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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 (40)
Casual (34)
Special Occasion (31)
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Good for Birthdays (28)
Good for a Date (25)
Authentic (22)
Great for Lunch (22)
Good for Groups (21)
Comfort Food (20)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Fun (18)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Cozy (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Business Meals (13)
Romantic (13)
Notable Wine List (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Healthy (9)
Kid-friendly (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Seasonal (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vegan (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

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 15, 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 13, 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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·Dined on January 13, 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 13, 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 11, 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 7, 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 7, 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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·Dined on January 6, 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 5, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Kind, pleasant servers, fine food for lunch, limited and not so carefully prepared food for dinner, quiet for lunch, much too crowded and noisy for dinner, uncomfortable chairs for both, ridiculous decor -traditional, elegant chandelier, some traditional presumably Italian touches -walls, for example, mixed with an open kitchen and minimalist, super modern, super casual wooden look and floors.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Gale's has something for everyone. For lunch we ordered Grilled Salmon Salad, Clams and Gluten Free Penne pasta, and the Sandwich Special - 1/2 sandwich, cup of soup and a small salad. Everything was delicious and service was excellent!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Alfonso is the best. Friendly. Knowledgeable. Great service!

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Service was outstanding! Food was amazing! Parking was very easy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Fantastic food. Perfect service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Always GREAT food!
Always smells great the minute you enter the restaurant!
Wonderful owners and amazing service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Italian food Authentic Friendly and service is good. Parking a problem but the food is worth the trouble. The wine list is recommended. Good place for family and /or friends' dinner date. I specially like the linguini with clams with white paired with white wine Chardonnay California in particular. Thanks Cebuano 2

Tags: Authentic
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Always love the mushroom ravioli, so rich. Got together with old friends, a little noisy for talking, but love the atmosphere. Great waitress.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

mediocre food--overcooked pasta in a flavorless sauce with globs of unmelted mozzarella..tasteless fish soup cold undercooked fried zucchini blossoms

good martini and nice wine list

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Each dish at Gale's is superb! The service is impeccable and the ambiance is cozy.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We held our team holiday party at Gale's, where we had a great time! The food was absolutely delicious and the service was perfect. Gale does a great job of providing phenomenal food and an atmosphere for celebration.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

A bit of a wait, despite having reservations.
Pasta was outstanding. Pass on the Margharita Pizza.
Overall good experience. Would return for the pasta.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We ordered an “everything” pizza and I liked the thin crust, but found the flavor very bland. I am from New York and have yet to have a good pizza in Pasadena. The pizza needed more tomatoes and cheese and spices. Disappointing!!!

Tags: Casual, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Gale's is good for everything -- special occasions as well as everyday non-occasions!
The food is just so delicious! And the service is prompt & helpful & attentive. It is
our favorite go-to place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Gale's is ideal for a lunch. The ability to make a quick reservation and know that the menu has something for everyone. The location is ideal for Pasadena. The food is terrific with a lot of variety from comfort, to healthy, to spicy, to savory . . . it really works.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I come here once a month with a friend the food is always prepared with love and care. I've never been disappointed.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 11, 2017

I love the ambiance at Gales, and the service is excellent, with helpful and knowledgeable staff who truly go out of their way to create a lovely dining experience. Normally, I adore the food, too--although on this particular occasion I ordered the mussels, and I have to confess that, although the mussels themselves were delicious, the broth was not very flavorful. That said, the salad I had as an appetizer--mixed greens with Parmesan and pine nuts--was fantastic, and everyone else in my party thought their meals (ranging from seafood ravioli to pepperoni pizza to a pasta with what I believe was a pork ragu) were delicious. The bread and coconut cake are delectable as well. Outside of the rather bland mussels, I highly recommend Gale's. I'll certainly be back again.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

A friend recommended Gale's and it was more than the perfect place for a special dinner! Small, bustling but yet we never felt cramped in, the servers and staff were exceptional. Around when needed and helping others instantly. The food was delicious, great selections.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Took my Mom to Gale's for lunch--had a really nice time. Our server was attentive but not overwhelming--gave us plenty of time to talk and enjoy our meal.
We both had the special salad--which was excellent. Allowed us to substitute protein--thank you! Creative use of roasted cauliflower, chickpeas and cucumber with arugula--just nice flavors together. I appreciate that the salad was well-dressed, but not over-dressed (pet peeve).
Made a nice brunch drink for us, and I had a great cappuccino after lunch. They make biscotti--they are great, and it's a treat to get one after your meal.
Will definitely be back--this is a neighborhood favorite, and it's clear why.

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Healthy, Cozy, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Several years ago on a whim, I chose Gale’s for my Birthday Dinner. My girlfriend’s & I have known each other since 1st grade & we still hang out together. For our birthday, we chose the restaurant. I drive by Gale’s when I go home from work in the morning & thought “why not”?! Am so glad I did. Love, love, love it there!! We’ve missed 1 or 2 times, but always come back. The food is wonderful, love the setup inside and cannot day enough about the staff. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Treat you like family.
I have recommended several patients and the girls bring their families there too!!
Again - love, love, love!!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I would have given this place a 5 star if it had not been the overly chewy gluten free penne, it became a jaw breaker after the 1st 3 mins of chewing .
Our organic baby green chopped salad was very good .
Great service and thank you Gale’s for my complimentary birthday delicious coconut cream cake !

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 5, 2017

We love Gale's! Great menu choices, delish food, fun atmosphere and good service. Our group comes here several times a year to celebrate birthday--we wouldn't go anywhere else!

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was great. We enjoyed ourselves. I would definitely recommend

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Gales is a pasadena institution that has been doing everything right for over twenty years. It is hard to find a better place to eat!
Great value, also.

Tags: Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Delicious. Service was fabulous. Always a favorite

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 30, 2017

The seafood risotto was delicious. Great as always! Love the homemade biscotti too!

Tags: Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We always love coming here when in town visiting. Always great specials. This time two of us had the special ravioli and was so amazing! So fresh and delicious. They make their own pasta and it is the best I’ve had in a long time. They even made a special pasta dish for my husband with all the ingredients he wanted. Love their wine glasses too. Fun drinking a nice bottle of wine in them. Can’t wait to go back. Service was perfect too.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always enjoy the excellent food, wine and service at Gale’s. It’s a favorite and never disappoints.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We did ask for some extras, but the

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