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Vertical Wine Bistro
Vertical Wine Bistro

Vertical Wine Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.verticalwinebistro.com
  • Phone: (626) 795-3999
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:

    Sunday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

    Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, American
  • Executive Chef: Laurent Quenioux
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, Wine
  • Catering: We offer offsite wine dinners for parties of 12-65.
  • Private Party Facilities: Vertical Wine Bistro takes the quintessential notion of wine bar to new heights. Located in Old Pasadena, Vertical presents a welcome respite with its inviting atmosphere, dazzling wine list and delectable American bistro menu.
  • Private Party Contact: Manuel Mesta (626) 795-3999
  • Special Events & Promotions: For Private Party and Banquets call Manuel Mesta 626-795-3999

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Union St.
  • Public Transit: Metro Gold Line 1 block away.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet offered on both sides of Raymond - southbound or northbound
A word from Vertical Wine Bistro
Wine Bistro serving California bistro- style menu. Over 420 wine selections, 50 by the glass and wine flights from around the world. Full bar and imported beers as well as draft.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a great dinner again! Part of what makes a nice dining experience is the service. Our waiter is always accommodates us no matter what and then he has to relay our requests to the kitchen. Corn fritters with salmon is a favorite!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We took friends to Vertical Wine Bar to celebrate a birthday. We went on Sunday and we had the lobster dinner special. It was lovely. The service was attentive. We went early because one of our party has a hearing problem. The noise level was just starting to rise as we left. Our friends seemed to enjoy it as much as we did. They have a superior Happy Hour, too, which we can recommend."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "If you like your grilled cheese all grown up, you must hit the Vertical Bistro on Wednesday nights. The Croque Monsieur was decadent and delicious beyond my wildest dreams. And the shortrib with fig jam and other goodies - ordered on a funky whim - was also absolutely delightful. Great ambience, too, if a bit too loud for my taste. But I would definitely go back and recommend to others."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Came here with the bf and he loved it. It was not my first time here but it was his first time. What can go wrong with great food, great wine, great ambiance, great waitress and great company? We will definitely come back when we are in Pasadena."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I really liked the restaurant when I went there a year ago. I had wonderful Braised Lamb Shank and Mac & cheese. My friends enjoyed their other dishes. When I visited again at the day of Pasadena make music festival, Braised Lamb Shank was already gone out of menu. So we ordered other dishes=Pappardelle Pasta, Gnocchi, Chorizo Meatball, and Mac & Cheese. However, all dishes except Mac & Cheese are enormously so salty that we could not keep eating. We both faced each other how salty those dishes are. I liked the restaurant before, but I don't think I will visit again for those dishes. It was not worth what we paid for. I still like ambiance though."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We were visiting Pasadena and stumbled upon this gem. When we first walked in the ambience stuck us - from the lighting to the fireplace along with the banquette seating. The food was excellent, and of course, the wines. Martha, our server, made the entire experience a true pleasure. We'll be back....."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "My sister can't get enough of The Walking Dead, and when she heard the producer had a restaurant right here in Pasadena, she had to try it. Happy we did. Really cool venue. Its entrance is this charming old stairway. And then once inside it's got this cool, modern vibe. Kind of sceney, but not so loud you can't talk. Food was yummy, drink list extensive, and service impeccable. Really enjoyed."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had the Sunday lobster dinner, it was delicious and a real deal for $25.00!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Food was diverse, interesting, and full of flavor. Loved the many tasting opportunities that the menu provided! "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The Bar is vibrant and loud. The noise from the bar spills over into the restaurant. The food is okay. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We used to love this place. We went twice before and had a lovely dinner with tasteful ambience where we could have a conversation. We just brought my parents there during their visit and the atmosphere was horrible this time. Loud booming music like a club so we had to shout through dinner to hear each other. I don't know if management has changed, but this change has turned us off. Even though the food is good and they have nice wines we may not go back there any more."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "I love this place- I keep coming back because the food is great and the atmosphere is what I prefer too. Oh and great wine choices."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The cheese & charcuterie were amazing, as well as the short ribs. Our waitress was wonderful. The kitchen must have messed up on something because one hour lapsed between our appetizers (when they cleared them away) and entrees. However, our waitress was so apologetic, and brought my husband a beer and a glass of wine for me, to make up for the delay. We would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We went for the Sunday night Lobster dinner special and it was wonderful as always and a real bargain."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Too bad that the food does not match the service here. Our very attentive server kept our drinks coming and offered to take back our oysters. They had not been properly chucked. We declined and cut the oyster from the shell ourselves. (No biggie we thought.) The only highlight was the fried calamari. Everything else was no worth the price tag. My chicken breast was not very exciting and the veggies that came with it were over cooked. The fries that came with the shrimp roll were just about cold. We probably would should have sent everything back. But who wants to spend their whole complaining about their food? They have a very simple menu, everything should be on point. This is more of a sit at the bar and snack kind of place."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We went for V-Day. It was mediocre at best and overpriced."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "You will not be disappointed. I can't say enough good things about their friendliness, service, and extremely high quality food. Went there for my wife's birthday, and was so glad that it was the place I chose. Do it. You won't be disappointed."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "All the food was delicious, with generous portions. Service was really good."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Absolutely enjoyed my first dining experience at this restaurant. Great food, drinks and ambiance. Our server was fabulous. He had great recommendations and very attentive. We ordered tapas and every selection was amazing. The drinks did not disappoint either. We ordered their house specialty drinks. I recommend the Champagne with St. Germaine and Mint leaves."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Felt the entrees were too pricey e.g., chicken breast for $24 We ordered hambergers which 2 of y friends were overcooked. The hamberger was ok but not as good as I expected. The wait staff had no one to serve but us so I guess that's why they stood in the corner and stared at us. Good place for happy hour - not dinner"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We had a wonderful evening at the restaurant. Always a wonderful place to eat."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We have eaten here several times in the past and they have all been excellent. Last night my husband order the middle easter lamb dish and said it was one of the most memorable meals of his life. We are foodies and have tried most of the LA area top restaurants so this was high praise. I tried the burger and it was excellent. The have a fantastic wine list and the service is great."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This restaurant is more like a great wine bar with good food. If you like small plates to nibble food along with having great wine with it, this is for you. They also have dinner plates. The portions are not your American portions, where the plate is brimming with food. The portions are good for 2 people to share several plates. Restaurant ambiance is nice for a first date, or a date night with your significant other; also, a good place for friends to meet at. If you're looking for a place that has hot wings, potato skins, and nachos, this is not that place. It's more of a sophisticated bar to graduate your taste buds to and discover different food items. I will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We celebrated Valentine's Day here and although we missed getting to pick from the normal menu (special set menu for the holiday), everything was superb as always -- This is one of my favorite places in Old Town! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "great place to take your significant other... excellent wine list and food options!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "My friends and I decided to go to Vertical Wine Bistro for dinner. Our waiters were attentive and the food was excellent. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Our waiter, Keith, was very knowledgeable and friendly. The food was excellent and the wine paired with it was fantastic!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant as the pre-theatre show eatery. It has the most delicious food, friendly staff and wonderful ambience. The only downside was that one of our party's food was undercooked and she had to return it and even though we made it very clear that we had to be out by a certain time we did not get our desserts and my friend never got her dinner - and we were late to the play Soooooooo that was really all about bad timing on the restaurant's side. Although that was definitely a downer - I would still go back because apart from timing, everything else was delicious and it isn't the kind of restaurant you go to on a time crunch, it should be savored."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "love did hear it was a wonderful experience for valentines day with my girlfriend and Dave gave us great service thank you"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Definitely a Wine Bistro.................not a high end restaurant. Great wine list and good choice of small plates to accompany the wine. Would not recommend for a full meal with wine as an accompaniment."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Good food, good service, nice ambiance but do they have to have music playing so loudly everywhere in the restaurant. In their defense it was a very quiet night so maybe with a full house the music wouldn't have been so prominent."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "Service was great as was the meal. Never been for Dine LA and was completely satisfied with each and every course. Definitely will come again, DINE LA or not."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Such a great local restaurant, you can either order tapas style with their wonderful appetizer and side menu items, or more traditional buy ordering a main entre. Their cheese and meet selection is outstanding and to pair that with at great wine list is no issue at all."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Avery good experience for dinela week. Menu choices were good, portion sizes were good and the price was good. But the chef Lq has been toned down to meet the needs of the owners rather than the foodies he used to cater to at his own restaurant. the food is good but not as exciting and creative as I know him to be."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Great atmosphere. Reasonable pricing - amazing wines worth exploring. Food was good, service and wine were spectacular. Not super crowded, occasionally loud, but I think that was just the large party of women next to us. Our small group still managed to have a wonderful, relaxing and unrushed evening away from the husbands and kids. Lovely evening overall."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "LOVE this restaurant!! Our 'dinner club' ventured out to Pasadena to try a new venue and was NOT disappointed! This beautiful little gem was participating in DineLA (speciality menu for food & drinks) week, so most of us decided to order from this menu ... 3 courses with wine pairing. Not one of us were disappointed in our selected choices! Each were prepared to perfection! Staffers were excellent ... from hostess to bartender to wait staff ... all mindfull of their jobs & attention to your needs. We will definately be revisiting this establishment!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I had been recommended from my friends that the food here is delicious. I got to admit that it was very very good. I am not a fan of soup. I was a surprised when my Pacific Sabledish with lemongrass coconut broth was more of a soup than a glaze. I guess I should have read it carefully. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it. It was the first soup that I had ever completed. The taste wasn't overpowering and the unique blend of vegetables within the broth was delicious."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I never heard of this place & was nervous to try something new when meeting w/ some friends, worried they might not like it. I read the reviews, it seemed more good than bad, but it was almost like being "warned", so I almost cancelled. Instead, EVERYONE was so nice & accommodating. I read several "Noisy" comments, so I had requested a quiet table. It was PERFECT! The server was AWESOME, made great suggestions & took time explain. He was attentive, but did not interrupt, just passed by slowly to make sure we could stop him if we needed him. The food & drinks were really good & atmosphere is even better than the images. Our colleagues wrote me that it was a great restaurant choice! We will all be back."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I've been coming here for many years primarily because of the always-good diverse selection of wines. For that it's my favorite local restaurant. The food has been on an upswing the last few years, and occasionally it has some "pop up" restaurant themes where there's a nice change of pace. It's hard to go wrong with recommending this place."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We had a nice evening @ the Vertical wine bistro. Out for the night w/ friends, waiter was friendly, wine & cocktails good. Started w/ Salads, winter salad was weird, a bad mix of veggies with such tender greens. Main courses all very good. Music too loud, we could barely carry a conversation."
    Dined on 1/18/2014