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Gale's
Gale's

Gale's Details

  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "This restaurant is an excellent value. Great Italian food! Large portion sizes. Pasta was perfectly cooked and the meat sauce was delicious."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "I went to Gale's with my 16 and 17 year old children.....looking forward to a nice family meal. It was way too noisy......we could not hear each other. Our waiter seemed impatient with us, did not offer suggestions and did not come by our table during our entire meal. No water refill offer nor additional glass of wine the entire meal. Food was marginal at best. I think even the oil and balsamic was off."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The food was fabulous! The service fabulous! Everything about this gem is delightful. I love the at home atmosphere. The star of the night was Raul! What a kind man with a wonderful personality! I almost caught myself calling him " Uncle Raul!"! My family and I will come back just to be served by him (and of course the food)!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We have been dining at Gales for years. The pasta al forno is a family favorite!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I love the Poached Salmon Salad they serve as a Lunch special. It is so fresh and tasty!"
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "We have gone to Gale's for many years now, and its service and good are consistently good, very good. It is our go to spot for really good, not fancy or contrived, Italian food. The specials keep changing so there is always variety and something new to try. The waiters are attentive, the space is bustling without being loud. It is our favorite restaurant in Pasadena"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "we had it all and it was very yummy...the service was terrific and dessert was great..."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This Italian inspired gem is well priced and has wonderful food. My swordfish steak was cooked to perfection and a beautiful presentation. The staff is friendly and well trained to delivery exactly the level of service you want. Take your time or in a hurry they are so accommodating this was about my 10th time at Gale's and I am always surprised how good it is. I recommend it for friends and families without hesitation."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The food and the service was great. The portions are big, I would recommend sharing. I felt a little out of place, I'm assuming it was because we went on a Sunday afternoon with all the regulars."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Went to Gales based on the high rating. Nice atmosphere, friendly and efficient service but food quality was poor, poor,poor. Pork shank was dry and fatty while risotto was mushy and flavorless. My wife's shrimp with broccoli over pasta had adequate quality in the vegetable and shrimp but pasta was overcooked and from a box. Overall Gale's was a major disappointment and overpriced for the quality and experience despite the large portions of low quality food. The next day we went for dinner to a small, old school family Italian restaurant in San Gabriel which was blew Gales away in quality, value and fun at less than 50% the cost. Based upon our experience you can do far better without much effort in a town that has tons of good options."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Great food and service. Wonderful ambience. Giving others a run for their money. Ladies restroom is adorable!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Lots of yummy choices for lunch; salads, pizza and pasta, as well as main courses."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I must admit I was skeptical going to an Italian restaurant named "Gales." Once inside the door, I was quickly proven wrong as we had one delicious course after another. We split appetizers of figs with blue cheese and the tomato and Burrata salad. Wow! The main course was a special Swordfish served with a dreamy olive and sundried tomato tapenade. For dessert, the sampler was a generous portion of the best desserts on the menu. Service was friendly, and very attentive. If you want the best in home style Italian food with fresh wholesome ingredients, be sure to check out Gales's."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Gale's has superb food, served quickly by a reasonable attentive staff. The only issue was the noise level. Why do so many restaurants today have no sound absorbing materials anywhere? The bar was jumping and due to the proximity to the dining area the noise level can get way too loud. But the food is wonderful. Be sure to make reservations, no matter when you plan to go!"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "I took my daughter for a date night and her Birthday, the food was very good, service friendly, not stuffy, the whole place seems warm and comfortable. We both really enjoyed the whole place. We ate, drank and talked..................thank you Can't wait to go back and try something else, being Italian and always cooking at home the food was a real treat and done so well......"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "As always we left content. I've said it all before-- Pasadena's best Italian restaurant. Bon Appetite!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "You can't go wrong with this restarunt. The food was incredible. The staff and service were amazing. The whole dining experience made for a great night with the family"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Gale's has the best Northern Italian food in Pasadena and the menu always has some new items which can dazzle you. I recently had a burrata salad with roasted tomatoes, avocado and a bit of pesto sauce and it, as they say, "melted in my mouth.""
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Had a business dinner here and the food was delicious. It was very busy and the feel of the place was upbeat and friendly. Ambience just ok, but didn't matter since all else was just fine."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Gale's combines great food with an affordable wine list. Rene always greets you like a brother and makes you feel at home. What more can you ask? Oh, and the food prices are reasonable. We love it."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Had reservations, seated immediately, offered a drink and bread shortly thereafter. Great menu and wine, server was professional and personable. The pasta was so good and you can tell it was homemade. Very special. I unfortunately do not live in the area, but if I did, I would be a REGULAR."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Gale's Restaurant where I met a friend for lunch. The menu was terrific and has something for everyone including very tasty and creative dishes. The fresh bread was served still steaming, and our meal was spectacular. We ate everything on our plate. The staff was extremely friendly and took great care of us. I will definitely be dining at Gales again - my friend and I plan to meet there again for our next lunch to try something else on the menu! Overall this is a great restaurant!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I love gale's, I love giving Rene a hug upon arrival, he makes us always feel so welcome. Food is always fantastic, try the lamb chops!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "we always enjoy dining there. the food is excellent as well as the service."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "They do a wonderful job with all of the details at Gale's and if you haven't tried the coconut cake you haven't lived!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We made a reservation late in the day on Saturday for a 8:30pm dinner. When we got there, we were seated in the front, our favorite area of the restaurant. It was very busy right up until we left at 10:00pm. We've ordered pizza several times and are always impressed. We ordered the roasted beet salad and the Rosemary Roasted Chicken. It was very good. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Nothing makes me happier than to find a restaurant that delivers great food and service. I had never heard about Gale's until I was researching a good Italian Restaurant in Pasadena. The food was savory, delicious and very filling. Generous portions had us taking home containers for lunch the next day. I live in Las Vegas where I'm surrounded by amazing restaurants but there is something about traveling to my hometown of Pasadena and enjoying a great meal surrounded by great people. I'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I came here with 5 other adults for my birthday celebration. The wine was excellent. The dessert platter was excellent. Everyone liked what they ordered to eat. I enjoyed the fig appetizer. I asked not to be seated by the street side of the restaurant and at that time they were able to do that for me."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My friend and I each had a salad - the roasted beet and the Huntington. Both salads were delicious, and huge, and we each took a lot home in boxes. The wait staff was courteous and thoughtful, attentive but not at all intrusive, and willing to let us chat for a long time before ordering. We sat in the back room, which is quieter than the front. I'd been to Gale's for dinner, but not lunch, and will definitely be going back now that I have become a "lady who lunches.""
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I had not been to Gale's in many years, and remembered that the food was very good. But I had forgotten how noisy it can be. People at the next table and beyond were so loud, we had to stop talking in order not to enter the yelling match that were taking place at the other tables. What adds to the ambiance but increases the noise level, is the fact that the kitchen is open to the restaurant. Too bad, I'll not go there again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Friendly "go to" restaurant that simply has great food. It is our favorite place for a romantic "date night" and is also a wonderful spot for lunch."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I love Chichen Piccata,Spinach Lasagna and Blueberry Creame Brulee....Food is delicious"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The noise level in the main part of the restaurant, where we were seated, is very loud and makes it hard for even two people to hear each other to converse. Nothing is there to quiet the sounds. (Of course, for some people that would be a positive factor.) There is a large back room where the bar is that is much quieter and pleasant because it has acoustic deadeners. In the future we will request seating in the back. I would suggest that management ask people making reservations or coming in without whether they would prefer the noisy area of the quieter area. Aside from that it is a great restaurant. The food and service are great. And the owner participates in, supports and contributes to local events and charities."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Fennel salad was delicious! Shared a mushroom and garlic pizza and the fettuccini carbonara. Pizza was just OK - skimpy on the mushrooms. Carbonara was a real disappointment. The noodles were excellent but the dish had no flavor. Instead of an egg and wine sauce base, it had a bland cream sauce. And there was no taste of pepper or garlic or cheese. Not even a little fresh parsley tossed in. Very boring. Having said that, we will be back; overall we really like this place and the food. Make a reservation!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was our first visit and, based on the Open Table reviews, had high expectations. Unfortunately, the food was mediocre, not bad by any means, but not as outstanding as we were expecting it to be."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Easily the best Italian food in Pasadena. Great food, great service, great value"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food is good (not great) with large portions. Waiters are friendly and try to be attentive. Waiting time for each course was excessive and we were not in a rush at all. Room we were put in had several large tables and the noise level was unacceptably high. Might go back now that we know what to expect."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "we came with a group 7 women and my husband. The women came to Pasadena for Women Senior Basketball three on three half court. 50 yrs to 70 years old. We saw your restaurant on the internet so we thought we would try it. Tiffany was our server and she did super. The service was super and the food was very good. We will come back to your restaurant and we will recommend your restaurant. We had dinner there."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Still the reigning champion for me in Pasadena. Best food, upscale casual setting, impeccable service. Everyone I bring to Gale's says it's a WOW! You just can't have a better lunch or dinner anywhere in town at virtually any price point, Northern Italian or otherwise. Everything is fresh, everything is quality, prices are quite reasonable for this level of experience. It's just that good, and they just know how to treat you right. All the time."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Met a friend here - he was late so our party sat for half an hour with wine and bread and wonderfully patient waitstaff. When rest of party arrived we had a lovely evening. Portions are very large, we had enough for another meal. Food was tasty, bread warm and crusty. Our friends were from the area and they have been back already."
    Dined on 6/18/2014