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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 WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "food was flavorful and very innovative. Watermelon lobster gazpacho was excellent as were the short ribs, lobsters and pork dish that we ordered. Duck portion was a bit small considering that it was supposed to be one of the larger plates. Great ambiecne"
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "always happy to come to vertical. the food is yummy. the servers are knowledgeable about pairing the wine and if uncertain, they will gladly ask assistance from chef or sommelier. It's a little too noisy on the bar side, generally prefer a table in the back room, but this evening there was a private party. There's music playing, but it can't be heard over the din of the bar side conversation. No matter, as always, we had a fun evening there."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Enjoyed some tasty small shared plates, a cocktail, and a glass of wine with a friend. The ceremony of starting at the communal table or lounge seats before being escorted to a reserved table was a little over-the-top, and unnecessarily showy. If the table wasn't ready yet (but the place was 100% empty when we got there), we should have just been told to wait."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "The service is always friendly, knowledgable, and engaging. Great wines and happy atmosphere. Menu has a nice mix of light/small dishes and heavier ones. Both are almost always worth coming back to..."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The filet mignon was amazing. The Napa Wine Flight had some incredible wine."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Took my wife out for an unplanned date night without our two toddlers. Found Vertical Wine bistro via OpenTable search and hoped for best. Pros: great entry way, though the style walking in does not match the dining room at all; open menu allowing some freedom in ordering. Great mussels and gnocchi; very happy with the drink menu. Cons: service is slow. Not sure if it's quality of serving staff or quality of host/hostess for overstating our waiter. The cod was way too salty, tried to send back- was refused. Not that big a deal, but annoying. All in all we had a good meal for a decent price; I would reccomend as an option if you're in old Pasadena and get hungry - but not as a destination dinner local."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The Vertical is one of my favorite restaurants and we frequently dine there. This past Sunday, we ordered from their BBQ menu for the first time and it was a big mistake. Whole turkey legs were the featured Sunday BBQ and they were very dry, although drowned in BBQ sauce. The corn on the cob was delicious but it would have been helpful it they'd provided tools to handle it or if they kitchen would have taken the kernels off the cob. Other sides were good. Service was excellenet, as usual. I would never order from their featured BBQ again. Should have stayed with their regular menu."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We found Vertical through dineLA. The food was great, especially the duck, lobster bisque and deserts. The service was good. We opted for the wine pairing. When I didn't care for one of the wines (nothing wrong with it, I just wasn't thrilled), the server replaced it with no issues. I really appreciated that. We'll be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the overall experience. Good food well prepared and well served. A nice Saturday night dinner experience."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "With both our mothers in town and both their birthdays to celebrate during DINE LA week, we looked for a great spot near their hotels to take them out and celebrate. The DINE LA menu was okay, though only half of us ordered off it. My boyfriend and I are both gluten-free and noticed that only their regular menu designated GF vs. non-GF, so we inquired what on the DINE LA menu was GF. Our waiter told us that everything was, including the Gnocchi, which I found hard to believe but the boyfriend ordered it. When our salads arrived with croutons, I knew that we had been misinformed and called the manager over. He at least was helpful and changed our orders as well as confirmed the rest of our order w/the chef. We were not attended to there"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Excellent food. Great atmosphere. Had a fantastic time!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "We had the Sunday lobster dinner, it was delicious and a real deal for $25.00!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "great place to take your significant other... excellent wine list and food options!"
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "We went for V-Day. It was mediocre at best and overpriced."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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