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Gale's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.galesrestaurant.com
  • Email: gale@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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Diner Reviews
  • "We always love Gale's! The food is consistently wonderful, and service is always friendly and accomodating."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We were two grandmothers, their 2 daughters and two 8yr. old granddaughters - up from San Diego to the American Girl Store. The day got away from us and I was able to change our dinner reservation to a later time with such a gracious phone person. Then, we were even late getting our car from the hotel valet service and when I called to say we'd be even 15 min more late on a Friday night, once again most gracious hostess. We were seated immediately in the very very full and busy restaurant. Everyone enjoyed the food/ambiance - and the birthday candle lit desert for the 8 yr. olds. Just a wonderful end to a special day. Thanks to all. This s a Pasadena gem . . ."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "When I go to Gale's, I always expect terrific food, great service and seeing at least one friend I have not seen for awhile. This visit was no different."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "A wonderful place to celebrate just about anything. Hostess was most friendly and pleasant and waiters very friendly and will accommadate just about your every wish. The AntePasta is delicious as is the Zuppe de Pesce which they served me for lunch even though it's a dinner item. Ambiance was very romantic even though it was lunch. Wonderful gem off the beaten path in Pasadena. Will celebrate many more special occasions there!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Always enjoy Gale's! Great food, atmosphere and service"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was my 3rd time here. I really wanted to like this place, which is why I gave it 3 tries before reviewing it. Food: Compared to other Italian restaurants in this area, the food here is really just mediocre. I always try to order different things from the menu every time I go, so I can give a fair review. Truth is, there isn't a single dish that surprised or amazed me. Wine: They do have a pretty notable wine list, however I don't think the waiters/waitresses are very knowledgeable about wines. They weren't quite sure how to recommend a good wine to pair with our dishes. We went with their recommendation and ended up regretting it. Also, the waiter didn't even decanter our wine for us! That's a huge minus for me. Service: Mediocre."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I introduced a friend to one of my favorite places to dine in Pasadena. From appetizers to dessert, we loved it. The carpaccio was excellent. My friend was surprised by the large size of his yummy lasagna. We shared a piece of the best coconut cake I've had. With a good wine list and full bar, Gale's is sure to please. This restaurant has earned its way onto my favorites list!"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Been there many times and really felt the service needed a little work this time ....at the beginning of our visit wait staff almost pushed for order and then a turnaround ....had to wait 10 min to put in order and then a chore to get attention....although very pleasant staff.....but great food and will return....just wish they had the lamb shanks as appetizer on this visit....was really looking forward to it!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "You shouldn't make reservations at 945 pm when your kitchen closes at 10!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We had a really good meal, the staff was very friendly and went out of their way to welcome us. The spinach lasagna was excellent, as were the steak dishes. We look forward to returning."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "After waiting 25 minutes to be seated, we found all of the food to be too salty; except mine which was a pizza."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Everything was great: the friendly, considerate hostess, the excellent, knowledgeable key server, the attentive addt'l servers; I felt our group of 7 plus baby had a really great dinner on a very busy Sat nite. The noise level was perfect to bring a 1yr old as the din was just loud enough to drown out the occasional squeals & dropping of items that happens at that age. Everyone enjoyed their food greatly. The beet salad was great, leek potato soup hot as soup should be & was delicious. I enjoyed my seasonal sundried tomato chicken tortellini in heirloom tomato sauce. Dessert of gelato & creme brûlée was tasty good! Am really grateful to the server & hostess who let us bring our own bday cake, & brought it w/ lit candles."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Like always, nice smile welcomes you and great service, my husband asked to go to Gale's because to get their carpaccio, I took the smoked salmon special appetizer which was equally good, then we shared the capellini and replaced the pomodoro sauce with Arabiaitta because we like the spice in it, they accommodated our request and even split the plates in the kitchen, our main dish was the Chilean bass, I guess will go back to the Brenzino, that is just a matter of taste as I like lighter flaky fish, but the bass was still good. If there is one thing I will change is the ventilation system, our table was close to the kitchen and we felt overwhelmed with the smell of oil and garlic. It is one of my go to spots in Pasadena."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "my wife became ill before we sat down; waitress was super kind and attentive looking forward to returning and actually having a meal there, rather than to go"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I brought my friend here for a celebration lunch for her one-year post cancer diagnosis. We chose to sit in the back room, as it was quieter and made chatting together easier. The server was very attentive and the food was great. My friend had the grilled portobello panini and I had the skirt steak salad. The crusty bread to munch on before the entrees came was incredible. I will definitely return for dinner!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "good food but very busy restaurant. don't go there without reservation. very reasonable price for the food they offer. other restaurant in the area will charge 2x. service is good considering how busy they are."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We go to Gale's often, this time a group of six to celebrate a birthday. Great food and service, a good wine list and very comfortable. (If you are a group as we were, ask for the back room. It's quieter.)"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Loud and crowded, on Saturday night, but with food this good that is what you would expect."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Gale's is always a great call. Chef Fausto just keeps getting better and better, particularly with fish. Service is always friendly and efficient. Owner Rene' is a personality and adds a very personal touch to the local dining experience."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Terrific food with great choices and well prepared...very friendly atmosphere! I love the fact that I can make a reservation using Open Table. Gale's is very popular and a reservation is highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Reliably excellent food and service every visit. Varied, interesting menu."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Gale's never disappoints. Food, service and overall evening is always good. Thanks."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "i love this place. i just recently started going here for lunch and now it is a once a month treat. the food is amazing and the service is awesome! very attentive staff, waiters and waitresses, from the moment we step foot in the door, to the moment we leave out the door. i have always had a great experience. i would highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "Tasty food, authentic and was homemade with excellent service. Tables are a little tight for romantic dinner, but good for socializing."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Going to Gales is a pleasure. You can count on a superb wine list, great food and good service. You are generally greeted by one of the owners and this tops the whole dining experience off beautifully. The cost is unbeatable. You cannot finds wines of this quality and their price anywhere. Treat yourself and the family!!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Wonderful all the way around. Delicious food and great service"
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "I was entertaining international guests and needed a restaurant in Pasadena. Going on reviews, I selected Gale's. How fortunate to find this gem of a restaurant. The host was very accommodating to our request of a quieter table since we would need the interpreter to assist our conversation. Two of us ordered the special pasta with the Vodka Sauce. It was excellent. It exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend this restaurant over the hassle of parking in Old Town."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Go today !! Go hungry !! Fantastic italian restaurant where the staff and owner treat you like family. Wonderful variety on the menu. Too many favorites to list but consider ordering a salad as they are fresh, delicious, creative and a wonderful compliment to every on the menu. Save some room for dessert......order the gelato and savor it with a bite of complimentary biscotti you will wonder why you waited so long to dine a Gales !! Enjoy !!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "4 of us went to Gale's before a concert and all of us enjoyed the experience. The waitress was very attentive without being overbearing and was extremely personable. The food was delicious...I had my usual reliable Rotini Bolognese and the others all had the salmon, which all said tasted terrific and was cooked perfectly--not too dry or too wet...All in all, a really nice evening out."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Came here with a group of 8 for my belated birthday celebration. Many of us ordered from the menu of the day. The porcini risotto that went with the pork shank was really delectable. In fact, the risotto tasted even better than the pork! My other friends had the house made gnocchi (most heavenly fluffy) the shrimp ravioli with lobster sauce (full of seafood sweetness). The lasagna and fettuccine arrabiata was also pretty good. Service overall was courteous. I have been back more than 5 times in the past 2.5 years since I've first learned about Gale's, and every time food has been very consistent in the flavors and quality delivered, the service courteous. It is a 4.5 stars worthy!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Gale's is a favorite when we are in town for our winter getaway (3 months)! We love bringing our guests here and they even request this restaurant and they are fussy. Not just a spaghetti place."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We are not from the Pasadena area. It was an educated guess that was a huge success. Their N Italian cuisine was exquisite and though we were obviously not regulars they made us feel like we were getting personal VIP treatment"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was actually pretty good. It took over 90 min to receive the food but when we got it I guess it made things better. Or maybe I was just hungry. The service was terrible. I mean I know it was a busy night but when the people next to you sit down an hr after you have been there and get there for a couple min before yours I would puts a bad taste in your mouth. Overall I would not go there on a busy night maybe for lunch or early dinner"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The staff and service was fantastic. The restaurant staff working there made me feel as if we were old friends even though this was the first time I dined there with my wife!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We all ordered pasta dishes, with the exception of one chicken parmesan, and were happy with our selections. The pasta ranged from lasagna (meat and spinach), bolognese rotini, to clams and shrimp linguini. Everything was very fresh and the Kenwood cab was great as well! We were celebrating a birthday and Gale's gave us a complimentary dessert for the birthday person. Our server, Tiffany, was excellent. She was very attentive and warm. I highly recommend making reservations."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "A most generous supporter of the Pasadena Humane Society/SPCA, it warrants patronage; thankfully, its quality, product and service do not disappoint."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "We love dining at Gale's. The food is terrific - great flavor and so reasonably priced. Terrific, friendly service. I prefer the "front" room."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Started going to Gale's Italian Restaurant because I'm Italian and my name is Gale, but keep going back for the food. Love the pasta dishes. The fish is always fantastic. I've been to Italy several times and the style is very authentic. A bit noisy but love the vibe. Ages ranged in our party from 22 to 92 and everyone loved their meal."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Gale's consistently has great food and service and I always enjoy myself. Gale and Rene are the best!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Consistently good Italian food with different creative specials each week. Very popular so be sure to make a reservation on Open Table"
    Dined on 2/1/2014