: Italian, Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Cesar Sanchez
  • 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, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, 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.
  • Private Party Contact: Nancy Rubio 6265644200x
  • Special Events: 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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Cafe Santorini reviews from OpenTable diners
153 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (121)neighborhood gem (68)romantic (64)special occasion (62)fit for foodies (61)good for groups (58)great for lunch (34)hot spot (24)notable wine list (20)vibrant bar scene (18)scenic view (13)late-night find (12)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (9)Show More
  • They went out of their way for my elderly parents
    bigeater
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    When I made reservations I neglected to ask whether the Cafe Santorini was handicap-accessible. I was taking my parents, both in their 90s, for my mother's birthday. They don't use wheelchairs but can't walk up and down stairs. The main part of the Cafe is NOT accessible, but when we got there, they opened the downstairs Rococo Room just for the 6 of us. I was so grateful. They even played music my parents liked! Also the food was delicious and so was the white sangria.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had better times
    JRnPasadena
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    I used to love this place but it has changed. The food was mediocre, the service poor and the noise level to high. The patio / balcony used to be open and one could see the stars but the openness has changed and is now enclosed which raises the noise level. All in all the experience was just average and the food not what it used to be.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Still a Gem
    LizR
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Café Santorini has been in Pasadena for many years. Returned recently for a girls lunch and it was the gem we remembered. Nice menu, reasonably priced, great food and drink. Wonderful service by experienced servers. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service and food!
    wongbert
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We went for an anniversary dinner and brought our kids. The food was tasty and looked great on the plate. We tried a variety of the kabobs, the beef being very tender and flavorful. The highlight dish though was the linguine with clams. The buttery sauce was the best, great with their house bread. The wife had a white sangria which was delicious as well. The restaurant included a bar area, interior dining and a covered patio area. Ambiance was very nice and classy. Keep in mind that the cafe is on the second floor and requires walking up stairs. All in all, the experience was fantastic, hitting a good balance between ambiance, service and food. I recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great dining experience.
    Kylo64
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This was our first time here. The food was great, the service was top notch. I would recommend Cafe Santorini to anyone who loves good food in a really nice setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 72of500VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Great view, good food and service. We really enjoyed our lunch at cafe santorini.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very satisfying!
    lovesfood
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is a lively place - can get a bit crowded but the energy is nice. Note that on game nights the shuttles for the UCLA Football games depart across the street so parking is at a premium and the restaurant will be busy - but we had a reservation and were seated promptly. They started us out with a basket of well-seasoned flatbread - very good. The small Greek Salad was nicely dressed with plenty of herbs in the vinaigrette. The Tomato Bisque was a little creamier than I like but there was a nice depth of flavor. We had the Lamb with Orzo in a nice red sauce and the Short Rib Special -- both were terrific. The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. We always have a good experience at Cafe Santorini and this was no exception!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We got lucky
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We were held up in Rose Bowl traffic and arrived 30 minutes late of our reservation. We called to notify the restaurant and had to leave a message since no one picked up. Upon arriving we fortunately found a couple of seats at the bar, which is where we like to eat so all was good. After checking in with the hostess, we each had fine meals with excellent flavor. The service was also excellent even though the place was quite crowded calling into the restaurant. I don't frequent Pasadena but I would easily return to Cafe Santorini.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Santorini was fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Excellent food, service, and ambiance. My wife and I had the specials, both of which were superb! I've never had better short ribs! We were seated on the patio at a nice table, and our waiter, and all the others that assisted us were attentive but not intrusive. This is definitely a winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Good
    DeliciousOne
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    I came here with my girlfriend and we have a wonderful time, the atmosphere was romantic and the food was delicious, service was excellent as well. We hope to come back often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Meal
    studiolib
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We love going to Cafe Santorini. Dining on the outdoor patio under the mini-lights is always a romantic experience. The restaurant feels as if you are overlooking a European grotto. The Mediterranean based menu has a good assortment for both meat lovers and vegetarians as we had both in our party. The house Sangria lends a nice touch to the overall feel of the restaurant. The space was very lively and quite full on a Saturday evening. Our 7:30 pm reservation found a few diners eating at the barn as tables were quite full. Reservations on popular evenings would be recommended. Although the noise floor was a bit high it lent to an energetic feel to the place and we enjoyed our meal immensely.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service and food both exceptional
    Dining91103
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Went here for my gorforend's birthday with my parents. Service was on point and the food matched. Will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • close to awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The food was simply not fit for consumption; my date left her entire entree on her plate. The server never bothered to ask whether or not everything was OK-it wasn't. Other food service workers kept annoying us with their insistence of removing glasses, plates, etc before we were ready. Avoid this place!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent food. Nice blend between Italian and Greek cuisine.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediterranean at its best
    SoCalJoyce
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I had eaten at Santorini several times in the past, but somehow forgot about it. When college friends came for dinner, I needed good food, pleasant ambiance, and a place that welcomed larger parties. Santorini not only nailed it, but everyone loved it. We were celebrating 4 birthdays and were pleasantly surprised when our server brought us flour less chocolate cake with raspberries and candles. I won't again forget that this restaurant is one of my favorites. Prices are reasonable and servings large.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great value dining in Pasadena
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was reasonably priced and very flavorfull. The green curry risoto with scallops was a nice find. My husband really enjoyed his musaka. All the wine by glass choices were fine, but not great. We didn't try dessert as we were all full.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food & Ambiance
    BlackLabelVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Santorini never fails when it comes to providing a beautiful space for enjoying delicious Mediterranean dishes (the dolmas and caprese are musts) over good wine and with good company. On this particular occasion, we gathered for a girls' birthday night out -- and the patio and good service left nothing to be desired. Whether I'm with a group on having a quiet dinner for two, Santorini is on my list.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a perfect night
    Devo
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    a friend recommended cafe santorini to me for my mom's birthday dinner. it was even better than she'd said. our service was amazing, the food was delicious with wonderful presentation, and the cocktails and wine were great, too. they stuffed butternut squash was a welcome vegetarian option, the lamb was incredible and the shrimp appetizer was unique. i would recommend this restaurant for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • night at Santorini cafe
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I made a reservation and left a note saying that i was taking my girlfriend there to have a dinner for our anniversary. When we got there the host congratulated us for our anniversary. I thought that was good because my girlfriend wasn't expecting it and she loved the comment. The food was great but it did take a little waiting to get to our table. The ambience was good but i was kind of awkward when i realized that the tables were alittle to close to eachother, i felt like i had enough privacy for a great dinner. Bedides that everything else was good and dessert was on the house bc of our anniversary, the waiter surprised us
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rarefoodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Seating is a bit closer together than I would prefer. Couple next to us and we could hear their entire conversation.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicous & Beautiful
    mestevO
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Enjoyed the warm weather on the al fresco dining patio outside...soooo nice! The servings were generous and the food was delicious! The mushroom risotto is amazing and the spicy tuna tartar was incredible! And the sangrias are perfect for a warm autumn night in Pasadena.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still great after all these years
    SpecialSpot
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We have been coming to this incredible restaurant for almost 20 years....like all great things in life...they just improve with age !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • i'd go back just for the bruschetta
    JonathanCivil
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    the food was AMAZING it was the little "hush hush" ingredients that made the plate delicious. the service was excellent. the ambiance was beautiful. i really couldn't get enough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bruins84
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We came for a special occasion. The food was and service was excellent. Two members of our party have severe food allergies, but after speaking with the manager, I felt confident that their diet could be accommodated. Our server was very helpful - he consulted with the chef on good food choices and the kitchen specially prepared some of the dishes. The portion sizes are generous. The outstanding dish at our table was the Lamb Souvlaki. Note: The restaurant is a historical building so there are no elevators for anyone who cannot walk stairs.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice but slow
    AnaDVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The place is great for outdoor dining, we ordered appetizers that took way too long considering they were remade items. THe main course did come quickly and were delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite
    LaurieSVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I visit the restaurant frequently and love it each and every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • my new favorite restaurant!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It was my first time at Cafe Santorini and I loved it!! The food was absolutely delicious and service was really good. Very romantic atmosphere but also great for small groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was ok, not impressive.
    Diner
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Food was a bit bland. Service was ok. Our server gave us "the look" when we asked him to split the bill for us. He did it though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful place in Old Town
    Tannins
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great happy hour - Must orders are the grilled calamari, saffron clams (ask for more bread, it's all about the sauce!!!), croquettes. Outdoor seating is ideal just before sunset. The tables are a bit too close to each other and the service is all dependent on who you get as a waiter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    RonB
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Good service, excellent food. We'll go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Delicious food, great/friendly server, and awesome ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good old place getting tired
    Tlcfoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This place needs some TLC. It's never a good thing to notice going in that a restaurant needs some basic upkeep, paint, cleaning, bathroom help. It's gotten tired looking and it's a sign that they don't take pride in their establishment anymore. The service was good. The food was just ok. (Lambshank was a bit tough and not hot.) We won't run back and can't recommend it. It's sad because Old Town and Cafe Santorini are not what they used to be for dining.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mark D
    mdavi007VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great outdoor dining. We've done several large family celebration dinners at Cafe Santorini and have never been let down. BTW - the calamari is a MUST HAVE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bill Lackner
    EBLosAngeles
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Everything was good about the Santorini Cafe, service and all, but this was the first time (a birthday dinner) we had to contend with swiping flies off our plates while eating dinner - and lots of them. Didn't expect it to be exercising while I'm eating. It was gross and it ruined the whole experience for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    LaurieSVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Once again a fabulous meal. The grilled calamari cannot be beat. The specials are always interesting and good. Prices are quite reasonable. Service is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MikeyV
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had an outstanding dinner, I was very impressed with both the service and the food, go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Great atmospher, food. Great place for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Who knew?
    LPR1956VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Lovely setting. A lamb shank to die for and amazing service. We took our waiter's advice and had the Lebanese red wine. It was spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too many tables
    Gerald
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food is good but the tables are crowded together.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Cafe Santorini is awesome!! Great food!!! Great service!!! Beautiful patio!! Cant wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.