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.

Bar/Pub

Rocco's Tavern

Rocco's

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...

American

Rodney's Ribs

Rodney's Ribs

Rodney's Ribs is a barbecue food truck that smokes the meat out of the truck. Expect smokey flavor and tender pieces of meat that falls right off the bone. For...

Bakery/Café

Roma Market

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Roma Market Italian Deli is an Italian supermarket and deli in Pasadena owned by Rosario Mazzeo and known for "the sandwich". "The sandwich, as the late...

Bakery/Café

Rose Tree Cottage

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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...

Bakery/Café

Rosebud Coffee

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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...

American

Russell's

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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 popular...

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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...

Asian

Saladang

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Saladang consists of two "twin" Thai restaurants – Saladang and Saladang Garden, both operated by same owner. The two locations are conveniently located next...

Sarkis Pastry

Sarkis Pastry in Pasadena is a cherished community gem renowned for its rich heritage in Middle Eastern and European pastries. With a baking legacy spanning...