I read an ealier post about someone staying at the Ritz and trying to decide which of the on premise restaurants to dine at. Someone mentioned skipping the restaurants at the Ritz taking a short drive to The Raymond instead.
Coincidentally, 4 of us were staying at the Ritz last week and decided to try The Raymond for dinner. What a great place with delicious food, and the service to match.
I had the French Onion soup to start. Loved it!!
Two of us ordered the filet and the other two had the duck. Everyone was in heaven. They have 2 sizes of filet and I got the smaller of the two, and that was perfect size, especially if you order starters. The Silver Oak Cab was also a perfect match for everything we ordered.
The new owners came to the table to introduce themselves and were both very nice. It is good to see the owners be involved at the table level. They asked where we had heard of them and I told them Chowhound. They had never heard of Chowhound before so I explained.
By the way, earlier posts mentioned a good cup of coffee can be found at The Raymond. I can confirm this and allow me to correct that post...a GREAT cup of coffee can be found at The Raymond.
I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a nice dinner in Pasadena. It is not an inexpensive place, so be prepared for that. I think the smaller of the filets is priced at $30 or so, but well worth it.