Plate 38

4.6
613 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 613 people are saying
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susanas
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are always happy with Plate 38, my Ciopino was a little "bland" this time, otherwise every thing else was excellent.

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LilyE
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service!
Food was overpriced!
Our waitress never came back for condiments requested
Food wasn’t great

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love2eat
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The wings, artichoke, cioppino, Caesar salad and garlic fries were delicious. The ahi tacos were not wonderful and the Octopus salad was not the very best. Overall we loved the experience.

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vipkitgirl
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I dined at Plate 38 last evening after attending Lightscape @ The Arboretum. The place is a great place for outdoor dining and the food is great. We both enjoyed our burgers which were cooked to perfection. We live in Sherman Oaks and look forward to dining at Plate 38 for meals in Pasadena.

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Elisa
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Food was good but they brought the plates at different times leaving some members of our party waiting while we were eating. They mixed orders. My latte was served too late and cold. At this time it looks they are under staffed, but they were cordial and apologetic. In general, we enjoyed our food,

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CaroleT
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing mushroom omelet and friendly service.

A little noisy.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location with excellent food and drinks.

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penwallace
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brick and wood interior with a large bar area all in one room. Nice outdoor seating available for about 6 parties of 2-4 under a large permanent cover. Happy Hour was busy with several small and large plates available until 6 pm. Menu of “Specials” in addition to regular menu. Dinner food was nicely plated and very good. Okay for families. Friendly staff. Clean. Free parking in smallish lot shared with small strip mall.

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Kirklandian
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I ordered the fish and chips. The fries were ok nothing special but the fish ws the best fried fish I have ever had.

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vipBob1
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Asked server if Tomato Soup had cream in it. Assured it did not. When served, of course it had cream in it. Endive salad was not very good. It certainly did not live up to its description. Golden Snapper main course was delicious. So a mixed experience. Was not nearly as good as what I have experienced before.

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vipFoodiecritic
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambience here. Protected outdoor seating for the most part. There were 4 of us going for a light dinner. Their soups are delicious. We had French Onion soup and Red Pepper and Carrot Bisque with Shrimp soup. Also had a cheese plate...great selection of cheeses with cranberry nut bread...loved it. And fish tacos from the happy hour menu. Each of us enjoyed our meal.

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vipJenniferB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The food is fantastic but service is lacking. The last three visits we spent over 20 minutes after finishing our meal to receive and pay the check, even when we asked for the check while dining. I understand that there may be a lack of workers, however, the restaurant shouldn't 'overseat' to where the service and attentt to customers declines.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here for happy hour, but this was our first time for brunch. All of our food was amazing. A definite do over!!

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NickelL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with great service. The staff is always friendly and the food is always made to perfection. I am a particular fan of their mushroom omelette. Their fresh brewed coffee is also top-notch! This is definitely one of my favorite brunch spots in Pasadena!

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GaryS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Happy it’s there!!

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emik
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast, lunch or dinner - everything is DELICIOUS

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vipDineOutOfften
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter was very nice and helpful in our choosing our food. This is a new find for us and we will definitely be back.

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vipgoodetr
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dennis, our waiter, was top notch.

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DeborahK
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a team of servers (3-4) who kept us well fed and the drinks coming! Enjoyed the special peppers and bread, we had mushroom burgers (yummy) and martinis with lots of olives, as we had requested. Very good evening and the ambiance was just right.

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MaureenK
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plate 38 never disappoints! I have never had a bad meal or experience here. I love this place!

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vipClancy
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good and plan on going back. Had the bread pudding for dessert....was not special and would not wait the time it took. Minus the dessert , a really good place.

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TomR
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent and the service time could be improved but over all a very good dining experience as usual!

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Maxi
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service for our birthday lunch. We sat outside and it was a bit noisy with the cars on Sierra Madre side. I would sit inside next time or on the parking lot side. Highly recommend the tempura shrimp/calamari appetizer! SO GOOD.

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vipDrew
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yet another delicious meal at Plate 38. This place never disappoints. Thank you.

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Carol
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food. Service has also been top notch.

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viplineats
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great food Manny was efficient waiter.
Street noises were obvious

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JohnM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

It is clear that this pandemic has affected the quality of service and staffing and we all hope that things will improve for everyone, including restaurant owners. Food delivery timing was awful. Our 94 year old guest was served her brunch 10 minutes after ours arrived. Toast was cold. Cappuccinos arrived at the end of the meal and were comped, even though we didn't ask (nice touch, though). Took 30 minutes before placing our order with our waitress. Regardless, the food was good, but cold, and the service was friendly. It seems that no matter what restaurant you go to during the pandemic, we now expect less.

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Carol
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great outdoor space so you can take your furry friend.

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DeborahP
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We started with the crab cakes as an appetizer and they were cooked to perfection. Thickly formed and crispy on the outside. Nice sauce that didn't detract from the taste of the crab cake. So many small plates to choose from here!

For our entrees we got a truffle burger and a barbecue burger and went splitsies. The truffle burger was rich and indulgent. The barbecue burger was tangy and refreshing. Both perfect in their own ways.

For dessert we got the banana waffle sundae. The waffles have a crystallized sugar that adds a touch of a crunch. Also came with chocolate and cookie spread with caramelized bananas and vanilla ice cream. 10/10 would get again.

Our drinks were as perfect as our food. Great beer selections and well-made cocktails. I was scared to try "paper plains" because I didn't know all of the ingredients, but I'm so glad I did. Would def order again.

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vipkitgirl
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband, good friend and I dined outside on the patio @ Plate 38 on Sat evening and had a great time eating. We enjoyed the burgers and the grilled octopus salad. On Monday, I had also dined with my friend and really enjoyed the fried chicken meal which was plenty for the two of us. One of the best fried chicken dinners that I have had which is only offered on Sundays and Mondays. Looking forward to going back for another great meal at Plate 38. We really enjoyed being able to sit outside in the patio which is quieter than sitting near Colorado Blvd.

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SaraD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious and the service was very attentive! Jose is the best.

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KevinR
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had been wanting to try this restaurant for a while and was able to convince my partner and our neighbors to give it a go one Sunday evening. Great wine and beer selection and innovative cocktails. Everyone loved their food, the guys had the fried chicken dinner but I think the standout was the seafood pasta dish. We didn't need dessert but got the creme brulee trio anyway -- which was a very tasty way to finish our meal. We'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place, great service and really good food & drinks

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vipTrishL
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is outstanding. Every item on the menu is amazing. Service is fantastic. What a great experience…. Every time!

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SUSANAS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Have not been there for over a year, still good, food menu could use a little more "imagination"

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Upscale Casual but tasty!

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AnaJ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious but a bit expensive and service was slow. It was a busy night so it was hard to get the waiters attention. Otherwise, lovely experience.

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RebeccaS
London
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

This was my second time dining here. Previously I went for brunch and this time dinner. Have to say my preference was brunch, better menu and better service.

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vipLosAngeleno
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, lovely service, great value, excellent specials.

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Jerz
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful, as usual. That's why I am there so often.

FAQs

Plate 38 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 793-7100.

Plate 38 is rated 4.6 stars by 613 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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