The Arbour - Pasadena

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$31 to $50
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Californian
The Arbour brings rustic elegant dining to the historic Pasadena neighborhood of south Lake Avenue. Paying homage to the extraordinary agricultural bounty of California, The Arbour’s menu showcases relationships with sustainable local farms and purveyors.
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J
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Our work group comes here for special occasions and every time we are pleased with the experience.

Today I had the Handkerchief pasta with scallops and squash. The sauce was fantastic, the pasta perfect. The thinly sliced squash had a crisp bite which paired well with the soft pasta and scallops. Cherry tomatoes were little pops of acid. It was a perfect dish for lunch.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable birthday celebration with a dear friend

LM
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiters and all of the service staff were so attentive and friendly. The food is delicious.

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

Wonderful service and food. Our new favorite restaurant in Pasadena!! Will return often

MT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ian is a masterful chef and restaurateur. The Arbour is a MUST experience. Unique cuisine with the freshest ingredients for the most creative delicious recipes. . The space is sophisticated and warm. Service is impeccable and friendly.

SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was perfectly prepared and delicious. The service was excellent.

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite place in Pasadena!!!!

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F
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m looking forward to returning to the Arbour. Had a lovely dining experience, the ambiance was warm, welcoming and classy. We started with the yellow tail appetizer, followed by the chicken chopped salad, the truffle chicken breast and finished strong with their signature dessert. Chef Ian continues to leave his mark on his creations while enticing us with every detail after every bite. Bravo!

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Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All scrumptious and excellent starters, entrees and desserts for lunch. Server is sweet and attentive . Relaxing ambiance.
Free parking behind building off of S. Hudson and an easy access through hallway to the restaurant.

CM
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

"Pasta" (our server) was great! A very good and knowledgeable person. He was really into his job and knew the menu from front to back. He was flexible with splits and making sure the results were up to our satisfaction.

The food was different than most you find in Pasadena and I will return.

r
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 1

We have always loved going to Arbour, and had good experiences there. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, and normally it is quiet enough to talk. However, last Saturday night was so noisy I had a headache when I left. We had to strain just to hear another couple across the table from us. We will not go back on a Saturday night.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous dinner with friends. Our server, Jeremy, was absolutely outstanding. We told him to make the selections for our party of four, and we were all incredibly pleased with the experience. Too many highlights to mention just a few. Great place and I will be back.

RZ
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This place is growing on me, but I do really wish the servers would focus less on pretending they are our best friends and more on actually serving. That being said, the excellent food (swordfish was a standout this time), outstanding cocktails and wine list ensure that we will keep coming back--especially since it's right around the corner from where we live!

RS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bright spot in the food desert of Pasadena! We had an excellent dinner on every level. The artichoke appetizer is incredible!

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Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious cusine and beautifully presented: burrata, avocado toast, Handkerchief seafood pasta, Penne pesto shrimp, Seabass, Chocolate mousse cake. A++ service by server, Wesley. A lovely restaurant to celebrate a birthday and lunch with friends.

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

Bartenders, wait staff are attentive, friendly and efficient!

H
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service with exceptional food and the ambiance is wonderful!!!

OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We booked on Opentable a couple of weeks ago to celebrate our son and his now fiancé’s engagement. Upon entering the restaurant, I was surprised at how welcoming and intimate the inside of the restaurant is. They have a nice and full bar with table and booth seating. There is wood beams throughout the restaurant.

Our son was already seated when we arrived. Upon being seated, our waiter immediately greeted us and offered us the drink menu as well as water. He was very friendly and professional throughout our meal. He explained the various entrees and appetizers as well as their specials that day.

My husband and son’s fiancé ordered the chicken, my son ordered the pork chops and I ordered the handkerchief pasta. All the food came out together and the presentation was nice. Each entree was hot, good amount of food, and tasty. Their in house made sourdough bread is amazing!!! So delicious that we had a second helping.

Dessert we had coffee, cappuccino, the panna cotta, and their what I would call similar to a baked Alaska. All were delicious!!! Throughout our meal, our water glasses were full and drinks were never empty. Their Duckhorn Pinot was delicious.

I will come again, love the vibe and LOVE the service!!!

ES
New England
25 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG The Arbour is fantastic! Went for Dad's birthday, so special, everything from butter and rolls to salads to entrees to swoon inducing desserts #sogood! #sogood! Excellent fish. Wonderful, thoughtful service. Just in town for one night, so glad we came here. We shall return.

m
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and good food.

c
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Bit pricy for an everyday restaurant

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent and the service is impeccable.

PK
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, friendly and accommodating staff. Ive been 4 times and the food has been excellent everytime.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a family dinner there. Food was great, everyone, even the picky eaters, loved the food. Bartender created a hit cocktail 🍸 for one of us who wanted something fresh, not too sweet.
Service was attentive, but not overbearing.
Will go back

H
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great and interesting menu. Great food and service. Beautiful!! Would love some mellow classical music to match the elegance. Music is the only thing i would change.

ED
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were wonderful. Our party of 4 shared all plates. The peach salad and seafood salad were perfect starters and our entire meal was absolutely delicious. We look forward to coming back.

BM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, and cool place. Parking located in the back, which was a nice surprise. Pricey, but worth it. Also, try the baked California for dessert. Incredible.

HG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, ambiance and food💕

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

Excellent food and services...creative dishes and beautiful ambience

OT
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The manager Nancy is very nice to come to our table to greet and welcome us. All the staff are well trained and cooperative. The food are tasty and good presentation. I wish they have smaller size of steak. Seafood is fresh.

E
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I really hate to demean anybody for their job, but this has to do with our server. She never seemed to enter into the idea that this was a celebration for us (a birthday) and that we expected her to smile and perhaps even banter a bit. She was inattentive, failing to refill the water glasses from time to time. What should have been a very delightful evening, morphed into just tolerable, not what you would expect from a high-priced, high-class establishment. (Or am I hoping for too much?)

m
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great ambiance. I trued the seared tuna, which was soo good. You must try the “baked Californian”.

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic spot in meal every time we visit Pasadena. Go!!!

CM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Best ribeye we’ve had and plenty for at least 3-4 people. The smoked duck, also a ‘for 2’ was perfectly executed. Bison tartare deserves all the raves it gets, finely ground and very lean. The starter pastas, especially the tagliatelle, were outstanding. Fresh pasta, wonderful complex to the accompaniments. Definitely a winner, and nice wine list too.

IS
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very attentive staff, and a creative menu. Portion size was just right. I do wish the duck entree could be for a solo,diner though.

CC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet enough to talk and amazing food.

J
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jeremy was great!

P
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious lunch and great service! Lovely ambiance as well.

MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary at The Arbour and had an amazing experience. Service and food quality were exquisite. Our server (Gary) was truly amazing and attentive to everything. The restaurant is beautiful inside. Could not recommend it more...we will definitely come back!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very good and the service excellent until late in the meal when the server seemed overwhelmed. I had asked for a booth or quiet table and told none was available but I noticed at least two couples moved to different tables after first sitting down in our noisy area near the bar. I made the reservation a week before.

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