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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I never really write bad reviews but I had to! First off, the hostess stand is all the way in the back. To get there from the side entrance, you have to walk through the crowded bar, hitting people on the way, then walk through the VERY small space between tables where people are trying to enjoy their food! Good luck not spilling a glass of wine or putting your butt in someones face! The wait is NOT worth the food. My husband and I could not even concentrate on each others conversation or dinner because he kept getting hit by people close to the hostess stand! the seats are way too close to people waiting for a table. Lastly, I think we saw our waiter 2 times the whole time and could barely hear him. We are NEVER going back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Santorini needs a place for patrons to wait for their table other than on top of the diners sitting anywhere between the bar and the reception desk. Loud, uncomfortably warm, and rushed service, capped by jostling from the overcrowded reception area. The food is not enough to redeem a miserble dining experience."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Four of us had lunch on the patio and everything was extremely satisfying. The food was fresh, flavorful and well presented. The hummus is about the best ever. The service could not be better. Kudos to this Pasadena gem."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Went there to try a particular wine that was on their web menu. However they no longer carry it. We had a wonderful lunch; the ambience was great. The upstairs patio was really nice."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This place is beautifully decorated and you have the option of sitting in the main room or off to the side in a rooftop patio setting. I ordered the Chicken kabob and it was amazing! The chicken was very tender and supper yummy. The price was very good also. Portions are also very nice good!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "we were here to celebrate a friend's birthday. ordered one starter and 3 main courses for the 4 of us, and a jar of Sangria ... so good! the outdoor/patio seating was very nice/romantic, weather was nice to enjoy the outdoor."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Went to this restaurant at a friend's recommendation for her birthday. We sat on the patio and the weather was perfect. The server was very attentive, and had a great personality. The food was very good, and the Sangria (server's recommendation) fabulous with lots of apples floating around the top. I would definitely go back, and also recommend it."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Special-occasion quality food and service and ambience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "It was okay. Nothing spectacular but nothing horrible either. I had the lamb shank and found it drowning in sun dried tomatoes and it was a bit on the dry side. My date had the mushroom risotto which was okay. She had to add salt and pepper so it appears to have been a bit under seasoned. We grabbed a drink before we sat down and the bartender was great. He made very good drinks. I don't think I'd go back, but I wouldn't discourage others from going."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had a group of 9 which made our table inside (would have preferred to sit on the patio) but still a fun atmosphere inside. Good food with large portions!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "You will think you are dining at a small trattoria in Greece or Italy surrounded by charming old buildings. The food was excellent and the prices very reasonable. Attentive and expert service. The main dining room is small - eat outside!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This place is what "back east" folks think of re California life style. Outdoors, great food outstanding service. The stairs could be much for elderly people,however. "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The grilled calimari was unbelievably delicious!! "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Haven't been to the restaurant in many years but decided to try again recently. Good food, great ambience. Outdoor seating area is probably the best in Pasadena. Very romantic."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Our reservation was for 9pm but we're seated around 9:30pm... Good food..some are a little over priced.."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Should try the mushroom risotto there!!so so so good!!The portion of the dish are so big that we cant finish them. Good for groups of people go and share the dishes."
    Dined on 5/24/2014