D1008For the past 21years, neatly tucked away on a quiet one way street, near Pasadena’s Lake Avenue District, is Bistro 45. Housed in a 1939 Art Deco building, Bistro 45’s attractive ambience offers a perfect combination of traditional and contemporary with light wood floors, handmade copper lighting, an inviting terrace and cozy lounge area. The romantic backdrop provides award-winning cuisine with a seasonally inspired menu that changes frequently; dishes might include sherry vinegar braised beef short ribs, Crudo (Tartare) of New Zealand Grouper; Bistro Bouillabaisse: Monkfish medallions, mussels and clams, calamari, prawns and marble potatoes in a tomato-lobster broth with saffron and lemongrass..rouille; Harissa Marinated Sonoma Lamb "Two Ways": grilled double chop and shoulder steak, asparagus, Cippolini onions, piquillo peppers, fromage blanc and harissa demi; or For dessert, try the "chocolate soup," a creamy soufflé served with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. The knowledgeable wait staff can answer questions about the excellent wine list; Bistro 45 appears regularly on Wine Spectator's Best Of lists, and hosts special-event wine dinners monthly. Bistro 45’s private dining room features hardwood floors, ribbed glass windows and has flexibility to accommodate a party of 20 and up to 40 in the configuration of your choice. You can also choose to have your private event on the terrace that is fully enclosed with a retractable roof and is fully heated.