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.

European

Bar Chelou

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Drawing inspiration from the eclectic, boundary-eschewing bistromie movement in Paris, Bar Chelou is Pasadena’s first neo-bistro. From Chef/Owner Douglas...

American

Barney's Beanery

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Barney's Beanery is a Route 66 Roadhouse located in Old Pasadena. Their large newspaper-style menu features 40 craft beers on draft, a full bar, over 100...

Bakery/Café

Beard Papa's

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Since 1999, Beard Papa's has been creating the World's Best Cream Puffs. They began in Japan and have expanded to over 475 stores in 15 countries and...

Bar/Pub

Blind Donkey

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

Bloomfield creamery

Enjoy the high quality, homemade, premium ice cream from this family-owned creamery. On the menu, there's also frozen yogurt and edible cookie dough. Enjoy...

Asian

Boba ChaCha

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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...

American

Bobby's Place

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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.

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Soul Warming Based out of Southern California, Boiling Point specializes in Taiwanese-style hot pot. In 2015, the group opened this new concept restaurant in...

Asian

Bone Kettle

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

The Boy and the Bear

The irresistible charm of The Boy & The Bear coffee roastery is in the warmth and magic of Colombian culture. With locations across California, this...

Latin American

Brick and Flour

Brick and Flour

Artisanal Mexican Grill. Brick & Flour serves neo-traditional Mexican food in a casual dining spot. A revolutionary concept that serves the freshest and...