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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Prolece tea
Vegetarian/Vegan Options

Prolece Tea

Prolece Tea provides a variety of delicate, sweet, milk and fruity teas that are sure to quench your thirst. Use toppings, like boba or lychee jelly, to switch...

Real Food Daily
Take-Out

Real Food Daily

Vegan Restaurant in PasadenaReal Food Daily a vegan cafe in Pasadena's South Lake Avenue District, Executive Chef Ann Gentry takes a plant-based approach at...

Republik coffee
Outdoor Dining

Republik Coffee

Republik Coffee is the ideal place to stop for an authentic, global coffee. Enjoy cold brews, lattes, cappuccinos, and tea while filling up with a signature...

Roccos Tavern
Outdoor Dining

Rocco’s Tavern

Old Pasadena Bar. Rocco's Tavern in Old Pasadena features a sprawling bar, restaurant, and outdoor cafe inspired by the classic Italian eateries and taverns...

Exclusive to Pasadena

Roma Italian

Roma Market Italian Deli is an Italian supermarket and deli in Pasadena with an incredible sandwich that has no name.

American

Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles

Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles is a California-based soul food restaurant chain founded by Herb Hudson, a Harlem native, in 1975. It is best known for...

Rose Tree Cottage afternoon tea
Exclusive to Pasadena

Rose Tree Cottage

With the sound of clinking bone china cups and saucers; the fragrance of freshly baked hot scones; the aroma of fresh roses and the soft dulcet tones of 'Tea...

Rose Bud Coffee
Brunch/Breakfast

Rosebud Coffee

Coffee with a Cause. Rosebud Coffee began as an old coffee cart traveling around Los Angeles as a way to empower homeless and transitional-aged youth while...

Russells sandwich blt
Outdoor Dining

Russell’s

Russell's. Step into a piece of history at Russell's, the perfect spot in Old Pasadena to enjoy the ambiance of an upscale diner featuring an array of...

American

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris Steak House serves prime steak that packs in flavor with each bite. Here is where you will find an impressive dining experience that provides...

Saga Motor Hotel
Motels & Inns

Saga Motor Hotel

Route 66 Motel. Built in 1957, the Saga Motor Hotel was designed by architect Harold Zook to catch the eye of passing motorists along Route 66. The 70-room...

Sage Vegan Bistro
Outdoor Dining

Sage Vegan Bistro

Organic Food. Sage Vegan Bistro serves up organic food in the charming One Colorado which is nestled in the heart of Old Pasadena. Sage's produce comes from...