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About Carmine's Italian - Pasadena
Get your Italian food fix at Carmine's Italian Restaurant and enjoy casual but classy seating and a cocktail bar. Serving Tuscan style Italian food, the restaurant has been a favorite of the area for 20 years. The dinner menu has favorites, such as minestrone and lentil soup, as well as broccoli with roasted garlic and appetizers and salads. Carmine's Italian Restaurant gives its customers entertainment to go along with their meals on the weekends in the Carmine's Lounge.
Carmine's Italian Restaurant will cater parties and other events. It can accommodate 20 guests up to 100 guests and will customize the menu if desired. For those in a hurry, the restaurant's website allows ordering on line as well.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Hours of Operation:
AS OF 9/28/15 WE ARE CLOSED FOR REMODELING. WE WILL LSEE YOU NOVEMBER 11, 2015. FOR BOOKING AN EVENT PLEASE CALL AND LEAVE A MESSAGE OR EMAIL INFO@PRGRMINC.COM
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
HAPPY HOUR MON-FRI 4-7PM, ALL DAY SUNDAY
MARTINI MONDAY- MARTINI'S FOR $3
TACO TUESDAY: $2TACOS/ $3 MARGARITAS/ $3 BEER
WING WEDNESDAY: INDUSTRY APPRECIATION NIGHT/ $0.50 WINGS/ $6 WHISKEY & BEER/ 1/2 PRICED WINE BOTTLES
THIRSTY THURSDAY: $5 HOUSE WINE/ $4 WELL DRINKS/ $3 BEER/ $5 LATE NIGHT MENU
FEEL GOOD FRIDAYS: DJ STARTS AT 10PM/ $5 BARTENDER'S CHOICE COCKTAILS/ LATE NIGHT MENU
SOCIAL SATURDAYS: DJ RATSMILK STARTS AT 9PM/ BEER BUCKET SPECIALS/ LATE NIGHT MENU
SUNDAY FUNDAY: HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HAVING YOUR PARTY WITH US CALL 626/799-2266
We offer all of our dishes in party trays for pick up or delivery of any quantity. We have also been working with a company for over 10 years if you need full service catering for any event.
We share a large public parking lot and have ample street parking as well.
There is a blue line stop on Mission Street in South Pasadena which is about a 15 min walk from us.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please call us and ask for the Banquet Coordinator. She can help you plan the perfect party either in our restaurant or in the lounge. We have held parties for retirements, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, birthdays, anniversaries, and many other occasions.
Carmine's Italian - Pasadena Ratings and Reviews
We've been to carmines quite a few times and always had prompt friendly service and great food its what keeps us coming back. Sunday evening was just a little off from a service perspective which was unfortunate because we were a party of 6 with 2 people who had never been there. The food was still good and it appeared to be just our table as another party came and went in the time it took for us to be served. We asked for bread 5 times, never got our water refilled and would have ordered dessert but couldn't seem to find our waiter. Glad there is a Baskin Robbins across the street so we could celebrate a birthday. We'll definitely be back but will ask for a different section if we get the same waiter
Had not gone in months and decided to give it another go. Good energetic service. Better than average. Brand and oil were never empty either.
Our group had from Pizza to Linguini and Clams - all good sized portions, decent tasting, pretty good.
Free piece of cheesecake since they made an error on the pizza - that was nice!
This was not our first time at Carmines, but our first time with a large group. We had a reservation for 7:30 PM , and most of our guest arrived by that time. The staff had our tables all set up and ready to go for our party of 12 on our arrival. We started out with several appetizers, which arrived fairly quickly, along with their special garlic cheese bread. We also brought along four bottles of wine. Their corkage fee was a little steep at $10 a bottle. You would think they would charge maybe at the most for two bottles , or drop the fee in half, but we were charged ten dollars on all four. All 12 of us seem to order a different entrée. The entrees like the appetizers came out fairly quickly. Everything was going great till our guest starting to eat there meals. I heard sever guest mention there meals were to salty. One guest mentioned the sauce on her dish tasted just like the marinara sauce that came with the garlic bread. When everyone was finished , we then had cake to celebrate my partner's birthday which we had brought in like the wine. Normally for a birthday like this, we divide the check up everyone paying for the person celebrating their birthday. But with many of the guest disappointed with their meals, I decided to pay the bill myself. But our waitress was amazing, so not all bad.
We've been here twice this month and have enjoyed it each time. We were blown away by how good the clams and pancetta appetizer is..a meal in itself! Service is great and although we haven't been to the bar area, it looked like a swanky place to have a drink or two at.
The lasagna was really good and the free bread is amazing! The only ok dish was the appetizer. The calamari wasn't anything special and I wouldn't get it again. But other than that, the bread and salad was great and so were the main dishes. By the time we got the main dishes though, we were pretty full off the bread the salad so we took home most of the main course and had plenty of leftovers.
The food was good, but on a Saturday large groups and families dominated the restaurant making our dinner quite loud and extremely slow.
We got seated very slowly due to some mix up with the front desk not checking us in for our reservation and then claiming we were too late after we had been waiting and wondering for fifteen minutes how long it would take to be seated. That was fine, but our meal took forever to be delivered with many apologies to us. I'm not sure we would try this again on a weekend.
Carmine's is a neighborhood gem, I will give it that. However, the food is pretty low quality and the menu probably has not been refreshed in 25 years. The portions are huge, iso f you are the Hometown Buffet type of client, you may like this place. I would prefer super fresh, high-quality, moderately portioned fare. I will say the red sauce is really good. The bread rolls, which are basically the first things which hit the table and set the expectations for the rest of the meal, were heavy, thick and bland. The restaurant should put more care into the bread, even using a high-hydration, long-rise process would probably do the trick. Overall, very mediocre.
The food was fine. The server was attentive. It took quite a while to get our food, though. Our reservation was at 6:00, but we didn't get our food until 7:30. The big problem was the noise. A large group (an office party?) was beside us, screaming, laughing, and shouting the entire time. They should have had a separate room. Parking was an issue too; we had to park near OSH. I wouldn't go to Carmine's again unless I had to.
I made a 10:45 PM reservation. I could have made an 11:00 reservation as well. I later found out that they closed at 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights. Upon arrival the restaurant front entrance was closed, but the bar was open through another entrance. Since the bar is connected to the restaurant, I peeked into the restaurant near the kitchen. A gentleman came out and said the restaurant closed early because there were no customers. I then told him that I had reservations through OpenTable. He said "just a minute". A lady then came out to politely greet us and confirmed my reservation. Since we were the only patrons in the restaurant, we had the undivided attention of our waiter, Steven. He was very friendly and made sure that our dining experience was to our satisfaction. My wife had ordered her favorite pasta dish, Aglio Olio and I ordered the Manicotti. Although the entrées are somewhat simplistic, they were made to perfection. We will definitely go back there again to try other items on their menu.
I'd been going to Carmine's for years, but this was first time I held a meeting there. The staff was very accommodating and gave a huge back section here we were away from the crowd and where it was quiet. I able to conduct my meeting and still enjoy my food.
The only thing I'm sad about was that they change their dessert menu, they use to have this chocolate truffle ice cream thing and now its gone. But all in all, no complains.
We were introduced to Carmine's by friends. We have gone several times since and have never been disappointed with their food or the service. They give you a TON of food, so even without a "discount deal", as we just recently used, you could easily split the meals....every table in the room we were in had leftover boxes! :)
This was my first time at Carmine's. The food was great, I had the Pasta Pesto with Chicken and it was very flavorful. The only complaint I have is the service. I was with a party of 7 (4 adults, 3 kids) and the service was extremely slow. The waitress was really nice and kept apologizing but with 3 kids, it was hard to keep them entertained while waiting for our food.
We arrived at the restaurant at 5:05 pm with reservation , soon after the restaurant started its dinner hour. The restaurant was not busy at all. The waitress spent all her time talking with friends that and completely neglected our table. Finally the hostess noticed the neglect and our impatience and came to take our order. We have no knife at our the table even after the food was served. After repeated requests for silverwares, the busboy finally bought one knife that I have to share with my companion for the whole meal.
Adorable waitress told us what to order & what was better elsewhere. (I hate it when your server tells you it's all good.) Pasta special was huge & tasty. Linguine & clams was a bit watery. They were out of some items very early so that's either a good sign or bad. Lamb shank was good (acc'd to my friend). Tiramisu was fabulous. Waitress again said, Okay: don't order cannoli's but tiramisu & cheesecake are great. She was right & we appreciated it. The later it gets, the louder it becomes. We had two big parties near us and we were yelling by the end of the meal. Go early. We would return. My friend, who lives in Pasadena says this is always crowded & been there for a long time.
Hostess n server were rude n pushy. Lack of patience when explaining menu items n hostess seemed irritated that we were late but still wanted a table. Bar scene was great. Bartenders were attentive n fun, very talkative. If Carmine's had the bar staff as their wsit staff, i would have given them a 5 star rating,.
Made the mistake of going on 12/30. Should of known better to get even close to Pasadena. Pretty crowded, and service was slow - too many people in town for Rose Bowl and parade.
The kitchen must of been really backed up - meal from ordering took close to 45 minutes - plus it did not help that the waiter
dropped my dish - further delaying things. He did offer a appetizer while I waited.
The support staff of the waiter was excellent. Coming by almost too often to check on drinks, bread, etc etc.
The food here is excellent and almost a great value, but on the 30th, it was all a bit much.
Very welcoming and great service. I booked a table for 715PM and despite the very packed restaurant, we were seated at 720PM. The waiters were extremely helpful, polite, professional and happy to serve us. The food was average but good and the wine list had a good selection. I had a lentil soup and the pappardelle with spicy carrot and sausage sauce. The noddle were not cooked to my liking (the entire mass of noodle sticked together) but the sauce was just right.. I will give it another try just because of the very welcoming place.
Food was great and our waitress, Lyn, was incredible. Unfortunately our dessert cake came out semi-frozen and we asked them to simply take the item off our bill. The manager, Kristin, expressed her "frustrations" with us aloud (profanity was included) so that my entire table of 6 could hear. It with this that Carmine's will never get any of my business again and I cannot recommend this restaurant to any one.
I used to love this place, but the last 3 times we were they seemed disorganized, understaffed, extremely slow with service. Meals are some good some not so much, but if I have to have a 3 hour dinner in a place like this, might as well not go back. So we won't.
Overall, this restaurant is very good. The menu is extensive and had many italian dishes that I was not familiar with. The waitress knew all the dishes and she explained them in detail. She also let us in on dishes that were not on the menu. It was so hard to choose! I ordered the sea bass, which was good, but I've had better. The pasta and sauce was excellent. For dessert, I had spumoni pie, which was a first. I loved it. The ambiance was romantic yet fun. This restaurant is very versatile. It's great for family dinners, special occassions, dates, group outings, and the bar crowd.
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