Pasadena >Food & Dining > Bistro 45
45 S Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110634.145024 -118.131247
Tuesday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Tuesday To Thursday From 06:00 PM To 09:00 PM Friday From 05:30 PM To 09:00 PM Saturday To Sunday From 05:00 PM To 09:30 PM
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
Great service, Great food, nice, quiet ambiance – The food here was very good and you get great service from the maitre'd who is also very knowledgeable.
They even keep your sparkling water bottle cold for you!
Great service, amazing food, friendly atmosphere – I'm starting to make the rounds around the higher-end restaurants of Pasadena. Though I'm not a local, I come to the area every once in a while and like to try something new. Last night, it was time to try Bistro 45.
In a quaint building on a one-way street, it's easily missed if you're not looking carefully. Valet parking was $4.50 but there was plenty of free street parking on a Wednesday evening. Once inside, the hostess was friendly and we were seated promptly. The lights were dim and tables were candled; but the well-heeled atmosphere was relaxed and warm. We started out with a three-2oz wine sampler, and settled on a nice little Pino Noir for the main course. I started with a house salad and my companion had the tri-tip salad. I tried a bit of the tri-tip and was amazed; never had I sampled such tender tri-tip! On a salad! My salad was simple but flavorful, and was just what I wanted. The halibut was served with steamed spinach that was garnished with a bit of lemon to give it a unique zest, and scalloped potatoes which were tart and complimented the dish nicely. Their Kobe beef was very tender and moist. For dessert, splitting the chocolate soup is recommended. More a chocolate souffle than a soup, the chocolate sauce poured on top would be overpowering if not for a dabble of vanilla ice cream and freshly-brewed coffee. $80pp.
Wonderful! – Having seen and heard about the restaurant for quite some time, I was pleased that it was participating in the San Pellegrino Dine Out, which offered prix fixe meals for $35.
From the time we called in for last minute reservations (called in 15 minutes before we showed on a Tuesday) to the time we left, the service from the entire staff was excellent. I'm on crutches and upon first walking in, the hostess Gigi was genuinely concerned about my condition and asked if there were any special seating arrangements I needed in order to be comfortable. She was extremely sweet, friendly and kind. Her attitude set the tone for a fantastic evening. Even though we were dining off the prix fixe menu, it was not a watered down version of the regular menu and we were not treated like some cheap joe schmoes that didn't order off the full menu.
I asked for a wine pairing that would go well with what the prix fixe menu had to offer and we were brought a yummy pinot noir that matched up perfectly with our meal. Throuough our 3 courses, we were truly able to sample some of the best the restaurant had to offer, including the chocolate soup souffle dessert...in my lady friends opinion, "it was the most unique dessert I've ever tasted"
The ambiance was soft and romantic and we were never rushed throughout any point of our meal. Upon leaving and talking to Gigi again, we inquired about the patio seating, which was not open the day we dined. She proceeded to give us a tour, explain the set up and spent time answering our questions as my friend and I were both interested in using it for a private party event.
Overall our experience was fantastic and I can't wait to dine there again with such fabulous folks. Thanks Bistro 45!
A Perfect Evening – We celebrated our 25th anniversary here with seven friends and it was perfect. Every course was outstanding. I particularly recommend the scallops, and you must save room for one of the incredible desserts such as chocolate soup. The wine list alone is worth the trip. The service was first rate. Our waiter was knowledgeable and pleasant. Although this is not considered a "child friendly" restaurant, we had a well-behaved two-year-old in our party. They happily provided a child seat as well as a "not on the menu" meal suitable for her. Yes it is pricey, but you really get what you pay for. This restaurant is definitely one of my favorites and I can't wait to go back!
French-Californian Fare at its Finest – You will be extremely satisfied after your dining experience at Bistro 45... it's unassuming from the outside, situated among run-of-the-mill buildings on a side street in Pasadena, but the ambience and food inside is anything but ordinary. Presentation was valued, as expressed by each server attending to you almost non-stop, replacing glasses and napkins just so, making sure everything looked perfect. But as much of a fuss as was put into the appearance of the place, the food did NOT take a back seat by any means. Everything tasted fresh, flavorful... delectible! Perfectly-sized portions of outstanding food and wonderfully attentive staff make this place a must.
Wow! Truly amazing food. – My husband and I ate at Bistro 45 for the first time this evening. We were initially skeptical because the only table we could get was the one in the front room near the bar. However, this turned out not to be a problem. In fact, it was a very lovely spot, and one of the quietest tables iin the restaurant. We both had 2 appetizers and a dessert. My salad with Bermuda Triangle goat cheese and figs and my duck confit ravioli were amazing. My husband's short ribs were also fantastic. For dessert, the blackberry marscapone tart is a must. Sevice was great. We will definitely be back.
Elegant Pasadena bistro dishes up seasonal California-French fare and sophisticated wines. – The Scene
A small, jewel-like Deco building on a quiet Old Pasadena street unfolds a series of three intimate, connected dining rooms tastefully adorned with champagne wallpaper, French silk lanterns, landscape paintings and white tablecloths. Lunches or evening parties are pleasant in the ivy-walled patio, and the vibrant, ochre-toned entrance bar room is inviting. Well-heeled Pasadena regulars range from romantic couples to Cal-tech professors, toasting choice wines among lively conversations and classic jazz.
The menu seamlessly dovetails French techniques and California culinary philosophy into a seasonal menu studded with luxe bistro classics. Starters include escargot braised dipped in a velvety, pungent garlic flan, or day boat scallops resting in a heavenly smoked salmon sauce. Tender, roasted Cervena elk medallions are a standout, and a generous hunk of sea bass adorns a delicate, fragrant shellfish bouillabaisse. Desserts are artful and grand, especially the German chocolate cake-style brioche bread pudding with red currant ice cream.
Ugh...never again – bad food -big price- rude owner. the prices are huge and the salads are what i got in finland...limp.blah..fishy
BEST PASADENA RESTAURANT – I am writing this review simply for selfish reasons. I want to make sure this restaurant, Bistro 45, is visited by enough new patrons to keep it in business for as long as I am physically capable to patronize myself. I have never had a bad experience in 10 years. We use it for special occasions, but also find an excuse to be there 3-4x per year. The service, wine list and food is unsurpassed in the greater Los Angeles area. Bistro 45 is simply the best!
I Love This Place – One of the top restaurants in Pasadena. There's a Manager there by the name of Dave that was really helpful. The lady at the front desk (I think it was Gee Gee), was great. Everyone there is happy and organized. A great place to dine. Great Wine List
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