Birthday dinner for 6
Lovely evening in the quiet space of private dining room
2/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
portobello fries need to be
portobello fries need to be classified as a dangerous addictive substance. Mussels - really good. pasta in red sauce - the sauce was too sweet - kind of like from a jar. the texture of the past was v. good.
3/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife & I "discovered" AKA
My wife & I "discovered" AKA Bistro a year or so ago from a review in a local newspaper. We decided to give it a try and are so glad we did. We have been back several times and have never been disappointed. My wife begins looking forward to the portobello fries (appetizer) and the butterscotch pot au creme as soon as we've made the reservations. We've taken guests there and AKA never disappoints. The staff is extremely pleasant and helpful in determining the best wine to have with your meal.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
AKA Bistro was such a great find. The food is amazing. The ambiance was really great - dim lit, romantic, tall-backed/private booths. And the service was personable and friendly. I had an overall really great experience. I definitely recommend this place for date night!
Must order the meatballs! Melt. In. Your. Mouth!
3/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love that this restaurant
I love that this restaurant serves organic food and makes it so tasty!!
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great find in center of Old Town!
Great for lunch or dinner, inside or out! We have been there twice recently. Once for dinner in the larger private room for a party and also for an outdoor patio lunch during the week. The food, atmosphere and service has been impeccable. I enjoyed the duck confit salad at lunch while my friend had the quinoa and kale. If that sounds too healthy, there are great burgers and sandwiches too. The owners, Robert and Deborah Simon, also own Bistro 45 in Pasadena. AKA Bistro may bring me back to Old Town Pasadena!
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
AKA a great place to go
Had a nice lunch with family before son's graduation 4/20.
Service was good and the food was delicious.
We will go there again when in the area I am sure.
I liked the courtyard ambiance.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent but service
Food was excellent but service was slow. I asked for a 12 noon reservation & was told that wasn't available so I took 11:45. The restaurant was empty-why couldn't I had a 12 noon?
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food, excellent service.
Nice patio area seating. Well thought out menu. We will be back.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went with family and friends to Aka Bistro for my birthday and I thought the food was delicious. The amosphere I thought was fun and energetic because there was a live band playing outside the restaurant when we came in. The selections of wine are plenty and I recommend to anyone who loves wine to try Aka Bistros. The only thing that was not so great was our waitress she was not very nice and tried to hurry us along to order because it was so busy. Although our waitress wasn't very kind the others were and they didn't mind taking a picture of the group after we were all finished dining. Overall though besides the waitress I thought it was the best birthday dinner.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved that restaurant & food
Loved that restaurant & food but despite my request for outdoor seating.. some other patrons sat @ our seat outside & AKA staff didnt "kick" them out.... Oh well, we'll still be returning
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dining at its best
This was a place I wanted to go for father's day.. I was looking for someplace to have fish and when I checked the reviews and decided to try something different, this hit all the stars! the food was a treat to the senses and more than met my expectations. I will be coming back again and again!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Robert Simon does it again!
Remember Cafe Jaccoulet on Raymond years ago? That was Robert's 1st, I think. It was our favorite spot until he relocated to Bistro 45. Cafe Jac is back, updated for the new millennium. Great bar, great wine, great food, and Meredith is the best barkeep ever, not to forget Robert's hospitality. Quaff a glass of bubbly in the big chairs by the huge window, your heartthrob will love it.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
They were able to accommodate
They were able to accommodate our request for patio dining on a busy night. The waitress was very friendly and the food was great. We'll be back.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our delightful waitress Jasmine made this a truly special experience!!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went in for lunch with my children... The owner graciously gifted us steak fries. That made my children very happy. My son loved the Mac and cheese, my daughter loved her Reuben sandwich and the portobello fries were delish. My younger daughter declared this is her new favorite restaurant!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
nicer old town pasadena restaurant
a very nice place.with good food and somewhat good service. i say somewhat because at the end, our waitress disappeared for over 15 minutes and we had to finally ask another individual for our bill. if not for that, it would've been perfect. we'll give it another try in the future.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the day before we arrived the service started. First I received a call from Justin confirming our reservation and the specific table location had requested. Upon arrival the table was already set and we were taken to our table immediately by the hostess. She was very pleasant. The wait staff was on tip of things from the moment we seated and we did not have to wait for a thing. When dinner was over and we were almost leaving the manager came over and offered us the House Port. I wish I could remember his name, but he will know who I am, I promised to bring him a bottle of Triple Cream Sherry the next time I come...which will be soon.
I wish I had more time to write more, all I can tell you is go enjoy AKA-Bistro Pasadena and enjoy!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pretty good find!
I liked AKA for the fact that they had interesting food and it wasn't too overpriced. There was an array of options and I could have gone with a number of things calling my name. The meal was a little heavy for lunch IMO, but that didn't stop me from cleaning my plate. All-in-all, I was happy and will return again!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was really good, very fresh and flavorful. There was a bit of a wait before the waitress came over & took our order and when she did, I asked for my salad to have the dressing on the side. It came with dressing on it, and when I told the waitress she seemed a bit annoyed and asked if I wanted to send it back and wait to have a new salad made. I was really hungry, so I just kept it. It was very good, but I felt that she could have been apologetic & more helpful.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice twist and tasty change...
Food was very good...everything seemed fresh, and tasty with a creative twist on classic dishes. There is something for everybody, from portobello fries to mac n cheese to filet mignon. Desserts, drinks and service also very good. Manager is very attentive and friendly addressing whatever is needed without being overbearing. Definitely will be back soon.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Eats - Server Coaching Needed
Dined here post-Labor Day with a Friday 6:15 PM reservation requesting inside seating. Nice table for four. All good!
We all enjoyed the Deep-Fried Portabella Mushroom Strips! Tantalizingly good, with a delicious dipping sauce! We followed with Bruschetta, good but not particularly unique. Entrées were delicious and distinctive. Three of four rated excellent.
Our Server needed a little work, but I'm confident that coaching and counseling can yield an excellent Server. Don't give-up on her!
All-in-all, a very nice eatery! Just needs some fine tuning of Service. We'll be back!
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a Find!
It was terrific to find this restaurant by searching "best dinner Pasadena" as an infrequent Pasadena visitor. The dinner we had was fantastic, particularly the cucumber soup w/lemon sorbet! We will be back!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food, Wonderful evening
We were celebrating a birthday and decided to try AKA for our dinner. We booked online and mentioned one member of our party was in a wheelchair. Upon arrival we were seated in a very nice room. The service was great, the food was fantastic and our evening was a success. This was our first visit, but it won't be our last.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect on all dimensions: greeting, service, atmosphere and most of all thr Food. Filet mignon, chicken, homemade pasta, portabello fries wrere prepared and served impeccably. This was a special occasion and it was memorable. Thank you. We will be back!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grilled Octopus is a Winner
Grilled octopus was exceptionally tender and flavorful with wonderful seasoning and crisp veggies. It's a delicious and different presentation that I'd enjoy again and again. The steamed mussels with toasted bread and aioli were also very tasty. The mussels were small yet flavorful and abundant. Happy Hour wines were also very good. A great neighborhood find, especially if you are going to the Norton Simon just up the street! We were there at 5 pm so it was quiet, so it's hard to judge the noise level at that hour.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went late on a Friday at about 10:00 PM and the restaurant was fairly quiet at that time. The menu had several unusual items. I had a roasted chicken quinoa salad that was excellent. My husband had grilled and sauteed calamari which was also very good and so nice not to have the traditional deep fried. I had an excellent glass of red wine from Santa Barbara. The service was good. There is a large outside deck overlooking a square that is very charming.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a winner
Robert Simon has another winner with AKA. The menu plays up the best of the season so the flavors are always fresh. The portobello fries are served piping hot with an aioli mayonnaise that only makes you wish for more. I'm never disappointed here...and a recent birthday party held here was perfect ...the food, the wine, the staff...all made for a truly nive event.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent food and great service
Thoroughly enjoyed the mussel entree. Portabello mushroom fries are great. Drink service and atmosphere fabulous. We were dining late with medium sized party and never felt rushed by staff. Very friendly and helpful. Highly Recommend for all occasions
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
AKA never disappoints..wonderful outdoor patio, great music, good menu selection and fantastic wine list..will return
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM