The Crepevine Bistro & Wine Bar

★★★★☆

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I LOVE this place. We have been for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The food is very fresh and well thought out. The flatbread pizzas are amazing. I especially like the artichoke asparagus one. They have a wide variety of wines that are delicious. If you are not into wine, don't let this pass you by because you see the "wine bar" part of it. The food is SO good. I just really love places that have fresh ingredients and this place always seems to have that. I feel like you get great quality food for a very reasonable price. And the owners and staff are always very warm and welcoming. They have periodic live entertainment off to a corner in the form of guitar, singing, etc. that is very enjoyable and not intruding as some live music dining can be. It adds a nice backdrop to the meal. The location is also perfect because it is very convenient if you are out on Colorado Blvd. because it is just off of it in a little alley without all the hustle and craziness. It is more relaxing and intimate there than anywhere you would find out on Colorado. I am so glad we stumbled across this place when we did and I have always been just as satisfied after every return visit.

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★★★★★

I LOVE this place. We have been for brunch, lunch, and dinner. The food is very fresh and well thought out. The flatbread pizzas are amazing. I especially like the artichoke asparagus one. They have a wide variety of wines that are delicious. If you are not into wine, don't let this pass you by because you see the "wine bar" part of it. The food is SO good. I just really love places that have fresh ingredients and this place always seems to have that. I feel like you get great quality food for a very reasonable price. And the owners and staff are always very warm and welcoming. They have periodic live entertainment off to a corner in the form of guitar, singing, etc. that is very enjoyable and not intruding as some live music dining can be. It adds a nice backdrop to the meal. The location is also perfect because it is very convenient if you are out on Colorado Blvd. because it is just off of it in a little alley without all the hustle and craziness. It is more relaxing and intimate there than anywhere you would find out on Colorado. I am so glad we stumbled across this place when we did and I have always been just as satisfied after every return visit.

Pros: Great food, great wine, great service, great value

Cons: that it isn't right around the street from my house so I can't go there every day :)

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After dinner my date took me her for my birthday. We had excellent wine with crepes. I was in heaven. Very intimate and romantic spot. I would recommend it for dates only.

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★★★★☆

After dinner my date took me her for my birthday. We had excellent wine with crepes. I was in heaven. Very intimate and romantic spot. I would recommend it for dates only.

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I usually frequent Vertical Wine Bistro and Bodegas. I found out about this place through here and decided to try it out last week. It met my expectations. The food selection was limited but delicious and the wines we tried were superb. I will definitely include this place in my roster of wine cafes to visit in Pasadena. Thumbs up!

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★★★★☆

I usually frequent Vertical Wine Bistro and Bodegas. I found out about this place through here and decided to try it out last week. It met my expectations. The food selection was limited but delicious and the wines we tried were superb. I will definitely include this place in my roster of wine cafes to visit in Pasadena. Thumbs up!

Pros: Wine, Desert, Ambiance

Cons: Selection of Food

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I went to Crepe Vine for the first time last night, looking for a glass of wine and a small meal. This bistro recently suffered a kitchen fire and apparently changed the menu because certain things cannot be cooked there any more. But I had a wonderful evening. From great wine-by-the-glass recommendations from the chatty bartender to the friendly greeting by the owner, Kate, it was a very pleasant several hours. I had the French dip sandwich that was sort of more like a panini, served on grilled bread with the traditional dipping sauce. The green salad on the side included cherry tomatoes and olives enveloped in a mustard vinaigrette. I would hope that this bistro does not lose customers due to the menu change, because what is on there now is very good, even if it no longer includes coq au vin, etc. I will certainly be back and would encourage others to go too.

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★★★★★

I went to Crepe Vine for the first time last night, looking for a glass of wine and a small meal. This bistro recently suffered a kitchen fire and apparently changed the menu because certain things cannot be cooked there any more. But I had a wonderful evening. From great wine-by-the-glass recommendations from the chatty bartender to the friendly greeting by the owner, Kate, it was a very pleasant several hours. I had the French dip sandwich that was sort of more like a panini, served on grilled bread with the traditional dipping sauce. The green salad on the side included cherry tomatoes and olives enveloped in a mustard vinaigrette. I would hope that this bistro does not lose customers due to the menu change, because what is on there now is very good, even if it no longer includes coq au vin, etc. I will certainly be back and would encourage others to go too.

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My boyfriend left our server NO TIP. NONE. Usually I would demand he leave something, but I totally agreed that it would be sending the wrong message, being that truly bad food and slow, rude, inept and offensive service (She rolled her eyes at my boyfriend when he asked a question about a sweet crepe) are acceptable. NO, we did not like the food. No, we did not like the atmosphere, No, we did not like the slow, HORRIBLE SERVICE. I wish I had brought a bottled water with me, I was dying of thirst and getting a glass of water require the negotiating skills of a diplomat. You could dehydrate waiting for that water. So do not touch the bread, it is not worth the carbs. Wait for the fries, IF YOU CAN MANAGE TO GET THEM SERVED TO YOUR TABLE AT ALL. They are good. but fries do not a bistro make.
After a long wait for our dinner we still ordered dessert, that was our mistake and the final straw. Our server brought the wrong crepe and it took 20 minutes to get it replaced. We kept trying to find our server to cancel the order so we could leave- could not find her, which is odd because this place is very very small. Very. Even half full it is nerve wracking to be so squished together while you are eating. We found another server who brought us our check. We were charged for the crepe, but did not eat it. I was just itching to get out of there. Will never return. I Do Not Recommend Crepevine.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend left our server NO TIP. NONE. Usually I would demand he leave something, but I totally agreed that it would be sending the wrong message, being that truly bad food and slow, rude, inept and offensive service (She rolled her eyes at my boyfriend when he asked a question about a sweet crepe) are acceptable. NO, we did not like the food. No, we did not like the atmosphere, No, we did not like the slow, HORRIBLE SERVICE. I wish I had brought a bottled water with me, I was dying of thirst and getting a glass of water require the negotiating skills of a diplomat. You could dehydrate waiting for that water. So do not touch the bread, it is not worth the carbs. Wait for the fries, IF YOU CAN MANAGE TO GET THEM SERVED TO YOUR TABLE AT ALL. They are good. but fries do not a bistro make.
After a long wait for our dinner we still ordered dessert, that was our mistake and the final straw. Our server brought the wrong crepe and it took 20 minutes to get it replaced. We kept trying to find our server to cancel the order so we could leave- could not find her, which is odd because this place is very very small. Very. Even half full it is nerve wracking to be so squished together while you are eating. We found another server who brought us our check. We were charged for the crepe, but did not eat it. I was just itching to get out of there. Will never return. I Do Not Recommend Crepevine.

Pros: NONE. SORRY, BUT NONE.

Cons: SERVICE, FOOD, LOCATED IN AN ALLEY, NOT A "GROVE" TYPE OF ALLEY EITHER.

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And so do my friends and family. The moules meunire, french onion soup, burrata mozarella, organic greens, pomme frites, shrimp diane, la mer crepe, Hunchback, steak frites, and seasonal berries avec creme crepe are just some of my savory favorites. I'm there at least once or twice a week and not just because of the perpetual flow of iced tea.

Substitutions and double orders are not a problem. If there's something wrong tell them and it'll be quickly made to your liking. The wait staff is always courteous during busy times as well as off hours and has been so since day one. Ever been escorted to the shared restroom? It's an odd City building code but probably for historical preservation as well as for the ventilation situation. I don't see how either building restrictions can be blamed on the restaurateur.

Hopefully, Zack comes back from "Crush" soon. He certainly knows his wines or if you'd prefer, taste a couple before your meal. When you get to know your neighborhood French bistro to find out they really are your neighbors, then maybe more support will be given to independent businesses such as the Crepe Vine.

I'd hate to end up with CF in Old Town but I guess the tourists needs somewhere to graze.

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★★★★★

And so do my friends and family. The moules meunire, french onion soup, burrata mozarella, organic greens, pomme frites, shrimp diane, la mer crepe, Hunchback, steak frites, and seasonal berries avec creme crepe are just some of my savory favorites. I'm there at least once or twice a week and not just because of the perpetual flow of iced tea.

Substitutions and double orders are not a problem. If there's something wrong tell them and it'll be quickly made to your liking. The wait staff is always courteous during busy times as well as off hours and has been so since day one. Ever been escorted to the shared restroom? It's an odd City building code but probably for historical preservation as well as for the ventilation situation. I don't see how either building restrictions can be blamed on the restaurateur.

Hopefully, Zack comes back from "Crush" soon. He certainly knows his wines or if you'd prefer, taste a couple before your meal. When you get to know your neighborhood French bistro to find out they really are your neighbors, then maybe more support will be given to independent businesses such as the Crepe Vine.

I'd hate to end up with CF in Old Town but I guess the tourists needs somewhere to graze.

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Well not exactly there are a few good Indian places and some decent places for lunch but this is the only place we take people in Old Pasadena. My wife and I go frequently. The Hunchback is out of this world, we love the Tartar, and the dessert crepes are all great. Great wines too. The service is always good and the owner is great. If you are in Old Pasadena or in the Pasadena area The Crepe Vine is a must.

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★★★★★

Well not exactly there are a few good Indian places and some decent places for lunch but this is the only place we take people in Old Pasadena. My wife and I go frequently. The Hunchback is out of this world, we love the Tartar, and the dessert crepes are all great. Great wines too. The service is always good and the owner is great. If you are in Old Pasadena or in the Pasadena area The Crepe Vine is a must.

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My boyfriend and I like to try "new" places at least once a week. This has been going on for 6 months and this restaurant has been my favorite... BY FAR! From the service... the hostess was extremely friendly... we did not wait one second for our table (we did have reservations). Our server, Carrie was funny and knowledgeable about the menu. Even more impressive, the owner Kate was making the rounds seeing how everyone was doing. Really a nice touch. Sitting outside was great... plenty of people watching on a Friday night... not to mention you are somewhat secluded from the main street traffic (Colorado), so the background noise was minimal. We tried the steak tartare (best I've ever had!) and the Shrimp Diane (absolutely delicious). But my favorite was the Steak Frites... MELT IN YOUR MOUTH!!! So good. We may have to bend the rules and go back soon! Definetely worth checking out!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend and I like to try "new" places at least once a week. This has been going on for 6 months and this restaurant has been my favorite... BY FAR! From the service... the hostess was extremely friendly... we did not wait one second for our table (we did have reservations). Our server, Carrie was funny and knowledgeable about the menu. Even more impressive, the owner Kate was making the rounds seeing how everyone was doing. Really a nice touch. Sitting outside was great... plenty of people watching on a Friday night... not to mention you are somewhat secluded from the main street traffic (Colorado), so the background noise was minimal. We tried the steak tartare (best I've ever had!) and the Shrimp Diane (absolutely delicious). But my favorite was the Steak Frites... MELT IN YOUR MOUTH!!! So good. We may have to bend the rules and go back soon! Definetely worth checking out!

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I think Crepe Vine in Pasadena is a great little place to eat. I read the other review, and I disagree, I think their savory crepes are very tasty and the sauce was great. Normally, I would just order the sweet crepes but I thought I would give it a try and I was not dissappointed. I especially like the sweet crepes -I had one w/Gran Marnier and it was awesome. I will surely go back there and I think you should try it.

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★★★★☆

I think Crepe Vine in Pasadena is a great little place to eat. I read the other review, and I disagree, I think their savory crepes are very tasty and the sauce was great. Normally, I would just order the sweet crepes but I thought I would give it a try and I was not dissappointed. I especially like the sweet crepes -I had one w/Gran Marnier and it was awesome. I will surely go back there and I think you should try it.

Pros: Great Sweet Crepes

Cons: Small space so hard to get seated

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The CrepeVine is a gem of a restaurant, hidden off the main flow of Colorado in Old Pasadena. Sure, it is small, and you sit close to your neighbors -- and you have to go around the outside to use the restroom (which by the way is clean and well maintained). But these are small inconveniences when the food is excellent, the service friendly, and the wine list extensive. The owner will remember your name, seat you herself each time you come back, and make you feel so welcome that you immediately start to relax. Human connection is half of the experience of going out to eat, isn't it? The food is wonderful -- fresh, creative, French classics with a twist. The house specialty, savory French buckwheat crepes, are especially good -- I recommend the forest mushroom. The wine list is constantly changing -- and they will let you try any wine before you buy it. But dont' just believe me -- walk by on any Friday or Saturday night, and you will see that the place is packed, sure sign that I am not the only person who loves the CrepeVine.

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★★★★★

The CrepeVine is a gem of a restaurant, hidden off the main flow of Colorado in Old Pasadena. Sure, it is small, and you sit close to your neighbors -- and you have to go around the outside to use the restroom (which by the way is clean and well maintained). But these are small inconveniences when the food is excellent, the service friendly, and the wine list extensive. The owner will remember your name, seat you herself each time you come back, and make you feel so welcome that you immediately start to relax. Human connection is half of the experience of going out to eat, isn't it? The food is wonderful -- fresh, creative, French classics with a twist. The house specialty, savory French buckwheat crepes, are especially good -- I recommend the forest mushroom. The wine list is constantly changing -- and they will let you try any wine before you buy it. But dont' just believe me -- walk by on any Friday or Saturday night, and you will see that the place is packed, sure sign that I am not the only person who loves the CrepeVine.

Pros: food, ambience, personal attention

Cons: bathroom outside

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Pasadena has so many great restaurants. Old Town has it's share, the places I "crave" and never tire of eating at. Thought I would try something new, so we stumbled upon Crepevine. I am always interested in finding new places to eat, so I was excited at the different concept.
One problem. Well. actually more than one. The food is not good. I am being polte. Our crepes were not "savory" they were falling apart and oddly globbed with horrible sauce. Too salty and just not pleasant at all. There is nothing here to eat that I would ever "crave." The menu is heavy and fatty.

We were blown away at the service, because frankly you do not run into service this bad very often. It was almost hard to believe after our third request for menu's, and forget about trying to find your waiter when your order is messed up, and it will be. Bad service ruins the dining experience as much as bad food.

So I tried a new restaurant and it was a bad experience. Nothing new. It hapens. There are other restaurants that I have only been to once and never returned. You just know when the pieces don't fit.
Oh, the inside is very very small. The bathrooms are not located in the restaurant but outside in the alley, and they are not used by just the patrons of this unfortunate bistro.

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★☆☆☆☆

Pasadena has so many great restaurants. Old Town has it's share, the places I "crave" and never tire of eating at. Thought I would try something new, so we stumbled upon Crepevine. I am always interested in finding new places to eat, so I was excited at the different concept.
One problem. Well. actually more than one. The food is not good. I am being polte. Our crepes were not "savory" they were falling apart and oddly globbed with horrible sauce. Too salty and just not pleasant at all. There is nothing here to eat that I would ever "crave." The menu is heavy and fatty.

We were blown away at the service, because frankly you do not run into service this bad very often. It was almost hard to believe after our third request for menu's, and forget about trying to find your waiter when your order is messed up, and it will be. Bad service ruins the dining experience as much as bad food.

So I tried a new restaurant and it was a bad experience. Nothing new. It hapens. There are other restaurants that I have only been to once and never returned. You just know when the pieces don't fit.
Oh, the inside is very very small. The bathrooms are not located in the restaurant but outside in the alley, and they are not used by just the patrons of this unfortunate bistro.

Pros: The bar is great looking.

Cons: Food. Service. Staff.

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I've been going to the Crepevine twice a month or so for almost a year now. What keeps drawing me back is the ambience, location, and overall soothing tone that the bar/restaurant sets. I haven't found a better place to read a magazine, drink wine, and eat a small meal in Pasadena on those casual afternoons or early evenings. When in the mood to eat/snack, I prefer the small appetizers and light crepes mostly. I highly recommend the patio seating when the weather is nice. The service is superfriendly. The female owner (blond) always has a smile on her face and will wait tables and do whatever to make your visit satisfying. The servers are fantastic and intriguing as well. One of the regulars (female, brunette, mid-20s, cute) has an incredibly happy aura about her and is great to strike up a conversation on those not-so-busy days. The regular bar tenders and servers really add a cozy, neighborly element that isn't so easy to find in the LA area these days. Overall, if you can tolerate a slightly pricy assortment of wines, I would recommend the place to almost anyone.

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★★★★★

I've been going to the Crepevine twice a month or so for almost a year now. What keeps drawing me back is the ambience, location, and overall soothing tone that the bar/restaurant sets. I haven't found a better place to read a magazine, drink wine, and eat a small meal in Pasadena on those casual afternoons or early evenings. When in the mood to eat/snack, I prefer the small appetizers and light crepes mostly. I highly recommend the patio seating when the weather is nice. The service is superfriendly. The female owner (blond) always has a smile on her face and will wait tables and do whatever to make your visit satisfying. The servers are fantastic and intriguing as well. One of the regulars (female, brunette, mid-20s, cute) has an incredibly happy aura about her and is great to strike up a conversation on those not-so-busy days. The regular bar tenders and servers really add a cozy, neighborly element that isn't so easy to find in the LA area these days. Overall, if you can tolerate a slightly pricy assortment of wines, I would recommend the place to almost anyone.

Pros: ambience, people, service

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I have to say my dining experience tonight was very very disappointing. We got there and got seated outside because the place was full, that was OK for us. And then they ran out of their menus because they have a big party came in just right before we did. So we waited for at least 10-15 minutes and my Dad suggested for us to just find another place to dine. I insisted to stay because I came here once and their food was pretty decent. Although I did noticed that the wait was rather longer than most restaurants, but the first I was there was with a my friends and we weren't too hungry and able to tolarate the slow service. But tonight's experience was beyond aggravating! After we got our menu, we waited until another waitress came and took our order. Then the wait for the food...I thought it was very long and we had to request them to move us in because it was too cold outside. By the time we got our food it was already passed 30 minutes, then they forgot the fries which I had to ask for TWICE! The fries came later after we finished all our foods. After we finished eating, we had to wait for the bill, which the waitress forget, again. When she finally brought us the bill, we had to wait for her to take it and I finally had lost my patience by then. So I walked up to the counter to pay and get the change, and after another wait I had to ask my change to the waitress. And guess what? We had to wait again! Because she decided to chat and serve other customer rather than processing the cash transaction and give me the change. Finally I had to ask another waitress to get me the change. Unbelievable! The amount of torturous waiting we had to go through. Bottomline....customer service is horrible! Unless you have all the time in the world to eat for 20 minutes and wait for 2 hours, I would not recommend this place.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have to say my dining experience tonight was very very disappointing. We got there and got seated outside because the place was full, that was OK for us. And then they ran out of their menus because they have a big party came in just right before we did. So we waited for at least 10-15 minutes and my Dad suggested for us to just find another place to dine. I insisted to stay because I came here once and their food was pretty decent. Although I did noticed that the wait was rather longer than most restaurants, but the first I was there was with a my friends and we weren't too hungry and able to tolarate the slow service. But tonight's experience was beyond aggravating! After we got our menu, we waited until another waitress came and took our order. Then the wait for the food...I thought it was very long and we had to request them to move us in because it was too cold outside. By the time we got our food it was already passed 30 minutes, then they forgot the fries which I had to ask for TWICE! The fries came later after we finished all our foods. After we finished eating, we had to wait for the bill, which the waitress forget, again. When she finally brought us the bill, we had to wait for her to take it and I finally had lost my patience by then. So I walked up to the counter to pay and get the change, and after another wait I had to ask my change to the waitress. And guess what? We had to wait again! Because she decided to chat and serve other customer rather than processing the cash transaction and give me the change. Finally I had to ask another waitress to get me the change. Unbelievable! The amount of torturous waiting we had to go through. Bottomline....customer service is horrible! Unless you have all the time in the world to eat for 20 minutes and wait for 2 hours, I would not recommend this place.

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Wow. I am amazed at the planted reviews posted here. I have not seen such glowing wildly over the top restaurant reviews except those reserved for L.A.'s finest- Nobu, Patina, Campanile etc.

This is not a restaurant, it is a very small bar. Not charming European cafe small, but cramped shoebox small. The tiny bar is utilized with 20-something poseurs and the food they serve is some odd mix of pseudo-crepes served by surly unprofessional waiters. I know more about wine having lived in Napa for four years than the bartender I dealt with, but I would never correct his mistakes as that is kind of hostile and not my place.
My friend and I watched a couple try to get served bread. This went on so long that I got up and told their waitress that her customers really wanted some bread. Sad. It should also be illegal to plant reviews of your own establishment to try and drum up business. What's the point? I don't know anyone who has ever been back for seconds. Ever. The owners of this joint are completely out of their league. They should just try being a small winebar and forget the food, as it is inedible.

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★☆☆☆☆

Wow. I am amazed at the planted reviews posted here. I have not seen such glowing wildly over the top restaurant reviews except those reserved for L.A.'s finest- Nobu, Patina, Campanile etc.

This is not a restaurant, it is a very small bar. Not charming European cafe small, but cramped shoebox small. The tiny bar is utilized with 20-something poseurs and the food they serve is some odd mix of pseudo-crepes served by surly unprofessional waiters. I know more about wine having lived in Napa for four years than the bartender I dealt with, but I would never correct his mistakes as that is kind of hostile and not my place.
My friend and I watched a couple try to get served bread. This went on so long that I got up and told their waitress that her customers really wanted some bread. Sad. It should also be illegal to plant reviews of your own establishment to try and drum up business. What's the point? I don't know anyone who has ever been back for seconds. Ever. The owners of this joint are completely out of their league. They should just try being a small winebar and forget the food, as it is inedible.

Pros: None.

Cons: Total farce as a dining establishment. Should just stick to being a bar.

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It's good to see so many glowing reviews of the food at the Crepe Vine - unfortunately I was never given a chance to try it. I went there with some friends after work and the restaurant was nearly empty - at around 6:30PM. We asked if we could sit on the patio, since it was such a pleasant evening. We were seated, given menus, and then completely ignored. Not even a glass of water - for at least 20 minutes we sat, making eye contact with the waitress more than once, and being completely and utterly ignored. And there were about four people inside - it's not as if they were too busy to serve us. We left when it was clear that we wouldn't be eating or drinking at the Crepevine that evening. I'm sure the food is great but I don't tolerate that level of customer service, so I won't be going back.

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★★☆☆☆

It's good to see so many glowing reviews of the food at the Crepe Vine - unfortunately I was never given a chance to try it. I went there with some friends after work and the restaurant was nearly empty - at around 6:30PM. We asked if we could sit on the patio, since it was such a pleasant evening. We were seated, given menus, and then completely ignored. Not even a glass of water - for at least 20 minutes we sat, making eye contact with the waitress more than once, and being completely and utterly ignored. And there were about four people inside - it's not as if they were too busy to serve us. We left when it was clear that we wouldn't be eating or drinking at the Crepevine that evening. I'm sure the food is great but I don't tolerate that level of customer service, so I won't be going back.

Pros: I'll never know

Cons: The waitress refused to serve us

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I can't believe some of the negative reviews of this place, and I had to write my own. I imagine that their location exposes them to a lot of amateurs who don?t appreciate good food and an inviting atmosphere. Clearly the clientele of Old Town's corporate restaurants spills into the few top-notch places along the boulevard. I will assume the bad reviews were written by some of those folks. I had to share my impressions.

To begin with, the owner is so lovely and gracious. I was shocked to find out that she?s the owner ? I?ve seen her bus tables, deliver food, seat people and pour wine, all with a genuine smile. I?ve never seen an owner work so hard and be so kind. I appreciate that she puts so much effort into making her customers comfortable.

Her charm is matched by the food. Anyone who knows anything about the restaurant business knows that even the nicest atmosphere simply cannot overcome bad food. The food is great and surprisingly affordable for the quality. I have been there several times with friends, and so I?ve had a chance to try many things from the menu. I have never been disappointed. I was skeptical about savory crepes at first, but the stroganoff crepe is truly incredible. The wine list is also exceptional, and it manages to appeal to wine novices and experts alike.

My only possible critique is that the place is small. However, I imagine that if they took out a few tables, the wait would increase, which really wouldn?t help anyone. As for comments from other posters, I don?t doubt that the Crepevine has had bad nights and made the occasional bad dish. And I?m sure their servers sometimes run out of patience and get tired of demanding customers. However, this place obviously takes pride in serving good food and making customers feel at home. I have never hesitated to recommend it to my friends.

This has truly become one of my favorite restaurants, and it?s no surprise that it?s packed every time I walk by.

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★★★★★

I can't believe some of the negative reviews of this place, and I had to write my own. I imagine that their location exposes them to a lot of amateurs who don?t appreciate good food and an inviting atmosphere. Clearly the clientele of Old Town's corporate restaurants spills into the few top-notch places along the boulevard. I will assume the bad reviews were written by some of those folks. I had to share my impressions.

To begin with, the owner is so lovely and gracious. I was shocked to find out that she?s the owner ? I?ve seen her bus tables, deliver food, seat people and pour wine, all with a genuine smile. I?ve never seen an owner work so hard and be so kind. I appreciate that she puts so much effort into making her customers comfortable.

Her charm is matched by the food. Anyone who knows anything about the restaurant business knows that even the nicest atmosphere simply cannot overcome bad food. The food is great and surprisingly affordable for the quality. I have been there several times with friends, and so I?ve had a chance to try many things from the menu. I have never been disappointed. I was skeptical about savory crepes at first, but the stroganoff crepe is truly incredible. The wine list is also exceptional, and it manages to appeal to wine novices and experts alike.

My only possible critique is that the place is small. However, I imagine that if they took out a few tables, the wait would increase, which really wouldn?t help anyone. As for comments from other posters, I don?t doubt that the Crepevine has had bad nights and made the occasional bad dish. And I?m sure their servers sometimes run out of patience and get tired of demanding customers. However, this place obviously takes pride in serving good food and making customers feel at home. I have never hesitated to recommend it to my friends.

This has truly become one of my favorite restaurants, and it?s no surprise that it?s packed every time I walk by.

Pros: excellent food, friendly people

Cons: can get crowded

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I had been here once before, and had a fabulous time, but I was half in the bag when I arrived, so upon reading the reviews here, I thought I had perhaps missed something.

I hadn't.

Despite the vitriol in other reviews, I decided to give it another try, this time with a different companion and arriving totally sober. It was, in a word, excellent.

Even though we arrived a mere half hour before the kitchen closed, we were not rushed in the slightest. We were greeted in a friendly manner which persisted throughout our meal. We weren't pressed to order (or NOT order) dessert, nor were we pressured to leave. The service was competent, knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. The food was delicious and priced well. The wine list was beautiful, and they have my beloved sparkling Shiraz.

After reading some bad reviews, I was dubious and perhaps more critical once I entered and even with that, I have absolutely nothing to complain about. If you are used to huge, spacious restaurants with no real character of their own and no noise other than the clink of glasses, I wouldn't recommend this establishment. However, given the quaint alley location, and the decidedly NON-trendy feel of the place, I feel that they've done an incredible job with the amount of space and the location challenges they've been given. I would not hesitate to eat here again, nor will I pause in recommending it to friends and strangers alike. Delicious food, excellent service, and a lovely wine list. What more could a person want?

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I had been here once before, and had a fabulous time, but I was half in the bag when I arrived, so upon reading the reviews here, I thought I had perhaps missed something.

I hadn't.

Despite the vitriol in other reviews, I decided to give it another try, this time with a different companion and arriving totally sober. It was, in a word, excellent.

Even though we arrived a mere half hour before the kitchen closed, we were not rushed in the slightest. We were greeted in a friendly manner which persisted throughout our meal. We weren't pressed to order (or NOT order) dessert, nor were we pressured to leave. The service was competent, knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. The food was delicious and priced well. The wine list was beautiful, and they have my beloved sparkling Shiraz.

After reading some bad reviews, I was dubious and perhaps more critical once I entered and even with that, I have absolutely nothing to complain about. If you are used to huge, spacious restaurants with no real character of their own and no noise other than the clink of glasses, I wouldn't recommend this establishment. However, given the quaint alley location, and the decidedly NON-trendy feel of the place, I feel that they've done an incredible job with the amount of space and the location challenges they've been given. I would not hesitate to eat here again, nor will I pause in recommending it to friends and strangers alike. Delicious food, excellent service, and a lovely wine list. What more could a person want?

Pros: Food, Service, Wine List, Ambience

Cons: Bathrooms in adjacent facility

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Mother-in-Law wanted to try a light lunch. I told her that these crepes were not light and that I did not want to eat at Crepevine again...ever. Mother-in-Law wins. I am too polite to say "I told you so" so I just kept my mouth shut when she told our rude, unprofessional server that the food and the service (HER Service!) was very disappointing. To say the least! The soup was cold and the bread was stale. It was freezing that day, so warm soup not overdosed with salt would have been appreciated. The crepe was also tough and MIL declared the aftertaste to be "musty." So loud that conversation is close to impossible even though the table behind us was empty. There is still no room to even move. Seriously.
I feel that I am in a position, having dined here three times now, to unequivably grant the Crepevine the title of "Worst Crepes, Worst SERVICE, and the most unpleasant atmosphere in Pasadena. The food is bad and the servers are beyond the pale. I can not believe they are able to hold down their jobs. What is management thinking??? Rework your menu, then your Chef, then your waiters. Good Luck people, because you have a lot to work on.
Three Strikes and you are permanently out, Mother-in-Law be damned.

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★☆☆☆☆

Mother-in-Law wanted to try a light lunch. I told her that these crepes were not light and that I did not want to eat at Crepevine again...ever. Mother-in-Law wins. I am too polite to say "I told you so" so I just kept my mouth shut when she told our rude, unprofessional server that the food and the service (HER Service!) was very disappointing. To say the least! The soup was cold and the bread was stale. It was freezing that day, so warm soup not overdosed with salt would have been appreciated. The crepe was also tough and MIL declared the aftertaste to be "musty." So loud that conversation is close to impossible even though the table behind us was empty. There is still no room to even move. Seriously.
I feel that I am in a position, having dined here three times now, to unequivably grant the Crepevine the title of "Worst Crepes, Worst SERVICE, and the most unpleasant atmosphere in Pasadena. The food is bad and the servers are beyond the pale. I can not believe they are able to hold down their jobs. What is management thinking??? Rework your menu, then your Chef, then your waiters. Good Luck people, because you have a lot to work on.
Three Strikes and you are permanently out, Mother-in-Law be damned.

Pros: none

Cons: food service atmosphere

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Such polarized reviews on this restaurant, but like ANY restaurant it has its pros and cons. Service is always a little less than desirable. I think I've had the same waitress that the reviewer below has had...who is "inconvenienced" by having to take your order. But the food has usually made up for that. I love the savory Provencale Crepes, with their deliciously rich sauce and cooked-to-perfection vegetables. The Crepes Suzette have been delicious the last few times I've had them (with just the right amount of Grand Marnier flavor). I also have fantasies (full-fledged, drooling fantasies) about their Creme Brulee Duo. Oh...so good. I did try a Mushroom Sherry Soup one evening which was a total miss - WAY too rich and WAY too salty. Overall, though, I'd say their food is worth a try, with moderate prices. Atmosphere is, honestly, cramped, and you may as well accept the fact that your conversation will be heard by the four tables next to you. Just don't say anything you might regret. Wine list is pretty good, and their happy hour is worth the wait - after 11 PM bottles of wine are half price or significantly discounted depending on the price. It's a great place to go for a late meal and to stay for some cheap wine while socializing into the wee hours of the morning.

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★★★★☆

Such polarized reviews on this restaurant, but like ANY restaurant it has its pros and cons. Service is always a little less than desirable. I think I've had the same waitress that the reviewer below has had...who is "inconvenienced" by having to take your order. But the food has usually made up for that. I love the savory Provencale Crepes, with their deliciously rich sauce and cooked-to-perfection vegetables. The Crepes Suzette have been delicious the last few times I've had them (with just the right amount of Grand Marnier flavor). I also have fantasies (full-fledged, drooling fantasies) about their Creme Brulee Duo. Oh...so good. I did try a Mushroom Sherry Soup one evening which was a total miss - WAY too rich and WAY too salty. Overall, though, I'd say their food is worth a try, with moderate prices. Atmosphere is, honestly, cramped, and you may as well accept the fact that your conversation will be heard by the four tables next to you. Just don't say anything you might regret. Wine list is pretty good, and their happy hour is worth the wait - after 11 PM bottles of wine are half price or significantly discounted depending on the price. It's a great place to go for a late meal and to stay for some cheap wine while socializing into the wee hours of the morning.

Pros: tasty desserts, good happy hour

Cons: service with some attitude

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I love this little place - its small yes, but so are most of the authentic French Bistros in Paris.

The Food is some of the best I have had in Pasadena, or most of LA for that matter. Its clear that there is a lot of care taken in preparing the sauces and the meats - I love that they have added specials to both the lunch and dinner menu

The service is probably the best it can be for a place that is constantly crowded - the servers are all friendly and know the wine and food menus well

My husband and I have been dining at this little Gem for months and recommend it to all of our friends

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I love this little place - its small yes, but so are most of the authentic French Bistros in Paris.

The Food is some of the best I have had in Pasadena, or most of LA for that matter. Its clear that there is a lot of care taken in preparing the sauces and the meats - I love that they have added specials to both the lunch and dinner menu

The service is probably the best it can be for a place that is constantly crowded - the servers are all friendly and know the wine and food menus well

My husband and I have been dining at this little Gem for months and recommend it to all of our friends

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Although my brunch expereince here left me unsatisfied, I actually really enjoy the crepes on the dinner menu at this restaurant. Although they may not be as light and varied as a Parisian Crepery, I still enjoy the crepe entrees (particulalry the Le Mer) and the Moulin sweet Crepe dessert. It's a small retsaurant that at times can be overcrowded but I noticed that they removed one or two tables and it made seating much more comfortable. Where I get frustrated with this spot is that the service is incredibly sketchy. I mean INCREDIBLY sketchy. There is one server in particular that I dread getting because she is completely vacant and behaves as though she is being put out by having to take your order. There have been other nights when the service has been spot on but that has been much less often. Still though, I think it's worth checking out.

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Although my brunch expereince here left me unsatisfied, I actually really enjoy the crepes on the dinner menu at this restaurant. Although they may not be as light and varied as a Parisian Crepery, I still enjoy the crepe entrees (particulalry the Le Mer) and the Moulin sweet Crepe dessert. It's a small retsaurant that at times can be overcrowded but I noticed that they removed one or two tables and it made seating much more comfortable. Where I get frustrated with this spot is that the service is incredibly sketchy. I mean INCREDIBLY sketchy. There is one server in particular that I dread getting because she is completely vacant and behaves as though she is being put out by having to take your order. There have been other nights when the service has been spot on but that has been much less often. Still though, I think it's worth checking out.

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I was so surprised that a restaurant as cute as Crepevine would be so unbelievably bad. Thought was put into the decor, maybe too much thought for such a tiny spot, but the menu must have been an afterthought.
To be blunt the food is terrible. Bad enough that I would never give it a second chance, (Fool me once... You know the saying.) The restaurant is located off the main Blvd. in an alley. No biggie. But the smells! INSIDE the restaurant!! It was like eating on top of a trash dumpster.

The sheer loudness of the place will scatter your brain. You are sitting an inch away from the next little table. Claustrophobic!

The dinner crepes are to be avoided, unless you like any of the following: raw food, or tough buckwheat you "can not cut with a fork" crepes, or sauce so rich it makes you cringe. My date and I agreed completely on that. We wanted dessert but decided not to risk paying for more possibly horrible food.
It was just total chaos with inedible food and truly unprofessional almost laughable service, which is so irritating. We undertipped, because it was called for and I never do that!

Bottom Line- avoid eating here. It is a waste of money, but more critical is the fact that it is horrid food served in a smelly teeny-weeny hole in the wall with NO INDOOR RESTROOMS!! Need I say more? I think not.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was so surprised that a restaurant as cute as Crepevine would be so unbelievably bad. Thought was put into the decor, maybe too much thought for such a tiny spot, but the menu must have been an afterthought.
To be blunt the food is terrible. Bad enough that I would never give it a second chance, (Fool me once... You know the saying.) The restaurant is located off the main Blvd. in an alley. No biggie. But the smells! INSIDE the restaurant!! It was like eating on top of a trash dumpster.

The sheer loudness of the place will scatter your brain. You are sitting an inch away from the next little table. Claustrophobic!

The dinner crepes are to be avoided, unless you like any of the following: raw food, or tough buckwheat you "can not cut with a fork" crepes, or sauce so rich it makes you cringe. My date and I agreed completely on that. We wanted dessert but decided not to risk paying for more possibly horrible food.
It was just total chaos with inedible food and truly unprofessional almost laughable service, which is so irritating. We undertipped, because it was called for and I never do that!

Bottom Line- avoid eating here. It is a waste of money, but more critical is the fact that it is horrid food served in a smelly teeny-weeny hole in the wall with NO INDOOR RESTROOMS!! Need I say more? I think not.

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Surreal in it's badness. The dinner crepes we tried were recommended by our waiter, who forgot to mention that they would be forever in arriving to our table, cold, greasy, way too rich and just sloppy. This food was nasty. So what if it is very very small and located in an alley? If the food was good those things could be overlooked. But the food is so so bad. The wine list is mediocre, at best. Now the really bad: it smells inside this restaurant. Smells bad. Maybe from the alley? The trashcans? And your date better be game for using an "outhouse" as there are no bathrooms in the restaurant. No. Bathrooms. Waste of money, time and once more, the food is bad. Oh yeah it is also louder than a Laker's Game due to the fact that it is smaller than my first apartment in New York. Not romantic, Not tasty, just Bad. At least dinner was cheap, or I would be really bumming.

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Surreal in it's badness. The dinner crepes we tried were recommended by our waiter, who forgot to mention that they would be forever in arriving to our table, cold, greasy, way too rich and just sloppy. This food was nasty. So what if it is very very small and located in an alley? If the food was good those things could be overlooked. But the food is so so bad. The wine list is mediocre, at best. Now the really bad: it smells inside this restaurant. Smells bad. Maybe from the alley? The trashcans? And your date better be game for using an "outhouse" as there are no bathrooms in the restaurant. No. Bathrooms. Waste of money, time and once more, the food is bad. Oh yeah it is also louder than a Laker's Game due to the fact that it is smaller than my first apartment in New York. Not romantic, Not tasty, just Bad. At least dinner was cheap, or I would be really bumming.

Pros: The bar looks great.

Cons: Food, Weird, offensive odors, Service, no bathrooms inside restaurant.

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I recently went to the Crepe Vine and can't help but post a comment....I hated it. I have read other reviews and the last one was wrong...it wasn't like being in Europe at all. The restaurant is in an alley, next to dumpsters...I'm young, modest and very "un-spoiled." I've been all over Europe and this wasn't French at all. The service was terrible. It took forever for our food and our drinks! The crepes were greasy and I could hear everyone else's conversations...the place was TINY! ...the wine selection was good but that's stretching it for a compliment. Having been a server before, including one in Europe, I was disappointed...

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I recently went to the Crepe Vine and can't help but post a comment....I hated it. I have read other reviews and the last one was wrong...it wasn't like being in Europe at all. The restaurant is in an alley, next to dumpsters...I'm young, modest and very "un-spoiled." I've been all over Europe and this wasn't French at all. The service was terrible. It took forever for our food and our drinks! The crepes were greasy and I could hear everyone else's conversations...the place was TINY! ...the wine selection was good but that's stretching it for a compliment. Having been a server before, including one in Europe, I was disappointed...

Pros: wine list

Cons: service,food, bathrooms....

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After moving to Pasadena in May, I frequented many, many restaurants in order to get a feel for the great, the bad and the boring. From the first lunch I had at the Crepe Vine I was hooked. This is hands down my favorite place to dine in Pasadena for a casual meal. I am in the hotel business (a five-star hotel) and I am impressed over and over again, how genuine and professional the service is (the Manager). The food is divine and well prepared and consistently delicious. I would equate the negative reviews to your usual spoiled, uninformed diners that really don't know how to dine the European way. Hey guys, I hear there is an Olive Garden in Monrovia, check it out....

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★★★★★

After moving to Pasadena in May, I frequented many, many restaurants in order to get a feel for the great, the bad and the boring. From the first lunch I had at the Crepe Vine I was hooked. This is hands down my favorite place to dine in Pasadena for a casual meal. I am in the hotel business (a five-star hotel) and I am impressed over and over again, how genuine and professional the service is (the Manager). The food is divine and well prepared and consistently delicious. I would equate the negative reviews to your usual spoiled, uninformed diners that really don't know how to dine the European way. Hey guys, I hear there is an Olive Garden in Monrovia, check it out....

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It's dismaying to hear of other people's unfortunate experience at this place because my husband and I have always had an enjoyable experience at the CrepeVine. Yes, the space is small, the lighting is a tad dark, and the hostess can be a little harried, especially at the height of the dinner hour. However, what we've sampled of the food (the crepes, both savory and dessert, and I'm a fan of moules frites, in general) and the wine has been great. We've also found the staff to be personable, knowledgeable and helpful, especially if the patron shows any inkling of curiosity at all at the interesting wine and beer selections. Lastly, it's a great addition to the Old Town Pasadena dining scene, which seems to be dominated by Cheesecake Factory and its behemoth portions.

PROS: Interesting wine/beer list, knowledgeable staff, crepes
CONS: Small space, too dark lighting

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★★★★☆

It's dismaying to hear of other people's unfortunate experience at this place because my husband and I have always had an enjoyable experience at the CrepeVine. Yes, the space is small, the lighting is a tad dark, and the hostess can be a little harried, especially at the height of the dinner hour. However, what we've sampled of the food (the crepes, both savory and dessert, and I'm a fan of moules frites, in general) and the wine has been great. We've also found the staff to be personable, knowledgeable and helpful, especially if the patron shows any inkling of curiosity at all at the interesting wine and beer selections. Lastly, it's a great addition to the Old Town Pasadena dining scene, which seems to be dominated by Cheesecake Factory and its behemoth portions.

PROS: Interesting wine/beer list, knowledgeable staff, crepes
CONS: Small space, too dark lighting

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Here is an example of why this place is so special: I ate at the Crepe Vine in March on a business trip from DC, when I moved here in June and returned for a glass of wine the staff remembered my name and welcomed me back. Hence, I fell in love with the Crepe Vine. The food is truly creative and delicious, I have been there many times now and I have had the opportunity to try many different items from the menu all have been superb. If you are unsure about the wine you want to order, they will always let you have a taste before you order a glass. Though the bartenders and wait staff are so knowledgeable that I end up ordering what they recommend and loving it! The atmosphere is inviting and cozy, whether you are hanging out with friends for happy hour or on a romantic date.
I guess I have said enough but I really hope this place gets the credit and business it deserves

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★★★★★

Here is an example of why this place is so special: I ate at the Crepe Vine in March on a business trip from DC, when I moved here in June and returned for a glass of wine the staff remembered my name and welcomed me back. Hence, I fell in love with the Crepe Vine. The food is truly creative and delicious, I have been there many times now and I have had the opportunity to try many different items from the menu all have been superb. If you are unsure about the wine you want to order, they will always let you have a taste before you order a glass. Though the bartenders and wait staff are so knowledgeable that I end up ordering what they recommend and loving it! The atmosphere is inviting and cozy, whether you are hanging out with friends for happy hour or on a romantic date.
I guess I have said enough but I really hope this place gets the credit and business it deserves

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I was just reading all of these reviews and I feel like I need to stick up for this charming and unassuming place. The owners, batender, and staff are wonderful, and I eat there with my wife at least twice a month, and have always enjoyed myself immensely. I do however, watch the staff get more and more irritable with many of the customers around us, as their ridiculous demands, for items not on the menu and "tastes" of a dozen wines before they choose the house glass, add up. The staff does a great job in handling these droves of people that demand to be put around a table that is too small for them, thereby clogging the aisles and putting undue strain on the tiny kitchen, or taking forever to order (last night the server made about half a dozen trips to the table next to us to answer questions, and then they had the nerve to get demanding when they were there for an hour before their food came, but only 20 minutes after they ordered it!!!) I suppose at this point I'm just venting about the other reviews on this site, but come one people! It's undeniable that the food is great and the service is caring and patient, when you deserve it.

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★★★★★

I was just reading all of these reviews and I feel like I need to stick up for this charming and unassuming place. The owners, batender, and staff are wonderful, and I eat there with my wife at least twice a month, and have always enjoyed myself immensely. I do however, watch the staff get more and more irritable with many of the customers around us, as their ridiculous demands, for items not on the menu and "tastes" of a dozen wines before they choose the house glass, add up. The staff does a great job in handling these droves of people that demand to be put around a table that is too small for them, thereby clogging the aisles and putting undue strain on the tiny kitchen, or taking forever to order (last night the server made about half a dozen trips to the table next to us to answer questions, and then they had the nerve to get demanding when they were there for an hour before their food came, but only 20 minutes after they ordered it!!!) I suppose at this point I'm just venting about the other reviews on this site, but come one people! It's undeniable that the food is great and the service is caring and patient, when you deserve it.

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We had gone to this place back in Jan. and things were just chaotic. It took forever to get our food, we were seated practically on top of another couple, and the service wasnt very good. When we left the manager had apologized for the lousy service. She had explained to us that they had just opened and they were still working things out. We thought she was very sincere and thought maybe well come back when they have everything worked out. Well almost 8 months have passed and I think things have gotten worse. This time the quality of the food was just bad. Service has not improved and the bathrooms, dont even get me started on that!

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★★☆☆☆

We had gone to this place back in Jan. and things were just chaotic. It took forever to get our food, we were seated practically on top of another couple, and the service wasnt very good. When we left the manager had apologized for the lousy service. She had explained to us that they had just opened and they were still working things out. We thought she was very sincere and thought maybe well come back when they have everything worked out. Well almost 8 months have passed and I think things have gotten worse. This time the quality of the food was just bad. Service has not improved and the bathrooms, dont even get me started on that!

Pros: nothing

Cons: everything

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I dont really like to badmouth anything or anyone but this place was just awful. First of all the place wasnt even crowded when my husband & I went in last Thursday for dinner & wine. The service was just terrible!! There was no hostess on staff that day and the wait staff just kept walking past us, so it took forever for us to be seated. We almost walked out and maybe we should have. It took almost an hour for our food to get to us and it WAS NOT even worth the wait. As I said, it wasnt even crowded. From the looks of some of these reviews it looks like this type of thing is common at The Crepe Vine. Do yourself a favor and just simply avoid it.

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★★☆☆☆

I dont really like to badmouth anything or anyone but this place was just awful. First of all the place wasnt even crowded when my husband & I went in last Thursday for dinner & wine. The service was just terrible!! There was no hostess on staff that day and the wait staff just kept walking past us, so it took forever for us to be seated. We almost walked out and maybe we should have. It took almost an hour for our food to get to us and it WAS NOT even worth the wait. As I said, it wasnt even crowded. From the looks of some of these reviews it looks like this type of thing is common at The Crepe Vine. Do yourself a favor and just simply avoid it.

Pros: nice choice of interior colors

Cons: service, food quality, the space (it's tiny inside)

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The wine selection is okay but the food is not so good. The crepes are dry and have really little flavor except for the Nutella crepe, that one was not bad. If you want to eat dessert and have a glass of wine go to this place. If you want a good dinner with great service, skip it and move on.

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★★★☆☆

The wine selection is okay but the food is not so good. The crepes are dry and have really little flavor except for the Nutella crepe, that one was not bad. If you want to eat dessert and have a glass of wine go to this place. If you want a good dinner with great service, skip it and move on.

Pros: wine list and dessert crepes

Cons: food & service not so good

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Good ambience! One of the rare places in Pasadena where you can have a quiet conversation and relax! Good selection of wines/cocktails and desserts! The hostess and wait staff are extremely friendly and helpful! Favorite hang out in old town Pasadena! Job well done! Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

Good ambience! One of the rare places in Pasadena where you can have a quiet conversation and relax! Good selection of wines/cocktails and desserts! The hostess and wait staff are extremely friendly and helpful! Favorite hang out in old town Pasadena! Job well done! Highly recommended!

Pros: Ambience, Selection of wine/cocktails and desserts

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The Crepevine Bistro is located in Old Town Pasadena, in an alley. You should not sit outside, as the smells/odors one associates with alleys are present and accounted for. Pretty nasty, like a sewer. We were able to move inside and sat at the bar, which is very pretty. I can't recommend this cafe though, because the cons soooo outweigh the pros. The service is dicey, and that is being generous. The tables are almost stacked on top of each other, due to the size of the restaurant. Not intimate at all!! The buckwheat crepes are like fast food. They are not the kind of crepes I am accustomed to eating. They taste like fast food, seriously.

The public bathroom (!!??) for the cafe is located in the alley, and is not just for their use. It needs no further explanation, you know what I am trying to say.

This is not really a French restaurant at all. I can not figure out for the life of me what you could find appealing about the place, because it is not the food, the locale or the service. Definitely not the rude hostess. Our meal was below average, not memorable and a one time deal.

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The Crepevine Bistro is located in Old Town Pasadena, in an alley. You should not sit outside, as the smells/odors one associates with alleys are present and accounted for. Pretty nasty, like a sewer. We were able to move inside and sat at the bar, which is very pretty. I can't recommend this cafe though, because the cons soooo outweigh the pros. The service is dicey, and that is being generous. The tables are almost stacked on top of each other, due to the size of the restaurant. Not intimate at all!! The buckwheat crepes are like fast food. They are not the kind of crepes I am accustomed to eating. They taste like fast food, seriously.

The public bathroom (!!??) for the cafe is located in the alley, and is not just for their use. It needs no further explanation, you know what I am trying to say.

This is not really a French restaurant at all. I can not figure out for the life of me what you could find appealing about the place, because it is not the food, the locale or the service. Definitely not the rude hostess. Our meal was below average, not memorable and a one time deal.

Pros: nice bar

Cons: noise, smells, food

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My husband and I are "regulars" at this once secret place. We are there about 1-2 nights a week. I almost hate to write about it for fear of it becoming even more crazy busy! I have spent time reading all of the reviews on this site and was sad to see the negative comments on the food. EVERYTHING we have ever tried has been at least very good-- most has been excellent. The owner, Christine, is the most concerned and caring individual we have had the good fortune of running across in this plastic bubble of a city! She really cares about making your total experience perfect. Every time. The service, I will admit, has been sketchy at times, but the ambience, the wine and the food compensate threefold. The only true negative I see here is the bathroom situation. You have to go outside of the restaurant into the alley to use a public toilet, so that is not pleasant, but just take care of that ahead of time! You have to remember that all bistros in FRANCE are a little "off" in some ways-- and the portions are not going to measure up to The Cheesecake Factory (but if that is what you want--it is located right around the corner.) Bistros in France are noisy, they are small and the service is often slower than what Americans are accustomed to. It is all about the total EXPERIENCE. At Crepevine, the ambience is romantic, the food is delicious and the wine is interesting. You can fall in love with your spouse all over again... and you do not have to fly to Paris! The only thing missing is the cigarette smoke!

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★★★★★

My husband and I are "regulars" at this once secret place. We are there about 1-2 nights a week. I almost hate to write about it for fear of it becoming even more crazy busy! I have spent time reading all of the reviews on this site and was sad to see the negative comments on the food. EVERYTHING we have ever tried has been at least very good-- most has been excellent. The owner, Christine, is the most concerned and caring individual we have had the good fortune of running across in this plastic bubble of a city! She really cares about making your total experience perfect. Every time. The service, I will admit, has been sketchy at times, but the ambience, the wine and the food compensate threefold. The only true negative I see here is the bathroom situation. You have to go outside of the restaurant into the alley to use a public toilet, so that is not pleasant, but just take care of that ahead of time! You have to remember that all bistros in FRANCE are a little "off" in some ways-- and the portions are not going to measure up to The Cheesecake Factory (but if that is what you want--it is located right around the corner.) Bistros in France are noisy, they are small and the service is often slower than what Americans are accustomed to. It is all about the total EXPERIENCE. At Crepevine, the ambience is romantic, the food is delicious and the wine is interesting. You can fall in love with your spouse all over again... and you do not have to fly to Paris! The only thing missing is the cigarette smoke!

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It is not fancy cuisine, but the dishes they offer are comforting in a modern way. The portions are not too big and prepared with a simple elegance. But the best part is having a nice wine selection to choose from and wonderful wine and water glasses that are provided. Part of the downfall is that it has gotten so popular, you cannot just "pop" in on weekends. That is a shame since part of the charm is the fact that this restaurant should be the kind that you discover "accidentally" while strolling allong an alley.

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★★★★☆

It is not fancy cuisine, but the dishes they offer are comforting in a modern way. The portions are not too big and prepared with a simple elegance. But the best part is having a nice wine selection to choose from and wonderful wine and water glasses that are provided. Part of the downfall is that it has gotten so popular, you cannot just "pop" in on weekends. That is a shame since part of the charm is the fact that this restaurant should be the kind that you discover "accidentally" while strolling allong an alley.

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I had heard that the Crepevine was in trouble a long time ago. Planting over-the-top "rave" reviews seems pointless when the actual word of mouth is so dismal.

A kitchen fire? That is truly unfortunate, but perhaps it is a sign, an omen if you will. I have had two awful meals here (business lunches) and my brother had one dreadful dinner. The reviews I have come across are either glowing beyond compare, as if a 5-Star restaurant was the topic of the review, or quite negative. I can speak from actual experience, the negative reviews are right on the money. Our dining experiences took place long before the kitchen fire that is being blamed for the "bad press."

PROS: none, other than the interior design
CONS: bad food, worse service, rude waitstaff,

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★☆☆☆☆

I had heard that the Crepevine was in trouble a long time ago. Planting over-the-top "rave" reviews seems pointless when the actual word of mouth is so dismal.

A kitchen fire? That is truly unfortunate, but perhaps it is a sign, an omen if you will. I have had two awful meals here (business lunches) and my brother had one dreadful dinner. The reviews I have come across are either glowing beyond compare, as if a 5-Star restaurant was the topic of the review, or quite negative. I can speak from actual experience, the negative reviews are right on the money. Our dining experiences took place long before the kitchen fire that is being blamed for the "bad press."

PROS: none, other than the interior design
CONS: bad food, worse service, rude waitstaff,

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Please please please ignore the negative reviews!! This darling place which newly opened suffered a terrible kitchen fire around a month ago or so and they were obviously under stress/pressure/etc. when these reviews were written. I have been a fan of this place for months and the food is lovely and very evocative of France (I lived in France and in Montral for 7 years so I *know* French food). Everyone I have taken there has fallen in love with the place! They have a charming dining area (check their website) and an outdoor terrace to watch the passersby. The kitchen will be back up and running to full capacity in three weeks. So...mid May it should be back to amazing! I went in last week and they have had to switch menus til the kitchen is repaired but they are doing okay and making progress to get back to the FANTASTIC charmer of a caf that it was when it first opened. The wine list is amazing and the servers are well schooled in assisting customers in making complimentary choices. The happy hour specials are great-- lots of goodies for 5 bucks-- my fave's the French Mac-n-cheese. It's more like creamy 5 cheese alfredo over penne with toasted bread crumbs sprinkled on top. (sigh) If you want a superb glass of wine (at a price, mind you) try the Schoolhouse Red. This is a place we need in Pasadena-- well, I actually think the whole world, every city, needs more authentic French cafs. Visit this sweet place, have a glass of wine, and admire the resilience of the staff and owners for sticking it out -- and staying together-- through this trying time. Sant!

PROS: amazing food, great wine list, charming atmosphere, nice people
CONS: no hot meals til early to mid may when the kitchen is fully repaired

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★★★★★

Please please please ignore the negative reviews!! This darling place which newly opened suffered a terrible kitchen fire around a month ago or so and they were obviously under stress/pressure/etc. when these reviews were written. I have been a fan of this place for months and the food is lovely and very evocative of France (I lived in France and in Montral for 7 years so I *know* French food). Everyone I have taken there has fallen in love with the place! They have a charming dining area (check their website) and an outdoor terrace to watch the passersby. The kitchen will be back up and running to full capacity in three weeks. So...mid May it should be back to amazing! I went in last week and they have had to switch menus til the kitchen is repaired but they are doing okay and making progress to get back to the FANTASTIC charmer of a caf that it was when it first opened. The wine list is amazing and the servers are well schooled in assisting customers in making complimentary choices. The happy hour specials are great-- lots of goodies for 5 bucks-- my fave's the French Mac-n-cheese. It's more like creamy 5 cheese alfredo over penne with toasted bread crumbs sprinkled on top. (sigh) If you want a superb glass of wine (at a price, mind you) try the Schoolhouse Red. This is a place we need in Pasadena-- well, I actually think the whole world, every city, needs more authentic French cafs. Visit this sweet place, have a glass of wine, and admire the resilience of the staff and owners for sticking it out -- and staying together-- through this trying time. Sant!

PROS: amazing food, great wine list, charming atmosphere, nice people
CONS: no hot meals til early to mid may when the kitchen is fully repaired

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When I had dinner here I found the noise level unsettling. The space is extremely small. I started with a simple sandwich, I had heard negative things about the crepes, but knew I would order a dessert crepe anyway. My sandwich was a failure. Ham, cheese, bread, the end. It was greasy and the bread terrible. There is no excuse. The fries were good. The finale was the crepe suzette. Too much orange, slimy, and so help me not a drop of cognac. We were stunned: the hapless waiter, the bathrooms, the bad food, the noise. Evening wasted. I would not eat there again and would not recommend to anyone with a mature palate who is looking for french food that offers its patrons more than just good french fries. It seems to be a popular place to hang at the bar and get drunk, great for the noise factor!

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★☆☆☆☆

When I had dinner here I found the noise level unsettling. The space is extremely small. I started with a simple sandwich, I had heard negative things about the crepes, but knew I would order a dessert crepe anyway. My sandwich was a failure. Ham, cheese, bread, the end. It was greasy and the bread terrible. There is no excuse. The fries were good. The finale was the crepe suzette. Too much orange, slimy, and so help me not a drop of cognac. We were stunned: the hapless waiter, the bathrooms, the bad food, the noise. Evening wasted. I would not eat there again and would not recommend to anyone with a mature palate who is looking for french food that offers its patrons more than just good french fries. It seems to be a popular place to hang at the bar and get drunk, great for the noise factor!

Pros: lovely interior

Cons: food, location, service

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One of our worst dining experiences in a long time. I am never rude to waiters, that is just wrong. But our waiter was the most incompetent person I have come across in quite awhile. Our food was bad, the crepe was cold like it had not been cooked. It came back still cold. I asked for a different menu item all together and it took 25 minutes. We left NO tip. Can not remember if I have ever done that before! How can this place stay in business? It is a disaster.

PROS: Pretty ceiling and bar
CONS: Food, Service, and Bathroom!!

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★☆☆☆☆

One of our worst dining experiences in a long time. I am never rude to waiters, that is just wrong. But our waiter was the most incompetent person I have come across in quite awhile. Our food was bad, the crepe was cold like it had not been cooked. It came back still cold. I asked for a different menu item all together and it took 25 minutes. We left NO tip. Can not remember if I have ever done that before! How can this place stay in business? It is a disaster.

PROS: Pretty ceiling and bar
CONS: Food, Service, and Bathroom!!

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I was so excited at the thought of a French creperie here in Pasadena. After our friends went for dinner, they came back with mixed reviews of the food, the service, etc.
That was not enought to stop us from trying out the crepes, so we made reservations and ate dinner there last week.

So So So Disappointing! The crepes were awful. The dessert crepe was undercooked, no make that RAW. The wine list is average. We found the little spot to be lovely but not lovely enough to return. The food is what matters most, then the ambiance. Our meal cound have been served to us on the French Riviera and we would send it back. Sad but true. Crepes are difficult to make properly, and this restaurant fails.

PROS: Cute and cozy
CONS: Bad Food, Really Bad Service

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★☆☆☆☆

I was so excited at the thought of a French creperie here in Pasadena. After our friends went for dinner, they came back with mixed reviews of the food, the service, etc.
That was not enought to stop us from trying out the crepes, so we made reservations and ate dinner there last week.

So So So Disappointing! The crepes were awful. The dessert crepe was undercooked, no make that RAW. The wine list is average. We found the little spot to be lovely but not lovely enough to return. The food is what matters most, then the ambiance. Our meal cound have been served to us on the French Riviera and we would send it back. Sad but true. Crepes are difficult to make properly, and this restaurant fails.

PROS: Cute and cozy
CONS: Bad Food, Really Bad Service

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When you have to send your meal back THREE TIMES you know you have made a serious mistake in choosing where to eat dinner. The restaurant is very small and cramped. The odors were almost overwhelming, and the fondue was just terrible. Oh, and we heard the couple next to us send their order back also. You will hear every single word that is uttered around you, kinda like being stuck on an airplane. Not romantic, not French and not good.

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★☆☆☆☆

When you have to send your meal back THREE TIMES you know you have made a serious mistake in choosing where to eat dinner. The restaurant is very small and cramped. The odors were almost overwhelming, and the fondue was just terrible. Oh, and we heard the couple next to us send their order back also. You will hear every single word that is uttered around you, kinda like being stuck on an airplane. Not romantic, not French and not good.

Cons: Food, Service, Cramped

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Ill start off by saying that the place was crowded, but that is not an excuse for the service. The service was terrible. We heard that the owners of The Crepevine were young and it was their first restaurant. It took almost an hour for us to get our food and when it finally came to our table it was cold. The crepe was very dry and when I asked for a glass of water that took forever to get, why? These young owners have a lot to learn about the restaurant biz let me tell you. Good luck Crepevine, youll need it!

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★☆☆☆☆

Ill start off by saying that the place was crowded, but that is not an excuse for the service. The service was terrible. We heard that the owners of The Crepevine were young and it was their first restaurant. It took almost an hour for us to get our food and when it finally came to our table it was cold. The crepe was very dry and when I asked for a glass of water that took forever to get, why? These young owners have a lot to learn about the restaurant biz let me tell you. Good luck Crepevine, youll need it!

Pros: Nice Interior

Cons: Service, Food

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I've been to this place about 5 times and my partner and I love it. The owner, part of a husband/wife team is a doll and makes us feel welcome everytime we walk in the door. Part of the charm of this place is her desire to make everyone who walks through her restaurant doors feel special. The food has gotten better since they first opened. The mussels and Halibut are delicious and their grilled sandwiches authentically french. My only complaint is the tables are a bit on top of each other which make it hard to have a private conversation. And the "husband" part of this team could occassionally work the floor rather then the bar. But I get the feeling he leaves the people stuff to his overly accomodating wife who seems to be the real spirit of this Pasadena hot spot.

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★★★★★

I've been to this place about 5 times and my partner and I love it. The owner, part of a husband/wife team is a doll and makes us feel welcome everytime we walk in the door. Part of the charm of this place is her desire to make everyone who walks through her restaurant doors feel special. The food has gotten better since they first opened. The mussels and Halibut are delicious and their grilled sandwiches authentically french. My only complaint is the tables are a bit on top of each other which make it hard to have a private conversation. And the "husband" part of this team could occassionally work the floor rather then the bar. But I get the feeling he leaves the people stuff to his overly accomodating wife who seems to be the real spirit of this Pasadena hot spot.

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We love dessert crepes, and make them at home when we entertain. My husband is quite skilled in the kitchen and we are definitely foodies, we eat out a lot and consider it to be one of life's little pleasures. I'm sorry to report that Crepevine is not one of life's little pleasures. Not at all. The crepes, both the dinner and dessert varieties are not well made, but dry, overcooked, too rich or too bland! Yep it runs the complete gamut!
My husband makes better crepes and he is not a chef. He thought his wine was good, and fairly priced but as he pointed out, we did not try this restaurant for the wine, but for the food. If crepes are the house specialty then the owners would be well served to make an attempt to learn how to construct a moist, savory delicious crepe.
It's a nice idea but the end result is sorely lacking. We would not eat here again. Eating out is fun and interesting, only if the food is enjoyable.

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★☆☆☆☆

We love dessert crepes, and make them at home when we entertain. My husband is quite skilled in the kitchen and we are definitely foodies, we eat out a lot and consider it to be one of life's little pleasures. I'm sorry to report that Crepevine is not one of life's little pleasures. Not at all. The crepes, both the dinner and dessert varieties are not well made, but dry, overcooked, too rich or too bland! Yep it runs the complete gamut!
My husband makes better crepes and he is not a chef. He thought his wine was good, and fairly priced but as he pointed out, we did not try this restaurant for the wine, but for the food. If crepes are the house specialty then the owners would be well served to make an attempt to learn how to construct a moist, savory delicious crepe.
It's a nice idea but the end result is sorely lacking. We would not eat here again. Eating out is fun and interesting, only if the food is enjoyable.

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We started off with the mussels in wine sauce which was amazing. The sauce was perfect for dipping my bread into. The burrata with tomatoes was somewhat disappointing. The tomatoes were sliced so thin! Stroganoff crepe was decent. The stuffed chicken was good. Neither very memorable. However, the banana crepe was amazing. We couldn't stop eating it. It was crazy busy. Even with a reservation we had to wait. Overall we had a good time.

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★★★★★

We started off with the mussels in wine sauce which was amazing. The sauce was perfect for dipping my bread into. The burrata with tomatoes was somewhat disappointing. The tomatoes were sliced so thin! Stroganoff crepe was decent. The stuffed chicken was good. Neither very memorable. However, the banana crepe was amazing. We couldn't stop eating it. It was crazy busy. Even with a reservation we had to wait. Overall we had a good time.

Pros: banana crepe, cozy

Cons: busy, stuffy

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The food is like in an average cafe in France, not bad but rather bland. The crepes are not tasty - where is the buckwheat? The cheese fondue is not warm enough, hence the weird texture. On the bright side, the staff is very nice and the wine selection interesting. They remain open and serve food late. Go there for the wine and the cheese plate, but be aware that your clothes will keep a strong odor of food for a while.

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★★★☆☆

The food is like in an average cafe in France, not bad but rather bland. The crepes are not tasty - where is the buckwheat? The cheese fondue is not warm enough, hence the weird texture. On the bright side, the staff is very nice and the wine selection interesting. They remain open and serve food late. Go there for the wine and the cheese plate, but be aware that your clothes will keep a strong odor of food for a while.

Pros: wine, friendly staff, open late

Cons: odor, average food

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I find the crepes good and creative, expecially the sweet ones.The service is terrible..got the order wrong twice and the place was not crowded.The entrees are overpriced and overall it's not that special..Poor choices for vegetarians.

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★★★☆☆

I find the crepes good and creative, expecially the sweet ones.The service is terrible..got the order wrong twice and the place was not crowded.The entrees are overpriced and overall it's not that special..Poor choices for vegetarians.

Pros: crepes

Cons: service, expensive

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What a fantastic little watering hole/bistro this is! In addition to very friendly customer service (throws for those who get cold easily!), the food was delightful and yes, the portions not for your regular Cheesecake Factory consumer, but wonderful for those of us who don't mind some moderation. Haven't tried the wine as I'm not a wine drinker, but the staff never minded or commented on it. Finally, some variety in Old Town, and that's probably the best thing Crepevine has to offer - it's small where nearby restaurants are large, moderate in portions, and completely and utterly romantic.

PROS: Unique watering hole with good continental food
CONS: May be too small for the crowds rushing to get there

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★★★★☆

What a fantastic little watering hole/bistro this is! In addition to very friendly customer service (throws for those who get cold easily!), the food was delightful and yes, the portions not for your regular Cheesecake Factory consumer, but wonderful for those of us who don't mind some moderation. Haven't tried the wine as I'm not a wine drinker, but the staff never minded or commented on it. Finally, some variety in Old Town, and that's probably the best thing Crepevine has to offer - it's small where nearby restaurants are large, moderate in portions, and completely and utterly romantic.

PROS: Unique watering hole with good continental food
CONS: May be too small for the crowds rushing to get there

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My friends and I had heard a lot about this place and decided to give it a try - i guess we weren't the only ones with this idea. We arrived and the place was packed. The hostess did everything she could to get us a seat at the bar - We had the Lamb Shank and stroganoff crepe which were both heavenly and two glasses of amazing Pinot Noir. The bartender was really knowledgeable and let us taste several of the wines before chosing our favorite

I highly recommend this place - just be sure to make reservations on the weekend!

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★★★★☆

My friends and I had heard a lot about this place and decided to give it a try - i guess we weren't the only ones with this idea. We arrived and the place was packed. The hostess did everything she could to get us a seat at the bar - We had the Lamb Shank and stroganoff crepe which were both heavenly and two glasses of amazing Pinot Noir. The bartender was really knowledgeable and let us taste several of the wines before chosing our favorite

I highly recommend this place - just be sure to make reservations on the weekend!

Pros: Food, atmosphere, Service

Cons: size of restaurant

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The sites made this location sound romantic & authentic. I must say that we were very disappoionted. The service was poor & the food was worse. All non-sweet crepes are made w. buckwheat...eww. We then chose the fondue, however the waiter said they did not have the pieces of the pot to serve the fondue. We had a salad & a soup (french onion) that was served in a bowl so small...4 spoonfulls max. The bread was not fresh & put the frenchness of this restaurant to shame. Authentic french people would "never" serve such bread! The ambience was fine if you like staring at a guy washing (rinsing glasses in water) and drying the glasses all night behind the bar a pleasant sight...perhaps they don't have a dishwasherover?Also, the crepe suzette was horrible & there was not even a dash of grand marnier!

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★★★☆☆

The sites made this location sound romantic & authentic. I must say that we were very disappoionted. The service was poor & the food was worse. All non-sweet crepes are made w. buckwheat...eww. We then chose the fondue, however the waiter said they did not have the pieces of the pot to serve the fondue. We had a salad & a soup (french onion) that was served in a bowl so small...4 spoonfulls max. The bread was not fresh & put the frenchness of this restaurant to shame. Authentic french people would "never" serve such bread! The ambience was fine if you like staring at a guy washing (rinsing glasses in water) and drying the glasses all night behind the bar a pleasant sight...perhaps they don't have a dishwasherover?Also, the crepe suzette was horrible & there was not even a dash of grand marnier!

Pros: None

Cons: Bad Bread, Buckwheat Crepes, Poor wine list

 

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