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About Bistro de la Gare

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.

921 Meridian Ave
South Pasadena, CA 91030
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Italian

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

Cross Street:
Meridian Ave & El Centro

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 799-8828

Website:
http://bistrodelagare.com/

Catering:
Call for details.

Parking Details:
Free public parking available on Meridian Ave and Mission St. parking structure.
2-hour parking available on street.

Public Transit:
MTA Gold Line - South Pasadena Station

Executive Chef:
Bruno Morin

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Call for details.

Bistro de la Gare Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (12)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Romantic (10)
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Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for a Date (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Special Occasion (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Cozy (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Business Meals (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Comfort Food (3)
People Watching (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Casual (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Healthy (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

A favorite among family and friends, close to home.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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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·Dined on December 31, 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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 (Portland)·Dined on December 31, 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 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.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was excellent, nice atmosphere, good value for price. Staff was nice and friendly, but service was slow, and sometimes inattentive.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 30, 2017

There are few good French restaurants in the LA area, and this is one of the very best. Bruno, the owner and chef is superb with attention to quality of ingredients.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

It was the perfect choice for a special birthday. Friendly attentive service. We all got different appetizers and main courses and we all loved what we got. Authentic onion soup, mushroom cream,corn salad, steak frites, seabass, pasta, lamb, everything was delicious. Highly recommend. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We had one of the best brunches of my life here, and I’ve been around the world. Charming, authentic French bistro in a lovely neighborhood setting. Hidden gem.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

WHAT A GEM! I can’t believe we haven’t found this spot till now. I would give 10 stars if I could. Our server Kelly was attentive and had a great candor. As for the food well I can’t remember the last time I cleared a plate, absolutely wonderful!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Fine food in a lovely restaurant isn't too much to ask for, is it. Bistro de la Gare fits the bill perfectly. We've been going there for years and always enjoy it.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

As usual, I had a great experience! They really transport you to France with the cuisine, staff and ambiance. The food is outstanding and drinks are authentic!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Sunday Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was our first time here. The food was excellent and the waitress Fabian amazing. We were a big group, celebrating a special birthday Felt in love with this place. Would highly recommend it for someone who loves French food. Will definitely be back. Thanks

Tags: Comfort Food, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The bottle of recommended wine was mediocre. The spread offered with the bread was bitter. We shared the arugula & goat cheese salad which was the best part of the meal. The duck breast was flavorless and overcooked. My friend had the mussels with frites. She said the mussels were Ok and the fries mediocre. The Apple Tartan dessert was OK but poorly presented on the plate.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Really wonderful experience. Good food, good ambiance.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was outstanding and the service was excellent! Thank you for a lovely evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We love this restaurant. Be aware, service very disorganized and kitchen is very slow. Hopefully one day they will get their act together. Food is worth the inconvenience.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Went after the day at the Rose Bowl Flea Market! Quaint setting and restaurant. Very good menu and authentic ;)

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Perfect dinner with amazing food. The chef is really nice. You must try ! A real French restaurant, with great product. The chef choose the wine for us and it was amazing!

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

A nice local spot for South Pasadena. A full bar, nice choices for wine. Generous portions that can be definitely shared ( the pâté/ terrine)
Although we were eating at the end of the night, a few things were no longer available, but the server was quick to suggest an alternative.
Out martinis were nice and generous.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Love the atmosphere. fabulous food and caring staff. My favourite restaurant t in the San Gabriel Valley

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Authentic, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

The restaurant reserved just the kind of table we asked for, the service was great and the food was delicious. The waitress recommended a lovely wine to make us all happy with our
very diverse orders and all four of us had a lovely evening. The indoor/outdoor ambiance in the front room is lovely.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We used to go often, especially for the escargot or French onion soup. After a bad experience (tasteless escargot and no French bread), we stopped going for a long time. Decided to give them another try after reading quite a number favorable reviews. The escargot was better, but not as good as it always was before the bad experience. The flavor in the good days would make me swoon, and this time it was good but not swoon-worthy. Their other food is very good and the wine, too. Interesting menu with good variety. I miss the great escargot. Next time I will have the French onion soup.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

We had a fabulous evening - it was a 3 hour meal. We enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Food was well prepared and chef recommended a change based on special order. Waitress was very friendly and personable.

Chef also came to table to ask whether everything was to our satisfaction.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Exceeded expectations in every way when told little French bistro - a restaurant to recommend for its service, selections, portions, ambience. A sublime fine dining experience - meal and memoryto savor

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Overall, this restaurant is a very worthy find. The chef is amazingly talented. However, avoid going there on weekends, as it seems to always be understaffed and disorganized.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

What a wonderful neighborhood restaurant! I certainly will be going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great service great food great area
We had a wonderful time !

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Delicious, authentic, creative food...and amazingly thoughtful service. Beautiful setting -- a perfect restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We always have a great time at the bistro. Very attentive staff and the good is always perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 24, 2017

After just having returned from France, dinner outside at Bistro de la Gare felt like a little slice of France very close to home. Food was excellent (hearts of palm salad, mushroom risotto), our server was so friendly and efficient, and it was a most enjoyable evening.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

Perfect food. Food like cooked at home. Nice neighbors.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Romantic, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Had a 7 PM reservation for two, but we were seated at a table four four in the corner in the right hand room - the family room with young children and no tablecloths - not a very attractive location for a couple. The reason we were told was "to make sure you get great service." That didn't happen; our orders were taken OK and our server was friendly enough, but after that we seldom saw her. Bread and tapenade didn't arrive until much later in the meal, I had to get up to ask for our glasses of wine that we had asked to be served with our appetizers; our appetizer plates were still in front of us when our mains arrived; cocktail glasses were never cleared and so on. Food was hit and miss - mostly miss. The wine glasses had a detergent/bleach odor; the terrine was tasteless and wooden. The main dish of sea bream was quite good but oddly paired with cauliflower and had a bright orange sauce that had no taste whatsoever. Again, we had to get up and ask for our check. Overall it wasn't a very pleasant dining experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual
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