The Raymond Restaurant
The Raymond Restaurant

The Raymond Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.theraymond.com/
  • Phone: 6264413136x
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH 11:30am - 2:30pm Tuesday-Friday 

    BRUNCH 9:00am - 2:30pm Saturday & Sunday

    DINNER 5:30PM - 10:00PM Tuesday-Sunday

    BAR 5:00PM - 10:00PM Sunday-Wednesday

    BAR 5:00PM - 2:00 AM Thursday-Saturday

    *Bar food available until 11:00pm Friday & Saturday*


  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Tim Guiltinan
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The Raymond Restaurant offers full service catering.

    Our Executive Chef and Events Manager can assist you in planning a truly memorable affair. Our staff is experienced in planning, executing and servicing your event.
  • Special Events: For inquiries or to book an appointment please call (626)441-3136 to speak to our Events Manager or email us at hostmyevent@theraymond.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: S. Fair Oaks Ave. & Columbia St.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The Raymond offers valet parking Friday through Sunday. There is ample street parking on South Fair Oaks Avenue and a private parking lot adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from The Raymond Restaurant
The Raymond restaurant offers inspired, seasonal cooking featuring the finest selection of ingredients paired with a diverse collection of wines from top West Coast and international producers and hand crafted culinary cocktails produced in our bar, 1886.

The restaurant is housed in the former caretaker's cottage of the storied Raymond Hotel. It is a slice of Pasadena’s historic past and carries on it's great traditions of hospitality and architecture with it's indoor cottage seating and outdoor craftsman style heated patios.

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
The Raymond Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (75)fit for foodies (60)neighborhood gem (55)romantic (52)special occasion (48)great for brunch (31)great for lunch (24)good for groups (24)notable wine list (16)vibrant bar scene (15)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (6)scenic view (1)Show More
  • great as usual
    Patrick
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I periodically go to the Raymond when I need to have a nice meal in a great setting. The ambiance is top notch, and it is fairly quiet and conducive to conversation. As opposed to some of the larger restaurants in town, it has a good vibe. Having a top notch bar attached doesn't hurt. Whether its a dinner for two or for a small group, your privacy is always respected and service is swell. Whether I bring family or VIP clientele, I feel good about the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cozy Getaway
    JonathanC
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We finally made our way over for a Sunday brunch - reservations made the day before. The cute patio area seemed welcoming but we opted for air-condition and we were seated in the first dining room (where the air-condition is on full-tilt). Our server, Rebecca, was a sweetheart and when she found out it was our first time, offered recommendations and told us about the Raymond being a relaxing place for dinner, drinks and/or dessert. We ended up with German Pancakes, Ahi Sandwich, and an avocado salad - all were fresh and satisfying. Our drinks were constantly refilled and we felt at home in the home-turned-restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • clegg
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our dinner experience was just a hair shy of perfect. The food was terrific and the ambiance and service were likewise excellent. I rated the overall experience as four star instead of five is that we told the restaurant it was for our wedding anniversary and asked, in advance, that they recommend and ideal table. The hostess had no idea what we were talking about when she said "where did we want to sit." There are multiple seating areas in the restaurant offering a different ambiance and we hoped they would know which was probably best for a couple on this special occasion.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not Well Maintained
    hiphopkinsVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have been going here for years but this time our menu was dirty and literally falling apart (pages fell out), we had to go to the bar to get our own drink menu because service was slow, my salmon was overcooked and for $30ish it just wasn't worth it. We left very disappointed and won't be back for a while.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food and service
    Enjoy2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This not a first time Every time we are always amazed at the friendly and attentive service and great food!! And great wine list and drink list!! Definitely a gem!!! Raving fans
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic
    SavoirFaire
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Wonderful staff, great wine list, eclectic menu...love it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambiance
    Nurit
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I haven't been to The Raymond for years because it was 'nothing special'. Well, has it changed! The food, the outside setting, and the ambiance makes it a real gem. Comfort food with comfort living. A wonderful lunch experience!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loooong wait for food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We were celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary. Unfortunately, a party of 25 was also celebrating something that night. Our reservation was for 7:30 . . .we ended up leaving at 10:30. I think our main course arrived around 10 pm. To the restaurant's credit, they did comp our appetizers (which arrived swiftly) but when everyone around us got their main courses (and they had come in after us) I finally told the waiter if we didn't get our mains within a 20 minute period we would need the check. The food is great and the specialized drinks at the bar are delicious and unique. If this wasn't a quick walk from our house, don't know if we would consider returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Excellent food. Coming back to try the bar menu. Great ambiance old world style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MidasVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Had a brunch reservation and showed up about 10 minutes early. The hostess told us in a terse manner we'd have to wait in the bar even though there were many open tables and no one else waiting. We had an enjoyable drink with an amiable bartender and in about 25 minutes we were finally seated on a lovely patio. The waiter was very pleasant but would dissapear for long periods. The food was very good but slow to be delivered and we got no condiments (salt & pepper), no refill on the coffee, even though I asked twice. Members of the waitstaff would appear from time to time but it was difficult to get anyone's attention. The worst faux pas was the hostess redressing a table with the same tablecloth.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Raymond scores a knock out!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Have not experienced this kind of love for food in Pasadena in years! A must - don't panic just order the onion rings!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, very slow service
    pasadenajackieVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have been to Raymond for many years and like their menu & food choices are always great. But this time the service was very slow we had to wait a long time to get our first course after ordering (at least half an hour). Also we noticed that carpet was so old & soiled and booth cushions were terrible, worn & torn. They should all be updated - What shame for a nice restaurant like this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty Food & Great Service
    Chelen1987
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food choices here are fantastic, many to choose from. I ordered the jidori chicken, very tender and popcornlicious. The greek yogurt dessert here is incredible, great add-ons to create an interesting mix. The servers were all very attentive and friendly, great service !!! Overall, dinner was a success.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing place to hangout
    TinaTopRealtor777
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I have ordered the kobe beef burger, it was okay but I have ordered medium well, kinda fry i should have opted for medium. Maybe will go back again and try other food. Good value for food, the burger is big and the price is okay.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great potential
    shnozzyold
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Made reservations for a Sunday afternoon at 12:45. We were sat at our table in a timely manner. I requested outdoor seating and we were accommodated with that. Service was quick and responsive and we placed our order rather promptly. The only thing lacking from the experience was how long it took the food to arrive. To the credit of the kitchen I will say it was during DineLA week and I noticed multiple very large tables. When the food arrived it was plated nicely and the quality of the meal was very good for the price. We will likely return for dinner sometime and would definitely recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Lovely!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Wonderful staff, great bartenders and unique cocktail list, great food and the ambience was just lovely!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MMMM
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    lIt's way too loud.... Can't share a quiet moment with your date nor enjoy a peaceful moment.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    What an eclectic menu! The chicken was absolutely amazing and I will definitely be back again. I have been thinking about my meal since we left! YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Raymond
    cocktailsandanappetite
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Excellent cocktails, amazing service and delicious food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lost that loving feeling
    RljcsVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The Raymond has changed write a bit over the years. The food has always been delicious and that remains true. The ambiance however has changed quite a bit. Before it was a quaint little house with a warm romantic feel. There was often a classical guitarist who played quietly in the corner of the main room. They have added a a large covered patio to accommodate more seating. On paper not a bad idea. Unfortunately, it is incongruous with the original house, much more modern "hip" feel. Now the house just feels old and tired. The service lacked as well. We were taken care of in a timely manner but we felt "processed" with no personal engagement. Sadly, we will not return anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Came for dineLA but decided to just order off the menu. Every dish we ordered was good but not great, from the appetizers to the dessert. It's a good restaurant...just not great.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Relaxing, delicious lunch
    KikiS
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I hadn't been to the Raymond in a long time, didn't know what to expect. We were greeted by a sweet and genuine hostess who told us that one of the "best" tables was finished and would be clearing out, if we could wait. We did. Gorgeous outdoor seating with a fountain, tables aren't too close, servers were on top of refilling iced tea and water. It's DineLA week, so two of us order a salad first course and their version of BLT. Amazing, huge and flavorful. They use jalapeño bacon! Third person had a steak wrap which was good but mine was better. Owner Leslie personally stopped by and checked on us. Overall, a great midday meal in a beautiful garden.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SouffleloverVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    must try the kobe burger! tender and juicy. very friendly owner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated, expensive, disappointing
    TechDaddy
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I really wanted to like the Raymond … really! I'd been there once before and it was OK, but not great. I thought perhaps I had an off-night or they did, so after a year or so we went back. The wait staff was attentive, although too casually dressed. I don't know what this place is going for, menu-wise, but it's all over the map. Lots of Asian influences, some European, some American. Worse, the menu comes off as pretentious, with items like "beef cheeks" and "sea foam" & some ingredients I've never heard of … and I've heard of a LOT. I paid $150 for 2 with no wine, and was treated to a stomach upset soon after that I've now had for 2 days. With so many other great choices in Pasadena for the same money or less, we won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outside enjoyment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food is always good, the service excellent and the ambiance outside is so restful. They never rush you and the menu has such good choices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not ADA accessible. WARNING !!
    GrandmaDefender
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The Raymond doesn't say anywhere on their site that they don't have a bathroom for the disabled. But when I saw it was around the patio up the stairs to a tiny hallway with round knob handled doors.... it was disappointing. The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 25 next year. We have many older citizen, Vetrans and everyday citizen that need these slight modification. And no they don't have a thing called grandfathered to not have to comply. I only bring this up because despite all the well prepared food, nice wait staff, if I can't take my parents here without genuine concern then honesty I would not recommend it to anyone. Its time we stop coming up with excuses & just comply. Guess I expected more from a place that can afford it.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Raymond
    luv2dineoutLA
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    I made the reservation about a month in advance for my parents 48th wedding anniversary, which the restaurant knew about. There were no acknowledgements of the occasion or attentive service that I had expected, especially when paying the prices that one pays at the restaurant. The evening was very disappointing. None of the wines that we wanted were available. The sommelier was not there and when my husband asked our waitress if there was any one else there to help us, she replied, "There's another waitress. I will see if she has the time to talk to you." When there are so many other options available for dinner, is this the response you want? Very disappointing service and the food was fair. Not recommended.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the Raymond
    FOODIEFROMNEWYORK
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    When we first got to The Raymond we were excited..... it was old and charming and just up our alley. We sat on the patio to the right, which was nice. The staff was fantastic, and the food was okay. Nothing extraordinary. My husband had the cobb salad which was good, but not amazing. My son and daughter had a great breakfast egg dish which was with beans on a tortilla with sauce and that was probably the standout item. The pancakes were good but not exceptional and the kobe burger was good as well. So, all in all ......the food was good, but we all said that we wouldn't run back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Long Wait for Food
    PasadenaEater
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    We have been coming to the Raymond for special occasions for over eight years, and after this last visit, we will not be back. The food quality has diminished over the years and the wait time to get our food from the time we ordered took over 45 min. And it wasn't even busy that morning. There are plenty of great brunch places in the area - this is not one of them.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yoly
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    As always, the food and service were excellent. Keep up the great work!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    CdroccoVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Since our son moved to Pasadena, we frequently dine at The Raymond. It is wonderful, consistent and a great culinary experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Lunch
    RitaVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Menu variety great.Cobb salad was fresh and tasty and the sour dough rolls were fresh out of the oven. Service was outstanding. Awful music was blasting when we arrived by the turned it down immediately upon request.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • travellerVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Inside had residual smell of paint until an hour or so after the air conditioning cooled the room. Got a table at the small back patio. Right behind the hedge was the dumpster that belonged to the apartment next door so foul smell occadionslly wafted in when the wind blew. The main patio just outside the entrance is probably best. Disappointing for the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great cioppino!
    pasadenaLL
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I have been disappointed with the Raymond's food quality in the past--especially considering the prices. But 2 nights ago the ciopinno was the best I've had--hadn't had it here before.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and friendly service
    Epicure
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Quirky and good - American craftsman interior, cosy and good for chatting - great finesse with the food and very friendly and helpful service. This is not a pretentious fine diner, it is just a fine fine diner
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Birthday Tradition
    BevLA
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The Raymond has become the spot where a friend and I share our birthdays. The food, service, patio - all good for celebrating.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Enjoyable
    sandkinLA
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Love the ambience of The Raymond, the attentive service and the excellent, creative food choices. We learned to love the Raymond when we worked downtown LA 10 to 15 years ago and often went there for lunches with work friends. This time we went with family for brunch/lunch on the weekend, and found interesting and unusual versions of typical brunch/lunch dishes, all delicious. The Raymond knows how to transform everyday menu items into something special.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent starters
    yuree
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    the ambiance outside was perfect and the servers were very kind and on point. We ordered 5 starters which were individually different and delicious. The whole experience was so pleasant and we had a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 20 years Later still great
    VIP1000dinesVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    It had been about 20 years since I last dined at the Raymond. Still Great! Our group sat outside on the patio near the fountain. We all enjoyed our super fresh salads with wonderful salad dressings. They need to put a really big sign where the restaurant is. I missed it twice!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If it looks like a duck ...
    Kman
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    ... then it must be the superb duck at The Raymond. had a small business dinner there thios week. the atmosphere was just right: quiet, excvelent service, good wine, and absolutely superb duck! My kudos to you
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 68 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 911 reviews are from the The Raymond Restaurant reviews archive.