My husband and I wanted to
My husband and I wanted to enjoy a "light" dinner to have with a bottle of wine. Vertical Wine Bistro was perfect!!! We throughly enjoyed a small plate of cheese, their arugula salad and a pizza. The food was absolutely DELICIOUS!!!!
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were at Vertical Wine Bistro
We were at Vertical Wine Bistro prior to a show at the Pasadena Playhouse. I don't drink but my son with whom I shared dinner, loves great wine and reports that the wine list is extensive and varied and the wine he enjoyed was wonderful. The food was terrific - I had the slow roasted pork and my son had the hanger steak. High quality, very unique and interesting taste, beautifully presented food. The service was attentive and friendly. I would recommend this restaurant highly.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was delicious and
The food was delicious and the services was great. However, it was a bit noisy! Not good for a quiet romantic evening out.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Take a bottle of your favorite
Take a bottle of your favorite wine! Perfect place for delicious full or light meal with your wine. Their arugula salad is the best as are their cheese platters and the seafood risotto!!
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
5 Star Experience
We have visited Vertical Wine Bistro on numerous occasions and have always enjoyed our experience. This particular visit was the best one yet. The atmosphere was very appealing and our meals were outstanding. The only aspect that surpassed those parts of our experience was the service. Our waiter, Eric, went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed ourselves. He is a true professional that is better than any marketing firm a restaurant could hire to do PR. His demeanor, service and recommendations were all top-notch. With ambiance, food, and service like this, one can't go wrong.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Vertical near miss
Not as good as other evenings.... A Wednesday night and fairly quiet. We missed the Kim Chee Tacos which have been removed from the menu even though a big favorite. Big mistake! I went there looking forward to having those for dinner. Very disappointing, don't remember what else we ate ( party of four)
Still like the place.... Great ambience,
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was wonderful
The service was wonderful and our table was perfectly located. They respected by request for a romantic booth and it was very much appreciated!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place....We had
Love this place....We had an amazing time -- Great wine and excellent food (salmon and lamb were both outstanding)!
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Arrived for an early pre-Pasadena
Arrived for an early pre-Pasadena Playhouse dinner and were seated in the bar side of the restaurant for the first time. Because it was early, it was neither crowded or noisy and very pleasant. Enjoyed sliders, salad, calamari, and grilled asparagus along with glasses of chardonnay and malbec. A very pleasant dinner and made it in plenty of time to the play. Park in one of the nearby structures rather than paying the valet $10.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Old Town Gem
All around great spot, love the ambiance and the food. It's somehow loud and energetic but yet still romantic. I went with my girlfriend and we sat at one of the back tables away from the bar, we still felt like we were part of the scene and the people watching was great but we could hold a conversation using our inside voices. Love it, we'll be going back often. The Margherita pizza and short ribs were both amazing.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took clients--excellent, attentive
Took clients--excellent, attentive service--amazing food
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stopped and had wine and several
Stopped and had wine and several appetizers to share, everything was enjoyable and well prepared
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed the Pasadena Restaurant
Enjoyed the Pasadena Restaurant Week three-course menu. However the seafood risotto was more of a seafood jambalaya. Very little seafood and a bit spicy. Those who ordered the duck entree were more satisfied.
4/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food; boyfriend was
Amazing food; boyfriend was raving about the salmon and I had a delicious spring salad. Their wines were great and our waiter Eric was very knowledgeable about the wines. Don't leave without trying the dessert!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Stairway to heaven
As you walk through the door before you is a beautiful, unexpected deco staircase. At the top is the entrance to the restaurant. Beautifully appointed. We sat at a round table for six. Waiter appeared and took drink orders and answered questions. Appetizers arrived promptly after we ordered. They were devoured immediately. I had the slow roasted pork. Best I've ever had. The portions are generous, everyones dinner was cooked to perfection. Will be back again to try other dishes.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
This happening place is in the center of vibrant Old Town Pasadena yet feels private and exclusive located through a small Florentine arcade and up a floor, it's open and breezy yet cozy, it's a refuge and a getaway so close to home. The food is wonderful, the drinks sublime, setting memorable, service present always yet never over present, the music enjoyable. Great Place!
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I love coming here for date night. Great service with a nice ambiance and an amazing wine list toped off with tasty food menu. The cheese and meat paring with a nice bottle of wine are unbetable. Also convienetly they allow my wife and I to split the main dish. Great place!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Vertical has become our go to restaurant in Pasadena for excellent food and drinks and a knowledgeable and attentive staff. Keep up the good work! The flatbread pizzas and short ribs are especially delicious.
5/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dining choice
This is a real gem of a wine bistro with very hip decor and vibe. The staff is friendly, the service impeccable with knowledgeable waiters, wine and beer list extensive, and the food delicious with abundant portions. We shared a calamari appetizer which was tasty with a light batter and more than enough. For main course the lamb shank was perfectly cooked and flavorful. The roasted pork dish literally melted in my mouth. We had enough of the generous portions to supplement another meal. Due to a theatre engagement we were unable to linger and try the salted caramel ice cream sandwich but took an apple tartlet home for later! Yum!
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Music of Pasadena
What an event and what a place to have such a wonderful group come in to perform. "Likes Of Us" did an outstanding job! They were very personable and had a great sense of humor. Vertical did an amazing job providing space for them and I was lucky enough to get a table next to where they had set up.
The food was excellent, as was the service. Everyone in our party had a wonderful time and we will be going back!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Modern, tasteful, tasty
I was there on a weekday for dinner, and the ambiance, noise level, and activity level made for a nice date. The staff exercised the perfect level of attentiveness, and the food was thoroughly satisfactory.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Great Place for an Anniversary
We keep going back to Vertical because we know the food will stand up to the wine we bring, and this time was even better than in the past. We tend to bring a very nice wine with us to celebrate -- this time a 2004 Merryvale Vineyard X Cabernet Sauvignon -- and we look for dishes to complement the wine. We started with wild mushroom soup, moved to salmon tartar and tomato carpaccio, and peaked with the lamb shank. It was all good, but we were really impressed with the carpaccio and the lamb. We finished with a nice ice cream and pastry dessert.
Service was attentive and helpful (thanks, Shannon!). We were there somewhat early (6:00) on a Sunday evening, and had the room largely to ourselves for the first half hour or so. We'll be back!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The wine list here was great. The service was spot on. The place, second floor, was unique and fun. The bar area has some nice places to sit and get to know someone. Food was very good also. Recommended.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Something for Everyone
This handsome restaurant features something of real value these days; a lively, tends-to-be-loud bar scene, and a separate quiet, romantic dining area. We opted for the latter. Dining in a place were you can actually talk without shouting is rare and welcome these days. None of this would matter if the food wasn't good. My sea bass with peppers (I substituted grilled asparagus for the gnocchi that usually accompanies it) was delish. I ate every bite. My husband's slow cooked pork was scrumptious, and our starter Spring salad was one of the best I've ever tasted. Service was attentive. We usually hate going to Old Town Pasadena on the weekend, because it's such a zoo, but this place beckons us back again and again.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Vertical is always fabulous!
If you want quiet, ask to sit in the original dinning room. If you want energetic, ask to sit in the room where the bar is--either way, the food is fantastic and they really know how to pair wine!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good old Vertical
I have been going here, sporadically, since it opened. The updated menu is great, as is the wine list. One of my go-to upscale bites
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful dinner and helpful staff
Our party of three had an excellent dinner with lovely wine (at a reasonable price).
More important: the wait-staff and the kitchen was willing to adjust the food to a special need of one of the diners, and to another's taste preference.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for dineLA and was pleased with the food and overall dining experience. Was a bit loud (bar area was very lively), but it didn't bother us too much. Great casual vibe, would definitely go again!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
A pleasant surprise
The food was very good. The drink was very good. I was pleasantly surprised considering that this restaurant is owned by famous Hollywood producers Gale Ann Hurd and her husband Cameron.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place is a few blocks off main street Colorado and we've been meaning to go here for a few years. So glad that we finally did. Great food, wine and service. We had the scallop salad, crispy duck leg and salmon entrees followed by a delicious chocolate desert. We will definitely go back.
7/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and ambience
Great food and excellent service.
We were greeted and catered to from the moment we walked in.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cute place with Character
This place was cute with character. The lighting, pillows I the seated area and the lighting made it cozy. The wine was excellent and we where happy with the final cost of our bill. Mussels where delicious.
We will be back.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time going to Vertical, and I enjoyed the experience. The location and ambience is very nice. Loved the design of the entry-way. The dining area and bar were nicely decorated and felt warm and inviting. We arrived around 6:30 and the place wasn't too busy, but by 8:00 it had come alive with patrons. I ordered the steak with sauteed spinach, and sauteed mushrooms. The steak and mushrooms were tasty, but the spinach could have used a little more flavor. As for the wines, I'm not a frequent wine drinker but what I had was very good. My date is a wine drinker and he was impressed with the selection and what he received in his wine flight (and the amount served). Overall we really enjoyed our evening at Vertcal and do plan to return soon.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend and I went to celebrate her birthday. It was great. We chat over great food, drinks and service was fantastic.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
I took my wife for our anniversary and we were pleased with everything.. the atmosphere was great, latin music in the background, the lighting, and over all the service and food. We tried the wine and cheese platter and we were delighted, our server was on top of the game and provided a great selection to our liking. afterwards we got the slow cooked pork and rib eye and it was supreme. We'll be back for sure :)
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very intimate, very romantic,
Very intimate, very romantic, very chic. I love that you have to climb some stairs to get to the entrance; it's as though you're escaping the world for a few moments.
Great wines by the glass. Not too pricey, but completely delicious.
Great cheese options, and the charcuterie looked good too, although we didn't partake. I was literally giggling over my braised lamb shank, it was so tender and delicate! My friend seemed to enjoy his Sea Bass. It certainly looked good.
Service was a little weird. They were a long in clearing plates we were obviously done with, yet they weren't busy and the busser/backwaiter was definitely hovering a little bit. That confused me. Maybe they have a "don't clear until it's scraped clean" policy...
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Who knew such a cute wine bar was tucked upstairs away from the clatter of the busy city below. Great dining area off to the side of the busier 'ready to mingle' bar area. I love that you can do a tasting of any three wines off their extensive wine list.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wish I'd known
Been here several times, always good. Made reservations, but when we arrived, we were told the dining room was closed for a private function, so we were shown to the tables in the bar. Waaaaay too noisy, could not easily hold a conversation with our friends. Food was great, service was great, just a moderately big damper on the ability to enjoy it. wish I would have known this when I made reservations online.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Overall, this place is a good spot for a nice evening. Food was pretty good, but didn't blow me away, but at the same time nothing to complain about. Plenty of wine, spirits, and beer to choose from. Waiter was extremely nice and accomodating. When a dish came out that had mushrooms on it and my friend indicated her allergy to him, it was immediately removed and a new dish was presented without any fuss. This was my third time and I'd go back again.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
There are stairs
Reserved for a special dinner after the Breeders Cup Races with friends. Fine dining setting, great food at reasonable prices but note there are two flights of stairs up to the restaurant.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM