About Plate 38
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, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Plate 38 Ratings and Reviews
This was my 2nd visit to Plate 38. I enj ...
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.
Went there for Happy Hour, since it's a ...
Went there for Happy Hour, since it's a neighborhood restaurant close to Hastings Ranch. Thought the Happy Hour price, is a bit high for what you get. My suggestion is they should double up on certain items for the price they ask .
Third time eating there. Once for brunch ...
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 ...
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.
The food is always really good here. It ...
The food is always really good here. It can be a little noisy, but great food and service makes up for it. The printed menu is a little low on main course options but they always have a great selection of specials. The chef is always accommodating.
Our server was excellent, and made the e ...
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.
Happy Hour with friends
Met for Happy Hour - Mojito's were the bomb! Would go back just for those alone!! Enjoyed couple of appetizers, and stayed at our same table for dinner. Burger was delicious, as were sweet potato fries, chicken, and dessert! Will be back again!
Food was decent. Hostess was terrible ignored us while we stood there, then when she did acknowledge our presence, she chastised us for being 10 minutes early for our reservation. While the server was friendly, she never checked on us. She brought drinks took our order and we didn't see her again until we needed the check. We had to stop other servers or bus people walking by to get assistance.
food was hit & miss. still a fun little place.
the dishes we ordered were hit and miss. our scramble was SATURATED with oil. it pooled up on the bottom of the pan. we sent it back without getting a new one. our fries and turkey burger were fine and tasty.
open bar is always a plus and the space itself was fun and relaxed.
it got really crowded and SOME of the staff seemed a bit stressed out, barking at each other and seemingly overwhelmed.
still, it's a kid-friendly, casual, fun little neighborhood spot for brunch.
Enjoyable Local Restaurant
We met a friend for dinner and all 3 of us enjoyed our meals. The regular menu is very limited for entrees, but they always have a few specials which enhance the menu. I do wish that they would improve the selections of wines by the glass, and I wish that when an order is shared (we shared a salad) that they would split it in the kitchen. It's always such a messy process to move food around at the table from plate to plate. They had entertainment the evening we were there, and fortunately, the musicians didn't start until we had finished our meal. We left as soon as they started because they were so LOUD.
In town on business stopped here for dinner. Wasn't overly impressed however the service and food were good I normally don't stop at these types of places.
I ordered the burger well down came med rare, really pink in the center I ate it however was not impressed. Waitress only checked on us once before bringing the bill they were not that busy
Would I go back, yes just for a quick bite or cocktail however if my burger was not cooked the way I wanted second time I would send it back.
Amazing Chalkboard Specials
Job, the head chef, creates some amazing specials, great for foodies! They also have a great Happy Hour Bar menu that ends at 6pm but starts back up at 9pm. The staff is very friendly and Mac the bartender is very knowledgeable on different the liquors and mixology in general. It's a fun place!
They are trying. They are thwarted by th ...
They are trying. They are thwarted by their location and their actual space. The food is good. Not overpriced, but some of it is just low quality ingredients. Maybe that's ownership, management, or ability to acquire good quality ingredients, but they are trying. I would recommend this place, at a hit or miss chance.
Plate 38 had great food & we would choose it again
For us, it was too noisy. It was a Wednesday dinner and unexpectedly busy for the wait staff, for which they apologized. The staff was warm and friendly but the service was slow. They only had a few of the red wines on their list, didn't have the one we chose, but substituted with a much higher priced one and charged less - it was wonderful! I have a gluten allergy, which was well accommodated but the menu was limited in gluten-free options, which would affect the frequency of our visits, even though it is very close to our home and would otherwise become a "regular" for us.
Great lunch, so-so dinner
We'd had a great lunch there on a weekday so wife and I decided to try Saturday night. We had a couple of appetizer specials and split the swordfish. It was good but didn't knock us out. Service a little slow but perhaps kitchen was busy. We'll go back definitely for lunch, pulled pork sandwich, fresh salads, salmon lunch dish my friend raved about. Dinner? We'll give it another try. Good people.
Like going to you most fun friend's house
What a gem. We were going to out on a Thursday and I wanted somewhere "safe" (food and ambience I knew). My date wanted something new.
Plate 38 is a find. Not too large, great activity at the bar, a whole range of couples and savvy families.
The food is ambitious and well-prepared. The staff is warm and superb.
We were delighted to discover a great band who had been socializing at the bar was also going to play.
We will return...frequently.
We went for Valentine's dinner and the o ...
We went for Valentine's dinner and the overall experience was good. I did have to ask for water twice without success though and after I felt like I waited long enough after 2 complete failures on my request I got up to the bar and asked another person myself. The gentleman stated that "We'll bring it out to you." I felt like responding "Are you sure? I have two pending requests already!". Anyway I left an appropriately diminished tip. The desert was very good and the steak tasted good as well. We are locals and we will be back but that was a bit lacking. I don't believe you can use the excuse that you were busy as though it was more full than normal there were at least 4 empty tables. I am referring to about 8:15 pm Valentine's evening. We do enjoy going in for drinks once in awhile just to hang out and the location is convenient for us here on the San Gabriel/San Marino border. Thank you.
This is the best food I've ever had in Pasadena - maybe all of Los Angeles! The chef is creative with vegetables, seafood and meats. The portions are generous and it's really fun to order several items and share to get to experience all the flavors. Just a wonderful restaurant and always consistently great!
Good food, but confusing menu and so-so service
The food here is really very good. But the menu is a bit confusing - there are burgers and beer and also really fancy complex dishes. All taste great, but confusing as to what they're trying to be. This mostly plays out in a small restaurant with a really varied and complex menu, so be prepared to wait awhile until your food comes to your table. And while you're preparing, really prepare for a wait for a server. While the servers are good, every time we've been there, there have only been 2 servers for the entire restaurant - and while they are always on the move, they have far too many tables to get back to you quickly or spend much time with you.
Go here when you have time to sit back and relax and enjoy good food at a slow pace. Don't be like the women at the table next to us last night and try to eat here before going to see a movie.
New Years Eve
Truly enjoyed the live band, but DJ made me feel like I was in Hollywood night club after midnight. The customers were over 30yrs old and he played club music. I would have stayed later then midnight he'd played old school, disco or even top 40.
Unassuming Local Gem
Plate 38 has been a favorite of mine since they first opened. It's location in the corner of a mini-mall parking lot on the corner of Colorado Blvd and Sierra Madre is unassuming, but the experience you have once you step across the threshold is transformative. The decor is warm and welcoming, and though it can be a little noisy - especially during the holidays - it's festive and fun for meeting with friends and family, or a small work group.
In addition to having a great craft beer selection (I'm allergic to wine - sorry!), their burgers are HUGE and delicious. However, you must order the garlic fries separately. When you see the size of their burgers, this makes perfect sense. For fancier fare, I go with the garlic skirt steak, served with grilled asparagus and - you guessed it - those tasty garlic fries.
I'd suggest making a reservation for dinner, especially on weekends and during holiday seasons. When I last visited, I made (admittedly) a last-minute reservation via Open Table, and though I received an immediate confirmation from OT on my end, Plate 38 had not received a notification on their end. It wasn't a problem though, as the friend I was dining with had also made a reservation for 15 minutes later. We were seated immediately and had a wonderful meal.
Favorite local place
This place is a gem. Please know - IT IS ALL ABOUT THE SPECIALS!!!!
Huge fan of the wings, ahi tacos, oysters, and well picked wines.
The menu has a few key items, but the chef whips up awesome stuff in the specials. Usually a long list and something we look forward to hearing.
Wait staff are friendly folks to boot.
Great place (with only the occasional miss)
Plate 38 is my go-to restaurant in Pasadena (I live way 'cross town toward L.A.'s Westside). Plate 38's menu suggests a chef aiming to please foodies while also offering fare that needn't weaken the wallet. I appreciate Plate 38's inviting atmosphere for sports-bar-goers, and neighborhood-regulars... as well as for large family parties celebrating life events, and pre-theatre couples. I've spent $25+ on an incredible hours-long braised lamb shank, plus a $75 very-good bottle of wine... and also $11 for a great burger, plus a $6 beer. I've *always* had great service at Plate 38. This last visit, though, something went wrong with the kitchen or with the expediter—— I was served a regular burger instead of the truffle mushroom burger I'd ordered; when I asked the server about it, she graciously whisked the burger away... but I eventually received, after my dining partner had finished his entree, the very same burger I'd ordered, but colder, topped with a couple sauteed regular mushrooms and a drizzle of truffle oil instead of the "wild mushrooms, truffle cheese, arugula, and chive aioli" listed on the menu, a burger I've had many times. I was disappointed; I'd been looking forward to the mushroom-truffle indulgence. This most recent experience is an anomaly, though, only one visit among several dozen excellent experiences at Plate 38, and it won't stop me from returning. I just want to let others know that Plate 38 occasionally falters. But, in some ways, an "off-night" lets me know a restaurant is human. Human is home. I like that.
We were drawn to the restaurant having r ...
We were drawn to the restaurant having read the reviews and viewed the menu online. Decided to try the happy hour menu small plates and were wowed by the presentation and delicious flavors of each selection. Creme brulee trio was outstanding. We agree that the location is not deserving of this superior restaurant. The noisy traffic on two highly traveled streets is a distraction. Kudos to the wonderful chef and friendly, efficient staff for a memorable meal. We will return often and look forward to trying the nightly specials.
Robert, the chef/owner, has stepped up ...
Robert, the chef/owner, has stepped up his creative cuisine. Most of the dishes are well balanced despite sometimes too many ingredients. The grilled salmon salad was very good, an improvement from prior serving. The 3-course lunch special at $20 was a steal.
Can't hear anyone at your table, No noise absorption in the room. Two other couples left rather than bear with the noisy atmosphere. We had made reservations, chose to eat outside rather than put up with the noise. It was unbearably hot outside
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