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Carmine's Italian - Pasadena

3.8
66 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Kid-friendly

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About

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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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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
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Phone number
(626) 799-2266
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jason Patella
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Catering
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.
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
We share a large public parking lot and have ample street parking as well.
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Public transit
There is a blue line stop on Mission Street in South Pasadena which is about a 15 min walk from us.
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Entertainment
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
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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.
Additional
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
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3.8based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.9
service
3.7
ambience
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on September 23, 2015

This place is always a solid choice. Nothing fancy, but always reliable.

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2015

Everything was good, the waitress was wonderful. the person backing her up was not friendly. We enjoyed the evening.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2015

The experience I had last night was great. My girlfriend and I enjoyed the delicious food. The garlic bread was amazing!!! We went here to celebrate my girlfriend new job..

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2015

The food was average and the service was poor. Looks like a neighborhood restaurant with a lot of locals.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2015

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
:-(

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2015

The food was delicious - flavorful and large portions. (We brought own wine so did not look at wine list). Staff friendly and helpful.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2015

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!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2015

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.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2015

Great service and huge portions. If you're hungry and in the mood for Italian, this is your spot!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2015

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.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2015

It was our first time at this great restaurant, food was amazing! Portion sizes are big and the taste is out is this world.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2015

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.

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3.0Dined on January 24, 2015

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.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2015

The big portions come with a downfall of not being able to split your food. Gumbi is a must. Big eaters. Gumbo is highly recommended. Chicken Alfredo is sort of small. Bland taste. Bread is to filling.
Overall 8/10

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2.0Dined on January 17, 2015

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.

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2.0Dined on December 9, 2014

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.

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4.0Dined on December 6, 2014

Our waiter was a little slammed, but the staff (including the manager) worked well together. The food was good, perfect for dinner with the 8 and 10 year old nieces before heading off to A Noise Within to see A Christmas Carol.

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2014

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.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2014

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! :)

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2014

Loved the atmosphere n food was delicious. The waiter was excellent, he gave us great service

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3.0Dined on October 19, 2014

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.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2014

We like to come here because the service and food is very good. We enjoy the selection of menu items (including the bar) and the upbeat courteous service we receive. If you like Italian food, you will not be disappointed.

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2.0Dined on October 13, 2014

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.

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2.0Dined on September 20, 2014

Mediocre food. Eggplant parmesan was horrible... premade, packaged ??, Costco ???, who knows ?, just bad. Linguine clams was fine.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2014

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.

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4.0Dined on April 25, 2013

Best linguine and red clam sauce I've ever had! That's one of many reasons I've been coming here since they opened about 15 years ago at this location!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2013

Very good Italian restaurant, large portions. Servers very attentive.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2013

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,.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2013

We had a party of 8 to celebrate my sisters birthday! We arrived 5 mins before our reservation time & we were seated within 5 mins. Our server was amazing! Thanks Carmine's!

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1.0Dined on January 13, 2013

I will never go back the service was bad, the manger does'nt know what she doing...so sad cause the food is great but ruined my husband 50th birthday surprise,

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4.0Dined on January 12, 2013

Carmine's is a typical upscale New York City type Italian restaurant; great ambiance at reasonable prices. Good food, excellent service, a fine wine list and an owner who takes the time to meet and greet his guests

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2012

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.

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3.0Dined on December 28, 2012

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.

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2.0Dined on December 23, 2012

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.

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2.0Dined on December 2, 2012

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.

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4.0Dined on December 1, 2012

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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4.0Dined on November 30, 2012

Come hungry! Or plan to share with your group. Portions were huge.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2012

The food here is really good and the service is great too. It can get really loud - sometimes there's the sound of music coming into the restaurant from the bar, but even when there's not, if the restaurant is crowded, the noise level gets pretty high.

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3.0Dined on November 2, 2012

Went for dinner this past week not expecting much, but was very pleased on the service, menu, food and costs. Not too bad for a local neighborhood place. Like this location more than Arcadia.

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