Gale's

4.7
2462 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Gale's Restaurant is a totally local Pasadena spot for delicious Northern Italian fare, tucked away from the tourist chains in Old Town. Couples, families and friends that seem to have just finished a day outdoors snuggle among the brick walls and small marble tables, drinking cocktails and wine from elegant Brighton goblets. Start off with Bruschetta, Burrata Salad or Gale's Simple Salad 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 Gale's iconic Coconut Cake. The wine list is a favorite among the guests for it's variety and excellent value.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2462 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a quiet dinner with my wonderful 16-year-old daughter to catch up….. we sat outside, although we were offered the choice to dine inside as well. The food was fantastic as always!

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1HappyNurse
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was perfect!
Service was a little slow but the food came out pretty quickly and made up for the service.
The waiter was polite, just busy.
Definitely will come back..,

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot on fair oaks for a great Italian meal. Be prepared as the menu is extensive and when you add the page of specials it make it really hard to choose. Never have had a bad meal. Plenty of parking out back and on the street.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love Gale’s! Good food and atmosphere!

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SoCalgal
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, quiet outdoor space with heaters! Exceptional staff, excellent food, this is a neighborhood treasure. Nice selection of daily specials in addition to an enormous selection off the regular menu.

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MiriamR
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good. Great ambiance. Great service. Terrific coconut cake! Will go again.

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vipBatzMaru
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was delicious.

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vipmDot
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

If I could eat the coconut cake all day long, I would! It beats any cake specialty shop hands down!

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CatherineC
Kansas City
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I think the food is good but but it is very expensive.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went to Gales for the first time after countless people told us how good it was. It was just the two of us and the food and service were both outstanding. Every bite melted in my mouth. We enjoyed a good strong cocktail and a delicious glass of wine. We both had separate salads. The arugula salad is so refreshing and peppery abs the Cesar was nice too.My ravioli was the best I’ve ever had the pasta was thinner but had a nice bite , texture and the sauce was marvelous . My fiancé had leftovers of his mushroom pasta with braised pork not sure how, it was so tasty It’s a bit noisy in the kitchen so I think it’s a perfect family restaurant ! The place emptied out early which I was disappointed about because I wanted to linger.Can’t wait to go back!

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YMLuther
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided on an early dinner versus a late dinner and it worked out great. We had the choice of indoors and outdoors, and with the warm weather, the only choice was to be outside.

We had a great table location and service was excellent, and food was per usual tasty and up to Gale's high standards.

It was an early evening well spent!

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vipJeffreyO
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale's is one of my favorite places to dine. The atmosphere is very welcoming.
The food is always good and the service is impeccable.

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vipmamacassie48
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

First of all, my water glass had lipstick on it so I had to ask for another. Didn't really set well with me. We chose to eat outside as it was a warm evening and we were close to the building so it was pleasant. Food was good. I had the shrimp with pasta and it's my favorite there. The bread and olive oil dipping sauce was very good. My wine was also excellent. All in all, it was quite pleasant.

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JimS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food; good wine.

Tiffany (new waitress to us) was a pleasantly surprise.

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torimac
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It’s always fantastic. Never disappoints.

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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CQ2U
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Gale's - the food, atmosphere and service are top notch!

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EJGEncino
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a FABULOUS menu ... almost impossible to choose ... everything beyond delicious. Outstanding warm and friendly staff. I just doesn't get better than this.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
566 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We had a nice dinner here ordering Mushroom Ravioli and Pasta Al Forno , which we enjoyed but couldn't finish because they were large portions, but very tasty. Nice Berry Crumble for dessert. Our waiter was fine and did a good job of serving us and the people around us inside the back room of Gale's. We hope to return soon!

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viprichardeats
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Have eaten here many many times prepandemic. This is first time I've returned since Feb 2020. Inside was very crowded and energetic. Combined line for tables and takeout was long and compacted. Other patrons gave some attitude when I asked to make space. Woman at desk seated first group and then disappeared. Man came and asked if we'd been helped, to entire line, and then took group in middle of line, after I'd said we'd been waiting and man in front of me was next. Apparently, they were "friends of Gale" so got priority. The place was busy but not completely full, but the waits for everything were very long. The waitress at one point asked if we'd like another drink and one in our party said yes. It didn't arrive til we were done eating. She did take it off the bill. Maybe they were just short on staff?

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Babs
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had out of town guests and I was worried about eating outside but I worried for nothing. We sat in the pavilion where tables are nicely spaced apart and the temperature was quite comfortable. Our food and service were excellent. Our only distraction was the waiters and bus people literally running to and from tables. Our service was great but the running seemed a bit much. Maybe there was a staff shortage? While our table was cleared quickly we never felt rushed—appetizers through desserts. We left feeling very happy.

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vipHappiness
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite. They make me feel like family. Food and service are always impeccable. I love Gales more than any other restaurant.

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vippashm
Los Angeles
82 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, tasty food

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RL2020
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner at Gale’s for a birthday celebration. Our dinner’s and service was excellent. Gale’s is our go to restaurant for special occasions.

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pasadenafoodie
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I forgot how good the food is. And nice to have another outdoor option that isn't on the street.

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vipKristanB
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gale’s is my go-to lunch spot. The service is professional and friendly. The menu is extensive enough to accommodate any preferences. They still have their outdoor seating which is enjoyable in good weather. Love the freshness of the food.

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NoraH
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service was extremely bad. We wait more than one hour to get the dinner served. Plus the The waiter keeping offering more food that we did not ordered or wanted.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Gabe and Joshua always do a great job.

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SteveT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Gale's is our "go to" Italian restaurant in Pasadena. We met some friends from OC there and they loved it. One of the things I like best is that if you don't see what you want on the menu and they have the ingredients, they will make it for you.
Would highly recommend Gale's and on a nice evening, great that they have maintained their outdoor space.

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Elliotw
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Gales. Went there prior to attending a play in Pasedena. Food was fresh and flavorful. Service was professional and responsive. Prices were quite fair

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KristenH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was fabulous. We had outstanding service and the food was incredible. Highly recommend for a cozy neighborhood dining experience

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Jackpot
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food is absolutely delicious and serving size is ample, but this restaurant is very pricey on some items. For example, for a small romaine and onion salad, they charged $8 and for a small organic green salad, they charged $10, both of which were add-ons to our meal. The total bill for two plus one takeout main dish and a slice of cake came to over $160! Service was generally good and waiters were overly attentive, although they forgot to give us the extra bread we requested, so we ate without it. The coconut cake is exceptional and even at $10 a slice which was huge, it's well worth it. I ordered takeout, including their fabulous coconut cake only to find they sent me home with an extremely small piece that was less than a quarter the size of the one piece we had at the restaurant! Although I would go back to Gale's, I will be more vigilant about any take-out in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I always try to go to Gales for lunch or dinner.
It’s probably the one of best Italian restaurants in Pasadena. Great food and great service.

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CherylS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always love the food at Gales. This is the first time I have been there since the pandemic. Everyone was masked at it felt very safe. We were seated outside the tent in the driveway. It actually was very nice. The breeze felt great and the food was outstanding, as usual. We both had the spinach lasagne with the simple salad. So good and enjoyed the biscotti at the end of the meal. The service was fantastic and very accommodating. A+

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SaraV
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale's was sublime as usual. Options to eat in or out, all employees were wearing masks and tables were distanced. Wonderful as always.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wildly exceeded my expectations. Food was original and very upscale. Super delicious.

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Bill
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was eclectic, well prepared, professionally served. Service was spot on, attentive professional accommodating wait staff.

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Love2eat
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love GALE’S’s!! The food is ALWAYS excellent and the servers respectful and attentive. I highly recommend eating at GALE’S regularly!!!

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Lovesalad
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best selection of salads in Pasadena/South Pasadena area. Service is always wonderful!

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vipImafoodie
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The service was terrible. It took 15 minutes to get drinks
Our waiter was overwhelmed with his tables.

FAQs

Gale's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 432-6705.

Gale's is rated 4.7 stars by 2462 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.