Mi Piace
Mi Piace

Mi Piace

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mipiace.com/
  • Phone: (626) 795-3131
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:30am; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm; Happy Hour: Monday: 4:30pm - Close, Tuesday - Friday: 4:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Gil Saulnier
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fair Oaks
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Mi Piace
In Italian, "Mi Piace" means "I like it," and they make sure you love it at this award-winning restaurant. Mi Piace is the perfect spot to enjoy an intimate dining with the finest and freshest authentic Italian cuisine.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Mi Piace reviews from OpenTable diners
146 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (58)special occasion (54)good for groups (47)neighborhood gem (46)hot spot (44)great for lunch (40)great for outdoor dining (40)romantic (34)vibrant bar scene (30)great for brunch (30)notable wine list (20)late-night find (18)kid-friendly (11)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Old faithful
    ArthurVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I love this place but the hostesses are little difficult to deal with and sure there is a reason for that,food is always great and I recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but very noisy
    TessaPrez
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We enjoyed out dinner however we found the restaurant to be very noisy. In fact, the waitress couldn't hear my order and they brought out something completely different than what I had wanted. Luckily for me, it was very good - not what I had ordered but still very good. The staff was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service and food were outstanding
    Marty
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Celebrated our wedding anniversary and noted that on the reservation comments. When we got there and checked we were greeted with a happy anniversary, had a table waiting for us by the window as requested. Food was amazing as usual. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasadena Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Great food, service. Just love this place. Looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in Pasadena!
    jsmithshe
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Love this place! We go here every time we visit Pasadena.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rainy Holloween
    JonesDAVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Date night at MiPiace on Holloween was a treat. Food was excellent, the custom Saffire with Ginger, cucumber and cayenne pepper coctail was exceptional. Unfortunately it started raining and the covered canopy started leaking right in my wifes lap during dessert. We moved indoors to close out our meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place to eat
    Caroline
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Great food menu with variety and options.On my go to when in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This place is a awesome place to eat.. The waiters are very friendly and are always around if you need them. My food was GREAT as well as the service.. I will for sure be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Njcrocker
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    I had hopes for this place but this is the 3rd time dining here and again another bad experience. I had a 7:30 reservation and didn't get seated til after 8, it was a birthday dinner with I confirmed with the hostess and they still failed at bringing a desert. I ordered linguini with clams and when it came it tasted like something else had been cooked in the pan before this.... what a shame, this restaurant has the potential to be great but I don't know if it is poor management or what.... think I'll pass next time.
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  • Great Experience
    marty
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    This was my first time at Mi Place and everything was outstanding -- cuisine, service, ambiance. I only wish I had left room for dessert -- what a dessert display!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A look at our Special Occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food was great. When we walked in the door on time for a 7p.m. reservation the hostess said our table would be ready in 5 minutes, they were just setting it up. Twenty minutes later, after two requests for an explanation, we were seated. I made our reservation about a month in advance and yet we were seated outside the door to the kitchen, very disappointing. That particular place made our evening feel very chaotic and we were anxious to eat and leave. Our waiter was good until our order was taken after that we were forgotten by him. His "assistant" was terrific. Took very good care of us. Felt like he was doing things for us that were not normally expected from him. He is the one who made our evening OK.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food And people watching
    Justthe3ofus
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had a wonderful early dinner on Saturday night. Two of us split an entree (pasta with shrimp) and a dinner salad (with apples and dates). The bread was delicious, as were the cappuccino and apple tart after dinner. The passing parade ( free with outdoor seating!) was quite entertaining. Parking behind the restaurant was easy and inexpensive. Btw, staff were great at following up on the reservation and were helpful and sympathetic when we called about the traffic delay--changing our reservation with no complaint!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where's the waitress
    Johnny
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Tried Mi Piace for brunch last Saturday. Nightmarish service & quality of food. Our waitress took a while to even come to our table. She seemed very abrupt like she had somewhere else to be. She took our drink order. By this point we were starving. Every other table received complimentary bread, but not us. Each item we ordered, did not come out as ordered. My wife ordered the egg white omlette & added avocado. I ordered the Italian eggs Benedict. Hers came without the avocado or the toast. Mine came as over well eggs, not runny as beneficts are supposed to be. They did fix the problems quickly, but when they brought my wife's toast it was bordering on charred. After that the waitress vanished. No refills on drinks until we were done eating
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • my place can be
    joyousVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    your favorite place Got to like it Simply well done receipes executed well You won't be disappointed
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Made me look good on 1st date
    Zrs519
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Food was great. Service was excellent. Date was happy - that's all that mattered :)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was Good but not Great!
    vgsanfranVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I was really craving great and fresh pasta and read a bunch of reviews and heard from others that this was a great place. The food was good. I had to substitute dry pasta for fresh pasta for the seafood broth with pasta. The mussels they used were frozen (not fresh) as were the clams which was unfortunate because the dish could have been great! The fresh ricotta appetizer was the highlight for me but they didn't serve it with enough bread. Pasadena has yet to impress me with food but this goes without saying since LA in general has not impressed with its food. If you want amazing food you go to the cheap eats but as far as high end dinning LA and SG Valley need to really step up their game. It surprises me given all the movie stars!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date
    Himo
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Server was awesome I requested the note and they actually surprised my date really well. Good job guys
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I enjoy this restaurant. The food is good, and service is friendly and accommodating. The decore is stylish and appealing. The Main draw back is that it can be crowded.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It was a great experience. Service excellent our waiter was awesome. Very accommodating on choices to eat. All my guest love the food. Great ambient. The staff are really friendly. Love this place. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Should have reviewed this a long time. Mi piace is the best restaurant in Pasadena & perhaps even a Southern Cali. U get the best treatment, food, and ambiance. It's always busy so u never feel unwelcome if u show up late. Food is amazing. Be sure to try the kale salad from the special menu and their seafood pasta al dente. Kale never tasted so good! Fries are also great, thin cut with chili powder sprinkled on them. Other favorites r pizza, ossobucco do Vitello, salmon, and rustico chicken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • East Coast Worthy
    JimD
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My wife and I are disappointed with restaurants 9/10 times in southern California. High prices and nothing really to show for it. Mi Piace is an exception and we will go back. Food is tasty and good. First time in a long time I am seated looking at the wall but the nice big mirrors put me in touch with the restaurant and atmosphere. Service is professional but not stuck-up. Nice job!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top notch Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Mi Piace was a perfect start to a great evening. My niece and I were there to catch dinner before a concert at the Rose Bowl. The server was very accommodating in making our experience that much more pleasant! Totally worth the journey to eat instead of stadium food. Well done!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old School or Old Town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    If you consider that Mi Piace was one of the first to settle in Old Town Pasadena, you would assume it is old school....not. This is a hip, vibrant place that conitues to serve fresh,hot food in a hip and friendly environment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything Average
    Queenbee
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Nothing magic about this place. It is kind if $$, service is OK. Lunch with friends on no special occasions is fine!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good and fast
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    This time the service was prompt and the food was good. That about sums it up.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great post UCLA game spot
    PostGameDiner
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    With UCLA games ending after 10:00pm, finding a place with good food, wine, and ambiance that's still open is made easy by visiting Mi Piace. Try the ahi tuna tower.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The total experience not great.
    TTintheIE
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The resturant had in the past a higher level of qualty in preperation and ingredients. The soups were at best ordinary and none in the party commended the pasta's chosen. We make the long drive on Friday night from Orange County with friends to a meal that had been hyped and was quite ordinary. The area is vibrant but the food choices were so bland we left for dessert at the Cheesecake Factory across the street. Disappointing1
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No complimentary bread
    Cloud
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This's a good move for cutting mat'l cost and reducing unnecessary waste. However, I m wondering if the price is set for each order / basket or for full dining period
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dining in heart of Pasadena
    mbcaffe
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    excellent food, great service. They are very accommodating. an extensive wine list although we brought our own bottle. I had the salmon alla mi piace. I thought it was a little too citrus or winy. everybody else loved their dish. Coffee is also really good. Valet park right in front.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Breakfast
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Stopped by with my husband for breakfast.. Nice environment but food is so so.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Irrelevant
    Marc
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We've dined at Mi Piace before for lunch and enjoyed it. Since it was a Friday night, I made a reservation for our party of 6 on OpenTable for 8 pm. We actually arrived closer to 7:30 pm to let them know we were ready. The place was jam packed... Not a single table available... At 8, when we told them it was time for our reservation, they told us they had no table...and they were only then seating the folks with 7:15 pm OpenTable reservations. Given the line out the door (the reason we made a reservation) and the thought of another 45 minutes to wait, we found an excellent felafel place down the street. I suppose a mid-week lunch might work but Mi Piace should be holding tables as they clear for reservations.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not a good experience at all!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I hardly ever complain or bash local restaurants, but I had an awful experience here the other night. We made a reservation for four at 7:30. We arrived at 7:30 and they told us it would be a few minutes. At 8:00, the hostess told me they were cleaning our table. At 8:15, when I checked he status, she asked me who I was like she had never seen me before. At 8:30, she told me again that they were cleaning our table. At 8:45, we demanded to be seated, after being given the run-around for over an hour. This is when the hostess asked me again what my name was. We weren't seated for another 20 minutes after that. The food could never be good enough to erase this memory and unfortunately, I will never go back.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • good restaurant to go
    alex4travel
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    enjoy the food and service. for sure, we will keep going there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    TheJMayVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I went here with my husband on a Friday night. The food was ok, and the service was abysmal. The hostess literally turned her back on us when we arrived to continue talking to her coworker. We weren't seated until 15 minutes after our reservation time. Our waitress simply said "What do you want?" when she came over to us, never introducing herself, asking if we would like drinks, or any of the other usual interactions you would expect with a waiter. The carpaccio was ok, my husband said his gnocchi was ok, my scampi was fine but the vegetables on the plate were cold. We did not stay for dessert. It was so disappointing, we won't be going back, and we wouldn't recommend it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food
    reneNla
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants to take our friends. The food is excellent and the service is good
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what it used to be
    LAEATERVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We waited patiently 40 minutes from one we ordered to get our food. There was no exceptional service from any staff to check on us. Our past 3 visits have all been negative experiences with the service. The food is still good.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bday dinner
    Pita
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Had a very nice birthday dinner with my older children and they enjoyed it very much, We will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and great service
    foddie79
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    the food was delicious and the cheesecake was the best I ever had. The waiter was so friendly and attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant
    vtnmvet
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    service was great from the waitress, wait staff took great care of refilling glasses and cleaning up dirty dishes food was excellent, presentation was very appealing. special occasion, they were great for celebrating a birthday
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty perfect
    Choc
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Excellent location. Tons of people watching. Everyone very courteous food good environment excellent. Very busy down town so valet parking was so convient.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic