There’s no shortage of Pasadena eateries to satisfy every palette. Whether you’re looking for a new favorite or have a craving for something specific, you’re sure to find it on our updated list of the best of the best restaurants in Pasadena, CA.

Pie ‘n Burger

This is the old-school restaurant is all about the American burgers and classic desserts that have comforted us since our childhood. Its consistent prominence on the Food Network’s Top 5 Burger Joints just adds to the overall atmosphere. It’s a great casual restaurant that’s sure to please the whole family, it’s affordable and you can custom order the burger you’re craving.

Su Beoreg Factory and Bakery

The Armenian menu at this casual dining restaurant is authentic and delicious. The su beoreg is amazing and delivers exactly what you’d expect in a Middle Eastern dish. The staff are friendly, the seating is comfortable and the aura lends a warmth that’s sure to keep you coming back for more. And if you’ve never had the pleasure of authentic Armenian cuisine, do yourself a favor – take a leap of faith. You’re not likely to be disappointed.

Lucky Boy Drive Inn

OK. We admit – most folks in Pasadena already know the gem that is the Lucky Boy Drive Inn, but we couldn’t resist. This has been a favorite of our staff for…well, for as long as it’s been around. And if you know our staff, you know we rarely agree on what makes great food. If you’re one of the four people who haven’t had the pleasure, what are you waiting for? Granted, it’s the go-to place after a night on the town, but it’s a classic with great American-Mexican food, waitresses that make you happy to be there and you’re bound to run into co-workers, your favorite aunt or your best friend from third grade – which is always a good thing. Let us know what you think of the burritos – after all, they’re the cure-all.


The southern redneck that’s in all of us screams for great bar-b-que. In Pasadena, that scream is met with a spectacular southern sauce that makes you want to call your cousin in New Orleans and brag about the best bar-b-que you’ve ever tasted. It’s that good! The mac and cheese is the perfect side and balances out the tangy spices of the sauce. And for what it’s worth, the cornbread really is as good as any southern Granny’s family recipe. Indulge in the good stuff with no worries about the waistline – it’s good for the soul (something else every southern Granny teaches “them grandbabies”).

Pasadena is a great place to call home and luckily for all of us, the versatility of restaurants and the pride every restaurant owner has for his offerings is something else our beautiful city is known for. If you don’t have a favorite eatery, it’s only because you haven’t explored the many options available. None on our list requires reservations or formal attire – come as you are! Whether it’s a sweet tooth, comfort food or something more formal, you don’t have to leave the city limits. Have your own favorite you think should be part of our list? Let us know – we just might add it to next year’s best of the best.