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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
Open now
All hours
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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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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168 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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156 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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
Monrovia, California
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Bistro45 is by far our favorite restaurant, whether the occasion is a mid-week dinner after a long day at work or one of the many wine-pairing dinners we've attended. Robert Simon has created a gem of a restaurant and we would encourage anyone who wants fine dining and attentive service to give Bistro45 a try. No one will be disappointed!

Thank Paula E
Zurich, Switzerland
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934 reviews
580 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

A good place recommended by our hosts to have lunch after shopping in the area. Friendly staff and the place has a good feeling. Yummy food and we enjoyed the entire experience.

Thank Mypace
Redlands, California
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

The food and service were excellent. I had risotto that was some of the best I have ever had. The service was perfect. The ambiance was excellent. The bread was perfect. We had an excellent dinner. The only drawback was the wine list. They had a wide range of wines but they all were between $80 and $400 per bottle,... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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249 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

This venerable restaurant is still one of the area's finest. The hospitality is amazing, the ambiance very enjoyable, the food dependably tasty and excellent service. The food has never been over the top but always good, just not great. The dishes are solid and if u come with an appetite you will not leave that way. In all this is... More 

Thank aresverde

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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
American, French, European
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
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?