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Cafe Descanso

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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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City of Angels
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213 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Pasadena, California
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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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30 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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New York City, New York
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215 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 MaryJane D
California, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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221 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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.

Southern California
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80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2015

Order at a counter, food is delivered to your outside table - umbrellas and shade in the courtyard, they could use more tables. Menu by Patina is creative but based on my meal, poorly executed. Salad was drowning in dressing - server was nice enough to bring me an extra serving of greens to make it edible. If busy, difficult... More 

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west hills, ca
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511 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2015

nice outdoor seating but a small selection. Food is brought to your table after ordering so if there is a large crowd the line is long and slow to order a meal.

Thank jfd
Los Angeles, California
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88 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2015

The Descanso Café at Descanso Gardens serves some of the very best sandwiches you can get, and they serve them big enough to share, but you probably won't want to. While Descanso Gardens is the botanical reserve that requires a membership, the Descanso Café sits just outside the entrance in a free, open-air complex that includes a gift shop. This... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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?