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Bistro 45

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45 S Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106-2901
+1 626-795-2478
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Tue 17:00 - 21:00
Tue - Wed 11:30 - 14:00
Wed 17:00 - 09:00
Thu - Fri 05:00 - 21:00
Sat - Sun 17:00 - 21:00
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United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner with friend for Valentine's Day. Price fixed meal, set seating times. We were given champagne upon entering. he band played music that we enjoyed. Food was excellent and fun. The Amuse Buche was a heart shaped beet with goat cheese. The courses were Lobster ravioli with shrimp, pan roasted Sea Bass & Wagyu Beef. All great

Thank Brenda M
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I enjoyed a truly memorable dining experience at Bistro 45 on our 45th wedding anniversary (nice coincidence). This small, attractive restaurant is tucked away on a quiet side street just off Colorado Boulevard. From the moment we were greeted at the door and seated by the owner, we felt relaxed, comfortable, and at home. When our waiter... More 

Thank wrightsabq
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

We had the very good fortune to dine at Bistro 45 last night. For anyone visiting Pasadena as we are its a must!! The food was just outstanding. The menu varied with something for everyone. Great wine list and a great atmosphere. Best of all the service is as good as any restaurant i've ever been to. It begins with... More 

Thank Ed S
Naples, Florida
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We arrived early without a reservation but were able to secure a table. All three of our entrees were exceptional, and the two desserts we shared were really delicious. I wish we lived closer.....

Thank 2011ford
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Returning favorite because consistently delicious with an excellent, professional wait staff. A pleasant summer evening we could have dined in the lovely patio areas but chose for our reservation the more intimate and cozy yet modern interior. Bonus was the quite but fun, brief entertainment by Chef Anton a professional magician...so unexpected...got us all laughing. Seasonal specials. Great wine selection.... More 

Thank bkcDeuxFois
York, South Carolina
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174 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Everything from the appetizers, to the entrees and desserts were nicely presented and delicious. The staff was very attentive and made you feel welcome. The wine selection is also good. I would recommend Bistro 45 for special occasions or for business meals where you want to impress your guests. I would gladly return to sample other menu items.

Thank tonybz
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

First, I should mention the bar and its wide selection of wines. In fact, Bistro 45 is a great place to stop in and have a cocktail before or after a movie. I have had both dinners and a catered dinner for a wedding celebration. The menu is excellent and the service is way above the average.

Thank Paul D
York, United Kingdom
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165 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

A friend booked a table for 6 at Bistro 45. We had drinks at the bar first and sampled some fine ales. The menus were interesting and their were specials also available .The food was very well prepared , well presented and delicious. The wine list was not extensive but included a good quality selection. Overall a good find in... More 

Thank P G
Uvita, Costa Rica
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Wow! Robert Simon and his team continue to amaze us. They were packed last night but the staff was still gracious and fun. Everything was super tasty, the standout last night: a pasta special with osso bucco style meat that was tender, flavorful and delicious. Three of us had the pan roasted cod over corn, asparagus and a fennel sauce... More 

Thank stacey p
Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We were only staying in Pasadena one evening and saw this place got good reviews. We thought the food was quite good but were blown away by the personal service. Both our waiter and the manager (owner?) were very engaging and made it a great, relaxing experience for us.

Thank Warren M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$41 - US$80
French, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:00 - 09:00
05:00 - 21:00
05:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 S Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106-2901
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-795-2478

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?