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Seco Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.seconewamerican.com/
  • Phone: (626) 449-9900
  • Hours of Operation: Open daily from 11:00am
    Social Hour from 4:30-6:30pm & after 9:30pm daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: For catering information please contact the restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Green St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking behind the building at Smitty's Grill. Street parking and validated parking at The Common Building Parking Structure.
A word from Seco
SECO New American is now open at 140 South Lake Avenue! The Smith Brothers have reconceptualized Cafe 140 South to bring you an exciting, new addition to their group of restaurants. SECO features New American cuisine, a vibrant, contemporary space and a lively bar / lounge with a sexy vibe.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent service. Staff was very helpful and attentive. Lovely presentation of food too."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Food very good. Service outstanding and new maître'd very attentive."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Good business lunch spot. Good service. There were some weird bugs flying around, which was extremely annoying."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Second time visiting and loved it again. Had artichokes and Salmon. Both were exceptional. Check this place out - nice atmosphere, great food and reasonable prices."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Very disappointing place. Service was poor but in an overly-attentive, un-trained way. Clearing appetizer plates before they we finished-clearing and setting at weird times. Drinks sat empty for 10 minutes. Pizzas were okay, trout was amazingly salty in certain spots - like they spilled it in spots. I love Chop house, Smittys, and Parkway - what is this place??? Seems like a restaurant that opened yesterday and can't figure itself out..."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The new menu is a small one but a good one. The shrimp-pear salad is a high point. Smoked lavender vodka gimlets were AMAZING! We had the kobe burgers which were cooked exactly as ordered. Little sparse on the fries that came with them, maybe 10 shoestring fries on each plate. Added half a dozen cowboy oysters, fresh and tasty. The pork lettuce wraps are alright; pulled pork tasted like that you get pre-prepared for the microwave. The chicken wings were tasty with a little kick but 4 tiny wings for that price is a bit much. Would I come back? Yes, for the burgers and the gimlets. The wings, as I said, were good, just over priced for 4. Service was good once server got to us."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Parking is a hassle. It's best if you can just walk there. Food was good. Wouldn't go out of my way to go back."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We went there for a dinner following a late afternoon concert. We enjoyed all the food we ordered (notable: the Kale salad was fantastic), and had great service (from CJ). Definitely worth a try."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Seco has become one of our favorite restaurants in Pasadena. The Smith Bros. hit a home run with this one. Food and Service is Fantastic."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We met friends for drinks and "hors d'oeuvres" on the patio, both excellent. Seco offers a wide range of superior whiskey, and whisky, and excellent cocktails, in generous portions. The street tacos and salads tended to be a bit spicy, but flavorful is always better than bland. The patio area was busy but not so noisy to make visiting problematic. I'm sure we'll return to try the dinner entrées."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We love Smith Brothers restaurants. They always are consistent and they always deliver. Seco is spot on! :)"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I was at Seco when it first opened and the food and service was horrible. Much improved. I am glad they got better. Love the special mahi mahi."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Seco is a great restaurant. This location has transformed several times, but I think it has hit the mark this time. The food is delicious and inventive in an unpretentious setting."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I have been there only twice and sat on the patio both times. Excellent. The hostess and the waitresses were outstanding, willing to modify our orders to suit little children and adult preferences. Fabulous. The inside is dark and noisy so I doubt I would want to sit there. They need larger bathrooms so you don't have to wait in the hall."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have always loved the Smith Brothers' restaurants and Seco, it's newest reconceptualization, was no exception. Regretfully, we were disappointed with the Father's Day Brunch menu and the unimaginative preparation of the dishes. We will probably not be back for brunch. Perhaps they should just offer a lunch menu as they have in the past..... The Huevos Rancheros were dull, the omelet bland and the breakfast potatoes uninspired. The bartender had difficulty making a Bellini -- a relatively common brunch cocktail. Very disappointing."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "this is a fairly new restaurant for the smith bros. empire. they have a lot of restaurants in pasadena, but the food is always good. don't expect an amazing foodie experience, but everything is made well, service is great + friendly. we like seco and will return for a casual wknight dinner."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Great service, delicious food, and nice atmosphere. Definitely going back."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My wife and I were completely taken back....the food was absolutely incredible. The wood fired pizza...amazing and the thai salad was the same.....and just for giggles...start off with their artichoke!! Unlike no other.....the entire meal was a pleasure!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Our food was great but the imaginative drinks were the best!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "great experience. We dined outside towards the large courtyard due to noise level inside. Started with poppers!!! The BEST!!! Seated next to some people who had their two dogs with them which we thought was rather charming.The wait staff was outstanding...the assistant manager, Eric? even got us an extra popper as there were 3 of us with only 8 poppers!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Always excellent. We love the menu. The kale salad is our favorite"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We loved our food at Seco. We went for a graduation lunch. All 6 of us loved our food. Our waitress, Sarah, was very attentive. We liked the new remodel. We'll definitely come back again!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Been to the other Smith restaurants a lot-- decided to try this one. Uninspired cooking. Wasn't cheap either. Not worth the money unless they do more with their food"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Always a good choice of dinner in Pasadena. Love the new restaurant after a remodel."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "My lunch the chicken paillard was wonderful, but my guests felt the menu was limited. I have dined here for dinner and have found the menu to be really good, but the lunch menu is less expansive and creative."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "I've been a frequent diner at Parkway Grill so I decided to try Seco. The menu seems quite interesting and trendy (Kale salad). We sat outside on a perfect Pasadena day. The tacos (appetizers) were good. The kale salad also good. But both were missing depth of flavor. As the restaurant gets more experience, I look forward to seeing it improve. Thus far, good off the blocks. Pick up speed quickly, though."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I loved this place when it was Crocodile Cafe and even liked it as Cafe 140 South. I do not think it's great as Seco. The service was outstanding but the food left me feeling like I wouldn't mind not going back again. The prices are higher now too. I ordered the chicken club and unfortunately a bone was left hanging off the side of my sandwich. This would have been much better as grilled chicken rather than pulled and doused with heavy green goddess dressing. My friend ordered a sauteed pasta dish that had shrimp. My first bite didn't thrill me and I thought it was bland. The best part of the meal was the fresh baked bread that I was happy to see they've kept."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Enjoyed a pleasant dining experience during Pasadena Restaurant week"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • " This site has been Crocodile Cafe, Bistro 145 and now Seco. I dined there regularly through the years. I will not be returning to this latest venture. Three ordered pizza. The crust was good. I ordered the woodfired roast chicken on a bed of mashed potatoes. The chicken was precooked, tasted like a Costco chicken and the mashed potatoes bordering on potato soup. The service was indifferent, once he found we were not ordering drinks. The menu is a blend of the former restaurants. We decided to skip dessert. The new decor is somber and sedate. The patio is still nice for outdoor dining and now has heat lamps and sun shades. That is the best part of the dining experience."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was good, but not spectacular. Gazpacho was a disappointment as it was much more like salsa than soup. I like a chunky gazpacho but not a thick pasty one. My Kobe burger was excellent though. My husband liked his trout. The waitperson forgot our appetizer but made up for it with a dessert on the house. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Detailed note made with reservation about pre theater dinner at 5 pm plus 96 y/o disabled mother with mobility impairment.. Hostess persisted in arguing with my spouse about seating. Demanded we sit in the bar no doubt on a high stool while she had a nearly empty restaurant because she had a "large party " coming at 7 pm. We were due at the LA Opera by 645 to park. I strongly resent the fact that my mother with her bad knee was kept standing a good ten minutes (time from drop off to my arrival after parking in nearby structure). She should be fired. The wait staff was very good and the food well prepared and presented. If they did not have space, then should not have accepted reservation."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I'd been to the restaurants formerly in this space, but not to Seco. For me, it was the best yet. The menu has good options, but so many that it makes you wonder if they can do them all well. The hosts and wait staff were welcoming and energetic. Special kudos to the restaurant manager, who is friendly and professional. I never had to ask for a refill on my iced tea because it came right on time. My friend and I both had burgers - solid burger. Good ingredients, good preparation. I'd try something different next time, but the food was fine. Everything came out quickly. This spot is great for lunch, and it'll be on the shortlist for the next date night with my wife."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "They have done a better job of spacing their seating outside and in. I enjoyed it better than how it was before. Good job"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We've been a couple of times before to Seco, following its makeover from Cafe 140. We were stuck for inspiration on where to go Saturday evening and really it was a case of giving it one last try, having been disappointed with its slightly fussy, new dishes. The menu seems more appealing, going back to some of the old Cafe 140 favorites. We had the crusty bread with three very tasty sauces. We shared fish tacos as an appetizer, delicious, too. There was a Thai salad - very good, lots of crunch and bright flavors; a tuna burger - excellent - and there was a pasta arrabiata which I can't comment on as it disappeared very quickly. The service has also improved. Lively atmosphere - we liked it, but the noise level might be a bit high for some. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This is the second time we have ate at Seco. The food is great and the service was excellent. The manager really does a great job on running the place. She checks on every guest, which you do see to much anymore at other places. Well Done"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Menu has variety to fill the hungry or the snacker. Everything we ordered was delicious. Do not miss the kale salad - yum! My Kobe burger was perfect! Have been to this location under many business names and this was more modern - stark and dark decor - to me, not as inviting. We were in a comfortable booth. Waitress was sweet and accommodating to every wish. Chef has a way in making teach dishe with full flavors. Shall return! Gluten free menu available - would be nice to have some gluten free bread available, too - as do many East coast restaurants do. "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "First time here since 140 South became Seco. I'm a salad person; the chopped salad is delicious and the bread are delicious. And dessert! We couldn't choose, so we had two: warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream and butterscotch pudding, both outstanding. The menu, is extensive, and everything sounds like I'd like to have some right now. The decor is sophisticated, yet comfortable; modern, but also warm and inviting. The large floral arrangement that typify the group that owns Seco and other restaurants, are as beautiful as ever. This one's a winner. The complimentary valet parking makes everything so quick and easy. Definitely will be back."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The service and food were "okay" but what REALLY THREW US OFF was the aggressive sweeping of the floor right by our table just as the food was being served! Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! Who does that working in food service at a nice restaurant in Pasadena CA? Seco does... That's who."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I really want to like this restaurant but I have had difficulities with the menu in the past. So when I got an email that the menu had been changed I tried it again. And there are more choices but for some reason nothing just hit me. I ended up with oysters (good) and Thai salad (good) but the service was slow; the manager (I'm guessing that's who it was--he had a suit on) greeted several people who had obviously been there before, but I only got a brief smile. I will try it again as I am a big fan of the Smith Bros. restaurants, and I really like the new design, especially the patio. I just hope there will be some more interesting additions to the menu in the future. There may have been some specials that night but"
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Flexible with small changes to price fixe menu. Knowledgeable waitress, good wine recommendation (Franciscan) for steak frites , good clientele mix not too young not too old , excellent steak frites dish as chef must know he got excellent cut of meat to put on price fixe menu, trout very good too. Hot cross buns nice touch to start. We didn't even need dessert. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014