Restaurants & Bars

Pasadena's Food Scene

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Dining

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, 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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Bone Kettle Brunch

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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Kaviar Sushi Bar offers a diverse Japanese selection from traditional fare to modern dishes inspired by Executive Chef John Hans Yeo. The artfully curated...

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Pasadena Gastropub. Located in the heart of Old Pasadena, Kings Row Gastropub is a casual gastropub featuring live music from Thursday through Sunday. The...

Desserts

Kinrose Creamery

Kinrose Creamery

Persian Egyptian Ice Cream Parlor Try something new like saffron pistachio rose ice cream or walnut baklava at Kinrose Creamery. Old Town Pasadena's new...

Bakery/Café

Klatch Coffee

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Klatch Coffee is an award-winning coffee roaster offering a wide variety of premium coffee and espresso drinks. Roasted locally right here in Southern...

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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...

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KokoRoll Poke & Ramen is a Hawaiian-Asian fusion cafe in Pasadena right near Pasadena City College. They offer a large variety of build-your-own main...

Asian

Kwan Kitchen

Kwan Kitchen

From Thailand to your table. Kwan Kitchen is a traditional Thai restaurant that brings flavors from different regions of "the Land of Smiles." Kwan Kitchen...

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L’Moon Creamery specializes in loose-leaf brewed teas and spotlights their Thai Tea with a Thai Tea Soft Serve hugged by a bed of honey boba. You can then turn...

Latte at La Chula Cafe

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

American

La Grande Orange

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1934 Del Mar Station. 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,...