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.
Father's Day, group of four-
Reservation acknowledged, good seats straightaway. Quite loud, but okay.
PROBLEM: Service compromised, apparently due to orders/problems in the kitchen.
Server was pleasant, polite and very attentive, BUT, somehow the father on Fathers Day (myself) received meal fully 20 minutes AFTER the rest of the group. Bummer.
Fries were complimentary, and my plate was comped, but this was not the best experience.
Unless orders straight and out on time, I don't see returning or recommending to others.
We made reservations on Open Table and when we arrived, we were asked what time we made the reservation. We said, we had made the reservation an hour earlier. We were told that the restaurant had not received the reservation because they have a new system. In order to prevent last minute reservations over waiting customers there is a delay on receiving online reservations. We wished we had known this before making the reservation and driving across town, but we respected this policy and decided to wait.
We ordered a cola and it lacked carbonation. We brought this to the attention of the waiter and he said that others complained too. He offered us a different beverage, but didn’t offer to fix the issue. We were disappointed, but continued with the flat soda. Soon, we placed our order. When the food came, there was a mistake in the order. We ordered a breakfast burger and received a breakfast burrito. A simple mistake, given the high noise level. We sent it back. The remaining orders came out plate by plate, rather than as a family meal. Our kids were hungry, so we waited. By the time the final plates arrived (25 minutes after the first plate arrived) all of our party was done with their meals. Plates were being cleared while others were being served.
Throughout the meal, the restaurant had begun to clear. The manager and the waiter passed our table several times without apology or any attempt to correct the mistakes that had been made. Maybe a basket of fries to tie us over? Even refills on our drinks would have been appreciated. As the meal service drew out, we were being helped only by the bus boy. It was as though our waiter had given up on our table. It was clear that we were unhappy and rather than address our dissatisfaction, he just walked away from us.
We have been here several times before. The food is great and the service has always been in par with other locations in Pasadena. Today was a big fail for Plate 38.
For some reason my reservation didn't transfer over to their system. I simply had to show them my appointment on the phone. They honored it and squeezed us in within minutes.
It's always a sigh of relief to be able to make resos for brunch. Bottomless champagne brunch is nice at $18 and it will last you only two hours. Hopefully your server is prompt with refills. Food is pretty good. Burritos have a cumin taste so if you don't want that I would avoid it. Otherwise decent entrees at $-$$ prices.
The food was delicious and the service excellent!
The patio is right on Colorado Blvd so it’s not really a refuge, but the food and service were excellent! My friend had a salmon salad that she said was delicious (and it looked gorgeous) and I had the smoked salmon on rosti potatoes which was perfection! I’ll be back!
Have been here many times and the food is always consistently great. The mushroom crostini and the polenta are two favorites.
The food was delicious and the service was amazing.
We called to request a hold on our table due to being 15 minutes away after a movie. Very gracious response with a guarantee to hold table for us even though many people were waiting to be seated.
Our table was in the patio section ( noise level was better there). Great food and wine.
Wonderful experience as in the past.
Place 38 remains our go to place for hosting out of town guests. terrific food!
Local favorite with happy hour specials.
The atmosphere here is more like a tavern and most diners seemed to be there for the drinks and "social hour" food. The location on a very busy corner sharing the parking lot of a small strip shopping center made for a very noisy dinner. Not from inside, but from the noise outside. The restaurant did not appear to be as clean as it should. Our table clearly had not been properly cleaned and other tables sat uncleared when we came in. The wine glass the waiter brought had to be removed as it was also dirty. All that being said, the dinners and specials were really very well done. The waiter was friendly and attentive as were other wait staff that came to our table. I would only recommend this for a VERY casual meal.
Food was delicious but noise level was too high, especially in the outdoor section along Sierra Madre during Sunday brunch. Server was excellent and helped with birthday cake. If they could just tame the noise, we'd be there often.
First time at Plate 38. Will definitely be back and spread the word because Plate 38 is Great!
The staff is chill and laid back but definitely on top of it. The atmosphere was quiet and dimly lit with an outdoor feel. The beers were ice cold. The Grilled Asparagus rocked with a real outdoor grill flair. The Brussels Sprouts were spicy and fresh and cooked to just rightfully tender goodness.
The best part: You don't have to deal with Old Pasadena traffic and the burden/necessity of a parking garage!
I love the food at Plate 38. The staff are helpful and friendly and it's just the place I like to go to!
As always, Plate 38 provided delicious food, excellent ambiance, and amazing service. There were 7 of us, and we were in the mood to sit, drink, eat ...and catch up. We were actually put in a less busy area, and our waiter had genius timing, checking in enough to be on top of things, but not intrusive.
The food was excellent - lamb chops, branzino, filet mignon, and lamb burger were among the main courses ordered. All got rave reviews.
Starters were yummy, especially the mac & cheese!
We'll be back as often as possible - keep up the good work!
Food was amazing. Great taste, great price for Easter brunch and comfortable vibe. Can't wait to go back for dinner.
First time here. Place was busy for brunch. Chicken wings were average! The pork sandwich was tasty! Also had a burger that was supposed to be MR but came out raw. Ugh! It was replaced but still looked rare. Someone near us had salmon that looked good.!! Willing to come back. Not far from ANW!
My husband and I love this place. The lemon drop cocktail they make is yummy! We have never had anything we didn't like her!
We came for St. Patricks Day! We got the pretzels and cheese sauce, vegetable chips and the meat pie! All great!
Great food, a lot of choices from appetizers to full meals. Nice atmosphere
Bottomless (grapefruit) mimosas were A+. Service was great, except for the part where the server dumped a poached egg straight into my purse 😝. Everyone was super nice though. Food was pretty good, ambiance was nice if a little loud (but that might have just been the drunk boys at the next table). Ample (free) parking is a plus. Would definitely go back and try again.
We always enjoy dining at this restaurant. Great service, too! Food was fantastic as always!
Robert has created true gem here and we love the food, the staff, the ambiance and the decor!
Went for a quick Valentine's lunch. Had a burger and salmon fillet. Both were great! Juicy meats. Fresh veggies. Not a bad place if you need a quick bite or if you want to hang out for a few hours.
Never disappointed with Plate 38! Delicious food and perfect service. Their asparagus bisque is delicious as is the skirt steak and all fish dishes. In the mood for a great hamburger? Give Plate 38 a try!
Great drinks, Good food , great service.
Great daily specials. Love love love the freshly made pastas.
Food was great and service provided by waiter(who has worked there a long time) was excellent!
Great food and awesome service. I can’t wait to go back.
The location at the corner of two busy streets results in lots of road noise if you are seated at the walls next to the streets. We had a group of 5 for Saturday brunch and our table was already set up when we arrived. Unfortunately it was next to a busy street. Suggest asking for an interior table when making reservations. The food an service were very good. The brunch portions are quite large, too much for us older folks.
Hadn't been here in a while, but it's one of our go-to restaurants, so not having other plans on New Year's Eve, we went (and have been there once or twice before NYE). Unlike most other restaurants, they allow you to order from the regular menu on holidays rather than being locked into the prix fixe most places have which is usually mediocre and always overpriced. We enjoyed delicious cocktails, wine, oysters, pasta, salad and dessert, all for much less than the $75-150 per person other places were charging, and all at the same level of excellence that the kitchen always pulls off (Plus Chef Roberts' creativity). As a bonus, they are right on Colorado Blvd, so you can stroll down and see the Rose Parade campers. It is a rare restaurant that can satisfy for both special occasions as well as casual drop ins, and Plate 38 excels at both. Thanks, Plate 38, for another great holiday dinner!
Inventive menu with a wide variety of choices for different tastes. Had the cinghiale on pappardelle, ah, an authentic taste of Italy!!!
Great service in a fun atmosphere.
We had a tasting meal, "Christmas in Paris" which was nicely orchestrated. Each plate was different, engaging, yet not too filling. The wine pairings were appropriate and stepped up in a logical fashion, along with the "narration" provided by Michael.
Enjoyable and nicely paced.
Nice family frienly place, good food, beautiful decor
Quick and tasty service. Delicious mimosas and bloody Mary’s. Will be coming back very soon!
Portions were small. Skirt steak portions were about 3 oz and nearly cost $30.
Great beer and wine menu
We went for lunch - brunch is much better. We had salads, which were nice, quite large, but more expensive than I would have expected for what we got. The server was nice but not very knowledgeable about the foods available. Decaf coffee was not hot. We'd go for brunch, and it looked like they had some unique dinner offerings, but lunch doesn't seem to be their specialty.
As always, the food is incredible and consistent. Generous portions, farmers market fresh and delicious. Best food in Pasadena!
Service was a bit uneven on this visit. We shared three courses. The first just a salad took forever to come out of the kitchen. The soup followed at an appropriate interval. The entree came out about three spoonfuls into the soup. We had to send it back. Not sure if they redid it or just held it. Despite the delivery missteps the food was quite good as usual, particularly the pumpkin carrot ginger soup. And a three course meal for “one “ was plenty for the two of us. Topped off with yummy pumpkin cheese cake it was more than enough.
It was noisy because lots of folks had come for the football game playing on tv in the bar area. We took a quieter table in the back. It’s also always overly air conditioned so it’s best to come prepared with a sweater or light jacket.
This the first time I’ve been to Plate 38. Convenient location and easy parking.
I love their french toast!!!