About Plate 38
Pasadena, CA 91107
This neighborhood gem is a perfect place for a dry aged burger and a beer or a Friday splurge with signature craft cocktails and a four course meal. Plate 38 caters to those in seek of comfort food made from scratch with a lighter California flare.
With its industrial Napa decor, Plate 38 is a warm bistro that stays open late and features a reverse happy hour starting at 9:00 seven days a week. Let loose on Saturdays and Sundays with bottomless mimosas and the best brunch Pasadena has to offer.
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Gastro Pub
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 10:30am - 11:30pm; Friday: 9:00am - 12:30am; Saturday: 8:00am - 12:00am; Sunday: 8:00am - 11:00pm
Sierra Madre Blvd.
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Plus lots of street parking.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Plate 38 Ratings and Reviews
My wife and I went to Plate 38 for dinner on Valentine's day. Unfortunately the food portions are ridiculously small. We ordered the 4 course dinner at a cost of $68.00 per person. The food was delicious. The soup size was a total of 8 spoonfulls. The salad was also tasty but tiny. Then, the salmon steak I ordered was probably about 4 ounces.
I am taking about really anemic size portions. Think about it, if I am willing to pay $68.00 per person, then I am also willing to pay $78.00 per person, provided that after dinner, I feel that I am satisfied. On the contrary, I left the restaurant feeling hungry and short-changed.
So, I would not go back.
Took my daughter in law here for her birthday last Sunday morning. The food was delicious, the crab cake Benedict I had was superb while my life loved her breakfast burrito. The service was top notch. The only drawback is the traffic noise gets loud and if you are sitting in patio area, it is hard to hear each other.
We always request Dennis as our waiter when we eat here. He is a really nice guy and takes care of us always . The food is always good here ,fresh california cuisine served with nouveau gastro technique. We love the casual industrial modern decor and convenient pasdena location.
The brunch was very good and the portions very large. The prices were appropriate. The space is a former diner that has been creatively converted into a contemporary gastropub. The noise level is very high. Second time here for brunch and would return again
Innovative, fresh, delicious, generous portions - the best in Pasadena - especially for dinner.
Very accommodating of my numerous food allergies, cheerful substitutions and overall fantastic. A+ for the food and delicious sauces. The owner is the chef and he's a genius!
The food was fantastic as always. The crab cakes need to go on the regular menu, not appear just as a Special. My only complaint is that the price of the bone marrow increased but the bones seem to be getting smaller and/or not as much marrow can be scraped out.
I was on open table trying to look for a good place to eat.
I found it. this place went above my expectation. I got the steak and eggs, shared banana nutella French toast(to die for) and my date the chicken croissant.
we both got our selections of beer.
we called it our new favorite place in Pasadena..
Great that they allow dogs along the patio area. But, being on a corner of a busy intersection, there was quite a bit of traffic noise.
Took a long time to get a server's attention and had to flag one down after 15 minutes of just sitting at a table.
Once the food came, it was presented well and everything tasted fine.
The food and interior decor and general service were consistent with the prices charged - about $20 a person with no drinks. However, when you think about the location - basically a strip mall with low-end tenants, it felt out of place.
This restaurant is pretty nice overall, but would fit better in Old Town or South Lake Ave in Pasadena. It's too nice of a place for its location.
Niman ranch pork chop was delicious. They swapped in parsnip purée which worked for my gluten free wife. The starter sweet potatoes fries are the kids' favorite. They had the kids quesadilla and butternut squash soup--both good size and great. Service was attentive but had to get their attention on a busy night which wasn't a problem. They made adjustments to our meals as requested. We love going here.
We had an early reservation to eat with family before we left town for a 3 hour drive. Seated at 5:30 and tried to order appetizers. We were given a every day menu and a daily special menu. Ordered calamari and shrimp, raw oysters, sweet potatoes fries and Brussels sprouts to start. For the next 40 minutes we were told no Brussels sprouts could be made because they weren't 100% sure if they were ready to start the daily menu. Frustrated, we asked then why give us the daily menu and when would they be serving food. Finally, after one hour we got some appetizers (Brussels sprouts was all cauliflower with two Brussels sprouts and no nuts as listed on menu) we then ordered some other items too. Food was bland and not overly warm. We decided to have dessert on our servers suggestion. Bread pudding with apples, caramel and chocolate ganache on top. No caramel or chocolate ganache was included. Server was defiantly surprised and went to the kitchen to ask why it was not prepared as usual. She returned and said they were not making the ganache tonight and they forgot the caramel. The menu lists ingredients and I said that was not how she told us it was prepared and we were expecting this amazing dessert after a subpar dinner. We were there for 2 hours. The bill was $200 plus tip. We asked for the owner/manager to give some helpful feedback. We were told he slipped away for a minute and would not be available to come to our table. We eat out often and tip well and we never ask for bill to be reduced. However, in this instance something should have been offered by not charging for items not including ingredients they just decided to omit. This is the first bad review I've ever written because the owner/manager didn't want to take the time to hear my concerns at my dining visit. On a side not, Server was very embarrassed and tried to do a good job.
Plate 38 is a regular destination for my family. The food is always good, the service generally good and happy hour is a great value since it's an early happy hour and then extended towards closing. Regular items on the menu are always good from the small plates to the entries. Wine list is OK, nothing that jumps out at you but good pairing with the menu. Some of our favorites menu items are the tuna tartar tacos, grilled artichoke and sweet potato fries. Can't go wrong with these. Our last experience on 9/24/16 found the service a bit off. We had to wait quite a while to get our entrees and one was forgotten. However, those things happen and we'll make sure that it's not a trend.
We had our daughter visiting from Scottsdale, AZ. for 2 days, she travels for business "carry on bag" and wanted to go somewhere that had good food, casual attire, we thought of Plate 38, it was the best choice, close to home and the food is always reliable and excellent.
The service, very friendly and professional. All the staff is very nice.
Our only (negative) request was that the canned music was actually too loud, seating under one of the speakers, we could not have a conversation without raising our voices, I requested that "if" possible it could be lowered a bit, it was done right away and we had a wonderful evening, we had time to talk, eat and enjoy our time together. The live music that comes later on, was no problem.
we go on average once a week.
Love our adorable hostess ( Natalie) and the wait staff.
Ambience is nice but noisy.
Good craft cocktails
But: STAR IS THE CHEF!
Great specials... Imaginative but not bizarre, beautifully plated and truly delicious
And relatively well priced.
HE should be the celebrity chef in town!
The ambiance was a little strange. To be honest I felt like Plate 38 hasn't really found its identity yet. It struggles between being a cool, modern place to grab a bite and a fine dining gourmet restaurant. This ends up looking like Plate 38 tries too hard. The food was subpar for the price, but the decor wasn't bad, and the hours are good for late night. Wouldn't really come here again though.
We loved the arugula salad - just perfect. Overall, though, my husband and I (who came here on a date) were disappointed with the food - we'd been very excited that they serve organic meat and veggies, but we left feeling like everything except the salad was just meh. The fried chicken was just not good. It had a very odd spice added - we couldn't place it, and the waitress said she wasn't sure what it was, "chef secret." The steak was cooked OK but had a heavy, strange sauce. Veggies were cooked al dente, very well. Notably, the service was attentive, helpful and very sweet. No complaints there. The wine list was surprisingly good w/ many choices by the glass. Full bar, and I enjoyed my seasonal cocktail. I would go back for a girls' night, or with a small group, for apps and drinks, but probably not for dinner again.
This was my 2nd visit to Plate 38. I enjoyed a light supper with a neighbor. Service was steady, unobtrusive, and server was helpful and friendly. We had burgers and salads, perfect for a warm summer evening. I would suggest Plate 38 for delicious fare and good service.
Third time eating there. Once for brunch, once for a couple-dinner, and this time a family. Four adults, 2 children. We were seated next to the street. Lots of noise. Cold, drafty. Our hostess asked for the curtains to be drawn, and heaters lit. Within a minute, no draft, and fairly comfortable. Due to the building, there is no way they can avoid the street noise, which was dreadful. We ate a variety of food. Oysters, muscles (not the best), beef, chicken, pasta, and wild mushroom soup. Everything was good. Consistency, taste, feel, temperature, presentation, and price. If not for the loudness, I would instantly recommend this restaurant to my friends. Now I have to warn them about the noise. Could be a deal breaker for some. For us, we dealt with it. Service is inelegant, and sometimes downright clumsy, but they got the job done with a few prompts. If you want service to be excellent, you may not get it. If you are willing to work with them, you'll be fine.
I wouldn't recommend this place because the service was horrible. From the hostess to the bartender to the servers we interacted with. They were not friendly and seemed very inconvenienced by anything asked of them. I work in the service industry so I understand everyone can have a bad night but this was excessive and seemed like the over all attitude of the staff as a whole.
Other diners sitting around us had similar opinions.
Our server was excellent, and made the experience that much better. A couple of the dishes were outstanding, such as potato pancake with smoked salmon, but others- like the beet salad- seemed to be the same old combination of flavors. Good- but not great. We were in outdoor, screened in area- and although spring, we couldn't take our jackets off.
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