Mi Piace
Mi Piace

Mi Piace

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mipiace.com/
  • Phone: 6267953131x
  • 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.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Mi Piace reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (73)neighborhood gem (64)fit for foodies (59)great for outdoor dining (56)hot spot (54)good for groups (53)great for lunch (52)romantic (41)great for brunch (41)vibrant bar scene (40)late-night find (29)kid-friendly (20)notable wine list (19)scenic view (11)Show More
  • 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
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Martiniluvr
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Very good food & cocktails. Nice ambiance but a bit noisy & music a little too loud. Good service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Treasure in Pasadena
    BigRedsReviews
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Mi Piace is a little treasure in Old Town Pasadena! It was a very busy Sunday evening as JayZ was performing at the Rose Bowl. I did make reservations before coming and was not held up at all! My Pasta Bolognese, with thin hand made noodles and fragrant sauce was delicious. My dining companions also enjoyed their hand made raviolis and gnocchi. Great wine selections and attention to details made this a great birthday outing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The service was sub par
    dhdh
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    One our pasta dishes arrived from the kitchen...cold. The waitress wasn't attentive as we often wondered, 'Where is the waitress? Our glasses are empty.' In the past, I considered Mi Piace to be a restaurant I would dine at without hesitation when I am in Pasadena. In the future, I will likely patronize a different establishment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was okay...
    Wantingawow
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We checked in for our reservation right on time, and the hostess could not find our reservation. She did finally find it, but she sure seemed annoyed and inconvenienced in doing so. We were shown to our table, which was nice. We were greeted promptly for drink orders, but the server only took two of the 4 orders and rushed off before the other two had a chance to order their cocktails. The food was okay - one dish was very good, and the other 3 were average. I personally had the short rib ravioli and the pasta seemed a bit undercooked. But, not bad. Everything tasted good, we were just hoping to be wowed! We probably won't be back. There are so many other places in Pasadena with the whole package: fabulous service & fantastic food
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Weak drinks
    Atasteoftheworld
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This use to be my favorite place. The drinks now are weaker and the food has changed and not for the better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian Lover's Inexpensive Dream
    KokoaTan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Born and raised in Pasadena and I'd never been to Mi Piace. GREAT way to celebrate my birthday with an early dinner. Reservations were for 5 p.m. but we arrived at 4:30 p.m. because we heard the place was small. YAY it was almost empty and they were able to seat us early. Actually, I'd recommend dining during the earlier hours of the day. We left around 6 p.m. and it was packed. Packed to capacity almost and what a nightmare for those waiting. No sitting area for those waiting to be seated. No tables available any time soon for the new comers. The food was delicious. The waiter was quite informative. The busboy person wasn't as on task as he could have been due to the limited number of diners. The price, EXCELLENT for such delicious food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worst Dine LA experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Bad food. Terrible personalities. I've been to Mi Piace many times in the past, and I've never had a bad experience...until today. DO NOT DO DINE LA HERE
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I don't think so!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Came for DineLA - they totally skimped on the food because we weren't full even after paying $90 (35 each). On top of the sad portions the food quality was even more ridiculous. The mashed potatoes that came with the short rib - was not even made with real potatoes - it looked like and tasted like those box potato flakes. My seafood risotto - the seafood was chewy and of very poor quality. There was a lack of service - waiter was never to be found - never checked on us - hard to flag down for a glass of water - and when I was halfway done eating my risotto - he came by asking if I wanted cheese on it - are you serious? This meal and experience was not worth $90 - and that was suppose to be a DineLA deal...glad I didn't pay full price!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Keeps getting better!
    swnycVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We usually go to the bar where Henri takes great care of us - friendly and great service. He knows his stuff! We've been to Mi Piace a handful of times for dinner and it keeps getting better every time. The calamari fra diavolo was amazing. Highly recommend Mi Piace!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Service was slow even though it wasn't crowded. When food arrived, the meatballs were raw inside.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    Joe3
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    If we would live in Pasadena (instead of South Beach), we would eat here (at least) once a week: great food, not too complicated, good and very friendly service, good martinis and a nice wine list. Inside it's modern and cool, outside is great for people and car watching. What's not to love? Sometimes unruly kids, but the restaurant is big enough to sit somewhere else. It's like Joe Allen on Purdy Ave in SoBe used to be, and if you don't know what that means: just go here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dine L.A.
    LAdiner1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were happy to see that Mi Piace was included on the Dine LA list & delighted with the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will not come back even for free!
    SouffleloverVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Out of all the DineLA restaurants I tried, Mi Piace was the worst diner. Food was low quality. Our server was depressing. Restaurant was dirty. It's the worst dining experience out of all my DineLA encounters. Don't waste your money here! Walk a couple blocks to Vida Copa for a better dining experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Looks good, but deceiving
    Duke64
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I took my son here for a special lunch, and was extremely disappointed. The Service was terrible. The hot meal was served cold. The menu offered sea bass and sounded good. There was no mention that is was served cooked whole (skin, bones, and all). When we received meal, I objected to waiter & he offered to de-bone fish. It was already cold. The Waiter should have offered me another entree. Worst meal ever-clueless about Customer Service and fundamental "Dining Experience" concept. I won't return. Recommend strongly against this restaurant. Many other much better restaurants in Pasadena, that offer better, including Cheesecake Factory, who at least has good servers, and they know how to treat a Customer, with good service and hot food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Amazing food. Bread is heavenly. Fettuccine is awesome
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    guckerd
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We always dine at Mi Piace when in Pasadena. The food is exceptional, the service has always been great and the window tables provide an array of entertainment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overall very good, but spendy!
    noteworthybites
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The Bruschetta appetizer was amazingly delicious! Afterward, we wished that we'd each just gotten our own plate of Bruschetta and called it a day. Can't wait to eat here again just for that, it was that yummy. Then for a first course we split the Classica Pizza, which was good but not really special. For main courses we had the Piccata di Pollo and the Fettuccine Bolognese. They were both well made dishes, delicious but again, not really memorable. The service was great and the food just flew out of the kitchen. They definitely have it down to a science, so that's a plus. But with two cocktails and tip, this lunch was about $115, so it's certainly spendy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasadena Favourite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Thank you for the great service and good food. We have been coming here for many years and will continue to come.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.