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Bistro De La Gare

921 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3135
+1 626-799-8828
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“escargot” (7 reviews)
“fries” (3 reviews)
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French, European
$$ - $$$
921 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3135
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite having brunch reservations, for some reason we were banished to the secondary room, the one without proper table cloths and missing the good natural lighting of the main dining room. We were the only party assigned to that room. Not a fortuitous beginning, to...More

Thank FrequentTraveller034
Reviewed 3 June 2018

Incredible food in a very charming environment that somehow blends a modern feel to itself. From appetizer to dessert, you'll feel the love that infuses each course. You'll be sending love letters to the kitchen to say "Merci" to the chef.

Thank C4288POmaryb
Reviewed 13 April 2018

The chef is French, but the dishes include a wider range such as a very good seafood pasta. Service was excellent, as was the ambience. One of the best meals we have enjoyed in California on this vacation.

Thank HMAAmersham_England
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Bistro de la Gare has never let us down. It's French food with a California twist (i.e. not such heavy sauces and less butter!). The owner is always on site, the service is excellent, and you can stay all evening without getting the bum's rush....More

Thank Carol W
Reviewed 19 February 2018

This is a pleasant restaurant in the center of South Pasadena. Thanks to fresh ingredients the quality of the food is high. The wait staff is pleasant and attentive. The label "french restaurant" is a bit misleading. One would better describe it as a generic...More

1  Thank NV_engineer
Reviewed 23 December 2017

A friend and I came for dinner in a cold evening during the week. The bistro is charming and the staff was very attentive. We had great wine pairing recommendations for the delicious food. We enjoyed some very typical french dishes like the French Onion...More

Thank freemaee
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Excellent service The food is excellent The place is Nice and i advice everybody to go to This restaurant

Thank Chelolo31
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Convenient location close to the South Pasadena Gold Line metro station, but our dinner was very disappointing. Decor needs updating, poor service, very long wait after ordering food, and uninteresting food. We had to get up to remind the waitperson about our drinks.

Thank Lisa K
Reviewed 14 August 2017

It is truly a little bit of France in South Pasadena. The service is impeccable. Arrive early in the evening and Bruno, the chef, will come out to greet you and talk about the evening's menu. Ask him about his barrel aged cocktails. I recommend...More

Thank wosli3
Reviewed 25 June 2017

Authentic french bistro, dining room with lots of character and cozy terrace. Great service too. Love going there for casual lunch or a more formal dinner. Food is high quality and very flavorful, well worth the price. A gem in South Pasadena!

Thank lolo j
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
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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A French restaurant in South Pasadena featuring culinary artistry by Chef Bruno Morin who is locally-known and critically-acclaimed as the best chef in the Mission District. Chef Bruno hand-picks fruits and vegetables from the South Pasadena Farmer's Market to use in his seasonal specials and farm-to-table menu. Chef Bruno's creations are reminiscent of the French country-side where everything is made from scratch, including but limited to his family recipes of Italian pastas and sauces. The taste will remind you of home, yet the presentation and ambiance is a 5-star experience. Much like the cafes of Paris, patrons can enjoy a leisurely brunch on the sidewalk patio on the weekend. Reserve the Bistro bar and adjoining room for large groups, bridal and baby showers, birthdays, holiday parties, corporate events, and executive luncheons. A popular choice for romantic dinners by candlelight to celebrate an anniversary or date night rendezvous.
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