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, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Plate 38 Ratings and Reviews
Plate 38 is a regular destination for my ...
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 Scotts ...
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 a ...
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!
Quite a variety of unique dishes (bone m ...
Quite a variety of unique dishes (bone marrow anyone) and some staples (sweet potato fries). So I am sure there is something for everyone. The high ceilings and brink walls are a nice touch. Big bar. Indoor outdoor eating. Friendly wait staff too.
Plate 38 continues to serve outstanding ...
Plate 38 continues to serve outstanding food in an unlikely location. They have really developed an excellent staff and their system seems to work smoothly. But it's the food quality and creativity that keeps bringing us back.
The ambiance was a little strange. To b ...
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 perfec ...
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 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!
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