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Suggestions for a ladies dinner in Pasadena and/or surrounding areas...

I'm hoping that all of you can provide me with some recommendations on where to go for a reunion of old friends. Three of my dearest friends and I are getting together on April 8th, Wednesday night. Our schedules have been so hectic due to work, travel, family and health issues that it's been a year since we've all seen each other.

I would like to choose a place that we haven't been to before. I prefer not to go to a chain restaurant. I would prefer something that has a fantastic menu (we eat anything), a good wine list, as well as an intimate atmosphere - if there is patio dining even better, but not necessary. Any suggestions?

Thanks ahead of time....

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  1. Pop on Union in Old Town ought to be a good places for a ladies' night out.
    http://www.popchampagnebar.com/

    Vertical Wine Bistro in the same area also sounds like it would fit what you're looking for. About 10-15 minutes east of Pasadena in Monvrovia is Cafe Massilia, an intimate French restaurant which does have outdoor seating.

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      1. re: Jack Flash

        Been to Vertical and have enjoyed it, but would like to try something new.
        Thanks for the recommendation Jack Flash!

      2. re: crystaw

        Never knew about Pop - may have to check that out...
        Sounds yummy!
        Thanks for the tip crystaw!

      3. Palat Food + Wine! There's quite a bit of hype around it, but it's well-deserved. Plates are on the smaller side, but prices are reasonable and there is definitely good wine.

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        1. I sound like a broken record, but I think the dining room at the Langham would be perfect. I love Chef Strong's food and the hotel is really beautiful.

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          1. re: jkao1817

            I like the Langham, but the site may be a little upsetting for one of the ladies - it's the wedding site to her ex....don't want to bring up any old memories..., but thanks for the suggestion!

            1. re: truetraveler

              Yeah I would agree. Not the right place given those circumstances.

          2. mike and anne's in south pasadena. atmosphere, food, wine is all divine.

            1. and mike and anne's has a LARGE patio. great cocktails, desserts, atmosphere.

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              1. re: hilarywood

                I forgot about Mike & Anne's! The patio is quite large and pleasant to dine in when the weather is nice. If patio seating is a big plus for you then this would be a good choice.

                1. re: crystaw

                  Mike & Anne's! That sounds great...have heard about it, but haven't been yet. I will run it buy the "girls"
                  Thanks everyone for the suggestions...
                  If there are any more don't hesitate to let me know...we've got a month before the dinner!

                  1. re: truetraveler

                    Stretching to also include South Pas, Mike & Anne's is also a fine suggestion. I think the atmosphere at Bistro de la Gare isn't quite right for your group (too noisy), though the food is good.

                    With a patio, there's Firefly Bistro also in South Pas. I haven't been there in a couple of years. It gets uneven reviews for the food; the space deserves better.

                    1. re: Jack Flash

                      Had a company party at Firefly Bistro and wasn't impressed, but I do remember their patio was nice...too bad they are inconsistent...
                      Thanks for the recommendations!

                    2. re: truetraveler

                      also in south pas - little parlor pizzeria on mission - the food there is heads above other restaurants in the area