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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Asian

Tpumps

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About Tpumps. Tpumps ensures the best quality tea experience for their Tpumps fans. To guarantee the best quality, they use loose leaf teas to brew all of...

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True Food Kitchen is a restaurant and lifestyle brand inspired by the philosophy that food should make you feel better, not worse, and that great tasting food...

Asian

Twinkle Tea

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Some have considered their tea and drinks to be the most sophisticated among the tea shops. Twinkle Tea strives to achieve the perfect balance between the tea,...

European

U Street Pizza

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The East Coast has come to the West Coast with U Street Pizza and its cheesy, savory, New York-style pizza. U Street Pizza is the sibling restaurant to beloved...

European

Union Restaurant

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Northern Italy Meets Southern California. Union is a 50-seat restaurant and bar featuring a deeply personal, seasonally Californian interpretation of...

Union Street French Café

Union Street French Café is a family-owned establishment serving organic, fresh, and homemade treats. Step into the romance of organic French cooking and enjoy...

European

Uovo

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Truly Authentic Italian. In South Lake District's Pasadena Commons courtyard, Uovo is known for its fresh pasta - flown in from Italy overnight. Uovo is an...

Asian

Urban Pocha

Urban Pocha

"The first Korean Pocha (Pub) in Pasadena! Enter a modern Korean culinary experience where Korean Fried Chicken, Tteokbokki, beer, and soju come together to...

Latin American

Urbano Mexican Kitchen

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Urbano Mexican Kitchen is a family-owned restaurant led by chef and owner Jose Banuelos. Urbano uses traditional homemade recipes combined with high-quality...

American

Urth Caffe

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Organic Food and Coffee. Urth Caffé is a cafe in the Playhouse District, it occupies the ground floor of a Mission Revival building. They specialize in...

American

Veggie Grill

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Vegetables are the Rock Stars. Veggies shine brightly at the center of every plate they make for you. They see every season as an opportunity to celebrate the...