Restaurants & Bars

Pasadena's Food Scene

Chong Ching Yao Mei

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.

Meet the Pasadena Makers

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

Discover More
Motto Tea boba tiger bubble tea

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

Browse Restaurants

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.

Asian

Colette

Colette Pasadena

Taste the rich cultural flavors of the San Gabriel Valley’s large Asian population at Colette in Pasadena. This former brunch spot was taken over by renowned...

congregation-ale-house-1_c3cc3d3e99a0496ea9909ca43528d03d.jpg

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

Bakery/Café

Copa Vida Coffee

945x596-copa-vida-pasadena_0006_copa-vida-7_c3cc3d3e99a0496ea9909ca43528d03d.jpg

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...

Cordova Cafe

Cordova Cafe is a small cafe in the Civic Center District of Pasadena. Less than a block away from the Pasadena Convention Center, the cafe sells sandwiches,...

Craft

Texas BBQ with a California Twist. An American social eatery that specializes in barbeque, prime steaks, farm to table salads, unique sandwiches, artisanal...

Bakery/Café

Crepes de Paris

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...

Bakery/Café

Criterion Coffee

Citerion Coffee

Criterion Coffee meets the criterion of the cozy cafe scene in Old Pasadena. Designed with elegance from top to bottom, the environment is cozy and welcoming...

Wine Bar

The Crush Pad

The Crush Pad

The Crush Pad is a unique tasting room that brings together an exquisite selection of beverages, including wine, beer, and kombucha, all available on tap....

Dan-945x596-2_c3cc3d3e99a0496ea9909ca43528d03d.jpg

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...

Bakery/Café

Dash Coffee Bar

Dash-coffee_c3cc3d3e99a0496ea9909ca43528d03d.jpg

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....

Bakery/Café

Delight Pastry

Delight-Pastry-3_c3cc3d3e99a0496ea9909ca43528d03d.jpg

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

American

Deluxe 1717

Deluxe 1717

From long time Pasadena Chef and caterer Onil Chibás, Deluxe 1717 is a warm and welcoming eatery offering New American cuisine interwoven with ingredients from...