Gale's

(626) 432-6705 | View Website

452 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA | Directions   91105

34.137868 -118.150273

Open Hours

Closed Monday, Tues - Thurs 11:30 - 9:00 PM, Friday - Saturday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM, Sunday 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

 
Restaurants, $$, Business Dining  more

More Tags: Date Spot, Family-Friendly Dining, Local Favorite, Lunch Spot, Outdoor Dining, Quiet, Romantic Dining

Cuisine: Italian

Payment Methods: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: South Pasadena

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Menu
Margherita, Roasted Vegetable, Mushroom & Garlic, Rosemary Chicken, Spicy, With Everything, White Pizza, Goat Cheese & Pesto, Italian Meat, Prosciutto... more

Reviews for Gale's

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Yum. What a great place. – I just went here for the first time. I've lived in the area for awhile, but just never made it in. I'm now prepared to be their next regular.

Food was awesome. I've got a thing for Italian food in general, but was really impressed with all of the flavors (I pick off of friends plates).

Service was great. Our waitress was very polite and actually seemed like she cared about what was going on. Thanks Liz!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

No longer the same – Sadly, Gale's is no longer a reliable place for a good meal and attentive service. On a recent visit, our waitress was brusk and dismissive and the manager was more interested in turning tables than caring for patrons. Neither the waitress nor the manager adequately explained the calamari on the menu, and when the dish arrived, my friend discovered a LONG hair in her food. The entire table was disgusted. The manager took the food away, but did not apologize or offer anything as a replacement.. The waitress breezed by with a chirpy, "Can I get you something else?" but no apology. The manager didn't even bother to say goodbye or apologize for what happened. The former personal feeling of the restaurant is gone; it's now more of a mill. With all the wonderful choices for good (hairless) food in Pasadena, don't waste your time and money at Gale's.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Good bread, but little else!! – I will only say..... the service was awful...possibly the worst I have experienced in many years.

There was a hair in my food...need I say anything more??!!!!

Stay away!!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Fine Dining in Pasadena – I had lived in Pasadena for quite some time before I knew this place existed; it can be easy to miss when you're driving down the street. My wife and I always enjoy going. I have had both the pizza and the pasta and both were excellent. I always enjoy the atmosphere and its fun to eavesdrop on the interesting mix of people that come to dinner. The owner seems ever-present, floating around talking to the guests she knows. She seems like a very warm hospitable person and I think that comes through in the restaurant as a whole. Recommended for a romantic date on the town. Call for reservations.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

SUBPAR "AMERICAN" STYLE ITALIAN FOOD – Darling Husband thought we should finally try Gayle's as we have not been there to eat since it was "Greco's." (Ahhh....Greco's...Yum!) Wow, what a completely different dining experience. The lasagna was as if they microwaved a Stouffer's frozen dinner. The pizza (We know good pizza in Pasadena) was dry and over-baked. It was like fast-food pizza. The service is uneven, with attitude. Gayle's is not real "Italian" food. It's like Olive Garden Italian food. Sorry, but it's true.

Ambience is O.K. nothing more. Parking is ample. I am mystified by the crowd, considering this is not tasty Italian food. Locals know where to find fabulous Italian in Pasadena, and I will help you, so you don't waste an evening out eating pedestrian "Italian."

Celestino's is first rate, from appetizers to desserts. Mi Piace is wonderful... Best lasagna I have ever eaten. And of course, the critically acclaimed Tre Venezie- expensive but so worth every dime. It is one of Pasadena's top restaurant's bar none.

Dining out these days, I really look forward to a special meal, and I will spend the money for a lovely night out. Gayle's does not fit the bill. It is generic food, with minimal to none in the atmosphere department. Not a romantic date-night kind of place. Loud and small. Greco's was not loud like this, even when packed, so I can not explain the ear splitting noise. We won't return to Gayle's, but we will "vet" new dining experiences more carefully. Life's too short for unsatisfying dinners!

over a year ago

I would try Gales again. If you did have a bad time, that is the exception as opposed to the norm. Gales is crowded because 99% of the people are getting a great meal at reasonable prices. I had to comment because I feel you are too negative towards one of my favorite restaurants. I have only had 100% Great experiences here. Amazing Seabass worth coming back for weekly.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Why don't they turn the lights down? – My husband and I read some of the good reviews and went to try it one night. Good location, cute little place. They need to turn the lights down! It was so bright in there and we were hoping for a bit of atmosphere. It was so bright I had to leave, I am one for ambience!

over a year ago

I would try Gales again. If you did have a bad time, that is the exception as opposed to the norm. Gales is crowded because 99% of the people are getting a great meal at reasonable prices. I had to comment because I feel you are too negative towards one of my favorite restaurants. I have only had 100% Great experiences here. Amazing Seabass worth coming back for weekly.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Italian – Great service!! and amazing food here...probably the best Italian I've had. The grilled salmon is very juicy and flavorful!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

If you're in a big hurry.... – This could be an outstanding restaurant and there's no doubt that it does very well. However, we have been rushed in and out so many times, we don't think about it anymore. One night, we had wine, salad and dinner in less than 20 minutes - ridiculous. There are plenty of good restaurants in Pasadena and many with better food. It's a shame. This rating could easily be 'highly recommended' if it wasn't such a madhouse. So if you're in a big hurry - good choice. If you'd like to taste your food - find something else.

over a year ago

I would try Gales again. If you did have a bad time, that is the exception as opposed to the norm. Gales is crowded because 99% of the people are getting a great meal at reasonable prices. I had to comment because I feel you are too negative towards one of my favorite restaurants. I have only had 100% Great experiences here. Amazing Seabass worth coming back for weekly.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Fantastic Italian – My wife and I had an excellent meal here. We were greeted by very friendly owner ("Gale"). Food was excellent, and the atmosphere is charming. Also, prices are very reasonable. We will be returning.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

...Not Coming Back – My friend and I decided to go to Gale's after the RAVE reviews, and how its always so packed whenever we drive by on the weekends. We were excited to taste the Italian food, as we are both from a part of New York known for it's spectacular Italian. We sat down and I was surprised to find one of my favorite combos- salmon with risotto and artichoke- on the menu. Of course I had to order that, and my friend ordered the chicken parm. We waited a while for our food and when it came out... I almost left right then. There was a bed of bright yellow risotto... which looked like mac and cheese, not appealing to the eye. I took a bite and was just completely disappointed. Usually, you omit any cheese when serving risotto with seafood, but this stuff was like eating rice with cheese sauce thats been sitting for a while- so that its kind of coagulated. Needless to say- that stuff was far from risotto. Salmon was alright. Artichoke was HORRENDOUS. Oh, and I forgot that there was shrimp involved... probably because it had no taste. The friend was unimpressed with the Italian classic, chicken parmesan, complaining about the toughness of the chicken and the unimpressive sauce. Is this proof that Californians don't know good Italian? I'm not sure, but this place is bad- don't be fooled by the crowd. Go down the street to Louise's.

over a year ago

90 Five Star Reviews and one sour apple. Gales is Great.... they must have had a head ache... from a bad home life!

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