Dining in Pasadena can be as informal as ordering a burger, fries and shake at a diner, as trendy as a power lunch salad at a bistro, or as elegant and intimate as an evening of dining in one of the four-star restaurants.
All India Café (www.allindiacafe.com)
39, South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena
India has many different cultures and culinary traditions and at All India Café you can find many of those specialties. The food is authentic Indian home-style food and they only use natural spices and ingredients. You can either go for A La Carte or a buffet at this restaurant and either way the food is excellent. The service and atmosphere are great too.
Brit’s Fish & Chips (http://www.britsfish.com/)
P.O. Box 61083, Pasadena
Brit’s a small piece of Jolly Old England right in Pasadena and they offer a cozy, traditional pub with a wide selection of British and European ales, stouts, and lagers. Their fish and chips is a must and only Icelandic Cod is used for this Award winning dish.
Carmine’s Italian Restaurant & Bar
424, Fair Oaks Avenue, South Pasadena
Carmine’s Italian Restaurant & Bar is located in South Pasadena and is a wonderful family-owned and operated restaurant of the old Italian tradition, successfully blending old world simplicity with 21st century flavor and style. The atmosphere is happy and filled with happy diners. Quality ingredients and exceptional service are standard at this restaurant.
Clearman’s North Woods Inn (http://www.clearmansrestaurants.com)
7247, North Rosemead Boulevard, San Gabriel
An authentic bit of North Woods set down in Southern California. Before the turn of the century, the huge wheels holding this restaurant’s sign were pulled by oxen and used to haul logs out of the North Woods. The sign is mounted on a slab-cut from a thousand-year-old mammoth Redwood tree. Here you can find steaks, seafood and sandwiches and they all come in huge portions and quality.
Dave & Buster’s (www.daveandbusters.com)
400, South Baldwin Avenue #930-U, Arcadia
If you had to search all around you will not be able to find a place quite like Dave & Buster’s. The perfect combination of great food and great fun, offering a casual atmosphere, contemporary American menu, fun and games, all under one roof. The cutting-edge, high-tech amusements are a must try at this restaurant. The food is always served by some of the friendliest people and overall this will leave a positive experience in your life.
El Portal Restaurant (http://www.elportalrestaurant.com/)
695, East Green Street, Pasadena
This restaurant was voted the best in Yucatan and Mexican Cuisine. El Portal offers a warm family atmosphere. As soon as you go in you will see a hacienda of brick walls, courtyard, fireplace, fiesta colors and original pieces of Mexican art and crafts.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant (http://www.gordonbiersch.com/)
41, Hugus Alley, Pasadena
Gordon Biersch is a Brewery Restaurant featuring American Cuisine with International Influences. They brew German Bavarian Style Lagers and have a full beverage menu. This is the best spot to catch a game or have a good night out with friends. The atmosphere is comfortable and upbeat.
Holly Street Bar & Grill (http://www.hollystreetbarandgrill.com/)
175, East Holly Street, Pasadena
Indulge yourself and savor mouth watering appetizers, entrees and desserts created by Chef Humberto, using fresh food provided by the finest local purveyors. The difficult task at this restaurant is whether to eat outside or inside but either way you are promised to enjoy the experience. This restaurant is also home to the city’s hottest jazz. The perfect spot for an intimate dinner.
Il Fornaio Cucina Italiana
24, West Union Street, Pasadena
This restaurant is located in the One Colorado Shopping Center and it will take you through an Italian culinary journey. Early mornings they serve crisp crusted bread hot from the oven accompanied by the scent of fresh brewed espresso. During lunch and dinner hours, pastas and flavorful sauces simmer while meats and vegetables roast over hot coals. The wine list is endless and the waiters will help you pick up the best one. This restaurant was also the winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007.