Gale's

4.7
2508 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 2508 people are saying
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vipMarionW
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great except loud helicopters overhead

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vipGuest
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The Caesars salad was very good. My portobello ravioli was excellent. The seafood soup however was only lukewarm.

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vipBigeater
Orange County
159 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always outstanding here and the service is fantastic as well.

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vipDavidK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dependably great food, service, ambiance and value. Plus, we appreciate how Gale is such a great supporter of our community.

JM
vipJenniferM
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Gale's. The food is always good. The service is spot on. Delicious Italian food!

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was attentive, as well as, informative on all dishes! I felt like she gave us an honest answer, but choosing the most expensive things on the menu! We celebrated my girlfriend’s birthday and had a great time!!! I would definitely go back!!!

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MarkP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food, we were outside dining underneath the tent which was perfect for safety reasons. We got to try the coconut cake

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vipNICE1DAVE
Los Angeles
105 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing.
Seriously.
Service was impeccable.
Our SERVER KELLY was incredible.
And the food servers were great.
This made for a great Saturday evening dinner
It was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday- they brought a lovely piece of my husband’s favorite cake

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Meltravels
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch on the outdoor patio. Food was excellent. Service was friendly and efficient.

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vipTrishB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Javier took good care of us for a birthday celebration.

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vipMichaelJ
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Great sevice!!

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Patricia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The entree I had was good but on the cool side so the cheese was not entirely melted. Never happened before - new chef??

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vipsusanm
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friends and I love dining at Gale's and will certainly return!

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Dale
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in Pasadena. Great menu and daily specials. I had the shoe Dr peach and it was marvellus!

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BrendaM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service! Love Gale's, it is one of our favorite places.

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vipMaryC
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3food5service5ambience1

We were seated near the kitchen & the BANGING of pots & pans was way overboard loud!!! I’ve never experienced that before here or as anywhere else. Food & serive very nice as always!

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Cedric
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, great service. Only comment was when the fresh fish special (wild salmon) was presented no price was offered by the server. Shame on my friend for not inquiring, but one would assume it would be consistent with other entrees on the lunch menu in the mid to high $20 range for lunch. He was a surprised to see that his entree was $40 when the bill arrived. Lesson learned to ask in the future.

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and wonderful food!

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Local
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with a drink at the bar while waiting for our reserved table, and then decided to stay seated there for dinner. Great mixed drinks for my friend and Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc for me. The Artichoke, beet/avocado salad, and a bowl of lobster bisque. All good, tho bisque was more tomatoey than lobster but still good on a cold night.
Very hospitable, people respectful of Covid protocols…proper distance from other patron seated at bar as well as waitstaff.

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vipBeverly
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good and service fabulous! Love Joshua!

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Alex
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I was expecting to eat dinner during lunch time since I was able to see the dinner menu on OpenTable. Plus when I got there, they gave me a dinner menu, but unfortunately it wasn't available. It took me 45 minutes to get there and was going to celebrate the holidays, so just eating lunch was really not worth it. I was about to give them a 3 star review, but their service was really good, so give them one extra star for the service. It's a good place to go to if you live local, but I would not specifically go there for this restaurant especially for lunch. Oh, their clam chowder was awesome !

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Smuggler
Pittsburgh
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are celebrating being reunited with our sister and husband after 2 years and so excited to see the parade!

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vipHappiness
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my favorite restaurant. Consistent, amazing food and service. So special!!!

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MaryR
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister is visiting from out of town so we went there for lunch and it was fabulous in every way. Excellent food an excellent service. I left GAIL’s because it has consistently excellent food

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vipLove2eat
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and the service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As always, delicious food.

Wait staff seemed rushed, even though it was Christmas Eve, it was between 4 and 6 pm. Our server however was very friendly and professional.

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GloriaG
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took family from out of town and it was perfect! Great food and staff..

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Roxanne
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We had reservations and the restaurant wasn't nearly full but they put us in a back table by a door. People kept going out the door, so the cold air rushed in. We asked to be moved and walked to the front of the restaurant. There were several seats but the hostess just looked at us so finally I said we're going to sit here and she said okay. The appetizers were wonderful but they were delivered by a different waiter, he had a slight limp but wasn't awesome waiter - he appeared to be the only one actually engaging with the customers. We never saw our waiter again. Although we saw him leaning against the wall looking at his phone and chatting with another waiter, he never came back to our table. The main course was very disappointing the food was marginal. When we were done we sat for about 15 minutes until I finally flagged another waiter to get it to go box. Then we waited another 10 to 15 minutes and I finally flagged another waiter to get our bill. It's not like our waiter was busy he just seemed totally disinterested, just like the hostess. We won't be back!

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TanyaG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

This was our second time dining at Gales. The receptionist was friendly on the phone and at our arrival, the food was delicious but as with last time we felt rushed as we were trying to slowly enjoy the gigantic portions of food and the waiters kept trying to clear the table. They tried 4 times before we were ready to stop eating and drinking and then the pressure to leave was enormous as the place cleared out by 9.
That was really disappointing as we don't go out much and when we spend that much money we don't want to feel rushed. Sadly we will not be going back for a long time.

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Tran
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, the place was nice, perfect for a night out and have a quiet dinner. The server, Kelly, was exellent, very friendly and doing her job well.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service.

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Shadi
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of our favorite place to eat in Pasadena. Whether before Symphony or concert. Great food and super value. Thanks Gales.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always Gale’s did not disappoint. The food and the service were excellent.

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ToniG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and the service was great. I believe the value for the meal was excellent. My only problem was the noise level.

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Tiffy
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love gales for any occasion!!

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vipLuisa
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I was surprised to see so many guests on a Thursday night. Gale's has been my go to restaurant when getting together with friends. Last night, I ordered the seafood linguine puttanesca which was surprisingly disappointing. The pasta was not al dente and not very flavorful. My friend ordered the ravioli and ate 2 of them because it was dry. The beet salad was the best. This was not the usual satisfaction after dining there.

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vip1Foodiechick
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing place! Service and food are stellar!

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vipTrishB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always outstanding, creative and beautifully prepared. And the wait staff has always been great. A specific kudo to Anthony last night. And I love the additional two white and two red "per glass" wine options.

FAQs

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

Gale's is rated 4.7 stars by 2508 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.