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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Bacchus Kitchen
Outdoor Dining

Bacchus’ Kitchen

Pasadena Restaurant. Bacchus' Kitchen is a casual restaurant in Pasadena's Bungalow Heaven neighborhood. Chef Claud Beltran opened this restaurant in 2014...

Barney's Beanery ceiling bar
Outdoor Dining

Barney’s Beanery Pasadena

Route 66 Roadhouse. Barney's Beanery is a Route 66 Roadhouse located in Old Pasadena. Their large newspaper-style menu features 40 craft beers on draft, a...

Blind Donkey
Outdoor Dining

Blind Donkey

Craft Whiskey Bar. The Goat Group, a distinguished company led by beer and spirits expert Ryan Sweeney, Brandon Bradford, and Alen Aivazian first launched...

Exclusive to Pasadena

Boba ChaCha

Boba ChaCha is a chic, Instagram-worthy boba shop located in Old Pasadena. Their menu consists of sweet drinks, smoothies, unique tea flavors ranging from...

Outdoor Dining

Bobby’s Place

A Pasadena institution since 1964, Bobby's Place is Pasadena’s longest running burger and burrito stops. Stop in for their famous bean and cheese burrito.

bone kettle noodle soup
Outdoor Dining

Bone Kettle

Southeast Asian Kitchen. Bone Kettle adds a new twist to the Pasadena culinary community by introducing their culturally-inspired dishes. Bone Kettle's broth...

Brookside park
Active Life and Sports

Brookside Park

Park Near the Rose BowlPasadena's largest fully maintained park facility (61.1 acres) is located just south of Rose Bowl Stadium. Lots of parking is available...

Brookside Restaurant
Outdoor Dining

Brookside Restaurant

Located on Brookside Golf Course's expansive grounds, Brookside Restaurant is a great place to enjoy a meal with family and friends. Open to the public daily...

cafe santorini, clams, seafood
Outdoor Dining

Café Santorini

Located in historic Old Pasadena, Café Santorini offers Mediterranean cuisine, cocktails and an excellent wine list. The ambiance of their indoor dining room...

Carmela Ice Cream
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Carmela Ice Cream

Artisan Creamery. East Pasadena is ground zero for Carmela Ice Cream chef/owner Jessica Mortarotti and business partner Zachary Cox, who now run three...