Restaurants & Bars

Pasadena's Food Scene

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Restaurants & Dining in Pasadena

Trying new cuisines is one of the most thrilling experiences for taste buds and cultural immersion. Pasadena is home to over 650 restaurants, where upscale restaurants, ritzy steakhouses, charming cafés, modern eateries, mom-and-pops, food halls, pop-ups, breweries, sports bars, cocktail bars, and food trucks culminate to unearth global cultures through a celebration of food.

The late Pasadena resident and celebrated Pulitzer Prize winning food chronicler Jonathan Gold was a champion of Southern California’s diverse culinary landscape. His legacy carries on as Pasadena’s food scene sees a culinary renaissance with an exciting blend of longtime locals, immigrant families, and world-class chefs in the kitchens. With rideshares and parking abound, come and enjoy the flavors.

Explore Pasadena’s new restaurants and food trends, eat your way through the award-winning restaurants, find innovative vegan restaurants, cheer on your favorite team at lively sports bars, dive into our guide to Asian food, indulge in the sweet satisfaction of must-visit bakeries, and get into the celebratory spirit with our cocktail guide.

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Outdoor Dining

Margarita’s Pasadena

Margaritas Mexican Restaurant has been sharing authentic Mexican dishes since 1977. Guests enter a warm, inviting space and leave as family -- with plenty of...

Exclusive to Pasadena

Marina

Marina presents a delicate balance of flare and elegance inspired by Italian cuisine. Head chef Dylan Stage built a menu - with Marina's pizza brick oven at...

Marstons french toast breakfast
American

Marston's

Home Comfort. Marstons Restaurant is known as a great Los Angeles area breakfast and lunch restaurant. Their goal is to make you feel at home and comfortable...

Me Crepe
Brunch/Breakfast

Me + Crepe

Hailing from Vancouver, BC, Me + Crepe brings Chinese-style crepes known as "jian bing" to Pasadena. Jian bing are one of China's breakfast staples and a...

Outdoor Dining

Mediterranean Café

Koko’s Mediterranean Café, or more commonly known as Med Café by all the locals, has been a Pasadena gem for over 20 years. Founded by head chef Koko and his...

Mercado
Outdoor Dining

Mercado Pasadena

Modern Mexican Cuisine. Mercado Pasadena serves casual Mexican favorites with a modern twist. Enjoy drinks at Mercado Pasadena full bar which has over 70...

Outdoor Dining

Mi Piace

Mi Piace is popular, offering fresh, light Italian cooking embellished with New York flavors as well as a variety of exotic cuisine. With a wide selection of...

Mignon Chocolate
Sweets

Mignon Chocolate

Mignon Chocolate, a 3rd generation family business, is your destination for the best handmade chocolates. Known for their chocolate orange peel strips, liquid...

Outdoor Dining

Mijares Mexican Restaurant

It was 100 years ago that Jesucita Mijares fled the revolution in Mexico, searching for a new life for her family. After settling in Pasadena, she opened a...

Millies cafe exterior
Outdoor Dining

Millie’s Cafe

Beloved, Old-Fashioned Breakfast. Millie's Cafe was established in 1926 and remains committed to offering the best ingredients prepared the traditional way –...

Miss Cheese Boba Bubble Tea
Walking Distance to Convention Center

Miss Cheese Tea

Hop off the train at Del Mar Station and you come face-to-face with Miss Cheese Tea Café, one of Pasadena's additions to the boba family, that's rapidly...

Motto tea tiger bubble tea taro boba
Outdoor Dining

Motto Tea Cafe

Motto Tea Cafe is the place for premium tea drink selections. They use ingredients sourced from arround the globe and guarantee that all are natural...