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The Hat

491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-1240
+1 626-449-1844
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good50%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pastrami” (43 reviews)
“sandwiches” (11 reviews)
Open Now
09:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Fast food, Delicatessen
491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-1240
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1 - 10 of 84 reviews

Reviewed 8 August 2017

This place is famous for its chili cheese fries...we made the mistake or getting the BBQ Beef sandwich. For $10, the BBQ beef sandwich is nothing more than slices of what tasted like processed roast beef smothered with what tasted like bottled BBQ sauce like...More

Thank Rogerdob
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Stopped in to grab some LA style pastrami and onion rings. They were very efficient and our food was ready in about 5 minutes. The staff were very nice and the restaurant was very clean. And the food was wonderful.

Thank NVMartha
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I have wanted to go here for years. I'm mad at myself for waiting so long. Yes it's been there forever. Yea everyone knows and loves it. But if you want a really great pastrami sandwich and equally good fries, I have found no better....More

Thank Jon B
Reviewed 2 July 2017

I go to The Hat every time I am in Pasadena. The portions are quite generous- huge! The service is fairly fast and the crew friendly enough. I usually go to The Hat once a year- and this year I brought my 19 year old...More

Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

First visit to The Hat with my husband & (adult) son. Delicious food, fairly fast service, although a wee bit pricey... too much for many students... otherwise would give 5 stars. Hubby had the hot pastrami & loved it. Son had turkey sandwich and I...More

Thank JeepMom05
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I have been going to this joint now for over 20 years. It is the place to go to get one of the best pastrami sandwiches in the San Gabriel Valley. While not cheap. My wife & I will split one of their sandwiches and...More

Thank David L
Reviewed 14 February 2017

You just can't beat The Hat. If you are a fan of the Pastrami Dip this is the best you can find. Come hungry as the portions are huge!

Thank Jim S
Reviewed 19 January 2017

I LOVE The Hat!!! I think the food is delicious but it is definitely a little pricey... I would suggest, splitting a sandwich and an order of their DELICIOUS chili cheese fries... (It usually costs about $15.50-without a drink). There is enough between both orders,...More

Thank Lisa P
Reviewed 30 December 2016

If you order the Pastrami Burger as highly recommended, this will be lunch and dinner. It is that large and so good. If we come again, might split the burger so we can have the popular chili fries. Service is very quick, you will have...More

Thank Shuttrrbug
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

This is a big menu place, with plenty of happy customers. Enjoy the fries with a family because you'll be hurting if you try to finish them alone! Everything is a large portion size, you can't go wrong!

Thank Jonathan W
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15 October 2016|
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Response from Elizabeth L | Reviewed this property |
This is not a good place for gluten free. The menu is large enough that you can find something, but I suggest you go elsewhere so you have a better selection.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-1240
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-449-1844
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