About Cafe Santorini

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.

64 W Union Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Italian, Greek

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

Cross Street:
Delacy

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 564-4200

Website:
http://www.cafesantorini.com/

Catering:
Please contact the restaurant for information about outside catering & take out. We can also accommodate special requests.

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.

Public Transit:
2 blocks away on Holly St.

Executive Chef:
Cesar Sanchez

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

Special Events & Promotions:
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.

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.

Cafe Santorini Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (59)
Good for a Date (48)
Neighborhood Gem (30)
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Good for Anniversaries (28)
Special Occasion (24)
Casual (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Great for Lunch (23)
Creative Cuisine (22)
Romantic (20)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Authentic (19)
Good for Groups (18)
Pre/post Theatre (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Business Meals (15)
Cozy (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Fun (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Healthy (12)
Scenic View (10)
Great for Brunch (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Tapas (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
People Watching (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Great Beer (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
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·Dined 5 days ago

Very good food and service as always!!! Will recommend going there if you're craving for good authentic Mediterranean Cuisine!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2018

You can't go wrong if you are looking for an exceptional experience on all fronts. This ia a lively place but intimate conversation is still easy. Run, don't walk. Reservations a must.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Fun, People Watching
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Cafe Santorini has provided consistently good food, attentive service, and a lively but intimate and relaxing experience. There are servers and table staff who have been there as long as we have been going there: over 20 years. And I have their delicious grilled squid salad almost invariably. Lunch, drinks, bar bites or dinner with friends, as a couple or with our entire family, it is always enjoyable and there are menu options for all of us. I would call this a Pasadena go to for all, probably better for well mannered 5 years and up. Not really good for fidgety youngsters as there is no space for a walk about. Babies with colic nor alcoholic friends would work well here either as it is mostly couples and it is upstairs (though there is an elevator).

Tags: Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Great meal. Cuisine true to theme. Nice setting. Friendly staff

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Being Greek, I love hearing the Greek music and the imam bayaldi is the best dish on the menu The youvetsi has too much tomato and there is no Retaina, but close enough to Santorini as I’ll get this year! Great service and beautiful atmosphere with pretty linens yet casual vibe. Servers are friendly and very accommodating. Will be back for the Imam bayaldi which needs to be at room temperature or hot; not refrigerated. Too much butter on the spanakopita...but delicious!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Delightful atmosphere, especially when the patio can be open. Great food quality, authentic Greek lamb dishes.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Probably the best restaurant we have been to throughout 2017.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is a quaint restaurant with excellent Mediterranean food and service. My husband had the lamb chops and I had a salad and humus because I wasn't that hungry. It was all really good. Would definitely return!

Tags: Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had a group of 6 - wonderful table on the terrace - great service. Everyone enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We felt rushed by the staff. Next courses brought out before we were even halfway through the appetizers or starters. Felt like they were just trying to turn the table.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food & service were great:) Staff did an awesome job handling crazy (Hopefully fun/nice) football fans!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Good Food. Friendly service. Reservations are a must. It's hard to beat sitting out on the patio on a warm Pasadena evening sipping a cocktail and enjoying the Mezza platter.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great service. Excellent food.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was fun! The patio is awesome!! Good and wine was great!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Apple puff pastry was rock hard burned pastry, tables so close next couples conversation dominated our own. Gone down hill compared to what it used to be

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Enjoyable and elegant spot, located in a cool part of all Pasadena. Like the rooftop style dining.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Been going to Cafe Santorini for years and have loved it EVERY time.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Brilliant food and service on a holiday weekend. We will definitely be back!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

This I one of my favorite places.. the food is amazing and it never disappoints

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Festive Christmas week dinner with friends. Always a nice experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

I have never had a bad meal here. The appetizers are great. I had the strip steak, the pistachio dessert and the cappuccino . It was delicious !

Tags: Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

This is a nice place to get together with family and friends, food always reliable, service always great !!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We recently enjoyed a birthday dinner for two friends at Cafe Santorini. The entire dinner was a great success, with the food, the atmosphere and especially the service a pleasure to all four of us. Grilled calamari and caprese appetizers were generous and remarkably good. Grilled salmon, herb roasted chicken breast and Moroccan lamb shank were beautifully prepared, and my moussaka was wonderfully rich and satisfying. Our takeaway from this dinner, however, was the attentiveness and professionalism of the serving staff. Good food was expected and received, but when it is served with charm and perfect style, this results in a truly memorable experience.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I love this place!!! Excellent service. Great late night find. Food is always excellent. Shell fish to dream for. You can not go wrong dining here when you are in Pasadena.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Pasadena. Tried & loved the surf & turf. I most enjoy the twinkly lights and dining on the patio. Service was 5-stars.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fun, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 14, 2017

I love Santorini & I’m never disappointed in the food & service ! Excellent in every way!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Great service delicious food and great ambiance. Will definitely go again

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Let me begin with the staff: the maître d' accommodated our request to shift our table to a more cozy location, the wait staff never let the the bread & water reach critical levels, and our server got our orders right and made sure that everything was to our liking.

However, the following points need to be made: (1) the wild mushroom risotto was a bit salty - we'll request a reduction of salt next time. (2) the wait staff, when pouring water, would actually let the lip of the pitcher touch the water in the glass, making for cross contamination.

Aside from the two points above, we had a lovely time. Patio seating is recommended as you see the courtyard outside and your conversation isn't drowned by the din.

Cheers!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

My second time there. The Shrimp Saltido is my favorite, the hummus is also good but the pita is a bit flat (order it, you'll see what I mean!). I heard the lamb shank was tasty, but a bit dry. The portion sizes are pretty large. The waiter accidentally spilled wine from the bottle on the table, no big deal, but he made up for it by bringing us a full glass of red. Very nice staff, friendly and brought us the check quickly as requested. Would go back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Host was very rude and my friends and I left and went to another restaurant. I’ve dined at this restaurant for years and have had great experiences but this evening was not the same. I will not be re.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I came here for our anniversary day and the place was fantastic. We got seated in the patio area as I had requested when I made the reservation. The place is very accomanding. The food I delisious, the waiter was very attentive with us Alos they brought us a small cake for our anniversary. I will defiantly will come here again.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Cozy, Late-night Find, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Scenic View
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

This is one of several of our favorite restaurants in Pasadena. We introduced our friends to it this time, and they're looking forward to their return to it, as has happened with other friends on previous occasions.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Tapas, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

My daughter and friends visited for a birthday dinner. The waiter treated these 17 year old with respect and courtesy. They loved the food and the value was great!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Came here to celebrate a duo birthday dinner. Food was great but service was just okay. The starter took over 45 min, they forgot our bread several times, and didn't refill our water. Was not that busy that night either.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Have had lunch/dinner for the past 8 yrs- service re wait staff can be iffy
However, the busser’s are always spot on to cover for the servers! Lol. But true

Tags: Tapas, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

My experience was completely positive except for how long it took for the food to come out. I understand that it was a busy Saturday night but we waited almost an hour after ordering to get our food. That's too long. Otherwise, no complaints.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Excellent food, great service, and a wonderful outdoor patio. My family loved it as we celebrated my mother in law's birthday.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was ok
Menu not adventurous
Patio and service was good

Tags: Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 20, 2017

I kind of thought it was a Greek restaurant hence the name but it really wasn’t. It was a mix of different places and to be honest it wasn’t very good. I had the red curry risotto and it was very heavy and the seafood on it tasted old. We also had the spanakopita and (burek) which should be tiropita and it was very bland and empty inside. Their soup was minestrone which isn’t Greek as well lol I was hoping for some avgolemono. The waiter was very rude and impatient. They seem to hire a bunch of older employees there but not one of them could smile. Never asked if we wanted more to drink or anything. Definitely not kid friendly as well.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

A group of my friends and I dined at Cafe Santorini. Everything was great about the evening - the food was delicious, drinks were good, and the service was great from start to finish. The restaurant is fairly small with a cozy outdoor dining area. Given the small space, it gets loud quickly. But there was great energy throughout. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a nice date spot, a fun group spot, or just to have good food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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