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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Sato Ramen House is a Japanese restaurant in Pasadena that serves masesoba, ramen, bim bim bap, traditional Japanese rice bowl dishes, and popular appetizers.

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Savvvys is a family-owned café offering elegant modern houseplant aesthetics, plenty of outlets, free wifi, and specialty lattes made with handcrafted syrups...

Bakery/Café

Seed Bakery

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Artisanal Bread. Seed Bakery is a local Pasadena bakery. They start with organic grains when baking their bread and follow the old world tradition of milling,...

Asian

Shlap Muan

Wings

Cambodian Chicken Wings. Shlap Muan is the Khmer word for chicken wings. Shlap Muan was founded by an AAPI husband and wife team with the mission to...

American

Slab Pasadena

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A Taste of Texas in Pasadena. Get a taste of Texas BBQ at Slab, where meats are slow-cooked to perfection. The Texas-style barbecue will leave you hooked...

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American Comfort Food in Pasadena. Considered a dining room away from home by many in Pasadena, Smitty's Grill continues to warmly welcome new and long-time...

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Korean BBQ. SOH Grill House is a full-service Korean BBQ restaurant in Old Pasadena. The restaurant offers a new modern take on Korean BBQ. It is equipped...

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A menu that will tempt you with popular Italian favorites including salads, pastas, pizzas, roasted and grilled meats, including melt-in-mouth New Zealand Lamb...

Asian

Star Leaf

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Award winning Star Leaf Group creates a fine dining experience that combines ingredients and spices that will teleport guests across the Pacific to a tropical...

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About. Stark Spirits Distillery, Pasadena's only distillery, is down the street and around the corner from the Rose Bowl. The nationally certified craft...