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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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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Originally from Queens, New York, New York Chicken & Gyro brings the most flavorful, mouthwatering scents of grilled marinated chicken from the city's halal...

American

Nick's Pasadena

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Located in the South Lake Avenue District is the ravishing Nick's. Nick's offers high quality comfort food, unique cocktails, and a wide selection of wine....

American

No Comment

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No Comment is a new upscale restaurant and lounge promising an ultra-lux dining experience. Under Chef Edgar Ramos, this new American concept savors the...

Bakery/Café

Nostalgic Cafe

Nostalgic Cafe

You open the door and step into the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingled with the irresistible smell of homemade waffles that you inevitably cannot pass up....

Main

O'seyo Shabu Shabu first opened their doors back in 2015, with one goal in mind: To provide a great shabu dining experience to our customers by providing a...

Desserts

Oakobing

Oakobing Oreo

Oakobing specializes in shaved ice, a delicate and fluffy textured ice that caters to the sweet tooth. A unique style of Korean shaved ice that is carefully...

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One part passion, two parts persistence, and a sprinkle of devotion make up the ingredients that led these sushi devotees to open Oba Sushi Izakaya. Oba's main...

Bakery/Café

Oh La La Bakery

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"Just off of Lake Avenue, Oh La La boasts freshly baked treats with flavors of the French Riviera blended with Californian delights. Behind the new bakery is...

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Oink Moo offers genuine Taiwanese teas and milk teas with a variety of toppings including pudding, cheese foam, grass jelly, and of course, boba.

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OJI Sushi features an array of fish from superior markets such as the famous Tsukiji Market in Japan. With an extensive menu that showcases both modern and...