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Mar 13, 2007 08:03 PM

The Vault in Pasadena


Has anyone been to the Vault Bar and Grill in Pasadena, on Colorado and San Gabriel? I drove by there recently and it looks like a relatively new place to me. Curious as to the menu, atmosphere, etc. Thanks for any input!

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  1. Looks like a sports bar from the outside.

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    1. re: mc michael

      We stuck our noses in the week it opened (last summer/fall, IIRC) - very loud with all of the TVs (some were muted, some weren't, there was also some background music playing - like someone'd forgotten to turn off the radio), definite "trendy" attitude, not impressed with the food offerings.

      Their website ( touts how "Discriminating connoisseurs will savor The Vault’s ever-changing menu of tempting seasonal offerings and all-time favorites." but a glance at the menu shows basic sports bar-type food (wings, ribs, pizzas, pastas, etc.


      There's a big contrast between the description of the atmosphere and what we experienced (we ended-up leaving without eating, not impressed with the sound or the service). However, things may well have changed since then.

      1. re: ElsieDee

        I wonder about that place each time I drive by. From the outside it looks like it's trying to be hip, but at a very non-hip location. Thought maybe they could start a trend at that end of Pasadena, but sounds like a dud.

    2. I often pass by as well, as I live in the area. I keep hoping someone else will post a report. Perhaps I'll have to take one for the team, so to speak, and head over there to watch an NCAA tourney game and sample some of the grub. If I do, I'll post.

      1. Been there twice. Trying to like the place. Put big bucks into it, they had to build an underground garage! Upscale sports bar, with DJ on weekend nights. Maybe trying to be too many things. Some dishes were excellent, and others.... hopefully they'll work out their inconsistantcies, and find their niche.

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        1. re: LuigiOrtega

          What dishes did you find to be excellent? (That's not meant to sound snide - I'm honestly curious, 'cause we live to close and it'd be grand to have another dining option in walking distance.)

        2. too many restaurants are too ambitious.
          it's way better to do a few things really well than a lot of things not so well. This is pretty common knowledge but restaurants just don't get it.
          I wish LA would adopt a more bay area type philosophy of restaurants. Smaller, intimate, real dining experiences.

          1. One early review i saw (gayot, maybe?) made it sound like two brothers had two separate ideas of the place, but neither backed down so it's a mish-mash of trendy, Euro-type nightclub wannabe and a traditional sports bar. Sounds absolutely dreadful, if you ask me. I'm not even close to tempted to go in, however very compelled to spout off about it. Hmm...