business dinner in pasadena?
looking for suggestions on where to take a client tonight in pasadena. upscale with excellent service and a fairly quiet environment so we can discuss biz-neez. i'm not sure of his taste, so i am open to any cuisine. thanks.
I would recommend Arroyo Chop House for great steaks and it's sister restaurant Parkway Grill for great cuisine. The Chop House is as great a steak house as there is in LA and would be conducive for business. Parkway Grill might be a little noisier. I'm sure there are other places that CH's will recommend. But I would stand behind these two suggestions.
Both restaurants are nearly side by side on Arroyo Parkway just north of California Blvd.
If you want something in old town pasadena, i suggest Louise's Trattoria (italian), anything else is going to be too loud.
Masion Akira is awesome japanese/french food off green street.
Hamburger Hamlet (all kinds of food) is on Lake ave, it's quiet in the back or in booths and has a sophisticated atmosphere.
Never tried the chop house, as i'm vegan and progressive, but i hear that Ruth Chris' Steak House across from the Paseo Colorado is much better, food and atmo wise.
Most other places are likely to have screaming kids.
Madeleine's, for it is not only a wine bar but has a very elegant dining room [or 2?]and really good food. Some of the servers are more interested in their bigger tables but the manager/maitre d will take excellent care of you. On Green Street somewhere east of Mentor. But not so inexpensive but almost reasonable.