Pasadena >Food & Dining > Smitty's Grill
110 S Lake St, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110134.143882 -118.132266
Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm; 5:30pm-10pm;
Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; 5:30pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
Got us in for a last minute valentines dinner that was delicious!!!
Great place for American comfort food and warm service. They've got it right. Almost always busy but not too noisy.
Awful food and service – Smitty's had been a standby since it opened close to a decade ago...there are months when I have eaten here weekly. On my last visit, my entree was returned to the kitchen three times until I gave up from exhaustion. On the last attempt the kitchen returned food that managed to be both raw and burned! As well all of the accompaniments to the entree were burned and/or overcooked. Smitty's is not the most expensive restaurant in Pasadena but it is not the cheapest (check for two was $90)..meal was very disappointing.
This review is for the bar scene at Smittys – As with all good places, the bar menu features some high-end alcohol in both classic and new combinations. But I was very disappointed to see the bartender shorting me the Good Stuff in my martini for some Smirnoff. I called him on it and he got defensive. The nerve!
Excelllent Food & Service – The Food was excellent ...The service was great...We had the best waitress ever..i took my fiancee for our 2 year anniversary to Smitty's Grill and let me tell you they did not only sat us down real fast but the waitress was just the nicest lady ever...Her name is Judy she even sang us a happy anniversary song which i tought that was very sweet of her..The vallet parking was excellent we had just left our table and when we walked outside i still had my ticket for the vallet in my pocket when my car was already pulling up...It was the best night ever for both of us and let me tell you i really give this place 6 thumbs up lol jk but really it's a great place to visit.
Slow Service, good food but a little overpriced – I ordered the smokehouse burger which comes with sauteed onions, bacon, white cheddar and smokehouse sauce. It was prepared rare just like I asked which was great, but it had a weird pickle sauce which didn't go with the bbq well. The arugala salad with goat cheese and walnuts was a delicious appetizer salad but overpriced at $11. Our waiter was also very slow and getting back to us, not so good.
No service – Seated outside. No one asked if we would like anything to drink. Getting our waiter to actually take our order was a long ordeal. Food did not make up for it.
Overpriced, Poor Service / Can't compare to Houston's – I went to Smitty's for a business lunch, hoping to impress my client, but unfortunately, failed to do so, due to the quality of the food, service, and atmosphere. Service was extremely slow and disorganized. Our waiter could have passed for a high schooler on the day of his first job. He didn't refill our water glasses, bring us bread, or show any kind of enthusiasm for his job. And food wise, we were left unimpressed. Granted, the place is based on steaks, but they didn't even have one single chicken dish and the salad selection was limited. I ordered the salmon and it was decent but nothing special and the portion size was pretty lacking for the price. The environment is very hectic at lunch and not at all relaxing. I've been to Houston's for meetings and find it to be preferable to Smitty's.
Nice place for a Saturday evening – We made our reservations on open table & ended up arriving about 1 hour earlier, but called ahead and was told by the hostess that, that wouldn't be a problem. Upon our arrival we were told we would be sitting in a outside area. I asked the hostess if it was there policy to inform their guest in advance that they would be outside and she replied "no". Aside from that I did find her to be tad "snooty" when she mentioned to me that some of the tables had been reserved weeks ago as if to say that mine wasn't... which of course it wasn't :) however after she said that I took a real good look at her and noticed she was wearing a spaghetti strapped tank top and a nice tight skirt which I didn't feel was appropriate for a restaurant of this "outward" caliber.
Anyhoo On to the table service! Server was Jonathon he was excellent and not stiff (as we thought perhaps the other servers were to be - in body language, mind you) was personable and had helpful suggestions. My friend had the Halibut it was very good, the mashed potatoes were wonderful and the Chicken Piccatta was moist with nice portion, my Trout was sort of taste less but the cheese bread made up for it, Delicious! For dessert we had Creme Brulee and Hot Fudge Sundae I have had better Creme Brulee before and well you can't really mess up the basic sundae and this one was basic. Beware the menu is a la carte i.e; starch and vegetables seperate charge from entree.
All in all I recommend this restaurant the decor was gorgeous even the outdoor area where they wanted to seat us was lovely and perfect for a romantic dinner for two. Parking on rear street offers 2 hour free parking. As we went with teenagers I can recommend it for them however not for real little ones(such as toddlers). If you do not want to be seated outside or you do not want to sit next to the kitchen be sure to state that when making reservations and I can not say this enough MAKE RESERVATIONS in advance.
Great food, service and atmosphere! – I went here with a small group with no reservations on a Saturday night so there was about a fifteen minute wait for a table, but Smitty's found room for us. The food was excellent and the service was amazing. I definitely plan on returning!
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