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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Grandview Palace
Take-Out

Grandview Palace

Family-owned and operated for over 15 years, Grandview Palace takes pride on serving guests with exceptional Chinese cuisine, newly located in the heart of Old...

Granville patio bar
Outdoor Dining

Granville

Granville is all about gourmet quality food, without being pretentious. They use only the freshest, highest quality ingredients, including hormone-free and...

Great Maple truffle fries
American

Great Maple

Comfort Food. Great Maple is a modern American restaurant specializing in upscale comfort food with a twist. Enjoy American classics made from scratch with...

Outdoor Dining

Green Street Café

Green Street Café serves Mediterranean food to the Playhouse Village of Pasadena. Their cuisine ranges from gyros to kebabs, to full platters filled with...

Outdoor Dining

Green Street Restaurant

Green Street Restaurant has been a Pasadena tradition since 1979. Serving California cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Green Street is the place where...

Outdoor Dining

Guisado's

Guisado's is a Mexican Restaurant that makes hand-made tortillas right in front of your eyes for a delight of sight and taste. Enjoy tacos, filling platters,...

Take-Out

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

Gyu-Kaku, meaning "Horn of the Bull" in Japanese, provides the authentic Japanese yakiniku (grilled barbecue) dining experience where customers share a grill...

Hahamongna watershed park
Active Life and Sports

Hahamonga Watershed Park

Hahamongna Watershed Park is located at the Southeast corner of Oak Grove Drive and Foothill Boulevard. This 1300-acre park in the Arroyo Seco extends from...

Hello Gelato
Asian-owned food

Hello Gelato

Hello Gelato is a delicious spot to grab a scoop of Italian Gelato, freshly-made. The cool treat is perfect for a hot day or as a nice snack while strolling...

Brunch/Breakfast

Highlight Coffee

Highlight Coffee is a coffee shop in Northwest Pasadena. Their coffee is silky, smooth yet semi bold, aromatic, and easy to drink without a bitter or sharp...

Himaylayan Cafe
Take-Out

Himalayan Cafe

In the heart of Old Pasadena, Himalayan Cafe is pleased to serve authentic Nepalese, Indian and Tibetan cuisine. With mountain grown herbs and spices, it is...