Pasadena >Food & Dining > Marston's Restaurants
151 E Walnut St, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110334.149797 -118.147330
Neighborhoods: West Central
Low Key, Relaxing, Great for a Girls Day out.. – I have been to Marston's twice in the last 5 months. The first time was with a group of nine people on a Friday for Lunch. We had reservations, and were seated upon arrival. All of us were happy with our selections and the service was great. The Second time was on a Saturday afternoon with a friend. I had the French toast which was amazing and my friend had the an Omelet (Denver). This is a great place for a quick lunch with a few girlfriends. Not the best place for large groups.
Horrible Pancakes – I have never had such a terrible interpretation of pancakes?ever. Really, they were so thin that they were closer to a crepe and they were also gummy and undercooked. I could not eat them. My boyfriend had an omelet that did not impress him at all. The texture was weird for an omelet, like it had been scrambled overly much in the pan before going on to its life as an omelet. It had an identity crisis.
So, the staff is friendly and Marston's appears to be incredibly popular as it's always packed, but if you can't cook an omelet or pancakes properly, you shouldn't open for breakfast.
Great Breakfast Place – This hole in the wall restaurant is one of my favorite breakfast places. It is a great spot for anyone who enjoys a good breakfast such as a tall glass of orange juice, eggs cooked to perfection, or ?grandma?s oatmeal? that is to die for. The prices are reasonable and the staff is friendly. The only setback is that the restaurant is small so the earlier you get there the better. With their variety of choices and home style ambiance you will feel like you are enjoying breakfast right in your own home!
Great food – Reading some of the reviews, I wonder what they consider as great food? Comparing the food here to Denny's is, frankly, absurd. Marston's food is utterly superb.. great pancakes, great sausages. Their service has been spotty over the years, although it's improved recently, the wait is long, and their prices are inflated, but I can't disagree more with people who say their food is mediocre. For those with the ability to discern good food, I would highly recommend this place. I can't vouch for their service, though.
yummy pancakes! – the blueberry pancakes are a must! they're thin, tasty, and they give you plenty to fill you up. we also tried the french toast which i would also recommend. it has a nice crunchy texture because it's covered in corn flakes. everything was great there, food, service, and ambience. the one thing that i wouldn't recommend are their omelletes.
Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner – When there's no wait, Marston's is a delightful place to dine at - rather it be their generously portioned breakfasts (I can never quite finish that omelet or the stack of big pancakes), their delicious lunches (my favorite is the Pasadena salad with chicken, avocado and candied pecans mixed right in with fresh greens) or their more elegant dinners.
That being said, the only problem here is with parking, which is quite limited.
Horrible service and overpriced food – they act like they are doing you a favor. we waited and waited and waited and when I finally got the waitress attention she brought the manager over to dress me down "is there a problem here?" yes I said we have been waiting a long (unreasonable) time for our food and she snapped back "well it takes awhile!!!" 30 minutes for eggs? no silverwear? no water? no refills no coffee?
avoid this place.
great restaurant – I demand really good food at a restaurant and that is what I get at Marston's. The menu is so perfect it is difficult to chose--french toast, a fabulous salad, etc. Sometimes very crowded because of the great food, cute restaurant, great service.
Long wait for overpriced food – The wait was excessively long for a cramped table to eat mediocre food. Might as well and stay home and cook yourself.
worst service ever – We were the 3rd table got seated at the lunch time on 10/13/05. We couldn't get any service for about 20 minutes while everyone else who were seated much later got their food. Make matter worse, they totally forgot about our order and waited for another 30 minutes to get our food. It seems like we were the only one who got no services, food & no apology. The food is decent but will I go back to get mistreated? NEVER AGAIN!
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