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Vertical Wine Bistro
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70 N Raymond Ave Pasadena, CA 91103
70 North Raymond AvenueUSCaliforniaPasadena91103
$$Restaurant, Eclectic Restaurant
Eclectic Restaurant
Wine Bar
Seafood Restaurant
Steak House
Today 5PM–12AM
Saturday 5PM–12AMSunday 5PM–12AMMonday ClosedTuesday 5PM–12AMWednesday 5PM–12AMThursday 5PM–12AMFriday 5PM–12AM

Set above the streets of Old Town Pasadena, Vertical Wine Bistro offers an unparalleled dining environment and a menu inspired by a rich culinary background.  We are proud to provide elegantly prepared entrees that are both visually stunning as well as hearty.


Our location features a Wine Bar with over 50 wines by the glass, as well as a Full Service Bar with signature cocktails and craft beers. We offer daily Happy Hour from 5-7pm with a variety of food and drink specials.


The dining room offers hand-cut steaks and fresh fish, complemented by Pasadena's premier seafood bar experience.  The Raw Seafood Bar is available Thursday through Sunday and features international and locally sourced Seafood.  Popular items include the Maine Lobster, King Crab Legs, Spanish Octopus, Whole Live Sea Urchin (Santa Barbara), local Stone Crab and Abalone, “Bouquet Shrimp” (Spain), Scottish Langoustines, as well as a variety of seasonal options.


Every Friday and Saturday from 9pm to closing, the Vertical Lounge is the perfect venue for enjoying great company, our quality Late Nite Menu and superior drinks.  Friday night features the musical selections of DJ Chuck Daggers and Saturday night showcases the incomparable DJ Linx LA.


Vertical Wine Bistro offers multiple opportunities for hosting Private Parties.  Corporate dinners and receptions, rehearsal dinners, bridal and baby showers, birthday and anniversary parties can all be booked in our Library Room and Lounge as well as Cellar Room.
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Sleek wine bar with a glass-enclosed cellar, modern Mediterranean small plates & happy hours.- Google
"For appetizers, we had Calamari and a Margarita Pizza."
"$7 doesn't seem much like a happy hour price."
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Jon Morales
a month ago
Food is good. Moderately priced. They make good cocktails. Nice bar that is pretty large, a separate dining room for dinner, dance floor and DJ on weekends. Great location in Old Town Pasadena. I've been here four times and always enjoy it. Great places across the street also if you on a pub crawl.
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Amie V
8 months ago
It was my first time going to Vertical Wine Bar. I met my date there and I didn't know what to expect but Pasadena is a beautiful city. I didn't realized the restaurant was upstairs until I saw the string of light bulbs hanging along the walls as I walked up the stairs. It was also raining that night and I didn't have my umbrella so I casually walked in and I really love the ambience. It was like a scene in a movie where you looked at a crowd of people enjoying their wine or cocktails with their coworkers or friends after work in the bar area and around the sofas. My date had just arrived and we sat at the bar area after walking around the restaurant to look for seat. We ordered wine for our drinks. I had the 2010 Chateau Mezain Bordeaux Blend which was pretty good. My date had the Malbec. They had a great selection of wine to choose from. For appetizers, we had Calamari and a Margarita Pizza. The Calamari was pretty good with tomato sauce. The Margarita Pizza had olives in it and my date did not like olives. Poor thing had to dig out all the olives. My date noticed that the appetizers menu changed since he's been there. Service was pretty good, the waiter would check on us for drink refills or food orders. It was a bit dark in the restaurant but it's a great place to meet a group of people or coworkers after work. The atmosphere definitely set a nice chilled atmosphere to get to know someone new. Parking is near by at the parking structure. The decor of the restaurant is really nice and spacious with fine dining, sofas, or bar area. After our drinks, we left Vertical Wine Bar to meet my friends at Gyu-Kaku and walked in the rain with one umbrella.
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William Petrosky
10 months ago
Beautiful lounge to go on a date night or even hang out with friends to grab a bite and drink. The entrance with the dimly lit stairs and zigzag lights make the setting romantic. Came here on a Saturday night, great mix of age groups and not too crowded. Very relaxed. Came here with a group of friends. Drinks were decently priced and good service. Will have to come here again..
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Raquel Hunter
a year ago
The ambiance of this restaurant is amazing. It is the perfect lounge, relaxed atmosphere. The happy hour drinks are a little pricy. $7 doesn't seem much like a happy hour price. However, the happy hour does start at 4pm which is great if you really need a splash of something after a long work day. My absolute favorite? The Blueberry Collins (ask for premium Vodka ). Shishito Peppers with ponzu, and Truffle Mac and Cheese.
Michael Stretton
4 months ago
The best wine bar/bistro in Pasadena. Very nice decor and exceptional wines. The food is also delicious; I suggest the cheese plate, charcuterie and the steelhead. Don't be turned away by people saying it's too expensive it's well worth it.
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Michael Gier
8 months ago
Great place, beautiful look and feel. Very elegant. One problem is they advertise a 4-7pm happy hour and then when you show up they say that happy hour is now 4-6pm. That's a bait and switch and very unprofessional. They weren't going to honor the happy hour past 6pm but I explained that they had no choice because it's illegal to advertise one thing and then not offer what's been advertised. Eventually they agreed to extend happy hour to 7pm. If they want to make a change in the happy hour time then they need to update everything to reflect that change.
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Re becca
a year ago
Ive been to Vertical wine bistro a couple of times and had a pretty positive experience! The host that walked me to my seat were courtesy and even offered me some delicious suggestions on drinks and brought it out to me later! The waiter though took about 15 minutes before i was able to flag him down..actually someone else took my appetizer and he was a bit rude with his response but Ill let it go. My favorite of the night were the burrata with mango - it was SOOO refreshing with the sweet and sour after taste from the mango really brought out the flavors! The miss were: - the grilled cheese and tomato soup, both were incredibly heavy and oily! - my dessert, a MAJOR miss i ordered the ice cream caramel sea salt sandwich and it was NASTY i barely touched it. My friend even asked if i rather order something else..i just said nahh and moved on!
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Tiffany Gardner
3 years ago
Happy hour is the best deal in town. I just discovered the delicious sliders (three different kinds) for only $5 and $5 for wine and cocktails. Yeah.


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