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491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-1240
+1 626-449-1844
09:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 22:00
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Visalia, California
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

You just can't beat The Hat. If you are a fan of the Pastrami Dip this is the best you can find. Come hungry as the portions are huge!

Thank Jim S
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92 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

I LOVE The Hat!!! I think the food is delicious but it is definitely a little pricey... I would suggest, splitting a sandwich and an order of their DELICIOUS chili cheese fries... (It usually costs about $15.50-without a drink). There is enough between both orders, to feed two people. Anything on the menu is a good choice. I usually order... More 

Thank Lisa P
Sugar Land, Texas
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250 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

If you order the Pastrami Burger as highly recommended, this will be lunch and dinner. It is that large and so good. If we come again, might split the burger so we can have the popular chili fries. Service is very quick, you will have your burger very soon. Seating is at a premium at lunch, arrive early or take... More 

Thank Shuttrrbug
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

This is a big menu place, with plenty of happy customers. Enjoy the fries with a family because you'll be hurting if you try to finish them alone! Everything is a large portion size, you can't go wrong!

Thank Jonathan W
San Clemente, California
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129 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Found The Hat right off the 210 Fwy on our way to a play at the Pasadena Playhouse. We got the last space in the nice sized parking lot. Inside tables were almost full but we got one. Service was quick. No line for our order and our sandwiches were ready in about 3 minutes. We ordered a Pastrami and... More 

Thank Lighthouse2006
Marina del Rey, California
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325 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

There are a few The Hat(s). Go to this one. It is small, parking is great right on the lot. It is not fancy and you don't want it to be. Your food is served on a thick paper plate and you get some of the condiments on your own. The service is very friendly and fast. Their Pastrami Sandwiches... More 

Thank Elizabeth L
Castaic, California
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238 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

Located off Lake Ave. the parking is easy on their own lot. You enter and order from an overhead menu. You continue on picking up your condiments and a heavy paper plate. You are then given your food in a paper bag. Seating is easy in the very clean interior. They are famous for their pastrami sandwich which is huge... More 

Thank Rene V
Castaic, California
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248 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The Hat has been around for many years and has several locations. This is the pastrami place. just under $10 for a Pastrami. They make the best Cherry Coke, The do their own fountain mix.

Thank wvillamil
Lancaster, California
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118 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

I know these are in many locations but this place has some great pastrami. I love their sandwiches and i always try to get some of this place any time i am in the area.

Thank brandon F
Atlanta, Georgia
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161 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016

OMG, the amount of food they serve is ridiculous. We ordered two pastrami sandwiches and the chili cheese fries. We could not finish all of it. The pastrami was lean and flavorful, but the star of our meal was the chili cheese fries. I could have eaten the chili by itself. There was at least 5 lbs of fries, chili... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
American, Fast food, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 491 N Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101-1240
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-449-1844

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