22 Mills Place
Pasadena, CA 91105Neighborhood:
AsianPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.equatorcafe.com/
- Phone: 6265648656
- Hours of Operation:
Dim Sum Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:30am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Dim Sum, Contemporary Asian, Asian
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Private Party Contact: Ted 6262551212
- Entertainment: Live Jazz every Wednesday 7:30-10:30pm
A word from Equator Cafe
Equator in Old Town Pasadena specializes in Asian Fusion cusine with additional American and Mexican dishes for a well rounded eating experience. There is something for everyone at the Equator including gourmet coffee drinks. Equator has the best happy hour ( 4PM to 11PM)specials Monday thru Thursday. Monday Madness-All appetizers and well drinks are half off. Tasty Tuesday- Your first well Martini is a dollar and we have Chicken Satay sticks for a dollar. On Wine Wednesday's you save 50% on all Wines and Sake's. Thirsty Thursdays we have $3 drink and selected appetizer specials. On Saturdays and Sundays Equator is the only place in Pasadena where you can enjoy Dim-Sum Brunch. Brunch is served from 11AM to 4PM. As an added bonus with the purchase of brunch you can enjoy $10 bottomless Lychee Champagne or Mimosas. Equator is available for private events. Equator is the place to be..Modern, Edgy, Chic, and Sexy...Experience it, the night is young!!!Continued
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Equator Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
- A little helpTryItOnceDined on 8/4/2013The foods favor need to be more authentic n less sweet for Asian foods. Lighter on the sweet black sauce. Correct name for some of the dishes for eg. Vermicelli is not the same as chow mein.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- locals unite!BlackLabelVIPDined on 8/2/2013Aside from having great coffee and amazing bar service, Equator is important to Old Town because it provides a space where locals can meet up. Not only has it become the hub where my friends and I gather for dinner ($1 martini and jazz-wine nights midweek are a great idea and very affordable!), but it's also provided chances to meet new Pasadena friends. The bartenders and wait staff know a big portion of the crowd, are friendly and attentive, and are helpful at making introductions. Overall, this place provides good food and drinks over which you can gather with friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not bad, but not greatames88Dined on 7/16/2013I've eaten at Equator in the past and was very disappointed with my last experience. I went 7/16 (a Tuesday night) which was $1 martini night-there's a reason they're offering them for $1-I'd doubt if there's any alcohol in them & they do NOT taste good. The appetizers we ordered were mediocre at best and the service out on their patio was SLOW. I used to recommend this place to others. Now I question whether I'll ever go back.
- Great find / interesting vibeOpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 6/15/2013Stumbled across the Equator Cafe in Millers Alley. Neat location, tucked off Colorado. We sat in the alley at an outside table, and we really liked being part of the street scene. having lived overseas, it felt very European. Great service by Angel, she was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable of menu. Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna was a real treat. Korean Spare Ribs were tasty, but a tiny bit tough. Chicken pineapple curry was nicely flavored. I'd go back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Happy Hour on MondaysOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 6/3/2013On mondays they have 50% appetizers and the portions are quite large that you can make a good meal with several small plates. Food was pretty flavorable. Enjoyed the ambience and would go back to try other items on the menuSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Basil filet mignon & potatoOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/2/2013Basil filet mignon & potato crusted snapper delicious. Veggie Pad Thai noodles could have had more flavor.Special Features:
- I've gone several time forOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 2/14/2013I've gone several time for dinner with friends to celebrate birthdays. They have great happy hour specials that change nightly, such as $3 martinis and appetizers, $1 martinis and satays, and more. We always order several small dishes and share. I've never been disappointed with anything we've ordered, and the martini cocktails are delicious too. The service is always friendly, though sometimes a little slow when busy. This hasn't been a problem for us since we don't come there to eat in a big hurry. The decor is fun and quirky (seems to be the same as it was when the place was a coffee shop), and that just adds to the nice, casual ambience. Prices are very reasonable, especially if you take advantage of the happy hour specials.Special Features:
- This place is on a littleretiredbuddiesVIPDined on 2/10/2013This place is on a little alleyway with a few other restaurants. The staff was professional and friendly. We shared chicken satey and shrimp roll- both excellent. My husband had fish encrusted in mashed potatoes and I had the honey encrusted shrimp. Both were very good especially the fish dish. It's a trendy place for the young, but we felt very comfortable (we're retired).Special Features:
- Very underwhelmed. Food wasOpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 1/15/2013Very underwhelmed. Food was not appetizing at all.
- Birthday PartyOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/15/2012I brought 10 friends here for my birthday. The restaurant's owner not only greeted us at the door, but upon hearing we were in a bit of a hurry to make a show, he offered to bring out all their specialties in "family style" proportions so we could try a little bit of everything. The food was delicious and the cocktails were wonderful! Plus, the bill wasn't completely outrageous and we still had a ton of food to take home. I would recommend this place to anyone! The crowd was great. Girls were dressed up for a night out and the guys were excited to have the fights to watch on TV. I'm so happy I found this place. They made my birthday very special.Special Features:
- Excellent service. Food wasOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 9/15/2012Excellent service. Food was great. Bartender Chris was extremely nice n professional.Special Features:
- Good but strangeFoodDudeVIPDined on 9/3/2012What to make of a Pan-Asian place that has more shakes, smoothies and slushes than a 31 Flavors? And multiple pages of offbeat cocktails, but a sparse wine list? Has an all-things-to-all-people sense about it, or maybe they just haven't decided what they want to be when they grow up. No matter. The food served is well prepared and they are trying hard and earnest in their funky little alley space. Worth a visit, if only for the curiosity factor.
- My favorite place to visitOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 8/25/2012My favorite place to visit in Old Town! Unique but good food at great prices, great staff, and always a great time. The bottomless mimosas brunch is always a winner, but dinner or drinks any day or night is good.Special Features:
- In a historic carriage houseBigDVIPDined on 8/17/2012In a historic carriage house on an alley in Old Town Pasadena. Loved the funky decor. Menu had many diverse, interesting items, to the point we had a hard time deciding which ones to order. Very tranquil setting at lunchtime. I think it might be more of a clubby bar scene at night. Good food, good service.Special Features:
- We were not satisfied withOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/14/2012We were not satisfied with the food at all. The calamari was tough, they were out of couple of items on their menu. I don't think we will go back.
- Sadly this quirky, alley basedLondonUnveiledVIPDined on 7/13/2012Sadly this quirky, alley based restaurant in Old Town offered up food that was not up to par, and was in far too large portion sizes. The small kitchen clearly likes to fry food and serve monstrously large amounts of it per plate. A refined focus on quality and portion control could go a long way. More is not always better - and certainly not here. The pork belly starter was a cheap cut, and far too fatty. The Korean style BBQ pork main was also too chewy/fatty and not of quality found elsewhere. The noodle dishes were slightly dried out / overcooked, and the fish encrusted in batter/noodles/crispy coating was lost inside. Overall, the atmosphere (asian decor with B&W films) lends itself to be interesting though.
- Had lunch there for the firstOpenTable Diner Since 2007VIPDined on 7/12/2012Had lunch there for the first time. Fun and eclectic menu designed to have something for everyone. Food was well prepared and delicious, but just a tad too spicy for our tastes. Portion size was generous and very reasonably priced. Will definitely return and recommend!! Can't wait to try it during happy hour and introduce to my friends and family.Special Features:
- This place has become oneOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 6/29/2012This place has become one of our favorite restaurants. The staff greet us by name (and often hugs), and we have met many other "regulars" at one of our many visits. (If there are so many people who have become regulars, there must be something good about this place!) The decor is very unusual and quirky, the food is very good, and the staff very friendly. My favorite dishes are the Basil Mignon and Panko Chicken Sandwich. Come on Mondays - ALL appetizers and drinks are half priced (and they mean ALL drinks!) Weekends are $10 bottomless mimosas (with a variety of flavors) and $3 dim sum. They offer free wifi, so it's a great place to have a drink or two, eat some good (and cheap) food, and just hang out!Special Features:
- After a couple of bad lunches,aficionadoDined on 5/5/2012After a couple of bad lunches, Equator was destined for a 1-star review. However, we decided to give the place one more chance and they did a good job. We brought some friends and happened upon the Mayweather versus Cotto fight. Equator had an excellent setup and we were delighted.
- The restaurant did not honorOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 4/20/2012The restaurant did not honor my reservation. At first, the host told us that they didn't have any tables left. Then he gave us a table, but then explained that it would be a really long time before any food could be prepared. We subsequently decided to leave and go to another restaurant.
- I LOVE this place!!! we haveOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 4/17/2012I LOVE this place!!! we have now become regulars. Their daily specials are great - especially on Mondays (1/2 price drinks and 1/2 price appetizers).Special Features:
- We love Equator! The pricesOpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 3/26/2012We love Equator! The prices are cheap (most plates cost less than $15), the food is great, and the ambiance is very unique. The service is almost always good if not great! Mondays they have 1/2 priced drinks (all of them - and they mean all of them) and 1/2 priced appetizers - lots of great ones to choose from. And, my favorite bartender is there on Mondays (Nina). If Jason is working when you come you must stop and tell him "hi". We have become "regulars" now - they even know us by name! I would highly recommend this place!Special Features:
- Although a small restaurant,WineCopDined on 2/4/2012Although a small restaurant, the 2 story ceiling gives the feeling of a larger space. The entire interior is dark: walls, ceiling and floors with only low lighting plus a small candle on the table. Strange female bondage paintings, unappetizingly on the walls. The menu contained an interesting mix of appetizers, salads and entrees, all of an Asian-fusion style. The wine list is adequate and relatively inexpensive, in part due to the lack of any "high end" offerings. The wilted spinach salad contained a generous amount of sautéed mushrooms. The honey ginger glazed pork chop was a very generous cut with a large portion of Chinese pea pods and mashed sweet potato. Unfortunately, everything was overly salted with soy sauce as the base.
- Loved it, perfect settingOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 1/26/2012Loved it, perfect setting for getting to know someone, Pictures were disturbing, smokers in the front should be sent to the back patio if they had one, or better yet don't allow cigar smokers; but all in all was a great little spot.Great drinks great service.Special Features:
- equator disappointsOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 1/15/2012At first look, the place is beautiful, with high ceilings, brick, zen statues. Then, you look a little closer and you start to feel like you are in an Anne Rice vampire novel. All the portraits have an s&m, dark feeling to them. all of them. there's no serenity here. Food was good, except for the recommended potato fried snapper. Way too much potato. I enjoyed my basil mignon and the ahi and popcorn chicken were tasty. Service was fair/poor. When asked for more silverware, the waiter responded with "there might not be enough." You're obviously paying high rent in Pasadena and you can't give me an extra fork? Maybe spend less on the bondage paintings.
- Terrible food, really a barVivaDineVIPDined on 1/7/2012Terrible food, really a bar not a restaurant. We will never go there again, Open Table description does not match reality. More than a heavy hand in the kitchen. It's a shame, great location and interesting decor - but food and drinks are terrible. A waste of money and time.
- Hidden Gem in Old Town PasadenaSteffersDined on 1/7/2012Hidden favorite located on an alley in Old Town Pasadena! Ecelctic atmosphere- quiet place for lunch or an early dinner. We love the appetizers- albacore sashimi with Ponzu and crispy onions is a favorite! Great matinis! Best Pad Thai I've had in ages! Wonderful attentive service. The staff knows the menu and will offer suggestions if you can't decide. This is our go-to place when we're in town.Special Features:
- Delicious!OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 1/6/2012Equators dinner menu is delicious. Food is outstanding. Very flavorful and bold. Looking for a good, filling meal? Looking for something new? Try Equator, you won't be disappointed.Special Features:
- Equator Cafe, We'll Be Back!!!OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 12/31/2011Had a nice time during our New Year's Eve dinner. The food was great and the service was excellent, despite the club-like atmosphere. It was the most popular spot in the alley that evening and now I know why.Special Features:
- The food was wonderful. ThePickyHungryGirlof3Dined on 12/30/2011The food was wonderful. The right size portions. Service was great.Special Features:
- The potato wrapped snapperCaffeneJoltDined on 12/30/2011The potato wrapped snapper is a very unique dish, but very greasy. The sweetness of the sauce covers up the snapper. The basil mignon is pretty tasty and the wonton chicken tacos were a great. Recommend checking it out!Special Features:
- Excellent food with lovelyDougDined on 12/29/2011Excellent food with lovely atmosphere and worth the money.Special Features:
- Food was better than I remembered.OpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 12/23/2011Food was better than I remembered. Good service and the waitress was kind enough to let us know about the free corkage with dinner. I will definitely return.Special Features:
- Not worth it.OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 12/22/2011Incredible food, and our waiter (Jason) was very nice. But that's about the only nice thing to say about this place. Most disturbing is the macabre artwork. Women bound and gagged with bloody arrows protruding from their naked chest standing next to a table with a decapitated female body. Hmmm... not appetizing. They asked us to move so they could seat a larger party. Then the hostess told us that our check had been taken care of by someone else. Odd. Then she told us she had been mistaken. Then they messed up our check. Also, we also placed an order togo, and told them we'd be back to pick it up in 20 minutes. They forgot to ring it in, so when we came back, it wasn't ready. Even thought the food was delicious, we'll never go
- Equator Cafe is a great placeihosvannyDined on 12/15/2011Equator Cafe is a great place to spend a night out. Their happy hour is all night from 4 pm to closing time. There is no better happy hour than Equator. The only bad thing about Equator is that if you make a reservation please call the restaurant before going to make sure the reservation is still open because they sometimes rent the restaurant for private parties and do not contact you.Special Features:
- The music was loud but itOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 9/24/2011The music was loud but it was a hot spot after 9:30 .. early dinner is okSpecial Features:
- Food Good But ForgetableCharlieDined on 9/9/2011The food tasted good in the beginning, but we quickly grew tired of it. Our group ordered the Equator Basil Mignon (with black pepper sauce), Potato Wrapped Snapper, and Korean Style Short Ribs. Both meats were covered in a strong, sweet-tasting sauce that you just can't eat a lot of. The snapper was unique with its standing upright (like a pyramid) presentation, but it's basically fish breaded with potato fries. Overall, not bad, but did not leave a lasting good impression either. Probably would go elsewhere if I craved any of these dishes in the future. Also, after 10:00pm, they turn (blast) the music, trying for the hip bar / club scene - but I really didn't see anyone going there for that.
- Gem in a Pasadena AlleyOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 9/1/2011Love their Wednesday Happy Hour cannot beat $3 martinis and appetizers!There is a different Happy Hour menu daily. Variety of food choices on menu. Very courteous and friendly staff. Small but that makes the place intimate for friends to be able to talk and enjoy a good time. Definitely a place to check out if you are in the area. Nice decor as well.Special Features:
- Only went because of a coupon!OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/29/2011I would have passed it by, the signage is poor, and it is technically in an alley in Pasadena. Our waiter was good, he was the best part of the visit. The food was fair, could be much better. Menu is too large and the specials are limited and somewhat confusing. I would only go back for appetizers and drinks. This is not a memorable restaurant, as is the case with most here in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. The chefs in LA need to go visit Portland , Oregon, thats where you get some great food and memorable experience on a consistent basis!!Special Features:
- Equator is always a greatBMBdinerVIPDined on 8/27/2011Equator is always a great place for unique and tasty food, exceptional service and relaxing atmosphere. We try something new every time. Basil Mignon is another favorite now. Enjoyed meeting with owner; Teddy is personable, knowledgeable and available to his customers!Special Features: