Plate 38

4.6
553 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
This neighborhood gem is a perfect place for a dry aged burger and sushi rolls, or a weekend splurge with signature craft cocktails, bottles of wine, and a family pack that serves 2-4 people. Plate 38 offers an extensive to-go menu of sushi, brunch lunch, dinner, preorder specials, fine groceries, wine, and cocktails daily! Serving the community American comfort food with a lighter California farm-to-table menu available for pick up and local delivery (within a 5 mile radius) in the East Pasadena.

Thank you for your support! We look forward to serving you the best to-go and local delivery service in Pasadena, San Marino, Alhambra, Sierra Madre, Altadena, Arcadia, and surrounding areas.

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 553 people are saying
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4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BradM
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always, Plate 38 has EXCELLENT food and EXCELLENT service, and they have coped with the pandemic issues better than anyone I know. The inside, as always, is fairly noisy, but the new (and apparently permanent) outdoor space is very comfortable and very quiet. Great as always.

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JoanA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

There food is creative and very tasty the chef is great. They have all the regulars on the plus some thing new and different.

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BinH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cheap and good quality, parking is also convenient.

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Dale
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice to get back into a restaurant for a night out with friends. Monday is the best time to visit Plate 38 because their 'Happy Hour' drink and food menu is valid until closing. Great bar drinks along with oysters on the half-shell and steamed mussels.

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CeciliaT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Tables very dirty and sticky even after @clanin

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vipDeniseP
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always great food and friendly service. I've never had a bad meal here.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a really busy Thursday night because they had live music. The servers were fast and accurate. Music and the ambience is great. Will be coming back on Thursday

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CarolG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food in Pasadena consistently and portions are generous. Love it!

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Gatsby
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were perfect as always.

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whatsthepoint
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Despite the fact that we made a reservation, we were told to wait at least 15 minutes along with all of the other walk-ins. So, we left.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

4 stars because any place with bottomless mimosas on a Monday deserves at least that. However it was not the best experience, 50 minutes to get our food. Apparently our food went out to the wrong table and instead of coming by to let us know, our server decided to avoid us. I had the crab cake benny and my guest had the salmon benny, they were average. In his defense, after our food came our server became very very attentive.

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LloydW
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was our first time at Plate 38. The service was very above average. The food was good although we felt the a greater explanation of the dishes would be a benefit to first timers as well as recommendations from the kitchen

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PAULJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and the food was outstanding for Brunch

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

The menu was varied and appealing. However, our paella entree was a little bland and under-seasoned.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I love this place usually. It’s my local spot but when I went this week the food was not as good. They ran out of French fries at lunch and my burger was like sawdust when I asked for medium rare. The service which is typically great was super slow too.

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MEAyala
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was awesome as was the service! The noise level a bit high for a Saturday morning brunch, but delicious!

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vipPamel
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was really good. The lunch menu has lots of great offerings.

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vipKerryE
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If it wasn't for the hostess, I would have given five stars on everything.

Our visit got off to a rocky start when we requested an indoor table because the wind was blowing quite hard. The hostess's solution was to seat us next to an open door where we had to weigh down our menus, napkins, etc. When I went back to the hostess to see if there was anything that could be done, she got defensive, cut me off before I could finish my question and told me in no uncertain terms that she couldn't close the doors, which I had no intention of asking her to. I said I was aware of that, my question was could we be seated somewhere else. She said no, there was nothing else available (which I wish she would have told me before we were seated...I might have chosen to go somewhere else). I said we didn't have time to wait and I guessed there was nothing she could do and walked away. She tracked me down and tried to engage with me further, but I told her to just forget it as we didn't have time to wait for another table.

All of that aside, our server was lovely to us and took great care of us. She accommodated our every request, including giving us a half-and-half order of french fries and sweet potato fries. I had the chicken pesto sandwich and it was delicious!

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AntonioR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I liked it. However having a separate charge on the receipt showing minimum wage increase is petty. It's like you are trying to say " You are being punished for us having to give your server a fair wage.

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Hyde
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Do not pass this place up, Every item we ordered was beautifully crafted and delicious. If I had to pick a favorite I would say it was the Fish with Yuzu ( forgot the name).

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LynnC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love that Plate 38 is back at it and seems to be fairing quite well -- a wonderful addition to the neighborhood!

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Brunchlover
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great! We got there just after opening to beat the crowds.

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SergioB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot. Awesome bottomless mimosas! Highly recommend.

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DoriF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful to be back after a long year. Note: Tomato basil soup[ regular on menu], tun tartar tacos, soft shell crab, striped bass, all very well received.

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MaureenT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I always love Plate 38, been here multiple times. The price though way too much for a simple burger. Otherwise very good.

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LocalDiner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad to be back out dining with my friends, and Plate 38 is perfect for a couple, or a group of 5-6. Prompt service, great menu and wine/cocktail list. We had a great bottle of rose from a well-chosen selection.
They were very accommodating of two guests who arrived late, two who left early (haha, leaving us with the bill!)—we had the table till we were ready to go, not pushed out the door.
This is a popular place for groups so I do recommend a reservation.
Now the food! I had a big and tasty plate of Peruvian shellfish stew. Every morsel was delicious. Friends ate smoked mozzarella burger; little gems salad; pasta with shrimp; beet salad. And we went through three cones of their delicious, truly French-style skinny and crispy French fries. With what was left of our appetite, we had the creme brûlée trio, perfect to share for three people.

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vipgoodetr
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Dennis was top notch! He was very helpful, funny and courteous.

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AdamR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food served by some very nice people. looking forward to coming again.

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Luvingbutterfly
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Ambience was nice, service was okay not very attentive, food took some time after ordered, small plates menu very good mushroom Bruschetta is a must try and the tuna tara taco was amazing, as someone that loves fries and must try at every restaurant I was not impressed garlic fries did not taste like garlic at all overall food was okay

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vipPandora
Los Angeles
106 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was mostly flavorless. Too bad cuz we used to come here a lot.
Busboy (blond) should keep his mask up over his nose, please.

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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Always our Go To place for a great night out.
Good service, excellent menu

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THEMOD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall everything was great. The music was a bit too loud where I was sitting. It looked like the tent in the parking lot was more quiet so I'll ask for that area next time. Very good food.

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GaryF
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Always a good choice. Plate 38 has a neighborhood feel with a bistro menu with some nice daily surprises. Stars deducted this outing due to making a brunch reservation based on the erroneous listed time for brunch ending at 2:30 PM. We made the reservation for 2 and then had confusion when we got a lunch menu rather than the brunch menu. Having arrived at 2 it would have been nice to get last call for the brunch menu. That said, the lunch menu has many choices, the grilled artichoke is great, oysters are delicious, and the salads generous and tasty. The house prosecco is quite nice and a great value.

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JamesC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived in time for Happy Hour and ordered off both menus. The food was delicious and the prices reasonable. Loved the beet salad (not on the HH menu) the peppers, steak quesadilla and the Cuban sandwich. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

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Shannon15
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was pretty bad. Which I had been there two times before over the last 2 weeks and it was great. Maybe a bad night but we could barely get them to turn to face us. Their backs to the bar area most of the time. Food was also the same.
Just mediocre at best this time around. Consistency is key.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The hostess is so friendly and attentive. Every time I’ve been, she really makes me feel valued as a customer. I feel badly I don’t know her name but she’s a delight! The food, especially the short ribs were delicious. My only complaint was they gave my friend salmon when she ordered trout. Then the chef came out and said, that’s trout. But it was clearly salmon. They argued with us even though it was definitely salmon. I think we can recognize salmon when we see and taste it. I was disappointed they didn’t give a discount or at least apologize for the mistake because the salmon was still delicious. Just surprised by the attitude.
I will definitely come back because the food is great and the service is great and I’m happy you are fully open!

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SteveJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and family-owned Support our local businesses

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Spindoctor1
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The food is outstanding and the service warm. The one change I would like to see is the service is a little too slow. We are going to be repeat customers. It’s our favourite restaurant

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OmarM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The sandwiches were decent but over priced. Fries were extra too

FAQs

Plate 38 does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Plate 38 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 793-7100.

Plate 38 is rated 4.6 stars by 553 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.

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