About Vertical Wine Bistro

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.

70 N. Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:

Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am

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

Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am

Cross Street:
Union St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 795-3999

Website:
http://www.verticalwinebistro.com/

Parking Details:
Valet offered on both sides of Raymond - southbound or northbound

Public Transit:
Metro Gold Line 1 block away.

Executive Chef:
Joel Hernandez

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.

Private Party Contact:
Rick Liss: (626) 795-3999

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Live Music most Thursdays and Sundays

Vertical Wine Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

3.7

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (9)
Romantic (7)
Comfort Food (6)
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Special Occasion (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Cozy (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Live Music (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Fun (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Tapas (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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·Dined 4 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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food
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·Dined 7 days ago

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!

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent Valentine’s Day experience

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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Philadelphia)·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.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·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!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Really great food. The owner is very charming. The last two times we were here the service was extremely slow. “We aren’t serving decaf coffee tonight.” What? One dessert we ordered was served very differently than described on the menu, but when we brought it up to our waiter, he was like, “Oh well.” Still, the food is OUTSTANDING and Vertical is worth a visit.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Live Music, Disabled Access, Live Sports, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I have been a long time patron of Vertical, and made a reservation for 4 before a concert at the Rose. When I walked in the place was completely empty, and a man introduced himself as the new owner. We chatted for a few minutes until my group arrived, and were then seated. We were a little pressed for time but had 90 minutes to get through dinner. Still, service was extremely slow - although we were 4 of 6 total people in the restaurant. The waiter was generally invisible, we couldn't even get our water refilled. When our meal finally arrived we had been seated for almost an hour, and one dish - a steak - was overcooked. Again, invisible waiter, and it took ten minutes to send the steak back, and 15 more minutes to get it sent back out. In the end, we left only 20 minutes before the start of our concert. I spoke to the owner, on the side, and let him know how disappointed we were, and he apologized. HOWEVER, prior to that - he never came to our table to inquire, spent all his time at the bar drinking wine, and didn't offer any compensation such as taking the steak off of the bill, a round of drinks, etc.

I would NOT recommend Vertical for anyone at this point, and I suspect this place will be out of business before year end.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Walking in, the space looks very cozy and inviting. The decor is very nice and modern, although the fabric on the bench sitting desperately needs replacing.
The food was very mediocre and overpriced. The service was not great all. Very slow and had to ask twice for things. For the price, I was hoping for better.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The staff were very friendly, although not very attentive. The wine list was extensive, but very pricey. The food was mediocre at best. I really was looking forward to eating at this restaurant, but was really disappointed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Pleasantly surprised after not having been here for a few years; greeted by owner which was nice. Food was very good with adequate portions. Sishito peppers were delicious! Only odd thing was the small amount of bread/butter brought for 5 ppl; had to ask twice before more was brought. We’ll be back sooner.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Nice selection of wine by the glass and creative flights. Tasty and hearty food that was very reasonably priced. Friendly staff and good service

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Please read the private note...Please read the private note...Please read the private note...

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The restaurant had a lot of character but the dining room service was awful! We were the only people seated in the restaurant and the waiter was very distracted and even forgot our order returned about 15 mins later asked again oh what did you order? Bar service phenomenal

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Food was good. Nice choice of wines. The four of us each ordered a different dish and wine and each was happy. Service was pleasant, attentive and efficient. Desserts were meh but we really only wanted a bite of sweet to finish off our meal so it wasn't a big deal. We were there on a Tuesday night so were treated with a magic show that was quirky but fun. I would suggest to some friends that they go on a Tuesday but not every friend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The bar area is always busy and fun! But a quiet dinner can easily be had in the dining room if you go early--like before 8. Wonderful place!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Highly recommend! The food and dessert were delicious. The staff was very attentive and friendly. We were there to celebrate our birthdays and will definitely go back.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The owner and service staff were extremely friendly and very service oriented.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We always enjoy the ambiance and food at Vertical Wine Bistro!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We went to Vertical for a week night dinner, the food was good and service was great. We had the entire restaurant by ourselves and it was dead quiet. The manager came to greet us and and he was very nice and friendly. I wish more people will go and the ambience will be better. Maybe some music in the background will help.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

I like how easy it is to make a reservation at Vertical, especially for a larger table. Food was good, service was friendly, drinks were tasty. I find their interior to lack the charm you see in the lofted entryway with the plants and bistro lights. Don't get me wrong– the inside is nice; it just feel much more corporate, like a hotel bar/restaurant. Another knock: The music is too loud. They had a DJ spinning dance tracks at our late-night Saturday reservation, which would be fine except... it's not a club. It's not even a lounge, really. It looks like one. But it's not. It just doesn't attract that kind of crowd. Vertical also has this really weird magic show on Tuesday nights, which is definitely a turn off. Magic is just... so... corny! Vertical Wine Bistro has a lot of potential in general, I just think it needs to figure out what it wants to be.

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 28, 2017

We came for dinner because all the comments talked about how good the food was. Both my husband and I agree. Well flavored food, good portions.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Although noted as a wine bistro, we had a birthday dinner. The food was excellent and well prepared. It was better than some 5 star restaurants. However it was pricey for a wine bistro. The service was cordial. The bar area is good for a social setting.

Try the restaurant for a special occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Always a great place to visit have food and drinks

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 11, 2017

There was a magician! Haha

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 29, 2017

The most positive thing about our dinner was the quality of the food. I had a very tender perfectly cooked pork chop, with delicious mashed potato and spinach. We orderd a side of grilled asparagus that not only was tasty, but melted in our mouths. My son had the Seafood Pasta, and raved about all the wonderful flavors. My wife had the Duck Duet, that included a savory piece of fois gras. We all sampled that perfectly prepared morsel. Desert included a slice of magnificent key lime pie, and a perfect portion of NY cheesecake. We sat in the rear section of the restaurant near a window. That was fortunate, because the noise level in the bar and front seating area was close to 90 db. A wailing singer with a too big amplifier didn't add to the ambience at all.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Beautiful place with a really nice atmosphere and vibe. Service went downhill once our food was brought to the table. The bar scene was starting to happen and I think the staff just loses their concentration with the diners. Food was average, but the prices were fair. Many tables were empty and I got a reservation within a days notice, so that kind of tells you a lot right there. It's too bad because it's a really nice place.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Columbus)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Saw VWB on pinterest and we were immediately attracted by the ambiance. Dinner was delicious, but was very disappointed the chef ran out of the artichoke starter.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Very nice restaurant. The service was a little slow, but it had a very lingering vibe not inattentive. The food was delicious. It was not crowded, even on mother's day

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The decor is very Pleasant . The menu is creative with a good variety of choices for your main meal & lots of appetizers. A special menu with a Very Good Wine List and many Speciality drinks are also available.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Excellent food and great service. We really enjoyed ourselves. Great wine list. Food cooked perfectly. Will def return.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Always love the food here...surprised how it's never busy .

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 6, 2017

nice ambiance. good food, love the seafood. Service was a bit off but they gave us complimentary deserts to make up for it

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Vertical Wine Bistro is a little gem tucked away in old town Pasadena. The food and service were fantastic and we are looking forward to going back soon. For the appetizer we had the sautéd mushrooms, plenty for two people to share. For dinner we had the lettuce wedge and the rack of lamb - both excellent. It is on the second floor of a wonderful Pasadena Historical Building that does require using the stairs or the elevator - but it is worth it!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Live Music, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Our almost 3 hour dinner should have been more like 2 hours. We were stuck waiting 45 minutes when their credit card system went down with very little apology. It kind of summed up the whole evening though. Not enough wait staff, so our table along with the tables around us were constantly wondering where the waiters were.

Food and wine were decent, but not worth putting up with the service level here.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Super cozy and quiet spot for a good fancy dinner. The bar area was more hopping than the main dinning area but it's all good. Had the French connection and big blends flights of wine. You HAVE TO try the calamari & mushroom appetizers. So good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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