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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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.7
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JonH
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was very good. I had the pork chop and it was outstanding.

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vipHappyfoodie8
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food excellent service the addition of chili verde grilled quail was exceptional we ordered it twice at our dinner please please keep it on your menu luv this place everything exceptional❣️

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AndreasM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great Ambiance. Service was attentive, drinks and food came out in good timing. Food was pretty good. I would recommend it.

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PeterG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu food well presented and quality

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Chandler
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very strange experience. Food was top notch, but service (at least when we went) dragged the experience down a lot.

I had been checking reservations and every time was open so we just decided to walk in, thinking they'd have openings. Half of the restaurant was open and yet they told us they're only taking reservations? So I walked outside, booked it on my phone, walked right back in and we were seated. Okay. That was kind of a sour start.

All of the wait staff was amazing beyond this, except for when a wine glass was broken and spilled by a staff member and it took about 10 minutes to get a replacement. This feels like it should be more of a priority to me.

The food, however, was great. I'd say the price of the food was absolutely worth it even at the fairly high average plate cost. Portions were generous at this price and honestly you could get away with just an entree if you're not starving.

Maybe we had a fluke experience, and I'd be willing to give another shot.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We had a pretty good experience, but there was an odd moment when we received our bill. We had ordered martinis, and were charged for them (about $14 each). Then, there was an additional $3 charge per martini. Our server explained this is how they ring up beverages, and yes, a martini costs $17. I found this outrageous considering both the area and comparable restaurants. No one likes being taken for a ride. I doubt I’ll return here.

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viptang
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this elegant restaurant. The food is delicious and the service is one of the best in town. Highly recommended!

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JaneS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and service. A very enjoyable restaurant.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, drink, service and ambience . I will definitely go back.

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vipMoogig
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a most wonderful dinner here. We arrived early and sat at the bar which definitely turned out to be an added treat! We had a fantastic bartender who mixed me a wonderful drink based on my taste preferences (such fun) and he made my husband and Godmother 2 excellent drinks off the menu. It's a lovely space and we had a very spacious booth like table for the three of us. The food was absolutely delicious and the portions SO generous. What a tasty, creative/ inventive menu executed expertly. We will definitely plan to return on a subsequent visit.

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FrankG
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Not ready with table even though we had a reservation. Terrible table service. Took our food away before we were done, clearly in a rush to close at 930 pm on a Friday. Not likely to return.

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vipWilliamB
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great for business lunches or dinners. Innovative food combinations and presentation.

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HelenD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Celebrated a birthday and service / food was wonderful.

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vipLondonSCW
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
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.

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vipVirtualatty
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a late, light supper after a late lunch. The crab and Meyer lemon salad makes my mouth water as I write this review. The octopus appetizer was firm and richly flavored. The wines by the glass were lovely and reasonably priced. Arbor became my favorite Pasadena restaurant, surpassing some outstanding competition.

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vipQuality
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always, food gets better every visit

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WillisZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and excellent food. Would come back again.

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SandraM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
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.

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AnnC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a welcoming and delicious experience. Great service!

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LinleyE
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
KirkC
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.

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AltaJen
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.

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TanyaR
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, refine cuisine and friendly service

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Eilizabeth
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The valentines menu was great

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

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

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SidfordB
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.

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KevinH
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 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.

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HaroldP
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.

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Julianne
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ian is an exceptional chef and the service is excellent

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PeterSG
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.

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vipMicMoz
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.

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

Terrific but high corkage for wine we brought.

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CarrieH
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.

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

Great food and service!

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The Arbour - Pasadena does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Postmates. The Arbour - Pasadena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 396-4925.

The Arbour - Pasadena is rated 4.7 stars by 880 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.