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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JW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
5 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

L
New York Area
135 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Great food, very disorganized service. We had 3 different waiters, none of which knew what the other was doing, and got one of the orders all wrong. Blood Mary’s are too spicy, but the eggs Benedict were superb.

LT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Beautiful and elegant as well as cozy and relaxing. Great food and friendly professional service in a historic Pasadena locale.

CM
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Went for Saturday brunch. I still have not stopped resenting the fact that they took the little apple fritters off the menu. We had excellent bloody Mary’s. We both had the chilaquiles. They were not my favorite dish for sure. The tortillas should be fried but these seemed to have missed that step. The over easy eggs were so slimy with uncooked white that it was pretty disgusting. Afterwards we decided to share the cinnamon roll which made up for a lot. It was a birthday but nothing was ever mentioned, but that’s a small point. I hate to say that my last 2 or 3 visits to The Raymond have all been off by a notch or two. It makes me nervous when that happens to a place you’ve loved for a long time. Hopefully it’s just a temporary slump.

LB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

The Raymond seems to have a new chef who is not as good as the previous one.

J
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

Our pork chops was over fried rice which was so overdone it was practically dripping with water, and it was so soggy and mushy. Our duck was over farro which was so underdone it was still crunchy. One of our drinks had lipstick on the glass as well. Not a great experience.

f
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drinks and service were outstanding. Will definitely return.

D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a last minute reservation and was seated on the back patio. The patio was perfect for a Sunday brunch with shade, quiet and just a few tables. Our server was personable, efficient and helpful in navigating our brunch options. The food was delicious and came out very quickly. We had the cinnamon roll, Mexican eggs Benedict, quiche of the day and the avocado toast. As it was a celebration, we also enjoyed a mimosa and Bloody Mary. The Bloody Mary had a nice kick, and the mimosa was perfectly refreshing. Excellent spot that always delivers:)

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We usually enjoy it and have been often. However my eggs were runny and the sides we small -tiny arugula salad and potatoes it seemed weak for $15. My mom loved the Dutch baby which is why we went. Seemed expensive for so-so food . Been going there over 20 years, I will probably take a break from it.

W
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very limited choices on the menu, but food was good and service was very good.

DJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service. Outdoor space is lovely but has noise from adjacent street.

t
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The Raymond has been my wife’s favorite restaurant for years and still is; classy but not pretentious, expensive but worth it (and not too expensive). Our waitress was wonderful it was our 20th year marriage anniversary and she brought us two glasses of champagne unexpectedly.

LC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

Food was "OK". Was last there 2 years ago and the food was notably better. Service was great (except for the indifference to the following issue).

We were seated outside. There was a rat running around the entire dinning area and under the tables ALL NIGHT! The staff didn't seem to care at all. We had friends from the West Side who usually invite us to dine with them at high end restaurants In LA and the West side. We asked them to meet us in Pasadena for a change since we live further East and it's a long drive for us. What an embarrassment - mediocre food and rats!

DS
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is a one of a kind restaurant. Excellent food, ambiance and service

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

Great food, relaxed and beautiful outdoor seating. Went for brunch and would definitely go back.

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

Hands down one of the best meals we have enjoyed in Pasadena CA. I ordered Salmon which was perfectly prepared with a horseradish lemon sauce on a bed of asparagus. My husband ordered the roasted chicken also well prepared with mashed potatoes. For dessert, we enjoyed a delicious rich chocolate semifritto. Delicious!

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