Gale's

4.8
2216 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 2216 people are saying
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vipGlendaleRon
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tried and true place for years. Glad that they are open inside and outside and seem to be doing very well.

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Gabriel and all your staff! Glad you got to meet my dear friend Mona.

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BobbieB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we enjoyed everything we had. Perfect service and prompt delivery of the food. Waiters that liked serving us too.

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PatriciaT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love my visits .Will go again soon. I realized how much I missed them during the height of the lock down,

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vipDennis
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Service is excellent
Caesar salad was delicious
Bread with olive oil and balsamic was delicious as well.
Fettuccine carbonara was not great. Salty, very loose and liquidy- if that’s a word. Very little Parmesan - lots of “ham” diced but not bacon flavor.

My friends had excellent fish and pork chop

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vipOHIDGrl
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We were celebrating a birthday and requested a quiet table. The staff was accommodating and attentive even though we were in the parking lot. The lasagna bolognese was amazing. The wine list provided many options.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took 3 of my friends to dinner for a birthday.. I have been raving about Gales to them for a year or so and finally I got them here..so they loved it and they will be definitely coming back..

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ShelleyW
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been going to Gales for yrs. Always great food!! Service also very good!!

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vipOriW
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

excellent lunch, outdoor seating even when indoor again open, friendly, polite staff but this time terribly slow service and inadequate heating lamps

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vipTania
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

They have an extensive food and diverse cocktail menu - which was terrific. We ordered a pizza (which could have had a crisper crust), the seafood fritti (which was fresh, crispy and delicious) and a couple of cocktails (which were very well prepared).

The pace inside was a tad frantic, which may be part of getting the staff ready for a "full house" now that the city has reopened. We were told the pizza would take a good 20 minutes, yet it was served very quickly - maybe 10 minutes top! Ditto on the seafood. Despite that, the food was delicious; the service good and I look forward to coming here again.

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viplenS
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The last time I ate here the food and service was outstanding. This time the service seemed rushed. We received our appetizer and main course at the same time. The food was good except for dessert. The tiramisu consisted of dry cookies smothered in cream. I was surprised the ladyfingers weren't soaked in rum. I'll try this place again but I'll have a different dessert.

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Raymond
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good service. Waiters helpful with ordering. Nice selection of wines. Enjoyed the food.

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vipRkW12
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The entire staff were very nice and seemed to really appreciate our being there. The food was great with ample portions. Was a very pleasant surprise as we had never been to Gale’s before and will definitely be back.

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Cafegirl
New Mexico
23 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Repeat customer, wait staff are on top of their game, food arrives hot which is so often not the case, the complimentary bread plate is perfect, and serving portions/plates can be shared, paired with appetizers, which leaves room for dessert such as the coconut cream cake that is delish. Full bar menu, reasonably priced. The patio is so inviting.

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Dean
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good restaurant. I would definitely eat here again.

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vipTKAdine
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lunch outside was very quiet and nice! Food consistently delicious.

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Always good service a wonderful menu!

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vipOriW
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent lunch choice -not dinner, in my experience, but excellent lunch choice and wonderful and safe during the pandemic, with its pleasant outdoor dining. Kelly, our waitress, was impeccable, friendly, lively, efficient, great maker of coffee too. Food great except for the focaccia bread which was in 4 round slices, toasted, losing all of the flavor it once had. Wonderful habit of giving a free dessert to a birthday person, and not just some bland bowl of vanilla ice cream, but whatever the person wanted from the menu -in this case the delicious and generously sized coconut cake. The hostess, busboy and all the other staff members were very nice also.

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KimB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent
Will go back!
And have told others that it is great in all areas

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vip3sons4fun
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My three friends and I had a wonderful lunch in their new outdoor patio area. We all had the same special which was sausage ravioli in an arrabbiata and mushroom sauce. It was so good, so so good! We then split a dessert, the blueberry peach crostata with ice cream on top - a perfect finish to a perfect meal.

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vipDoto
Los Angeles
96 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time at Gales since the Pandemic shut down. Had a combination of outdoor and limited indoor seating. We chose to reserve indoors. The menu was quite expansive compared to other restaurants we have eaten at since the pandemic. Food was very good. My wife had the Swordfish special, which she found extremely good. I had the chicken picatta, which also tasted good. However, I thought the chicken was too thick compared to other chicken picatta's I have had, although still moist. The mashed potatoes had no salt, which required me to use some of the sauce to give it more taste. Dessert was also good. Our server was excellent, with just the right amount of interaction and pleasant attitude.

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PaulS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

A pleasant evening with attentive service. The food is good - not top-notch gourmet, but tasty. I would eat here again.

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vipRickM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and food was delicious. Im from New York and the Lasagna reminded me of being back in Brooklyn. The flavor of the sauce/“gravy” and the texture of the lasagna made me miss home a little bit.... hahahahaha. Simply put the food is excellent and the service is warm and friendly. If you can, when you get a craving for some good Italian food give this spot a try!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

As always the food was excellent and the service was great. My date and I enjoyed our evening out and will return again.

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NicoleR
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The regular and specials menus were impressive. The dishes offered seemed like authentic Italian food. But we were not happy with the quality of any of the dishes we ordered. The food seemed bland and very generic--honestly, I've had better Italian at Olive Garden. This was especially disappointing because the prices were fairly high. I don't mind paying for a good meal. But this was not one.

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Hookie
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian restaurants in Pasadena. if not the best. Excellent pastas and salads; attentive wait staff, easy (and fee) parking. Will return again and soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 yr Anniversary. The best White Pizza in town !

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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Tina
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a friend’s Birthday & it was wonderful!! Gale’s has delicious food & fabulous service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is outstanding. I love this restaurant. Tables were spaced more than 6feet outside. Highly recommend

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vipglenneuro
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I would happily recommend Gales to friends. They do a solid pleasant job.

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Vasab
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating what would have been my husband’s 76 birthday.

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HappyBelly
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The for was great; the service was wonderful! Love this place!

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JamesS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time back out dining after Covid. A perfect lunch served up by the team at Gales.

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vipOneOfTheBest
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So glad we found Gales. Wonderful Italian food. Ate outside so never saw the inside. But food was some of the best Italian in Pasadena. Jose was a great server we will ask for on future visits. Plenty of parking in the back. Heartily recommend Gales.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
509 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We haven't been here in a few years, but after the excellent dinner on Sunday we will return soon. We both enjoyed our squash blossom appetizer and our entrees of crab and shrimp ravioli and breaded pork chop. A nice apple tart finished off the meal. We had very good service from Logan, and the inside dining was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a gem!!!! Food was delicious, great wine list, and service was spot on. Will definitely be back!

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Dietamstel
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined at Gale's twice in the last month and have enjoyed the restaurant both times. Would highly recommend and one benefit is that you do not have to deal with the parking that can be a hassle in Old Town Pasadena.

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Ginny
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Nice ambiance.
We had a good evening!

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AngieB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Well, They got my daughter's pizza wrong twice. She just wanted a simple cheese pizza but the first one was filled with tomatoes on top which I specifically asked them not to do and then the second was just crust and cheese, no sauce. She wasn't happy. They didn't take the pizza off the bill but they offered us free dessert. My ravioli was barely lukewarm when arrived and very underwhelming, not worth the 28.00 dollars. The prosciutto and melon wasn't great either, the melon wasn't very ripe and the ham just didn't taste great. My daughter's steak had a huge fatty strand in it which grossed her out. My cappuccino wasn't hot and was served like a latte, very disappointing. My salad was great though.

I wanted to complain but didn't want to embarrass my teenage daughters. I just paid the $150.00 bill, tipped well and left disappointed.

FAQs

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

Gale's is rated 4.8 stars by 2216 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.