Paul Martin's American Grill - Pasadena

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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Gather friends and family for a traditional Thanksgiving menu -- roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes and gravy, savory stuffing, housemade cranberry sauce, green beans, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin cheesecake. Limited dinner menu also available. $34 per person, $16 per child. Open 11AM - 8PM.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we entered we were welcomed and greeted. We got seated and out waiter was right with us getting out drink ordered and asking if we had any questions about the menu! Dinner was excellent! Just wish we’d had room for dessert!

B
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were more than accommodating when I requested we move our reservation to earlier than I had originally made. The food was good, and the service was great. I have dined here several times, and never been disappointed. Always a nice ambiance!

JH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I went there for our anniversary. Our service was excellent, our waiter was both knowledgeable and very friendly. We very much enjoyed our dining experience.

S
Palm Springs
42 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at PM Grill. Loved everything! Service was great! We’re were there for happy hour which went until 7 - nice! Our waiter said if we ordered one of the burgers or HH wine was included in the price! That was nice but we ended up with pear and prosciutto ham flatbread, salmon with bread, olive tapenade and short ribs! Wonderful!

l
Los Angeles
98 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for lunch and had a great hamburger!! Service was excellent and we were seated right away! Will definitely be back!

OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Muy mal los términos de cocción de la carne. No pidieron sacar un rib eye termino medio en 2 ocasiones.

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L
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about Paul Martin's is impeccable! The atmosphere, the service, and of course the food was flawless!!!

KC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Paul Martin's in Pasadena was outstanding! All staff from hostess, waiter and management staff were very accommodating and in a service frame of mind. Our food was amazing! We drove an hour to have a special dinner for my daughter's 22nd birthday. Thanks to all! We will be back again!

ID
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Our food server was extremely friendly and very helpful with them any suggestions however the music was a bit loud and it was hard to talk

DB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the food and service at Paul Martin's American Grill are uniformly good. Salads are especially interesting here. Nice comfortable seating, too.

l
Los Angeles
99 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met my friend for lunch and it was excellent!! We were seated immediately and our server was right there. This was the second time I have been there and it did nit disappoint we split two different sandwiches. The French dip and the vege burger one with fries and the other with the green salad. One sandwich would have been enough!! They r very generous! W highly recommend.

TC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for my wife’s birthday.

MJ
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Lisa, was exceptional! Her recommendations were spot on for us.

L
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Our server was good. She was friendly and efficient. Food was good and it was a good deal. However, we had a bad experience with the host/hostess that seated us to our table. We were greeted by three different staff after we walked in to the restaurant. We had a reservation, but all three staff seemed confused as to where to seat us. Finally, a hostess lead us to our table. We were seated but was not given any menus. After sitting there for 5 minutes, I flagged down a waitress and told her that we need menus. After receiving our menus, the rest of the evening went well. I don't understand why the host/hostess were so confused where to seat us and why we were not given menus as soon as we were seated. Seems to me that the host/hostess staff need better training. Other than the confusion at the beginning, we were happy with the rest of the evening. Food was good.

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took visitors to Paul Martin's because it was close and food always good. My friends appreciated the varied menu and the wine choices. We all agreed we had an enjoyable meal.

TD
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as usual.

R
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. We had the skirt steak and buttermilk fried chicken, both was better than good. The best was peach cobbler!!

MG
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Steak was rare then redone over cooked, but the manager and Bar staff was fantastic

KM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Let bed the casual atmosphere of this place and the kind and smiley waitress. The good was great since the ingredients are different.

RO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was sub par. We were seated at at table for six when we had 3 in our party. The occasion was my husband’s birthday but I was preoccupied that our daughter was feeling ill. So it was more apparent when we realize how slowww the service was. The food was definitely not up to the prices. The halibut was okay so for $34, it was a disappointment. Desert was wonderful. Trying to find the valet attendant to leave was another task. Not impressed one bit even if our daughter was feeling 100%.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place to celebrate a birthday or special occasion. Our server, Amber, was attentive, knowledgeable and very accommodating. Manager came over to check on us during the meal as well. Classy establishment without being pretentious. Highly recommend.

ZL
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Paul Martin's at Pasadena is a nice place for a business meeting with friendly and attentive staff. The restaurant is near a public parking plaza which is convenient. I recommend this restaurant.

D
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambience are always great. Food is fresh, good quality and prepared tastefully.

TM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers are just so nice and eager to please. The food is creative and excellent! We especially appreciated Lisa’s knowledge of the wine list and food preparation. Besides, Lisa is fun!

JR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

First of all, let me say our server was excellent. The food on the other hand not so good. I have been to Paul Martins over a dozen times and usually order the ribs which are usually meaty and very tasty however on this visit I found them to be lacking flavor. They looked like a pile of mush on the plate and not meaty at all. Additionally, they were room temperature and not hot. We also each ordered a wedge salad, mine came without bacon and had to be sent back. There is lots of competition for eateries along Lake Avenue, Paul Martins needs to up its game.

l
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I've been here five times and recommended it often. Best fish tacos. Wonderful brown butter cake. This last time wasn't so good. Had to wait at the door while people tried to figure out my open table reservation. Once seated had to wait for the menu. Then we had to wait to order. Then we had to wait for the bread service. Watched our server wipe his face with his bare hand several times. Not appetizing. Perhaps he had too many tables but the other wait-staff didn't seems so frenzied. Fried chicken just okay. Disappointed.

S
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We skipped this restaurant for the last 3 months after a bad meal- bad service and horrible wait for our drinks that were wrong-
HOWEVER- WE JAD A GREAT MEAL THIS TIME WITH GREAT SERVICE FROM JIMMY AND GREAT DRINKS AND MINIMAL WAIT!!!
THE DIRTY MARTINIS W/BLUE CHEESE OLIVES WERE GREAT ALTHOUGH I DO PREFER A TRADITIONAL MARTINI GLASS- BUT A WELL MADE DRINK. THE TINA TARTARE APPETIZER WAS NICELY COLD AND GREAT SPICE, THECSALT/PEPPER SHRIMP APPETIZER WAS ALSO HOT AND TENDER SHRIMP W/ AIOLI SAUCE. THE WEDGE WAS CRUNCHY FRESH . WE WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK!

C
Los Angeles
92 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We always have a good time and good food when going to Paul Martin's. We chose 3 appetizers for a group of 5--nice generous servings of calamari and sauces were delicious, artichoke/spinach dip delicious, and fried shrimp scrumptious! 2 of us shared a salad--very generous servings. Someone had brick chicken that he loved, especially with the mashed potatoes! I had shrimp linguine, that was delicious--large sweet shrimp and sauce was delicious. Our problem was the halibut that was recommended. Not sure if it was overcooked or had been prepared too early but it was so hard and tough on outside that you needed a knife to cut through fish! I sure hope it wasn't something that had been rewarmed and then overcooked. Very disappointed and first time something hasn't been prepared properly. Everyone else's entree was great and we shared a banana cream pie slice that was out of this world.

m
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, delicious food and perfect ambiance. Our server, Derek, was personable, efficient and attentive.

T
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So far not a bad experience in the times we've been here. Friendly staff and good menu selections, not overwhelming, priced fairly.

MA
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent, it was my birthday and it was an excellent experience to go to Paul Martin’s. The service was very good the food was very good the ambience was very good and I had a great evening of good memories

G
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The pork chop and the salmon was amazing. Portion sizes are very generous. The best part was the service- fantastic. And the deserts- butter cake and banana cream pie was really scrumptious.

B
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The four of us enjoyed everything from the deviled eggs to the soup, to the special and finally, the salads. Service was impeccable and the ambiance made lunch feel extra special. We come often and on this outing, we brought out of town relatives and they too enjoyed the restaurant.

T
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Came here (again) for our wedding anniversary. Made our reservation through Open Table, although we are on the mailing list (email) and Received a free Anniversary dessert. Noted our anniversary on Open Table and also mentioned it to the hostess and manager.
We ere put in a very noisy table for four next to the kitchen by the wall. When we asked for another table our hostess said there were none ( somewhat rudely) since “they were so busy” and left. We almost left.
Order our champagne and appetizers and then told our server Michael, if we could be moved.
He was wonderful and found a quiet, intimate table for two. The exact table we had for our last Anniversary dinner. Michael was so accommodating, something the manager should have done.
Dinner was very good. Braised beef was fantastic! Dinner and wine for two for $75 is a great deal.
If Paul Martins give out free Anniversary dessert and want customers to go for celebrations then try to make those celebrations special and not seat them in the kitchen.

GW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

There was a glitch in our reservation related to where we wanted to be seated, but it was quickly resolved by the hostess and manager. We had a large party of 13, and everyone was more than happy with the service and their meals. We have frequented the Paul Martin's in Thousand Oaks from time to time, so it was an easy choice to visit your location in Pasadena when we decided to go out for a birthday dinner this past weekend. We were not disappointed. We enjoyed our evening at Paul Martin's in Pasadena and we'll be back.

M
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food, but we had to wait too long for our server, we finally had someone else get us started with drinks and appetizer...then our appetizer arrived before our drinks. disappointing.

AL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shea was excellent. Gave great recommendations for our meal and provided awesome service.

e
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and high value!

DD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive service, great food, a lovely evening.

J
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful service and a good kids menu. Excellent seasonal special. Food came out a bit slow but very tastt

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