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551 S Hill Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106-3443
+1 626-395-8200
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Buellton, California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Easter Brunch Easter Brunch at the Athenaeum is a special treat. Spending time where Einstein and similar have been is inspiring. The massive feast is presented on several tables and manned carving / serving stations. With reservations at the first seating we enjoyed the food area artistic and detailed set up before things were rearranged. Mr. Monk would approve of... More 

Thank Chuck246
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68 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

This classic campus location has a nice dining room and menu choices. I've had both breakfast and dinner, both very nice. The service level is first class, the ambiance is first class. It has ample parking and valet some busy nights

Thank BLRfromVF
Rome, Italy
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

This is the Caltech faculty club, and only members can access the restaurant. We were here with friends for the prime rib buffet. It was excellent, with an excellent service. We had a wonderful time.

1 Thank Eleonora_673
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

It was a wonderful moment staying this fantastic club - quite, considerate, with delicious food. You can just walk into the Caltech campus - bringing the memory of being a student there. The surrounding, the buildings are all the same even after so many years. definitely worthy every second of the stay.

Thank james z
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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133 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

This is the dining club at Cal Tech, and you must be a guest of one of the club members. The food is quite good, and the setting is lovely. It's old-fashioned, and elegant, like an Los Angeles movie set.

Thank Bahia123
Bristol UK
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016

I was there to do a lecture and was therefore treated to three breakfasts and a dinner. The accommodation was fine though one probably had to be a graduate of Caltech to work out the intricacies of the shower controls. The breakfasts were amazing . The highlight was a banana waffle piled high with strawberries. My diabetes nurse would have... More 

Thank hollerinzebra
Acton, Massachusetts, United States
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83 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2016

We visited Caltech and stayed at the Athenaeum, a historic building where many notable scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, have stayed. The hotel itself is full of antique furniture and grand paintings; my family and I stayed in the Millikan Suite. We watched the sun set from our room's balcony that overlooks the campus. The room was comfortable and very... More 

Thank Agnes Q
Midland, Michigan
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116 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016

I was giving a lecture at CalTech and was quite fortunate to be offered an overnight room at The Athenaeum. It is a museum! Beautiful old building with very interesting artwork and historic pieces. At breakfast, lunch and dinner all at The Athenaeum. All were interesting and very good. I couldn't resist the Banana Bacon Waffle for breakfast having never... More 

Thank Mark J
San Francisco, California
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2016

Attended a wedding/reception at the venue and also stayed here overnight. I can't comment on their typical dining experience, but my experience was fantastic. Venue: This is a gorgeous wedding venue. It may not be suitable for larger weddings, but should fit ~100 comfortably. See picture. Food: The lobster bisque was delicious. The steak was unexpectedly peppery, but also fantastic.... More 

Thank Felix H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2016

The Athenaeum offers both rooms for guests of the university and an elegant restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant is very elegantly designed, creating a great atmosphere for conversation. The food is excellent and there is a wonderful selection of Californian wines. It is also easy to take a stroll onto Caltech's campus or take a cab/Uber to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 551 S Hill Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106-3443
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-395-8200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?