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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DL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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

E
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

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
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

JJ
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service both excellant. Enjoyed the cover patio very much.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, as per usual. Atmosphere is what is so great. Our sever remembers us each time and we hope we never get anyone else. Wish we remembered her name.

FD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Decent food, poor service. Seems to be a theme here.

DG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance with superior service. The food was delicious. This was our first visit, I am sure there will be many more.

CT
Palm Springs
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Jose was excellent. He made us feel very welcome and checked in on us frequently.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The atmosphere at the restaurant was great, we sat outside and it was cool under the shade of trees. However, the wait time was so long over 40mins, and when finally our food came, my husband’s BLT was served cold. Also there is valet parking only, for a fee of 5 dollars. There isn’t space to park your car yourselves. You have no choice but to use valet. I had such high expectations for this place from other peoole’s reviews and I must say there wasn’t anything wow about this restaurant unfortunately...

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful experience. The service was excellent; I can’t remember the last time I’ve been to a restaurant in Los Angeles that had truly exceptional service. The Raymond has it in spades. The ambiance was delightful. And the food was fantastic. This place is extraordinary. Please check it out for yourself.

D
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!!!

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

Celebrating a birthday over lunch at The Raymond. Midweek - there were very few patrons. The menu on Open Table is not the correct version - as acknowledged by the server. The servers were great. Had to ask for items listed that kitchen neglected to include. Learned that there is a new Chef soon - wondering if The Raymond is going through another transition? The venue is lovely.

CM
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Simple lunch with a friend. She had the curry which she said was excellent! I had the BLT which usually has spicy bacon but they didn’t have that this time. But it was still a decent sandwich. The patio is my preferred seating and even on this very hot day it was pleasant with fans running overhead. Nice to have this special place as a neighborhood fixture.

JR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been to The Raymond frequently for dinner, drinks, etc but never for brunch and I couldn’t recommend it more highly! The food was absolutely phenomenal!

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The Raymond was awesome as usual! The only only down part which I would say is not my normal experience was my Cobb Salad. It was bland, sparse in blue cheese and very dry.

SV
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed a leisurely with family...I'm from out of town. We were all happy with our meals, especially my niece who had the hard to find Dutch Baby.

DG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

After making a reservation, we were told how busy they were and had to wait in the bar until they could squeeze us in. Noisy. Forgot about an appetizer we ordered. My steak was over salted. For a stared restaurant, not great.

MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

birthday brunch

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

It was my first time here and I enjoyed myself very much. Our server Ashton was very helpful with recommendations and always kept our glasses full. My only complaint is that they do not serve the carrot appetizer anymore i was really looking forward to that.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a beautiful birthday dinner on the patio. The soft lighting, complete with a special old fashioned mini hurricane lantern flame, made the warm night very peaceful. The service was equally warm, and there was a great variety on the menu. This was some of the best tasting food we have enjoyed in a long time.

CO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The Raymond is a great place with really nice breakfasts dishes. Very nice patio seating, and bar area.

NL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

It was our anniversary. Thought we would receive a small dessert compliments of restaurant.

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

Came in with my son while I visited from out of state. Loved the style of the place- it reminded me of an Inn I dine at near Boston. After reading the history of the place, makes sense! Food was great and service was awesome. I’ll be back when I visit here again!

KC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The menu has changed but not in a good way. Appetizer was undercooked, steak salad is not a separate selection now but an added protein to a pitiful selection of blah salads
After years of being a perennial lunch place for me, it is now off the list entirely

SG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My husband and I haven't been to The Raymond in a number of years, their menu had changed, it was a smaller menu for dinner. We had a variety of appetizers, hummus, mussels, roasted cauliflower, all very tasty. Our entrees were the salmon, duck and pork chop, again very good presentation. We sat in the patio and nice to see the evening light coming in thru the planted trees and an ambience water fall. Very pleasant! If I had a recommendation I would advise the staff to pay closer attention to the customers, as they would disappear and didn't come by to check if we needed anything. The waiter also poured coffee into my mug of tea, having forgotten there was a pot of tea on the table. It's the little things that make a difference and it seems they were not as on the ball as they could of been. Having said this, we may go back again on a weekend to see if it is any different.

OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was very excited to come to the Ramen does I haven’t been in years. But I have to say I was very disappointed in the food. Mediocre. However the price was not mediocre. In other words it was too much money for the quality of food received.

V
Palm Springs
43 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely brunch experience on the patio

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