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Magnolia House, Pasadena, CA

Magnolia House

4.5
4.5
271 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Located in a 100-year-old Pasadena craftsman bungalow, Magnolia House is a hideaway for those in the know – unique cocktails and a small plate menu from around the world. Stop by for handcrafted drinks, a boutique selection of wines, and local craft beers on tap while the menu boasts market-driven selection of seasonal shareable plates.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (626) 584-1126
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Please e-mail events at themaghouse.com to inquire about booking your event.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (626) 584-1126
  • Neighborhood
    Pasadena
  • Cross street
    Lake Avenue and San Pasqual Street
  • Parking details
    Public lot and lots of on street parking available. No meters after 6PM
  • Entertainment
    Music entertainment is presented by Prism DJs, whose roster of female DJs create a cool, upbeat atmosphere on Friday and Saturday evenings. The lineup of DJs consist of Prism’s founder Tessa Young, KCRW radio host Marion Hodges, Master of the Mix contestant and radio personality K-Sly, remix producer VOOMZ, plus many other talented female DJs. Come groove with us to a mix of indie dance, current hits, hip-hop, throwbacks, classics, and remixes!
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Martini Mondays

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Classic Vodka & Gin Martinis for $10 3pm - 6pm

    Martini Mondays Photo
  • Bourbon & Burgers Tuesdays

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Offered on Tuesdays - Our House Burger and a signature Old Fashioned for $23

    Bourbon & Burgers Tuesdays Photo
  • Wine Wednesdays

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Half-price on Select Bottles of Red and White Wine

    Wine Wednesdays Photo

What 271 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena

    Great for brunch

  • Pasadena

    Neighborhood gem

  • Pasadena

    Great for outdoor dining

271 Reviews
  1. Drea7m

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the vibe and decor. I highly recommend making reservations rather than walking in. I want to come in for drinks next time. I had a delicious brunch. Also, Loved the music playing.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful building and ambience. Extremely relaxed and comfortable environment. You feel like you’re in a beautiful open space design home.  The food was great and my cocktail which was the black sesame sour was delightful. I really liked the sesame infused bourbon. We dined for brunch on the day before Mother’s Day, and my wife and my daughter and I had a lovely time.  We will be back again. 

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  3. Sean

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service and drinks were phenomenal. The pork belly was also surprisingly delicious, and I don't even like pork belly. The chicken schnitzel was OK at best, though. For the price, I'd have expected everything to be exceptional. I'd go back to try something different and for the drinks, though!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delightful. Top notch service, our server was attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. Definitely coming back.

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  5. Sean

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The waitress and bartender that were working at opening time on 4/23/2024 were extremely annoyed by me and my girlfriends request to accommodate us by providing a non alcoholic beverage for the burger special. Which comes with a burger, fries, and an old fashion beverage which is a whiskey based drink. Mind you this drink cost upwards of $15-20 regularly. We simply wanted a $5 dollar coffee instead which she tried to tell us no and then proceeded to pretend to ask the bartender to accommodate us. We then asked if she had any options besides alcohol and she said I can give you a fountain drink and charge it the same as the old fashion. Which makes no sense at all seeing as we were asking in regards to the special. To top this all off me and my girlfriend kept feeling eyes on us the whole time we were eating and it was obvious they were very annoyed. It’s understandable for some things to be out of company protocol or not possible to input certain options into the system but the lack of professionalism and the level of customer service from these two workers were below the grade in which this particular restaurant portrays to be.

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  6. Bedros

    Los Angeles

    52 reviews

    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the second time we visited the establishment. The appetizers were excellent. Try the zucchini feta fritters, the eggplant appetizer. Great burgers

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  7. VictoriaA

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and drinks were delicious. Meatballs, mushroom toast and wings were delivered soon after we ordered. The wait staff were all very attentive and seemed to have a strong collegial relationship. It was a very nice evening and a fun atmosphere.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We been there multiple times and we love it here. Highly recommend the place to visit.

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  9. Mike

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Seating is just too crowded and the tables too small. our appetizers and entrees came out together (which shouldn’t happen) and there literally wasn’t enough room on the table for everything. My companion was essentially sitting in the aisle as the dining room is just too small. Staff was great food excellent but I won’t be returning.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Magnolia never disappoints. Service was a little slow, but was super busy and they are very nice and attentive.

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  11. BrianA

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Magnolia is a beautiful, unique gem in Pasadena. It is open to the air, has very accommodating and attentive servers, and is a great setting for a communal meal experience with friends or business colleagues.

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  12. PatriciaK

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Unimaginative food poorly executed. How hard is it to cook an omelette soft and to skip the potatoes and toast and sub a veg or extra fruit? Coffee refills were nonexistent and the wait staff was inattentive. Sunday brunch was busy, but we had made reservations and were placed in direct sun and had to ask twice for an umbrella for shade. The cacophony outside was at a high pitch and the tables were so close together we had to escape sideways, despite being a small woman. This was my first and last visit, which is unfortunate as it's in my neighborhood and I can walk to it and would love to support a local establishment that is not a chain.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The cocktails and brunch entrees we ordered were all delicious. The service was also great. We will be back.

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  14. TomLA

    Los Angeles

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A bar with cozy atmosphere in the bugalow part, basic bar atmosphere in other parts. Service attentive and friendly. Drink was fine. Wine list quite limited. Food OK. Not a bad place but you wouldn’t make a point of going there for a nice dinner.

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  15. MadMaddy

    Los Angeles

    153 reviews

    3.0

    153 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointed with my order of the fruit bowl. It was a very tiny bowl, more like a sauce bowl. It had 4 grapes and a few pieces of cantaloupe. Please DONT call it a bowl.

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  16. MajaP

    Edmonton

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful cocktail bar with yummy small eats, such a fun vibe !

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We overall enjoyed every dish we were served and the drinks as well! Got seated in a nice, comfy spot and had a great time. Only thing is the espresso martini is kind of strong, maybe better for someone who usually orders them.

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  18. Nancy

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I think the chicken and waffles could be better. Waffles served without butter, so a little dry for me. Chicken could be a little less dry. I love Magnolia House however.

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  19. LoveToEat

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Slow service, loud music, limited menu, decent food.

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  20. Keyth

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived on time and were sat inside at a cozy corner with end tables & a couch. 20 minutes after sitting down we were given water by a waitress that seemed like she was busy or just didn’t want to deal with us. A member of my party went to the bar to order drinks. A server came by and apologized, took our order and was very kind. From this point forward service was good. Just don’t understand what happened when we got there.

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  21. DavidS

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibe, drinks were amazing. Food very solid. Great date spot.

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  22. Zfood

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambiance and excellent service, but that’s really what you’re paying for. The food is nothing special and portions are quite small for the price.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the chicken sando and unfortunately it was super salty. Fortunately, the drinks were really good and service was great!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place! Love it and will be back many times!

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  25. DorisH

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time! Service staff was very nice and friendly, but the service was slow. Food was delicious and we thorgoughly enjoyed the outdoor seating.

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  26. SLouie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous and creative brunch cocktails, really delicious breakfast sandwich, and attentive staff. Can’t wait to come back!

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  27. JoanneS

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and drinks were delicious! We got the two burgers on the menu and everything was perfectly seasoned and cooked to the temperature we wanted. The flavors were so good and my drink was tasty and satisfying. Overall we had a great experience and would come back again.

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  28. MBV7

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was great. Hostess greeted us with a smile. We were given the choice of tables which was nice. Food came out hot not like it was sitting getting cold. The restaurant was very clean which I always appreciate. Eggs Benedict was delicious

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  29. Marla

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Had a 6:30 reservation for 4 people at an inside table. Arrived at 6:35. We were shown to a table that was meant to seat 2 people on a banquette but 2 extra chairs had been put on the aisle side of the table. Directly across the aisle a larger table was seated with chairs in the aisle as well. All 4 people in our party were over 5’8”. There was no way 4 people could have sat at that table and still left an aisleway for the servers. When we objected to the ridiculously small 4-top we were told the only other tables available were outside. It was 50 degrees outside! We were told we could wait for the next available “real” 4-top inside and were not seated until 7pm. Trying to shoehorn people into tiny tables is no way to run a restaurant where you require patrons to make a reservation then present them with an obviously inferior table. Food was good but not great and menu is limited. Cocktails were above average.

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  30. Diaz

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time!!! The service was exceptional, food and cocktails were really good and the ambience was great. Overall very pleased

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  31. Diana

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great drinks. Went on Wine Wednesday where bottles were half off. Service was okay.

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  32. Tyler

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great burgers and fun drinks. Service was good too

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  33. AntonioC

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Servers were great, efficient, happy and polite. Can’t wait to return and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for somewhere to eat in.

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  34. Susy

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I meet for a dinner date, it was both our first time and we loved it. Our server was great and recommended some great options. Definitely won’t be my last time at Magnolia House.

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  35. Maria

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our waitress was not attentive, nowhere to be found, and we resorted to asking for help from her neighboring waiter. The indoor seating was nice but it was very cold due inside due to open doors. The food was close to luke warm upon receipt. The potatoes were hard and overcooked, seemed as if they were sitting out under a hot lamp for an extended period of time. Our coffee was not refilled and because of how cold it was inside, it got cold very fast. Disappointed with the entire experience.

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  36. TeresaM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was excellent. However, I was very sad that you did not have the dish that I loved you have on the menu, The Smoky Eggplant. Other than that I loved to dine at Magnolia House.

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  37. Nate

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wanted to try a new spot. Found Magnolia House online, and it looked really cool, so I made a reservation. Showed up a little early, and was seated right away. The hostess actually gave me a pick of several tables to choose from, so that was nice. Ambience was stellar. You really feel very comfortable right away. The vibe is cozy and a lot like being at a rich friend’s house. The entire place is very well furnished, and there is nothing cheap about the quality of the decor. The staff were all very friendly and accommodating. Food and drinks were amazing. While you’re there, don’t skip on the deviled eggs, fried chicken sandwich, and chocolate espresso martini. They’re all very tasty.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I made a reservation and I was seated a couch area w tiny tables, so we had to have only drinks and appetizers. I will not recommend this restaurant for dining.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ambiance very cute ! changes menu often so that's the only down side

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  40. frequentdiner57

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always consistently good for brunch and server. Eric is a gem- love this place exclamation

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Magnolia House using the Order Online button. Magnolia House also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 584-1126.

Magnolia House is rated 4.5 stars by 271 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 53 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Magnolia House

492 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Lake Avenue and San Pasqual Street
  • Neighborhood
    Pasadena
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 3:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, American, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public lot and lots of on street parking available. No meters after 6PM
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Music entertainment is presented by Prism DJs, whose roster of female DJs create a cool, upbeat atmosphere on Friday and Saturday evenings. The lineup of DJs consist of Prism’s founder Tessa Young, KCRW radio host Marion Hodges, Master of the Mix contestant and radio personality K-Sly, remix producer VOOMZ, plus many other talented female DJs. Come groove with us to a mix of indie dance, current hits, hip-hop, throwbacks, classics, and remixes!
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (626) 584-1126
  • Private party facilities
    Please e-mail events at themaghouse.com to inquire about booking your event.
  • Private party contact
    our Private Dining Coordinator: (626) 584-1126
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