The Playhouse District invites you to experience its undeniably inspiring and charming locale. Located within an easy stroll from Pasadena City Hall and Downtown hotels, the District offers an intimate scene where art, architecture and culture abound and where local businesses continue Pasadena’s tradition of personal and friendly service.
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The newest addition to the New School of Cooking brews Stumptown Coffee, bakes fresh pastries, and serves breakfast and lunch. It’s the perfect place for meeting friends, or hunkering down with your laptop to finish some work.
929 E. Colorado Blvd.
Come here to enjoy a variety of high quality Tandoor specials marinated with Indian spices and more. Everything is prepared with rich-taste and made fresh to order.
Art + Science Cafe
101 S. Madison Ave.
This charming coffee shop serves espresso, hot chocolate and matcha from 8 am to 10 pm seven days a week.
The Playhouse District's new ramen and yakitori restaurant features tonkotsu ramen done traditionally with thin, straight noodles and classic condiments, most notably chashu, or slices of roasted pork and served with beansprouts, enoki mushrooms, fried onions, green onions, menma and nori.
Every gourmet pizza is fast fire'd over a blazing open flame to perfectly crisp perfection in just 180 seconds at Blaze Pizza. You pick your own toppings from a selection of healthful and artisinal ingredients.
Home of the original Spuderito! Homemade sauces, fresh ingredients, cooked to order. Serving Pasadena for 47 years.
Braise & Crumble puts a fresh and seasonal spin on old-school comfort classics. Their menu features slow-roasted meats, thick-cut bacon and fresh vegetables. And pie. Lots of pie. Sweet pie. Savory pie. Yummy, yummy pie that goes perfectly with their Cold Brew Shaker.
Bringing the Street of Thailand to Pasadena, CHIM! Thai Street Food serves authentic menu for you to try!
Self-dubbed as "Family Dining," Coco's is sure to provide diners with not just exceptional food but exceptional value as well. The restaurant is also a bakery and offers many signature entrée items. Their current menu embraces today's emerging food trends, with creative and diverse offerings, as well as traditional favorites, and in the near future they will be introducing many new innovative selections as well.
Coffee by the Books is a coffeehouse serving craft coffees and pastries. CBB offers comfortable indoor and patio seating, free wi-fi, friendly baristas, gifts and local art. Located at Walnut and Oakland, with entrances from either street. Free parking!
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Conrad's serves great comfort food at reasonable prices. Their menu lists over 100 items, offering something for everyone's palate.
Del Taco is a leading national Mexican quick-service chain with more than 500 restaurants in 18 states.
Dr. Robbin Café and Bistro
630 E. Colorado Blvd.
Sleek Korean cafe specializing in health-focused dishes with no butter or sugar.
The Muro family welcomes you to El Metate Café! The small-scale café has some of the tastiest Mexican food in Pasadena. Mexican specialties and seafood dishes are among the favorites.
One of Pasadena's most beloved Mexican restaurants, El Portal offers mouthwatering and authentic cuisine such as their Yucatecan cochinita pibil and Oaxacan mole among other dishes. Another great treat is the art that adorns the walls and restaurant ambiance. The neighborhood eatery has been voted "Best Mexican Restaurant" by Pasadena Weekly readers.
Ginger and Spice
451 E. Colorado Blvd
A neighborhood café offering a great selection of sandwiches, burgers, salads, breakfast items, organic coffee, smoothies, and a fusion of items such as the famous pho noodle soup and bubble tea. Breakfast is served all day, including their mouth-watering breakfast burrito.
Upscale Chinese restaurant with reasonable prices.
Lee's Sandwiches serves traditional Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches as well as Euro-style sandwiches, fresh baked baguettes and croissants, an extensive line of drinks including the Lee’s Coffee – ca phe sua da and desserts.
Lovebirds Café & Bakery has been in business for over 20 years. The café offers a great assortment of cold and hot sandwiches, warm and tasty soups, and gourmet coffee. The bakery also bakes its own bread and offers a delicious selection of pastries.
A Pasadena classic, famous for their breakfast burritos which are served all day/night.
Offering French cuisine with a Japanese flair, prepared by Chef Akira Hirose.
Monopole Wine offers hand selected, high quality premium wines at competitive prices, with an emphasis on educating the consumer. They host special wine tastings and classes, and have a wine bar with daily tastings of wines in their inventory. Their highly trained staff is there to help you discover wine, find what you’re looking for to fit any occasion, and make recommendations you can bank on.
Authentic tasty Thai food that is always prepared with the freshest ingredients. Among the owner’s favorite dishes to serve his customers are his special green chicken curry, Pad Thai, and Pineapple-fried rice.
766 E Colorado, Ste 103
Get your poke fix at Pokenoya, with the option to Build Your Own Noya or choose from one of their Signature Bowls.
Nice neighborhood chicken restaurant with a diverse roster of chickens, steaks, fish and sandwiches.
Founded in 2011 by brothers George and Charbel Ghaby, Rounds Premium Burgers is a fun, new twist on the classic American burger stand, offering a flavorful selection of classic fare, recreated to be uniquely Rounds. Rounds Premium Burgers offers something for every taste - whether meat lover or vegan, health nut or not, your round awaits! Simply put, exceptional quality at an affordable price.
Roy's Hawaiian Fusion® Cuisine promises to make for one of the most unique fine-dining experiences available. Nowhere else will you find Roy's Classic Hawaiian Martini, Yamaguchi Sushi, Misoyaki Butterfish and Chocolate Soufflé all at the same table. So escape to paradise and experience the world’s finest cuisine deliciously wrapped in a Hawaiian state of mind!
Authentic Napoleteano pizzeria where cooks use only specific raw ingredients to create the pizza dough, and work the dough with their hands – never using a rolling pin.
Affordable prices and extensive selection of menu items including sashimi, rice bowls, salad, and lunch box specials, among others.
Located in Pasadena in the alley with The Ice House, T. Boyle’s Tavern is the neighborhood spot with great beer, delicious food and fun games. Their warm and welcoming atmosphere offers the perfect spot to grab some drinks with old friends or watch the big game while making new ones.
Traditional Japanese restaurant serving fresh sushi daily.
One of the best pizza and Italian food establishments in the San Gabriel Valley, Tarantino's has been serving Pasadena-area residents for decades. A crowd favorite is the Grandma Tony Special Pizza.
Tender Greens takes pride in serving fresh, local produce, organic ingredients whenever possible, hormone-free beef and poultry, and wild-caught tuna. But that's not all. Tender Greens uses the finest olive oils, cheeses, nuts, spices — you name it! With menu items ranging from soups and salads to meaty sandwiches and hot plates, there's something for everyone (even vegans!)
Teri & Yaki offers mouth-watering Asian comfort food. Great food prices, beautiful food presentation and appetizing marinated chicken and beefs.
443 E. Colorado Blvd.
The Mixx is a contemporary chic restaurant/bar/lounge that integrates a sophisticated modern interior space with centuries-old timeless structure. Guests may choose to enjoy a unique culinary experience or a lively bar setting with hand crafted drinks. Chef Jeremy Zimmerman has created a playful menu inspired by New American cuisine utilizing the freshest of seasonal ingredients.
Jones Coffee Roasters brings you The Next Chapter, a great place in Vroman’s bookstore to grab an iced espresso or hot cappuccino while you start a new novel.
The Stand offers the comfort of early century diners, featuring comfortable space, sincere hospitality, and honest foods, while redefining American Classics like hot dogs and burgers.
Contemporary taqueria filled with art, big-screen TVs & expansive menu of Mexican fare & cocktails.
The University Club offers a beautiful and relaxing environment for conducting business, gathering socially, and growing culturally and intellectually. Their talented Executive Chef creates delicious culinary offerings for your business meetings, weddings, special events, or for a quiet luncheon in the middle of a busy day.
Urth Caffé is an organic coffee company that exclusively carries its own brand of premium, fresh roasted whole bean organic coffee, and hand selected fine teas sold under strict quality and ethical standards. Their menu includes delicious salads, sandwiches, pizza and more.
Quaint coffee house nested in Arcade Lane. Vanessa's Specialty Coffees, Ice Creams & Pastries offers pastries, cookies, and tasty Fosselman's ice cream. The house specializes in lattes.
Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant serving modern, healthy options that taste as good as your favorite Thai dishes.
Yahaira's Café offers Nuevo Latino cuisine, which is a fusion of Latin-American food presented through an array of salads, sandwiches, and wraps. In the mood for dinner? Try their Pasilla Chiles stuffed with grilled Chicken Adobado, black beans, onions, tomatoes and corn.
Zona Rosa Caffe provides a relaxing, unhurried and intimate experience. Enjoy imported coffees, teas, fruit drinks and baked goods from Latin America.