Restaurants & Bars

Pasadena's Food Scene

Chong Ching Yao Mei

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

My Place Cafe

My Place Cafe (Previously Sidewalk Cafe) is a great place to grab breakfast, lunch, or stay for brunch. Their patio is a great place to enjoy a fluffy waffle...

Family-owned

New York Chicken & Gyro

Originally from Queens, New York, New York Chicken & Gyro brings the most flavorful, mouthwatering scents of grilled marinated chicken from the city's halal...

American

Nick's

Located in the South Lake Avenue District is the ravishing Nick's. Nick's offers high quality comfort food, unique cocktails, and a wide selection of wine....

Outdoor Dining

Nine and Nine Thai Kitchen

Nine and Nine Thai Kitchen in Pasadena serves a variety of Thai cuisine. Order Thai salad, fried rice, curry, noodles and more. Some standout specialties...

Oba Sushi
Take-Out

Oba Sushi Izakaya

One part passion, two parts persistence, and a sprinkle of devotion make up the ingredients that led these sushi devotees to open Oba Sushi Izakaya.Oba's main...

OinkMoo Tea Bar
Exclusive to Pasadena

OinkMoo Tea Bar

Oink Moo offers genuine Taiwanese teas and milk teas with a variety of toppings including pudding, cheese foam, grass jelly, and of course, boba.

Take-Out

Oji Sushi & Sake Bar

Oji Sushi, formerly Aburi Sushi Ramen is a family-friendly premium all-you-can-eat dining experience, offering a variety of appetizers, traditional rolls,...

Bar

Oji Sushi & Sake Bar

OJI Sushi features an array of fish from superior markets such as the famous Tsukiji Market in Japan. With an extensive menu that showcases both modern and...

Old Sasoon Bakery
Family-owned

Old Sassoon Bakery

Old Sasoon Bakery, is one of L.A.'s best places to find traditional Middle Eastern flatbreads and cookies, is a legacy business from Joseph Geragosian, whose...

One Zo  boba
Walking Distance to Convention Center

One Zo Boba

One Zo is a bubble tea brand from Taiwan established in 2015. They are the first cafe in the world to make their own boba in-store. Their goals is to serve the...

Osawa
Michelin Plate

Osawa Shabu Shabu Sushi

Owner Sayuri Tachibe along with Chef de Cuisine Norio Yoshikawa (Katsuya), fuse the modern and the traditional at Pasadena's new outpost for sushi, shabu-shabu...

Panda Inn
Take-Out

Panda Inn

Panda Inn proudly serves Mandarin and Szechwan cuisine mixed with innovative style throughout Southern California. The variety of delicious entrees celebrates...