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About Madeline Garden Bistro & Venue
We serve a modern French and Italian European cuisine featuring exceptional vegetarian, seafood, poultry and grass fed steak selections. We also invite you to come relax and enjoy appetizers in our Wine and oyster bar. For dessert, we offer unique house made pastries that are as delicious as artistic to the eye..
There is truly something to please every palate and conscious eating choices.Please visit us for Dinner,High Tea, Lunch or Brunch at our beautiful and charming historical Pasadena venue. Madeline Garden is newly reimagined and decorated to create an elegant yet comfortable dining experience.
Pasadena, CA 91106
French American, Tapas / Small Plates, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 9pm.
Friday and Saturday open till 10pm.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
We have a dance floor located by the back entrance, karaoke in the bar and many guests artists to come. The night club is still under construction and coming soon.
There is a parking lot around the corner, off Green St and Catalina Ave. Parking is specific for Madeline Garden customers.
We are close to several bus stops off Lake St and Los Robles. The Metro is also walking distance.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Fireplace, High Tea, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Madeline Garden Bistro & Venue Ratings and Reviews
The decor is simply stunning. However, we were a bit disappointed by the food. It was not so great tasting, to be quite honest. Also, the portions were really tiny and this is coming from a modest eater (female size 0).
Another thing I could not help but notice was that personnel was very nervous. We could not figure out why, because everything seemed to be in order around us and the service was good. My guess is therefore an overly dominant cook or manager, however I do not know that for certain.
Service was very slow, I had to remind the hostess three times of my name before she could sit us down it appeared as if she had forgotten who I was even though there was no one waiting to be seated. The quality of the food is not worth the price however the most frustrating thing was how slow the service was.
I took my mom there because we had had a pretty good dinner experience. I had expected brunch to be better, it was way worse. The service was extremely slow (which I kind of remembered before, but slower this time). The Eggs Benedict was dryish and hard english muffins under it. Eggs were over cooked. My mom's quiche looked like they precut the pieces and then heated them up in the oven. It was dry on the outside and wasn't good on the inside, and my mom isn't a picky eater. We went there for the ambience because I knew she would love it. Not again for breakfast. Might give it another chance for dinner, but you can't eat the ambience.
Came here for Pasadena Restaurant Week and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Blown away by how the rooms were decorated and the great food. My wife loved the pot of lemon ginger tea she ordered. Started off with a roasted beet salad which was very nice and had plenty of beets. For our entrees, my wife had the Chilean Seabass while I had the lobster risotto. Both were delicious. We shared a tiramisu that was a tasty end of our meal. Service was top notch, friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back to try out high tea.
Overall we had a bad experience. Service was late.. Dressed code of the staff is funny for fine dining. Food quality is good, quantity sucks. If you expect to eat, forget it. You... Sample...that's all. It's was cold environment without heat. Now the atmosphere was great.. It can become an amazing restaurant. Really. But it needs people that know about Maitr duties and fine dining. You can't charge 130$ for peanuts. Ultimately people won't come back. Think of that. Good luck because you need it.
We did not have great expectations and knew it would be a basic experience, and were willing to give this a try as the place looked really charming. We got a wobbly table that they were not able to fix, to which they finally said, "well it is the table itself and not the floor being uneven so we cannot fix that”. We got another table. 20 minutes later someone asked if we wanted something to drink and we ordered a bottle of white wine, which came to the table already opened. We were not offered a taste, it was just poured onto chilled glasses (no, it is not beer, but still the wine glasses were chilled).
After half an hour of being there somebody took our order. Ten minutes later another waiter brought a salad to the ladies dining next to us (which were already having the salad they had ordered) They mentioned it was not theirs and the waiter asked us if we wanted to eat some salad. We declined, and asked where our food was.
We had decided to leave at that point, but we could not find anyone to bring us our check to pay for the wine so we could go somewhere else, when at the 1 hour and 15 minute mark our soups showed up (they forgot to bring our appetizers). The food was there so we decided to go ahead out of convenience more than anything, but when I saw that the $26 cup of lobster bisque I got was cold, watered-down Campbell’s soup, that was it. We took on the monumental task of getting the check for the wine, which after a few minutes they decided not to charge us for. We left and went to have dinner at a lovely place the ladies sitting next to us recommended.
We wanted these people to succeed; we were more patient and understanding than we should have been. The lack of training, communication and inexperience was evident from the moment we arrived and we should have not wasted that much time at that place. They bit on more than they could chew and are certainly not prepared for especial occasions like a Valentine’s Day dinner celebration like this.
I brought my sweetheart to Madeline Garden as a surprise Valentine dinner date. She fell in love with it before I even walked her through the gate, and said it was a perfect choice. We were seated at a small table for two right in front of the lit fireplace, which architecturally is one of the impressive focal points in the room. It was a prix fix dinner so the choices were limited, but the selections for us ended up being just with some of our favorite foods. She had the rib eye and I had the salmon. The portions were light, but perfectly satisfying. The harpist quietly played as we ate - the volume of the music was soft enough to have a conversation, but still loud enough to gently fill the two story high room. Service was attentive - and when I asked about the history of the building we were entertained with some intriguing stories by Virginia Olive Hoge, who has earnestly researched and written a brief summary of the elusive history of the Cheesewright Studios Building. She gave a copy of her summary to each of us. The couple seated at the small table next to us then inquired as to what was on the paper we had just been given, which segued into an enjoyable conversation with them. Gratuity of 20% was included in the bill, but we were told about it when we received the check. We were not rushed to leave, but by the time we did leave we had been treated to an evening that will now remain a favorite Valentine memory for both of us. Madeline Garden is a lovely place well worth trying!
The food at Madeline Bistro makes this place a must visit. Add to that an ambiance that is both elegant and cozy and you 'be found a gem. Background music adds to the sense of privacy yet doesn't overwhelm good conversation. This is a place to return to again and again.
The restaurant doesn't know how to run a restaurant. There was no hostess. When we walked in, a bus boy just told us we can sit anywhere we want. Then the waitress didn't ask us what we want to drink and just asked us what we want to order. We had to ask for a drink menu to order wine, and they don't have the one we want. We had to choose a different wine, but the manager had a hard time opening the wine. Then it took 45 mins after we ordered for the appetizers to arrive. The appetizers and some salads and entrees came at the same time. We have no room on table and we don't want the food to get cold, so we asked her to only leave appetizer and salad. Then one salad was missing until the entrees came back. One person still has to eat salad and entree at the same time. The entrees came back cold. The table next to us even have to open the wine themselves! This could be the worst dining experience I've ever had in my life.
Came here with a few girl friends on a Sunday for brunch. Great ambience and decor. Food was just okay, limited selections. Service was bad. A few of our dishes were forgotten/delayed and had to constantly remind our waiter, who also happened to be one of the owners. Will not recommend
My friends and I order 2 tea set and 2 lunch set included 2 cups of macchiato. After we finish our food the coffee still disappear. Also we cant find our waiter. After we bored some waiter around and know that the espresso machine is broken. e.....but why nobody told us?
Located in a historic building, this place is in the process of being completely transformed into a really cool venue, with plush decorative interiors that carve out rooms with different feels. I was there for a reunion brunch of former coworkers and the staff was gracious enough to let us stay and not kick us out for being so loud and raucous. The "celebration" menu includes a variety of brunch items that come with one or two party drinks (mimosa, bellini, bloody mary, etc.), so of course many of us opted for that. I would have appreciated faster refills on coffee, but maybe the place is still getting set up. Bottom line: yummy food, nice drinks, great staff. Looking forward to seeing what the full renovation/restoration will bring.
We dined at Madeline Garden, with high hopes. The restaurant itself is lavishly decorated with several different dining rooms, each with its own theme. The service was eager but inexperienced. The food, which sounded good, was disappointing. The fish dish that I had was way too salty and the risotto too mushy. For the prices on the menu, I expected food that would be more expertly prepared. Overall, we will not be back.
Ok, this place has a wonderful setting and great food. We entered the garden setting, and there was a harpist entertaining the small groups of diners. However, we toured the place, and it's beautiful on the inside too! We found there was a cool bar, which was empty, and a great room for karaoke, but no customers!
I hope people will start to come for the fun atmosphere, or this place may not make it. The bartender had nothing to do, so he was in the dining area, making sure all the guests had drinks and giving generous pours of wine (and great suggestions too!).
The only reason for 3 stars on service was our waiter, who was too new to be able to answer our menu questions. He was inexperienced, but tried very hard, and I'm sure he'll improve
It's unique places like this that I hope make it. Went hear for my fiancee's birthday and immediately we were entranced by the romantic patio setting with a violinist playing throughout the night! The host/manager came to give us a tour of the various rooms - each gorgeous with an old world European lush character. Service was more than attentive throughout the night - waiters took pictures of us, gave our requests to the violinists, and they even let us sing a few songs in their karaoke room even though it isn't officially open yet. Food is delicious, particularly their endive and cranberry salad which was fresh and tasty. We plan to come back for high tea. I could see a bridal shower there. The place is special, go!
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