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1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3102
+1 818-790-3663
09:00 - 17:00
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Syosset, New York
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230 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had gone to the desconso gardens, were hungry and stumbled into the cafe. WOW. Excellently located, Nice table outdoors. Our waiter Theo was very nice. We ordered choppped salad, banh mi dips, turkey club oh and beignets and avocado toast. IT was terrific. It is now on our radar as a place to go back to- probably for brunch... More 

Thank Momma L
San Clemente, California
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172 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Fast food and more like concession stand ordering with help yourself outdoor seating and clean up. Located in the front entrance courtyard to Descanso Garden. This is separate from the Maple restaurant.

Thank windiveski
Los Angeles, California
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121 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Stand in line to order and pay. Food is delivered near the order point and must be carried to nearby tables. Can be crowded and slow during times of heavy traffic. The food is very good. Large sandwiches, good salads and a variety of drinks including beer and wine. This is the place for lunch or s snack while inside... More 

Thank pixer1
City of Angels
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213 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

I have eaten here twice in the past month: The first time I ordered french-fries, I had a meeting & arrived 1/2 hour early. I asked how long they would take and I was told 5-10 minutes. 1/2 hour later I still had no fries. I went back to the window and let the young man know I had to... More 

Thank Auntie-Nanuuq
Pasadena, California
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5 reviews
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Expensive for a salad, I like the fresh squeezed orange juice. They ran out of sweet potato fries. Still ok to have brunch there.

Thank 752lanid
San Dimas, California
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Came with a group of friends and spent the day at Descanso Gardens. Was very pleasant experience. Enjoyed very much all the sites and the cafe. Food was very tasty, Prices are reasonable. Limited selection, but the choices my friends and I ate were all enjoyable, I highly recommend this place (Gardens and Cafe). Very relaxing atmosphere

Thank HonestGal88
Niskayuna, New York
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37 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

For a quick bite this cafe is convenient when you need a garden break. Be advised that you need to eat outside - so it's not an all-weather option. The food was well prepared and tasty, but the service not so great, from order taking to receiving the wrong order to waiting. One of us had finished by the tin=me... More 

Thank AKT0707
New York City, New York
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235 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

The cafe has fresh food and delicious coffee, served by charming people. The outdoor seating is a delight, and the whole experience is vey relaxing.

Thank Mary Jane D
California, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016

Fast courteous service, tasty food, and a decent variety... the best way to relax after exploring the gardens.

Thank JohhHoward
Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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228 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

The atmosphere was beautiful, surrounded by the Descanso Gardens. The Ham and Swiss Sandwich was very healthy and loaded with fresh Arugula. The price was reasonable. Unfortunately the line was extremely long with only one cashier. It took 30 minutes to get a sandwich.


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1418 Descanso Dr, La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011-3102
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Canada Flintridge
  • Phone Number: +1 818-790-3663
Cafe Descanso located inside Descanso Gardens in Pasadena, serves an al fresco lunch menu and offers event and wedding catering.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?