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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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.

Bakery/Café

Dash Coffee Bar

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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

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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...

Bar/Pub

Der Wolf

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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...

American

Dirt Dog

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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...

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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...

Latin American

Dos Besos

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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...

Bakery/Café

Dots Café

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

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Come experience this boutique style cupcake shop. Cupcakes are known to increase levels of happiness and fulfill sweet cravings.Baked fresh daily, Dots...

Bakery/Café

Drips Cheesecake

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Drips Cheesecake is the first brand in the United States to specialize in chocolate-dipped cheesecake. They bake every single cheesecake using an original...

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Old Pasadena Gastropub. Edwin Mills by Equator is a gastropub that can only be accessed through on of the historic alleyways of Old Pasadena. The space is...

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Authentic and Traditional Mexican Food. El Cholo restaurants feature authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, many of which have come from family recipes...