The Arbour - Pasadena

4.7
667 reviews
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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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Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good presentations of a range of menu items in a unique interior with attentive staff. I pork chop was beautifully presented and was the best I have had for some time.

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BM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is by far one of the best restaurant in Pasadena. I have been there 4 times and every one of these times has been a culinary experience. Every dish is simply cooked to perfection. The presentation of the smoked duck breast and leg for 2 was wonderful. What aromas!! And the deserts... always leave room for desert. They are all amazing. Love this restaurant. Will be back for sure!!

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JW
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very well prepared and lovely food. Wonderful atmosphere. A special occasion place because of the price.

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PC
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Other than the Bison tartare the food was really good. Service was very quick. Our server, Juan, was terrific.

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HT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem of a restaurant with excellent service and free parking.

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CC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I've had so far in the US. Excellent food, tasty, cooked perfectly and for a reasonable price, service available but not pushy! I would definitively recommend this place to whomever wants to have the best experience possible especially for the quality of the food!

Parfait!

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R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our wedding anniversary with a party of 6 people. The food was amazing and the ambience was great. My only pet peeve is how fast they clear out the dinner plates of guests in the party who have finished eating while the rest are still trying to enjoy the dining experience. Please make it a point to clear out all plates when EVERYONE has finished eating. I would think this is a dining etiquette that should be known to restaurant owners. In addition the restaurant knew we were celebrating an anniversary and having spent close to $500 for dinner you would assume they would provide a complimentary slice of dessert. Instead they brought out small cookies since we had decided not to order coffee.... quite tacky!

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S
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved our meal. Wonderful service and we'll be back.

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B
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good service. Nice menu. Booking through open table I feel like we always get a table right by the kitchen. Next time I’ll make a note to avoid that.

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KA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate the holiday with friends, and a great meal was had by all.

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EH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always great. Our waiter, Craig (Pasta) is great. Makes my guest feel very welcome and leaves a great impression. Restaurant always serves the best meal.

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G
Los Angeles
159 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The three of us shared all of the plates. Everything was superb and more than enough. The service was outstanding and we had personal attention from Chef Ian! And, for the birthday dessert, two were brought out instead of one--again, everything was delightful!

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g
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We went on a Sunday evening, they were not too busy and we enjoyed the ambiance of the restaurant. The food, as it has been in the past, is "spotty" in terms of presentation and taste. One recurring theme is that when rolls are served they consistently provide an inadequate supply of butter. The hamburger I enjoyed, not on the regular menu, but rather on the bar menu, was among the best I've had! The chili with the candle is okay, nothing special. The seafood salad in served in a bowl with vertical sides. The seafood sits along the bottom edges in a shape like a wreath. There is no bed of lettuce or anything that makes the appearance of this presentation interesting or even tasty. It is indeed a very bland salad. The artichoke appetizer was very nicely prepared, savory and appealing. The restaurant is certainly not a destination but rather a casual place to have a bite to eat.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peach salad was great.

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PE
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! So glad we have an outstanding restaurant in Pasadena! Glad to see how busy the restaurant is on a Thursday night!

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K
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They said I made the reservation for Friday nite instead of Thursday night when I got there, but they were very nice about it and were able to seat us at a very nice table anyway.

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S
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Beautiful restaurant.

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HP
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best meal we have had in Pasadena in a long time. Started with bison tartare, followed by artichoke hearts. Then we had the duck and finished with the California cake. Superb!

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M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our dinner---wonderful service, delicious dinner, quiet corner table--we were happy, happy. Just a great restaurant!

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RW
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We haven’t been so rushed through a meal in years. So disappointed by the poor service and while the food was good it certainly wasn’t worth the price.

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SB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant... food was delicious and service excellent!

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C
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant. Consistently good food. Try the seared tuna dish with bok choy. You will not be disappointed. So yummy!

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DH
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great service. And good pricing. Just go.

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G
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food quality was not there. The salad entree was not a satisfied one

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, the ambiance was great, our waiter was very personable. If there wasn’t a screaming toddler in the background, it would have been perfect. Unfortunately, that’s out of your control.

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LS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance (but a little noisy) and interior; fantastic service and food is very good and good value too.

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H
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently good food and great service! Our server Won is the best!

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff are very helpful and friendly, the ambience is warm and welcoming and everything I ate was delicious! Our friends were there for the first time and raved about it.

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RK
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely space, nice lighting, attractive bar, warm efficient service. We could hear each other talk, which is a rarity these days, and the food and drink were terrific. My steak was perfectly done, as was my wife's sea bass. The wine our waitperson suggested was very good, and the dessert was delicious. True, the "happy anniversary" written in chocolate on the plate should have read "happy birthday" but if that's the only complaint we had, it was pretty easy to overlook. We'll go back on our anniversary just to see what they write on that dessert.

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G
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Creatively prepared food. Good service. Good vibe. All adds to a great experience. We'll be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first experience at The Arbour was an unforgettable one! Living just down the road we’d been waiting for a special occasion to dine here. Our waitress asked if we’d like to try the wine we thought we wanted a bottle of and she brought both that and a similar wine. It was the right call— we ended up with the wine she recommended! We had the ribeye for two as our entree and they brought it to the table to present it before carving. Great presentation! It’s the kind of service and quality of food you expect from a high-end restaurant. The problem in LA is that many restaurants are “high-end” and the food is marginal and the service is below average. They’re just trendy so they can charge a high price. THIS is not that kind of restaurant. The Arbour is fantastic in every way and we were happy to have finally made it there for dinner!

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RC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food! I love how they change up the menu depending often.

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B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Still consistent ...my favorite Pasadena restraunt

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VA
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my fourth time coming here and it's never disappointing. The food is amazing, the service is impeccable and the wine list is first class! The only downside MIGHT be the noise level, but I could still hear my friend talking and she could hear me, so I guess it's not a huge downside.

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DM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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MT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience at Arbour. Gary and the the rest of the team that took care of us did an excellent job. The food was perfection. The pacing was great. I would eat there again.

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AM
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had a very nice evening with good food and friends. Our waiter was great and didn’t rush us which was nice. I was even able to suggest a few ingredients for the bartender to make me a surprise concoction. Yum!

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M
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

The service was atrocious. Doubtful that I will go back.

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FE
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, service and food. Waitress Cecily (sp?) was super. Great ambiance, very nice place in Pasadena.

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d
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stopped in for a last minute dinner date. Always a great place for that and special occasions. Service, food and drinks are consistently very good! Greta addition to the South Lake area!

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