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Gale's

4.6
1405 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria
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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
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Phone number
(626) 432-6705
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Fausto Tinelli
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
California
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Parking details
Parking in lot and street parking.
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Public transit
We are very close tothe Del Mar Station for the Metrolink. We are about 3 blocks away.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1405 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Good, not great. Food tasted average. The highlight was the fennel salad! The desert trio was also very good.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

We are "regulars" and generally really enjoy the vibe, service and food. Today the service was slow to get started. It took a long time to get the water and drinks going. Once the food came out, it was much better. The pastas are good here. Fennel salad was very good. Sister ordered chicken picata and the chicken was tough. Generally the fish is good here. Never had the beef. Pizzas are just ok.
Not the greatest selection of wines by the glass, and they could have more Italian offerings, but usually there are at least a couple that I know I will enjoy, just wish they had more variety.
Overall still really enjoy this place even though it could be better.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Thank you for very good service from all the staff, our waitress was a gem ! Food was great and such wonderful graciousness with the complimentary coconut creme cake which was out of this world for my friend’s birthday!
However , the restaurant was very noisy with kitchen workers handling utensils , maybe they were tired and were hurrying to leave work?
Thank you
Joyce

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

As always Gale’s was great!

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

I have always loved Gale’s!

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Outstanding food prepared to perfection. Great value.

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2.0Dined on June 11, 2018

After hearing Gale's described as a Pasadena institution, we decided to finally give it a shot. Simply not our cup of marinara. Service was capable and the ambience warm but the food was unfortunately underwhelming. A few bites later and we asked for the check. Not sure what could have been done differently to salvage the dinner outside of changing out expectations from the beginning. I'm not trying to be overly harsh or critical as those around us were vocal about how they enjoyed their meals, but our plates were rather dull given the price range.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Confirmation celebration

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Nice place, great service. Not a fan of cafeteria seating, but no matter. Definitely worth a trip here.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

One entree was salmon, specially prepared different from the menu. Our other entree was penne arrabbiata, again prepared different from the menu by replacing fettuccini by penne. Both were excellent. We had the dessert sampler plate -- excellent but enough for four people!

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4.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Great service and upon request the staff happily seated us in the least noisy part of the dining areas. Food was delicious. Price above average for this casual setting.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

When it starts getting warm outside, be sure to be seated as far away from the kitchen as possible (as in, perhaps request the back room where the bar is located). Otherwise, you will be uncomfortably warm while dining! Other than that, we always enjoy the seasonal menu Gale's offers--the lemon risotto with chicken was delicious! If you want classic Italian cuisine, however, their lasagna is not-to-be-missed!

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Mussels appetizer is excellent and good

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Weekday business lunch. Ordered two dishes to share and they split them up in the kitchen. Very tasty, high quality food. Bread was warm. Great service and nice calm and quiet atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

We had family from Missouri visiting and picked Gale's Restaurant to take them. The seven of us fit perfectly in a corner where we spent a couple hours eating, talking, laughing. We had a variety of food from Zucchini Flowers to pizzas to chicken parmesan, lasagna bolognese and more. Everything was wonderful and flavorful. The service by Javier was exceptional. I have been here for lunch several times but this was my first dinner. You can't miss with an evening at Gales.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

A great restaurant with a great tasting food and a nice ambiance. I've recommended friends to dine here and they've also been very happy.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great service. Lots of great food options. I loved my capellini, my husband loved his scampi and banana bread pudding. Will def be back

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5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Food was fabulous. A little noisy but the room was packed

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Really the only problem I have with Gale's are the acoustics. We have had many good meals there and the only problem we have is the noise level. We have decided never to go again in the evening because we can't here our table mates talk. I don't know what you coud do about the noise level. You certaily can't tell people to be quiet !!! It must be the design of the building or something. I get excited to go because I love the food and then I get disappointed because the event turns out to be less than satisfactory for dinner and we end up saying, "Let's not come here again". Then we add, "well maybe 2 or 3 pm would be ok but we don't eat then! Sorry for this comment but there is nothing wrong with the food !

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

I bring my Mom here and she's 90 years old. She always loves the attention of the wonderful staff who treat her like a queen. We enjoy the wine suggestions and the fabulous food!

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Consistently great

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Our son’s graduation from grad school. Traffic was to bad to get restaurant we had selected so found Gale’s as we wanted Italian food. We had a large party but they were able to accommodate us. We all had a great time! Our server was extremely helpful which made the event relaxing. Food was excellent! Thank you Gale for a memorable evening!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food was excellent went with another couple had great time service was outstanding. Highly recommend it.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Lively restaurant with great food! Service is friendly and attentive. Love this restaurant!

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Had a great evening - we were seated immediately and noticed the fish soup the person at the next table was eating - looked sensational. My friend and I wanted to share it and I didn't think they would share a soup. Lo and behold, our wonderful wait person proceeded to split (in the kitchen) our wonderful seafood soup - more than generous portions with lots of tasty seafood.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Traveled from Las Vegas to Pasadena for a concert at the Rose Bowl. Awesome food, atmosphere and service. Might have to plan another concert trip to eat at Gale’s again!

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Excellent as always

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

It was a lovely meal on a special occasion, My daughter’s high school graduation. No not inexpensive it was reasonable for the excellent food we were served. Our waiter, Mike was attentive, friendly and personable. I’d make a special trip just to go back. A great find

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Our group of 7 ordered various items and everyone was very pleased with their meal. The service was relaxed in the European tradition of not rushing through a meal. We were able to talk to each other without feeling that our table was needed for the next customers.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

My go to place with friends. I feel welcomed and taken care of the minute I walk in the door. On top of that the food and the service are incredible

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

We arrived a bit early but were given seating immediately. Service was fast and staff checked back often to see if there was a need for anything. We spent 2 hours for lunch and were not rushed at all. Food was very good. Menu is huge and we will need to return to try more.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Mothers day

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2.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Although we had a reservation, 2 other groups who entered the restaurant after us were seated before us. We were finally seated 20 minutes past our reservation time.

My salmon was crispy on the outside yet cold and undercooked on the inside. I had to take it to go so I could finish cooking it at home. It was very crowded and noisy for Mother’s Day. We’ve been to Gale’s several times in the past and really enjoyed it previously. This was a huge disappointment for us. I doubt we will return.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The food was great. Went for Mother's Day and still had to wait a bit even though we had reservations. Service could have been better, but because of the crowd wait staff was rushing around and had little time to check on us. The tables are way too close together. I'd go again on a non-special day when staff can be more attentive. The osso buco, lasagna and shrimp appetizers were on point.

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Had a 5 PM reservation, but had to wait until 5:10-5:15 to be seated. But it was worth the wait. The temperature of the red wine was perfect and the food was very, very good. The food was worth the price, but for those prices, the ambiance should be a lot nicer and quieter; so I won't go back, except maybe to try their pizza one day. Still, a way to celebrate Mothers Day with my wife.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Good food ! Good service ! Good drinks !

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The food was simply Amazing!! First time here and celebrating Mother’s Day and we were very satisfied. Love the setting, like being in a rustic Italian villa. Place was packed and service was great considering the special occasion. The eggplant siciliani was incredibly tasty and flavorful. The Scampi Rapini was made to perfection with a light sauce and generous portions of shrimp and black olives. The Spinach lasagna was so fresh and tasty, it had this appealing texture almost like a fine quiche but hot and with the perfect amount of cheese and marinara sauce. Last but not least, the flourless chocolate cake was to die for and truly complemented our meal. I am very pleased and will definitely will be coming back again soon!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Always great Italian food. Excellent pizza and Italian standards.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

The menu here is really wonderful; my daughter and I ordered three appetizers with wine then had no room for the entre or dessert but we took them home and ate them the next day! Don't miss out on the stuffed zucchini flowers or the meatballs over risotto...wow. The shrimp pizzetta was equally amazing.

We plan on going back to eat an entre freshly served; ample bread on the table throughout. The servers were friendly/charming and helpful. Make a reservation if you're going later in the afternoon.

A little pricey but well worth it for a fabulous meal and atmosphere.

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