Pasadena, CA

4 Pasadena restaurants that would be a mistake to miss

Eugene Adams
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Pasadena sits just 11 miles northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. Outsiders probably know it best as the city that hosts the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl every year. 

However, Pasadena is so much more than that. It’s also the home of two well know schools. Caltech and Pasadena City College. Overall, there is no shortage of exciting things to see in Pasadena

What is not as well known is that Pasadena has a quickly growing restaurant scene

Here are four great Pasadena restaurants worth giving a try. 


Osawa opened in 2013 with the goal of providing Pasadena with local, fresh, and authentic Japanese cuisine. It has quickly grown into one of the cities go-to sushi spots. 

No reservations are available, walk-in only. 


Monday — Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday — Sunday: 11 am- 2 pm

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 5 pm- 9 pm

Friday & Saturday: 5 pm- 9:30 pm

Address: 77 N. Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91103

Phone: (626) 683-1150


Maestro Restaurant

It’s not easy for a Mexican restaurant to stand out in the crowded Southern California market, but Maestro manages to do just that. In fact, it stands out so much that it made the LA Times Best of the Southland list.

The menu is filled with all the Mexican dishes you would expect. Regardless of what you order, be sure to wash it down with one of their delicious cocktails. 

The food is good any time, but their Sunday brunch is particularly popular. 


Monday: Closed

Tuesday — Thursday: 5 pm- 9 pm

Friday — Saturday: 5 pm- 10 pm

Sunday: 4 pm- 9 pm


Sunday: 11 am- 2 pm

Address: 110 E Union St. Pasadena, CA 91103​

​Phone: (626) 787–1512


The Luggage Room Pizzeria

Many restaurant names feel random, but this isn’t of them. The Luggage room was once an actual luggage room in the historic 1934 Del Mar Train Station. 

The Luggage Room Pizzeria has been serving some of Californias best pizza out of their wood-burning brick oven since 2010. Their iconic fermented sourdough crust is one of the things that stands out most. It’s hand-stretched and burned over olive wood, which results in a unique taste. 


Monday — Thursday: 5 pm- 9 pm

Friday: 4 pm- 10 pm

Saturday: 11:30 am- 10 pm

Sunday: 11:30 am- 9 pm

Address: 260 S RAYMOND AVE, PASADENA, CA 91105

Phone: (626) 356-4440


Pie’n Burger

Pie’n Burger opened back in 1963. With plenty of other burger options around, it’s impossible to survive nearly 60 years without serving great food. 

Despite the name, the menu is not all burgers; they also serve excellent breakfast food. 

If you are looking for something sweet after finishing your burger, they have plenty of pie options, including: 

  • Apple
  • Cherry
  • Pecan
  • Pumpkin
  • Blueberry
  • Rhubarb
  • Custard
  • Dutch Apple
  • Boysenberry
  • Baked Peach


Monday — Friday: 8 am- 9 pm

Saturday — Sunday: 8 am- 9 pm

Address: 913 E. California Blvd.Pasadena, CA 91106

Phone: (626) 795–1123


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