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Late-night dining near South Pasadena/Pasadena area

J.L. Mar 18, 2009 01:35 PM

Hi gang,

We're looking to take friends out for a nice (but late) casual dinner next week. They live in South Pasadena. Must be open well after 9:30PM, and not too far from South Pasadena (one of our friends is pregnant and requests that the restaurant not be too far).

Any cuisine will do.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!


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    happycat Apr 2, 2009 08:41 PM

    J.L.--Glad you worked it out successfully but I'll reply anyhow since I was looking for the same thing last week! And someone else may want info from this post . Had a friend visiting who flew in late. I did some calling around and it seemed to me that most kitchens (as opposed to doors!! big distinction) closed 9:30, latest 10, on weekdays. In Old Town, Vertical stays open later; POP is open later but closed early in the week; Wokcano is open quite late (11, I think)...

    My friend and I ended up eating in the Lounge at the Langham, a stroke of genius on my part, if I do say so myself. We had not only the bar menu to chose from, but the room service menu as well--took longer but we ordered from both so it didn't matter. The bar kitchen closes at 10 so you need to get your order in before that. It was an expensive way to eat, but the service was so friendly and accommodating, and it was a quiet and cozy place to catch up with a dear friend, and we were even able to order a really nice bottle of wine from the restaurant menu as opposed to from the rather poor and limited bar menu. Oh, and the food was pretty good as well.

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    1. re: happycat
      J.L. Apr 2, 2009 10:48 PM

      Good call on the Langham lounge/bar.

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      Dutchvanobvious Apr 2, 2009 07:15 PM

      We went to the late happy hour at Red White and Bluezz on evening, and had a choice of 3/.4 or 5 course fixed price menu as well as a nice selection of ala carte entrees. I would certainly go back there again

      1. J.L. Mar 30, 2009 12:41 AM

        Reporting back: Went to above-mentioned dinner.

        Pregnant friend had a craving for Carrows. Yes, Carrows.

        So, that was that.... not much Chowworthy to report, gang. Thanks for all the input, though!

        Not bad, for what it is, actually. Brought back some memories for me, since I spent many a night studying at Carrows during school days... Except their coffee is weaker these days.

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          lilacwine Mar 27, 2009 01:24 AM

          Smitty's on Lake Ave. serves food until 10:30 and stays open until well past that. That would certainly be my bet.


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            oro3030 Mar 23, 2009 06:25 PM

            Pas/South Pas is a dead zone after 9:30. besides what's been mentioned:

            Casa Bianca in Eagle Rock is open until midnight and the weekday crowd thins out after 9:30PM. note closed Monday.
            Twohey's in Alhambra is open until midnight.

            They are what they are (average and corporate) but both the Yard House and McCormack's and Schmick's are open late during the week.

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              crystaw Mar 23, 2009 06:01 PM

              Maybe this place would work?


              1. burumun Mar 22, 2009 12:52 PM

                Crepevine Bistro in Old Town is also open til 11 pm on Tu-Wed, and midnight Thu-Sat (closed on Mondays).

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                  ilikefood Mar 22, 2009 02:35 PM

                  CrepeVine, sadly, is no longer open at any time. Closed every day.

                  1. re: ilikefood
                    burumun Mar 22, 2009 02:41 PM

                    ohh oops!
                    never mind, yeah i haven't been back in like ... a year or more. Thx for the update.

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                      J.L. Mar 22, 2009 10:13 PM

                      Heheh ilf, thanks for the pithy update.

                      1. re: J.L.
                        ilikefood Mar 23, 2009 05:45 PM

                        Thks JL, I guess I'm a pretty pithy person cause people are constantly telling me how much I pith them off.

                        Now to try and be helpful - after 9:30 wknghts - Wild Thyme or Carmine's (OK Italian) are probably best of basically 4 choices in S Pas. Other 2 being Carrow's and Shaker's - coffee shops. Wild Thyme, Shaker's and Carmine's are all close each other on Fair Oaks.

                  2. ipsedixit Mar 19, 2009 10:53 PM

                    How about Red, White and Bluezz?


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                      ohdaylay Mar 19, 2009 04:50 PM

                      Try La Fiesta Grande. It is a two location outfit with locations on Mission in South Pas and Colorado in Pasadena, near the Playhouse. Decent food, good drinks, nice people.

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                      1. re: ohdaylay
                        ilikefood Mar 22, 2009 02:42 PM

                        Correct me if I'm wrong but LFG closes at 9 PM, 10 Fri, Sat.

                      2. sbritchky Mar 19, 2009 01:05 PM

                        Celestino is open until 11:00 p.m., Monday-Saturday. They offer very good pastas and other Italian dishes -- it's one of the Drago's small chain -- and the place has a bright, friendly neighborhood-joint feel. I also found the service to be quite good during each of several visits last year. See: http://www.calogerodrago.com/

                        141 South Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

                        1. ElsieDee Mar 19, 2009 01:25 AM

                          Don't know that it counts as being great food, but we've done okay with meals at Wild Thyme in South Pasadena (Fair Oaks at Hope, I believe) - same family that owns Central Park and Beckham Grill - anyway, I think that they're open until 11 PM during the week.

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                            jotoll Mar 18, 2009 03:01 PM

                            What about The York in Highland Park? It's more of a 'gastropub', but the food is very good, it's casual, and certainly open past 9:30p. From S.Pas, it's just a hop East on York Bl. between Aves 50 and 51.

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                              gordita Mar 19, 2009 05:02 PM

                              I like York, but a bar thing for a prego girl may not be her cup of tea. There used to be that great little french/asian place right on Mission...also a french place right by the gold line is good/casual. Anybody know the name? That would be my overall pick, plus you can walk to Busters for icecream afterwards.

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                                jotoll Mar 19, 2009 05:28 PM

                                I think you mean Shiro? It is only open til 9 weekdays, 10 Fridays and Saturdays. Is it good? I've always wanted to try it (sorry to sidetrack!). I agree about York, except that you can't smoke inside or anything. and the food is so good!!

                                The French place by the train is Bistro de la Gare (get it? Train station...)- only open til 10p weekdays and 10:30p weekends, 9p on Sundays.

                                1. re: jotoll
                                  tbwenzlau Mar 22, 2009 05:20 AM

                                  Shiro is amazing! Amazing and the service is great. There apple tart dessert is my absolute favorite. For most special occasions staying close to home I dine here.

                                  1. re: jotoll
                                    gdtobme Mar 28, 2009 10:54 AM

                                    Apparently, Shiro's closes at 9pm on Fridays. I wanted to go last night after a long and bad day at work. When I called to make reservations, I was told that I had to get there by 8:45 since they were closing at 9. Went to Roy's in Pasadena instead. Nothing to wow home about.

                                  2. re: gordita
                                    yuzusan Mar 19, 2009 08:03 PM

                                    Buster's closes daily at 7pm! Terrible especially in the summer months.

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                                  Jack Flash Mar 18, 2009 01:57 PM

                                  Bar Celona in Old Town Pasadena would certainly work. Gus's BBQ in South Pas might still be open at that time. Red, White and Bluezz in Pasadena is also open at that time.

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                                  1. re: Jack Flash
                                    Chowpatty Mar 18, 2009 02:01 PM

                                    My friends were turned away from Gus's around that time one night. I think They close the kitchen right at 10 or before, but maybe 11 on weekends.

                                  2. Chowpatty Mar 18, 2009 01:38 PM

                                    Definitely not in South Pasadena, other than Carrow's, they roll up the sidewalks super-early there. Saladang is likely open later, if not you will probably want to go to Old Town where people stay out later.
                                    Maybe Bar Celona?

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