Magnolia House

4.6
88 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located in a 100-year-old Pasadena craftsman bungalow, Magnolia House offers unique handcrafted cocktails, a boutique selection of wines, and local craft beers on tap while the menu boasts market-driven selection of seasonal shareable plates.

*Please note: We accept reservations for brunch service every Saturday and Sunday, but have limited reservations available during the week. If your desired reservation time is not available, we’d still love to have you! Walk-ins are always welcome.
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MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Relaxing spot and ideal for large loud groups - you will need to be in order to hear yourselves. Food was generic/alright, but nothing exceptional. Service was great and attentive.

Plates should be wiped before being placed on the tables. Our dishes kept sliding all over the table which was a bit hazardous.

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DL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant ambience, service, and food were amazing! The only downside is that with the heavy big furniture seating, the aisles seem really crammed and servers kept bumping into us or the other table behind us.

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PA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been Magnolia for the 3rd time. Still love the service, decor, location
Good food.

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G
Orange County
113 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. It’s a bummer they don’t tailor to kids because they food would be suitable for little ones. We still had a great time. Perhaps the owners should invest in a couple of booster seats. Other than that, we had a fabulous time.

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T
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Always friendly, good value. Since ambiance.
Food is good and reliable

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EW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We had very high expectations based on reviews and were disappointed by the reality. Food was mediocre and vegetarians in our party had few options. Cocktails also just okay, despite the assertion "we're known for our cocktails." Slow service. And what might have been a really nice ambiance was ruined by someone's incomprehensible decision to hang TV sets throughout the restaurant. We weren't prepared for a sports bar and, although athletic events weren't being shown, that's what it felt like. There are plenty of places for people who can't stand to be separated from TV -- we were so disappointed to find that Magnolia House was one of them.

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Our food was cold... no butter was brought to the table for our waffles... no spoons for hot tea and coffee...

Great decor but bad service.

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NL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Place is great for a date night or friends meeting up for happy hour or brunch. But not so kids-friendly, they don't even have high chair or booster seats for baby/toddlers. I would thought brunch would be more of family flare, but guess not. Food is great, service is so-so for the price.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff accommodating for a surprise birthday dinner for my wife. Very friendly staff and delicious food, excited to come back soon!

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S
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch food and service. I love the bar staff. The best in town. Thank you!!

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OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Magnolia House is good for happy hour or a date. Great service and tasty, fresh tapas. The menu has mostly light fare to share and the ambiance is cool- with several different types of seating.

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LP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at Magnolia House. Food and service were both great. Will definitely be back.

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MM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for Sunday brunch. From the moment we checked in to the time we left, service was friendly and attentive. The food was delicious and the drinks marvelous. The music was loud enough so we could chat and have a fun time.

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U
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had brunch. Great service, delicious food, reasonable prices for drinks. I had the rosè drink delicious!! The restaurant was super cute cottage type vibe. We will be back!

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LH
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had Saturday brunch and loved it, the food was delicious, the servers were fantastic. They really worked with me regarding the allergies I have and were very understanding for the substitutions I had to make.

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BF
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent as usual! Best happy hour with sangrias that are a bomb!

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R
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best eggs Benedict I ever had.

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IT
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an interesting place. Not a "dinner" place in the traditional sense. Mostly ala cart menu. Food is very good. The day we were there it was hot. They left the large window in front open and the inside temp was near unbearable. Nobody would sit near the window, too hot. They finally closed it and it began to get cool.

The tables are very close together, and small. It seemed cramped and a bit noisy. Crowd was mostly hipsters, millennials.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was amazing. Yummy food, yummy drinks, excellent customer service, beautiful atmosphere

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The venue was amazing. I loved the drinks, food, and ambiance of it. Perfect for summer dinner and drinks. I need to try the brunch next!

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MP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun spot, great food, excellent ambiance. Highly recommend. Free street parking on Sundays is great too.

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PN
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We really loved the venue, but were sadly not impressed with the breakfast food. The fruit salad was not fresh, the hash browns were generic, the egg mushroom dish was stingy on the mushrooms.

Also, we sat in the middle section and felt like we were blocking the path from the kitchen. I kept moving my chair in as I was worried that they wait staff wouldn't be able to get by.

We were hoping for a new breakfast place, but didn't find it here.

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SH
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Went to Happy Hour at the place. They have really great serving staff. Food was very yummy. I had a Rose cocktail and they have specials every week. The food menu was impressive. The music was a little too loud since I can hardly hear my friend's over the music.
They only do reservations between 4pm - 5pm for HH. Which is weird.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came to brunch the morning after Taylor Swift. I just love Magnolia and was happy to finally share it with friends!

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R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Magnolia House itself was fantastic! The problem I had was with the Reservation/Hostess. I met the of my party there at the restaurant. When I got there, I told the hostess I was meeting the others of my party there and that we drove separate. The hostess told me she had no reservation for me. I told her I made the reservation for 10AM brunch and she said she had no 10AM reservations. Luckily at that point my brother texted me telling me they were already seated. So I told her, that they said they were already seated and she then told me I was free to go ahead and look for them myself. Ummm... kind of weird and kind of rude.

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A
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

While they are not equipped for kids (no high chairs, boosters, or non-breakable cups with lids), we figured it out with help from the excellent servers, to result in a lovely and delicious Mothers Day brunch! The food was excellent, and the photos of my kids drinking water out of Moscow Mule cups will amuse our friends and family ;)

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DT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding. Perfect thoughtful reserved table. We asked for our server to take a photo and he already knew what angle to get the best lighting. We asked about a drink and he offered to bring samples to the table for everyone to try. Great experience.

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RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Magnolia House for Brunch and had a delicious Eggs Benedict. This place is cute and has very comfortable ambience and great food and service. Great Place to meet for good conversation and totally worth the drive.

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t
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food here is very tasty, the cocktails are top-notch, and the portions are sized correctly (I did not want to die after brunch like I so often do because I'm one of those people who stupidly eats everything in front of me). The only issue we had is that our waitress very carefully made sure to understand our friend's order, but then that understanding got garbled somewhere along the line (an "extra poached egg" meaning a third egg in addition to the two already in the eggs Benedict turned into "extra poached eggs" meaning the eggs were hard-poached and there were only two of them) to the kitchen and the server.

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MJ
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the happy hour drinks a small plates. Our server, Emily, was friendly, witty, and attentive.

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M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

The whole experience was awful, beginning with trying to make a reservation. There were no reservations available for the time we wanted so we went an hour earlier since we could get a confirmed reservation at 10:15am. However, we were still there (because of the very poor service) at the time we had originally asked for and the place was empty!

I waited 20 minutes for someone to come by the table so I could ask for coffee. When it arrived, it was so WEAK that I had to send it back. The next batch was so STRONG that I could not drink it.
The wait staff were pleasant but hardly visible. When we finally got our order taken, it took 45 minutes for the food to arrive. I couldn't see our waitress anywhere. Finally, a manager came by and apologized for the delay because of a "situation" in the kitchen. Our food must have been sitting there in the kitchen for a long time because the potatoes were hard and the fruit mushy.
The manager offered us a mimosa in compensation for the delay. And then, even though I had registered this as a birthday, and mentioned it to at least three of the staff, there was no acknowledgement of my friend's birthday at all. I will not be returning to this restaurant.

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J
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Enjoyable for a friends get together for happy hours. Parking is lacking but street parking is available if you can find. Bar drinks and happy hour food menu is great. Casual atmosphere. Great place to hang out.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent as well as the food and cocktails. Will be back again, mostly for the service that exceeded expectations.

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Server was very personable, and friendly. Her service was of the utmost professional. Food was served fast and hot . They stood behind there recommendations, and were not wrong . The drinks were made perfectly as advertised.
Thanks for a great experience.

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Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, service, food and drinks. I had wanted to try Magnolia House because of the historic location but I’ll go back because the food is SO GOOD. There are all kinds of different sections to sit in, each charming in its own way, and a really eclectic small plates menu with something for everyone. My daughter was our designated driver and even she found a really tasty non-alcoholic cocktail. We are definitely adding this to our Pasadena must list.

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B
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came here with my girls for a mimosa brunch. We got seated right away and service was fast. We enjoyed our time here and will come back again.

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OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Expensive & only have small snavks

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m
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This is a comfortable restaurant. Like visiting someone's house the arrangement of the vignettes lends to good intimate casual conversation groups. The food was generously proportioned for the small plates and the selection of craft beers was good.The noise level was a bit loud for us and we had trouble conversing sitting across from each other but overall the experience was enjoyable. This is more of a quick casual Happy Hour venue than a fine dining restaurant but one could linger in a pleasant environment.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fireplace seating very cozy and fun for girls night out!

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h
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

inventive menu (cilantro coleslaw!) original cocktails (almost Palmer!) great ambiance and fantastic service

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