Bistro de la Gare

4.6
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$31 to $50
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French
A sidewalk cafe atmosphere and classic French cuisine artfully presented by Chef Bruno and his team. Bistro de la Gare strives to provide their guests the finest dining experience in South Pasadena. Experience seasonal Chef specials with the freshest ingredients from local farms, imported French wines, and exotic craft cocktails.
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JH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been to Bistro de la Gare before, and this time we resolved to test out the Italian side of the menu. I had the Linguini Bolognese, and the pasta was perfectly to-the-tooth; the meat sauce tasted more of meat than of tomato, but had plenty of both -- the portion was ample and made for a second meal at home the next day. The Butternut Squash soup was not over-salted, and rich with pureed squash and cream. My companion ordered the mussels (Moules Mariniere), which included an enormous portion of very fresh large, meaty mussels, which were not tough nor chewy and tasted of white wine and a little butter -- outstanding! The waitress' knowledge of the menu and as to the tendency of the dishes and the wines was excellent, and we were well-advised when we asked questions. Our special request as to our table was honored, as was our experience on a prior visit.

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great except for having to wait for a table and having a reservation?

BG
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly welcoming service. Very welling to answer questions and modify food to our tastes. Food was tasty and appropriate portions. Tolerated our exceptional requests. Highly recommended.

AA
New England
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. I always bring guests to the great restaurant

R
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very warm atmosphere, good for family dinners and dates, great service and value, pleasant, spacious

A
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

The overall ambiance and food could be better. There is an unfriendly French woman who needs to learn how to smile. The American female server was good though.

GR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This neighborhood gem brings authentic French food to your table with grace and warmth. The servers' guidance is superb on things such as wine pairings, and the overall level of service is excellent. Indoor or outdoor options for seating also enhance the experience.

s
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service at end of evening getting check was slow but otherwise everything else was wonderful!

JH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything at Bistro de lare Gare exceeds expectations. The more traditional dishes are tweaked just enough to make them interesting, without straying too far from tradition that expectations aren't met; the sparing use of salt in the recipes allows the inherent flavor and freshness of the ingredients to shine through. Service is extraordinary and individualized as well as attentive; even our special requests were happily met. We will continue to return again and again, and the choice of several different atmospheres will make each visit unique (indoors away from open air; outdoors, sidewalk; indoors with open window to the outside, etc.). Bistro de la Gare also crosses over between French and Italian and Swiss cuisine touches with ease and flair.

C
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 3 of us. I had the trout, my husband the shrimp linguini and our friend ordered the duck. For dessert we had the chocolate mousse and lemon sorbet. It was a perfect evening. Really lovely dinner and ambience.

D
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat outside so it was quiet. We had a delicious dinner with excellent service. This is one on our favorite neighborhood restaurants.

DD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried and true food, service, and ambiance. Nothing beats Bistro de la Gare!

EB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Been coming here for 2 years and loved it. Great food, nice ambience. Last visit food was bland, service only fair. My husband had the duck because he had it before and it was moist and delicious. This time it was dry, although the side dishes were prepared nicely. I had the trout, which was very bland, as were the mashed potatoes and creamed arrugula. It just lacked interest. Being a Sunday night, and not expecting a large crowed I assume, there was only one waitress. There was never more than 7-8 tables occupied at one time. The kitchen help brought the entree, which is OK, but the waitress never checked on us. By the time she came back, and finally with a dessert menu, we were tired of waiting so we asked for the check. Very disappointed as this was an anniversary dinner (& they knew it) and at these prices you expect better service and food. Just on a side note, a/c fan was blowing continuously on our table, so I switched with my husband. Thirty minutes before we left, it totally shut off and became stuffy inside. Also, being such a quiet restaurant, a little tasteful background music would have been pleasing. If this were my first visit, I would not return, but I will give them another chance to improve.

LA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food, very friendly staff!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner! Bruno and Fabienne made the evening wonderful. Great food and ambiance.

LF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every dish we had was delicious, service was top notch, cocktails were yummy. We will definitely go back and try more dishes.

LW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fantastic experience when dining here. We try to go often as we love the food and the ambience.

W
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Chef came by to say “hi” twice and we felt very welcomed!

OM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent! The one caveat I would add is that the Pasadena market is held on that street every Thursday, which makes the outdoors sitting somewhat less pleasant; especially at the evening time, when the vendors are disassembling their stands, making quite a ruckus.

DC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was delicious and a cute restaurant space. We sat outside and it was lovely. Our server could not have been more inattentive. It was not busy at all but never checked on us after she took our dinner order. We finally had to flag down another server to get a water refill.

k
Grand Rapids
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We loved this Bistro! Food was delicious - Tomatoes, burata & arugula app was fantastic! Mussels with French fries and the lamb entrees were perfect! Service was slow because there was only one server initally so water and drinks were forgotten. Adorable little place with great ambiance .

EF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine. Would highly recommend to others and definitely return for another meal

LI
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time customer and really liked it. Very cute and nice restaurant.

TO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great eggplant appetizer!

J
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose was a perfect waiter. Recommend him highly. Lovely atmosphere and great food.

TW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service from the start, beginning with the table out front, and the waitress knowing exactly how to stop it from rocking without having to shove anything under there. Drinks came quickly, and then my furiously sizzling escargot, delicious as always and remarkably large and tender, with plenty of fresh herbs and butter in each pocket. The main courses called for wine refills, promptly again. Her big bowl of mussels and beyond-perfect frites and my trout filets over mashed potato were beautifully presented, though I found the fish to be unfortunately bland, giving no particular contrast to the richly sauced potato. The accompanying baby broccoli saved the plate, I think. Instead of more wine we ordered the chocolate mousse, possibly the best we've ever had, just as another group of delightful people showed up, bringing out our chef to greet them and providing a fine cap on the evening.

BB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

This restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and is a super room.
Go early as it can get noisy in the evenings.
It's lovely on a Thursday between 5 and 7pm as it's right in the middle of the super South Pasadena farmers market, and you can sip wine and watch people do their shopping.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance,. We ordered the specials and were not disappointed!!

b
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Escargot appetizer was good. Six escargots for four. Good for dipping bread in sauce or putting escargot on bread. Cauliflower side was very good. Dates added a contrasting sweetness without being overly sweet. One person in our party had trout which was simply prepared and liked it. Another had the orata fish with carrot purée and ratatouille. She said the eggplant was delicious. Another had shrimp linguine which was very tasty. I had the mussels with fries. It was a large portion of mussels which were well seasoned but not as much broth as I would have liked. For dessert we shared the tarte tatin and crepe Suzette. The preference was for the tarte tatin.

TO
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food but they were short staffed again so service was slow and not great. Wish they would either turn on AC or add a few ceiling fans. We tend to avoid that restaurant in warm weather because it’s so warm in there.

CB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We have made this our destination for my wife's birthday for the past several years and have been consistently happy with the experience. The food is always terrific but what sets this place apart from other excellent restaurants is the wonderful service (thank you Lorena!) and ambiance. An outdoor table in the summertime is a special treat.

GA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place it’s very authentic French restaurant great service and the food was amazing as usual . Very cozy and comfortable. Thanks

B
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Two out of three guests were not too happy with their food selection. Positive was the moules marinaires entree with beautiful french fries, but the guest who ordered the evening's fish specialty was put off by the fish's appearance, an unappetizing black slab, although it tasted good. the third guest did not like his hamburger-like entree, and just picked at it.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Charming bistro ambiance with nice selection of traditional and current food choices. Waitress had excellent knowledge of daily specials. Perfect for a romantic evening.

LL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in Pasadena area .

A
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, relaxed atmosphere with very good French food. A bit pricy but very tasty. Parking available nearby.

JL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.

J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is not inexpensive but worth every penny. One of our favorite restaurants for any occasion.

DH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro de la Gare has the ambiance and charm one Hope's to find in a French Bistro. The food is very good an the service is excellent. Excellent for a romantic dinner date or a friendly dinner with friends.

TK
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We loved the chef’s inspiration of the day...salmon layered with phyllo and spinach! It was delicious! Hope it makes the regular menu so I can have it again!!