Bistro de la Gare

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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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GR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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

JH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

EB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, very friendly staff!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

LI
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

TO
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great eggplant appetizer!

J
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

b
San Francisco
49 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
10 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

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
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best in Pasadena area .

A
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service.

J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
44 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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!!

OF
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing and love the atmosphere! Food is SOOOOO GOOD! Authentic French Food! Makes me miss Paris! A true gem!

KI
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!! Will come back whenever we visit Pasadena.

BB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We sat at our table forever waiting for a server who never appeared. We finally have up, left, and had a great meal with excellent service at Mike and Anne’s. Wish we would have started there.

t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The chicken liver pate' was awesome! One of our party enjoyed/loved the shrimp pasta entree. I had the duck confit and it was prepared perfectly.
We dined on a Wednesday evening and the bistro was empty at 6pm. HAlf an hour later, two family gatherings filled the dining room for their cheerful events. On Thursday evenings, the bistro's neighborhood is filled with a large and lively farmers' market, so it may be very different from Wednesdays.

NH
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Station Bistro; Bistro de la Gare has been one of my favor contemporary French restaurant in town of Pasadena. The French onion soup, Filet Mignon, Wagyu and a chocolate Mousse were simple, tasty, juicy, marvelous and tremendous Atmosphere with a home village environment. The hostess, servers were so kindness and gave my party explaining of all French specials foods and ingredients!!
They deserved a Five-stars fine dining experience!!!

L
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was just okay, but the coffee was great. The service was very good, especially the nice young lady at the front desk. We sat on the patio because it was too busy inside, but I expected more from this restaurant, especially with all the ratings.

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