Gale's
Gale's

Gale's

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.galesrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6264326705
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Gale's reviews from OpenTable diners
155 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (113)fit for foodies (79)special occasion (55)great for lunch (54)good for groups (43)romantic (26)notable wine list (25)kid-friendly (20)great for brunch (17)hot spot (13)late-night find (10)vibrant bar scene (9)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Good food and great waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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
  • Not the best First Impression
    FirstTimer
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Wanted to try something different since Buca de Beppo quality has been dropping-in my opinion... So I wanted to see this place since it scored high on yelp. I went for a birthday dinner. The food was hit or miss.. My dish was personally to salty with little else of flavor. Some of my companions thought the food was delicious. others thought it was ok. the olive oil and balsamic vinegar with bread was strong with taste. The waiter didn't get the order right but she was handling like several tables at once too. maybe we went to early(lunch) so the staffers probably come in later in the day. but she was always pleasant and smiling.. so i give her props for that.. but i might try it again..
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bumble Bee's Baja Grill, SantaFe NM
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    While in your area we had dinner at Gale's. The food was terrific and the service was attentive and friendly! Yes, we'll come again! Come visit us in Santa Fe for similar great food and attentive service! Bumble Bee Bob & BJ Weil
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FAB as usual
    ValkyrienVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Chef at Gale's never disappoints! We sat at the bar as it's always fun to hang out with Bill, and my dirty martini was exceptionally perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot
    Great
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Loved our server and the food, will be coming back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent food and service. Reservations are suggested.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit and Miss
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Came here last week and I enjoyed the roasted vegetable pizza but, my wife's mushroom ravioli was too salty for her. Service was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Notch Service
    pasadenarose
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I've been to Gale's numerous times as I love the food. The staff remains the same, which to me is a very good sign. The host that greeted us was very friendly and accommodating, as were the two ladies that took our order and served our meal. I happily recommend this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value
    winendine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This restaurant is an excellent value. Great Italian food! Large portion sizes. Pasta was perfectly cooked and the meat sauce was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Disapointment
    lookingtobearegular
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will come back every anytime!
    Jayholla
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    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)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    GFAFood
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We have been dining at Gales for years. The pasta al forno is a family favorite!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic food
    maryslight
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I love the Poached Salmon Salad they serve as a Lunch special. It is so fresh and tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • pizza to ravioli to pasta
    leroy
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    we had it all and it was very yummy...the service was terrific and dessert was great...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gale's is a terrific restaurant
    Kdine
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time to Gale's
    Yummyfood
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what did we miss?
    2alwayshungry
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Way Above Average
    toughcustomer
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food and service. Wonderful ambience. Giving others a run for their money. Ladies restroom is adorable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place for Lunch
    KathleenVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Lots of yummy choices for lunch; salads, pizza and pasta, as well as main courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AN UNEXPECTED FIND IN PASADENA
    1KTravelerVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Northern Italian fare at its best
    connectr
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something Special
    pooh
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasadena's best Italian restaurant
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    As always we left content. I've said it all before-- Pasadena's best Italian restaurant. Bon Appetite!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Staysea
    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
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Gale's
    Mimi
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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."
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Popular place
    Delcicious
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super Tuscan
    RonRVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect in every way
    azfoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely Pleased
    Fit4Food
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alawys a treat!
    Beluga1
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PJMcVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    we always enjoy dining there. the food is excellent as well as the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always spot on
    Foodiefun
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had no idea!
    LV2LA
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good and Happy Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ladies who lunch
    AnneM
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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."
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.