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424 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-1817
+1 626-799-2266
12:00 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
Fri 17:00 - 23:00
Sat 12:00 - 23:00
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Alhambra CA
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2016

I always liked Carmine's, especially the Gumbi entree. But, it's gone now, replaced by a new, different kind of place called Sow (pronounced like sew).

Thank WickedWitch2
So Calif
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60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Wanted some Italian food and was in the area. Had been here before years ago when it was associated with the Carmines in Arcadia. This place was bad. It looked to be remodeled from before but it didn't look completed. Order of manicotti was cool in the center and the pasta was not completely cooked. Also ordered a small pizza... More 

Thank highloyo
Long Beach, California
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306 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2015

On our way to Pasadena on the weekend of Mother's day, we decided to stop at a restaurant that we have driven by for so many years. We were famished and parked our car on the street in 1hr. parking and walked in without reservations at around 6PM. Our only options, were outside in the front patio or the bar... More 

Thank sherrieseg
California USA
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2015

Looking for a good Italian restaurant, resonably priced in the Pasadena, CA area. Go south to South Pasadena and enjoy the Pasta Pescatore or Chicken Cacciatore (both recommended) at Carmine's. Service was very good and the separate bar area is a great spot to meet before dinner.

1 Thank FredInCalifornia
rhode island
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137 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2015 via mobile

I went here with a group of family and friends, we had a reservation made hours in advance, and overall, we had a good meal. Luckily, we were excited about visiting with each other, and no one was terribly hungry, because the waiter was a bit overwhelmed with too many tables, and things took a lot of time. One of... More 

Thank rhodeygem
1 review
Reviewed 5 January 2015

This was my family's go to weekend restaurant. We came back after a few months to find tat the food quality has significantly declines. 2 out of 4 entrees were burnt or overcooked. The pizza we ordered was the quality of a school cafeteria;however, could not make up for the poor food quality. Please let me know when the food... More 

Thank JoAnne A
South Pasadena
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 December 2014

Returned after 12 years to give Carmine's another chance. One waitress struggling to take care of too many tables; wine came after salads were finished. Lasagna was too salty to eat, pasta sauce was orange not red, not close to being authentic. Likely no one who is Italian preparing food in the kitchen.

Thank PharmProf
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2014

This is a great place to go for the happy hour. Go straight to the bar, get a seat on a couch and order away for wine and pizza, salad, etc. Very cozy, great for a date. The restaurant section, not so great. The good food is in the bar folks.

1 Thank va d
Laguna Hills, California
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2014

we had very bad service, a waiter who did not even know the specials and it took us forever to get our meal. Bread was promised twice and finally delivered on the third time. And there were very few people there at that time --- no wonder.. By the way, food quality was not terrible, just very poor. We won't... More 

1 Thank rbrutocao
San Marino, California, USA
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2013

If you are looking for good basic Italian food go no further. Friendly service in a nice atmosphere. Their clam linguini is to die for.

1 Thank Paul K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
17:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 424 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-1817
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  South Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-799-2266

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