Bistro Forty Five Bistro 45

Bistro 45 Menu

45 S. Mentor Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91106
626-795-2478
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Casual New American bistro in an art-filled Art Deco bungalow with a tranquil outdoor terrace.
Openings: Lunch Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sun.

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Bistro 45, Pasadena, CA


Bistro 45 Restaurant Review:


A charming Art Deco bungalow transformed into a contemporary, art-filled restaurant, Bistro 45 is both cosmopolitan and homey. After more than 20 years, often-present owner Robert Simon continues to ensure high culinary standards and warm, professional service, despite tweaking the Bistro from fine dining venue to a more casual experience. White linen remains (topped with butcher paper) while antique mirrors and contemporary lighting maintain a balance between upscale and relaxed sensibilities. The menu offers some small plates like an albacore tartare with cucumber-yuzu vinaigrette, wild white shrimp ravioli, and a composed heirloom beet salad. Larger plates range from Duroc pork chop with cherry-sherry jus to rack of lamb with black tea essence. Desserts still include Bistro 45’s chocolate soup (essentially a soft soufflé), a take on tarte Tatin and a cheesecake crêpe. Simon, one of L.A.’s most wine-savvy restaurateurs, offers 60 wines by the glass and an eclectic list with many bottles under $50, plus a reserve list that preserves a good deal of his acclaimed lineup from Bistro 45’s more upscale days. Some patrons favor the outdoor terrace, with its retractable roof, over the bustling dining room.

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