Paul Martin's American Grill - Pasadena

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$30 and under
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From the first bite of our juicy Classic American Burger to the last slice of artisan cheese in a Butcher’s Board shared with friends, you’ll enjoy every moment spent at Paul Martin’s American Grill in Pasadena. Located in the Shops on Lake Avenue, we serve classic American cuisine set to a higher standard. Our polished yet welcoming dining room and cheerful bar is the ideal venue for raising a toast to good times.

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Daily 11:00AM - 11:15AM 1:30PM - 1:45PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 9:00PM

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m
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was very good. Entree was okay, but loved the bread. Very noisy.

B
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday night party of six. Dinner was excellent and the service was superb. Our waiter got everything right and was very attentive.

W
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We went for Dine LA Restaurant Week. We had to request the special event menu, but the choices were outstanding! I had the short ribs (boneless) and my husband had the shrimp pasta. The meals came with appetizer, soup or salad, and dessert. We both chose the campfire sundae. If you have a chance to try it, you will not be disappointed. The service was attentive but the restaurant was a little noisy. Overall, we were very pleased. Parking is free (rare for Pasadena) in the adjacent shopping center structure. Be sure to make reservations, because they were turning people away at 5 pm.

TD
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as usual.

ST
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

We waited 20 minutes to be acknowledged by ANYONE once we were seated. Apparently the server for our area had left work.

Once a server came by, she was excellent, attentive and acknowledged our patience. She saved our experience.

D
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best French dip I’ve had in years. Friend’s Cobb also excellent. Quality organic ingredients. Wait Staff attentive and friendly.

M
Los Angeles
86 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the variety in the menu and great value. My husband had the prime rib Sunday special it was the best prime rib we have had in years I had a delicious ahi tuna salad

RR
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was exceptional. One of the best lunch meals I’ve had in ages. Well done

AD
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, this restaurant provided superb food with relaxed but attentive service in a comfortable environment.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service and perfect date night. Just don’t ask for a straw.

C
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really good, but the service Shea have us was amazing!!!

j
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went on a Sunday for their prime rib special. It is not only delicious but a great price also. The host was gracious enough to switch out the standard dessert that is included to their wonderful butter cake. It was a lovely evening.

M
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us went to this restaurant on Saturday for lunch. To our surprise the restaurant was pretty empty, contrary to what we expected (we were there before for dinner and the restaurant was very crowded and noisy.) However, food and services were both great again this time.

G
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, I really enjoyed this place. I got the fried chicken dish. It was absolutely delicious. Best chicken I’ve eaten in my life. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Definitely will return.

JC
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience. Perhaps the best halibut I’ve ever had. Excellent service and very reasonable prices.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 6 had a great time for our 9:30pm new years eve dinner. Excellent service and fabulous food and cocktails.
Its one of our favorite places to dine. Will certainly recommend to friends.

K
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff. We had a wonderful time out for our New Year's Eve dinner and enjoyed the food and drinks.

G
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love Paul Martin's! Had maybe the best sea bass I ever ate on New Year's. Love the salt it's just cooler music, and it's not abrasive to clientele.

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

My husband’s fish was over marinated in miso and undercooked. My halibut dish was good, but the chocolate mousse brownie had no taste and was pretty rubbery. The waitress promised us bread and didn’t bring it, and despite having a reservation we still had to wait 30 minutes to be seated.

CW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jimmy, our waiter, was great! Fun personality and really made our experience that evening very pleasant. Great food and ambiance. Will definitely come back for more! Thank you

S
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was quite a busy night but the staff was handling it really great. We were seating promptly and even got the booth we were hoping to get. The food was delicious and our service was great.

SL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

This is the second review Lacking in vegetarian items on the menu. Food no better than I can cook at home.

AC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a wonderful Christmas Eve celebration. The food, service, and atmosphere was fabulous.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating Christmas Eve.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress and service! Food was great!

will for be back soon

SH
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food salmon was very oily . Salmon does not need oil Ahi salad tasty not fresh meat was very dry . Not a good experience for first time customers .. not happy
Martini was not good .. to much olive juice
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RF
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was excellent. The restaurant had nice ambience and the interior was not too loud to hold a conversation. We will definitely return.

DC
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Service was lackadaisical, uneven and insincere. Prices are ridiculous and menu misleading. Ordered a steak Cobb salad and got tiny chunks of steak not cooked to order. Unless your pocket is bursting with hundred dollar bills; go elsewhere.

AD
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent salads and fish dishes, featuring imaginative presentations, very fresh ingredients and reasonable wine prices. Though a bit slow, service was warm and congenial.

MH
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the seasonal miso cod dish! Breads are always amazing!

DL
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a terrific time. Our table was waiting as per our reservation and we were seated quickly. The others in our party were running a bit late but there was no pressure for us to order. Food was great and we enjoyed a leisurely dining experience.

AG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed Paul Martins American Grill but am dissapointed in the value. I went to il Pastaio 2 days ago with my friend and spent less. i spent around 72 dollars including tip and i ate the EXACT same things as i did at Paul Martins and ended up spending 90 dollars. Would rather dine in Beverly Hills

MC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My experience at Paul Martin’s was very positive. It wasn’t too loud to the point where I couldn’t hear my girlfriend but loud enough so as to not feel obligated to be quiet. The service was excellent despite my date and myself being much younger than the average customer (usually this brings poor service as servers don’t expect a good tip). Our food came out within minutes of us enjoying the complimentary bread so we weren’t left wanting. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone wishing for an enjoyable meal with a loved one or a nice night out.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Thank you for everything!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour was a great value!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Way way too loud

RS
Orlando
17 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and great service. Would highly recommend.

BW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

There were 3 of us, 2 of us got cold food - 1 filet mignon and 1 halibut. They tried to make good by warming the food, but by then others at the table were done eating.

M
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I was expecting much more for the price. We chose Paul Martin's for a special lunch with my parents before a holiday matinee at a local theater. Unfortunately it was a bit of a let-down. The atmosphere was pleasant and the service was friendly upon our arrival. However, we then hit a series of hiccups:

My mom had to repeatedly ask the waitress to refill her coffee and each time, the waitress seemed surprised, like she had no idea that my mom had an empty mug. It is a small thing, but when you're paying higher prices, you expect a higher level of service, especially when the restaurant wasn't busy.

A bigger issue was that the food was underwhelming. The biscuits brought to the table looked inviting but tasted stale, a bit dry and hard. I ordered the salmon sandwich; although the salmon fillet was fresh and juicy, and they were very generous with the avocado and arugula, I didn't taste much punch from the spicy remoulade or pickled onions. Worse, the sweet potato fries that came with it were bland and barely lukewarm. My husband's $13 martini was similarly flavorless. My mom's brioche French toast was overcooked and not very flavorful - although she did say the bacon was excellent. My dad and husband both ordered the fried chicken; they said it was dry and the mashed potatoes were not hot.

Nothing was truly awful, and to be fair to the restaurant, we didn't send anything back to the kitchen, partly because we had to get to our show. However, when you're paying more than $100 for brunch at an upscale restaurant, you shouldn't have to. We really wanted to like this place, but it bothered us that we paid premium prices for a meal that was just adequate.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Celebration with my son

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