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AKA Bistro - Pasadena
Conveniently located in Old Pasadena's stylish One Colorado Plaza, a/k/a is the latest concept by renowned restaurateurs Deborah and Robert Simon, who have also operated Bistro 45 for the last 20 + years in Pasadena, and previously launched the a/k/a concept in St. Helena two and a half years ago to critical acclaim. Drawing flavors and menu focus from California wine country sensibility and from specific, sustainable, and, where ever possible, organic sources is what a/k/a is all about. a/k/a's sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance is highlighted by gracious and abundant hospitality, and a diverse menu featuring choices for every taste. Chef Jonathan Wiener's vivid flavors pair naturally with an exceptional and well-priced wine selection and hand-crafted brews from California.
"This was our first visit to AKA Bistro and we thought the food was outstanding, ranging from the mozzarella and tomato appetizer to the risotto to the pork chop. All were terrific.
The only quibble I have is that we used a $20 Open Table coupon to apply to our bill, and when presented with the coupon our server looked at us like we were aliens, and there was a VERY lengthy delay while, she said, the manager processed the coupon. Seems to me that if you're going to be part of the Open Table program, you might want to be prepared for someone using an Open Table coupon."
Dined on 1/23/2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
"We had dinner reservations at 8:ppm on a rainy Sunday night after thanksgiving weekend which was pretty empty but open table only had either 615 or 830 and on open, no after 630 AND before 830 and the place was not busy, which kind of made me a little upset at open table when we could of just called and got a reservation at 7ish.
Our server was great, he told us all about the specials and brought wine glasses to our table which we brought a bottle of red which corkage fee was 10bucks which is cheap to drink our own wine at a restaurant. We ordered the lamb cut entree which wasn't on the menu. We also ordered the Portobello fries with aoili sauce which I really liked, the pulled pork Mac and cheese which was ok, fois gras which was fake because it's banned in Cali which tasted fine still, and duck confit salad which was pretty big and alright. Kind of ordered too much food. All in all great time with friends and food was ok but service was great.
The server brought out dessert wine for us which was a great ++ after our bill. Would come back again for the service and atmosphere in good ole historic old town Pasadena."
Dined on 11/30/2014
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for outdoor dining