Restaurants & Bars

Pasadena's Food Scene

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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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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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Mexican

Tacos 1986

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Tijuana style tacos with fresh handmade tortillas... enough said! Everything is made to order with delicious guacamole and salsa that you can add. Make it as...

Bar/Pub

The Tap Room

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The Tap Room at the Langham Pasadena is an upscale bar featuring classic handmade cocktails, premium beers on tap, upscale bar food and live music.

Asian

Tatsu Ramen

Tatsu Ramen

Tatsu Ramen is your go-to late night spot for authentic Japanese ramen cravings nestled south of Colorado Blvd on Arroyo Parkway. This hip joint beckons with...

Bakery/Café

Tea Rose Garden

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Tea Rose Garden is a teashop offers a cozy, tranquil place where guests can take a few moments out of a busy day to just relax and enjoy the surroundings.

Asian

Tea Spots

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Tea Spots is a Taiwanese Restaurant in Pasadena serving traditional snacks like crispy chicken, edamame, and other popular street foods, boba, and desserts.

Coffee

Tepito Coffee

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Mike de la Rocha and Emmy-nominated actor Richard Cabral first began serving their coffee last year, when they took over a space inside Vroman’s Bookstore. Now...

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The Terrace at the Langham Huntingtin, Pasadena offers a California bistro-style menu with fresh seasonal, sustainable ingredients, and features an outdoor...

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Serving the authentic Himalayan cuisine of Nepal, Tibet and India, Tibet Nepal House uses only the finest fresh herbs and spices to prepare delicious and...

Asian

Tokyo Chick

Tokyo Chick

Tokyo Chick is an open Japanese kitchen ( specializing in fried chicken). Watch your food be freshly cooked in front of you with all day-combos or bento boxes...

Latin American

Tortas Mexico

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Tortas Mexico offers an authentic Mexican dining experience with recipes and sauces from the ancient homeland of San Juan Yucuita in the Nochixtlan District of...