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 daily & after 9:30pm Sun-Thurs
  • 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
93 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (55)neighborhood gem (46)great for lunch (38)fit for foodies (35)special occasion (25)good for groups (22)kid-friendly (11)romantic (6)notable wine list (5)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (4)scenic view (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)Show More
  • Soozie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Have eaten here before, food and service have steadily declined. Food is no longer prepared as it once was. E.g. Kale salad with no discernable peanuts, peanut butter taste; just hot. Any item we needed, we needed to ask for multiple times. E.g. water, additional bread, etc. We were seated outside; half way through the meal a 2 inch slug crawled down the bench seat toward one of our guests. When we mentioned this to the waitstaff, the comment in return was "I will tell the manager". This was not the experience we had hoped to share with out of town friends. They had requested to visit one of the nicer "chain" resturaunts. It will be hard to dissuade them next time after this experience.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • rj87
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A very pleasant experience, good service, very good food, a very nice patio on Lake Street. If you want to avoid Old Town Pasadena and its mall atmosphere this is a great alternative for casual dining.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Disappointing Experience
    ParkwayRegularVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We gave Seco a second chance after the prior visit was uncomfortably warm given the air conditioning was broken on an 100-degree day. The air conditioning was working during this visit, but the servicer was clearly overwhelmed and almost frantic. The hostess also lied to us regarding the table we reserved. We confirmed a table, but she seated another couple at the reserved table right before we arrived. She then lied about the reservation, even though the Open Table system showed that we were to be seated at the table requested. Seco has a management issue that needs to be addressed. We will not be returning to Seco until we hear that management have improved.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Hit
    Tina
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I love introducing friends to Seco as it is definitely my new "go-to" restaurant for lunch and/or dinner. They are always impressed with the food, service, ambiance....just about everything!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quick Bite
    Eating4funVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Fun, friendly no frills American Bistro. Try the grilled artichoke or a burger!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch
    mitchnla
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Had a business lunch there with prompt service but not rushed. Staff was attentive and the food was served quickly. We all had salads that were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new addition to South Lake
    RevZ
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I was doubtful about this place because I really disliked Crocodile Cafe, and while Smitty's is an institution, it can be uneven, particularly w/r/t the service. However, I loved the redesign of the space, particularly the outdoor fire pit. We tried two cocktails (a gin one and a tequila one) and they were both perfect. The raw oysters were very good, but the sauce they give you with them is overpowering; we ended up enjoying them more with just a splash of lemon. The fried/stuffed shisito peppers were very tasty, but a bit too over-breaded for my taste. (And speaking of bread, the house bread is quite tasty, but maybe too sweet for some.) I expected my entree, the chicken paillard, to be a throwaway dish, but I was quite impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Savortooth
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I thought the food was very good. Both my husband and I had beef entrees. He had the special, which was tri-tip with mashed potatoes at $28, and I had the steak frites at $23. Both entrees were cooked perfectly; however, I think each of the plates could have benefited from the addition of a green vegetable instead of just the potatoes and beef. We shared a dessert, a pumpkin creme brulee, which was fabulous! We will definitely go back again to try some of the pasta and pizza entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice patio great service
    Frequentdiner365VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The patio is comfortable and nice and the service is always reliable. The food is average at best, I had the steak this time and it was just OK, really nothing to shout about. I got it medium rare and it was a little tough. The bread was very good and the manager, Thomas is always nice and attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 389 reviews are from the Seco reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
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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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet