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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

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (37)
Casual (36)
Special Occasion (30)
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Good for Birthdays (28)
Authentic (27)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Great for Lunch (25)
Good for a Date (23)
Comfort Food (21)
Fun (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Groups (18)
Cozy (17)
Romantic (14)
Business Meals (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Healthy (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Kid-friendly (9)
Seasonal (9)
Local Ingredients (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Hot Spot (5)
People Watching (5)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Always quality service and genuine Italian food...highly recommend

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Great place with good food and fun people

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Another outstanding and delicious meal at Gale's. This restaurant can do no wrong. A Pasadena tradition and I highly recommend it. It's a bit on the noisy side but entirely worth it!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

We dined around 5.30pm saturday night - We started with the braised Artichokes Burrata and pistachios - which were excellent - When the main course eventually arrived ( took way too long - the table next to us sat down when we finished our appetizer and got their main courses just after we got ours ) We ordered white fish for my wife and I had the Chicken parmesan - Unfortunately - WAY too much garlic on the fish and also on the spinach - my chicken was OK not the best i have had thats for sure - the chicken was tough - not tender chicken breast - almost think it was a frozen one - we will give it another shot maybe sometime - hopefully they will get new chairs at some point - so uncomfortable!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Great place great food we always go for a romantic night or special occasion

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Our evening and meal were wonderful. Only wish they added the eggplant to their regular menu.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Gale's never disappoints !!!! One of our favorites.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I come here frequently! I brought my niece to Gales for her 23 Birthday dinner, however Saturday night, the food experience was not pleasant! I always order the spinish lasagna, but this time the cheese on my lasagna was so hard, every time I tried to cut into it, the lasagna would run across my plate! My friend ordered the meat lasagna and had the same problem! She got so exhausted from chasing her lasagna around on her plate, she gave up, refusing to eat another bite! Then my niece asked our waiter for extra Alfredo sauce for her penne noodles. They literally brought warm milk to our table, no flavor at all. I don’t think I’ll be returning to one of my favorite spots, so disappointed!!!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We are regulars here, but this was on off-night for food and service. Perhaps they were short on staff due to the flu season. The seabass was over-cooked and it took a long time to get a glass of wine, which they did comp. We ordered cappuccinos after our meal, and the coffee was room temperature. They apologized and brought us another set, but it was not much better. Our poor waiter was running around like crazy.
Maybe things will settle out and be back to normal in a few weeks.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 6, 2018

As always, a very special meal. Lunch with friends was just right. Terrific white negroni cocktails. Food was lovely. Service - by Rebecca - always an extra treat!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Been to Gayle's many times. Always happy with the food/service.
Sunday night, because of Superbowl, restaurant quite empty, did not feel the same.
Calamari appetizer was under cooked (we were not charged for it )
My lasagna was very salty.
Hopefully next time it will be better

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Special, scallops were not Jumbo but small and oven baked rather than pan seared so no browning—tasted a little ammonia as if they'd been on hand for awhile. Gnocchi spot on great! Everything else very good! Pasta always very good. A favorite place. A very good value.

Tags: Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Excellent authentic Italian restaurant. (To Open Table: No I will not submit to writing a review that is 50 characters in length. If you wish to participate in the future, eliminate this requirement.)

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Food was good had a couple of issues with the order. Overall food was very good server was very friendly and accommodating.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

gale's never disappoints. great food, service, atmosphere, pricing. dependable.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Very nice Italian food

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 1, 2018

it's always great food at Gale's! Love the casual atmosphere, great service, specials, full bar and fantastic menu!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Gale's rarely disappoints. Special soups, pastas and salads are seasonal...and delicious.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Food was great service was great . A little loud for my tastes for a date but I am older and prefer a different ambience . Alot of smiles and laughter . Fun positive vibe

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I have been taking my elderly mom in her wheelchair here for several years. They are so accommodating and always make us feel welcome. My mom lives in assisted living and loves to come here to get steak, that is such a special treat for her.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

This is the second time I've been here and I've really enjoyed both experiences. This time I was here with 6 other friends/family, so there was a lot of tasting other dishes. Loved my mushroom ravioli the best (I chose well!) my sis Laurie had lemon shrimp pasta (lovely!) nephew Ryan had rack of lamb (perfection) friend Barb had short rib on risotto (my second favorite) and my sis Margy tried the pappardelle pork ragu (?) also really wonderful. We tried 2 bottles of wine, loved the very reasonably priced Rombauer Chardonnay and the Luna Sangiovese just went perfect with everything. This was a pre-Pirates of Penzance dinner, so the whole experience was just the right touch to enjoy a very silly play. Great evening in Pasadena!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We go to Gale's once a week and love the homey, friendly atmosphere, the delicious Italian food, excellent wines and great service! We recommend it frequently and love taking friends there.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Fun, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Gales is always a favorite. The menu is awesome and varied, food is great, service is typically very good. Noise level is always too high unfortunately.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Our go to great value,,always interesting specials, great Italian food in Pasadena.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was good, and served fairly promptly. Servers were nice, and my 9 year old cousin accidentally flipped over a pizza and they replaced it for us, so that was pretty nice.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Always a lovely experience. Food is awesome!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Generally good food but we had to wait over 3 minutes and we had a reservation. There is no place to stand in the bar - super crowded!

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My bday celebration
Waiter was not very attentive could have payed more attention to detail
Each customer matters

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Gills is tough to beat, by any measure… Better Italian food anywhere would be tough to find. Highly recommend it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We went for late lunch. Great attentive service . Took pizza home for dinner.. was excellent!!! Substituted goat for ricotta on the chicken pizza - yummy!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great service. Great food. Love it. Treated l8ke family.

Tags: People Watching, Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We were really disappointed. All signs pointed to a good meal. The appetizer was excellent, as were the drinks and wine. The bread was delicious. The entrées however fell short. My husband had the risotto with peas and it was unlike typical risotto. I had the gnocchi and it was only ok. The portions were large. The service was very good. Not sure if we hit them on an off night or if we chose the wrong thing

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Fabulous food. We had crab and shrimp ravioli with lobster sauce and vodka sauce. Wonderful! Thru were able to separate the checks

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Expected to be more quiet and romantic. Place was too lit, crowded and tables too close together. Food was not as tasty for Italian cuisine.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I enjoyed our meal at Gale's. Getting seated was a little odd; it seemed that the host and hostess were a little overwhelmed. We arrived on time for our reservation, and had to wait 10 minutes. Once we were seated, there were no more glitches. Two of us the lamb, and we were both very happy. The roasted potatoes that came with mine were excellent. My friends split chicken piccata, which they enjoyed, and gnocci. I tried the gnocci, and I thought it was very heavy. The waiter warned us that it would be -- which is not a good sign. We started with the meatball appetizer. Not particularly generous for $16, but very tasty. The rest of the dishes were all very generously sized; the "split" chicken Piccata was downright massive. In all, I'd recommend for a low-key dinner if you are in the mood for comfortable, casual Italian.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2018

I love Gale's. Period. Eric, the bartender is awesome and always so friendly. Food is divine! I had My Brother Jerry's Favorite Tortelloni - YUM.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I have eaten here many times and it is consistently good. I recommend the House mixed salad and the eggplant 🍆 parmigiana. I’ll be going back.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The cuisine and service at Gale's is always excellent. Prices are very fair for the quality fare served.

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Gale's is always consistently delicious, with friendly, solid service. We have been dining here for many years, and while we don't get to come very often, we enjoy it every time we do. Highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

I’ve been to Gale’s for a few times and every time they met my expectations - Tasty food and excellent service. Perfect ambiance for conversation. Easy parking. Just perfect!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Business Meals, Casual, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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