Permanently Closed - Vertical Wine Bistro

4.3
730 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
This restaurant is permanently closed. 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.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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FfaelanC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this place. We go a lot. But I wish they had more vegetarian options.

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vipJimM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service !! Went there before the Rolling Stones Concert and the staff made sure we were on schedule. Great place and we will be back ! Rick the owner is a wonderful guy, I left my credit card by mistake, and could not get back there due to being at the concert, Rick was kind enough to drop it off at my hotel as I was leaving early the next day ! How about that ??

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LizetteL
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time and we came to celebrate my birthday. Let’s just say they really made it special. Not only did they bring over a piece of cheesecake for me but the store owner brought over a glass of champagne for us to cheer. It was an extra gesture that really made it special. Thank you for going the extra mile to please your guests!

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Sara
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good ambiance. Definitely has potential to be a social space. Goat cheese pizza is a great. Great service. They have wine and non-wine options . Wish they had a few more merlot options during happy hour, but overall it's a good experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner ! All four of our meals were delicious! Very relaxing atmosphere. All around amazing evening. We will definitely come again .

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vipCrew
Los Angeles
185 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Super dining venue, great ambiance in both the bar and dining areas. Fun wine flights available, as well as many interesting wine choices. Fried calamari and Shishito peppers were light and crispy, very flavorful. Both steaks and lamb chops were well prepared and delicious. Really nice place, we'll be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Worst service ever. Thought I was being pranked. Never going back.

JC
JosephC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was extremely slow. There was a dinner party that seemed to occupy our server. Food was okay but not worth coming back for.

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jasong
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was good. The service was atrocious. Having a place that charges as much for food as some other Pasadena places but have very poor service just doesn’t cut it.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so pleasantly surprised by this restaurant. We don’t know the area well and we chose it because it was close to the Pasadena Civic, where we were seeing a show. Now we are hoping to find another concert to attend just so we can return to this lovely restaurant. Rick, the owner spent quite a bit of time with us, sharing the history of the historic building. It was a perfect place to celebrate my mom’s birthday.

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well it was my very first date with my new girlfriend. A friend recommended to me to take this special lady to Vertical in Pasadena. So we went to Vertical. From the moment we sat down we both were treated like royalty. The service was great, and the ambience was perfect for a first date. The food was absolutely delicious! Throughout the evening the owner would drop by every now and then to ask us how everything was going. By the way 2 thumbs up to the owner because he is a true gentleman and an awesome person.
The drinks were great and my date and I were totally blown away by how wonderful our 1st lil dinner date went! I would highly recommend the Vertical restaurant to anyone looking for a place to enjoy a meal in Pasadena.

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vipTField
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are still talking about our great evening at Vertical Wine . From the moment we walked in we were greeted with a smile , nice conversation and sat at a table we requested . The owner went out of his way as well as our server to make sure our drinks , food and evening were up to our expectations. The food was delicious and they had a variety of choices for our different palates . We will be back again especially when they have entertainment and not needing to get to a play .

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
66 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for dinner!

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Mimi
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine bar had a lounge feel. I heard music as I walked in the door and not too loud. The waiters let me choose where I wanted to sit. The drinks came quick and were delicious. The food was made to look like art. A gentleman came in and began playing his guitar while singing, he was so talented. I had such an enjoyable experience I would definitely go again. Thank you Vertical Wine bar owner and staff.

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aMAYzing
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bone marrow was delicious. Service was great. Ambiance is lounge-y with candles and exposed brick. Calamari was subpar but everything else was right on the money.

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Drew
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warmly greeted by Paul i believe was the owner..... they have two sections - outside long table seating and inside dining room seating. If you want noise, energy, people watching, be at the outside section. I love the energy and the friendly attentive bartenders and waitresses. However, i needed an environment for conversations so i opted to sit inside their more "formal" dining section. Very nice and quiet. Wine selection is amaze and food was done well.
What a gem i found!!

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vipCTAP
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girl’s Night Out!

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EdgarA
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The feel of this restaurant was amazing! Great ambiance from the moment you walk in and make your way upstairs you get absorbed and are taken back by the Beauty and cleanliness!! Great drink selection! The staff are great and very attentive , even the owner took the time to acknowledge us and greet us . But the best part of my night was definitely the food!! One of the best steaks I’ve had In a long time !

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Normie
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Loved it and I would go back but not order the sea food pasta! Instead I would order the rack of lamb!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

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Evie
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great venue for celebrating a friend’s birthday! Our first visit, great food and wine, attentive service -we will return.

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PauletteB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious - everything was cooked to perfection and the service was very good. The waiter was well informed and very attentive. We can't wait to go back.

JC
JamesC
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience4

On Saturday, I brought wife for dinner. We could tell immediately that they were understaffed. We opted to stay. The food was good, but the service slow and inattentive. When our entrees arrived we had no place settings. I waited a few minutes and took a couple knives and forks off a nearby table. That’s just ridiculous when you’re asked to pay 140 bucks for two. The waiter wanted to do better but he was spread to thin. The management appeared lackluster and indifferent.

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BrianC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The service was surprisingly bad. Food was decent. Really great ambiance. I hope they get it together.

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SteveM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Incredibly slow service, seemed liked they were short handed. Ordered steak medium and it came out essentially rare. Didn't send it back because I didn't want to wait longer. Also, when steak came out it didn't come with the sauce described on the menu. I asked for sauce and it was brought out much later in a plastic cup. Really?!!

Waiter was nice and provided a free desert.

I can't imagine every going here again.

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Geovani
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Live music and great wine. Was a great place to spend valentines night at. The service was impeccable with no complaints.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was nice and memorable. Ruben was terrific. Needs a bit brushing up on his wine pairings but offered great service. I enjoyed the live music but it was a little loud considering it was valentine’s day.

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CaryT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Incredible salmon, probably the best I've ever had. Drinks were overpriced but I would still recommend this place to my friends.

LJ
LarryJ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I have been wanting to try this restaurant for a while and it didn’t disappoint. The food and service was excellent and I’d suggest coming for happy hour before dinner to take advantage of the drink specials.

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vipKizayaro
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

This place has potential, but weak service, not only slow, but poor attention to detail. Glasses all seemed dirty, table settings for four remained during our entire meal, even though only two diners, and one of two diners had empty wine glass with both manager and server walking by many times. Too many great places in Pasadena to go back.

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vipnorth
Atlanta
65 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience4

We were there 2 hours and couldn’t get service to save our life! All we got were drinks and an appetizer in that time and finally found our server to tell him to box our meals up, which he couldn’t understand after 2 hours! Won’t be back ever again! And when we opened up our boxed meals at home, they were the WRONG MEALS!! Ruined our anniversary totally....

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StanleyL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Execellent service. Our waiter was very friendly and shared interesting stories of the building history. It was a quiet evening on a Friday night. It was about 1/3 occupied at 8pm.

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vipJohnb
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice place with good food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great for a NYE celebration!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Owner was wonderful but the NYE preset menu, lack of service, and truly odd experience led to my 1 star review.

Vertical Wine Bistro - Permanently Closed
Responded on January 5, 2019

Hello. My name is Ole and I am one of the owners here at Vertical. I will agree with your comments, as I myself witnessed issues early on. I could tell right away that we were in for a rough night. There are no excuses. It just chalks up to a bad day at work.... Yours and everyone else's satisfaction is our #1 priority and I apologize that we were not on top of things on such a special occasion. If you were to give us a chance to redeem ourselves, I am sure that you would not be disappointed.

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barbpf
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience4

My husband and I went on New Years Eve at 5:30. We got there 5 minutes early and we’re directed to bar to wait until our table was ready. Other people came while we were waiting and were seated. I asked the owner if he forgot about us and at that time we were seated - 5:50. Was a 3 course fixed menu. We waited and waited- there was one waitress for our section. Approximately 30 minutes after being seated she came to take our order. There were 4 tables of 2 and one of 4 persons in this area. Our order arrived and my husband got a luckwarm soup and I received the wrong salad. Salad was sent back and exchanged. Main course lobster arrived which was also barely warm. Desert was a scoop of ice cream for my husband and I had a chocolate eclair. Bill total $179. Left restaurant at almost 8pm. Will not return. The owner made rounds with the customers and we shared our thoughts with him as did others who were not happy🙁

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Teddy
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must try, you will not be disappointed. We are return customers and others we have recommended to were pleased as well.

JM
JohnM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had my first date with my wife at this place, as well as several anniversaries. The food and atmosphere gets better with every visit.

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AmyW
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about Vertical Wine Bistro!
We had been at the Huntington Library, and I’d randomly picked the Bistro on Open Table. What a winner!
The clams and calamari made for wonderful appetizers. The bar drinks were well-poured and tasty.
The duck and lamb entries were cooked to perfection, and our friend loved his filet mignon. And what’s not to love about creme brûlée for dessert?
Our waitress was attentive and helpful. The owner stopped by our table and shared the restaurant’s and building’s history. (The restaurant is located in historic old Pasadena and the wrought iron stairway in the courtyard is stunning. There’s an elevator available.)
Next time we are in Pasadena, we will definitely be back at the Vertical Wine Bistro!

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Teddy
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Worth checking out, beautiful decor, separate dining areas, food prepared as ordered and good. Only draw back was our server was a little hard to understand on explaining menu and wine selections and our appetizer took long, only 4 other tables seated in our area, but we weren't in a hurry, was worth the wait. Our entrees were on time and delicious. Definitely give it a try, we'll be returning for sure!

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Permanently Closed - Vertical Wine Bistro is rated 4.3 stars by 730 OpenTable diners.