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.

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Lucky Boy Drive-In Restaurant. Lucky Boy Drive-In Restaurant is a longstanding roadside stop along Arroyo Parkway in Pasadena that has been doing their take...

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Chinese Restaurant. Lunasia Dim Sum House is located on Colorado Blvd., near Pasadena City Hall. Their signature is steamed pork dim sum (dumplings), however...

Bakery/Café

Madeline Garden

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Madeline Garden Dining Experience. Madeline Garden is a unique, whimsical special dining experience that is sure to create found memories lasting a lifetime....

Latin American

Maestro Restaurant

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Mexican Restaurant and Mezcaleria. Maestro is an upscale Mexican restaurant and Mezcaleria located in historic Old Pasadena. Maestro specializes in...

American

Magnolia House

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Built over 100 years ago, Magnolia House is a hideaway for those in the know – offering unique craft cocktails and a small plate menu from around the world....

American

Main Chick

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Main Chick Hot Chicken is a passion-inspired food concept serving the most unique Nashville style fried chicken to date. Their team has culminated the best...

Latin American

Malbec

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Argentina is known for its world famous cuisine, and Malbec Argentinean Bistro brings the best authentic cuisine prepared on a genuine Argentinean grill.From...

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Mama M Sushi & Rolls offers meals of excellent quality. Their key to our success is simple: providing quality consistent food that taste great every single...

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Located in the Harry Potter-esque Burlington Arcade shopping area of the South Lake District, Mandarin Coffee Shop is a small, woman-owned AAPI business...

Latin American

Margarita's Pasadena

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