Such a nice place to go. It is right next to the Pasadena playhouse and the staff working so hard to get everyone taken care of it time for their show. Good cocktails, a nice winelist, and good food. We tried the tapas this time, the octopus was phenomenal, and we loved the roasted brussel sprouts with sherry. The shrimp were good, but I would save the calories on the lobster mac and try anot her interesting dish the next time. Have been here twice, once for a show and once just because...enjoyed te pianist both times!
Not great. The service was great but the food was just so-so. The noise level at 6:30 was not great although I enjoyed the jazz pianist it was too loud to talk to the other couple we were with. I ordered the cheeseburger and it was too charred to really enjoy.
Food mediocre, service passable, noise level too high for diners' conversation
Service.. not so much.. two servers for the whole place and they seemed to be scattered all over.. as such, we got far more attention from Mario the busboy, and had to send him for the waiter twice and the manager once at the end to get our bill paid... Food... OK.. Mussels w/ Chorizo were hilight. purple deviled eggs sounded good, but kinda bland. Fried calamari and Shrimp also good and a large serving but about half as much Marinara as we wanted.. Patatas Bravas were also just ok. It was convenient for meal before the show at Pasadena Playhouse, but with Roy's or Blaze or El Portal or even The Stand within a block, next time we'll walk a bit.
We had Tapas, except for Mac & Cheese were quite good. Service mediocre. but the piano music made up for it. Of course, the location to the Playhouse is excellent. We would definitely go back.
This was an Easter brunch for $40 apiece. Most of the "hot" food was cold. French toast was soggy. Very disappointing and not worth the money. Bacon & sausage were good and actually warm and that was about it. Normally their dinners are very good so this was doubly disappointing.
Ambiance is good for date night. It was unfortunate that on that night we were there was something that happened to the credit card machine and we had to wait longer than we had to. However our waitress was very attentive which made the wait tolerable.
The Herb-grilled chicken dish was uninspired and small. Normally when you order a chicken dish like that, they at least bring out the whole breast. Not here. The vegetables that came with it looked and tasted like they'd come out of a cafeteria. But worst of all, they served the dish with rice instead of risotto. They tried to tell me it was risotto, but it wasn't. I lived in Italy, and I think I have a pretty good idea what the difference is between risotto and rice.
My wife had a salad, which was fine, and for an appetizer (tapas) we had the Bacon Sherry Brussel Sprouts, which were marginally good but a bit on the dry side. They should have coated them in olive oil to bring out the taste and give them a little added moisture. Alas...
The service was fine, though it did take long for the main course to come out, and we had to rush a bit to make it to the show next door. Speaking of next door, this is always the kiss of death to a restaurant, when their location guarantees a steady stream of customers, which means they don't have to try as hard to be good. When they were in Old Town, I distinctly remember their food being better. Not here. I'd recommend any of a half dozen restaurants around the Playhouse that serve much better food and actually have to try to earn your business.
We enjoyed this restaurant a lot...we went before the theatre, though there were plenty of people still there when we left, so it's a popular place. It was fun and the food was really good, especially the brussel sprouts and the calimari. It's a little noisy, but not impossible. We sat on a high top in the bar and it was comfortable. We'll go back.
Great choice for dinner before a show at Pasadena Playhouse. Waiter was conscious of time & made sure to serve us promptly, and the food was really tasty & enjoyable.
Had the deviled eggs. They were good but you got 3 halfs. They couldn't have given 4? Why do restaurants always insist on giving odd numbers? There were 2 of us and that should have been 2 eggs. For the money, I could have bought a dozen and a half. The burger and beef hash were great.
Good food. Moroccan chicken crostini was notable. Service was excellent and friendly.
Food was delicious and service great. Birthday celebration.
the room, the music, the service was very good. Food taste was good but was not hot when it came. 15 minutes being sat for reservation time and the staff didn't have a sense of urgency. no offer of a drink while we waited, we watched tables finishing and staff was slow to bus the table. Waiter was friendly and attentive.
I was extremely disappointed in this restaurant. Although the waitress seemed to be trying to do her best, I had to wait for an hour for a salad that was less than tasty. Never had tough lettuce before! We noticed that the tables to our right and left had similar problems awaiting service.
Despite the convenient proximity to the Pasadena Playhouse, I won't be eating there again nor will I recommend it to friends.
A really great location for after the play at the Pasadena Playhouse. The wait staff were wonderful, we were well taken care of. The tomato bisque soup was to die for. The chicken croquettes were a little too greasy, however.
Good food, especially the Caesar Salad and the fish entree. House salad dressing and the croquettes were bland. The pianist was terrific, the trumpet player only OK. And, they took a 45 minute break just after we got there, so not much music for us.
Nice place to eat before theater but food has gone down. Our waitress was good but she had too many tables by herself. Can't recommend anymore.
My wine glass has a previous lip stain on it and they don't even give me any compesation. In term of jazz bar, it is just a restaurant with a piano aj music background. Don't expext a full band like a great jazz bar out there. Food was ok
I have had several great meals here before but this night the food wasn't that good. We ordered small pates of calamari and shrimp (very mini) that had no flavor, Portobello fries that were lukewarm and soggy, a beet salad that had no flavor, Brussel sprout leaves that were ok. The happy hour Pinto Gingio was fine at $5 a glass. We did have a great chocolate cake dessert. I was very disappointed and not sure I would be back.
However the live music was great!!!!
Enjoyed Sunday Brunch menu and a rocking jazz trio. Bottomless mimosas were a little weak on the bubbles, if you know what I mean. Overall lovely brunch experience.
Excellent as always! One of my favorite spots in Pasadena
Food was amazing. However its a small menu and small portions. Drinks are also very tasty!
Excellent service with friendly staff that gave us valuable suggestions about the food. Everyone in our friend -get together group of seven people like their selections.
Superb service and great food. It was our second time there and we will definitely be back.
Good service and fine food. Perfect for pre/after theater dining!!
Excellent food before a show at the Playhouse. The wife is still raving about it.
The food and service were good. I took my husband there for the ambiance. They played a couple of songs and then disappeared. We didn't get to enjoy the music. We had appetizers, drinks, dinner and dessert and they were gone! Disappointed.
The food was good. Great, no. Noise level in the restaurant was very loud. Normally it would not have bothered me, however I was with a date. Trying to talk, not good. Also, there was entertainment, which was great, however she was drowned out by everyone in the restaurant. Could not hear her! Service unfortunately was not good. Very slow to check on the table. Had to request certain things that took a long time to get someone's attention.
I'd been to the previous location on Raymond several times. To tell the truth, I sorta miss the quirky, L-shaped basement music venue. Yet the new location on El Molina did not disappoint. My date and I arrived at 6:00 and had the joint to ourselves. By 7:00 it started to fill up for the live music at 7:30. By 8:00, the place was packed. All the while, we're ordering tapas plates in single file, and ordering wine by the glass. I had the only Spanish wine on the menu (curious, because the chef, Jesús, is from Spain), a Tempranillo. Very tasty. We ended the evening by splitting the Creole pasta and a Caesar salad [Forewarned is forearmed! A Caesar salad is supposed to include garlic! Jesús doesn't skimp!], then topped that off with chocolate lava cake and decaf.
Service (Courtney, in particular) was attentive not pushy, humorous, courteous, and pleasant. Chatted with Jesús a bit. Charming guy and passionate about his food. Very much look forward to the next visit.
I really hate to write a bad review but I think this place has amazing potential but they really missed the mark .First the ambiance, its pretty dated, I think it should be opened up so the piano player is in the bar and the restaurant. There was a lady playing the piano but it wasn't jazz or blues it was more like Michael Jackson and Billy Joel covers on piano,elevator music . Next was the food, we ordered a cheese and cured meat plate, they served slices of gouda and blue cheese and the meat was some sort of processed bologna type meat, honestly it was a hickory farms basket.
The wine list was mediocre at best. The meal was ok, my husband had a burger and it came with fries, the previously frozen type you get at Smart and Final. I ordered the special fish which was sea bass, it was served on top of about a pound of mashed potatoes. I wanted to like this place because having a place you could have drinks and listen to cool jazz in Pasadena would be awesome.
We had adifferent expectation of a Blues/Jazz dining club. Thought there would have been a live band. The food was decent but not well seasoned. There service was good.
It was my very first time dining at RedWhite&Bluezz and had a fabulous time. The ambiance, decor, music, service and food was great.
Located in a great historic building, this restaurant is a PASADENA treasure. Tasty food, excellent service, great jazz to top off the experience.
Fantastic spot adjacent to a theater. Live band for Sunday brunch! Waiters were short staffed but otherwise a great spot!
Two out of the four us sent our meals back. Both were ordered rare and med-rare yet came out well done. Buy the time we got the food back the other two people had finished eating. To add insult the food was redelivered med -well once again. We were unhappy to say the least. We were not offered coffee or desert. On the positive side they took the cost of one of the two meals off bill(not both), even that did not take the bad taste away.
In all the tines I have dined here I never had probems this time service was slow and food was late and raw had to leave due to play and was not able to wait I am sure it will be fine the next time.
Despite knowing that we had 8:00 PM theater tickets service was slow at every step. We waited quite a while before our order was taken and even though we were repeatedly promised that our meals were coming soon three meals were served at 7:25 PM. The last meal was served at 7:35 PM and was not thoroughly cooked and had to be returned twice. Two of the four entries were exceptionally good and two were disappointing, although none of us could truly enjoy our meals because we were so rushed.
The management was apologetic and generously reduced the bill but the extreme tardiness of service made the evening stressful and far less enjoyable than it should have been.
We came right after a show at the Pasadena Playhouse. The location is very convenient for after a show. The service was poor--too many people coming in at once and too few servers. We could not get our waiter's attention. The jazz band was way too loud for the room and we had to shout to speak to each other though we were at the other side of the room.
There were three of us. We had two appetizers and three mains. Two of the mains the kitchen seemed to have forgotten to season (short ribs and the fettuccine Alfredo). The cajun linguine was the best of the three. The calamari was barely warm when it was served and the restaurant did replace the dish when we pointed out it was cold. The mussels were overcooked and mushy. We were there before the theater so for location it was great, but won't go back.