Roy's Pasadena
Roy's Pasadena

Roy's Pasadena

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6263564066
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -10:30pm
    Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

    Aloha Hour: Daily 4:30pm - 6:30pm in the bar
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Asian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris George
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: North El Molino Avenue
  • Public Transit: Located in front of our restaurant on Colorado Blvd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking ($7) / Self Parking ($5) / Street parking
A word from Roy's Pasadena
Blending classic techniques with adventurous Pacific Rim flavors, culinary pioneer Roy Yamaguchi created an entirely new approach to fine dining. The first Roy's opened in Honolulu in 1988 and we've spread our warm hospitality and passion for innovative and creative cuisine around the world ever since. Indulge in one of our spectacular cocktails or choose a glass from our award-winning wine list while you discover the fresh ingredients and outstanding seafood, expertly prepared by our local chefs that made us famous.

We invite you to join us at Roy's Pasadena located in the heart of picturesque and historic Old Pasadena, featuring an inviting atmosphere showcasing an exhibition kitchen, spacious bar and lounge area, and patio dining.
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Roy's Pasadena reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (72)fit for foodies (55)romantic (42)good for groups (36)great for outdoor dining (32)neighborhood gem (31)vibrant bar scene (29)hot spot (18)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (13)late-night find (13)great for brunch (5)great for lunch (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Wonderful Dining Experience!
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was a birthday celebration and we enjoyed every moment! The dinner was elegant and delicious.....we started with Lobster Bisque and had Caesar Salad and entrees of Beef Short Ribs and Salmon. Everything was cooked to perfection, as is always the case at Roy's. Our server was outstanding and made it very special for us. We'll look forward to returning to Roy's soon!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • APlus Again
    JGilVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Once again our experience at Roy's was all positive. The hostess was great and held our table even though we were a few minutes late. Bar was active scene for a couple of pre dinner drinks. Our table selection for a party of two was right next to a large dinner group with kids but this was the only draw back to the evening. Food was great. Service was even better. Definitely becoming one of our neighborhood gems.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for special events
    Food4thought
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We had our anniversary dinner here for the 3rd year in a row. It was amazing, had the tasting menu and wine pairing. Perfect "dining experience", not just a "dinner for 2". Strongly recommend!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DanielVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We had a very nice dinner and the service was relaxing so we could talk in between plates coming out. We were seated pretty close to the bar area which was very lively.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what happened?
    roysrocksVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We love Roys but Sunday night was not good. the appetizers were fine. the Ahi entrée was not good, the cut of the fish was wrong. My teppanyaki shrimp was water, an order on Ponzu salmon was ovrcooked to the point of being burned on one corner. The pineapple upside down cakes were dry and overcooked. This has always been our go-to restaurant but now may be our gone-to restaurant. very very disappointing and made us sad. tho Roy, the waiter, was a gem.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    we were able to be seated on time ( made reservation ) and the waitress was so friendly and she did keep coming to check on us if we are ok over there that is very impressed
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    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Not as good as usual
    lyricaliVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I thought that -with the exception of one enterprising server - the service was amiss that night. The edamames were warm and soggy - fresh mushy ones brought twice - and I felt the butterfish lettuce cups were not good value for the $15 for 3, each consisted of a tiny piece of fish with some slippery noodles in a bit of lettuce. The ribeye was delicious, but had gristle. I was not offered a coffee refill. The mac & cheese was tasty but a bit dry. The pineapple upside down cake was as great as always. Roy's Pasadena is usually a wonderful "go to" destination. This was my most disappointing visit.
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  • Use to be a good restaurant-chain
    naturalgourmetVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    What use to be a chain of solid food and service it's now a shadow of himself. The service felt rushed the food mediocre. Still the same price.
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  • Service
    Mick
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Our waiter was excellent and attended to every detail.
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  • A disappointing dinner
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We told the waitstaff we had to make a show and they dropped the ball on getting the food there in a timely manner yet initially they pretended to be concerned about the time. The food was fair but my husbands short ribs were fatty and tasteless. My butterfish was flavorful but ultimately the rushed experience left my dinner party with a bad taste.
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  • Good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I had my Birthday dinner at Roy's Pasadena. I had the Lobster Pot Pie, which was good. The Calamari was delicious for an appetizer. The cocktail (Hummingbird) I enjoyed. The service was slow, although the waiter was very personable and helpful. However, the dinner out was nice amongst my friends and family, but the evening was not that memorable. The presentations of the food for everyone was beautiful, except for my Lobster Pot Pie. Desert of the chocolate souffle was tasty, but not very special. At the end of the evening, the dining experience was pleasant, but not a night I will treasure as a food experience and the service was simply too slow for weekday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Great food, lacks front desk warmth
    Kitkat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I was distressed at the hostesses putting is in the "back room" where it felt we'd belong if we had a passel of unruly kids. We were moved to a corner in the main room, still not desirable. I have a feeling we were being put in the most undesirable areas due to the fact we booked on Open Table, though this is the first time that has happened. The girls at the front desk seemed like they were just going through the motions. We both really liked our dinners and our waiter was very nice. I'm most likely not going to go back any time soon since I can think of so many other restaurants in Pasadena where they are thrilled to have us!
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great Food and Service
    FridayatROYsVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Try Roy's for there new menu. Great Pork Belly. Also try the lobster pot pie, it is enough to serve two people.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roy's in Pasadena
    EllenDeette
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Excellent surroundings, superb service, and fabulous food. I have been to Roy's in Pasadena, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles (closed now)and Hawaii. The consistency and quality are top rated for me. How can you miss? I had the braised short ribs and my husband had the trio of three different fish. The wedge salad was amazing! The blue cheese dressing and toppings were different and so tasty. There was pickled red onion. Wow! Something to try.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is our second visit in a month to Roy's Pasadena. The food is amazing and consistent. Both visits we tried various appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Every item had it's own amazing flavors.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommended
    GSRB
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Good food, good service, nice atmosphere (not too loud or crowded). Good balance and fairly reasonable prices. Not an out-of-the-park place, but good to hit up every once in a while.
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  • HawaiianboundVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Already sent review to restaurant but our meals was under cooked(fish) & the other over cooked(shrimp). They were both seafood dishes.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We're repeat customers of Roy's all over SoCal. The food is always good, but this time the service was particularly outstanding. The waitress was knowledgeable about the menu and engaging. Our water glasses were never empty and people (even the manager) came to check up on us periodically during dinner. I asked for a small bowl so I could let my husband try some of my food, and the waitress came out with 2 choices of size! Service is better here than some fancier places we've been to.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KevinVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This used to be our favorite restaurant in our neighborhood. Unfortunately, the preparation of food (fish) and the taste has deteriorated significantly in the last two visits our had this year.
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  • Excellent dining experience
    MsPeppersVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    My husband and I went to Roy's to celebrate our anniversary. It seemed like almost everyone else at the restaurant was celebrating an occasion as well which was nice. Our waiter took our photo and put it in a frame for us to remember our special night. The food was fantastic. We shared the red curry chicken samosas which was my favorite (3 large, puffy ones), the Roy's Trio (macadamia nut crusted fish, misoyaki butterfish, and grilled salmon), lamb shank, and chocolate souffle which you need to preorder. The lamb shank was well-prepared, although it could have been more tender. The Roy's Trio, while it offers you 3 types of fish, comes in small portions. The souffle was heavenly. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice outside patio
    ddupmul
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Even though the patio is facing Colorado Blvd, we were rarely made aware of its proximity. When darkness came, they lit the tiki torches, which lit the entire area in a nice light. The menu is seafood centric, but we both ordered the Prix Fixe menu and were not disappointed in the three courses. We are moderate eaters and found the portions refreshingly suitable. The $10 corkage fee went missing from our bill, which made our gift bottle of wine even better. Our server took a couple of fantastic photos of us - one with our camera, and then one with their camera. She gave us a hard copy print in a frame of the photo she took. It sounds like a gimmick, but these days it's nice to get a real photo once in a while. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Asian Fusion
    2dine4
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Outstanding food that is perfectly prepared and presented artistically. The wait staff is highly attentive and cheery.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • The place to be!
    Spencer
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Another AWESOME experience!! Energy was enthusiastically high which added to the "I wanna be here!" Perfect seafood preparation! Again, never a disappointment!! From the edamame to the pineapple upside cake and coconut ice cream - great dining !!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    RUgonnaFinishThat
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    With just enough new menu items to keep regulars from getting bored, Roy's continues to offer top-quality food and service. The bar menu is fun, but the real attractions are the fish dishes with a bit of Asian influence. Service is generally very friendly and attentive, and they accommodate children well. Butterfish (black cod), mahi mahi, scallops, and the pineapple upside down cake are all not to be missed. Or, opt for the giant pork chop or beef short ribs. If I'm to be honest, Roy's does "Hawaiian" food better than most Hawaiians probably eat, because it's not inexpensive and would cost even more in the islands. But you won't have any regrets if you bring someone here for a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • woooVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Good, not great Sunday night. Service was more than fine, knowledgable staff, who was very attentive from the moment we sat down until we left. The food was disappointing. Other than the pre fixe, and the Miso Butterfish, the trio and the filet were just ok. Serving size of the fish trio was more than fine, but all three seemed like they were missing something. The filet was not the best cut. We tried the fried rice and green bean sides and both disappointed. The fried rice, no taste, and the green beans, very little lop cheong, but tons and tons of chili peppers, more than a dozen. The desserts saved the meal, the upside down pineapple did not disappoint. The menu was quite different, with more choices - maybe less is better.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Always good
    merp
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I like Roy's a lot. Now that the downtown location closed Pasadena is the closest to me. Food is good and consistent.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • unhappyVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Always a great experience at Roy's! Braised Short-Ribs are always delicious! We enjoy the fact that each Roy's has it's unique flavor, but always some staple favorites (short-ribs, pineapple upside down cake, etc.)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not special, but good
    Jane
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food should have been much more special for the prices. Definitely an expense account or business entertaining budget. For example, $13 shrimp salad, while tasty, maybe had 2 shrimp on it that had been cut into pieces. Disappointing, mainly because premium pricing didn't relate to premium dishes. Noisy inside,
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Nice atmosphere, but I was served the wrong beer. The shrimps my wife ordered were very chewy and under cooked (still gray on the middle). We sent them back and they got it right but that kind of messed up our whole dinner experience as I was almost done with my food when my wife's oder came back. They offers little apologies...not sure if we will be back...
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Roys is a restaurant with good food and great service, most every visit.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful experience
    Letseat2
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our waitress was great. She was attentive, knowledgable of the food and drinks and friendly. The food was amazing. We had the fish trio. The sauces were amazingly flavorful.
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  • Roy's Pasadena.
    Uplandgourmet
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent food and great bar with appetisers. Anniversary dinner with one fish and one bone in rib eye; both excellent
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinning
    watermelon
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Over all the surf and turf was very tasty,wish they would give bread or something before the food came.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovesalad
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Excellent service and the food was delicious. We were celebrating a birthday and the birthday lady was very happy.
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  • WE LOVE ROYS PASADENA
    roysrocksVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We dine here often and are always remembers. It makes us feel so welcome and comfortable. Recent menu changes have been terrific and while the ole favorites are still available, we are enjoying exploring the new offerings, This restaurant is big enough without being too big. Staff is always friendly, helpful and courteous. I encourage you to give this place a try
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Not living up to it's past glory
    Chazzh
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The original Roy's restaurants in the Hawaiian islands were absolute taste-treat delights. Unfortunately, the Pasadena version of this restaurant is a pale version of the original. The food was mediocre and lukewarm - nothing to write home about or return for. Pleasant outdoor patio and very good cocktails at Aloha Hour.
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  • Roy's outside of HI not worth the $
    jennpasadenaVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I was sent a coupon for $25 off $50, so against my better judgement based off of my most recent visits to this Roy's, we decided to go. The edamame was so overcooked the inside plasticky layer came out every time you tried to eat a bean and the beans were mushy and dry. They've changed the menu and upped the prices. I got the short ribs and my friend got the miso butterfish. Both we're ok (edible), but not worth their $25+ price tags. It's sad because the Roy's in Hawaii and in Pebble Beach are amazing but I don't even consider the Roy's outside of those places to be the same restaurant. The service was attentive, however, after I told the server about the overcooked edamame he did nothing to remedy it, didn't even get us a new batch. :-(
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  • Good place
    ToadmanVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Nice place, good ambiance. Service & attention is great. Don't know if it was just this one time, but the food was not up to par. My wife's steak was so sinewy that it was almost inedible. Lot's of flavor just too tough. They offered to replace it but by then her jaw was tired, so she declined. My complaint was the rest of the food. Just way too sweet. We used to be regulars at the Downtown branch b4 it closed & I don't remember it being this sweet. I know Hawaiian food tends to be on the sweet side but this was waay sweeter than I remember it.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
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  • Amazing Experience
    HumbleCritic
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Right down from the hospitality to the service to the food everything about this place was an excellent experience! The ambiance is nice and interior deco is trendy. Seats were very comfortable and table was an appropriate size. Hostess was friendly and even opened the doors. The waitress was welcoming and friendly. The food is excellent!! Had the Ahi Tuna Poke, Lobster Potstickers, Filet Mignon with lobster, and the pineapple upside down cake. Everything was absolutely delicious. I have eaten at many seafood restaurants and Roy's was spot on with each dish. Only complaint was the filet mignon. Cooked properly but I did not agree with the sauce they used for it. But as seafood goes, Roy's knows what its doing.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you
    GlennVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our server Anthony was excellent. He knew that we were on our way to a show at the Pasadena Playhouse. He made sure that our orders were taken and delivered without bring rushed. The Steak and Lobster Special was delicious. Thank you for a memorable dining experience. Mahalo!
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.