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Edwin Mills by Equator, Pasadena, CA

Edwin Mills by Equator

4.0
4
58 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Edwin Mills by Equator is an intimate new American restaurant and bar located in the heart of Old Pasadena. It is a refined space for sophisticated locals filled with history, art, quality cocktails, and a new American menu.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 10:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (626) 564-8656
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party contact
    Ted: (626) 255-1212
  • Neighborhood
    Pasadena
  • Cross street
    Colorado
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 58 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.0
4 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience

NoiseModerate

59 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Reviewed on September 4, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    I went in for happy hour with my friend and decided to order the California Pad Thai. About half an hour after I finished eating I started having terrible stomach cramps, to the point where I didn't even want to stand up. The next day, I was thinking about what it could have been and remembered my intolerance to MSG. I decided to call the restaurant and the host confirmed with the cook that they did use MSG for that dish. I explained to her that they need to put that on the menu because I have a serious intolerance to that ingredient and they need a warning for it. She asked if I wanted to speak with the manager, and I said yes. After waiting on hold for close to 10 minutes, Robert came to the phone. He was very apologetic and said they used to be an asian fusion restaurant so it's possible they still used MSG and he would find out for sure (even though it had already been confirmed) and then alert the staff and put it on the menu. He assured me he would call me back and never did. This is a very serious issue that was simply not addressed as such. The level of service I received regarding this was completely unacceptable. MSG is a highly toxic food additive that is sneakily used in a lot of restaurants (not just asian now apparently) without any kind of warning. Please be careful from now on and check with your server whenever you're eating out anywhere. I definitely will not be returning to this place.

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  2. TryItOnce

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2013

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The foods favor need to be more authentic n less sweet for Asian foods. Lighter on the sweet black sauce. Correct name for some of the dishes for eg. Vermicelli is not the same as chow mein.

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  3. BlackLabel

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Aside from having great coffee and amazing bar service, Equator is important to Old Town because it provides a space where locals can meet up. Not only has it become the hub where my friends and I gather for dinner ($1 martini and jazz-wine nights midweek are a great idea and very affordable!), but it's also provided chances to meet new Pasadena friends. The bartenders and wait staff know a big portion of the crowd, are friendly and attentive, and are helpful at making introductions. Overall, this place provides good food and drinks over which you can gather with friends.

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  4. ames88

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2013

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I've eaten at Equator in the past and was very disappointed with my last experience. I went 7/16 (a Tuesday night) which was $1 martini night-there's a reason they're offering them for $1-I'd doubt if there's any alcohol in them & they do NOT taste good. The appetizers we ordered were mediocre at best and the service out on their patio was SLOW. I used to recommend this place to others. Now I question whether I'll ever go back.

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  5. MCH840

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2013

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stumbled across the Equator Cafe in Millers Alley. Neat location, tucked off Colorado. We sat in the alley at an outside table, and we really liked being part of the street scene. having lived overseas, it felt very European. Great service by Angel, she was friendly, attentive and knowledgeable of menu. Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna was a real treat. Korean Spare Ribs were tasty, but a tiny bit tough. Chicken pineapple curry was nicely flavored. I'd go back!

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  6. LariC

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    On mondays they have 50% appetizers and the portions are quite large that you can make a good meal with several small plates. Food was pretty flavorable. Enjoyed the ambience and would go back to try other items on the menu

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  7. DebraL

    Miami

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Basil filet mignon & potato crusted snapper delicious. Veggie Pad Thai noodles could have had more flavor.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I've gone several time for dinner with friends to celebrate birthdays. They have great happy hour specials that change nightly, such as $3 martinis and appetizers, $1 martinis and satays, and more. We always order several small dishes and share. I've never been disappointed with anything we've ordered, and the martini cocktails are delicious too. The service is always friendly, though sometimes a little slow when busy. This hasn't been a problem for us since we don't come there to eat in a big hurry. The decor is fun and quirky (seems to be the same as it was when the place was a coffee shop), and that just adds to the nice, casual ambience. Prices are very reasonable, especially if you take advantage of the happy hour specials.

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  9. retiredbuddies

    Philadelphia

    60 reviews

    4.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2013

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This place is on a little alleyway with a few other restaurants. The staff was professional and friendly. We shared chicken satey and shrimp roll- both excellent. My husband had fish encrusted in mashed potatoes and I had the honey encrusted shrimp. Both were very good especially the fish dish. It's a trendy place for the young, but we felt very comfortable (we're retired).

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    2.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2013

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Very underwhelmed. Food was not appetizing at all.

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FAQs

Edwin Mills by Equator offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 564-8656.

Edwin Mills by Equator is rated 4 stars by 58 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Edwin Mills by Equator

22 Mills Place, Pasadena, CA 91105

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Colorado
  • Neighborhood
    Pasadena
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 10:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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