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Mar 18, 2009 01:35 PM

Late-night dining near South Pasadena/Pasadena area

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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  1. 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?

    1. 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

        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. 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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        1. re: jotoll

          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.

          1. re: gordita

            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

              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

                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

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

            2. 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.

              1. 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:

                141 South Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101