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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 WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "I love Chichen Piccata,Spinach Lasagna and Blueberry Creame Brulee....Food is delicious"
    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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We had a party of 4 for dinner on Father's Day. The following items were ordered: small eggplant pizza, beef carpaccio appetizer, parmesan crusted pork chop, gnocchi with sausage, arrabbiata, and a bottle of Kenan Syrah. The pizza tasted great but was just too soggy (the dough was entirely wet and soft). The beef carpaccio was all right, but the meat kept sticking to the plate. The gnocchi was a bit overcooked, felt like eating soggy dumplings. The waitresses was fairly nonexistent throughout the night. A Hispanic gentlemen was much more helpful at the end of the night, cleaning up our table, giving free biscotti, and bagging up our leftovers."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This is a very popular place with very good food & very good service. People have a good time here & keep coming back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "love it every time we go and the service and food are outstanding"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Gales has been around for years and there is a reason. The food is always great. Fresh and properly prepared. The menu has a wide variety of seasonal items so everyone is happy. Service is always friendly and professional, and the restaurant is an inviting, vibrant place."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "After having seen positive reviews of Gales, we decided to try their popular dishes. We were greatly disappointed. The food was bland, and the prices very high for what you get. Value for money, I would rank this as 1/5."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I have gone to Gale's since it opened and booked a special luncheon with dear friends. They loved it and we had a wonderful time. Great food, outstanding service and just the right ambience as always."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Gale's is always has good food and good friendly service. We like the relaxed atmosphere. Remember to make a reservation."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Great food! Great service! Rene is a wonderful host "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Seated immed at our res time in spite of a crowd waiting. Very energetic buzz with staff really hustling. Had a delic salad and a 4 cheese pasta as well as sharing a pizza...brought lots of food home. Will go back!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I have always received excellent service and the food is delicious."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Loved it and will be back. The food was delicious and they will make anything you wish"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "My recent dinner with my out of state granddaughter was impressive...the food was reliable since I had been there before...the friendly requests as to our comfort and. Satisfactory table with warm and friendly concern for to two single ladies...I felt proud to have selected this restaurant ...plus Gale and husband are my neighbors...but they didn't know this. I'll continue to entertain my guests at gales....."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "After hearing so much about Gale's we were very excited to go there. Once there, we discovered our Open Table seats had been given to another couple, but the restaruant was able to seat us very quickly. The bread and salad were pretty good and the service was very attentive. The Gnocchi were the special pasta of the evening and while the meatballs and the gnocchi themselves were excellent, there were pieces of pork in the dish that just tasted off. Both of us had the same dish and sorted the pork away from the other ingredients. We are going to give the place another try just because of the great service."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I've never had a bad or disappointing meal at Gale's. My mother and her husband "freak out" over the food. This time they said it was the best "parmesan crusted" pork chops they have ever tasted. The wine is always served in elegant pewter stemmed glassware. The servers and owners are so friendly and the prices are very reasonable....so what's not to like? One minor issue...the wooden chairs....a little hard on the tush...."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I'm half Italian and originally from NYC, so I KNOW good Italian cooking--Best Italian Restaurant in Pasadena!!!"
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "Tried pasta, lasagna, gnocchi, fettuccine carbonara, and chicken piccata. All were decent, but Chicken was not pounded thin enough and the sauce not lemony or capery enough. But nice ambience, perfect for Mother's day late lunch! And away from the bustle of Old Pasadena. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Its probably unfair to do a review for any restaurant on Mother's Day. Its a brutal day for the restaurant business. My son and I went to Gale's for lunch. We had a nice Caesar salad along with chicken Parmesan . It was a very hearty portion of chicken Parmesan. It was so big, my son and I split it and I took some leftovers home. Our waiter was exceptional. The service was quick despite their being busy. I especially liked him giving us two small petit fours for dessert despite the fact that we didn't want to order dessert. It was a perfect way to end the meal and a surprise. I plan on returning for lunch or dinner in the near future."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We always feel like family at Gale's. Whether we're there for a special event, or a weekday lunch or dinner, the food, service and ambience is always superb."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food was fabulous as usual and customer service is amazing. Owner, chef and staff goes out of their way to make you feel welcome. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Gale's is a delightful find among lots of good Pasadena choices. The service was good - better as the meal went on- this chef can do fish!!! The Branzino was so tender and the rich finish lingered in your mouth and taste buds. The Luna Sangiovese 2011 is a great bottle of wine for the price and not usually on menus. Thanks to Gale's for a great meal"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I was looking to make reservations for Mothers Day (we celebrate on the 10th) and was hoping to find a restaurant that was nice, had good food, AND was kid friendly as I was bringing my son. I am so happy to have chosen Gael's! The service was superb, from the hostess to our waitress, everyone went above and beyond to give me and my family a great dining experience. The food was amazing! I loved the gnocchi and was very happy to see they had a kid's menu for my very picky 7 year old. It's not the quietest restaurant but it's a great place to come and enjoy some really authentic Italian food with great service and ambience! Totally recommend it!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I have frequently come to Gale's for dinner and special events. I have never been disappointed and have always experienced wonderful service and delicious food."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Large menu options, large portions. So, all six of us were able to take home the rest of our portions for another meal. Parking lot is shared with neighboring antique stores and can't depend on finding a space during lunch, may have to "circle" the block for street parking availability."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We were there last time around lunch time for 5 people, for some reason, we were waiting about 50 min for our food, other than that, everything was turned out good. The fish was over cooked, The steak salad was tender and juicy, pizza was really good and cheesy."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "In a town full of come-and-go trendy restaurants featuring silly "molecular gastronomy" concoctions and hipper-than-you crowds, Gale's welcomes you, quite literally, with open arms. Consistently outstanding menu selections that are perfectly portioned and well-priced and a staff that is obviously happy to make your dining experience enjoyable. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "A nice little place with good food. Can be pretty loud and feel a bit crowded, but overall a very nice dinner. Friendly and helpful staff. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014