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Map & Directions 119 W. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91105


LA Weekly's Description

When you spy Joachim Splichal — the acclaimed chef who opened Patina in 1989 and has mentored half the toques in town — happily sauntering out of a cozy Pasadena restaurant, smelling vaguely of sangria and cured Spanish ham, moments before your 8 o'clock reservation, you should take it as a good sign. In a world where "tapas" might be the only word as overused as "gastropub," Ración is one of the rare Spanish restaurants that delivers on its promises. The salt cod croquettes are light and airy; the pinxtos topped with braised tongue are rich and as tender as roast beef; the ocean-scented squid ink fideua is liberally studded with fresh mussels. You'll leave feeling a bit closer to San Sebastian, and even after a few glasses of good Spanish red, you'll do it without feeling like you blew your entire vacation budget.

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  • Los Angeles Times on 06/05/13

    A nice place to drop in for Basque-inspired tapas: crisp, gooey chicken croquettes; lamb meatballs glazed with caramelized tomato sauce; tiny squid stuffed with duck sausage; or Spanish cured meats.

  • Char G. on 08/07/12

    Order the beer-braised octopus!

  • Guapango F. on 10/26/13

    This is our new favorite Thai restaurant in Pasadena. Ask for a salmon salad dish called "Ron's favorite"

  • Guapango F. on 10/08/13

    Ask for Estrella Damm beer imported from Barcelona. Great for summer.

  • Carolina B. on 11/17/12

    The octopus tastes like sausage; don't bother if you're thinking of "pulpo a la gallega". Anyone coming for spanish food would be disappointed. However, the place is nice and the service is very good.

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