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Clearman's North Woods Inn of San Gabriel
Clearman's North Woods Inn of San Gabriel

Clearman's North Woods Inn of San Gabriel Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.clearmansrestaurants.com/northwoods/
  • Phone: (626) 286-3579
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our private dining room accommodates up to 125 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Richard (626) 286-3579

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Huntington Drive and Rosemead Blvd.
  • Public Transit: Local Transit stops just yards from the front door of the restaurant on the corner of Huntington Drive and Rosemead Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Ample parking at both entrances and behind restaurant.
A word from Clearman's North Woods Inn of San Gabriel
An authentic bit of North Woods set down in Southern California. Before the turn of the century the huge logging wheels holding our sign were pulled by oxen and used to haul logs out of the North Woods. The sign itself is mounted on a slab cut from a thousand year old mammoth redwood tree. Inside you will find steaks, seafood and sandwiches, also of giant size and quality, our tribute to hearty appetites and to the early pioneers of the North Woods.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Very large portions of food. More bang for your buck!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Clearman's North Woods Inn of San Gabriel has always been a family favorite, and we have celebrated many special occasions there. So happy to find that reservations can now be made, especially for large parties with children."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "My family enjoyed birthday dinner on a Saturday night but service was kind of slow and the food was too salty for most of us. Still a great place for special occasion. Nice and unique environment with live music between 6-10pm."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Nice atmosphere,food and service. I don't particularly like restaurants that sing happy birthday to other tables. I think it is disruptive of your own dinning experience.. A quieter happy birthday wish could be just as effective rather than disturbing everyone attention on someone's birthday who are complete strangers!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The manager seated us at a nice quiet table as requested in our Open Table Reservation, for my business meeting. The food was very good with good service. I will be back...."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The food was great. Our server was great. Big portions."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We enjoyed an excellent meal with excellent service. Although it was Father's Day, we were seated before our reservation time. The service was outstanding even though they were very busy. This is a family favorite for special occasions and we weren't disappointed."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This restaurant has been our place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions for years. It is a family tradition. It is casual and kid friendly. It is noisy but if you can overlook that you will enjoy it. This is not a place for a quiet, romantic dinner. We requested Michael as our server and he greeted us right away and said that he was waiting for us. He is funny and makes us feel special. We love the cheese bread and the salads the most. The baked potato is huge. The portions are generous. I love the scallops and the chicken is also yummy. We typically get the special platter when we go there."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The visit was fine; nothing special. We go there to have their bread and salad (the half and half). Service was fine."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great Mother's Day dinner...delicious meal and great services"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We greeted by a friendly hostess which was the best part. We were seated right away, but we waited over 20 minutes (my boyfriend had to actually get up to find our server, otherwise, it would have been longer.) to have our order taken. The waiter was a bit on the abrupt side. Every meal is served with salad, which was swimming in dressing. The "famous" cheese bread was just soggy and greasy. The steak was OK and I stress OK. For $40 plus per person, I was expecting a lot better food and service."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "NorthWoods Inn used to be such a good restaurant. While the atmosphere remained the same, and our server could not have been more attentive, the food was subpar. The scallops were tough, the mahi-mahi old. I will not go back."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Only problem was I asked for Medium steak and it was rare. They had to take it back and cook another one."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time with very good service so if it's been awhile, make a revisit. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Still a classic gem with great quick service to eating peanuts and discarding the shells in the floor to a tasty abundance amount of food served by great servers."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Rare throwback restaurant. The drinks were modest and my 25oz porterhouse was tasty."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The wait staff was excellent food came out at a good time. My wife asked for her steak medium and it came out rare by all steakhouse standards. They took it back to cook it more and it was still gummy and raw in the center. They eventually brought out a new filet and comp'd it but it was medium rare still. I know steakhouse standards are much different then norm but I eat my steaks rare to medium rare and this was raw. Our friends ordered a salad because she's a vegetarian without chicken and she found a couple of pieces of chicken in her salad like it was already pre made and all they did was pick out the chicken. The wait staff was very apologetic and nice but my wife didn't eat her dinner till everyone was done. Pretty disappointed."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Best cheese bread EVER! Ok the food is always amazing no matter what you order. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "I have lots of friends who swear by this place, and we just had to give it a try. Everything was tasty and well prepared and service was great. But it almost felt like the idea of the place exceeded the experience. It is steeped in tradition with a simple menu, so of course you have to have the famous salads and cheese bread. Back to honoring tradition, any other restaurant that only offered chopped up iceberg with bleu cheese in cheap fake wood bowls would be skewered! But here it was delicious and just right. And I know some will say this is heresy, but I was not a fan of the cheese bread - it was extremely greasy for my tastes."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "food was excellent and ambience was wonderful. I would go there again and again when in that area.."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We were a large group of nine. It is a great place to enjoy a great meal and not have to worry about kids disrupting anyone because they are entertained with the throwing peanuts on the floor. The ambiance is loud and fun so the usual kid noise is not so noticeable. It is the perfect place to take the family. Not such the romatic evening place for my style but with the food you just can't go wrong. I wish there was one closer to me."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "It's been years since I last visited this restaurant. The prices are a bit high but I guess its for the food and themed woods atmosphere. Service was attentive. It did get a bit loud as there was a large noisy group in our area. Cod and steak were cooked just right. The medium steak was smaller than expected. Their cheese bread seemed oiler and saltier than the last time I had it. It was good for a special occasion, but I can think of other places with just as good or better food for the price."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Used to go when I was a kid and had such wonderful memories. It hasn't changed Northwoods is a wonderful unique dining experience! The food is amazing, ambiance is like no other!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Tacky. Steak was good, but all else was second-rate. This place is a puzzle. Wonderful interior/mood, but someone forgot to apply the same level of attention to the food. Strange."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "It is surprising to me how many LA natives have such great memories of North Woods Inn. Not being from LA, I don't have those memories. The portions are large and the food is good -- but not great. The night we were there is steady but not too busy and service seemed a bit slow. It is good for groups and it is certainly child friendly. I always feel like it is way too much food and that the price is just a bit too high."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Took our visiting friend from Hong Kong here for an end of the day dinner after visiting Palm Springs. We had a good time and the food was very good as it always is. As usual the salads and cheese bread are to die for."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The salads were scrumptious, their dressing is perfect, just the right amount of flavor...cross between blue cheese and ranch. My husband liked the cabbage vinegrette salad better than I did, but I liked mixing both of them together. The cheese whipped butter sauce for the baked potato is fantastic! The ribeye steak was very flavorful and their homemade steak sauce was excellent!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I must say I was a little disappointed. I was with a party of six for a birthday celebration. 3 of us ordered the steak, scallops, and chicken dinners. The steak was tough, and the chicken was just not good. We had another birthday in December in the Covina location and the food was similar to this time. I have been coming here for many years and it seems to be going down hill. Of course we all love Northwoods and not giving up on it, just disappointed in the food the last couple of trips. Love that you now allow for reservations."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great food..they need bigger drink glasses so u dont have to refill so much. dinners are huge in porportion. we fed 3 people with one dinner. they charge 6.95 to split a dinner.All you can eat salads- yummy, definately on the more expensive side. kind of noisy. Open table was a must."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "As always the Northwoods Inn comes through. Great food and great service. Our server, Jesus, was fantastic and made for a memorable dining experience."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Another trip to Pasadena for work and another trip to Clearman's. Another fabulous meal. I love the odd but delicious cabbage salads. Seriously, GREAT stuff. I would have given a 5/5 for food, but one guy mentioned his New York Strip was tough and another the filet just so-so. Personally, I should have snagged a piece to decide for myself for I have never had a bad steak or chicken there. Definitely a must go place when looking for great food, well priced, casual ambiance meal."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "The food was delicious and having had made the reservation really helped. We only waited about 10 minutes. The environment was a but hectic, but overall it was a good experience. The Opentable app really came in handy for this special Christmas dinner. I will use this app again!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "I originally scheduled my family's dinner for 7pm but they accommodated for an earlier even with the extra busy crowd. Overall, the Angus beef steak was excellent. We ordered medium-rare. The meat came out tender and full of flavor. I do not recommend the seafood, though. The restaurant gives extremely small portions for the price. Best stick with the meat!! Also, the red cabbage was very satisfying but the other salad was drenched in dressing!! Ugh!! I think I will return another time just for that steak and the garlic cheese bread!!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Great place, but come ready to eat as their portions are huge! If you can't finish everything, you can take the leftovers home a(and makes our four-legged kids very happy!). Best cheese bread and blue cheese dressed for salads in town! Fun place for families. Took my husband and family there for his birthday and it was great. They let us bring a birthday cake in for him, no problem."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "I booked here to have our annual company holiday dinner. We were a small group of 9. Our Open Table reservation was at 5:30. We had 7 of the 9 present at 5:30 since a couple was stuck in traffic. They would not seat us until "EVERYONE" was there. This was the first sign of a "lesser quality" place. The place was very busy. They sat us at a table where it was very crowed. It was so crowded that our server had to ask us to pass everything down the table for him ... he could but just didn't have the room between tables to do his job. The food was not very good. The cheese bread and salads are very good and famous ... steaks, lobster, and everything else was of poor quality. If you are about quantity over quality .. this is for you"
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Hefty portions of meat entrees. I came on this occasion for the king crab legs ($49.95). Great red cabbage & blue cheese salads and cheesr bread to die for (included)."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Love this place as soon as I walked in. Rustic cabin decor all decorated for the holidays. The ambiance makes you feel so warm and welcome. Our server was great. He was well-experienced and gave his recommendations on the flavors of the foods and made everything sound so good. With his recommendation, I ordered the cheese butter for my potato and put some on my rice pilaf, it was a mini-burst of heaven going on in my mouth. :) I got the porterhouse steak that was tender and juicy and amazing. The salads were incredible and he recommended mixing the blue cheese salad with the cabbage salad, that combined with the cheese bread has made me a life-long customer. Definitely a gem of a place that maintains it's class. Will be back soon."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "I have been eating here since I was a kid. My mom used to work here back when women were not allowed to wait tables in during the dinner hour. The food is always great and the restaurant always brings back great memories."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I love this place. Great food, ambience and fun too."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "The Northwoods Inn is a classic for a reason! It never disappoints! Food is yummy, service is great and the ambience remains the same! A great place to eat!"
    Dined on 11/13/2013