The Raymond Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The Raymond 1886 offers inspired, seasonal cooking featuring the finest selection of ingredients paired with a diverse collection of wines from top West Coast and international producers and hand crafted culinary cocktails produced in our bar, 1886.

The restaurant is housed in the former caretaker's cottage of the storied Raymond Hotel. It is a slice of Pasadena’s historic past and carries on it's great traditions of hospitality and architecture with it's indoor cottage seating and outdoor craftsman style patios.

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D
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Only 1 of three meals was very good. The place was very noisy with 2 large parties, but they moved us when asked. My lobster roll was ok, but the only other thing on plate was a pile of French fries.

LK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to meet for a wonderful brunch. Food was great and so was the ambiance.

GD
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Keep forgetting about this place but my wife and I had a great time. The mussels were the best and our server was great. A nice hang on a Sat night.

G
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I hadn't been back to The Raymond for over 10 years. I remembered it as quaint and charming with a great dining experience. It was our daughter's 40 birthday and we were looking forward to excellent food, excellent service, and wonderful ambiance. It took 15 minutes for our initial drink order to arrive. We were advised that we had to provide our entire order so it took another 15 minutes for her to come back. We ordered another round and after another 10 minutes or so our server came back for our order.
We ordered the pork belly and crab cakes for our appetizers and the lamb shank, bolognese and the barramundi "whole" market fish for the main course. The pork belly was good but it came cold (I was expecting hot and crispy). The crab cakes were amazing and the best dish of the night. When I ordered the barramundi I was not aware that the fish would come with its head, tail and tiny bones still attached. I was stunned and had no idea what to do with an entire fish. The server NEVER came by to check on the food, offer to debone the fish or inquire as to how we were doing. I sat there for 10 minutes staring at my fish. I had seen a server in another restaurant debone a trout so I took the tail and pulled it up by the spine. I tried to eat the fish but the two bites I took were filled with bones. I didn't want to eat my entire meal pulling out fish bones from my mouth. From what I did taste with my two small bites, the fish was delicious. My daughter enjoyed the bolognese. My husband did not like the lamb shank at all. When I advised the server of the debacle of the fish she said: "Well, it says it's 'whole' on the menu". She shrugged her shoulders and gave me a condescending smirk. She did offer me a salmon fillet. I declined as I do not like salmon. She did offer a dessert "on the house" to make up for a $48 dollar meal I could not eat. The dessert was decadent and yummy.

RM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The crab cakes

HW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Wonderful environment. Food was amazing and drinks were excellent. Drinks took quite a while. Hence the 3 stars but the food came out excellent.

LH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Air not good sitting for 2 hours kitchen cooking food smell over the dining room

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were disappointed that we couldn’t have a cup of soup with our lunch. We were told that soup was only with the melted cheese sandwich and only by the bowl.

JH
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the new menu! The new GM, Andrew, is really making a difference. The drinks were great and the food was delicious.

DL
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My friend 's dish waffles and chicken was nice but definitely heavy . You may want to improve your recipes .
My dish was very nice ( poached eggs , bacon , potatoes . I wish it would have been a little more special . I love the ambiance of your restaurant but it is quite noisy .

BB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

The Raymond is our local restaurant and since we moved to Pasadena a year ago, we have been going there regularly. We like it a lot.
However, we were not thrilled about the new chef choice recently and when we were at brunch last Sunday, the menu was overly wordy, literally describing every ingredient in each dish. Many of the tried and tested dishes like the shrimp and grits and the taro root dessert were off the menu and there were too many new dishes with not enough of the familiar ones we all liked.
Also, I felt the new chef was trying too hard, and dishes like "deviled eggs" were nothing to do with deviled eggs, with a very bland egg-white muffin-style base and toppings that had very little flavor.
The huevos rancheros was overly spicy but with no flavor other than the strong heat, and a very mushy base.
My quinoa and cranberry salad had about 1 tbsp of quinoa in it with mostly bitter greens and slices of Granny Smith apple. Grapes would have been much better for this salad with the tart greens rather than the more bitter Granny Smith Apple. I had to add quite a bit of salt to it.
My husband's coffee came to the table tepid, and the deviled eggs were forgotten until we reminded the waiter about them after we finished our main course.
All in all, this chef is trying too hard to be different, and should make changes slowly to give the patrons a chance to get comfortable with the changing menu.
Many of the dishes are trying to be different without needing to be.

LM
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance
Great service
Has very limited options for vegans

s
Sacramento
14 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Generally underwhelming. Won’t be rushing back.

H
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Raymond is a place where I celebrate many milestone occasions and yesterday was no different. From the food to the ambience to Robert, our phenomenal waiter, the Raymond is a class act. Thank you very much for the ways you welcome your guests into your serene and hospitable atmosphere and treat them like kings and queens.

M
Los Angeles
132 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent customer service

B
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite place to celebrate birthday. Great food and service

N
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful and our server delightful. Loved the pork chops.
Love the house and history !!!!

O
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I ended up with an absolutely delicious and perfectly cooked lamb shank. Will totally go back soon.

B
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

I had a lobster roll and it wasn’t nearly as good as any other I’ve had. They used those little frozen mini lobsters and claimed it was fresh when I asked. Even the bread wasn’t good. When we asked for dessert they were out of any of the ones we were interested in. Also the coffee was not good.

HD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The service was spotty. We had to ask for coffee and water several times. The food was fair but took a long time to get. We went Saturday afternoon when the place was not busy.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best brunch I have had in a long time! My friends and I ordered and shared the breakfast sandwich, the Mediterranean frittata, and the Nutella French toast, and everything was delicious! We sat outside where the noise level was quiet - great for catching up over a long brunch. I highly recommend the brunch here - also great that you can make a reservation! I almost don’t want to share how much I loved this place, because I want to keep it al to myself, but they deserve the accolades!

H
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic! Our server Robert was so attentive . The ambience is very nice and the food was delicious. I had the loco moco and my friend had the chicken curry. Thank you Raymond!

b
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The experience was very poor, server was lovely but did forget 2 of our starters, the cod was super fishy and they forgot to turn on the heater, had to ask numerous times. Not worth the money, will not be back.

C
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience5

I ordered the New York steak-one of the higher priced items. The steak arrived CUT IN CHUNKS- casserole type with roast potatoes- more potatoes than steak. I believe the menu item was listed only as grilled New York steak (and showed vegetables with it.)
On the plus side, the service and ambiance were good. The people were very nice and apologetic for the misunderstanding. They provided a free cocktail and a dessert.

DL
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on 19/13/19. Arrived at 5:30pm after a theater performance. Had drinks in the bar area (Aperol spritz).

Had dinner at 6:00pm so our area was perfect (booth and no one else around). Had the Artisanal Baguette. The butter were delicious as was the bread. We both had the salad with feta cheese. Was good. The special was rib eye steak. It came with roasted baby carrots and potatoes but we also had a side of roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts. I don’t remember what they put on the sprouts but they was fantastic. The steaks was done medium rare as we requested.

We had a glass of wine (Merlot) and since it was my GF birthday, they provided a dessert which we shared

The bill including tip was $300.

For a special occasion and a splurge, I would come again.

The server was attentive but not overly so. The thing that they should mention when they discuss any special is the cost which I had to ask.

AM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We had to wait about 15 minutes but they more than made up for this with glass of champagne while waiting; and very generous, free selection of pastries and fruit as soon as we were seated.

C
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at The Raymond since it first opened back in the 80s and had never disappointed. From brunch to dinner to winemaker dinners we keep coming back. In the latest iteration they have a cocktail program that is as good as anyone, and the food and service remains first rate. Highly recommended.

HU
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time at The Raymond was amazing. We will come back with all the family many many sundays! Chilaquiles are great!

EC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We have a lovely evening. The food was very good, some things were excellent. The Beets and Peaches, Hummus and fresh bread were excellent. We had a Rib-eye, and it was was good. If I had to do it again, we would stick with the small plates. They are wonderful. We really enjoyed our Old Fashioned. I am a bit of a snob with this cocktail, and this was one of the best I've every had.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Raymond never disappoints. My husband and I celebrated his birthday on a Wednesday evening. We enjoyed cocktails on the patio and dinner in the outside seating. Our waitress was absolutely wonderful and made his birthday so very special! The chocolatey tiramisu was to die for!

CJ
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I was born in Pasadena and The Raymond has always been a little "gem" hidden away off the freeway; it's truly a wonderful place to have any meal; the ambiance is wonderful; wish there was more of a selection on the menu but they do the very best with what food they serve. Almost like having a meal in your friend's dining room.

AK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic, we got two appetizers, two main courses and dessert and it was all spectacular. Cocktails were extra special too. Highly recommend!

R
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It wasn’t what I expect of a meal in this price range. The limits on the ratings don’t tell the whole story. Some things were good. Our server was good. The food was uneven and slightly above average. The inside is pretty. The outside not great at night. Uninspired.

RD
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and quiet patio with superb service. Good food but not always great. All told it is a must eat at place in Pasadena due to its great staff!

c
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Way overpriced for Mexican dish that I had and was not even that good :(

E
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Patio dining was lovely for Sunday Brunch. It would be even better with live acoustic music! Food is good, service is good, parking is problematic and $5 for valet seems too high.

a
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a tasteful and refreshing experience, taking advantage of the well designed outdoor tables!

A
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The website menu doesn’t reflect the menu in the restaurant. The food looked sloppy, no presentation, and it was undercooked. But we were both starving, having not eaten that day, and our server didn’t come around that often, so we didn’t feel like waiting longer.

DA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The Raymond delivered a perfect dining experience on its understated and elegant patio. Unique craft cocktails, delicious oysters, perfect perfect perfect octopus, must-have herbed cauliflower. The duck breast was rich and crispy. Farrow some of the best. The sole cooked perfectly with herbed broth. Admittedly the chef likes salt - a style of preparation that’s delicious but assertive and full flavored. Pavlova was perfect, not cloyingly sweet. Thanks to Raymond for a total joy.

JW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Disappointed. Not enough wait staff, despite the restaurant not being full. Long wait times for food and drink. Orders nor correct, food cold, long wait times to fix food, always looking for the wait staff for things like a fork, more coffee.

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