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Gale's

4.7
4.7
2680 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Gale's Restaurant is a totally local Pasadena spot for delicious Northern Italian fare, tucked away from the tourist chains in Old Town. Couples, families and friends that seem to have just finished a day outdoors snuggle among the brick walls and small marble tables, drinking cocktails and wine from elegant Brighton goblets. Start off with Bruschetta, Burrata Salad or Gale's Simple Salad and then move on to the country-style Tuscan steak or one of the house made ravioli specials. For dessert, don't miss the Tiramisu or Gale's iconic Coconut Cake. The wine list is a favorite among the guests for it's variety and excellent value.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (626) 432-6705

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Leo

  • Catering

    Gale's menu adapts well to both office and personal catering. Check with us to see how our personalized menus can be tailored for your next event.

  • Neighborhood

    Pasadena

  • Cross street

    California

  • Parking details

    Ample Free Parking in lot and street parking.

  • Public transit

    We are very close to the Del Mar Station for the Metrolink. We are about 3 blocks away.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,680 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Best Overall

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Healthy

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  1. K

    Kristin

    New Orleans

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had a scary moment where my boyfriend fainted twice! Waitstaff was incredibly helpful and kind. We’ll definitely be back again hopefully without the dramatics!
  2. RF

    RaymondF

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Stick to the pasta & Italian dishes. The mussels had very little meat in them and the sauce looked like dish water and was tasteless. Maybe the artichoke was out of season as it too had little meat on the leaves and too much salsa on it to compensate.
  3. GK

    GabrielaK

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Gale’s feels like a chill neighborhood Italian restaurant. My husband got the arrabiata which he said was good. I got the chicken piccata. The piccata was very pale pieces of chicken breast that looked more poached then sautéed. The sauce however was good. I’ve heard good things about the pizza so I will return for that.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal! Wonderful service! Definitely will come back!
  5. TM

    TheMichiganGourmet

    Los Angeles

    83 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very nice restaurant. Enjoyed outside seating. Service was great.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriends and I absolutely loved it. It was perfection as usual. We are looking forward to our next dining experience. Gale’s is by far our favorite.
  7. M

    Marloud

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, Gale’s never disappoints. This time I took my sister for her birthday lunch and we had a wonderful time - food was delicious, service was impeccable and we loved dining outdoor, underneath the tent! Thank you Gale’s.
  8. B

    Beverly

    Los Angeles

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service!
  9. L

    Loyality

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time at Gale‘s and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent. The restaurant was delightful and we will certainly go back.
  10. L

    Lunchalot

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We ate outside in the tent seating and it was lovely! Our waiter was fantastic, and helped me to find dishes that did not include ingredient that I am allergic to...quite a help. All in all we spent 3 hours and had a great time and delicious food.
  11. NH

    NancyH

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Lovely quiet outdoor patio and great food selection.
  12. ON

    Older7Nan

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Ordered from the regular menu and look forward to trying the specials of the day/week next time. Main dish meats were a bit disappointing but sides were excellent as were starters. It turned out to be a busy evening so our service in the end was slow; it was basically because they were very busy. Two tables were later seated with guests who spoke so loudly that their conversations were impossible to miss. Still, exceptional menu and flavors!
  13. P

    Pamelasue

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Treated us well. Great service. Food is fabulous. Everything is so fresh and yummy. Thank you.
  14. H

    Haroldy

    Los Angeles

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A great place with quality food, service, and fair pricing! If I could have rated this place a 4.5, I would have because everything was wonderful!
  15. r

    robin

    Los Angeles

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Consistently good food. Good service too. Cacio e pepe is a bit weak. Pork chop is incredible.
  16. OS

    OlgaS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty, great service, comfortable, not cheap, but reasonable, nice, and friendly
  17. K

    Kaye

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love, love, love Gale's. The food is delicious, especially the chicken cacciatore, the wine is great, and the service is fabulous. It is wonderful that the restaurant is open for lunch as well as dinner since a lot of restaurants are no longer open for lunch. Highly recommend!
  18. FF

    FoodFan55

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian food around... can't wait to go back!
  19. PB

    PeterB

    Los Angeles

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gale's never disappoints - excellent food, service and ambiance in a convenient neighborhood location with free parking. The complete dining package.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always fine dining! Always attentive prompt service! Always new menu options that are invariably excellent.
  21. SB

    SuzanneB

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very delicious food, overall good experience. Absolutely a gem in Pasadena, especially for Italian food.
  22. l

    localkb

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gales is always our go-to spot in Pasadena for great food and a friendly atmosphere. Everyone always makes you feel welcome and staff is terrific!
  23. j

    joseph

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great dining experience. Food, service, ambiance, the whole package. Clam chowder is absolutely the best. Never a bad meal in years of enjoying Gale's cuisine. Javier, a terrific Caballero.
  24. R

    Roseann

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gale’s is our family’s go-to restaurant for special occasions. It never disappoints.
  25. PP

    PatriciaP

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First visit since Covid. In the past we ate later, but having dinner at 5 00 was much more comfortable. Much quieter and allowed us to linger over our meal. The service was superb as we remembered from the past. It was really a fine dining restaurant, with a truly excellent meal.
  26. LB

    LizB

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gale's is a reliably good, local restaurant serving great comfort food. Service is always good.
  27. L

    Love2eat

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out of town cousins, GREAT food, excellent service. The staff at Gale’s always come through!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent!
  29. B

    Bigeater

    Orange County

    165 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    165 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always outstanding and the service is great as well.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was great. However, there was a dog at the table behind us. He was on a long leash and the owner allowed him to walk up to our table and sniff around. At one point the owner was tossing bread for the dog to catch and a young boy came up to the dog and the dog got very aggressive with the boy. He knocked him down and barked very aggressively. The boy was traumatized. And left crying with his father. The owner only said oh my dog just wants to play! NOT TRUE! Your dog IS AGGRESSIVE. This dog was not a service dog and should not be allowed in this environment. I don’t blame the dog but the owner and Gales. The owner should have had the dog on a tight leash under the table, not throwing food and Gales should enforce health code rules regarding pets!
  31. JC

    JesusC

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Date night and movie with my GF everyone always so great to us we discovered it about 2 weeks ago been back 5 times 😂 we love it
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been coming to Gales for quite a while now, and have never had a problem. The food is good, and they change up their specials fairly frequently. (I would suggest trying the specials, they’re unique and delicious!) The staff are all so nice and friendly, we’ve had many different waiters and waitresses, and they each seem to know and remember us. Gale is in the restaurant sometimes and when she is, she makes a point of coming to each table to see how your meal is going. Would highly recommend this restaurant, and would also suggest making a reservation ahead of time as they tend to be busy every time we’ve gone.
  33. JC

    JimC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    My wife had the shrimp scampi unfortunately the shrimp or boiled rather than grilled so not so great. I had the chicken cacciatore which was passable but nothing to ride home about. We were seated in the front dining area which was very very noisy. Lots of clattering dishes and chattering kitchen help.. so needless to say we will not be returning
  34. CM

    CarolynM

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Lovely Saturday late lunch with friends. Happy as always to be at Gale’s. Wonderful wait person whose name I don’t remember - sorry. Overall terrific, but coconut cake was a bit dry. Can’t score perfect every time I guess. We’ll be back. We were in the back room which we chose because it’s a little less crowded and not noisy as a rule.
  35. JC

    JesusC

    Los Angeles

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is always great the chicken Parmigiana is amazing
  36. BC

    BarbaraCo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, but the prices are kind of high, more so than I remember.
  37. BM

    BatzMaru

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    My third time here, food was okay. Didn’t think it was outstanding, maybe because it was early dinner and on a Tuesday after the holiday. They need to make a better expresso martini. It was horrible, it’s like they use regular coffee to make it. Have to remember not to order it here.
  38. r

    robin

    Los Angeles

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always delicious- only reason for a 4 is that we had to send a dish back. But otherwise great.
  39. B

    Beverly

    Los Angeles

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service!
  40. MS

    MelanieS

    Cleveland

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gales never disappoints! Best food and love the staff!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gale's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 432-6705.

Gale's is rated 4.7 stars by 2680 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today
Google Map for Gale's

452 South Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105

Additional information

  • Cross street

    California

  • Neighborhood

    Pasadena

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 3:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Ample Free Parking in lot and street parking.

  • Public transit

    We are very close to the Del Mar Station for the Metrolink. We are about 3 blocks away.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Leo

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (626) 432-6705

  • Catering

    Gale's menu adapts well to both office and personal catering. Check with us to see how our personalized menus can be tailored for your next event.

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