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Bistro De La Gare

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921 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3135
+1 626-799-8828
17:30 - 21:00
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Wed - Thu 17:30 - 21:00
Fri 17:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 10:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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87 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was wonderful, service impeccable. This is a small intimate restaurant with that cozy feeling I remember from living in Montreal years ago.

Thank caparadis
Glenn Dale, Maryland
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

Lamb shank and porcini ravioli were very good. Beet carpaccio was served frozen, which might have facilitated slicing the beets thinly, but the texture was unpleasant and did not enhance the beets' flavor. Mousse au chocolat was similarly served too cold. Service was a bit casual.

1 Thank Diane F
Zurich, Switzerland
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931 reviews
580 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 283 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2016

We were delighted by the service, food and ambiance. The maitre d' and the servers took care of a large party without batting an eyelid. We were indeed a Happy Family as we left after a great meal.

Thank Mypace
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Went two nights in a row. Delicious food. Great ambiance. We ordered pork cheeks, onion soup, mushroom soup on first visit. Pork sauce was so flavorful. Soups were outstanding. Second night we ordered terrine, quiche, and gazpacho. All delicious. Terrine and quiche were among best I've ever had. Waitstaff were very nice and attentive. Chef/owner came out on our second... More 

Thank Corinne T
Sedona, Arizona
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016

Nestled on a corner near the Pasadena metro station is a charming bistro with excellent food and responsive service. The gazpacho and pasta bolognese were both up to European standards. Ambience was good, and people were enjoying themselves. Prices were 'low-reasonable,' and were a 'good deal' relative to the food and experience.

Thank KenBork
Los Angeles, California
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157 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016

My husband surprised me for our anniversary by taking me to dinner here. It was such a lovely treat to be back...especially now that it's under New Management. Although we had enjoyed it before, a couple of bad experiences with the staff had kept us away. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner which was inventive, well presented and overall delicious! Our... More 

Thank JaniBani06
Pasadena, California
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254 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2016

We were told that this lovely spot is under new ownership and that it was much improved from what it had been a couple of years ago. I have nothing to compare it's current condition to but we found it delightful. The setting reminds me of something you would find in a European town. Tables are a bit close together... More 

Thank fro2
San Juan Capistrano, CA
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82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

They were busy, our large table was not ready, they ran out ribs, but the evening was PERFECT. They handled every obstacle with grace and made us feel special, like one of the family. Everyone enjoyed themselves from the kids to the grandparents. The food was EXCELLENT - the lamb, duck, burger and dessert, oh the desserts... try them all.... More 

Thank BennyMc
Westport, Connecticut, USA
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62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2015

We joined another couple for a dinner at the Bistro. The service was excellent and the food was excellent as well. We were there on a week night and it was very quiet and comfortable.

Thank Jerald_Froschauer
Pasadena, California
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2015

Our fave server wasn't there...and a young server didn't have a clue...plus the table next to us got an apology that their order had gone "MIA". Yet, what a lovely location...caring food (though, no calves liver and onions just doesn't seem right)....so, we hope the problems are only temporary.

Thank PasadenaOldies

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 50
French, Italian
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 921 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3135
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  South Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-799-8828

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