Gale's

4.7
2098 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 2098 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.4
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4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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connectr
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, very good service

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svillarreal
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale's is always a good idea. Their food reminds me of a place I ate at in Rome. Flavorful, paired with just the right wines, and the coconut cake with raspberry is just amazing. I live close to an hour's drive away, but it is totally worth the drive every single time.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. Service was a little slow but friendly. Get the coconut cream cake for dessert.

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sunnyintucson
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale’s never disappoints. It is one of our Pasadena favorites and we are so thankful they remain open during the pandemic. We especially appreciate the daily specials menu. It is delicious!

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual!

JR
JRod
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going there and having a great experience

MC
vipMaryC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous each & every time ❤️❤️

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vipNewporter
Los Angeles
167 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale’s does not disappoint! Our server was outstanding. I ordered the shrimp scampi and my husband ordered the lobster ravioli special. Both were excellent! We will be back soon!

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Mouse
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Eat here everything good. Crab salad with beets , luiguini and clams. Brazino cocanut cream cake zuchinni blossoms stuffed with buretta cheese etc
Have heater lamps if cold

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LynL
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is always delicious at Gale’s. The servers were all very helpful and friendly. Our server recommended a pasta dish for my 90 year old mom who is very picky and she loved it! I rated the ambience lower since we have to be outside in the parking lot, but that’s not the fault of the restaurant. I always have a positive experience at Gale’s.

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Jeanne
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We started with the crab cakes -- and they were excellent. Ordered the Scampi Linguini for the main course. Also excellent. The bread they served is incredible. I wish I knew where they bought it.

Service was perfect -- as were the wine suggestions.

Highly recommend. Felt very safe.

JM
vipJenniferM
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants other than my kitchen. Love the specials, Love the wine list, always a lovely evening with my husband when we dine there.

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vipGrrrrrrrrlf
Los Angeles
168 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive service, fresh ingredients, complimentary birthday cake—coconut cake was FABULOUS.

LH
LHE7
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Gales, excellent food and service in a lovely new outdoor tent setting.

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markoffmelrose
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great northern Italian food in Pasadena.

PL
PhilL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server, don't remember his name, was absolutely fabulous and really made the whole experience. Delicious seafood risotto. The outdoor dining was really quite nice and pleasant. A truly delightful anniversary dinner.

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SallyR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this hidden gem. The food is amazing and the staff is very friendly. Gale walks around and welcomes you at the table. Service is also top notch.

JL
vipJLee
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is delicious. The outdoor experience is good. We will go back again for its extensive menu

MP
vipMagP
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here was delicious. We asked the waiter for a suggestion and shortly after a regular patron came up to us and recommended the seafood soup. He told us he had been coming here for years and you can't go wrong. We didn't try the soup, but instead settled on a delicious appetizer with lightly fried shrimp and vegetables with a pesto mayo dip. Our main courses were linguine with clams and chicken parmesan. We split a large simple salad which was very good. The guy was right - everything was good. We had a flourless chocolate cake and a coconut cake for dessert - so filling. Then they brought these delicious mini-biscotti with the bill - very tasty. The house cabernet was very good and it was a very nice meal, all said and done. We'll be back.

MC
vipMaryC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely as always. It’s become a Saturday evening tradition!!!!

TF
TeresaF
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to dine at Gale’s. Lamb chops are a winner!

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vipKirklandO
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience at Gale’s Restaurant. The staff is very cautious and courteous. The food is as excellent as always. The wines are very well selected and incredibly low priced for a restaurant. Wonderful comfort dining during worrisome times.

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vipDiner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Parking lot is as pretty as possible.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, couldn’t have been better.

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vipNewporter
Los Angeles
168 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meals. We ordered the penne pasta and shrimp scampi and both were outstanding! The service was excellent. We live out of the area but will definitely go back on our next visit to Pasadena.

JP
JimP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gale's deserves the highest recommendation.
Owner Gale has created a comfortable space
in the adjacent parking lot (you wouldn't know).
Food remains top quality and all employees are
helpful, informative and friendly. We all three
enjoyed the lunches we ordered.

DK
DarrylK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I was disappointed with my visit this time. I had reservations and I was seated in the worst location, next to the exit/entry where the servers come in and out, very busy and annoying. The order was the Linguini and seafood mix puttanesca. The Linguini was hot and the seafood was lukewarm. I expected better with the temperature of the food.

The time before was perfect so I will give Gale's the benefit of the doubt and recommend it to a friend.

PC
vipPatrickC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Freezing cold!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Post election bliss

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LeslieP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, sitting outside is not as nice as indoors but the tent helps.

MP
MarioP
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Our experience was average to say. I must admit that for the first time in many, many years the food and service was not up to your bench mark standard fine dining experience. You're to be commended to survive during these days of COVID-19. Yet, we felt unwelcomed and excluded.

HP
HaroldP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great lunch. The crab ravioli special was delicious! Outdoors with all covid precautions.

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TrudellS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dining experience with excellent food. Always great.

LS
vipLuisaS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have such an extensive menu, were impressed again. We had the Burrata with peaches and berries and the zuppe de pesce. The soup had lots of fish and shared it. I have recommended Gales to many of my friends and they've all loved it. We will definitely return soon.

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Mouse
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Yummy food. Small parking lot. Make sure you have reservations but love the taste. Couldn’t get reservations till 830 pm on Friday night. Had shrimp scampi and my boyfriend has luiguini and clams. Both good. Complimentary fresh bread Also had zuchinni blossoms our favorite appetizer

MW
vipMarionW
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual. Fabulous food and service. Can’t wait to go back!

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BobA
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great. Wonderful menu.

JT
vipJenniferT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale's has done a fabulous job expanding outdoor seating under a tent with lights and heaters. Their impeccable service and delicious food make it a special night out, even mid-week. It is about the only place our teen son is willing to go out to eat with us, we are bribing him with the delectable flourless chocolate cake after dinner. Thank you Gale's!

GM
GloriaM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt safely distanced, not rushed, very pleasant experience and food is perfect as always!

JS
JordanS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best wines by the glass in Pasadena! Seasonal menu and impeccable staff

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Gale's using the Order Online button. Gale's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 432-6705.

Gale's is rated 4.7 stars by 2098 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.