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Clearwater Seafood, Pasadena, (near Norton Simon) brief review, & Ambassador College grounds

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My son and I explored the grounds of the old Ambassador College, very nice with fountains, bubbling brooks, carp, shady walkways, benches, etc. Two blocks away in Old Town is the Clearwater Cafe. I had the pan roasted northern halibut w/wild mushroom sauce, very delicious. I chose the roasted garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables as a side, tasty & nicely presented. Brought some home to my husband who enjoyed it as well. My son ordered from the children's menu, a respectable white clam chowder (which I tried) & sourdough bread, & penne w/ butter & parmesan (didn't try). Total w/2 glasses of Hess Chardonnay ($7 ea) & 20% tip about 45 dollars.
The restaurant is affiliated w/ the downtown Water Grill, plus Ocean Ave. Seafood & i. Cugini in Santa Monica, among others. They have a frequent lunch diner program, buy seven entrees, get the 8th free.

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    Clearwater - feh

    I'm glad you had a good experience at Clearwater; I did not. My date and I found it incredibly uninspired -- more like a pedestrian, fish-only coffee shop.

    I still can't believe it's affiliated with I Cugini, let alone Water Grill. Those other restaurants far outclass it.

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    1. re: Clearwater - feh

      My husband & I experienced a mediocre meal there several years ago, so I know what you mean, but after seeing several mentions on this board I decided to give it another try, & this time found it much improved. I only had the one dish (plus kids' menu items). Anyone else have more extensive experience?

      1. re: Babette

        we regularly had dinners for 15-20 people at clearwater for our sales meetings and the food was always good. it's usually one of my top recs in old pas.

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          Clearwater - feh?

          No, it was three years ago, almost exactly. Didn't know it had turned around.