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Gift certificate to what Pasadena restaurant?

Trying to think of a good place to get a gift certificate to for my folks for xmas. They already go to Maison Akira, Green Street and Z's sushi frequently/sometimes, so I'd like to try something new.

Something with excellent food (my whole family consists of foodies), quiet atmosphere but not for the elderly set. My parents very young for their 60 years...

Would prefer Pasadena or further east (they live in Temple City).


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  1. what about ruth's chris? their food is pretty solid. I find that people either love it or hate it. their filet is absolutely delicious! however, I find it the only cut that withstands that damn sizzling plate and stays medium-rare. If i order a ribeye or porterhouse it comes out medium rare but in minutes turns to medium to medium well. booooo...but if they eat their steak medium anyways, then doesn't matter. like I said, their filet is delicious! (and so are the sides...I even love the bread and butter...mmmmmmm)

    1. THE SUSHI in Temple City. They may never go back to Z.

      1. The Raymond. I've seen people of all ages there, and the setting is very quiet, dimly lit, and romantic (inside and out in the garden).


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        1. re: chica

          Here, here! The Raymond is fabulous. Not too quiet on a weekend, though, what with the piano player.

          Excellent service. Chic but not hipster.

          I also agree with the Ritz:


          and Tre Venezie


          Gee- I'm original, huh. How about Bistro de la Guare?

        2. I LOVE Bistro 45. The food is amazing and they have a lovely wine list, and the service is impeccable.

          1. How about the Ritz Carlton....Craid Strong is a suberb chef. The Ritz is well the Ritz...nice elegant place.

            1. My 60 year old Pasadena resident foodie parents love Tre Venezie, which has a really lovely atmosphere and great Italian food, the Arroyo Chophouse which is a steakhouse with good, consistent food, and the Ritz Carlton. I've been to all of them and none of them have an elderly crowd. And 60 is middle age these days.

              1. BISTRO K (foodie paradise)

                  1. Yoshida in San Marino has great sushi

                    1. You cannot go wrong with either The Chop House or Tre Venezie.

                      1. Derek's - solid food, quiet setting, great service - you really can't go wrong... it's in a strip mall, but don't let that scare you -- once you step inside, it's a real gem.


                        1. How about Celestino?

                          Food is always great, and the atmosphere is so warm.

                          1. it's different, but i really enjoyed Tibet Nepal House - - i know it's around the corner from Yujean Kang's...

                            1. A little further east in Monrovia, may I suggest Cafe Opera, Cafe Mundial or Caffe Citron? Caffe Citron in particular has won several awards for its fine food.

                              1. if you get a gift certificate at arroyo chop house or parkway grill, they make it so you can use it at any one of their other locations:
                                *Parkway Grill
                                *Arroyo Chop House
                                *Crocodile Cafe
                                this way someone will use it somewhere, and you dont have to worry where.....