Equator Cafe
Equator Cafe
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Equator Cafe

  • 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colorado
  • Parking: Public Lot
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!!!
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Equator Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
  • A little help
    TryItOnce
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    The 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.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • locals unite!
    BlackLabelVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Aside 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:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not bad, but not great
    ames88
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    I'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.
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  • Great find / interesting vibe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Stumbled 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:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Happy Hour on Mondays
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    On 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 menu
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basil filet mignon & potato
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Basil filet mignon & potato crusted snapper delicious. Veggie Pad Thai noodles could have had more flavor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I've gone several time for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    I'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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This place is on a little
    retiredbuddiesVIP
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very underwhelmed. Food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/15/2013
    Very underwhelmed. Food was not appetizing at all.
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  • Birthday Party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    I 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:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service. Food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    Excellent service. Food was great. Bartender Chris was extremely nice n professional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but strange
    FoodDudeVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2012
    What 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.
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  • My favorite place to visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    My 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:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • In a historic carriage house
    BigDVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2012
    In 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:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were not satisfied with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/14/2012
    We 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.
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  • Sadly this quirky, alley based
    LondonUnveiledVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2012
    Sadly 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.
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  • Had lunch there for the first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2012
    Had 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This place has become one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After a couple of bad lunches,
    aficionado
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    After 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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The restaurant did not honor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/20/2012
    The 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.
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  • I LOVE this place!!! we have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2012
    I 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:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love Equator! The prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/26/2012
    We 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:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Although a small restaurant,
    WineCop
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    Although 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.
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  • Loved it, perfect setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/26/2012
    Loved 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:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find
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  • equator disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/15/2012
    At 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.
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  • Terrible food, really a bar
    VivaDineVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    Terrible 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.
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  • Hidden Gem in Old Town Pasadena
    Steffers
    Dined on 1/7/2012
    Hidden 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
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  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/6/2012
    Equators 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:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Equator Cafe, We'll Be Back!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Had 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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • The food was wonderful. The
    PickyHungryGirlof3
    Dined on 12/30/2011
    The food was wonderful. The right size portions. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The potato wrapped snapper
    CaffeneJolt
    Dined on 12/30/2011
    The 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:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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  • Excellent food with lovely
    Doug
    Dined on 12/29/2011
    Excellent food with lovely atmosphere and worth the money.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Food was better than I remembered.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/23/2011
    Food 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.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Not worth it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/22/2011
    Incredible 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
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  • Equator Cafe is a great place
    ihosvanny
    Dined on 12/15/2011
    Equator 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:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The music was loud but it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/24/2011
    The music was loud but it was a hot spot after 9:30 .. early dinner is ok
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    great for brunch, romantic
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  • Food Good But Forgetable
    Charlie
    Dined on 9/9/2011
    The 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.
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  • Gem in a Pasadena Alley
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/1/2011
    Love 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:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Only went because of a coupon!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/29/2011
    I 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!!
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    late-night find
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  • Equator is always a great
    BMBdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2011
    Equator 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:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic