Charlie's Trio Cafe

4.3
24 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian

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About

Situated in Alhambra, Charlie’s Trio Cafe crafts homemade Italian cuisine with a rustic touch. It is family-owned and offers a warm and casual atmosphere that's ideal for dining out. Tasty starters like fried oysters topped with a tangy rémoulade or risotto croquettes stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella are on the menu. Charlie’s Trio Cafe features house specialties that include such dishes as spicy shrimp diavolo, as well as the smoked salmon served over pappardelle pasta. This restaurant also makes a delectable array of hand-crafted pizzas and calzones.

Charlie’s Trio Cafe offers drinks with meals such as wine by the bottle or glass and beer from the tap. It also provides take-out services and catering for private functions.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, American, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;

Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;

Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(626) 284-4943
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
James Boyle
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Catering
We do offer a full catering menu for small and large groups. The catering menu is viewable on our website at http://charliestriocatering.com/.
We do deliver catering orders over $100 depending on the availability of a driver. Delivery fee is determined by distance from the restaurant.
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Cross street
First St.
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Parking details
Directly behind us is a valet only parking lot at night. We do validate. Valet parking is $2 with validation. During lunch time parking is free. On first street north of Main St. on the West side of the street there is another night time valet parking lot. We do validate. On first street one block south of Main St. there is a free parking structure. All along First. St. there is free street parking with a 2 hour limit.
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Special events & promotions
Mondays & Tuesdays: 1/2 off all wine bottles
$20 select wine list Wednesday through Sunday.
HAPPY HOUR: 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. Monday through Friday.
LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR: 9 P.M. to 11 P.M.
FRIDAY: Release new weekly dinner specials.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
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4.4
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3.9
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M
Los Angeles
104 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious. The staff is courteous and provide excellent customer service.

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PS
Los Angeles
226 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian! The Cazones, excellent. The staff is very attentive, and the new decor and removal of carpet and reconfiguration of the restaurant is GREAT!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Came here for a friend's birthday - complementary tiramisu! Tasty food too!

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s
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a fantastic time there. Parking was very convenient and the food was fantastic. They had a half off wine special and I had the stella. The restaurant is one I will be coming back to dine.

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M
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is to die for. Super flavorful. The service is excellent and the new decor and fresh look is very nice!

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PS
Los Angeles
226 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian fare, and friendly staff. Good prices and always FRESH ingredients!

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RV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation but arrived early and were still seated without waiting. Waitress was attentive and food was delicious with short wait.
Heirloom tomato salad is amazing.

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The food was delicious, the ambiance was energetic yet still fun not too loud and still romantic. Service was great. Music was good. Drinks were good.

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MT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I have been eating at Charlie's Trio for 20 years. I have split my time between the original on Huntington Drive and the newer cafe on Main. The main reason I keep coming back is because of my favorite waiter Ross (Rosendo) who has gotten to me and my tastes. He is always attentive and happy. He knows me so well I don't even have to look at the menu. While I don't go out often because of finances when I do it is here and I feel like a queen!

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M
Los Angeles
104 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charlie's Trio is my favorite local Italian restaurant. The food is delicious. The staff are extremely friendly and caring. My favorite local restaurant on a Friday night.

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B
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

If you like straight ahead food cooked well then this is the place for you. Nothing surprised but the salad was overdressed, even after requesting light dressing. It was quiet so event though busy you could carry on a normal level conversation.

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TT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our hostess, waiter and waitress made our dining experience fabulous.
Delicious food, wonderful staff so we had a great time.

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d
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Went here for Valentine's Day, is not the fanciest of places but the food speaks for itself. Very satisfied and economical place to dine.

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b
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

great spot for a first date or any other times
good menu
great service

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PS
Los Angeles
226 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite spots in Alhambra!!! GREAT Italian entrees and always inventive!!!

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EB
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Came highly recommended. Didn't disappoint. Would definitely return.

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PS
Los Angeles
226 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their Broasted chicken. And Marsala chicken. Great pasta!

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M
Los Angeles
104 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charlie's Trio is one of Alhambra's best neighborhood restaurants. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is friendly. The staff is always personable and hospitable. I have been coming here for over 14 years!

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c
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Charlie's Trio Cafe is a great family cozy cafe to eat at. The butter squash ravioli was excellent and crab pasta dish was excellent. The service was excellent and the manager even came to say hi and chatted a bit with us.

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PS
Los Angeles
226 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine pasta and delicious specials. Great staff.

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PS
Los Angeles
226 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this Italian get away in Alhambra

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PS
Los Angeles
226 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

GREAT local eatery in Alhambra!!! GREAT Italian!!! and a fine staff!

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w
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Pretty regular here, and found a new menu! Many of the same, but lots new - Seems like it about as same to me. Service was a little off this time though. Seemed like they might of been a little short that evening.

Food? Good as ever. Decent portions for the cost - very comfortable.

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GA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2013
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The food was great but the restaurant itself needs a makeover. Not a place if you want a romantic dinner. This is more of a casual restaurant with quality food.

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