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Cafe Santorini

4.6
1593 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Birthdays
Tucked in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, Cafe Santorini is the spot to be in. Offering a variety of delicious Mediterranean dishes and a romantic second floor patio. Perfect for a date, a family gathering or a celebration. Cafe Santorini also offer a large banquet venue, The Rococo Room, which can fit up to 150 guests.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Italian, Greek
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(626) 564-4200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Cesar Sanchez
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant for information about outside catering & take out. We can also accommodate special requests.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Delacy
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Parking details
Public parking is available across the street on Union, and valet parking is available on the corner of Delacy and Union. We validate valet parking only.
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Public transit
2 blocks away on Holly St.
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Wether you're planning a wedding reception, anniversary or a business event, Cafe Santorini is your solution.

We can accommodate up to 150 seated guests in the Rococo Room.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Located in historic Old Town Pasadena, Cafe Santorini offers an ideal setting for weddings, personal celebrations, or corporate events. Our Mezzanine room holds up to 25 guests. Our Rococo Room holds up to 150 seated guests.

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What 1593 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

If you have to wait a bit to sit on the patio, do it.

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4.0Dined a day ago

Wife Birthday ...great early dinner.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Never disappoints...venue is perfect, food is always top notch

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

The service was amazing. Both busboy and waiter are to be commended. There were several large parties and the noise level got too loud for two of the party who were hard of hearing. The food was not hot and was pricey.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Had a date with the wife. Wonderful time. Never fails!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This was my first time at Cafe Santorini and I am very impressed with the food. I recommend the grilled calamari salad and the cioppino. The red curry risotto is always tasty. Try to get seating for the outside patio.

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was very good and the service was adequate. If the weather is nice, make sure to sit out on the patio. My major complaint is that they said I didn't show up for my reservation. I had to provide information from my receipt to prove to Open Table that I did in fact show up. Was the restaurant trying to save on the seated diner fee that OT charges or was it just poor management? Either way it won't make me rush back there.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Always an awesome experience at Cafe Santorini! Excellent food, friendly service warm and comfortable venu. Just awesome!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Fabulous! Location, decor and ambiance was wonderful. Food and service were excellent!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very very noisy. Food is very good, service slow though Lamb kebab especially good. Chicken Milanese salad excellent also

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Seating on the terrace is fabulous! And the food is consistently delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Just what we expected, but too much noise.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

It was good, food was a bit pricy not worth the price

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great service, very romantic atmosphere. I recommend the place for any occasion

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Great food and service--went back just 2 days after my first meal there to share with my adult son and he loved it as well--
Nicely varied menu and very well prepared food!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Probably my favorite Pasadena restaurant for decades now.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Cafe Santorini is usually bustling, and with good reason. The menu offers a great range of Greek dishes, the service is attentive and friendly, and the food itself is delicious. Try the Breakfast flatbread if you are there for brunch, it is phenomenal!

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We travel all over the world and found their customer service to be lacking. We complained how little wine was in our glass and basically were told that is what you get for $16.00 per glass. All they needed to do was to add a little more, but choose to ignore out concern.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The food and service was excellent! I can only highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

From the entrance and seating by the warm and professional accommodating hostess,Anna, to the wonderful service by Michael and newly trained Christian, to the cocktails,appetizers and lunch... it was a wonderful experience. We brought 2 "foodies" from "The West Side" who also gave us rave reviews for the above mentioned. We will recommend and see you again.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Very busy all the time. Despite that food and service were good. I'll go back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Delicious food, nice atmosphere dining on the outside patio.

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2.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This was my second time at Cafe Santorini and I had a rather mediocre experience. I chose Cafe Santorini because of its tasty food and venue, but I did not expect such poor service from management and staff. I made a reservation for 8 people earlier in the week, and was told by the hostess that I could not make my reservation for 7pm because of my large party. Instead I made my reservation for 6:30pm. We arrived at 6:32pm and were not seated until 7:10pm! When we asked the manager why our table was not ready on time he indicated that "we were late". To make matters worse, our food was delayed and our waiter was inattentive. As a result, we received free desserts from the restaurant, but at this point I was completely disappointed with my experience.

I would recommend Cafe Santorini for smaller parities, but I would caution people to be prepared for bad service.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

I have been here many times and the service is always excellent. Michael took especially good care of us. We were able to sit over coffee and just enjoy our conversation without being rushed.
I had the shrimp cappellini and it's a good portion and prepared just right. Tiramisu is also great. My ONLY suggestion that it would be a nice touch to heat the cream for coffee.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

This place is tucked away into the heart of Old Town Pasadena. The food and service are absolutely amazing! We will definitely be back soon :)

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

OMG! It was least expected thing that happened to us!! My husband & I went to Norton Simon museum and came here for dinner, we loved it so much that we’d just come back here just for this awsome restaurant. Great service, food & environment!

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Awesome food, ambience, service - my favorite restaurant so far in Pasadena!

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We've been visiting Cafe Santorini for over 15 years. Always our favorite date spot. We were disappointed with our dinner experience, however. Tables are too close together. The young man bringing food to another table bumped my wife and said "beep beep" when he should have apologized. Our server was MIA when we arrived, didn't greet us when he did show up, was loud and obnoxious with other tables, didn't help us for 15 minutes, and just generally sucked.

I had the chicken with potatoes. Chicken and veggies were delicious. But potatoes were stale and hard. Like they had been sitting for a while. I would have asked for replacements but our waiter wasn't around. My wife enjoyed her risotto, however. We skipped dessert to get the hell out of there.

Not sure we will be back. Which is disappointing because it has been such an important part of our married years.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food was terrific as usual and the service was wonderful too.

However, the evening we were there the patio was packed in like sardines. I don't recall ever experiencing it that way in the past. We were five people at two two-person tables which was very tight, and were also right on top of the tables behind us. I was uncomfortable to the point that we left much sooner than we normally would have. I hope this was just a lark for that evening.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I have enjoyed Café Santorini for many years, but my roommate, who is a special friend, had never dined there. So, I decided that it was the perfect spot for his birthday dinner. And we were not disappointed! Everything was as nice as could be: the ambience, the extensive menu, the wonderful service, the presentation and the taste (!) of everything we ordered, and the surprise dessert that was presented, with the obligatory candle. He enjoyed his soup as a first course, while I devoured my dinner salad (great dressing). His choice for an entrée was Grilled Beef Brochette, which he said was as tender as could be. I tried something new (to me, at least): YUVETSI (slow-roasted lamb with tomatoes and onions, baked with orzo pasta, finished with grated Kasseri cheese). It was absolutely delicious and so filling that I have at least half left over to enjoy at home. We couldn't have picked a better spot for a birthday celebration. And both of us want to return in the summer when the patio, on a warm summer evening, is unbeatable.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Cafe Santorini never disappoints. A top notch wait staff and a good variety of excellent food make for a wonderful time.

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3.0Dined on February 22, 2018

My friend and I expected a lot more from Cafe Santorini. Our waiter seemed distracted, poor service. The waiter serving water though was very friendly and helpful. I won't be in a hurry to return. The food wasn't very exciting and didn't seem a good example of Mediterranean food.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Awesome as always.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Amazing staff, wonderful food. A truly great experience!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We were in Pasadena on vacation and chose this restaurant based on positive Yelp reviews. Based on our experience, we wholeheartedly agree with the Yelpers! We had a delicious dinner al fresco and we'd certainly return. Our son who's a vegetarian and joined us also really enjoyed his meal, which consisted of roasted butternut squash, quinoa, and other veggies . . . both healthy & tasty.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Nice find on OpenTable. We love Mediterranean foods and this offered a diversified variety of appetizers, hot and cold, and sharing options. We made reservations and got there a little early so we were asked if we could wait at the bar until a table was cleaned. We ordered two drinks and they were great. The hostess came to us and said that our table was ready. However, when we returned to the hostess table, we were told to wait another 5 minutes. Seems they were short on cleaning staff. They apologized for the extra wait time and when we were seated, the waiter also apologized for the additional wait time. We were seated on the outside patio with a corner table for two which just perfect. They brought us some bread which was kind of a thicker type of pita and it was very tasty. Our main course meals came promptly and they were delicious. We would recommend to anyone and we plan to go again.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We booked dinner here for Valentine's and because it was rated high as a romantic dinner venue. Although the setting, outdoor rooftop in Old Town Pasadena, looks great in photos, we found the restaurant packed, and the seating was horrible: not a private table for 2 in the whole restaurant: all thin tables side by side with other tables so that you were sitting closer to your neighbor than your partner across the table.

The food was very good, a mix of Italian and Middle eastern, and their baked dishes, pizzas and bread were excellent. We had a glitch with service: waited over 15 minutes without any contact with the waiter. When I got up to get help, the waiter for an adjacent section came over and took over for us very well. Apparently there was a problem with the computer generating the bills.

Overall: good food, location, but the seating was bad and the service borderline. Not romantic.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Had a really good time. Execellent vegetarian food. Nice service from the friendly staff. I would highly recommend

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Amazing polite staff! I put ur noise level high as positive feedback everyone in the restaurant was having a blast, will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Everything we ordered tasted absolutely amazing!

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