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Sep 13, 2008 05:57 PM

Dinner in Pasadena recommendations

I'm meeting an old friend for dinner in Pasadena on Monday evening with our wives. We traditionally like to eat steak and drink cabernet, as do the girls. I'd think of Cafe Bizou on Raymond but I haven't been in years. What other places should we consider? I live on the East Coast and haven' been back for the last five years so I'm out of the loop on Pasadena dining.


Bob M.

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    1. I'm a fan of Villa Sorriso on Colorado.

      Especially their penne with vodka sauce.

      1. hi bob,

        there's also the following:

        the thing about Smitty's is sounds and looks good but somehow it always misses the mark. last time my filet mignon was overcooked, i asked for med rare and came almost well done. i've had the same mediocre experience at the Parkway Grill but people on the board seem to really like it. at the parkway i got chicken and it came raw! Smittys, Parkway Grill and Arroyo Chophouse are all owned by the same people.

        Smitty's Grill
        110 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

        Bistro 45
        45 S Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

        Arroyo Chop House
        536 S Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105

        Malbec New Argentinian Cuisine
        1001 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

        1. you might like cafe verde on green street, east of lake... it's very small and intimate, even more so than the Raymond. we also had a great dinner at Roy's near the Pasadena Playhouse...yes, the menu has a focus to fish and Hawaiian fusion, but my brother, the consummate carnivore had their porterhouse and enjoyed it...s-i-l had the surf and turf with the filet, and didn't leave any for takehome. at Roy's ask to be seated in the back dining room, much more quiet and conducive to sitting for a long time and talking.

          Cafe Verde
          961 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91106

          1. Thanks everyone for the fine recommendations. Although I haven't been, I keep hearing sustained reports on the varying quality, preparation and service at both Parkway/ Arroyo Chop House so I'm not likely to experiment on my friends. I've always wanted to go to Bistro 45 but this particular expedition is slated for a slightly lower price point. For me the Raymond is just ok. I can't really say why but I'm a fan of Cafe Bizou. I hope they've maintained what they used to do so well in years past. Not really destination dining but a nice, reasonable neighborhood place. They used to have Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages on the wine list for a very reasonable price (before it went into the statosphere). Anyway, wish me luck!! I appreciate all your recommendations.


            Bob M.

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            1. re: Bob M.

              I've eaten at the Parkway Grill at least 20 times, most recently about 2 months ago. I've never had a bad meal there. I've been served things that weren't proper on perhaps one or two occasions, but the restaurant has always remedied any problem promptly and with apologies. I wouldn't hesitate to go there or to recommend it.