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Feb 5, 2010 03:35 PM

Dinner recommendation near Westin in Pasadena

I'm looking for a restaurant near the Westin in Pasadena. We have tentative plans to eat at Ruth's Chris, which is nearby, but I need a backup - just in case we can't get seated.

Dinner for 2 people, tonight. Not too loud - so we can have conversation. Within walking distance of Westin would be a huge plus. Our schedule is rather unpredictable, so it would be great if it wouldn't be too difficult to be seated promptly at the restaurant. Not looking for a mindblowing experience...just something solid and tasty. No more than $100/person. All types of cuisine welcome.

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  1. If you're interested in seafood at all I'd recommend McCormick & Schmick's, which is adjacent to the hotel. It's a chain, but the fish is fresh and nicely prepared, and the bar is top-notch as far as I'm concerned. Just been there once, as it's a bit steep for us, but well within your range. Sound level very civilized, nice rooms, all conducive to conversation. We are saving our dimes and nickels to go back sometime.

    I should add that the bar would not be a bad place to sit, either - very comfortable chairs and tables. Nobody hollering at the TV screen when we were there having a pre-prandial cocktail.

      1. re: orythedog

        "Not too loud" was part of the request... by which I assume the OP meant he or she wished to converse in normal tones. Is this Roy's like that? I can't get MIL to go there because whatever Roy's she's been to have been massively loud.

        1. re: Will Owen

          You'd be ok on a weeknight.

          Friday and Saturdays it's more dicey of a proposition, although it still isn't as mind numbingly loud as, say, Pizzeria Mozza or 888 during dim sum.

          1. re: Will Owen

            I've been there a couple of times. I don't remember a noise factor.

            1. re: Will Owen

              The main room is noisy - at our dinner table of 10, one end of the table could not hear the other end.

              The side room is much quieter - our party of 4 (3 from down under) had a wonderful conversational dinner.

              1. re: suvro

                They can't touch Bottega Louie!