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“Had the great fortune of staying overnight at The Athenaeum”
Review of Athenaeum

Athenaeum
Ranked #82 of 722 Restaurants in Pasadena
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed 12 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 seen those three words strung together. It is a bacon flavored waffle with bananas on top. It was interesting, but may not be my choice next time I visit. CalTech is a beautiful and fascinating campus. A really special spot.

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Thank Mark J
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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.

Staff: Generally very friendly, although service was sometimes slow, and they shut the alcohol service off early.

Rooms: They're older and small, but the bed was comfortable, the bathroom nice, and the closet huge.

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Thank Felix H
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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 Old Pasadena where you can visit some of the bars! A great place to stay or dine.

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Reviewed 21 December 2015

a great place for lunch, breakfast dinner in the beautiful Caltech campus - some parts are showing their age and a big sheet sometimes hides the sky in the patio

Thank 314159K
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Reviewed 12 November 2015

The Athenaeum is the faculty club for the California Institute of Technology and, therefore, a members only facility. The menu changes with the season, although there are some favorites, for example, the Berrys Athenaeum dessert, always available. The wine selection is incredible and the value is the best of any restaurant we have ever visited due to the club's pricing policy. Great for special occasions with special international nights on Monday and a popular buffet on Wednesday.

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Thank WHS-Eagle
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