15 Best Restaurants You Should Go in Pasadena

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Pasadena is one of the best cities in Los Angeles county you should visit for sure. Among people, it’s called the city of science. You can find there a lot of scientific and cultural institutions, like California Institute of Technology, Pasadena City College, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Fuller Theological Seminary and others. However, Pasadena is not only the science place. You can taste the most delicious food in Los Angeles county. So, we thought, you might be interested in knowing these top 15 Pasadena restaurants.

1. La Grande Orange Cafe

La Grande Orange Cafe is #1 in our list. The food is really great! That’s why it’s in the first place, right?;) Besides the food, which is super delicious, service and the atmosphere are great. You will get the food as soon as possible while enjoying a pleasant view of the restaurant. You can check the official website below and go through the menu. You won’t regret it.


  • Name: La Grande Orange Cafe
  • Address: 260 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105 (Del Mar)
  • Price: $30
  • Opening hour: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
  • Website: http://www.lgostationcafe.com/
  • Phone: 626-356-4444

2. Houston’s

As you might or might not know, Houston’s belongs to Hillstone Restaurant group, that has different restaurants among the US. However, Houston’s in Pasadena is called the best steak house on the west. It is said, that their steaks are always cooked to perfection. Sounds pretty well to be truth. Want to find out? Visit this restaurant. Well, the price is a bit high, but who cares, when you feel the steak melting in your mouth.


  • Name: Houston’s
  • Address: 320 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Price: $41 – $80
  • Opening hour: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Website: http://www.hillstone.com/#/restaurants/houstons#_=_
  • Phone: 626-577-6001

3. Parkway Grill

Parkway Grill is one of the fanciest places in Pasadena. Just look at the picture above. Doesn’t it look like the atmosphere is perfect for any occasion? Moreover, Parkway Grill is the winner of 2015 Diners’ Choice. We think that matters a lot. People say that you are going to get the best service, you can just imagine. Maybe that’s true, but you won’t know until you try. But don’t forget to make a reservation before.


  • Name: Parkway Grill
  • Address: 510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105-2520 (California)
  • Price: $31 – $80
  • Opening hour: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
  • Website: http://www.theparkwaygrill.com/
  • Phone: 626-795-1001

4. Cafe Santorini

Cafe Santorini is the best place for family dinner. Just take a look at the picture above. The whole building is dedicated to one restaurant. The place is really massive. Be sure to visit The rococo room. Cafe Santorini was opened in 1993 and till that time, they offer one of the best grilled meats in the city. Remember that the restaurant specialises in Mediterranean food, so be sure to taste seafood dishes and pasta.


  • Name: Cafe Santorini
  • Address: 64 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103 (Delacy)
  • Price: $21 – $30
  • Opening hour: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
  • Website: http://www.cafesantorini.com/
  • Phone: 626-564-4200

5. Green Street Restaurant

Green Street Restaurant is Pasadena’s must-visit place. It serves your needs since 1979. This is truly the place, where you can meet your friends and have a great time. The atmosphere is great and cozy. When you are there, try their famous burgers. Or another food, because all of it is great there. We need to mention that a friendly staff makes is one more plus to visiting the place in Pasadena.


  • Name: Green Street Restaurant
  • Address: 146 Shoppers Ln, Pasadena, CA 91101
  • Opening hour: 6:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Website: http://greenstreetrestaurant.com/

6. Russell’s

Russell’s is one of the oldest restaurants in Pasadena. Being in city downtown, it has not much space, but who cares when the food is really tasty and cheap. Look at the prices! It can be a plus and a minus at the same time. Due to the popularity, you won’t get the chance to get there without waiting in a line. We recommend you to visit it on Summer because they put some chairs outside on the sidewalk.


  • Name: Russell’s
  • Address: 30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103-3609
  • Price: $5 – $10
  • Opening hour: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Website: http://www.oldpasadena.org/
  • Phone: 626-578-1404

7. Mi Piace

Mi Piace is a typical Italian restaurant in the middle of Pasadena. If you want to taste real Italian cuisine in Pasadena, this place is your choice. A Pizza here is one of the best in the city. However, some people complain of the service, but it could be one-time thing, who knows. Also, people love this place for the atmosphere. There are days, when you can visit the restaurant like a party place.


  • Name: Mi Piace
  • Address: 25 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105 (Fair Oaks)
  • Price: $21 – $30
  • Opening hour: 7:30 am – 11:30 pm
  • Website: http://mipiace.com/
  • Phone: (626) 795-3131

8. Arroyo Chop House

If you want to try real American cousin this is the place right for you! Arroyo Chop House is a great example of a real American steakhouse. So, if you like meat, this is the choice for you to make, but don’t expect much more from it. Generally, all meals are tasty, but people complain of desserts. Maybe they are right, but who goes to the steakhouse to eat desserts, right?:)


  • Name: Arroyo Chop House
  • Address: 536 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105-2520 (California Ave.)
  • Price: $41 – $80
  • Opening hour: 5:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Website: http://www.arroyochophouse.com/
  • Phone: 626-577-7463

9. The Cheesecake Factory

Despite the naming, Cheesecake Factory has a great variety of meals 0n the menu. But be sure to try their famous desserts, so you could tell people that you’ve been there. You can dinner there with your friends and family. If you have kids, they have a special place for them to play. Be ready to make a reservation if you don’t to spend time waiting in a line.


  • Name: The Cheesecake Factory
  • Address: 2 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1923
  • Price: $30
  • Opening hour: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
  • Website: http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/
  • Phone: 626-584-6000

10. Gale’s Italian Restaurant and Bar

Do you remember that we’ve mentioned the winner of 2015 Diners’ choice? Nevertheless, Gale’s Italian restaurant and bar is the winner of 2014 diners’ choice, and we can ensure you that you won’t regret going there. It is made in an Italian style, and as you could guess, the restaurant has one of the best Italian cousins in Pasadena.


  • Name: Gale’s Italian Restaurant and Bar
  • Address: 452 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2634 (California)
  • Price: $9 – $25
  • Opening hour: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Website: http://www.galesrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 626-432-6705

11. Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza

Tell us at least one person who doesn’t like pizza? Everybody does! However, it’s taste can vary depending on the place of it’s preparing. So, don’t forget to visit Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza to enjoy the best pizza in the town. If you are going to visit another place in the US, visit the official website of the restaurant to get a look where else you can eat Blaze Pizza.


  • Name: Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza
  • Address: 667 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA
  • Opening hour: 10:30 am – 11:00 pm
  • Website: http://www.blazepizza.com/
  • Phone: 626-440-7358

12. Europane

As you could guess from the naming, Europane is all about European cousin. They have really great Euro bakery, so if you haven’t got a chance to visit Europe but have heard about the famous bakery, now you have a chance to taste it. Moreover, people love this place for sandwiches and a coffee. So, if you are a morning person, or just in search of a great place to have a breakfast, you are lucky to know this one.


  • Name: Europane
  • Address: 345 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
  • Opening hour: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
  • Phone: 626 844-8804

13. Smitty’s Grill

Smitty’s Grill is the winner of 2015 Diner’s Choice as the best American restaurant. It is one of the best places to have lunch, but remember to make a reservation. The food is great as well as the atmosphere. We can’t forget to mention that the service here is one of the best in the city. Just give a try and you won’t regret.


  • Name: Smitty’s Grill
  • Address: 110 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 (Green St.)
  • Price: $31 – $40
  • Opening hour: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
  • Website: http://www.smittysgrill.com/
  • Phone: 626-792-9999

14. Roy’s Pasadena

Roy’s Pasadena is the restaurant, where you can try Hawaiian cousin. Moreover, they have a great variety of Asian cousin. People love the place for the fancy food and not expensive prices. We need to say that the service is very fast. If you are looking for a place to have a lunch or a dinner with your friends, this is just the place you need.


  • Name: Roy’s Pasadena
  • Address: 641 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101 (North El Molino Avenue)
  • Price: $10 – $30
  • Opening hour: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Website: http://www.cafesantorini.com/
  • Phone: 626-356-4066

15. Luggage Room Pizzeria

Luggage Room Pizzeria is the second pizzeria in our list. People really enjoy pizza there, because it’s really one of the best in Pasadena. In addition to pizza, the interior is as you are in the fancy Italian restaurant, believe us. It will take just a few minutes of waiting for a pizza, so if you are looking for a fast lunch, this is the best place.


  • Name: Luggage Room Pizzeria
  • Address: 260 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena
  • Opening hour: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Website: http://theluggageroom.com/
  • Phone: 626-356-4440

That’s all, guys. We hope you liked our top 15 restaurants in Pasadena. And found the place that really suits you the most.

Have a good trip and travel!

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