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Reviewed April 20, 2024

The entrance on a side alley behind a large tented area for outside dining is unpretentious, as looked inside the tent. Inside the restaurant is functionally and pleasantly decorated for two areas seating about 90. Once passed the shock of being served a first course...of cacio y pepe when the order had been for carpaccio the service was elegant and efficient. Experienced male servers added much to the ambiance of the restaurant and, given the excellence of the food, one could easily have been in Italy. The Italian Tuna Salad made with the preferred canned tuna was fresh and zesty while the Mussels were a good sized serving of plump mussels. A reasonably priced bottle of Prosecco added to the flavor of the meal and the finish with espresso and an Amaro typified a long, leisurely Italian lunch. We would have spent longer but the wooden chairs, without and seat padding, were most uncomfortably hard - could it be designed to accelerate table turnover? Parking in the adjacent, shared lot is straightforward.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 15, 2024

The food was terrific, and the staff was great. Really great choice for Italian. Range of food was really good and everything was delicious.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 25, 2024

This is a great restaurant for a special evening! The salmon was exquisite. The wine, Olema Pinot was just right for our meal. The spinach lasagna was also great. The service was just right--not hovering, but helpful and knowledgeable. The Caesar salad was just okay.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed January 3, 2024

Gale's is an authentic Italian dining experience with very good service and an inviting dining room. Their calamari appetizer is not to be missed! This is a friendly restaurant with food that won't disappoint.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 27, 2023

We dined here just before Christmas. The service was excellent and attentive, and the food (white pizza!) was unlike anything I've ever had before. Several people I went with had various pastas and seafood and were impressed. We look forward to going back again soon!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 6, 2023 via mobile

We went to dinner here on basis of the reviews. Overall it’s fine and has a great atmosphere and out waiter , Anthony, was excellent. Our starters were very good , however our main courses took an eternity to arrive and were at best average.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed February 2, 2023 via mobile

Every meal I’ve had here has been excellent, from traditional Italian dishes to fish specials. It is the place I always take visitors and always choose for special occasions. The outdoor tented area is especially accessible for guests using assistive devices ( wheelchairs/walkers etc) with...great heaters when necessary. The bread with dipping oil and vinegar starts the meal and interesting salads and a steamed artichoke are favorites. Fish specials from halibut to sea bass are always delicious and they pride themselves on rosita dishes. Save room for their coconut cake or take home a slice. The service is always excellent and we look forward to daily specials!More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed January 5, 2023 via mobile

This restaurant has a great ambiance, fantastic food but unfortunately, the poor service takes a lot of the wonderful culinary experience. The servers are kind but I don’t think they were trained well on how to give good service. Please take the consideration that when...you go to a restaurant this quality, having to request water, request being served, find a server and ask them to remove the empty plates, so you can order dessert, it takes away the culinary experience. This is a constructive review because the food and place is fantastic.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed April 9, 2022

I'm a regular at Gale's, and the food is always excellent, the service great, and I've enjoyed the Pavilion seating. We had a gathering of 6 last Thursday, and service was even more special--with Gabe. We were a bit disjointed, as two of our party...were late. But Gabe smoothly timed everything so we could eat together and still make the MUSE/IQUE event. Even more, he intuited our drink orders--recognizing when a friend emptied her glass and was viewing the wine list again. I've always found him to be an exemplary server and charming to boot.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 27, 2022

We've been to Gale's a couple of times before and had great experiences each time. We decided to take some visiting friends from Pheonix there recently, and Gale's was a hit. Great food, wine and the staff is simply amazing. Friendly, warm and welcoming. We'll...be back!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 14, 2022

What a delight in every way to dine at Gale's in Pasadena. We arrived a few minutes early of our reserved time, and despite the restaurant being busy, we were seated right away. We selected a table outside in the front where there are just...3 tables, instead of being in the outside pavilion or inside with the majority of folks. There were heat lamps and we received attentive and excellent service from Esteban the whole evening. The prices are reasonable and we were not charged to have the kitchen split our meal, which was a nice treat. Delicious bread and salad with fresh carved parmesan cheese on the salad. Nice wine list. It was an A+ evening!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed September 29, 2021

We were a party of six was called in advance. The tables didn't have napkins and silverware, it took 15 minutes just to get a waiter. When we got him he was very inexperienced. We tried to buy dinner for another couple that we knew...in the restaurant who just happened to be there. He screwed it up and didn't seem to know what I was talking about. By the time we realized what was going on, our friends were already paying their bill, not knowing that we were trying to make a gift. I complained to the waiter and asked for the manager. The manager came over and apologized but he also didn't seem to get it. But worst of all, the bread was terrible. Not cooked, or not allowed to rise before they cooked it, so it was gummy. Ugh. Very disappointing. That would never happen at the Il Fornaio, or Celestino, which are the other good Italian restaurants in town. Their bread is a signature and prelude of what is to come. The chef needs to get back to the drawing boards. The food was tasty, but that's what is expected, particularly at their prices.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 11, 2021

I saw the great reviews and wanted to try something new for my 10th wedding anniversary. I asked for a romantic table. We were ushered to a corner table on the "patio" which is really a converted part of the parking lot. So, I'm staring...at industrial parking lot lighting and vinyl curtains! Wow, how unromantic can you get?!? The service was also subpar. I was constantly looking for our waiter and had to flag down numerous others to fill in for the lack of attention from our waiter. Again, not what I want on any occasion but especially this one. The meal I ordered was wrong and so, my wife is eating her entree as I am waiting for the correct meal to show up and they still didn't get it right!!! My God, how does this place get 4.5 stars? They lost me, for sure! $180 poorly spent.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed March 21, 2021

In a pandemic we ordered a birthday dinner to go and we were not disappointed. Visiting mom from out of town we took a chance and we were very pleased with classic lasagna, caeser salad, garlic bread and their signature coconut cake, and a tiramisu....Really tasty, and I say that as a foodie from a coastal town dominated by Italian restaurants. We will return.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed November 29, 2020

The food was exquisite, and our waiter, Raul, provided attentive, but not over bearing service. Yes, you are outside and very well spaced, but the heaters keep you warm.

Date of visit: November 2020
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GALE'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT AND BAR, Pasadena - Updated 2024 Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Reservations - Tripadvisor

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Gale's Italian Restaurant and Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4