Plate 38

4.6
459 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
This neighborhood gem is a perfect place for a dry aged burger and sushi rolls, or a weekend splurge with signature craft cocktails, bottles of wine, and a family pack that serves 2-4 people. Plate 38 offers an extensive to-go menu of sushi, brunch lunch, dinner, preorder specials, fine groceries, wine, and cocktails daily! Serving the community American comfort food with a lighter California farm-to-table menu available for pick up and local delivery (within a 5 mile radius) in the East Pasadena.

Thank you for your support! We look forward to serving you the best to-go and local delivery service in Pasadena, San Marino, Alhambra, Sierra Madre, Altadena, Arcadia, and surrounding areas.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 459 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Erika
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Great for brunch we had outdoor heated patio seating. Was so happy to have found this Gem open during current situations. Would come again!

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brandonk
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bottomless mimosas were definitely bottomless. The food tasted great although I wish the portions were a little bigger. But overall I would definitely recommend this place and return as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so fantastic!!! The waiter was excellent, the food was excellent and Stephany the hostess was awesome!! Love love loved it!

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vipSoCalPrincess
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our daughters there for their 19th birthday and everybody had excellent dishes. No complaints and will definitely go back next time we drive to Pasadena.

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vipJaminNan74
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience5

I hate to give this restaurant only 3 stars, but here’s why I had to: I got to my 9:30am reservation on time and walked into the restaurant; the lady behind the bar totally ignored me for almost 5 minutes, so I just stood there, at the bar, and stared at her until she looked up, but when she did, she looked down right away and said, be right with you. I said I have a reservation through Open Table, and she said, give me a minute so I asked for the bathroom. Entering the ladies room, there were no hooks for my handbag, so I looked at the baby changing station to see if I could place by bag there, and the padding on that baby station was filthy with smears of “stuff” that you could tell, were there for quite a long time. So I took a seat protector and placed it on the floor and laid my bag on it. Coming back into the front of the restaurant, the woman was still behind the bar; she looked up and grabbed a paper menu, which was supposed to be used once, but had small food and grease stains on it, and she showed me to the little outdoor table. There are a lot of other negative things I could say about this woman, but let’s leave it at what I’ve already said.
So I’m sitting at my table, reading the menu without touching it. I chose what I would have, and took the cloth napkin and unrolled it to get the flatware out, and there was a long blonde hair inside. I feel very bad about giving this bad review, but I received 2 email requests for a review and I ignored them, but I couldn’t ignore a 3rd request.

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gamaguy
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Better in the past. We lost patience after 40 minutes with no drinks after ordering, no water, and no contact with wait staff, we assumed they had lost track of us and our order and departed.

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Amor
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

The food was amazing. Cooked perfectly. A big however!! The service gets 0. Our waitress Katelynn is lucky our group size included gratuity. First let’s start by saying with LA traffic, the group was scattered in arriving. But majority of the group was there and was told (after I called and was informed that they were waiting for a second table to be free so they can conjoin us) that we would lose our table if everyone wasn’t there. I don’t know what the confusion was amongst the staff, but to give me reassurance at the same time the rest of the party was told they’d lose their tables is unacceptable. Now, when everyone arrived, we were sitting for 20-30 minutes before we received menus. And then she walked away. The only reason my sons food arrived so quick is because I through out his order before she could walk away. And then we waited 20 more minutes to receive WATER. We then had to order appetizers and meals at the same time bc who knew when she’d be back. The food was delivered by other people when it was ready. I note this because we did not see her again until she was called over 45 minutes later. We watched her check in the table next to us 10x and refill their waters and the tables around them, but completely ignored us as we were a mere few feet away and watched her look at us and walk away. We asked for more water eventually and she took forever to bring that. But had time to fill the cups of the table next to us again! We went with empty glasses for almost an hr. It’s like we had to ask for everything in bulk because we weren’t sure we’d see her again. Overall her service was terrible. And no one else seemed to be treated the same way. She missed out on extra tips bc my party is a 20-22% tipping group and we actually wanted to deduct from the already included 18%. I honestly wouldn’t recommend. The chef did great tho

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DIANAQ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose this place for date night, food, drinks, and staff were all great. I would come dine here again.

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vipRichardF
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food. I highly recommend the burger. All of the wait staff has always been wonderful. The new hostess Stefanie seems like a odd - out of character choice for plate 38 after enjoying such great staff and amazing for so long.

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vipMFRFrances
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Haven't been here since all dining moved outdoors, so it was a little chilly, but I had on a coat, so it wasn't too bad. Food is always excellent and the servers are attentive. My only complaints is that the 2 gentlemen at the next table kept watching videos on their phones with the volume turned up pretty high. Plus, they were then talking on their phone with the speaker on, again turned up pretty high. Would be nice if the restaurant implemented a "please use headsets" policy.

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NeighborhoodDining
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a treat to eat here. No cut in quality or variety during pandemic. Good distancing and safety procedures. Had a great salmon dish and crudo starter.

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vipPasMike
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasant experience dining at Plate 38! The staff is delightful and the food excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great value. Nice cocktails and wine list, good food, and great service. Nice outdoor setup for pandemic dining. Will definitely come back.

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vipFromAltadena
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really appreciate everything this restaurant and the staff are doing to stay open so that we all can enjoy your great food and drinks. The pandemic really sucks but a meal here is a welcome blessing. Thank you.

PC
PatriciaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The person handling the seating (hostess) was amazing. There were two large parties showing up a fairly the same time and she handled it with courtesy and grace. She was delightful. Food was amazing. I had the angel hair salmon paste and I can’t stop talking about. Everyone working there was so nice and attentive considering the circumstances we’re in. Thank you!

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AnthonyH
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is great. Would recommend it to anybody either in or out of pasadena

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed dining here. Service was great and the food was good also.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had my birthday here, We were sat outside. That afternoon happen to have a LOT of ashes and we didn’t have tent for our tables. That’s fine but the ashes were annoying.

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JoanaH
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My friends and I had brunch, we ordered the Nutella French toast, it was good but it wasn’t actually Nutella, it was chocolate syrup so it wasn’t as good. We also had the bottomless mimosas, they were really good but we had to keep asking for orange juice too often. It’s not something I’m used to. Overall good experience, 4/5.

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CubMom
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great assortment of food choices on the menu depending upon your craving. We have come for both the happy hour small plates, and the regular dinner entrees, and both are satisfying. The chef has a talent for combining unique flavors together, and the service is very friendly.

JD
vipJeanD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our favorite local go to restaurant. Creative and delicious food and cocktails. Best comfort food (Mac and cheese) and adventuresome dining -grilled quail, duck confit.

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EllieV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was very good. It was busy so the wait staff was hard to reach at time, but did a very great job in taking care of the tables.

JR
JRae
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

My party of 3, including myself, made a reservation at 1 PM on Sunday. We were seated at around 1:30 PM. The staff were apologetic but did not do anything additional to help make up for us waiting 30 minutes. The food was okay, nothing spectacular.

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RobertD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Super service, easy reservations and great staff follow through. Very friendly staff, great food (for both our vegetarians and our meat eaters). Highly recommend.

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SusyM
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time having brunch there and it was great. GREAT food, GREAT service. We really enjoyed our monthly brunch. We will be back for sure.

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vipTrishL
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was so nice. Great selection on the menu. Definitely something for everyone. The service was awesome and the food was amazing. Can't wait to go back!

JA
JARUSD
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Another fabulous meal at my favorite restaurant. Yellowtail crudo, halibut fish n chips, and short rib dishes were perfect. Ended with special chocolate dessert.

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SandyS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service from Jose. Awesome live music by Davis Shelton!

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AlyxM
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Good but thought drink prices were high for lunchtime place In Pasadena

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and the food was really good. Really liked the sweet potato fries and the calamari and rock shrimp appetizers. Also had really good beer selection. Dennis our waiter was very friendly too!

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vipSusieA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, excellence service!

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vipMurch
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food and drinks. Service was a bit slow the whole evening.

SM
SusanM
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dinner outdoors on front patio. Everything was wonderful.

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Family
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service was good. Pasta was just OK but everything else (including bar drink) was tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

This was actually great because we didn’t realize that there was happy hour on Sunday. Perfect!

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GreatPlate808
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Horrible wait time. Reservation was at 1:30, didn’t sit until 2:30. Food was great, but took so long to get everything. Napkins 20 minutes. A spoon 30 minutes. Refill on water? Another 30 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was great. The traffic on Colorado Avenue on Sunday morning was very LOUD at times. Will not be a deterrent to future dining plans at Plate 38.

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Smittyb
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They never disappoint. The menu is varied and deliciously executed. Service could not be better.

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MelissaC
1 review
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a bit of a noisy corner ( due to traffic noise and being you have to sit outdoors) but service was friendly, menu was great.

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vipLaurieD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience on the patio outdoors. Service, food, and wine were all the best.

FAQs

Plate 38 does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Plate 38 also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 793-7100.

Plate 38 is rated 4.6 stars by 459 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.

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