Gale's
Gale's

Gale's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.galesrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (626) 432-6705
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Fausto Tinelli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Gale's menu adapts well to both office and personal catering. Check with us to see how our personalized menus can be tailored for your next event.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: California
  • Public Transit: We are very close tothe Del Mar Station for the Metrolink. We are about 3 blocks away.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking in lot and street parking.
A word from Gale's
Gale's Restaurant is a totally local spot. It offers remarkably solid Northern Italian fare just down the road from all the hubbub. Couples, families and friends that seem to have just finished a day outdoors snuggle among the brick walls and small marble tables, drinking wine from elegant Brighton goblets. Start it off with a Burrata Salad or a steamed artichoke and then move on to the country-style Tuscan steak or one of the house made ravioli specials. For dessert, don't miss the Tiramisu or the Coconut Cake which is uncommonly tasty. The wine list is a favorite among the guests for it's variety and excellent value.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Gale's reviews from OpenTable diners
164 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (111)fit for foodies (84)good for groups (57)great for lunch (57)special occasion (48)notable wine list (30)romantic (23)kid-friendly (21)hot spot (21)great for brunch (12)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (5)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Some of the best service I've ever experienced.
    SDfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Food was so so. Service was extraordinary. I would try again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Wantaeat
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Outstanding authentic Italian food with friendly, perfect service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place, good vibe, food is average to good.
    RegularJoe
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We had a reservation for seven, arrived on time, but weren't seated until 7:30. Parties arriving after us were seated before we were. Rather surprising. Hostess was very nice. Waitress nice but rushed, maybe another server didn't show up for work and she had more tables than usual. Girlfriend had ravioli de mare which she loved. I had chicken piccata which I found to be average. Chicken a little dry and a little tough, but sauce was excellent. Rosemary potatoes a little bland. Sautéed spinach was great. Overall, good ambiance, friendly hostess, nice (but rushed) server, food was average to good. For $80 I felt my meal could have been better, but we liked the place so much that we'll probably be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LucyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Gale's is consistently delicious with their regular menu items and specials. The wait staff provide excellent service, I am a regular. I have tried other Italian restaurants in the area and I prefer the Gale's. The lamb osso bucco with risotto was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be a regular
    Elzow
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The setting is very interesting. It is a very busy "happening " place. Good people watching and a place to meet Pasadena through happenstance. The food is diverse sand of high consistent quality. As a senior couple, noise is a major obstacle to a regular presence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gale's is our choice for Italian!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    We eat out a lot but always return to Gales when we want the best in Italian cuisine. We are never disappointed, and Rene (Gale's husband) always remembers us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night to remember
    Catalinagal
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    My husband and I were greeted by two friendly hostesses and were seated promptly at 6:00 pm, the time of our reservations. My husband wanted to go to a good Italian restaurant and I remembered that my first visit to Gale's with my girlfriends was enjoyable. My husband feasted on chicken parmesan and I on whitefish with sauteed spinach and broccoli which was to "die" for. The cabernet wine was delicious. The evening at Gale's was perfect and romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • s2artrVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great food and wonderful service. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DinnerOutVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This was our first time dining at Gale's. We had a great dinner. From appetizers, to wine, entrees, and desert everything was delicious. Service was friendly and attentive. We're looking forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very dependable Gale's
    DenagirlVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Food is always excellent here and the portions tend to be very generous. There is a broad range of dishes, from your standard Italian choices of pastas, soups, salads to more unusual items such as prawns with battered cauliflower which was similar to a tempura dish and which was really, really good. Wines by the glass list I find a bit limited and not that interesting. Atmosphere was warm and lively. Service, as usual, was very efficient. You know what you're getting at Gale's and it is always very good. Can get very busy and there isn't a lot of room to wait for a table. Best to book in advance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • All around fabulous experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    It's verybust there but they took us right back for our reservation. Fresh warm bread with oil to start with a nice glass of wine. We had a variety of plates and all were Brett satisfied and very full! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Staple
    GdelpasaVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Always a great time, from the great ambiance to good food and wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining4fun
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Gale's is a favorite of mine both for lunch and dinner. The staff is friendly and the fish is especially good as is the pasta. I also like the deserts.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably Good
    EileenR
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    To be honest, my friend and I were so busy visiting with each other, we did not pay a lot of attention; but, as usual, the Rotini Bolognese was delicious and the green salad with parmesan was also very tasty. We had the usual, reliably good Gale's experience and would, of course, go back. again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Portions are extremely generous, great for sharing. Desserts are fresh and home made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yumm
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Nice menu, delicious food, good service in a lively and friendly environment and a great wine list. Best biscotti ever to complete the meal too. I've had lunch here many time, but tried it for dinner for the first time and was not disappointed. There were four of us, we each had something different, sea bass, ribeye, flat iron steak and lamb chops and everyone loved their meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisey Italian
    Noise
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Brick restaurants can be quaint but they're also noisey. We were seated in the 'quiet' area. It wasn't. When the food is only OK, it makes for a long and not-so-great evening. Service was good. Chicken parm was chicken tough. Linguini /clams was bland. Wine was fine.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food!
    lovegreatexperiences
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We dine here often and always are pleased with the excellent food and service. We have never been disappointed, from the specials of the day to the amazing fresh fish. I recommend it highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Food and Service !
    Louie
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Gale's is delicious Italian food with the feel of New York City. Intimate, warm, sophisticated ambiance with awesome service and amazing food. What a treasure here in Pasadena. Great for a special birthday with family, or a romantic dinner on a weekend, we love Gale's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pasta dish lacked in flavor
    mary
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I had the spaghetti with the marinara sauce and added clams and mussels. The sauce was just lacking. Big chunks of tomatoes and garlic might have added something to it since the sauce was bland and lacking texture. The Caesar salad was outstanding.
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  • Absolutely Wonderful!
    Jls16VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We were a party of 6. Everyone ordered something different and everyone was very pleased with their choice. We will definitely go back to this restaurant again. The owner, Gale, was there and couldn't have been nicer or friendlier.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A class act.
    MegaFoodie9
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Gale's is one of my favorite go to's for gatherings. The food is fantastic and so is their wine list. (If you're a fan of red wine, I'd highly recommend the Mongrana Super Tuscan. Mmm!) The biggest reason I marked four stars instead of five -- noise level. I was entertaining a small group of colleagues for dinner, and we were practically shouting at each other. The other reason is because our server was distracted. He was moderately attentive and moderately nice, which I think is a problem when we're talking about customer service. Still, not all servers are created equal and not all dining experiences here are the same, so I would still give this restaurant two thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huera
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Excellent service and very friendly. Will be going there again very soon. Seafood ravioli was the best. Just a bit too small for groups so very disappointed in that.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We always have a delicious Italian dinner with friendly service at Gales. We recommend reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better than ever
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I would highly recommend Gales; for their food, fun, service and ambience. I have been going to Gales ever since they opened and it has never disappointed. I highly recommend sitting in the Bar area. It is quieter. For lunch I like to sit in the front, usually it is not as crowded. Not to be missed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunchalot
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Wonderful friendly service, delicious food. Gale's is a restaurant I return to time and time again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great authentic Italian
    TLee
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    First time dining at Gale’s and not disappointed we’ve driven by Gale’s dozens of times, read many positive reviews and was recommended by friends. We plan to return to try other menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • FAB as usual!
    ValkyrienVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Chef's tortelli was to die for, and we had seconds ! Yummy polenta appetizer and delish Caesar. My fav spot in town. Javier gave superb service and these birthday girls were delighted. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Meal in Town
    27altoids
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Gale's has been a neighborhood staple for years and it is not hard to see why: everything on the menu is bursting with flavor, the staff are all engaged in their guests and the prices are more than fair. Our server, Alphonso, was terrific, making sure the seven of us were taken care of on a pretty populated Tuesday night. And Rene was the MVP of the evening - he's the owner's husband and is just about the coolest person you will ever meet. His attention to customer satisfaction is only rivaled by his sharp fashion sense, and he goes around talking to every guest he can meet. The food is outstanding, the staff are cordial beyond belief and the experience is one you must have if you're in town, whether you're just visiting or are a local.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Mimi2068
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Had met Rene many years ago and was delighted to know he had opened a restaurant. For this occasion, a very dear friend and her husband were in town and staying in the Pasadena area. I wanted to take them some place that was not a chain restaurant. Everything was just great. Plus my friend's husband asked for a mushroom appetizer that was not listed on the menu and it was granted. Score one for the chef! We were a party of six and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no points
    akaboy
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    my understanding there is no points for this reservation,so maybe im wasting my time doing this survey...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • local gem
    happy
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    great Italian restaurant, Friendly,friendly staff including the owner who greeted me by name at the door in a very busy restaurant even though I had never met her (did have a reservation). wished I had a Gales in my neighborhood
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    drdrapp
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The chicken parmesan and caesar salad was excellent. The cocoanut cake was to die for
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Skip Old Town, Head to Gales
    lawcat
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    There are numerous Italian restaurants in Old Town Pasadena, and I wish them no ill will, but for me and my family Gales is the clear choice when it comes to food, service and selection. Everything is fresh, they are happy to honor requests, the daily special list is long and not be missed. Its out of the bustle location affords a break from Old Town crowds and passe food. Reservations are highly recommended at prime times or tables of 3 or larger.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    KAMG
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I had the beet salad and eggplant appetizer, both were wonderful. Everyone in our party really liked their meals. Full bar, fabulous server!! We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    The back dining room is a bit hectic and seating is tight. Food is very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and great waiter
    SwimMom
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The restaurant is a bit smaller than what we expected. The ambiance is good, not great. Our waiter is really friendly. The food is good and tasty. Price is right too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Winner
    Jeff
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We've been to Gale's twice now and all the food we've ordered has been excellent. Clearly a place with repeat customers because we notice staff greeting customers personally. If we lived closer we'd go here much more often. Fresh pasta. Hand made ravioli and other stuffed items.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Typically Good
    Granny
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Always exceptional food, service great. Noise level is VERY HIGH! Not conducive to good conversation with old friend.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • s2artrVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We dined here for the first time before going to the Rose Bowl for UCLA Football game. Staff was most friendly and service could not have been better. Food was delicious. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic