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Bistro de la Gare

4.4
291 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Fit for Foodies
Under new ownership since August 2013, Chef Bruno and his team at Bistro de la Gare are dedicated to offering each of their guests an authentic French culinary experience, with an Italian flare.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Italian
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Hours of operation
DINNER :
Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday : 5:30 to 9pm
Friday & Saturday : 5:30 to 10pm
Monday & Tuesday : CLOSED

Happy Hour
Wednesday-Fri:4:00am to 7:00pm
Monday & Tuesday : CLOSED

WEEKEND BRUNCH :
Sat-Sun : 10:30am to 2:30pm

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Phone number
(626) 799-8828
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Bruno Morin
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Catering
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Meridian Ave & El Centro
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Parking details
Free public parking available on Meridian Ave and Mission St. parking structure.
2-hour parking available on street.
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Public transit
MTA Gold Line - South Pasadena Station
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Special events & promotions
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Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 291 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

One of our favorites - dining al fresco in south Pasadena - it’s a great location and the staff are super nice - very knowledgeable about the menu and give great attention to their service ! Oh the food ? Well it is superb ! - we will be back again soon - Merci !

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

A close friend was visiting from the East Coast and she asked us to take her to this restaurant because she saw it on TripAdvisor. It was absolutely delicious. We had Branzini and the petit filet. The eggplant appetizer was divine.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We come here regularly for Saturday brunch. It is simply wonderful. The food is always of the highest quality and traditionally prepared for a French bistro. The staff is friendly and engaging. Part of the local South Pasadena community, this is a place that always welcomes the visitor with great food and a great experience. Thank you!

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This is slow food but not in a good way. On a Thursday evening it took too long to receive cocktails after ordering (a lot of yakking at the bar, and they don't seem real fluent in mixology but at least they serve spirits and not just wine), then another long wait to receive our food orders. Some items we asked for (bread) arrived as we were finishing our meal. In all honesty, it had just came out of the oven and was hot and very good. I would recommend that their baker plan the hell ahead. The moules were infinitesimal but the sauce was good; spicier and with more chile flakes than I've ever seen before, but interesting and good. The wait staff seem overworked and harried, except our waitress seemed somewhat disinterested... but the slowness may be a kitchen issue. It's a lovely bistro with a couple of tables in front of a big corner window... best spot in the house. The sidewalk might be a good place to sit and drink during the Thursday farmers market, but only if the live music across the street is exceptional and not the usual loud, inescapable crap. Complimentary much improved creme brulée for our birthday person. 3/5

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Easter Brunch menu was amazing. Really enjoyed the food and the cute atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

real French Bistro with terrific service. The Mussels were cooked to perfection with amazing broth. Every dish was authentically French.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

My husband and I really enjoyed Bistro de la Gare when the two of us went for a low-key weekend brunch. I expected the restaurant to be more off-the-beaten-path, but it is located in a lively little downtown section of South Pasadena. Very charming area and a very charming restaurant, with its black-paned windows and photo-worthy bar! The service was attentive and friendly. The menu was plentiful, and the food we found to be very hearty in flavor yet light, which we appreciated. We left brunch feeling satiated but not bogged down by too much heavy greasiness. We will definitely recommend and will definitely return.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

I hate a restaurant that doesn't show prices on its Website. So I looked on Menu Pages and the prices were considerably higher when we got to the restaurant. A vodka on the rocks was $14 (more expensive than a specialty cocktail). Steak Fries was $38; on Menu Pages it was $27. Took 15 minutes to get one of those pricey drinks. Steak was OK, not exceptional. Under-salted but almost as rare as odered. Pleasant. Probably wouldn't go back. Would recommend with caveats.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Fantastic meal, and getting to talk to the Chef made it all the more aesthetic.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Bistro de la Gare is one of those neighborhood treasures that deserves to be recognized by Open Table. Everyone I take there enjoys themselves and comes away with positive things to say about the food and the friendly service.

The eggplant appetizer is a big hit with many of my guests. I love the lobster ravioli when they have it, and the menu is varied enough to appeal to nearly all tastes.

The service is always friendly and helpful, without hovering.

I especially like when I can dine outdoors for weekend brunches and dinners. It
is a lovely way to spend an evening.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The best authentic French cuisine prepared by a real French chef/owner who uses all quality ingredients and sauces. The food and service is top notch! We keep coming back!

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Excellent mussels but bad quiche . Shrimp linguine Fair.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I love this Bistro, fabulous food and generous portions, interested staff and good ambience.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Marvelous! We will be back! Thank you for your incredible food and service.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Service was delightful. The ambiance was unbelievable. Imagine eating at a restaurant where you can hear your date talk? The food was divine. My only complaint is that the wine list is so high priced that I couldn't even consider a glass. Most of their by-the-glass wines are MORE expensive than their cocktails. Not cool.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I had the french onion soup and the linguini with clams. My fiancee had the trout and wild mushroom soup. The french onions as superb as always. But i tried the mushroom soup and I was in heaven we traded soups The trout was cooked to perfection. My linguini was a little to spicy taking away from the flavor of the clams. The first glass of wine I received by the glass tasted like it was an old bottle opened to long. i changed wines and the second glass was excellent. This is becoming one of our favorite places to dine during the week. So I won't be to hard on them for trying. It is a place to come back to and explore the flavors. I have never had the steak but thats next.

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Cute, although slightly dated ambiance. Nice little tapenade with bread to start. French onion soup was watery and tasteless, and had very little cheese. Had to send it back. Eggplant "caviar" was ok but had an odd smoky flavor. My mom enjoyed it, but my sister and I weren't crazy about it. My lamb shank was not served on the shank at all (just shredded pieces on my puree), and not properly seasoned. Had to add too much salt after the fact. Mom and sister ordered the filet, and asked for it "pink", between medium rare and medium, and specified "not red". Meat came out very red. Sent it back and they took about 15 minutes to bring it back, by which time I had finished my meal. Also, asparagus and button mushrooms were cut up into tiny pieces, and oddly enough, the shallot was served whole. Only 3 red wines by the glass on the wine list, and the one French one was $17/glass. They are clearly trying to force people too buy a bottle, which we did. Server was very nice, but had too many tables plus the hostess stand to take care of, and couldn't take care of us properly. She also didn't seem very familiar with French food.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Nice location for a Valentines dinner. Without sauce, my steak was a little disappointing, but my date enjoyed her meal. Service was good and noise level was good.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We love going to Bistro de la Gare! Chef Bruno does an excellent job with the menu and food, and Fabienne always takes excellent care of us!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent valentine Day experience

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We went for Valentines Day. Everything was delicious and it is very cozy decor and ambiance. Have been there numerous times and have never been disappointed

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2018

We love the steak frites. And the owner recommended a lovely bottle of red wine. Perfect Sunday lunch.

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

We had a Sunday brunch birthday party, a group of ten people attending. Everyone enjoyed the French cuisine - a nice selection of main dishes and excellent desserts. The nice Euro background music still allowed everyone to converse easily, which was appreciated. Our waitress was charming. The service was well paced and we never felt rushed. Overall a consistent, favorite restaurant.

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1.0Dined on February 2, 2018

This was the worst experience ever . We waited for one hour and 15 min , just the get acknowledged by the waiter ; additionally , the wine never arrived . Even after we reminded to the waiter , he completely forgot about our order because he was overwhelmed by trying to serve a big party . Stay away from this place !!!!!

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Parking was a nightmare because Thursdays are Farmers Market nights. Entering the restaurant we noticed a strong antiseptic smell, like that of PineSol. Only after we ordered from the regular menu did the waiter show us the special menu for that evening! Very odd. The food was very good and the moules marinaires were outstanding.

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2.0Dined on January 21, 2018

I keep giving this place another chance because it is a nice space, but the food is overpriced and not exceptional. The service the other night was super slow and inattentive. We got a shared first course and then waited 15 minutes for another appetizer. After our main course, the waitress boxed up what we wanted to take home and then left for 20 minutes before asking if we wanted coffee or dessert. Since we had already waited too long for everything, we declined and asked for the check which we got 15 minutes later. This was not a particularly full night. No excuse for the tardiness of everything. When you spend $50 -$75 per meal, one should expect a good meal and good service.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Classic French restaurant WTH price.to.match

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food and service. This was our first time and deserves the title of neighborhood gem. Only issue is no easy parking

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Excellent food - as good as a true Paris Bistro. Simple, fresh ingredients. Excellent service. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2018

A favorite among family and friends, close to home.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

Fabulous food and the ambiance is lovely, perfect for a quiet dinner filled with intriguing conversation. A true hidden gem.

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3.0Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve dinner was dissapointing as to the price for the food and value. Very chaotic service . Lovely ambiance tho

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We went on NYE and they had a special, limited menu. They had no vegetarian entree available and the chef wouldn’t just make a plate of the vegetables, so I had salad for NYE dinner. Prettty disappointing. My husband had orange duck which was good. It’s 2018, there should be at least one vegetarian option (and there is on the regular menu). Server felt awful.

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1.0Dined on December 30, 2017

They were out of 3 of the choices we made. Unfortunately we made other choices, rather than just leaving, because I can’t remember ever being served a worse pasta dish. Something simple, which I could have whipped up at home - penne, artichoke, and shrimp - was inedible. The “steak” was grey, the duck not actually rare, just rubbery. What has happened to what used to be a simple, authentic French Bistro? And it was expensive too!! What an embarrassment. Never again-

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

We were looking for a restaurant on the Gold Line and were lucky to try Bistro de la Gare. Just a few steps from the South Pasadena station, this traditional French bistro combines friendly service and comfortably elegant ambiance with beautifully-prepared cuisine. We had sparkling water, two appetizers, shared dessert, after dinner tea, plus a bottle of wine with the salmon and ribeye entrees and our bill was under $200. Yes, we will be back, and we can't wait to try the Happy Hour wine bar!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Execellent food, charming and great service. Recommended to all our friends

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Another lovely Christmas Eve was celebrated at Bistro de la Gare. Warm, cozy, great food and staff make for a special dining experience on any occasion.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2017

Wonderful dining experience. Food and service and ambience were all top-notch. We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

This was similar to the bistros in France just outside of the hustle and bustle of Paris. The food was very fresh and the service was very attentive. Kelly, in particular, offered incredible service. There is a very warm and lively vibe here. It’s also situated in a quaint neighborhood that lends itself to a nice after-dinner stroll. Overall, it was très charmant!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

This is a neighborhood gem. Our table was ready and our server was excellent. She knew the menu and answered all questions. The moules and frites were super delicious and done just right--perfect size, and the sauce/broth was outstanding with just slight hint of pepper flakes! Fries exactly as they should be--cut thin, crunchy outside and piping hot. One friend had the linguini with Manila clams and raved about the mixture of flavors. Have yet to be disappointed by this restaurant.

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