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About Plate 38

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.

2361 E Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 10:30am - 11:30pm; Friday: 9:00am - 12:30am; Saturday: 8:00am - 12:00am; Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Sierra Madre Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 793-7100

Website:
http://www.plate38.com/

Parking Details:
Plus lots of street parking.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Plate 38 Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (9)
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Casual (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Fun (5)
Great Beer (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Good for Groups (4)
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Tasting Menu (4)
Cozy (3)
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Live Sports (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Bottomless (grapefruit) mimosas were A+. Service was great, except for the part where the server dumped a poached egg straight into my purse 😝. Everyone was super nice though. Food was pretty good, ambiance was nice if a little loud (but that might have just been the drunk boys at the next table). Ample (free) parking is a plus. Would definitely go back and try again.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

We always enjoy dining at this restaurant. Great service, too! Food was fantastic as always!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Went for a quick Valentine's lunch. Had a burger and salmon fillet. Both were great! Juicy meats. Fresh veggies. Not a bad place if you need a quick bite or if you want to hang out for a few hours.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Never disappointed with Plate 38! Delicious food and perfect service. Their asparagus bisque is delicious as is the skirt steak and all fish dishes. In the mood for a great hamburger? Give Plate 38 a try!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Live Sports, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great drinks, Good food , great service.

Would return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great Beer, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great daily specials. Love love love the freshly made pastas.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Food was great and service provided by waiter(who has worked there a long time) was excellent!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food and awesome service. I can’t wait to go back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

The location at the corner of two busy streets results in lots of road noise if you are seated at the walls next to the streets. We had a group of 5 for Saturday brunch and our table was already set up when we arrived. Unfortunately it was next to a busy street. Suggest asking for an interior table when making reservations. The food an service were very good. The brunch portions are quite large, too much for us older folks.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Hadn't been here in a while, but it's one of our go-to restaurants, so not having other plans on New Year's Eve, we went (and have been there once or twice before NYE). Unlike most other restaurants, they allow you to order from the regular menu on holidays rather than being locked into the prix fixe most places have which is usually mediocre and always overpriced. We enjoyed delicious cocktails, wine, oysters, pasta, salad and dessert, all for much less than the $75-150 per person other places were charging, and all at the same level of excellence that the kitchen always pulls off (Plus Chef Roberts' creativity). As a bonus, they are right on Colorado Blvd, so you can stroll down and see the Rose Parade campers. It is a rare restaurant that can satisfy for both special occasions as well as casual drop ins, and Plate 38 excels at both. Thanks, Plate 38, for another great holiday dinner!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Casual, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Inventive menu with a wide variety of choices for different tastes. Had the cinghiale on pappardelle, ah, an authentic taste of Italy!!!
Great service in a fun atmosphere.

Tags: Tapas, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

We had a tasting meal, "Christmas in Paris" which was nicely orchestrated. Each plate was different, engaging, yet not too filling. The wine pairings were appropriate and stepped up in a logical fashion, along with the "narration" provided by Michael.
Enjoyable and nicely paced.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Nice family frienly place, good food, beautiful decor

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Quick and tasty service. Delicious mimosas and bloody Mary’s. Will be coming back very soon!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Portions were small. Skirt steak portions were about 3 oz and nearly cost $30.

Great beer and wine menu

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We went for lunch - brunch is much better. We had salads, which were nice, quite large, but more expensive than I would have expected for what we got. The server was nice but not very knowledgeable about the foods available. Decaf coffee was not hot. We'd go for brunch, and it looked like they had some unique dinner offerings, but lunch doesn't seem to be their specialty.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

As always, the food is incredible and consistent. Generous portions, farmers market fresh and delicious. Best food in Pasadena!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Service was a bit uneven on this visit. We shared three courses. The first just a salad took forever to come out of the kitchen. The soup followed at an appropriate interval. The entree came out about three spoonfuls into the soup. We had to send it back. Not sure if they redid it or just held it. Despite the delivery missteps the food was quite good as usual, particularly the pumpkin carrot ginger soup. And a three course meal for “one “ was plenty for the two of us. Topped off with yummy pumpkin cheese cake it was more than enough.
It was noisy because lots of folks had come for the football game playing on tv in the bar area. We took a quieter table in the back. It’s also always overly air conditioned so it’s best to come prepared with a sweater or light jacket.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This the first time I’ve been to Plate 38. Convenient location and easy parking.
I love their french toast!!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Live Sports, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I had been to this restaurant several times and liked it a lot -- great food with a relaxed, laid-back vibe. Unfortunately, the restaurant wasn't particularly welcoming (I had made a reservation but when we arrived (for an early Sunday dinner when they weren't particularly busy) they scrambled to put a table together and seemed a little put-out that we were there) and the food wasn't particularly good. I had to request silverware more than once and finally get up from the table to get it. Our food came out of the kitchen in 3 waves (and we only had five people in our party; not an overwhelming group). Disappointing.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Upscale vibe and decor in an odd location. Old Town-type rustic decor but in a small strip mall location on the edge of Pasadena. Food is GREAT and service is GREAT, so it makes it worth the reservation! Parking can be tricky because Sunday brunch was very popular.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Our recommendation: mixed. The service was friendly but very slow. The noise level was very high. It took forever for the food to come after we ordered it - like 45 minutes for brunch (and we noticed that tables of 4 or more got their servings just two people at a time spread out over about 5 to 10 minutes). But, the food was very good. So, would we go back? Not for a long while as it was not a relaxing atmosphere as the staff seemed harried. But, they were very pleasant.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We got to the place 30 minutes late, but we still found a table. First I kind of wanted to walk out because the noise level was too much for me. My friend, on the other hand, looked at the plates that were being served and she said to try it out. I started to look around and yes, the plates looked different and enticing, so we stayed. The waitresses were very nice and helpfull. We were asking about the different dishes they were serving even when they were not our servers. Overall it turned out to be quite an experience because we just loved what we had for brunch. We pledge to return to checkout the other items on the menu, in particular, the blueberry pancakes or french toast with some type of cheese.

I do recommend the place for a younger crowd. I am beyond the younger crowd, although you would not be able to tell, but I am very sensitive to the noise level. I like a more subdued music where you can listen to your friends without much effort. The noise level seems to be used as a buffer between tables. They are too close to each other, so in that respect you can not listen to other people's conversation even if you tried.

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This was a brunch date and really enjoyed the food. Due to open style and a number of larger groups there it was unusually noisy.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Food was good, service was slow but friendly. Drinks were well made.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Pretty good food, kind of a fun, charming place with outside patio and full bar, but service was a little slow and uneven. Our server was fairly new.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Only issue was tables close together on patio and they had two dogs on patio that were excited to "play". Not good for a Sunday brunch --dogs, unless trained service dogs, need bigger patio area than this.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We met a friend here for lunch after Church last Sunday. I had the grilled Salmon sandwich which my wife had the grill chicken sandwich. Both were really good. Our friend had some kind of egg dish which she clearly liked because she cleaned off her plate. Service was good but our server didn't say a thing to us as we got up to leave. I tipped 20% of the final tab so not sure he why he ignore us. Oh well, maybe he expected more.

Overall, we had a nice time but, it doesn't get pretty noisy as they have an open patio so it was hard to hear each other as traffic got busy on Colorado and Sierra Madre.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Nice breakfast place with attentive service

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food was good and the service was great, however for the prices on the menu I can think of a couple of other places that is equivalent to Plate 38. I am glad I tried it but I wont return.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We were disappointed in this meal We have been to this restaurant several times and liked it, but the food this time was mediocre at best. We ordered somethings, salmon and veal, other than hamburgers, and they weren't well prepared. The noise from the street with the windows open was intrusive. We won't go back anytime soon.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was good but portions were small for the price. Probably won't go back because of price.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Chef Owner Rob Humphries continues to operate a hidden gem in East Pasadena. From the craft cocktails, the consistently high execution of the kitchen, to the friendly staff, Plate 38 is wonderful.

Service a little spotty on Father's Day weekend, but there are some new servers and the place was packed.

Check the chalkboard specials, I have never been disappointed by them.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Romantic, Casual, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Excellent Service, and great menu. Was casual and comfortable, and really excellent service. Mussels in wine sauce were perfect, and everything very Fresh! would go there again!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 12, 2017

Made reservation but had to sit outside

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 9, 2017

The food on this occasion was, as it always is, very good. In this case however, the visit was especially good because of the outstanding Alana, who was our server. She was hands down, the best server I've ever had there and she made us feel pampered and special.

Tags: Organic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 4, 2017

We had a very nice meal here, starting with a shared small plate of their Sexy Mac 'n Cheese. The burgers were good, as was the grilled chicken Cobb Salad. Our server, Alana was very friendly, and did a great job of both entertaining us, as well as helping us with our orders. We'll be back!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 29, 2017

Went for happy hour Memorial Day and ended up dropping $100, including tip--not because it was overpriced at all, we just couldn't stop ordering and didn't want to leave! Everything was simple, fresh and tasty, plus there were extra touches one wouldn't expect with happy hour food, for example, the two chicken wings came with a very nice blue cheese whipped aoli. We wouldn't've blinked if we were served the standard dressing, but it's very when a chef goes the extra mile for touches like that. They proved once again why it's one of our favorite restaurants.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day 2017. considering most places are overwhelmed and out of control, they were able to service very promptly, courteously and the food was very good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Great lunch spot. Excellent sandwiches and burgers. They also have breakfast items. I did not try it but a friend enjoyed her entree

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Great for Lunch
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