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Gale's

4.6
1345 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Special Occasion
Gale's Restaurant is a totally local spot. It offers remarkably solid Northern Italian fare just down the road from all the hubbub. Couples, families and friends that seem to have just finished a day outdoors snuggle among the brick walls and small marble tables, drinking wine from elegant Brighton goblets. Start it off with a Burrata Salad or a steamed artichoke and then move on to the country-style Tuscan steak or one of the house made ravioli specials. For dessert, don't miss the Tiramisu or the Coconut Cake which is uncommonly tasty. The wine list is a favorite among the guests for it's variety and excellent value.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(626) 432-6705
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Fausto Tinelli
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Catering
Gale's menu adapts well to both office and personal catering. Check with us to see how our personalized menus can be tailored for your next event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
California
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Parking details
Parking in lot and street parking.
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Public transit
We are very close tothe Del Mar Station for the Metrolink. We are about 3 blocks away.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1345 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great food, service, and ambience. From the appetisers to dessert: a wonderful experience...

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Lovely dinner reuniting long tome friends. Everything was superb!!!

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Sophia our server was great, she had many suggestions and all food items were great!! We will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Outstanding as usual. Creative and tasty food. Part of our regular rotation.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Always a pleasure to eat at Gale’s. Just had the soup, salad and sandwich special for a weekday lunch and it was lovely.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Great, friendly and effecient service. Classic Italian, a step above the usual red-sauce place.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Excellent food, great selection. Service was terrific. Able to carry on a conversation without having to shout.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Super attentive service and amazing drinks and food!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

My first time here. Good much with plentiful portions. I specially liked the shrimp appetizer.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Waiter was very nice and service was excellent. The food was very good.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always great food and service. Have been dining there for 20 years

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It’s always great here.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Make a reservation. The food and service are consistently good.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Went for husband’s birthday which I noted on the Open Table reservation. Birthday wasn’t acknowledged and we were too full for dessert anyways.
Husband’s clams and linguini was delicious. I ordered chicken Milanese. It was pounded very thin and was extremely dry. I’ve had this in Milan and was it was moist and tender...so disappointed! Side pasta was just mac in a bland tomato sauce. Sautéed spinach was very good. Second time at Gale’s so maybe they’re just hit or miss.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Good food and service. Table was ready when we arrived a little early.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Gales is a definite keeper. Good for casual dining as well as date night. Food is creative and portions are generous. Staff sincerely cares about your dining experience!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The staff was attentive, food was delicious and the atmosphere was bright unlike many dark Italian restaurants. Really enjoyed our meal and dessert was a must! The coconut cake was so good I was full and ordered a piece to go!!! It was a delightful breakfast of champions the next morning!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

We have been here a number of times and still enjoy this place. The food is delicious. Order the coconut cake because I cannot because I'm too fat. It is so delicious!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Excellent dining experience as always. Wine prices are quite high.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

My family has been dining at Gale's for years. It's one of our go to places for special occasions or "just because" we need a night out. This particular dinner was no exception. Our daughter and her fiance were visiting from out of town. We were seated immediately upon arrival; waiter was attentive, but not overbearing. The food was excellent. Our group ordered the salmon special with their original side salad and pizzas, all were delicious! Their tradition is to end each meal with a plate of biscotti (yummy)! Gale's is definitely a neighborhood gem and one that we'll continue to frequent for years to come.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Great neighborhood bistro. We really loved it. My husband had the branzino seafood dish and I had the clams & linguini. We shared a creative seafood appetizer (crab, avocado and grilled beets) and had an inexpensive but fantastic bottle Italian Pinot Grigio. A very nice evening.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Fantastic! Sophia is a great waitress! Everyone loves Gale’s! Brother Jerry’s is yummy!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

The food was wonderful. I used to work in the area 10 years ago and frequented Gale’s. We were visiting in Pasadena and Gales was my choice. The food was great as always, and then there is the biscotti!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Love Gales - food is delicious, wait staff super efficient and friendly. Wonderful evening with friends and kind staff. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I have always loved eating at Gales! However, this time we were very disappointed in the drinks from the bar. They tasted watered down (martini & lemon drop) The meal was good and we liked that our server said 'no problem' when we wanted to split meals and appetizers. The coconut cake was so light and flavorful!! We also ordered 2 cappuccinos - nice big cups, but only filled 1/3. On top of that the coffee was luke warm. Everything was lovely except anything that came from the bar.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Gales is our default goto place. We always leave Gales happy and satisfied with the experience. The food is great, the service is great. Gale's is a great neighborhood gem...

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4.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We enjoyed all aspects of our meal at Gale's. The service was attentive and well-informed. The food was delicious. The wine paired well. The swordfish was very fresh, very moist, deliciously seasoned, and a generous portion.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Wait was long although we had reservations. It was worth it as the food was very good

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

We always enjoy Gale's. We've dined there numerous times. The food is excellent quality, excellent value. Everything is very fresh. I'm not an expert at Italian cuisine, but the dishes all seem very authentic. My husband and I typically split an entree, this time it was the lasagna Bolognese. It was more than enough for the two of us, we probably brought half home for leftovers. We also shared a small Cesar salad and minestrone. They charge a $10 corkage fee if you bring your own wine, which is very reasonable. We also always admire the wine glasses, with the pewter stems, they are very pretty. Bread is complimentary and is always fresh. The only issue with Gale's is that it's a bit noisy, but we don't mind it much. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Excellent restaurant, although the Saturday night we were there it was exceedingly busy and noisy.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

I made a reservation using open table. They took us right at reserved time. Great food! Great customer service! Will come again ;)

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Gale's is one of my favorite. The menu has something for everyone. The pasta is delicious and this restaurant offers many preparation choices. The fish is always fresh. We dined with relatives who followed a vegan diet and others who were vegetarians. Everyone had delicious meals. The service is outstanding. The staff is friendly and really want everyone to enjoy their meals. There is a full bar!. I have never had a disappointing meal at Gale's.

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1.0Dined on March 1, 2018

It was too bright for dinner but I guess they had to accommodate for all the elderly who have taken over.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Great local spot in Pasadena. The food is great and the atmosphere is friendly.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2018

We were there for my birthday. We got there and was seated right away. Our waitress was nice and friendly. I’ve been there twice before and the food was amazing. For some reason this time around, the food was not as good as before. My mom and husband finished their food first and my brother and I were still working on our food, then this waitstaff came by and asked if it was ok to clear off my mom and husbands plate which was ok since they were done. After that he came by to my brother and I asking if we needed boxes. We felt as if they were rushing us out. We weren’t even offered to look at the dessert menu. But our waitress did come by and drop off a piece of cake for my birthday.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We have dined at Gales many times over the past ten years. The food and service is consistently good. We ate at 7:30 in a Friday night and, unfortunately, the wait with a reservation was about 30 minutes.
Our main complaint is their tables for 2 people are just too small for beverages and food. However, it is a gem!

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

The melt in your mouth pork shank on top of risotto (to a non fan of risotto) was delicious. Fresh bread this time, which is nice. Great servers.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

This is the second time I've eaten at Gale's. I live 50 miles away and whenever I'm in the area I want to eat at Gale's. Wonderful Italian food and a lively, fun place.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Gales is a wonderful place to go for any occasion - attractive interior (2 rooms to choose from so you can get more of an outdoor patio experience or an inside restaurant experience), the food is great, service is friendly and efficient, and there is even parking. I love to meet friends here and not feel rushed.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Great local Italian restaurant. Excellent authentic Italian food, nice atmosphere--good vibe. Extensive menu. Service was great, staff very friendly. The place was full on a Monday night. Obviously a treasured local spot. Can't go wrong with this place if you are looking for Italian.

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