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About Gale's

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.

452 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

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

Cross Street:
California

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 432-6705

Website:
http://www.galesrestaurant.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Parking in lot and street parking.

Public Transit:
We are very close tothe Del Mar Station for the Metrolink. We are about 3 blocks away.

Executive Chef:
Fausto Tinelli

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Gale's Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (47)
Casual (35)
Good for a Date (33)
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Special Occasion (31)
Comfort Food (28)
Good for Birthdays (27)
Great for Lunch (27)
Authentic (25)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Good for Groups (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Business Meals (14)
Fun (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Cozy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Romantic (9)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Bar Seating (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Local Ingredients (2)
Live Music (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Food & service is always excellent! Specials were especially good!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Always a great stand by in Pasadena for excellent Italian cuisine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Fun
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·Dined 7 days ago

Food and service was great, but it’s a very loud restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Gale's is one of our favorite places. We have made it one of our regular stops on date night.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fun, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great waiter
Good size portions
Good value for corkage

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Alfonso was excellent. Friendly, attentive and professional. Food and drinks were delicious. Thanks for the great evening.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Always fresh, consistently delicious Italian food with healthy options, nice wine list, great service. The Branzino was very good and the seasonal stuffed zucchini blossoms were incredible. Great kids menu and amazing desserts.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

It's been several years since I've been to Gale's and the other 3 people in our party had never been there. We had an early reservation and were seated promptly. We ordered 2 appetizers, crab cakes and a pizzeta. Entrees were generous and delicious--we all had a taste of everyone's entree and desserts were fabulous! Servers were attentive and were knowledgeable in the menu offerings. Everything was well prepared, delicious, and everything was as delicious as it had been the last time I ate at Gale's. Excellent service without being overbearing. We were celebrating a birthday and dinner was special and delicious.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was good. Service was excellent. Meals were generally expensive for the type of foods. You can get similar dishes at Olive Garden for less, and the décor is simple and a little antiquated

Tags: Good for a Date, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

What a gem! We were visiting friends in Pasadena and found Gale's on Open Table. The regular menu looked great but once we got there the daily specials menu was even more enticing. Everything was delicious and the service was spectacular. Wine list had many choices and our server helped my husband select. It was wonderful. We look forward to making the long drive back to Pasadena and dine there again!

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Recommended by a friend; and so glad! Food was top-notch. Service wonderful (thank you Sophia). One of favorite wines on the list and not too terribly marked up. Parking was refreshingly easy (used to Pasadena parking). All in all, a very nice dining experience.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Gale’s is our can’t miss go to. Food is always fantastic as is the service. Attention to detail is a core competency as well. Attentive staff always makes us feel welcomed and appreciated

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very good Italian food. We will return. My only complaint is the hard wooden chairs. Also, had to send first glass of wine back. It obviously had turned. I don't know why restaurants don't chill opened bottles so they stay fresh.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Gale's is obviously a local favorite. The restaurant vibe is decidedly energetic, even on a week night. The menu is varied and the portions generous. However, we were disappointed as three out of four diners found the food too salty, especially the risotto w/ short ribs and meatballs. These days people are cutting back on salt and it can be easily added. The salad of arugula and roasted beets was big enough to share and could be an entree. The arrabiata pasta was too spicy even for those of us who can tolerate spice.
This is our second visit and I doubt we will return, mostly because of the noise making carrying on a conversation nearly impossible.

Tags: Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food, great service... Looking forward to coming back. Thanks!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

As usual, the wine by the glass was excellent - allowed to taste beforehand - and the food was superb. It is my personal number one go-to restaurant. There are other great Italian restaurants in Pasadena, but this is the only one I would call sublime. Pesto raviolis (I think-one of my fellow diners wouldn't share), risotto with a short-rib, and chicken piccata were winners all the way around. For wines we quaffed a Montepulciano, a Super Tuscan, and a Tuscan Cab/merlot blend - all delightful but the favorite of all was the Fosso Corno Montepulciano. No desserts this time as we had a birthday pie waiting at home, so I'll just say this - sometimes we go for a glass of wine and dessert in the bar... and thats it! I could go on, but why read about food when you can go try it... now... get and up go...

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

As always, food and service were great. Will definitely return, either for a special night or just for fun. Drinks are strong.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

First timer , excellent service and great food, great drinks.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Been here several times, always amazing. The cocktail was strong, the service was very attentive, and the food was tasty.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Wonderful birthday lunch at Gale’s! Never disappoints. A wonderful chopped salad with grilled salmon. One of my friends had the white Negroni which was fabulous. Apple tart with vanilla gelato and caramel drizzles for dessert was perfect, also a creme brûlée which was fine but not one of the best ever, lacking in flavor and not creamy. But all in all, our group of four was very happy.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I've been going to Gale's for years! I have never been unsatisfied, the quality is consistent and excellent every single time... Love it!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

We tried Gales for an early dinner and were pleased with our dining experience. We were doing a pre-bring my Grandson here for dinner excursion. He knows what he likes and we believe that he would have a good experience here. The service was attentive, but not hovering. The staff were busy and energetic in their servicing of their customers. It is not a large venue so was noisier than I liked but that can be expected from smaller dining areas. Because we were early is was not to loud but when full, table to end of table conversation could be a challenge. Definitely will return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Always a solid spot for Italian. Love coming here for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great food, courteous staff, nice atmosphere and definitely a place to check out if you haven’t already!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

As usual when we are in the area we like to dine at Gale's. The food and wine selection are fantastic and the service is excellent. We'll be back again and again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

My husband and I went to Gale's for our anniversary and enjoyed a wonderful evening. Great food - my husband had the swordfish special which was heavenly and I had the chicken piccata w/capers, mash potatoes and pasta. Both the food and service was stellar!! Raul, our server was so helpful with the bar and food recommendations and he did not disappoint! We will definitely be back to try the other dishes - maybe we'll bring a few friends so we can taste samples from their dishes! :)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great service terrific food
Renee made sure we were well taken care from the moment of our arrival

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Gale's was awesome as always. We love this place, it is local, friendly & the food id fabulous! :)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

I would have liked a few more vegetarian entrees, the orrechette verdura entree I had could have used more veggies and less pasta, it was good but not excellent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent food and service. Real otilian food great desserts. See vice was best I've had in a long time

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

solid choice for italian food. kitchen challenged due to volumn so expect to wait for food. decent wine list. no real ambiance expecially in front room and a bit noisey but food is consistanly well prepared.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

A fine dining restaurant that caters to your every need. The red snapper we ordered was moist and succulent, I sent my compliments to the chef. Our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable and competent without hovering over us. Can't wait to get back for another great experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Food and service were very good. Sitting in the back room was good. My only complaint was that I found your Simple Salad was very simple and priced a bit high ($9.00) for what was served. The portion wasn't even enough to split.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Gale's is a very nice slightly pricey Italian restaurant. I will go here again. They also offer gluten free options! Lovely ambiance and staff provides just the right amount of attention.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 2, 2017

I have been going to Gale''s for years but the last couple visits have been disappointing. Most recently, I have had the worst server. She was inattentive and didn't check up on us until after we got someone else to help us. We spent most of out time waiting. Waiting to get water. Waiting to get our server to come to us. Waiting for our appetizer, meal and dessert. The only think we didn't have to wait for was the bill! All tables get complimentary biscotti after their meal but we didn't which made me sad. The food was okay but I will have to say the the only stand out item Gale has is the coconut cream cake.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Excellent food; great drinks; outstanding service. Always a good time.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We love this place. It was our anniversary, so we wanted to treat ourselves, even though this place is modesty priced every day. Everything from the wine to the appetizers, to the entrees and dessert was outstanding. You have to have the coconut cake. It's like no other.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

I ordered the seafood pasta dish and it was delicious but way too much food. I would suggest a plate half that size.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

We eat here frequently and love the food and service. This is not a "fancy" restaurant with lots of atmosphere but the Italian cuisine is always fresh and delicious. Salads are excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Our server, Sophia, was attentive, witty and fun. The chicken paillard was outstanding!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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