Green Street Restaurant

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Green Street Restaurant is where Pasadenans go to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner and it's been a Pasadena tradition since 1979. It is centrally located just off South Lake Avenue and is within walking distance of hotels, the convention center, the Pasadena Playhouse and popular shopping areas. Green Street has an eclectic menu featuring savory salads (the ever popular and addicting Dianne Salad is ordered over 2,000 times per week), tasty meats, fresh fish and creative sandwiches served on wonderful breads. Guests enjoy a full bar and interesting wines by the glass on a beautiful patio or in the airy interior. Take-out and full catering services are also available.
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k
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent servers. Good selection menu. Nice ambiance slightly noisy

GS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food - Huge Salads - Great drinks and service. Jasmine the server is excellent.

l
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Tried the new items on the happy hour list and not a big fan of them.

M
Los Angeles
127 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and excellent customer service

JH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It took a really long (too long) time to receive our meal.

RF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

My wife and I have eaten here several times a year for many years, typically with very good results. This time we had an 11:00am reservation last Sunday. We were entertaining college classmates from NY who hadn't visited in LA for 30 years. When we arrived, we were seated promptly, outside per our request. The place was 25% full. That was the last good thing. After taking our orders, the wait staff all-but disappeared (not only for our table). It took 10 minutes for the first drink to arrive (we ordered nothing from the bar). The first offering was one iced tea (but we ordered 2!), then the other 3 were doled-out at about 2 minute intervals, by 2 different servers who had never come to our table before. The food didn't arrive for close to 45 minutes after we ordered, despite our frequent encouragements to staff. To make a long story short, all portions of food (except for the oven cooked potato chunks, which overflowed all plates upon which they were mounded, had noticeably shrunk in size from what we were accustomed to (even the Dianne Salad, for heaven's sake!) And both the hot items and the cold items had sat somewhere long enough to have noticeably migrated toward "warm." We even had to wait over 10 minutes to get the check after we asked (at which time the place was maybe 75% full). We'll be a bit cautious about recommending Green Street to friends for a while without a appropriate heads-up...

A
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Armando is a star and we always request him, but he was off so Marlene took excellent care of us...Along with Alex (host) Abby (runner) and Alonso (buser). Food is always fresh and delicious and the manager Joe stopped by to check on us (and seemed to do so to every table around us)....Additionally, the catering department is phenomenal and Kersten and Judy always provide top notch service, help with menu ideas and excellent follow up. Highly recommended this restaurant!

B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I’ve been coming here for many years with family and friends. Fantastic food, attentive service every time!

CS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice menu w / many great selections.
The zucchini bread, dangerously good!
Everything was great: service, ambience, & food. We will be back!

C
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

The service we received was only ok. The server wasent the friendliest and we didn’t feel comfortable asking him for things ... I’ve been to this restaurant before and the food was incredible, this time it was it that tasty ... the overall restaurant was clean and beautiful ... too bad the service and food didn’t match

OT
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great salad

j
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual just another exceptional experience at this Pasadena restaurant. This has become my regular go to places to dine with family friends and even business clients. They have never disappointed with delicious entrees lunch or dinner and customer service always top notch

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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EK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious. We were seated outside and it was quiet and beautiful. The menu had a great variety of items so it was easy to find something to try. The only downside was that it got busy and the people servicing our table would occasionally forget to bring something we asked for. The dessert for the birthday was really nice...ice cream with chocolate sauce.

d
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We had been there one time before this visit as we don't live in the area, but I remember the first visit being much better than this one. The air conditioning was freezing which didn't help, but I remember the food we had the first time was far superior. That was about 2 years ago. I had to keep asking for things and although the service was pleasant it was slow. It is also a very loud place.

KE
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Though we have dined here many times, it was our first experience with their happy hour. The happy hour selection was a pleasant surprise. The unexpected glass of wine with my order was happily received. Their sliders were yummy. Although not a fan of the Yam fries. They weren’t bad but just not the type of fries we enjoy. Service was great as usual. Quickly seated upon our arrival with our reservation. This is one place that understands the point of making a reservation.

SD
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always an excellent meal. Love the happy hour specials

TD
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow..
food was good as always!
A table that came in after us and right next to us was able to put their order in before us. They forgot our drinks as well.
This was the first time o ever experienced this at this restaurant..

E
Los Angeles
97 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had an opportunity to visit Green Street after having moved away and the food did not disappoint. Service was a bit slow, but the food wonderful Diane Salad standard and Ruben plus their homemade chips with the best onion dip more made it all worthwhile.

d
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Pancakes tasted like cardboard, service poor, really disappointed - we go there all the time - not what we expected

L
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I took my husband out for his birthday breakfast and it was his first time at this restaurant.
Only 2 severs were working with outside of tables were full and inside was more than 25 people at 8:15-30 am on Saturday morning.
Service was slower than usual and my eggs scramble was cold. Ended up spending more than 2 hours for breakfast.
It was poor judgement and scheduling by restaurant management which ended up suffering restaurant reputation.

L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved the happy hour menu and the fact that Happy Hour went til 7, definitely will be back with my girlfriends, thanks!

OT
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Usually, I am pleased with Green Street. However, tonight they were offering some kind of Hollywood Bowl special, so restaurant was very busy and service was uneven. Food was just OK.

C
Los Angeles
155 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A little expensive for breakfast! We take out a group of seniors once a month and usually there is a “senior breakfast” since most of them are very light eaters and are on pension benefits. We have eaten here for years and lunch and dinners have been outstanding. I think we will not return for breakfast though. Also not great coffee for $3.75.

SK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It's a bit on the expensive side. I mean for $22 for pasta with shrimp, it's tasty, but worth the $22+tip? Maybe not.

LH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our breakfast choices. Eggs were perfectly cooked. We will be back.

G
Orange County
120 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food lacked seasoning
The kale Dianne was very bland
The chicken didn’t taste like it was freshly cooked... what a bummer
The place overall was super cute but the chef needs to give the food flavor

MZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasteful food, we didn’t have to wait too much to get our plates. Kerry was excellent waiting our table. Excellent customer service.

RS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great salads and entree's for an affordable price. Good Wine selection.

E
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

It’s ok for a business lunch if you’re in the area.

L
Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service by Brian. Very attentive and aware. Food was lovely.

RK
Orange County
35 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Dianne and Kale salad were excellent! Seated quickly for our large party.

LL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the salads. Tried breakfast and it was every bit as delicious!

CG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jasmine was our server and she was excellent.

SD
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service. Always consistent!

BR
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I’ve been going to this restaurant since 1982, When I lived in Pasadena. After I moved out of town , I kept returning for the Diane salad. The Diane salad never disappoints, and it’s consistently good. They even sell the dressing and the zucchini bread that goes with it! I tried other dishes, but sadly, they were all spicy to the point where I couldn’t eat them! They were very nice to take them back and take them off my check. If you like spicy food, the other items on the menu will suit you. Otherwise, stick to the Diane salad or other salads and the burgers. The restaurant is a very hip place, with dynamic servers and hostesses. It is a fun destination.

KS
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service and food.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good quality food at a reasonable price with a great support staff. I will be coming back soon.

S
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robin our server was very friendly, answered all our questions and checked in with frequently during our dinner!

C
Charleston
35 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Sorry to leave a poor review because I've dined at Green Street many times and always had a good experience. However, yesterday at lunch the service was very poor (got my order wrong 2X for a salad), and server was inattentive. Price for items we received seems too high. Food was just ok. Very disappointing

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