Restaurants & Bars

Pasadena's Food Scene

Chong Ching Yao Mei

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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copa vida pasadena
Outdoor Dining

Copa Vida

Artisanal Coffee Shop & Cafe. Copa Vida is an artisanal coffee shop in Old Pasadena, that also offers tea and food. It is located in a beautiful historic...

Outdoor Dining

Crepes de Paris

Crepes De Paris serves sweet and savory breakfast and lunch crepes as well as french pastries, sandwiches, and more. Pair your meal with a steaming cup of...

Daddy's chicken shack sign
Outdoor Dining

Daddy’s Chicken Shack

Classic Fried Chicken. Daddy's Chicken Shack is located in Old Pasadena. Daddy's Chicken Shack serves up American southern food with a hint of Asian flavors....

Dan modern chinese pan fried dumplings
Take-Out

Dan Modern Chinese

Dan Modern Chinese. Dan is a modern Chinese eatery known for its dumplings and noodles – mainly its "xiao long bao" (XLB). XLB, sometimes referred to as soup...

Outdoor Dining

Dash Coffee Bar

Dash Coffee Bar is the place to kick off your morning. They offer espresso, cold brew, refreshers, matcha, tea, baked goods, snacks, and more to get you going....

Brunch/Breakfast

Delight Pastry

Delight Pastry has worked to produce the most beautiful and delicious pastries, offering a tantalizing variety of European products including cakes,...

Der Wolf pub
Outdoor Dining

Der Wolf

Bavarian Bierhaus & Biergarten. Der Wolf is an Old Pasadena German beer hall for brew and sausage. It features full service American fare with polished wood...

Outdoor Dining

Dirt Dog

Dirt Dog is a loaded twist on the class hotdog street food. With loaded fries, spicy seasonings, and tons of sauce, Dirt Dog is guaranteed to be your next...

dog haus biergarten
Outdoor Dining

Dog Haus Biergarten

Hot Dogs in Old Pasadena. Dog Haus is a casual hot dog and burger joint in Old Pasadena, it is located in a historic brick building adjacent to Big Bang...

Dos Besos Paella
Woman-Owned

Dos Besos

Dos Besos is a charming Spanish tapas and paella restaurant in Old Pasadena, focusing on the coastal cooking of Valencia, a port city in Southern Spain. The...

Take-Out

Dots Cafe & Bakery

A bright & cheerful neighborhood cafe for picking up a handcrafted coffee or family meal, prepared with California farm fresh ingredients. Items are baked...