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The Hat

491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-1240
+1 626-449-1844
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good49%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pastrami” (45 reviews)
“sandwiches” (12 reviews)
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American, Fast food, Deli
491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-1240
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Reviewed 9 April 2018 via mobile

I have been to various Hats over the years and have found that the quality is the same at all of them. The pastrami is the best around, and the beef dip is good too.

Thank mpreston7
Reviewed 9 January 2018 via mobile

My brother lives nearby and told us this is the place to go for Pastrami. That's exactly what we ordered and a few minutes later we were sitting down with a split sandwich of pastrami fit for a king. The Hat is a no frills...More

Thank johninok
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

I had never eaten here before. I was impressed. The service was quick and efficient. The wait was minimal, and the place was packed.The food was outstanding! This will be my favorite pastrami place. The portions we're large, we could have split easily.

Thank 417peggyw
Reviewed 8 August 2017

This place is famous for its chili cheese fries...we made the mistake or getting the BBQ Beef sandwich. For $10, the BBQ beef sandwich is nothing more than slices of what tasted like processed roast beef smothered with what tasted like bottled BBQ sauce like...More

1  Thank Rogerdob
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Stopped in to grab some LA style pastrami and onion rings. They were very efficient and our food was ready in about 5 minutes. The staff were very nice and the restaurant was very clean. And the food was wonderful.

Thank NVMartha
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I have wanted to go here for years. I'm mad at myself for waiting so long. Yes it's been there forever. Yea everyone knows and loves it. But if you want a really great pastrami sandwich and equally good fries, I have found no better....More

Thank Jon B
Reviewed 2 July 2017

I go to The Hat every time I am in Pasadena. The portions are quite generous- huge! The service is fairly fast and the crew friendly enough. I usually go to The Hat once a year- and this year I brought my 19 year old...More

Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

First visit to The Hat with my husband & (adult) son. Delicious food, fairly fast service, although a wee bit pricey... too much for many students... otherwise would give 5 stars. Hubby had the hot pastrami & loved it. Son had turkey sandwich and I...More

Thank JeepMom05
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I have been going to this joint now for over 20 years. It is the place to go to get one of the best pastrami sandwiches in the San Gabriel Valley. While not cheap. My wife & I will split one of their sandwiches and...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 14 February 2017

You just can't beat The Hat. If you are a fan of the Pastrami Dip this is the best you can find. Come hungry as the portions are huge!

Thank Jim S
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October 15, 2016|
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Response from Elizabeth L | Reviewed this property |
This is not a good place for gluten free. The menu is large enough that you can find something, but I suggest you go elsewhere so you have a better selection.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-1240
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-449-1844
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