- General Info:
- Bistro 45, located in Pasadena, Calif., offers signatures classic cuisine. The menu offered in the bistro is prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients. It also offers party menus, weddings, seasonal buffets and bar packages. Bistro 45 has a huge selection of wines.
- Extra Phones:
Phone: (626) 792-2535
- Payment method:
- all major credit cards, discover
- South Lake, Southeast Pasadena, Grant Park
- American Restaurants, Continental Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, French Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Caterers, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Parking: On Site
Bike Parking: No
Good For Groups: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: American, French, European, Continental, Omelets, Californian
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Specialties: Weddings, Bridal Events
Posted: 11/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Went to Bistro 45 based on the reviews on here and never even made it to the table.
We were sitting at the bar waiting for the rest of our party enjoying a glass of wine when something happened.
A gray haired waiter with a mustache came to the bar and asked for a macallan on the rocks. The bartender told him they did not have it. The server then said ""F*** these ____ just pour them anything, they won't know"".
We paid our bill and told the maitre 'd that our party called and needed to cancel and we left.
There are too many great choices out there for me to listen to that kind of disrespect and language from some rude bitter waiter.
This restaurant is very highly regarded in the area, and has a great reputation among the locals. Although the food was ok - it was just that ok. I wasn't impressed at all - especially at $30 a plate. Smitty's, which is just a few block away on Lake, has much better food at lower prices. I don't mind paying the high price, but I want high quality as well - the food at Bistro 45 was average quality - not high end at all.
Posted: 9/16/2007Provided by Citysearch -
It was our first time at this restaurant, so we didn't know what to expect besides a little higher bill. We had to wait about 10 minutes, which wasn't too bad even though we had reservations. The ambience was pleasant, but a little on the loud side. The air conditioning was set a little too cool for me, but it was probably comfortable for the men in sports jackets. Our waiter was very pleasant and helpful. The food was nicely served and we enjoyed everything we ordered! We had the scallop salad and calamari for starters. Both were very good. For entrees we had the duck breast and the blue nose sea bass. Again both entrees were delicious including the accompanying vegetables. For dessert I had the chocolate soup. This is a small chocolate souffle served with a small scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a small serving of warm chocolate sauce. It was the best! My husband had the Blue, Black & White...or something like that. It was blueberry ice cream inside chocolate ganache with creme fraiche. That was also very yummy.
We were very happy we tried this restaurant and will return on a week day.
Posted: 8/6/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We really enjoyed ourselves here. A party of 4 very picky eaters and everyone loved their dishes (I had the scallops and thought they were great - and the risotto with them was wonderful...oh, and the chocolate soup was scrumptious), and had a lovely time sitting outside on the patio....though I do think they could do a lot more with the patio decor-wise. The service was amazing - everyone very attentative and friendly. We brought a bottle of wine with us and also bought one from the wine list, and loved that the corkage fee for the one we brought was then waived. All in all a great experience, for not a bad price
Posted: 6/24/2007Provided by Citysearch -
How do you describe perfection? Bistro 45.
What an adorable off the beaten path treasure.
Very attentive staff and the food, excellent. Presentation, setting, (the outdoor patio is lovely). It was a wonderful time.
If the world famous Fleur de Lis in San Francisco is too far, this is your lucky day.
Posted: 5/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We had read all of the glowing reviews for Bistro 45 and just had to check it out ourselves. The building is absolutely adorable, a tiny Art Deco gem on otherwise quiet Mentor Avenue. Valet parking available at what I consider to be a reasonable $4.50.
We were warmly greeted by the manager and the owner of the restaurant. Granted, we were checking the place out for a private event so I'm sure we received the best service possible. We were offered drinks and then we were given a mini tour of the space. The main dining room and the patio are both very cute and cozy.
Now onto the food. They had an extensive selection of seafood, we started off with the Tiger Prawn Ravioli and then for the main course I had the Australian Sea Bass and he had the Beef Tenderloin. Both were melt in your mouth good, the creamed spinach (which was really more of a very lightly sauteed spinach with a barely-there cream sauce) was unbelievable. The added touches such as a Blue cheese fritter were just as good and the flavors were very well balanced. Wine selection was also incredible, with a huge number of choices.
For desert, he had the famous Chocolate Soup, which was probably the best chocolate desert we've ever tasted, hands down. I had the Apple Bread Pudding with this incredible nutty caramel ice cream that is better eaten than described!
One more thing to be mentioned: the service staff here is incredibly attentive. We had a few different people checking up on us throughout the night, and not in an overbearing obnoxious way, but in a very friendly way. Bistro 45 works to earn your business and they did a great job!
Posted: 5/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I decided after three visits that I was gonna visit this place 45 times this year. So far I'm 11 visits and it's already May, I better get a move on...my best advice for Bistro 45 is go, enjoy the food, and leave the numerical shenanigans by the wayside...
Posted: 2/2/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Me and my husband feel so lucky that we found this Amazing place. It is by far our favorite restaurant. It is quite reasonable for such great food. We have never had a bad, or even mediocre meal here, and we come for every special occasion. We are always in awe, and leave happy and content. Great service, beautiful ambiance. Try it, you will not be sorry.