Seco
Seco

Seco

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.seconewamerican.com/
  • Phone: 6264499900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open daily from 11:30am
    Social Hour from 4:30-6:30pm & after 9:30pm daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary 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
Seco reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (72)neighborhood gem (50)great for lunch (47)fit for foodies (37)good for groups (31)special occasion (30)kid-friendly (14)great for brunch (10)romantic (9)notable wine list (8)vibrant bar scene (5)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Broken Air Conditioning
    ParkwayRegularVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Shortly after starting dinner the air conditioning failed. It was 100-degrees outside and the inside temperature climbed to the 90s very quickly. I understand that air conditioning can break, but Seco made no effort to pacify their customers with a free drink or comp a dessert or corkage. The manager could only say that it was not their fault. This is weak customer service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PJMcVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Very good food and service. many great choices on the menu. we go there a couple of times a month.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique Menu - great location
    PASADENALOCALS
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Nice to find a menu that does not follow the traditions of so many restaurants these days. I had a trout dish that was the best I've ever tasted . Only thing better than that was the service. Wait staff and bus staff work together flawlessly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This week's Lunch in Pasadena
    VIP1000dinesVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    This week we went to SECO for our business luncheon. It had been over a year since we had dined here (formerly 140 South/ Croc Cafe); the remodel is impressive and the new look is more modern. However, with the restaurant only being 1/2 full, the noise level grew to energetic very quickly. The kale salad was refreshing without being chewy. We all had the fresh fish special of grilled swordfish with couscous and veggies. Really delicious! The folks next to us ordered the caprese salmon salad which looked amazing. Overall a solid Very Good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love it!
    mickey
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    As one of the Smith Brothers restaurants, Seco is one of the best. In fact all the Smith brothers restaurants are fantastic! No matter what the occasion or celebration the food is excellant and the service is the best! If you don't have the time to cook or don't want to cook...go to a Smith Brothers restaurant and enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • good good
    mbk123
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything ordered was good. Limited menu but almost something for everyone at least.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SECO saves the out of towners
    KnivesandFire
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Thanks to OpenTable I was able to make a reservation on a busy Friday night on short notice (45 minutes). We were promptly seated, the wait staff attentive and took the time to speak with us about the restaurant, the menu, and food and wine pairing even though the place was busy; our server made sure the dining experience was enjoyable. The food was first class in both preparation and presentation. Even though the restaurant was busy, particularly the bar, our server made sure things were delivered in a timely manner. The bartender prepared a custom drink for my wife based on the list of ingredients given to our server. A great evening in a great place. These out of town visitors to the Crown City were glad to have discovered SECO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    amazing food - every single item ordered in our party of 4 was sublime - salmon, swordfish, lamb chops. Well worth the price - we will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Seco is welcoming to children
    DWC1
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The staff was very welcoming to our grandchildren. The 4-year old was asked several times if she wanted a booster chair, she chose not to sit in one. A highchair was offered to the 1-year old, but our daughter had brought her portable booster. The server was sensitive enough of them to not place hot or liquid items directly in front of the children. Good front-house training! I wouldn't hesitate to bring our grandchildren, or any other child to Seco!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Housereport
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    For the price, the service and food are oustanding. The Kale Salad is fabulous. I went there twice in one week!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Smith Brothers Success
    Hungry
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Casual, but nicely presented menu and ambience. Class American food presented so well. The small plates are well thought out and prepared and the wine and cocktails are first rate. The tradition of the Crocodile with notable refinements. Everyone was pleased with there selections.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but loud
    superchinkVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Tried first time due to LA dine week. Did not think value was special other than tempting to have two large deserts rather than sharing one. Skirt steak was recommended however it was tough and chewy Two oysters, two bites of steak, delicious bread and desert not worth $45.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Find!
    Stella
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great food, love the ambiance, the waiter could have been more attentive to our large birthday group.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was great, as was the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great location, tasty menu. I will definitely be there again for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dine LA
    NapaHappy
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Was there for Dine LA/B-day celebration on and weeknight. The servicers are fairly attentive. Portions are very generous. The food is good. I like the fact that it has complimentary valet along with the sister restaurant Smitty's. It's a very decent American/California food restaurant
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten Free (GF)
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We both found that the staff were very helpful with alergies and selection of the food. One of us is gluten free and they have worked with him to make sure his meal was GF. We would recommend this restaurant as this is our third time dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • msaltadena
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Excellent service. Staff was very helpful and attentive. Lovely presentation of food too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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  • much improved
    mfoodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Food very good. Service outstanding and new maître'd very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PSILoveFoodVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Good business lunch spot. Good service. There were some weird bugs flying around, which was extremely annoying.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my fav places in Pasadena.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't believe this is Smith Bros.
    Rosecityfoodie
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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...
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  • Pleasant Dinner
    Redovergeren50
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch spot in Pasadena
    SteakloverVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Seco is the new addition to the Smith Brothers chain of restaurant. Its a cute spot for lunch. Parking is difficult but you can valet park in the back for complimentary if you know about it. We ordered a few items to share and for the most part it was ok. I do think that the Smith Brothers Arroyo Chop House and Parkway Grill are their stars. This one was just ok.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Good for lunch
    Idigum
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for six
    LAPhil13VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
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  • Excellent bar & very good food
    hshimmin
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AlieVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We love Smith Brothers restaurants. They always are consistent and they always deliver. Seco is spot on! :)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Smith Bros do it again
    RljcsVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Glad I came back
    catdinnerVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice staff, good food.
    lovePasadena
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NiniVIP
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • ....a must!
    Luvtheirpasta
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great drinks!
    BillVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Our food was great but the imaginative drinks were the best!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seco is fun for everyone
    Ladydi7VIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will recommend to friends for sure!
    jawb
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great service, delicious food, and nice atmosphere. Definitely going back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    loveithere
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Always excellent. We love the menu. The kale salad is our favorite
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience at Seco!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kind of boring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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
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  • Good off the blocks...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • demetraVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic