Gale's

4.7
2427 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 2427 people are saying
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Lovesalad
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

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

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vipvoc49
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food at Gale's is consistently excellent ! The drinks and service left nothing to be desired. One of our favorites.

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful!

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WillieC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service, food is authentic and great menu, full bar is always a great option

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vipCarlaE
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

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EvanS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food with great variety; well designed outdoor dining, attentive service.

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vipgoodeats
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday celebration for a friend was done with the style I count on whenever dining at Gale’s.

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BradF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is wonderful, attentive but not to the point of being bothersome. The quality of the food and the choices outstanding. They never disappoint with the number of specials. Drink glasses do not go unfilled and the biscotti at the end is a lovely touch.

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foodfave
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very attentive and friendly. Kelly gave us her favorites, but, as I have found, it’s not a short list! Gale’s has daily specials, which never disappoint. I brought a foodie friend, who is visiting from out of state, and she said she wants to eat here again! We tried the stuffed zucchini flowers and they were fabulous. We ordered the swordfish and the pomodoro risotto with shrimp and salmon, both were specials. And, to top it off, we had to have the coconut cake. It is heavenly, served with a little raspberry drizzle. It was all so good!

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Jade
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Had dinner outside on the patio for a birthday celebration. Food was good to terrific. One thing I like: there are always several things I actually would like to try on the menu and and deciding on just one is difficult. I had the spaghetti lemon scampi-- it was really good. For dessert we tried the coconut creme cake and I highly recommend it. What could be improved: the waiter, while attentive, seemed like he wanted to rush us through our dinner. He would remove plates while we were still chewing the food from what became the last bite. We requested more bread twice but it never appeared. My husband was still eating his dinner when the waiter asked me what I wanted for dessert and if I wanted a dessert menu. He needs to calm down. Overall it was a good experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. The service was impeccable.
Indoor ambiance was old school New York style, busy, humming, but noise level was just right, very comfortable.
Over all experience gets a very high mark from us.

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JoAnnS
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose inside dinning. Even though there was a 10 plus group to the side the noise level was pleasant! We could hear ourselves talk and listen to background music (that too was nice). So nice to be out. even picking up the check was done with customer curtesy.

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Stephanie
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale's is one of our favorite local eats. The staff are all attentive and provide a great experience. The food is always amazing. I recommend this to anyone looking for a date night with their favorite person.

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KristenD
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a birthday evening and everything was fantastic. The regular menu is delicious, but highly recommend ordering off their specials as everything was seasonal and fresh. Also the portions are very generous. Wine selection is probably a bit higher quality than cocktails here - but even still the drinks are decent. Back room got a little loud, but the tables are spaced so comfortably you hardly care. Can't wait to go back.

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vipMarionW
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Exceptional food.

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Fred
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Gale’s!

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JoyceTW500
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Our lunch yesterday was to celebrate my sister in law’s birthday, she travelled nearly 55 miles from Redlands, California.
She has read how good your spinach lasagna was , but was most disappointed our waiter said “ they ran out of spinach lasagna “.
We were ordering at 11:30am and there were only a few other customers seated before us .
HOW could it possibly be kitchen already “ran out of what’s on your menu”????

I would have rated you 5 stars otherwise! We always love your food , Gales restaurant. Thanks!

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Pelly
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and spectacular services. Our go to for Italian.

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vipyntbom
Los Angeles
144 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. Good service. Felt a bit rushed as wait staff continued to try to clear plates prior to the food being finished.

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DAVIDP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner was exceptional as usual. Our waiter was polite and made great recommendations. Will return soon!

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vipWdb1980
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food as always!

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vipLilly
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food sat outside due to covid concerns, the wood chairs were not very comfortable and the round table was a little small for 2 of us sitting at t the end of our party of 6

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JDub
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We absolutely adore Gale’s normally but they were jammed with customers and staff was challenged to keep up. They goofed up our birthday celebration and one dish we ordered was both over cooked and served lukewarm. They did offer a free slice of cake to make up for this. It’s hard to run a restaurant these days but Gale’s should avoid overbooking. Thanks.

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vipCelesteS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and great food! The staff is very nice and great service

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LindaB
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

As always we had a great meal. Unfortunately we had a 7:45 reservation and when we arrived were told the kitchen was closing in 10 minutes so we felt quite rushed to order and leave. I would suggest that the last reservation be at 7 if the kitchen closes at 8.

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vipLydiaT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Seating outside in parking lot was actually pleasant but a little distracting. All the employees were attentive and professional. We will go back.

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foodfave
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I was so glad to see the restaurant was hopping, when we arrived. Our reservation was toward the end of the lunch rush, so it was slightly expected. Gale’s never disappoints! I had not eaten here for lunch in a very long time, usually coming for dinner, and the menu was perfect. We had he bruschetta, which is wonderfully fresh and flavor. For our main corses, I had the rustic Caesar salad with added chicken and my friend had the salad with grilled salmon. Very tasty and fresh. You can’t do better for lunch or dinner.

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vipJonathanW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale’s go-to place when I want a simply outstanding meal. Never disappoints and I call it “Pasadena’s Commissary.” Everyone goes there and you’re almost always going to see someone you know. Gale Kohl the owner makes everyone feel like family. Just outstanding.

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JamesS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love Gales. Prices a little high but with the supply chain disruptions it’s understandable. Service is always friendly and attentive.

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viplisas
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Wonderful place just seemed short staffed

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KathyM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us met at Gale’s to catch up last night. We chose Gale’s because of the great food and warm and efficient service. We were not disappointed last night - everything was delicious. We all had something different and all loved what we got. The portions are so generous that I’m having lamb chop leftovers tonight!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

the food very good, the service very slow

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gale’s was highly recommended by a friend so when it was time to celebrate a birthday, three friends and I chose Gale’s. Gale’s did not disappoint - the food was delicious and the service was impeccable. Thank you Gale’s.

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Stine
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service, food was very good. The garlic bread was delicious. Our server was very nice very on top of things with water and our other server was on top of things also. Definitely we going back.

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PasadenaJay
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently good, whether eating there or taking food out. We sat outdoors under the tent and it was a very pleasant experience. Javier, our server, was friendly, knowledgeable and appropriately attentive. Gales is one of our go to places.

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Chuey
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I had the spinach ln lasagna, it was so good. My husband had the steak, he lived it especially the sauce! Bruschetta was amazing. All the service was pretty good except for the waitor- ge seemed angry. It was our 43rd anniversary, so when I asked if they did anything special for anniversaries, he shook his head, then I asked oh you dont do cakes or anything. He blurted if you want the cake go ahead. Not a happy anniversary or congratulations.pretty cold. Other than that we would come back. Hopefully it was just a bad night for that waiter

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NancyE
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service: I had the Salmon club sandwich at lunch, and a meatball--so delicious, I still want more.

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Aspenshell
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food. We loved being able to est outdoors.

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 2427 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.