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Vertical Wine Bistro
Vertical Wine Bistro

Vertical Wine Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.verticalwinebistro.com
  • Email: info@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "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
  • "VWB is such a beautiful spot, it's a shame that the service and the food was just "okay." Had the vegetable soup, Asparagus Gnocchi the Salmon and the creme brulee. Both were fine dishes but the we had to send back the salmon because it was undercooked and the soup needed seasoning, salt & pepper. Had a great cocktail and lovely dessert. It was a great evening because of my date but I'll go to another place for better food in the future...."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "I had the Braised Short Rib (only 1) and it was delicious and super, knife and fork, tender. I wasn't in love with the root vegetables that came with the meal but the ribs was excellent."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "The place was packed and a little bit noisy but they moved us to a quieter table in the restaurant area and we had a great dinner. Food was excellent, the wine was great and the waiter was very knowledgeable and helpful, there when you needed him but not to the point of being a bother. Great dinner with my wife and in-laws."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Foods alrite, but h.h is ALWAYS great..on top of that the service&space, the way they decorated it, & the mood of the place was so romantic. Will definitely make vertical a regular place"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "We brought two of our friends to Vertical for their first experience there. They thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't believe they had never been there before but are looking forward to going back. It is always first rate."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "First time we came to this restaurant. Found it via Open Table and saw the reviews. Food was great. Service great. Price was very reasonable. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "We love vertical and have been man times.... Tonight our meal was not up to par. Oysters were fishy , mussels just ok, and the duck disappointing. We hope this anomaly is short lived and next time we will have the meal we are used to! Shannon our server was terrific. Professional, engaging and attentive."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Reserved for a special dinner after the Breeders Cup Races with friends. Fine dining setting, great food at reasonable prices but note there are two flights of stairs up to the restaurant."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Overall, this place is a good spot for a nice evening. Food was pretty good, but didn't blow me away, but at the same time nothing to complain about. Plenty of wine, spirits, and beer to choose from. Waiter was extremely nice and accomodating. When a dish came out that had mushrooms on it and my friend indicated her allergy to him, it was immediately removed and a new dish was presented without any fuss. This was my third time and I'd go back again."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Been here several times, always good. Made reservations, but when we arrived, we were told the dining room was closed for a private function, so we were shown to the tables in the bar. Waaaaay too noisy, could not easily hold a conversation with our friends. Food was great, service was great, just a moderately big damper on the ability to enjoy it. wish I would have known this when I made reservations online."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "The menu is excellent and reasonably priced for the quality. However, the level of noise makes it difficult to have a pleasant conversation. The hostess turned down the music upon our request but the beat didn't disappear."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Who knew such a cute wine bar was tucked upstairs away from the clatter of the busy city below. Great dining area off to the side of the busier 'ready to mingle' bar area. I love that you can do a tasting of any three wines off their extensive wine list."
    Dined on 10/10/2013