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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Cava
European

CAVA Pasadena

. CAVA Pasadena is a casual Mediterranean restaurant located in the South Lake Avenue District. CAVA Pasadena's build-it-yourself, seasonally-inspired menu...

Outdoor Dining

Celestino Ristorante & Bar

Authentic Italian Food in Pasadena. For over 17 years located on South Lake Avenue, Celestino has delighted the palates of Pasadena and travelers from all...

CHA Redefine
Take-Out

Cha Redefine

Cha Redefine. Cha Redefine founded by tea and coffee enthusiasts. They create a new interpretation of traditional tea by combining traditional loose-leaf tea...

Outdoor Dining

Chado Tea Room Pasadena

Traditional Tea House. Chado Tea Room Pasadena serves over 200 different teas, sandwiches, salads and pastries. There are four Chado Tea Room's throughout...

Outdoor Dining

Chamo Venezuelan

Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine was founded out of a deep love for real food, for food that is fresh, healthy, and authentic. They pride themselves on using fresh...

On the Parade Route

Chef Tony Dim Sum

Chef Tony Dim Sum is a modern dim sum experience, blending Cantonese staples with inventive interpretations. The dishes are a reflection of Guangdong Cantonese...

CHIM Thai Tom Yum Soup
Outdoor Dining

Chim! Thai Street Food

Chim means to taste in Thai. Chim! “The Tastes” of Thai Street Food is about bringing the simplicity of good eats on the street of Thailand. Every dish on the...

Coffee and plants sign
Outdoor Dining

Coffee and Plants

100% aesthetic and 100% plant-based, Coffee and Plants cafe is located in Old Pasadena's One Colorado. Enjoy dairy-free lattes, coffee, teas, and more while...

Congregation ale house
Outdoor Dining

Congregation Ale House

Pasadena Chapter. The Pasadena outpost of Travis Ensling's growing company joins successful "chapters" in Long Beach and Azusa. The Pasadena branch occupies...