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Thu, 2/22
7:30 PM
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Booked 3 times today

Vertical Wine Bistro

638 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for a Date (8)
  • Romantic (7)
  • Special Occasion (6)
Wine Bistro serving California bistro- style menu. Over 420 wine selections, 50 by the glass and wine flights from around the world. Full bar and imported beers as well as draft.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Californian, American
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Hours of operation

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
Vertical Wine Bistro takes the quintessential notion of wine bar to new heights. Located in Old Pasadena, Vertical presents a welcome respite with its inviting atmosphere, dazzling wine list and delectable American bistro menu.
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Private party contact
Rick Liss: (626) 795-3999
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Cross street
Union St.
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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
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine
What 638 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.0  based on recent ratings
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We had a fantastic time! Rick, the owner came over and sat with us and had great conversation. The food was delicious. Everything that I have tried at this restaurant on their menu is amazing. I recommend this restaurant to all my friends. Love going there.

3.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

I've been to this restaurant before several times, think there is a new owner. The service was outstanding, but the food was really awful....soup was watery, lettuce in salad had brown edges and the menu had no prices for the set dinner service. Dinner and dessert were good, but not outstanding. I could see others in the restaurant looking a little confused and unhappy. It's too bad, the service was amazing and the location is awesome!

edto (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Worst place to spend your time. This restaurant doesn't worth a penny. They ruin our valentine dinner. There was no host to take care of customers. After 10 minutes waiting restaurant owner came to us and said there is no empty table and we have to wait even he did not ask us what time was our reservation. We wait almost one hour for a table then we found out about a very limited menu that wasn't our favorite, we asked for a regular menu but they said this is Valentin's special only. They could have notified people about the menu during reservation. We end up to leave the restaurant and looking for somewhere else to have our Valentin's dinner.

vipGaryJ (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent Valentine’s Day experience

AnonymousReviewer (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I fully enjoyed every minute of my experience with Vertical. What particularly made this night pop was not only the wonderful workers that made the experience but also the owner, whom made sure that everyone's needs are comfortably met. The team made this experience so absolutely enjoyable that it was hard to leave. The food was absolutely exquisite to the very last bite. The way the food was cooked and presented aligned with how perfect their service was. I would definitely be back. It was a marvelous experience.

SeldomScene (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2018

Overall a very good experience. They had no challenge handling a party of 9 on relatively short notice. Food was good. Wine was good. The only thing was the service - nice, polite, but a bit slow.

Most importantly, would I go back? Would the whole group back? Absolutely, no hesitation at all.

vipArroyo (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

We were headed to the theater after our meal, and requested that drinks, check be expedited, and servers did. Thank you!!

Loren (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

I have to admit were were a bit disappointed last time we dined here. They had wonderful wine options as usual but the food, while good, was rather uninspired. With so many great dining options in Pasadena they really need to put a bit more innovation in their menu choices.

RedHead918 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

We come here every Christmas season, as a special get-together with out-of-town friends. We really look forward to the new things on the menu and the old thins we enjoy. The host always comes over to make sure we are having the best time possible. Great service, and great wine choices! I try to come more than just at Christmas, but we would never miss our Christmas treat. It was the best. And thanks for also seating us at our favorite table!

Andrew (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Nice place for date. We were there on a Sunday night, and I think the only two people so service was attentive. Server knowledge of the wine, however, was sorely lacking. Food was good, although the scallops were terribly over-priced. The wines, the key reason we went, were OK: the whites needed to be chilled a bit more, and the selection was limited but the flight of bold reds was good.