Vertical Wine Bistro

4.4
694 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
Using inspiration from a vast culinary background, our chefs utilize only the freshest ingredients when crafting our menu. Every meal is a journey that we value and appreciate the opportunity to be a part of. Serving California bistro-style menu with a vast wine selection, by the glass and by the bottle, including wine flights, whiskey flights and beer flights to the delight of everyone's palate. Full bar includes domestic and imported beers, as well as draft.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, American
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Hours of operation
Dinner:

Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
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Phone number
(626) 795-3999
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Joel Hernandez
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Private party facilities
Looking for a private room for a corporate event, reception, or birthday celebration? Vertical Wine Bistro offers you an exclusive room located in Old Pasadena. Vertical presents a welcome respite with its inviting atmosphere, dazzling wine list, full bar and delectable American bistro menu.
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Private party contact
Rick Liss: (626) 795-3999
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between Union and Holly
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Parking details
Valet offered on both sides of Raymond - southbound or northbound
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Public transit
Metro Gold Line 1 block away.
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Special events & promotions
Live Music most Thursdays and Sundays
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

RING IN THE NEW YEAR! Call (626) 795-3999 to make your reservations now. Two seating times: 5:30 pm ($89/person) and 8:00 pm ($109/person, includes champagne toast, party favors). Early evening, music by Thee Travis Miller and late evening, DJ Justin Aldridge will get the party started!!!

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 694 People Are Saying
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C
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Pasadena. The food was excellent, the service was perfect and the ambiance was romantic with the dimmed lighting, fireplace, and comfy booths. It's a great date place!

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KG
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We love Vertical. The owner Richard is a gem and pays special attention to his customers.
The wait staff is very attentive and nice. Food is good. You can have a great conversation in the restaurant area while there is a more lively bar scene in the front area and its never too loud.

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JK
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I had a reservation for 12 for a business dinner. When I arrived they were unprepared for our party. There was no table ready for us and no room for us in their nicer dining area. We were placed in the more casual side of the restaurant which was fine, but the service was spotty at best. Water glasses remained empty for far too long. Part of the table got their drink order taken and then the server randomly left without helping the others at the table. It looked like she was a little overwhelmed. Also, one of the diners had a piece of plastic from something in the bottom of her water glass. On the positive side, everyone’s dish was delivered to the table at the same time and the food was good. I might go here again for a glass of wine and some apps but wouldn’t recommend having a larger group eat here.

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MC
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We’ve been here maybe 2 years ago and the vibe was very different : lively , crowded. This time on a Sat night and the restaurant was almost empty. Food was so so, so not sure what happened.

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JO
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cocktails! Our server was spectacular.

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KO
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great ambiance, and friendly staff. The beef bourguignon nacho was surprisingly yummy.

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DF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Great vibe! Definitely will go back again. Love that owner took the time to check we enjoyed ourselves and provided a tour and background info.

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JE
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Waited an hour for our food (just 2 of us). Calamari was poor. Better off going to a chain, better tasting and cheaper. Waiter was excellent and apologetic. Did not like host/manager. Menu stated happy hour yet the check did not reflect that. Brought it up to the manager and he said thats only if you eat at the bar. If that's the case, menu should say that. Comped the appetizer, yet he acted as if he was doing me a favor since we "misunderstood" about happy hour. Sea bass was salty and the potatoes that came with the steak were sad and watery. Overpriced and definitely not worth the wait. Best part of the restaurant was the entrance before getting in

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XS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food delicious

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VR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

The service was the main issue. Very poor and slow even though not many people in the restaurant. Food was pretty good but a bit on the salty side. Ambiance great. Little overpriced

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome owner and awesome restaurant. The owner came and sat down with us and wanted to just get to know us better. All was just amazing and wonderful. They also have jazz nights and a dj with top 40 music. Great restaurant and yummy food.

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RD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! It’s one of our go-to spots in Pasadena.

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LB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service outstanding from beginning to end. Jass live music pleasant surprise. Ambiance was amazing specially for age group 30-55 - not for clubbing crowd. Elegant yet warm and friendly. FOOD IS DELICIOUS!

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F
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to patron as always. Brought a friend from overseas and she enjoyed the ambiance and decor.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My dad and i came for dinner on my last night in town and we had a great experience. The staff was awesome, accommodating and attentive. The food was delicious. I had the sea bass and my dad had the duck. Both were cooked to perfection. The highlight was the wine and cheese plate we ordered. A very nice place, we will definitely return!

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MA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We rsvp a birthday dinner for 10. We arrivistes a little early but where sat down by a beautiful window next to a great musician. The restaurant had great ambience and was beautiful. Our server was great, very accommodating. Half of our party showed up after us and she was able to greet and serve everyone.

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went here for a double date/to celebrate a birthday and it was the perfect place for the occasion. The owner welcomed us when we arrived and we ordered drinks from the friendly bartender while we waited for our friends. We we're seated as soon as we got there and ordered a cheese plate with choices recommended by our server which were fantastic! Our food was very good and they even brought out a delicious slice of cheese cake on the house for the birthday girl. The atmosphere is great for a fun night out whether you just want some drinks and apps or a full meal. Definitely recommend checking this place out.

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K
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

If you are going for a romantic dinner request the back room. Front dinning room is noisy from the bar. area.

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TV
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 5

The wine menu is great. The menu itself is impressive. BUT do not order the shrimp cocktail. For the price, it’s a rip off. Your basically getting Costco shrimp. That was disappointing. Calamari was good. I ordered the New York steak. Very thin and over cooked. My brusssel sprouts were burnt. But the atmosphere was great.

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RR
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife Yvette and I Celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a large group of friends and family on Saturday night but also had an intimate dinner on Friday night alone. We can’t thank Rick and his staff (especially Martha) enough for the best times ever. Everyone loved the ambiance of the place, the food and the wine & cocktails. We couldn’t have been treated better, thanks again. We would recommend this wonderful place to everyone.
Rick & Yvette

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ES
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It's a wine bar, but when we asked for the wine list, beyond what is poured by the glass, the waitress looked at us like we were crazy. She called it the bible, cute...but then followed up by saying she knows nothing about it and couldn't tell us anything beyond what they serve by the glass. Again, I repeate, this place has "wine bar" in its name. The owner was sweet and went around greeting the tables but no one could tell us what was served with one of the steaks. Really? Does anybody read the menu at this place? I got the duck and it was pretty meh.

The raw bar menu is really good and a great value, but you have to ask for it so if you don't know they serve seafood platters than you would never know. The only reason I asked for it was b/c I read the menu before reserving a table and chose the location b/c of the raw bar...so I would have been really upset if that wasn't actually menu offering. Overall, it was a fine experience, but memorable for the irony of it all rather than its exceptional nature.

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MG
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was a GREAT find! There were 5 of us and we all truly enjoyed the wine and the food. The servers were so helpful and very attentive to all our needs. They offered great suggestions for drinks and food for our entire stay. Great vibes and great place to chill. We will be back!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Lovely manager!! waiter mixed up the drink order. Was totally empty. Left bf dinner.

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HP
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my most favorite places in LA area.

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EP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location to be able to start with Happy Hour and finish with a nice sit down dinner. Location was great and easy to find. There was a variety of food, and it was very delicious. As for drinks, there was a great selection of wines, beers, and mixed drinks. Will recommend to someone on a date, or after work. This place was great on a Friday evening!

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N
Los Angeles
73 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved the mystic as you climb up the vintage looking staircase to the restaurant entrance. Upon entering the energy was vibrant due to a small crowd celebrating a birthday at the bar. We were given a table by a window quite a few steps away from the bar. This was awesome since the wall that separted us from the bar kept the noise down. I really wanted to enjoy my husbands conversation and I was able to. Our window allowed us to peak over a few brick buildings that had several lighted strings of round bulbs illuminating a pathway used by pedestrians. It was quite romantic since we were dinning during dusk hours. I ordere the Pan-Seared Salmon. The presentation was unique and quite creative. The salmon layed over a bed of green lentils and a sunny side egg topped the salmon quite flirtatious. My first bite introduced me to an amazing mix of flavors which actually began a festive moment in my mouth. I loved it. The salmon was not overpowering and seared to perfection which I enjoyed very much. I paired my meal with a glass of Rascal Jolivet and it was magnificent. The owner of the establishment presented him self to us and I found him quite charming. He made us feel very welcomed. We can't wait to return.

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KO
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant that has an interior design that would be appropriate in Architectural Digest. I recommend the new salmon entree with risotto as a side. Sit near the DJ if you want an energetic night. Otherwise dine in the private area to allow for a quiet conversation with family, friends, or acquaintances. For dessert go with the creme brûlée.

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l
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s great place , service is good considering there was only one waiter that was serving everyone. Great food too it was very tasty .

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N
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made my daughter's birthday very special. Love your menu and wine selection. My family and I were very satisfied and will return in future. Nancy

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C
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We would have given this restaurant 5 stars , however we had to be searching for our waiter, once he came he was very friendly . We were celebrating my nieces 27 th bday . Was our 1st time for all four of us, pay a little more attention to your guests next time
Thank you

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J
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for fine dining! They got everything right.

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A
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bar bites. Mac n cheese was awesome. Loved the wine and the chat with the owner. Super nice and friendly place.

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OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time at Vertical Wine Bistro. The server was extremely attentive and sweet! The manager even stopped by to say hello and introduce himself. They also had a great jazz band playing in the lounge area, but it wasn’t too loud that it bothered us in the dining room.

All in all, it was a great experience, and I would love to go back!

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A
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class foodie option in Solvang, featuring prix-fixe, small plates and local ingredients. A very nice place to savor your latest bottle after a long day of wine tasting.

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a
Los Angeles
226 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A friend recommended Vertical Wine Bistro to me for a small group dinner - great recommendation! We had a wonderful dinner - fantastic food and friendly, attentive service.

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening for our anniversary dinner on Saturday. We had not been before and loved the quaint nook entrance upstairs. We had an early dinner reservation and at 6pm we were the only people until a family came in at 6:30 and then a few patrons at the bar arrived a bit later. The fact the restaurant was empty did alarm us since we expected it to be crowded on the eve of Father's Day. However, presentation and meal were excellent. We started with the calamari and a great light red bottle of wine. My husband order a steak and I, the halibut. Truly tasty on all counts. Rick, the owner made sure to come by and introduce himself and stayed an extended time chatting about the roots of the establishment. He explained later in the evening they were going to have live music at the bar. We enjoyed the vibe of the restaurant and hope that the lack of patrons is not the norm. We wanted quiet and less crowds for our evening, so it felt to us like a great little secret of Old Town Pasadena...but they surely can't survive when it's that slow. We hope business continues to go well for them and look forward to going again.

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DR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vertical Bistro is one of our favorite hidden gems--great wine list, excellent cuisine and one of the best Manhattans in Pasadena. I recommend it for a wonderful date night, but we also take our young kids (10 & 7) there. It is truly a hidden gem!

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KF
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Very Disappointing. Very expensive for unimaginative and bland food. Nice ambiance but the food needs to justify itself when you pay for $30-40 entrees.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was ok.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Mama’s Day. Other than the service lacking a bit. Not sure why...it was late in the day and they weren’t busy at all...it was very nice and I’d definitely come back.

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