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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4.7
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4.7
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LS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came late and the Arbour honored our reservation. We have been here several times before. The food was absolutely first class. Because we came late (9:30pm) the restaurant had quieted downbut it can be quite noisy earlier in the evening.

WZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food. Would come back again.

SM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food and very good service. However, the noise level is difficult to have a conversation with our guests.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I love the Arbor, for everyday business lunch or talking lunch with a friend. Their fish is excellent. I ordered the special dover sole, it was prepared in a novel manner which was surprisingly tasty; my personal preference however is for grilled on the bone and that is what my 4 means.

AC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great staff, menu not terribly diverse, but food was very good. Easy to park, would recommend.

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a welcoming and delicious experience. Great service!

LE
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Arbour is a fantastic addition to Pasadena. The food was simply divine, the service was beyond impeccable and the atmosphere very pleasant. The design of the restaurant was soothing understated chic.
I could almost say that I have never been in a fine restaurant with such amazing service! There were no long waits at all. This chef driven restaurant serves aesthetically beautiful dishes in original ways with surprising and delectable taste combinations. A perfect place to celebrate. 5 stars all the way!!
Thank you. You deserve to thrive and prosper.

KC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service and atmosphere were phenomenal. But, with the exception of the truffle encrusted chicken, I was left quite unimpressed with the food. The octopus, artichoke salad, pork chop and sea bass were all very ok. The chili was actually quite good. So, all in all, it's a nice place to go and get serviced well, but don't go for the food.

AJ
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The chef was able to modify the butternut squash risotto to make it vegan, which was very much appreciated. The waiter made other accommodations to put sauces on the side for the appetizer and brought oil for the bread.

My husband loved the sea bass. He said it was the best he's had.

TR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The happy hour at The Arbour is excellent. We were rather disappointed with our dinner experience. I loved my pasta, and my husband thought his salmon with peas was good, though the salmon was a bit small relative to the peas.

I ordered a Pasadena Sunrise and did not like it. My fault and I was willing to pay for it, I just wanted something else. Our very chatty waiter whisked it away without a word. I didn't ask for it to be removed from the bill, nor would I have. As we were walking out, our waiter didn't say a word to us even though he was standing a couple of feet away. I just don't enjoy service where the person is inserting their personality into the evening.

We won't be back for dinner but will stick to happy hours at The Arbour.

E
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The set price of $79 for the Valentines dinner was way too high for a cauliflower steak entree. Otherwise I was pleased with the experience.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The valentines menu was great

M
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, The Arbour Restaurant was outstanding!
Our very favorite place to dine.

SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food, well presented. I have yet to order something there that I did not enjoy.

KH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I ate an early Valentine’s Day meal and it was great! I wasn’t sure what the experience would be like. The reviews on OT and Yelp were mostly positive but their website does not sell the ambience or the food very well. We were pleasantly surprised. Literally every single thing we had was good. Appetizers, cocktails, entrées, desserts, all of it! Minor quibble that the main course was a little slow to arrive but forgivable. Highly recommend!

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our dining experience at The Arbour was excellent. The dining room is modern California casual elegance. The long bar along the south wall was filled with a fabulous display of bottled liquor. One of the things that made the ambience great was that the restaurant was filled with happy chattering diners. Our party of four ordered hot and cold appetizers (wild mushroom soup, beet salad, seafood salad, iceberg/bleu cheese salad), each of which had intense and delicious flavor. and entrées that included salmon, butternut squash risotto, and truffle crusted chicken breast. Each dish was plated and presented beautifully. Each member of our party had a ball delightfully sampling the wonderful dishes of the others. For dessert we chose the “Baked California” which was a delightful take on baked Alaska only with a frozen candied almond cream center. Finally, I cannot give enough kudos to our server Garrett, who was perhaps the most pleasant, accommodating, and professional server that I have experienced in many years. He made our dining experience especially enjoyable.

HP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful pre-Valentine's dinner. Attentive service and delicious food. Bison tartare to start and BlackBerry lemon curd dessert were our favorites.

J
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Spacious and attractive decor. It must be standard to try to seat early diners in an undesirable table next to service station as we saw this occur with several early guests. Food was very good except for dessert. Lemon curd over berries was far too sweet to enjoy, and cheeses on cheeseboard were good, but chef should consider replacing the small rounds of bread with crackers or quality bread in small slices. A few slices of fruit and perhaps a small dollop of not-too sweet fruit spread would enhance the plate. The bus boy was good; our attractive brunette waitress smiled a lot but was not at all engaging in small conversation. Very unusual for a high end restaurant. All in all, we really liked The Arbour and might opt for a different server next time.

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ian is an exceptional chef and the service is excellent

PS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Arbour is very consistent in providing an outstanding dining experience. The menu is varied, and the quality of the food is consistently very very good. The wine list provides something for everyone too. The servers are courteous, and they are helpful in explaining the various items on the menu. An excellent spot for lunch or dinner.

MM
San Francisco
114 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Arbour delivers a great dining experience, from excellent professional service to outstanding food. Love going there.

V
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific but high corkage for wine we brought.

CH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Imaginative menu, locally sourced foods when available. Outstanding and friendly service. Very clean and very fast.

WS
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

E
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was tasty, and ambiance was enjoyable. Be warned: The food’s a bit on the heavy side. Service was slow but still attentive. Overall, I would recommend for a cozy dinner.

h
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Friends and I enjoyed our lunch get together. Our meal choices varied and everyone seemed to savor their meal. Portion size for some choices were small but the hamburger was huge. I enjoyed my chicken but a few more fingerling potatoes would have be nice.

H
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a go-to again place. Nice ambiance, fireplace, bar and ample seating. They even have a private dining room for small parties.
Courteous, professional wait staff. Everyone is friendly.

CM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for bringing back the Salmon!!!!

e
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very good, but another restaurant that wants your full order. We find this a real turn-off and let our waiter know, so he let us order one course at a time.

m
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Thank you and wish you continued success!

e
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food portions decent size and easy to share

h
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The biggest issue with The Arbour is the noise level. I took friends there to celebrate a birthday and even though we were in the front room, the noise level from the bar area was so high, it was difficult to hear. Our server failed to take our drink order and we had to flag down the hostess for both our drink and food order. I love the farm-to-table concept and the food was great, but not sure I’d recommend it to others.

SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was creative and delicious. Server was good; however we felt rushed. There were plenty of tables available.

T
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating new house!

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Wanted to try this restaurant based on the reviews. The parking is rather strange. You have to walk through an adjoining building with rather smelly bathrooms off the hallway. This hallway dumps you right into the kitchen of the restaurant. The kitchen and rest of the restaurant are very well done. We were impressed with that but we had to make our way to the front by squeezing by tables and people eating.

The waitstaff was great. The service was good. The food was a bit salty though which was surprising for a restaurant with such good reviews and prefaced as local, fresh ingredients. The excess salt just didn’t make sense. Last, The baked California dessert did not arrive flaming as we expected. That was a big let down...it was blah.

We were originally sold on the farm to table idea. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the food was decent but was a little too much use of the trendy foams (that weren’t really needed) for our guests to enjoy.

Not sure if we will return....

AS
Los Angeles
457 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a special occasion on this visit. After considering a number of amazing restaurants in Los Angeles, the best choice for delicious food, beautiful decor, and warm hospitality on this important night was clearly The Arbour. I'll be dreaming about the Yellowfin Tuna crudo and the Dover Sole pinwheels for the next week. As a special touch, Chef prepared an off the menu special Rack of Lamb, which was tender, flavorful and deeply satisfying. Desserts are a specialty here and not to be missed! Above all, service was attentive and warm. I noticed the restaurant was full of families and groups also celebrating special occasions, The positive energy and kind spirit in the staff starts with owners, Chef Ian and Nancy Gresik. The Arbour is the perfect community restaurant to gather while enjoying high quality, seasonal cuisine. I highly recommend this local gem and am already looking forward to returning.

MC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were so nice to sit us at the Chef's table. My parents had a blast! TY so much!

S
Seattle
32 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have eaten at The Arbour at least half a dozen times, and the food seems to get better and better. We dined with another couple who were new to The Arbour, and they raved about their meals. One of our biggest complaints about The Arbour when we first dined their was the noise level, but it seems that they have taken steps to dealt with it. We sat in the main dining room adjacent to the bar and it was quiet although the restaurant was busy on a Saturday evening. Nice to have more elevated dining choices in Pasadena.

TD
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We had Bridgette as a server top notch her suggestions were right on. We have been eating there since it opened and never a bad evening.

DF
Las Vegas
20 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with novel and delicious menu and impeccable service. The decor is light and rich with light earth tones and grays and excellent acoustics.