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Anyone try Le Grande Orange in Pasadena?

We parked on the street (metered) 1 block north. The restaurant is a couple blocks from the busy part of Old Town so street parking is OK during the week. They do have valet and also validated parking in the apartment building to the north.

I had gumbo (very good but salty) and halibut tacos (simple but the fish was fresh & properly cooked). My wife had a burger (very good) and salad (good). Nothing we had was exceptional, we'll try the steaks or seafood entrees next time.

Apr 02, 2008
drbob89 in Los Angeles Area

Anyone try Le Grande Orange in Pasadena?

Just ate at Le Grande Orange tonight (4/1). Great setting, the restored Del Mar train station in Pasadena, right next to a Gold Line station. The interior is nicely done and on the casual side. It was too cold tonight, but the patio bar area looks to be a good summer evening destination.
The food was good but not great - my wife summed it up as "Islands with Attitude". Pizzas, tacos, burgers, and the usual steaks & seafood dinners. Ingredients were fresh & quality, but the preparation & presentation was pretty average. Price is moderate, $50 for two for food.
The staff at this very new restaurant was clearly still learning, so we'll forgive the mistakes this time. However, when a customer says it is too cold, kill the attitude and close the door!
In summary, Le Grande Orange is worth a visit for a good, casual dinner. We'll be returning to check out the patio bar in warmer weather. Their adjacent Italian restaurant will open in ~6 months making it more of an evening destination.

Apr 01, 2008
drbob89 in Los Angeles Area