Sage Vegan Bistro - Pasadena

4.5
129 reviews
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$30 and under
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Vegetarian / Vegan
We are organic, sustainable, plant-based food without the pretense. We are the place where you can bring your date at night and your momma in the morning.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Vegetarian / Vegan, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Daily: 8:00 am - 11:00 pm;
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Phone number
(626) 564-8111
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
MOLLIE ENGELHART & ELIAS SOSA
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Catering
We offer catering for wedding and events. Please email questions to catering@sageveganbistro.com.
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Cross street
Union St.
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Parking details
You may valet or find street parking
What 129 People Are Saying
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AS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I took my girlfriend out for her birthday and we were VERY impressed with this restaurant. Though we are not strictly vegan, we were intrigued and decided to give Sage a try. Their cauliflower 'wings' and nachos were exactly what we were craving and I would go back again for those alone. Sadly, their Brussels sprouts weren't anything special and my girlfriend would have preferred them to be cooked longer as they were still somewhat crunchy.

She had the butternut squash ravioli and I had the eggplant arrabiata. Her ravioli was to die for, perfect in every way. I kept picking at the kale on her plate just because the pesto was that good. The eggplant was also very good and mild, which was slightly disappointing for arrabiata but not bad. The ravioli was a much better dish though and I would highly recommend that.

We had two servers who switched halfway, and when they were informed that the birthday girl was at the table they accommodated with gusto (and ice cream) . Overall we were impressed and would go back again in a heartbeat.

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j
Los Angeles
110 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Not inexpensive bordering on over-priced

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

My reservation was for 1030am. I quickly ordered my meal. At 1115am, after my waiter checked on my meal twice, he came back to say that the kitchen was no longer making breakfast. Would I like something else. When I pointed out that I ordered nearly 45min ago I was told the kitchen stops cooking brea

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EF
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

While the food here is pretty good, the experience of the dining room was not. A door to the patio seating area was continually left ajar, resulting in constant blasts of cold air through the restaurant. When we asked to be reseated due to the cold, we were moved even more directly into the path of the breeze. Ironically, the refrigeration system was also broken, meaning that no beers were available from the menu, leaving an alternative of a sober meal or a cocktail at double the cost. Seems there are some kinks to be worked out at this location.

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always amazing plant based cuisine. Great flavors, great service, fun cocktails

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AC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! I will definitely be returning! Highly recommend!

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SC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 1

Always great vegan food, can’t get enough
Lunch, dinner or even just a great desert this is one of my favorites

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HH
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was expecting a nice dinner with pretty good food. What I got was an AMAZING dinner with fantastic food. The service was top notch. The menu selection was remarkable; there was something to appeal no matter what you might be in the mood for. I would recommend Sage to all but the most narrow minded meat eaters.

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TB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I love Sage. I was disappointed the brunch menu is very limited. Plus they were out of many of the choices we wanted.
I'd recommend dinner.

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DG
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 3

We made and got email confirmation of our reservation at 5:45. When we showed up at 5:45 we were told it had been changed to 5:00....what! We did not do that as our conference ended at 5 pm. They said they would check what was available for us. Then preceded to usher us to a cramped small table with a nice comfortable booth sitting empty. We asked to move to it and were told it was reserved for a party a 6:30. They told us if another booth opened up they would move us to it. Needless to say the “reservation” never showed up and the booth remained empty the whole time. Even when other booths came available no one made good on the promise to relocate us. The food was OK. My eggplant was burned and was replaced. My wife had that butternut squash ravioli and it had way to much oil for. They comped our cauliflower wing which were really good. I recommend those. The waiter we had was really nice. To bad he did not run the whole place!

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food options were great. The Buffalo califlower was excellent. Friendly staff and great ambiance and overall vibe. Tables were a little too close to other patrons though so it made you feel like you were eavesdropping on others conversations. Other than that - excellent!

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AA
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A bit too loud and too warm inside.
Fun place to meet new people

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VW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So so good! Everything couldn’t be better! Amazing service, ambience and the food! Unique and fun beverages too. Great location. We will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

As much as I appreciate a restaurant that isn't rushing me out the door it took extremely too long to get service, food, the check, excetera. I've been searching for a good vegan restaurant closer to home but I rather drive to LA if it means getting better service and food that I received here

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CT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Sojourne was so sweet and helpful! It was our first time so we had some questions and she was so kind and accommodating. The food was incredible and came out SO quickly. Can't wait to go back!!

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D
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful space, great service, and outstanding vegan food. This restaurant truly makes a vegan diet so easy. There is so much flavor that my meat eating husband didn't miss a thing.

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JF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary and this place was AMAZING! The food was outstanding and so flavorful and our waitress was so sweet and gave us amazing recommendations for dishes, everything tasted GREAT!! We will definitely come again and we will recommend this place to all of our friends and family!!!

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DK
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my daughter and her 3 friends there for my daughter's 17th birthday - perfect setting and delicious food! Worth the drive from Torrance!

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1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and service! Had a wonderful time there.

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EG
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I love Sage and have been a frequent customer to both locations, but I think this will be my first and last time at the location in Pasadena. The food was great, but the service there was absolutely terrible. Our waiter brought us water and took our orders and then we didn't see her again for another 20 minutes. I even asked her if they had ketchup when I chose fries as my side and she said yes, but couldn't be bothered to make sure that I got that when my food came. I had such a hard time getting her attention that I just got up and got the ketchup myself. Now I am not sure if this is entirely her fault, I saw the manager talking to her frequently and it looked like she had way more tables than she could handle. We even saw other people at her tables trying to flag her down so they could get some service since they were having the same issues we were. It was incredibly frustrating to the point where none of us ever want to go back there again. You should at LEAST look over at the people sitting at your tables to see if they are trying to get your attention. It just felt like her back was turned to us the entire time, and the manager didn't seem to pick up on any of this either. I will stick to the Silverlake location from now on, where I have never received service that terrible before.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. friendly staff

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DR
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m very impressed on a continual basis. We will be back.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good vegan food. A bit expensive but decent. I’ve had some amazing vegan experiences recently but this was only ok. Their happy hour was a decent value and ran all day Monday and Tuesday. We were in a bit of rush other wise we might have spent a bit more time and ordered a wider selection of items.

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J
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

As vegan restaurants go, this is a good one. They have lots of options and great drinks! We are not vegan but went there for a special occasion. It was a great choice!

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BS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have eaten at Sage Pasadena before and really enjoyed the selection of healthy vegan and vegetarian options. Brought my husband who eats everything and WOW we tried the Chili Cheese fries and OMG! They tasted authentic with the cheese flavor and consistency that blew our minds! Highly recommend ordering this! Really large menu and the drink menu is also extensive. Nice ambiance too! I wanted the spicy macaroni and cheese dish but it had been taken off the menu. However since they had all the ingredients they were happy to make it for me anyway which I greatly appreciated!

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AB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

First time here and loved it! Vegan and delicious! This place is so cute and tucked away in a little alley in Old Town Pasadena. Loved the atmosphere.

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HM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Wait staff is generally inattentive. Has been the same story since they opened the location almost a year ago. Food is good, but the menu doesn’t change.

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L
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Great location and service. Food well presented. Flavor too spicy for all the dishes we ordered - heavy on the chilli in all dishes.

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D
Los Angeles
171 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Sage Bistro is one of my favorite Pasadena restaurants, and it features amazing vegan and gluten free meals. If you are or aren't vegan, your taste buds will LOVE you for dining here. The food is amazing.

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KK
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I have had during my three visits has been delicious. The portions are big and the drinks are strong. And the service is fast. I am glad they seem to have more than one person cover your table so there is always someone around to ask questions or ask for extra stuff. Love this place!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was great a little loud and busy, but that’s because there was a band playing that night. Service was great and came quickly until dessert which was just then needing to scoop the ice cream. Well worth it though.

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r
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was delious!!! We fell in love with this place. And it’s so beautiful inside. It’s peaceful.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Graduation

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N
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Ordered chips and guacamole that never came (the waiter blamed it on the computer system running out of paper so the order was never printed). Most of the flat bread served with the hummus was cold and hard.

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CS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, but will definitely come again. This location was much better than the Echo Park. Same great food, but much larger and better seating. The was wonderful!

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KS
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food and service!

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KL
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

In the several times that I've been here, I have found the food to be of a consistently high-quality. The completely vegan menu is quite extensive, and I have been here with friends who are committed meat eaters who have actually really enjoyed the food. My only complaint is that the noise level at times can be rather deafening, which makes conversation difficult.

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KP
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Extensive menu selections. Fun cocktails & beers to choose from. Large portions

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MV
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome vegan place, great outdoor area for dogs, a fun place to bring your vegan friends, or a date, or to try some vegan plates for the first time!

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YF
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service started off quite slow but once I found out there was Kombucha (at least five) on tap all was forgiven! Large portions and a cool rustic decor. There is also a nice patio.

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