Plate 38

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
This neighborhood gem is a perfect place for a dry aged burger and a beer or a Friday splurge with signature craft cocktails and a four course meal. Plate 38 caters to those in seek of comfort food made from scratch with a lighter California flare.

With its industrial Napa decor, Plate 38 is a warm bistro that stays open late and features a reverse happy hour starting at 9:00 seven days a week. Let loose on Saturdays and Sundays with bottomless mimosas and the best brunch Pasadena has to offer.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Restaurant was empty and still had horrible service.

JM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

This is a cute place. Lots of high energy during brunch! We were seated promptly, and then forgotten about I believe. Not one person looked our way or even offered waters. After about 15 mins, I asked a server passing by for the 3rd time if he could send our waiter and he gladly took our orders. Five minutes later our actually waiter come and we informed he we’d given our odes already.
Service was pretty slow. Others were being served and checked in on who were seated after us. We ordered a salad and a sandwich and sweet potato fries. Nothing to write home about, under seasoned food. I appreciate the fresh local produce. I have many friends who enjoy this place. Perhaps it was an off day...

AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside. I love how the outside and inside are not separated too much. Big open windows in between outside and inside so you could see everything.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Standard Bottomless Brunch spot. You'll know what to do.

MC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just gets better the second time . Give it a strong recommendation for duck, bone marrow and beer on tap.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

The foods was so tasty, we enjoyed our dinner so much. However the server wasn't right for us. I felt racism...I hoped if we could have other server, it will be the perfect anniversary dinner at the table.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dodgers playoff game - fun with Dodger dog!

AG
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Father and I had a wonderful breakfast! The staff was extremely friendly and attentive.

c
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This is one of our go to places. You can count on very good to outstanding and unique food, fun and tasty unusual drinks and fun and friendly service.

MC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is exactly as advertised. The atmosphere is casual. Most of the space is occupied by the bar. The food is outstanding bar food with a limited number of entre' items. We could only sample a three items. They were great.

EM
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Specials are always good and interesting. Host and server were kind and accommodating. Rick shrimp and calamari appetizer full of flavor. Duck and farro was delicious!

OT
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ordered off the happy hour menu. Large selection & portions. Friendly attentive service. We were quite pleased. We will be back.

c
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a later brunch. The food was wonderful. Everyone in my group enjoyed their dish. Will definitely go back.

MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great very relaxed area loved how pet friendly they are. Thank you for giving great service and tasty food!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Order was wrong, even repeated it numerous times. Made my kids wait for 45 minutes (in an empty restaurant) to be served even though the adults were served. Super pricey for the level of service and the quality of food. Disappointed.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food wasn’t good as used to be. The waiter was very nice and friendly. I will
go again because for the convenience.

a
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Convenient to A Noise Within theater. Service was very friendly although a little slow. We had the skirt steak, half chicken, and apple tart. All were delicious.

GG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and food

H
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Good food and nice servers. The problem is the dogs. We wanted to sit outside. There was a dog that was the size of a small pony taking up a substantial portion of the outdoor space. No problem with dogs but, perhaps a size limit would be appropriate. Several local restaurants have decided to bar dogs from their patios because customers let their dogs eat or drink from the dishes or hold the dogs in their laps and allow the dogs literally onto the tables.

MC
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find really close to my hotel, and was able to intro a friend who lives in Pasadena to this joynt. Foid, service, and surroundings were prime. Would happily dine here again

GR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

"Don't judge a book by it's cover," might not look like much in the parking lot of a strip mall, but what a surprise inside. Food and service excellent.

RZ
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This is the third time we've been to their wine-selling event, and I always enjoy it. They have a sommelier come in with some low-cost bottles, and you can taste them and buy them at a discount while enjoying some market-inspired menu items alongside their regular happy hour, which is, by the way, outstanding. My favorite item this visit was the farro w/ grilled peaches and bruleed cabra de capra--yum!

S
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their daily menu was excellent and the cocktails super good. Great service and great food!

LM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The food and ambiance was great. Service not so good. Our waitress Kaitlin wasn’t really around. Seemed like we had to flag her down most of the time.
I did appreciate it being kid friendly. I had forgotten my baby wipes and the bathroom was stocked with baby products so thank you for that!

D
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great bartender. Best gin martinis and old fashions. Food is amazing. Go for small plates to experience a variety of flavors

r
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

You would never expect such great food in such a little neighborhood joint, it’s seriously great.

RS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Enjoyed brunch. The food was very good. Had the mushroom omelet and mimosa. I would go there again. Also the parking was great, parking lot at the restaurant and didn't have to pay to park, which is a nice treat in Pasadena.

C
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely chef owned and operated restaurant in Pasadena. Food was creative and delicious. Service was very good. I will be back!

TH
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is always good at Plate 38. Service is friendly. Only complaint sometimes the kitchen has a hard getting all entrees out at same time. Monday happy hour is the best!

SC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We eat here often, usually at the bar, but this particular night we made a dining reservation via OpenTable and the host would not check us in. It was early and not crowded, and he just told us to sit anywhere. Then came by and tossed the menus and silverware at us. So rude. I asked again if he could please check us in for our reservation and he again did not. Finally, our server, who was very sweet and gracious did get us checked in. It seems like a small thing, but it set me on edge. Our server redeemed the evening though, she was energetic and attentive, and the filet mignon (on special that night) was perfect. We both tried wines we were not familiar with and both were quite good, so that added some points too. Overall, Plate 38 is a solid choice, but sometimes the service isn’t quite up to par.

GT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere, although we sat on the patio and the street noise got loud during our meal. Food tasted great. Fun presentation of the french fries.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was okay and service wasn’t bad. It goes get pretty loud once they turn the music on.

J
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plate 38 is my favorite place to eat. The wine is good, the food remarkable, and the service friendly and helpful. The noise is a bit much for me now and then, but Robert's remarkable cooking brings me back often.

DH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

I was expecting a more elegant place, but my first choice for a place in central location between friends. Food was good, but just needed a place to meet. I probably won’t return; live in Woodland Hills. It was fun though, thanks! Food was messy but good; kind, attentive service. My friend from Burbank may come again. She drives by every day.

EM
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food is always good. Especially the brunch. Beware of the scrambles - sometimes they can be a bit greasy. But the flavor is excellent!

Note - on occasion, they'll forget an item. For example - if you add avocado to your salad, they might forget to bring it out. If you request fruit instead of potatoes, they might forget to do that.

Overall - I recommend Plate 38!

RG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Probably not. I’m more into upscale dining. But, maybe for lunch or a sports bar. I was on a first date and my date often eats there. She lives in the neighborhood. Overall it’s a good store, well run and staffed.

TK
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in California. The restaurant is small, and a lot of the seating is on the patio. Still it was very comfortable. Our server Alana (?) was knowledgeable, fun, friendly, and just plain awesome. The meal wasn’t cheap, nor were the portions huge, but the food was expertly prepared with flavors that make you smile and let out groans that can only make neighboring tables uncomfortable. We started with bone marrow and polenta. The bone marrow was the best we’ve ever had. It was surprising how much marrow was in each bone. Usually, this dish would seem like a bad value, but not here. The polenta was a flavor explosion, and I can’t wait to get back to try it again. We had the flank stake and the chef’s newly perfected pork served like a flank steak (can’t remember the name). They were both mind blowing! Plate 38... I’m in love!

CA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I cannot fairly review the food as we never got in. We made 9:30 AM reservations for 6 people on Memorial Day for brunch. These were made on Open Table, were accepted and then later confirmed. when we arrived at 9:30 (after a 25 mile drive) to meet other family members for a celebration we found they were closed. Someone inside came to the door (wouldn't open it) and said they didn't open until 11:00 AM. I said we had confirmed 9:30 reservations and he just shrugged his shoulders and mouthed "too bad" and walked away. We ended up The Pan in Pasadena, a bit of a wait but the food was great as was the service.

g
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional, as always! Bonus to have live country music!!

DW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is unbelievable, it is however, extremely noisy

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