Magnolia House

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Located in a 100-year-old Pasadena craftsman bungalow, Magnolia House is a specialty coffee spot by day, and a cocktail lounge by night. Stop by evenings for 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.
What 99 People Are Saying
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DR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for brunch. Portions are great. I had the chicken tinga chilaquiles. Delicious. The place is like a house that was converted to a brunch place. Very casual and nice.

MT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hadn't seen my friend for a long time and took a chance on something new. I LOVED the look, feel, and food. It was a fantastic place to spend a chatty afternoon with a friend. Service was friendly and they didn't pressure us while we ate and reconnected. I will definitely be back!

D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great relaxed environment with fun drinks and excellent brunch options.

MW
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the open air seating. The drinks were new and different to me which made for a very nice morning. A very nice place for a date.

l
Las Vegas
40 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were there on a Sunday night and did the chicken and tiki drink special. Extremely good. Flavors were spot on. Also had the decadent mac and cheese. Again wonderful. The only thing not good is the ceviche. It is too watery and too much tomatoes.

KM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so much fun to dine in a 100 year old Craftsman style home . The food was delicious, we shared several plates between our group. Everyone loved their choices. Our server was very efficient and friendly. They opened the garage style overhead door to the patio sidewalk which was so enjoyable with all of the fresh air. We all agreed we would happily come back and try the outside back patio area which is lovely.

YD
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite local spots. The service and always great, love their food and cocktails! It’s a fun place to spend time with friends!

HH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to go for a meal, we sat on the patio in the shade and it was the perfect spot for a quiet morning breakfast. Food was delicious and waitress Carmyn was really sweet and accommodating.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food, and ambiance were great. The only drawback was the host stand. They did not check in our reservation, so I received a demeaning notice from OpenTable implying that I flaked on my reservation. Now I have to deal with the inconvenience of having to prove my visit because of someone else’s mistake.

C
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The bar in the back is nice, not too big or crowded. The eating area has large windows facing west; tremendous glare is not pleasant if you are there in the early evening. I had the hamburger. Kind of dry and tough. Not cooked medium rare as ordered.

D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

This restaurant caters to a young crowd. This establishment is missing another audience—those older than 30. My friend and I are in our 60s and would have appreciated the kind of attentiveness that was shown by the wait servers to the younger people.
In order for us to return, there needs to be some sensitivity training for the wait staff on serving all patrons, not just people around their own age.

MG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
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.

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.

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.

G
Orange County
120 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.

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

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

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.

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.

NL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
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.

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!

S
Los Angeles
13 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!!

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.

LP
San Francisco
4 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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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

Best eggs Benedict I ever had.

IT
Los Angeles
52 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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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 ;)

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.

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.

t
New York Area
58 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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