Noir Food & Wine

Neighborhoods: West Central
Cuisine: Californian, Tapas, Italian

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 Los Angeles, CA

Charming Pasadena restaurant, but a bit high prices

A charming neighborhood restaurant that can be a little hard to spot just driving by. The inside is small but warm and not too noisy. The service is friendly without being intrusive. I tried the black cod, crab fritters, burger, and bananas foster – all were flavorful, well-executed, and nicely presented with the exception being the limp fries that came with the burger. While the food was good all around, the “small plates” probably don’t justify the prices. For example, at $11 I’ve had similar quality burgers that were almost twice as big. At $8 I definitely expected a much bigger dessert, too.


The burger itself was juicy and tasty, but the accompanying fries were limp. Also, for $11 I would’ve expected a burger that was 50% to 100% bigger.

Crab fritters

My favorite dish of the evening. A decent portion, very fresh and well executed, not greasy at all.

Seared black cod

The cod was tasty and came with a great cheese grits. There were also some sugar snap peas with it, but they didn’t seem to fit, both in taste and texture.

April 11, 2010


Noir Cafe is a tremendously classy place to enjoy great food and wine. You can enjoy your evening outdoors if you choose and there is a great assortment of food and wines to make this place worth frequenting more than just once.
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Californian Tapas Italian
  • The restaurant offers deals throughout the week on certain wine and tapas combos. For example, Sunday through Wednesday the wine bar offers a $39 special on chardonnay, pinot noir and tapas. Check website for details.
  • Are you a member? If you are, you can taste all new wines that the restaurant obtains, as well as receive discounts at Winemaker dinners, priority seating, discounts at special events, private wine tastings, and discounts on wines in the restaurant. Memberships start at $1,500 but that money goes towards a credit that can be used at the cafe and wine bar.
Mon-Sat 05:00PM - 11:00PM (Dinner)
Mon-Fri 11:30AM - 03:00PM (Lunch)
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Noir Food & Wine is located near the cities of South Pasadena and San Marino.
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