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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Brunch Town Pasadena

Listen up, fellow brunch enthusiasts! Pasadena's the ultimate brunch town for foodies. You can brunch in a historic building, in a craftsman home, and in a variety of different cuisines, such as Asian, Mexican, and even Venezuelan. There's also a big selection of vegan spots, all-American diners, and cozy nooks with rustic-chic aesthetics all around town.

Pasadena's Guide to Brunch

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Pasadena Boba Trail

Take a journey through the boba tea and bubble tea shops scattered throughout the city. . It's like a treasure hunt, but instead of gold, you're in search of the perfect boba drink. This trail takes you to some of the best and most popular boba spots in Pasadena, each offering their unique flavors and creative combinations. From traditional milk teas to fruit-infused concoctions and even experimental flavors, the Pasadena Boba Trail has something to please every boba lover's palate. You can hop from one shop to another, stopping along Pasadena's Route 66 hotspots along the way!

Pasadena Boba Trail

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Use the dropdown menu to search our directory for outdoor dining options, specific types of cuisine, and more. Already know what you want to eat? You can also type the name of your favorite restaurant into the search bar below.

Latte at La Chula Cafe

La Chula Café is a 1st generation Latina-owned pop up coffee shop inside Pasadena Roots. Hailing from Guatemala, the Alvarado family opened a mobile plant shop.

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La Grande Orange

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AT&SF Train Depot. La Grande Orange Café gives new life to an old train depot — the space was formerly a Santa Fe Railway depot, later Amtrak took over, and...

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Step into a world of sensory wonder at Ladies and Gentlemen, where expertly crafted drinks and cutting-edge techniques combine to create an experience like no...

The Langham Afternoon Tea

Offered at The Lobby Lounge inside The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, patrons may enjoy delicate tea sandwiches, freshly-baked scones with homemade Devonshire...

Bakery/Café

Lark Cake Shop

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Lark Cake Shop. Lark Cake Shop opened in July of 2007 with the idea of baking cakes, cupcakes, cookies, pies and bars that would be inspired by the bohemian...

Bakery/Café

Lavender & Honey

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Eat, Drink and ShopLavender & Honey is a delightful boutique coffee bar and deli serving the Pasadena community since 2014. A charming place with an espresso...

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From the team behind Chateau Andy and Chateau Zoe from Taiwan’s Michelin Guide, Chateau Tien Tao presents a brand-new menu that elevates the traditional...

Bakery/Café

Little Flower Pasadena

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Little Flower Pasadena is a charming cafe and candy kitchen on the western edge of Pasadena. Since 2007, Little Flower Pasadena has prepared fresh delicious...

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Established in 1984, Lovebirds Cafe & Bakery features fresh salads & sandwiches made with homemade breads, delicious cookies, danishes, pastries, muffins,...

Bakery/Café

LT9

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Pure & Rich. At LT9, you'll receive quality food and drinks on-the-go in Pasadena. They offer a variety of tea, coffee, sweets, and their LT9 Bento...

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British Pub & Cafe. Lucky Baldwins British Pub & Cafe is located in one of the oldest buildings in town, in Old Pasadena. Their full kitchen serves breakfast,...