About Vertical Wine Bistro
Wine Bistro serving California bistro- style menu. Over 420 wine selections, 50 by the glass and wine flights from around the world. Full bar and imported beers as well as draft.
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet offered on both sides of Raymond - southbound or northbound
Metro Gold Line 1 block away.
Private Party Facilities:
Vertical Wine Bistro takes the quintessential notion of wine bar to new heights. Located in Old Pasadena, Vertical presents a welcome respite with its inviting atmosphere, dazzling wine list and delectable American bistro menu.
Private Party Contact:
Rick Liss: 6267953999x
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Live Music most Thursdays and Sundays
Vertical Wine Bistro Ratings and Reviews
This was a four star meal, with five sta ...
This was a four star meal, with five star prices and 1 star service; like that which you would expect at The Yard House. The main room is VERY loud. The service is terrible and slow. They don't even know which wine glasses to use; they served all our red wine in white wine glasses. We noticed other tables with white wine in red wine glasses and vice versa. One table had red wine in two different glasses! One of us ordered the house cabernet and received their pinot noir instead. The waiter insisted it was the house cab after my partner asked twice, until the rest of our party joined us and two of them also ordered the house cab - a different color and taste. Finally, the waiter admitted that the bartender must have poured my partner the wrong wine. We had to ask if there were any specials.
Our appetizers arrived within half an hour but it took another hour after that to get our food. We finally asked about it and were told it was all ready and coming right out - 20 minutes later. When my sister-in-law ordered a second glass of wine, it didn't show up until our waiter brought the dessert menus. The dirty appetizer plates lingered on our table until we asked about our entrees and it wasn't until after we ordered dessert that they removed our dirty entree plates. I ordered an Earl Grey tea to accompany my dessert and it arrived with the check after our dessert plates were cleaned up. The waiter did apologize for that one and indicated he had taken it off the bill, only he didn't and had added his gratuity as well. Ha!
Now, the ONLY saving grace of this restaurant is the food. As late as it was in arriving, it was absolutely delicious! No one could say a critical word about any of our meals. Everything was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite of the halibut and wanted more. Of course, we could have also just been incredibly hungry...
For the price point, we expected the service to be comparable to the food.
Although the manager did acknowledge the ...
Although the manager did acknowledge the lack of slow service and attentiveness, and adjusted our bill . . . serious service growing pains with new ownership. Give it more time before taking a large party on a busy night.
This was our second visit. Visited last ...
This was our second visit. Visited last year. Will not be back. New owner. Has not trained the staff well. Missteps all through dinner. Food just okay, not good. (And it used to be quite good.) Owner seemed "laissez faire" in attitude. Place will not take care of itself; you need to put in the effort.
Great Food!!! We started with the Charc ...
Great Food!!! We started with the Charcuterie (with truffle honey) and Artisanal Cheese Plates. Between the four of us, we had the Steak Au Poivre (2), Roasted Chicken and Grilled Pork Chop. All meals were delicious. I recommend reservations. We will be back.
We went after a football game. 8 of us. ...
We went after a football game. 8 of us. Good choices for the vegetarians in our group. Attentive service. Quiet enough for conversation the the dining room. The bar was more energetic if that's your thing.
Street parking or the Marriott garage 1.5 blocks North on the other side of the street.
Made a reservation for dinner and went e ...
Made a reservation for dinner and went early to sit in the bar for happy hour. I enjoyed my $5 glass of house Chardonnay, though my friend with a more sophisticated palate said it was stale, as was her house Cabernet, but she agreed for $5 nothing to complain about. We ordered the shishito peppers, which were very tasty: salty but in a good way. The steamed artichoke was not a winner. It was enormous, but seemed waterlogged and a bit mushy. Still, the ambience on the cocktail seating in the bar area was very pleasant and we enjoyed it. For dinner, two of our party ordered a special which was initially described as flank steak, but the waitstaff returned and said it was a flat iron steak. Looked and tasted like sirloin to me, but it wasn't bad. The truffle fries were outstanding. I would go back just for those crunchy little delights. My kale salad was OK. Maybe that's what I get for ordering kale LOL. One odd note stood out: when we entered, and sitting on the soft seating in the bar area, my husband and I both noticed a faint, off musty/sour smell. When I go back, which I plan to, I'll try to identify it.
Mediocre food with menu different than ...
Mediocre food with menu different than online, artichoke undercooked, salad greens limp, over dressed, stale bread atop, waiter could not describe pasta prep just repeated menu 'some pasta' with chicken and a heavy pesto sauce. When we were surprised knew not type of pasta or prep he explained it wasn't very popular so didn't know much about it. Very disappointing evening.
This was my second visit here but this w ...
This was my second visit here but this was the first time ordering from their menu (1st visit was for a pop up restaurant) so I knew the ambiance and the restaurant was nice. I must say that the wine was the best part of the meal, we ordered calamari, halibut, steak and risotto and they were all very salty. For dessert I ordered the tiramisu and it was dry, lady fingers not soaked in espresso at all. It was quite disappointing cause I was celebrating my birthday. I was told that since they changed chef, the restaurant has been going down hill. Sad cuz it's a beautiful place.
Disappointment Mothers Day Brunch
Overall the experience was less than spectacular. The menu was very disappointing. One aspect with the menu was it wasn't clearly described what was included. For example when the Eggs Benedict stated salmon, it should have been worded it was LOX not salmon. Very misleading, the Cesar Salad didn't have any dressing only the cheese.
Overall, the food was below sub par for a special event.
Mothers day brunch was a disaster
We waited a very long time for food and drinks. They didnt come out together which means that some of our food got cold. Took forever to get my daughters shirley temple. Btw, they charged as bottomless cocktail. $15 for a few sips of shirley temple. 2 people ordered french toast. One got fruits and my daughter didnt. They forgot the dressing on the salad. Prime rib was supposed to be medium rare, i was served well done!! I used to be a regular but brunch was an extreme disappointment. Too bad
More horizontal than vertical...flat line, in fact
I now know why I was able to get a last minute reservation for 7:30pm on a Friday night. The bar/restaurant was very nice - what you would expect at this price point. The hostess was very gracious and accommodating. The service was on point...right up until the end, that is...more on that later.
Party of 4. Ordered sauteed mushrooms, an artichoke, ceasar salad, skewered filet mignon, calamari and salmon. Of these, the artichoke was the best dish, though the ounce of aioli it came with was ridiculously insufficient. The mushrooms and salad were bland, the salmon was dry, etc., ...not at all what I expected from such a nice place.
We ordered decaf to finish the disappointing meal and were told they were out of it. "I could have just brought you regular coffee and you never would have known." Record scratch. It wasn't even said in a joking manner.
The boysenberry sorbet was very good, however, and the wine list is extensive but overpriced. I've never spent so much money to be so unimpressed. We won't be back.
First time for dinner
This was our first time for dinner but had been to the bar a few times. We were very happy with the menu, food was delicious, great drinks. The only complaint was our server handled too many tables and as the room filled up he was very rushed and service dropped off. Even so, he was very polite and did the best he could. We consider this is a management problem, not his.
The atmosphere is fabulous for drinks or dinner. We'll definitely go back.
This place was promising from the reviews that I read. I never write reviews for these things, but this had to be done. I decided to come here for the wine pairing and four course dinner for Valentine's Day. The first two courses were great, but the main course was horrible. I don't presume to be the most knowledgeable person about food, but I'm pretty sure two cold steaks with cold potatoes and piping hot veggies isn't ideal. For over $200 for two people I'd expect them to at least get the main course right. Never coming here again.
A good choice for Valentine's Day
I have a very short list of options for a special Valentine's Day dinner, because I've been burned more than once. I like the tradition, but many restaurants offer a limited menu, jacked-up prices, a reduction in quality, and robotic or uneven service. My only complaint is that the fixed price was more than I would expect to pay at this restaurant. However, the food was good, and the service was attentive, timely, and cordial.
Previous dining experiences here were good, but this time, it took over 45 minutes to receive raw oysters, drinks and steaks were also slow. We tried to get a second glass of wine to eat with the steak and it took so long the food was cold by the time we made a second request and finally received it. Food was overly salty and steaks were missing the sauces mentioned on the menu. We would have mentioned it to the waitress had she come back to check on us. We were not the only disappointed table many other guests were complaining.
Excellent Food, Under-Serviced
Good as always, even with a constantly changing and evolving menu. However, the dining area seemed woefully understaffed on the Saturday we were there. Our server was nice enough, and tried his best, but the service suffered as a result of being undermanned.
Perfect dining experience to ring in 2016
We dined here for New Year's Eve...... it was perfect in every way. The service/wait staff was professional, food delivery was perfectly-timed, they were all knowledgable about the menu and the wines to pair. Our dinner choices ranged from beef to fish and our desserts put the finishing touches on an outstanding meal. Our 9:00PM reservation brought in the New Year and then we finished off the evening with a bottle of champagne. Though we were one of the last parties to leave, we never felt rushed or hurried in any way. We could not have found a better restaurant.
We love our yearly Christmas Visit to Vertical
Great, great food, fantastic wines, there is nothing we do not love about Vertical Wine Bistro. We have friends come every Christmas and before we drop them off at Bob Hope Airport, it is our tradition to have a last dinner at Vertical. The food is fantastic and we wouldn't think of going any where else to top off the holidays.
Xmas Eve Group Dinner
Vertical Wine Bistro was an excellent choice for our group of 10. It is a nice dining room, great food and drink and the service was amazing. We had 8 adults and two young kids and everyone was extremely accommodating. Thanks for a great dinner!
hubby found our new favorite late night place by chance. He went there for a business dinner and decided to show it to me. What an amazing experience, the food was delicious, the server amazing and the noise level was low. Highly recommend it 😀
Seafood tower, cheese and wine
They have all the offerings of a wine bar. There are 2 menus- bar and restaurant. Everything was great except the truffle fries. The fries tasted like regular fries and not worth the price. Cheese and meat plates are very good. Definitely do the wine flights! Busboy was a bit overzealous and not paying attention to subtle cues that we were not ready for him to clear the table.
My family went to Verticle Wine Bistro for my husbands birthday and we were pleasantly surprised by the space. Very nice, and not to loud. My husband and I ordered the rib eye but were not happy. It had the texture of pork, not very tender, we ordered medium but it was leaning toward well. Not worth the $37. The two other dishes ordered were ok, pork chop and beef bourguignon. The service was very good, but I don't think we will be returning, too expensive for mediocre food.
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