Gale's

4.6
1544 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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 1544 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely relaxing place for our neighborhood dining.

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l
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Restaurant is very noisy and loud other than that is great

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M
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never disappointed. the food is great and they have wonderful service.

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CO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been to Gales' many times and we're always satisfied with the food and service! Can't go wrong; highly recommended! :-)

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PP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner with friends Excellent service and fantastic martinis and a very reasonably priced meal

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G
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

As always a wonderful dining experience. My friends and I have been going here for 20 years.

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LB
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We eat here frequently and have never had a bad meal. One of the best Italian restaurant in Pasadena. Service is always terrific. Highly recommended.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gales is always a wonderful experience. I love taking friends there.

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TK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed it but it was very noisy.

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HC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Gale's since its inception. Gale and Rene are gracious, welcoming and generous hosts who make every effort to ensure everyone in their elegant (but approachable) restaurant feel at home and appreciated. After a long absence (we lived out of California for 8 years), we returned and were so pleased to experience again the friendly, professional, knowledgeable and cordial staff; the fabulous cuisine and the thoughtfully designed ambiance. These are people who care about their guests and prove it time and again.

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M
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such an excellent meal! Prosciutto and melon to start was ideal, followed by a fabulous salad and then two different pasta entrees, with plenty left over to take home. Everything was perfectly prepared, nice and hot on arrival, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious, and great service to boot. What a great spot. Wish I lived closer-- I'd be a regular.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Best beet salad in the USA! Staff is super, from hostesses to servers, bartenders and expediters.

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AB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food was delicious ... the service great!

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WF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We took our good friend there for dinner to celebrate his first granddaughter's birth. The food was outstanding and the waitress was amazingly warm, friendly but NEVER intrusive, excited about the baby and the Reserve Chianti was delicious. We have been coming to Gale's since it opened and it has only gotten better and better. We almost always come for dinner.

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JL
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Food was wonderful and service super efficient and friendly.

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RT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really solid local fave. One of the more authentic Italian restaurants in the area, with a friendly staff, good wine list, and super cooking. Get reservations!

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JY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gale's has become a regular for our family--always good food and usually too full to enjoy their excellent desserts. Very friendly staff and reasonably priced courses.

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RK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Gale's for the authentic and delicious Italian food. My only complaint is that the tables are too close together and it is noisy - not where you'd want to be if you were having an intimate conversation! Otherwise, it's one of my favorites in Pasadena!!

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p
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Very poor. Truly disappointed. Was there for a business dinner. Ordered a bottle of wine and the waiter immediately started peddling and forcing more expensive bottles. When I politely refused and stuck to the wine I selected he was upset and in front of my client, saying that it was cheap wine and not good, making me feel embarrassed. The food was not good either.

Then when the bill came I noticed that he had charged me for the more expensive bottle of wine he was forcing me to get . When I politely pointed out the error, he started arguing with me and told me I was wrong. I pointed to the empty bottle on the table and the price for it on the menu and he was denying and arguing however that’s not the right price!! All this in front of my client making it worse for me. Then I asked to get the manager who came and just said the owner put the wrong price in the computer and kept making me feel like I was wrong. So up to this point no apologies and completely denying their mistakes and rude responses but also throwing their owner under the bus by blaming on them the pricing error. They finally reluctantly adjusted the price without any apologies after this level of humiliation in front of my client - even when I was right. I hope the owner of the restaurant takes notice what type of operation.

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RP
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding all the way around. The food was terrific. We were looking for a new place to try and found Gale’s. Loved it.

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KC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

It was our first time going there. I had told them it’s a date night with another couple, and they sat us in the corner of the back room. It was so stuffy, we left earlier than planned. I wish they had sat us in the main dining room.

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YX
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

For most of the pasta dishes you can swap the pasta, which was great! I got to combine my favorite kind of pasta with my favorite kind of preparation! And you can request to add some marinara or other sauces in the dish with no additional charge! Free sourdough with olive oil and balsamic as dipping, finger-licking!!!

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S
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service

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t
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always the experience at Gale’s was excellent. The food is always delicious and the service is good. The vibe is lovely, without being so loud you can’t carry on a conversation. It’s a great dining experience.

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KW
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We always enjoy Gales. The wine and food are very good and it is a fun Pasadena gem. It can get very loud but that would not keep me away. We enjoy bringing out of town friends to Gales

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GS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love going to Gale’s. It was a special occasion. I asked to be seated in a quiet area and was accommodated well. Great food and nice service staff.

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p
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This was my first time at Gale's; loved the shrimp scampi, spaghetti with lemon caper sauce. Six large tasty shrimp; generous portion. Shared a Caesar salad before--just the perfect amount. Many delicious sounding dishes on the menu; looking forward to another visit soon.

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DW
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

Disappointed in food quality and lack of innovative Italian cuisine.

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f
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gale's is a long time favorite that never disappoints.

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G
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Gale's is our "go-to" place when we get together for dinner with friends. It is conveniently located to where we live. It is noisy and not conducive to quiet conversation, but the food is always exceptional. The servers/staff are friendly and attentive.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great

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DY
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I've eaten at Gale's probably 12 - 15 times. I have never been disappointed.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I was there with my boyfriend and 2 grandchildren. The food took 45 minutes to arrive. It was overcooked and nothing special. We were very disappointed.

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SM
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gale's is out go to! It is always outstanding from a meal and service standpoint, as well as an energetic atmosphere. Fish is always cooked to perfection, never overcooked. Pasta is freshly made, and creatively sauced. The secret, though, is their coconut cake! It is truly the best I've had

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P
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 5

Chicken Parmesan is really bad nd chicken breast not good

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LR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Front room is too loud for large group conversation .

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B
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Would have given all 5’s but they didn’t take discover cards! Food was excellent.

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FF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chopped salad with grilled salmon is THE BEST!! LOVE this place♥️

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing and took very good care of us.

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S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent good, responsive service, super convenience for pre concert dining.

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