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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Latin American

Mercado

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Modern Mexican Cuisine. Mercado Pasadena serves casual Mexican favorites with a modern twist. Enjoy drinks at Mercado Pasadena full bar which has over 70...

European

Mi Piace

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Mi Piace is popular, offering fresh, light Italian cooking embellished with New York flavors as well as a variety of exotic cuisine. With a wide selection of...

Desserts

Mignon Chocolate

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Mignon Chocolate, a 3rd generation family business, is your destination for the best handmade chocolates. Known for their chocolate orange peel strips, liquid...

Brunch/Breakfast

Mijares Mexican Restaurant

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It was 100 years ago that Jesucita Mijares fled the revolution in Mexico, searching for a new life for her family. After settling in Pasadena, she opened a...

American

Millie's Cafe

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Beloved, Old-Fashioned Breakfast. Millie's Cafe was established in 1926 and remains committed to offering the best ingredients prepared the traditional way...

Miss Cheese

Hop off the train at Del Mar Station and you come face-to-face with Miss Cheese Tea Café, one of Pasadena's additions to the boba family, that's rapidly...

Bar/Pub

The Mixx

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Contemporary Chic. The Mixx is an American cuisine restaurant located in the Playhouse Village. The Mixx is a blend of flavorful food with fresh ingredients...

Monopole by Winerx

Latina-owned wine store and wine bar "Wine, dine and theatrics" - Beverly Press & Park Labrea News Monopole by Wine RX, a wine bar in the Playhouse Village...

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Motto Tea Cafe is the place for premium tea drink selections. They use ingredients sourced from arround the globe and guarantee that all are natural...

My Vegan 1

My Vegan is a beloved plant-based Thai restaurant whose food is celebrated for its delicious flavor and vibrant spices. This longstanding casual, no fuss...

Namaste Spiceland

Namaste Spiceland is a vegetarian Indian food market and Indian restaurant. The grocery store section sells ingredients for an Indian kitchen, including...

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The Naughty Panda is a collaboration between My Vegan Panda and Naughty Boy Sushi. Panda and Naughty Boy both started out as a pop-up. Panda served burgers and...