Bistro de la Gare

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$31 to $50
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French
Enjoy classic French-Italian cuisine to-go! Available for pickup and delivery Wednesday through Sunday for dinner service 4pm-8pm. Every dish is artfully prepared by Chef Bruno Morin, the chef-owner of Bistro de la Gare aka "Train Station Bistro" located in the heart of South Pasadena. Experience farm-to-table specials with the freshest ingredients from local sources, an extensive collection of wine, and craft cocktails to enjoy at home. Bistro de la Gare is open and strives to provide the community a fine dining experience to-go!

Happy hour at home with a pitcher of Sangria (1 liter) for $20!

Special du Chef : Braised Lamb Shank $30
Deboned lamb shank with fig, apricot and cilantro served potato purée

See our entire menu on our website: BistrodelaGare.com
Place your order by phone: (626) 799-8828

Delivery service available on Eat24.com (Grubhub, Postmates coming soon)

From our family to yours, thank you for supporting your local neighborhood bistro!

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Complimentary specials

Springtime Sangria to-go in South Pasadena! $20 for a 1L pitcher

Enjoy a bubbly red wine sangria to-go, topped with champagne and available for carry out from Bistro de la Gare in South Pasadena starting this week!

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vipCrisS
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great dining experience! My husband I shared the chicken liver mousse; he had the white asparagus soup and I had the mushroom soup; he had the ribeye steak with fries, and I opted for the heirloom tomato, burrata and arugula salad. We enjoyed the freshness and flavors of every dish, all made even more enjoyable with glasses of a cabernet and merlot. Service was attentive, even doting. Great value, too. Deserves a place on our list of favorite restaurants.

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vipLinda
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

not sure why for a great neighborhood restuarant we had not been there in over a year but great staff great food and great on street parking .. clearly a neighborhood place.... lots of people walking by with their dogs... it was great!!!!!

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vipJanet
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our favorite restaurant, but it really does need more servers.

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alipp
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brunch at Bistro de la Gare is always a treat. My friends ordered the Eggs Florentine
and there wasn't a scrap of food left on either of their plates. To show the
diversity of the menu, I had mussels which are always delicious.

We told the server that we wanted a quiet place so we could talk and they found a great table for us.

Out of town guests love Bistro de la Gare-and especially for its Sunday brunch.
No one ever goes away hungry, or without saying what a great time they have had.

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KathyB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely brunch; food superb.

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Dejeuner
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent Service. We were in a rush so only soup and a glass of wine. French onion was rich but light - perhaps not beef?

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Amazing food and drinks. Service was a bit slow but we weren't in a rush so I didnt mind too much. Well worth the money. Will definitely be back.

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vipKoroshS
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots for a great dinner, our daughter loves there penne with red sauce with french fries.

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IngridB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love to treat ourselves to an experience at this fantastic bistro! Very cozy & inviting, like stepping into someone’s home. And the food is amazing! ♥️

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vipAidaD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Menu was limited and they had ran out of some items. The waitress who usually serves us was not as nice and accommodating as previously.

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JamesH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Having dined at BDLG for several "special event" days (e.g., New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day), we have to say that -- at this time -- it is probably best to dine there instead on ordinary days. At special events/holidays, they don't seem to yet appreciate that they need to up their staff presence so that service at the tables does not suffer from the incresed level of attendance. However, given the wisdom the owner/chef shows in general, we expect that BDLG will likely recognize that customer service levels are just as important as food quality at BDLG's price point, and will probably will react to the situation with wisdom. For now, we may restrict our dining to ordinary times and avoid the special days, but we hope to resume dining on both in the near future. Regardless, the menu and the cuisine remain top notch. One other note: the Wine List, while perhaps properly emphasizing French offerings, could definitely benefit from a greater number of California offerings.

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williamh
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cudos for not pushing only Valentine menu on the weekend.
We had a seabass and pasta for main course and french onion soup and scallops crudo for appetizers.
All food was great, only hope that scallops would have more taste.

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AmirL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Valentine's Day disaster! There was a back up in reservations as soon as we arrived and it went down from there. Poor service.

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MatthewC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Wedding anniversary on valentines night is always a bit of a conveyor however this was more so. Tables were too close together and every course was rushed including bringing check with the desert.

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IanL
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was perfect. The scallops appetizer was outstanding. Service a little slow, but you had a packed restaurant.

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Thomas
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was Valentine's night preset menu. Food was tasty especially the creamy mushrooms soup and the dessert. The restaurant is a bit tight in seating but it was fine. The price for the preset dinner of $80 per person is a bit expensive, but it was on the Valentine's Day!

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smacss
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went early on a Wednesday night. It was quiet, perhaps a third full which we prefer. Food was very good, service was a bit slow, but we were not in a hurry. Overall, a definite go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had reservations for 2/9/20 at noon for a birthday luncheon for my mom. We arrived on time and were ignored for 20 minutes. Toilet was stopped up and nearly overflowing. Tried to cancel on OpenTable app and make a last minute reservation elsewhere. App wouldn’t allow a “double booking”. Tried to call the Bistro several times to cancel, but line was busy. Finally got through to cancel. A couple of groups came in after us and left as well. Really embarrassing and highly disappointing experience.

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Corbin
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Since creme brulee is on the menu, would creme brulee au foie de canard ever be considered? Also, confit de canard or ris de veau?

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vipMarkR
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thoroughly enjoyed the Lobster Thermidor special on Saturday night. It was the first time I've had the dish and the Chef did a fantastic job! As always a great evening at La Gare.

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PollyW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It took awhile to get our drink order but after that the service was fine
Food was delicious

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JimA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

A very good dining experience. Our server, Lorena, was excellent; very attentive and helpful. The food was delicious. This was our first time dining here so we didn't know what to expect. It is a pretty small restaurant so we were quite close to our fellow diners. That was ok for the most part.

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Donna
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was really good, but service was a little slow as it looked like there was only one waitstaff for the whole restaurant the night we went.

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vipDishie
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant!

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vipJoeandrobinlaws
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good French bistro

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Patg
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointed. I ordered the trout, the cooked fillet did not look appetizing at all and presentation on the plate did not make up for it. Taste was not great...and I like trout. The filet (medium well) was overcooked and tougher to cut than I would expect for medium well. Service and ambiance great but I'd prefer better food, not sure I will return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My first time there The food and atmosphere were excellent! We got our food within the proper timeframe, but I would have preferred follow up service to be quicker (asking about dessert and bringing our check, particularly since it was not busy.) But everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming, and the chef came out and talked with every table. I loved this place and can’t wait to go back.

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vipforbenu
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

From the moment you walk in, you are transported to a lovely bistro in Paris. We were greeted by a smiling hostess who led us to our table and chatted with us for a few minutes. My husband and I started off with a delicious chicken liver mousse that was rich and creamy. We both ordered the entrecote was sufficiently marbled, but a bit fatty around the edges. It was good nonetheless. All in all, the restaurant was warm, welcoming and will definitely return.

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SusannaF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent. This was our first time here and we will definitely come back.

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ThierryM
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bistro de la Gare proposes very good traditional French dishes. This is simple but definitely very well prepared from fresh product of quality. Amongst the different dishes Filet Mignon and Confit de Canard are delicious.
A very good address in South Pasadena. We will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The two women split the terraine as an appetizer both had thelinguine with clam sauce. They loved both. He thought the linguine bolognese the best he has ever had (to the consternation of his wife). I had an average onion soup and a special - mushroom risotto. Very good. The rose was also excellent.

Overall, a great dinner and great service but you pay for what you get.

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LADine
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in town. Our absolute favorite. All around fantastic, food, service, ambience and cost..

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vipSusanR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious prix fixe for Christmas Eve. Service was excellent and menu choices were great and well prepared.

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AndrewP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please disregard the mindless few who posted unfavorable ratings for this gem. The mussels alone were brilliant, as an entree yet! But there was so much more.

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vipBrubel
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early reservation, so the place wasn't too full. This place is a local for us, and we've been there several times. It's a very consistent restaurant. It's friendly; personable, even. The food is bistro-based and very good. It has a good wine list. In the evening, the main room, especially around the windows that look out to the street, can be pretty romantic. A crowd can dispel the magic at times, but even then, it's a great place to relax with your significant other and enjoy a really good meal.

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alipp
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bistro de la Gare is always a favorite of me and friends who visit. Service is wonderful, and
it is a good place to share conversation and good time. Food is always very good to excellent. My
friends always want me to take them to Bistro every time they come-and same for friends
from out of town. This-even from places like New York, and downtown LA where there are good restaurants available/. It is always welcoming and I also like brunch on Sundays.

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LindaJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bistro is always our first choice when we’re in Pasadena. The food is perfectly prepared and delicious. Service is attentive and helpful. The ambience is warm, elegant, yet relaxed.

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vipRamiroO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant staff makes you feel at home from the moment you walk in. Food and service is always great.

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vipBrubel
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've been to Bistro de la Gare several times, since for us it's a local spot. My wife has particularly liked it for the food and ambiance. The last time we went, just a few days ago, I joined her enthusiasm. It's quiet, romantic, with good food and drinks, good service and is mostly an understated restaurant in a French bistro style. No complaints; lots of reasons to recommend it.

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JamesH
Los Angeles
6 reviews