About Gale's

452 South Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Gale's Restaurant is a totally local spot. It offers remarkably solid Northern Italian fare just down the road from all the hubbub. Couples, families and friends that seem to have just finished a day outdoors snuggle among the brick walls and small marble tables, drinking wine from elegant Brighton goblets. Start it off with a Burrata Salad or a steamed artichoke and then move on to the country-style Tuscan steak or one of the house made ravioli specials. For dessert, don't miss the Tiramisu or the Coconut Cake which is uncommonly tasty. The wine list is a favorite among the guests for it's variety and excellent value.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Pizzeria

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
California

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 432-6705

Website:
http://www.galesrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Gale's menu adapts well to both office and personal catering. Check with us to see how our personalized menus can be tailored for your next event.

Parking Details:
Parking in lot and street parking.

Public Transit:
We are very close tothe Del Mar Station for the Metrolink. We are about 3 blocks away.

Executive Chef:
Fausto Tinelli

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

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food5
ambience4
service4
value5

Gales - Always comes through

vip
Dined 3 days ago

Had another nice meal at Gales last week. Started with the bruschetta as usual and it was nice. Ordered a great bottle of chiant classico in the $60 dollar range that went very well with our meals. We orderd entrees we had not had before and both were excellent, chicken cacciatore and chicken parmesan. All in all a great meal at a good price.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great local spot for good food, wine and ...

Dined on April 25, 2016

Great local spot for good food, wine and service. Yolanda, hostess, was a good representative of the staff up front, kept us informed on status of my favorite table (worth the wait) and had a friendly attitude while handling all the incoming diners. Spinach salad is delicious as well as the pasta dishes which were not drowning in sauce. Excellent restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

A bit disappointing

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

We have been dining at Gale's for many years and always enjoy the food. This visit was no exception. My problem is that I booked this visit through Open Table to celebrate my husband's birthday with family, and i specifically noted the celebration on the reservation screen. In addition, my husband opened gifts from family members, something the staff could not have failed to notice. Yet his birthday was not acknowledged by the restaurant in any way. Very disappointing.

food4
ambience4
service4

Lamb rack was delicious, service was exc ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

Lamb rack was delicious, service was excellent.

food5
ambience5
service3
value5

Great food, great setting

Dined on April 24, 2016

The food is always great at Gales, never disappointed. And great setting. The only problem I had with this dining experience was the wait. We had a reservation for 4 & we still had to wait 45 min. Very frustrating & disappointing. Hosts were not very accommodating, but our server made up for it. She was very sweet & helpful.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Always a Solid Choice

Dined on April 22, 2016

Two of us took a work colleague to lunch in honor of her upcoming wedding. As usual, the food at Gale's was very good. Two of us had the crab cake salad special, and the bride-to-be had pizza and salad. I had not tried the pizza before, and I really liked my sample. Plus the service is always friendly and excellent. We ended the meal sharing a tiramisu which is so yummy. The only negatives are the noise level in the restaurant and the parking lot which was full during lunch. We we were able to find a spot on Fair Oaks after circling the block. Will definitely be back.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Dinner at Gale's is always delicious! O ...

Dined on April 21, 2016

Dinner at Gale's is always delicious! Our table of four thoroughly enjoyed a fish dish, salads and the mushroom ravioli special. Thank you for always being so consistently good!

food5
ambience4
service4
value4

Never disappointed and always pleased

Dined on April 17, 2016

The restaurant is in an unexpected location and you always feel like you're in on a secret to get a table at this exceptional restaurant. The food is great and prepared with nice nuances that make you want to come back and try a different dish.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

Great dinner

Dined on April 17, 2016

We had a great dinner with wonderful service. The pastas and the salads were delicious. It is loud but lots of fun too.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Always great food and service. Thanks

vip
Dined on April 16, 2016

Always great food and service. Thanks

food3
ambience3
service4
value3

Crabcake Salad Special

vip
Dined on April 15, 2016

My crabcake salad was good. My fiance's pasta special (chicken ravioli) in a cream sauce and goat cheese. I may have ordered this myself but I do not care for goat cheese. His glass of wine was good. Best part tiramisu' Serveur was excellent.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

I have been here three times and have ne ...

Dined on April 14, 2016

I have been here three times and have never been disappointed with any aspect of of meal or service. They make a real effort to make you feel included. It is clearly a place regulars gather and has very welcoming feel. Their daily freshly prepared specials are a sure bet. Generally pretty busy so make reservations.

Tags: fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience4
service2
value3

Nice food but...

vip
Dined on April 13, 2016

Ok so I like Gale's, I really do. Unfortunately service is up and down all the time and it's not even a matter of the actual waiters or waitresses. So I get there, get seated, waitress is very friendly, when we are done with our meal she has gone on break and we didn't know about it so the only waitress available is running around like crazy serving the whole restaurant and we have to wait 20 minutes for our bill. Not the greatest of experiences. But will not

food5
ambience4
service5

Love, loved everything! Delicious!! But ...

Dined on April 9, 2016

Love, loved everything! Delicious!! But my only complaint is that the tables are too close together - it was difficult to have a conversation with my husband.

food3
ambience4
service4

Just okay. Although you tell they use qu ...

vip
Dined on April 8, 2016

Just okay. Although you tell they use quality ingredients the tomato sauce seriously lacks full flavor. It's like they use more salt instead of fresh herbs and spices. So therefore most dishes kinda are a let down since you need tomato sauce in most of them. Service started off amazing and became slower through out the night. But they were all very nice. I like the rustic look of the place. I so wish the sauce was better.

food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Everyone's dinner was delicious!

Dined on April 8, 2016

The service was great and the waiter was friendly. All in all a really great dining experience. We went for a birthday dinner and the birthday girl got to choose a dessert.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience3
service3
value4

Busy and Crowded

Dined on April 3, 2016

On a Saturday night, the place is hopping. Very crowded and very noisy. The food, however, was worth it. Well-prepared and tasty. It is a little cramped as well, but not a major negative.

Tags: kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

90th Birthday Party

Dined on April 2, 2016

We had a party of eleven and the food and service were impeccable. Every dish was delicious and the servers did a great job of taking care of us without being intrusive.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Family Meeting

Dined on March 30, 2016

I met my sibling there, all with our spouses. We selected it because it was central to the various directions we were coming from. The food was great, service was outstanding, very attentive to every need and definitely wanting to please. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Tags: neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always great food

Dined on March 25, 2016

One of our favorite restaurants. The food and service are always great. The on the house biscotti that comes after every meal is delicious and greatly appreciated.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Night Out With The Girls...

Dined on March 20, 2016

My milestone celebration was perfect, great friends, food and service! Gabriel and Josh took wonderful care of all of us!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5

Gale's is a family favorite. The staff i ...

vip
Dined on March 14, 2016

Gale's is a family favorite. The staff is warm and attentive. The delicious bread is freshly baked with a crisp crust. The simple salad that comes with most meals is fantastic! The dressing is perfect. I am thinking of its taste and composition now as I write this and my mouth is watering. The lasagna is my favorite "comfort" entree. The homemade coconut cake is the perfect finish.

food5
ambience4
service4

Good service

Dined on March 14, 2016

Good service

food4
ambience3
service2
value3

Great Food, Off Night For Service

Dined on March 13, 2016

Seemed to be short-handed or something when we went, but this was our 3rd or 4th visit and first time service was this off. Hopefully it was just a one-time thing, and not a trend. We'll see next time!

food5
ambience5
service5

The food and service is fantastic at Gal ...

vip
Dined on March 12, 2016

The food and service is fantastic at Gales. The reason is Gale and Rene's commitment to a first class experience for their diners.

food5
ambience4
service5

Alexus have a great experience at Gale's ...

vip
Dined on March 11, 2016

Alexus have a great experience at Gale's. Food is delicious and service is great. We go there 2-2 times a month and are never disappointed😊

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Comfort Food In A Comfortable Setting

vip
Dined on March 9, 2016

If I were looking for the definitive neighborhood gem, Gale's would be a worthy nominee. Always busy but somehow able to fit you in with a late reservation, this classic Italian place has a nicely sized menu and I don't think I've ever had a dish they didn't do well. We brought long time friends, one of whom is notoriously picky about her food, and everybody walked away full and happy. Our guests had a seafood risotto and a scampi and devoured them both. My wife's herb roasted half chicken and veggies was perfectly done, as was my lasagne bolognese, and the portions are so neighborhood friendly that we each had leftovers for the next day (when my lasagne tasted even better). It's never going to be the trendiest place in LA, and it's not the hushed romantic place you take someone the night you're going to propose, but, like a loving, successful relationship, this place is here for the long haul. The service is always good, the room and the bar are always full of happy people, the portions would make your grandmother happy and you can usually get in. What more do you want?

Tags: neighborhood gem
food4
ambience3
service1

Great food. Great service once seated. I ...

Dined on March 5, 2016

Great food. Great service once seated. It was getting seated that was the issue. I had a reservation, got their early. 5-10 minutes after my reservation time, I was told by the host I would be seated at the next available table. It was looking good until the owner/manager took the next available table, which was at the time connected as 1 table of 4, into two tables for two. He then took other guests, don't know if they were patrons, friends, or unhappy customers, and sat them at the next two tables. I asked the host what was up with that and she said its the owner and she told him we were next (obviously a host isn't going to argue with the owner so I didn't make a fuss to her). My girlfriend and I were discussing if we should leave and just get tacos at the truck next to the resteraunt when then host came to apologize and say we would be the next ones for a table and would comp us bruchetta. Being my girlfriend's birthday, and having streetfood wouldn't be the most celebratory way to have dinner, we overlooked this issue and stayed. Luck be with us that a seat opened up a few minutes after. The comp was nice and all but it was the flaw in principal that bugged me. Offering some food in exchange of being overlooked by management willingly with no explanation isn't cool with me. At least the food was good, but I won't come back or be a patron here (reminds me of some popping Hollywood club or something). I rather continue patroning the awesome taco truck next door.

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Amazing food and ambiance, took time though.

Dined on March 5, 2016

The specials menu looks professional. Regular menu looks less-than-exceptional, but is far better once it is served. Service is good in terms of preparing and accommodating before a meal is served, afterwords however it got a bit salesy... she offered desseart before we finished, than the lady took (perhaps too much) time between when we were done eating and when we wanted the check. We had to fetch her at one point because we were in a hurry. No fault of hers on that part. But otherwise I would definitely recommend this place! Delicious! Romantic!

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Friendly, comfortable dining

Dined on February 29, 2016

Great food - love the tuscan steak. very attentive and accommodating servers.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Food!

Dined on February 28, 2016

This is about the 5th time that we have taken friends to Gale's. Like always, they loved it. The food is really good and the staff is great. They also have a nice wine list. I would definitely recommend Gale's to anyone who likes Italian food.

Tags: special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

I have consistently go for dinners at Ga ...

vip
Dined on February 27, 2016

I have consistently go for dinners at Gale's. The staff and service remain friendly and professional. Gale's food has always been excellent. Never a bad meal.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Everyone loved the dish ordered, really ...

vip
Dined on February 26, 2016

Everyone loved the dish ordered, really large portion and good service

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

One of the Best if not THE BEST eatery in Pasadena

Dined on February 24, 2016

I've had dinner several times before when living in Altadena. This was first on my list for a business 'thank you' lunch. My guests live locally but have never been to eat here, and they LOVED it. Not much to complain about! Day or night, the place to get great food, and excellent service

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

Great service and great food! Always a t ...

Dined on February 22, 2016

Great service and great food! Always a treat!

food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Excellent Food and Service.

Dined on February 21, 2016

Excellent food. All employees were very courteous and polite. Roasted Vegetable Thin Crust Pizza was very light and flaky and very tasty. Zuppa di mare had a lot of seafood, succulent! Avocado crab salad was very delicious!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food3
ambience3
service5

Really enjoyed the brussel sprout salad! ...

vip
Dined on February 18, 2016

Really enjoyed the brussel sprout salad! The food is covered in garlic, which I love, but you'd better love it. Service is excellent here. Everyone is super friendly. My food was just ok. The cabernet I had was excellent.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Always consistently wonderful food

vip
Dined on February 15, 2016

Celebrated a birthday yesterday and it was a delightful time. The atmosphere is conducive to an enjoyable dinner, and the food is spectacular. We had the chicken parmigiana, salmon, linguine arrabiata (nice and spicy) and the fresh burrata appetizer. The flavors brought the three of us back to Italy, flavorful, authentic, satisfying.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great restaurant!

Dined on February 14, 2016

This is one of our favorites restaurants! The food is great, service is wonderful and staff is very friendly. The owners are wonderful and always helping out the city with their philanthropy.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Food was excellent. Service was great. ...

vip
Dined on February 14, 2016

Food was excellent. Service was great. The only thing I would say was it was very loud and noisy. Otherwise would recommend very much

Tags: good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot

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