Restaurants & Menus

Pasadena Restaurant Week 2014 is April 27th through May 2nd. Enjoy the finest Pasadena has to offer with special prix fixe menus, meals and deals.

If you want your restaurant to be included in Pasadena Restaurant Week 2014, click on Register My Restaurant to sign up or email paul@pasadena-chamber.org for details.

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SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail

SIP-tember: a Celebration of the Cocktail

For 2014, SIP-tember returns August 15th for six weeks, culminating in the Taste of Pasadena and SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge Finale on September 25th at the Rose Bowl. Pasadena celebrates the cocktail during SIP-tember, with some of our favorite Pasadena Chamber member restaurants offering some of their favorite cocktails. Trattoria Neapolis, Kings Row Gastroub, Japon Bistro and Vertical Wine Bistro are joined by New York Deli’s Speakeasy, SORRISO and Bar Celona, as well as PUNCH in taking the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge. Drinks being offered for the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge include special margaritas, new interpretations of traditional cocktail and some specially created drinks from some of Pasadena’s premiere mixologists. During SIP-tember, you can taste the Far East Mule or Pear Martini from Sushi Roku. And, you can try the Jala Pina Rita from Ruth’s Chris Steak House or their Strawberry Basil Gimlet. Central Park offers their popular Sangria or you can recover from the work week (or work day) with their Stress Reliever. Revisit your childhood (but with vodka) when you taste the Orange Julius from Clearman’s Galley or refresh with a Pomegranate Martini. That’s not all! A/K/A Bistro has two new drinks on the menu, the Jalopeno and Cucumber and the Fair Trade Tea. Want to try an Exquisite Old Fashioned or maybe a Strawberry Surprise? Stop by New York Deli and try them. Or maybe the Watermelon King or Berry Breeze from the Tap Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel will be your favorites. Once again, SIP-tember: A Celebration of the Cocktail culminates in a grand taste-off at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Everyone attending the Taste of Pasadena that evening will be able to taste the four finalist cocktails and vote for your favorite.

Complete Alphabetical List of Participants follows:

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a/k/a An American Bistro

Conveniently located in Old Pasadena's stylish One Colorado Plaza, a/k/a is the latest concept by renowned restaurateurs Deborah and Robert Simon, who have also operated Bistro 45 for the last 20 + years in Pasadena, and previously launched the a/k/a concept in St. Helena two and a half years ago to critical acclaim. Drawing flavors and menu focus from California wine country sensibility and from specific, sustainable, and, where ever possible, organic sources is what a/k/a is all about. a/k/a's sophisticated yet comfortable ambiance is highlighted by gracious and abundant hospitality, and a diverse menu featuring choices for every taste.
  • Call 626.564.8111 for reservations
  • A/K/A: an American Bistro is at 41 Hugus Alley in Old Pasadena
  • www.akabistro.com
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Bar 1886 at the Raymond Restaurant

The Raymond Restaurant features an innovative, contemporary menu in a casual-fine dining setting. Chef Tim Guiltinan creates inspired, modernized, classic American cuisine that is global in it's scope. He raymond_logocombines the familiar and exotic using moden and classic cooking techniques. The wine list features a varied selection of domestic and international wines featuring premier and boutique wineries. Join us for brunch, lunch, dinner, or a special occasion – we look forward to serving you. Calling all cocktailians: Contemporary bar culture made a late but entirely fashionable entrance this week in Pasadena with the opening of 1886, the watering hole at The Raymond Restaurant. The Raymond’s management and owners partnered with mixology masters Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest of Tello Demarest Liquid Assets to curate the much-anticipated, artisan cocktail bar. Tello’s lengthy CV includes crafting the cocktail selection at The Varnish and The Edison in downtown Los Angeles. Demarest, too, is an Edison alum and also noted for his libations at First & Hope. Appealing to Pasadenans’ sense of tradition, the drink menu at 1886 incorporates sly nods to local history and lore. For Cheeseburger Week you will find the All American Cheeseburger on the menu at Bar 1886. Vote for Bar 1886 at the Raymond in these categories in the Cheeseburger Challenge:
  • Favorite burger
  • Favorite bar burger
  • Favorite traditional cheeseburger
  • Favorite cocktail with (or before) a burger

Bar Celona

Bar Celona:

Our menus feature not only the popular tapas offerings, but also a full lunchtime menu of salads and sandwiches, and several entree selections, including a variety of paella, for those arriving with a more substantial appetite. Bar Celona's wine list includes a wonderful and reasonably priced selection of popular wines.

Bistro 45

Welcome to Bistro 45 and welcome to a place where you are the most important person in our world. Pleasing your palate and providing you with a memorable, personalized dining experience is our only objective. In the Bistro's 22nd year we'd like to say an extra "thank you" to you and the readers, writers and editors of the Zagat Survey and Wine Spectator.
  • Call (626) 795-2478 for reservations
  • 45 South Mentor Avenue in Pasadena
  • www.bistro45.com
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BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse

BJ’s wants to be the very definition of “WOW!” for you and your family every time you experience our high-energy, kid-friendly restaurants. We’ve committed to being the best, serving high-quality food and beverages in a fun setting that you’ll want to come back to again and again. It was 1978 when two guys who had a great recipe for deep dish pizza opened the first BJ’s in Santa Ana, California. The pizza was an immediate hit and, as years went by, new BJ’s restaurants were opened in beach cities along Southern California’s coastline. In 1996, with seven restaurants in operation from San Diego to Los Angeles, the first BJ’s brewery began production in our new restaurant in Brea, California. The introduction of fine handcrafted beer was welcomed by guests and the newly renamed BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery concept was launched. New menu items and new beers have been added through the years as the BJ’s brand has expanded across the U.S. Our passionate desire to provide extraordinary value for our guests in a high-energy, fun, child-friendly environment, along with a sincere commitment to support the communities in which we do business, goes to the heart of what differentiates BJ’s from other restaurants. It is because of you, our guests, that we have been able to realize a dream and create the company and culture that thrives today. Thank you for being the biggest and most important part of what keeps our dreams alive! For the Cheeseburger Challenge, BJ's has entered:
  • Favorite burger
  • Favorite sliders - BJ's Angus Beef Sliders
  • Favorite lunch counter burger: BJ's New! Brewhouse Bacon Cheeseburger
  • Favorite gourmet burger - BJ's New! Brewhouse Double Deluxe Burger
 

California Pizza Kitchen Pasadena

California Pizza Kitchen is a casual-dining restaurant featuring innovative pizzas that are creatively designed on a delicious crust and hearth-baked to perfection, such as The Original BBQ Chicken Pizza and the California Club Pizza. Also served are distinctive pastas, salads, soups, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts, including our Chicken-Tequila Fettuccine, The Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad, Tortilla Spring Rolls and Key Lime Pie. Download the menu here:

Central Park Restaurant

Central Park specializes in mouth watering steaks, fresh fish, hand-crafted pastas and gourmet pizza. To complement your meal, we have an extensive wine list hand-picked by our in-house Sommelier. Central Park is located just three blocks south of Colorado Boulevard and "Old Town" on Fair Oaks Avenue. The restaurant occupies a 100 year old flower warehouse featuring original exposed brick walls and high rafter ceilings. Stop in for a dining experience you won't soon forget. Download the menus here: reserveatable Open table logoClick to reserve a table for lunch at Central Park through Open Table   reserveatable Open table logoClick to reserve a table at Central Park through Open Table

Dog Haus Biergarten

Now there's a 2nd place to enjoy the best of the wurst! Drop by Dog Haus Biergarten for your favorite meal and sample our selection of German and California Craft beers, select wines and classic cocktails, as well as some live music. It's fun for the whole family. And it tastes good, too. During Cheeseburger Week, you can find all these (and more) at Dog Haus Biergerten:

Vore for Dog Haus Bier Garten in the Cheeseburger Challenge in these categories:

  • Favorite Burger
  • Favorite bar burger
  • Favorite cocktail with or before a burger
   

El Cholo Cafe

It was a landmark year in 1927. Babe Ruth hit sixty home runs, Charles Lindbergh made his historic flight across the Atlantic and a young couple named George and Aurelia Salisbury opened up a little Mexican restaurant on the outskirts of a small town named Los Angeles. That was the historic beginning to the rich tradition that is El Cholo®. All of the El Cholo® restaurants feature authentic and traditional Mexican dishes, many of which have come from family recipes dating back to 1923.  Our distinctive menu offers classics such as our famous green corn tamales, enchiladas, and sizzling fajitas.  Our combination plates along with newer comidas especiales and fresh grilled chicken tostadita and tostada compuesta salads have made El Cholo famous along with our irresistible nachos, which were introduced back in the 50’s by a young server named Carmen Rocha. But there is one thing that El Cholo® is especially known for and that is our famous El Cholo® MargaritasEl Cholo® pioneered the now renown Cuervo 1800 into their secret El Cholo® Margarita Recipe and it has become a "must taste” for visitors to Southern California. For Pasadena Restaurant Week El Cholo offers 10% off your total food bill (alcoholic beverages excluded). Download the coupon here:

Green Street Restaurant

Green Street Restaurant has been a Pasadena tradition and innovation since 1979. Serving California cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Green Street is the place where Pasadenans go to meet old friends, discuss business or just enjoy a fabulous meal. Green Street is still owned and operated by the family that started it as a one room, 18 table cafe.
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ix-tapa Cantina Grill

IX Tapa brings a touch of class to a time honored cuisine. Featuring the classic, home cooked dishes of the region, ix-tapa offers a wide ranging menu selection, from familiar entrée favorites to a large offering of bar bites. With over 7,000 square feet of space grandly appointed by LA based design firm AKAR Studios, IX Tapa boasts live music, dancing and a complete schedule of entertainment options. Click to download the menu here:

Japon Bistro

Japon Bistro is a Michellin Recommended Restaurant and selected for “Best Sushi Platter” in the July issue of Pasadena Magazine’s “Best of Pasadena”. Japon Bistro is a Japanese Restaurant that has a Sushi Bar, Sake Bar, and a Saketini Bar found in Pasadena. We provide a Certifications for Restaurant Sake Specialists and Sake Event Specialists. Japon Bistro has Japanese Catering, Sushi Catering, Sake Bar Catering for Weddings, Corporate Events, Corporate Catering, Corporate Luncheons, Charitable Events, Fundraisers, and more. Japon Bistro just launched a Customer's Appreciation Day Event to host a 50% discount day for our existing customers and Corporate Customers.
  • Japon Bistro is located at 927 East Colorado in Pasadena.
  • For more information contact call 626-744-1751
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Lobsters @ Live Mixx

Set on Pasadena’s famed Colorado Boulevard inside the Lobster@LiveMixx_logobooming Live Mixx nightclub, Lobster@ Live Mixx serves the freshest lobster, east coast style. Serving delicious lobster rolls, tacos, savory soups, and many other seafood favorites. Come enjoy Maine lobster in a casual dining setting and enjoy our daily HAPPY HOUR specials - weekends included:Happy Hour: Everyday 3-7pm (closed Mondays)Extended Happy Hour: Thursday - 8-11pm, Friday - 8-10:30pm, Saturday: 8pm-10pm Download the menus here:
Website : www.livemixxlounge.com

McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood and Steaks

Located in Plaze Las Fuentes, McCormick & Schmick’s is nestled among beautiful fountains and sculptures. The restaurant is located near the Pasadena Museum of California Art and the Pasadena Playhouse and close to the Rose Bowl Stadium. From fresh seafood and shell fish to aged steaks and garden fresh salads, our goal is to exceed your dining expectations. As our guest you will experience culinary excellence at its best. Our menus reflect seafood from the Pacific Rim, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. We also source products from local ranches, farms and wineries to showcase regionally inspired dishes. A distinctive feature of our restaurant is our beautiful bar area that offers you a comfortable environment from which to enjoy a wide variety of wines, beers, classic drinks and trendy cocktails. Be sure to stop by and enjoy our award winning bar food during our Happy Hours. Every item on the menu is appealing and the prices are equally attractive! Choose from our private and semi-private dining rooms to host your next corporate or business event or personal celebration. Download the menus here: reserveatable Open table logoClick to reserve a table for lunch at McCormick and Schmick's through Open Table   reserveatable Open table logoClick to reserve a table for dinner at McCormick and Schmick's through Open Table  

New York Deli

A Slice of New York in Pasadena Our passionate desire is to provide extraordinary value for our guests in all aspects of a Deli. Here at The New York Deli, authenticity is key, all our produce, meats and breads are handpicked daily to insure our customers the freshest and highest quality of foods. All items on our menus are prepared in house hours before we open, showing our deep dedication in pursuing culinary excellence. It is safe to say that you haven't had a sandwich until you've had a New York Deli sandwich! Fulfilling your needs is our desire, The New York Deli wishes you a beautiful dining experience!
  • Telephone: 626-578-0010
  • New York Deli is at 25 North Raymond Avenue in Old Pasadena
  • www.thenewyorkdeli.com
New York Deli has these burgers on the menu:
  • #81. Hamburger with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Homemade Russian Dressing. Served with French Fries or Choice of Salad
    #82. Cheeseburger with Swiss Cheese, American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Homemade Russian Dressing. Served with French Fries or Choice of Salad
    #83. Patty Melt with Swiss Cheese, Grilled Onions, Homemade Russian Dressing on Grilled Golden Rye Bread
    #84. Bacon Cheeseburger with Cheddar Cheese, Swiss Cheese, Grilled Bacon, Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Homemade Russian Dressing. Served with French Fries or Choice of Salad
    #85. Reuben Burger with Melted Swiss Cheese, Grilled Sauerkraut, Homemade Russian Dressing on Grilled Golden Rye Bread
    #86. Deli Burger Hot Corned Beef or Hot Pastrami with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Homemade Russian Dressing. Served with French Fries or Choice of Salad
    #87. Turkey Burger with Lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Homemade Russian Dressing. Served with French Fries or Choice of Salad
    #88. Mushroom Burger with Sauteed Mushrooms, Grilled Onions, Half-Pound Hamburger, Homemade Russian Dressing, and Melted Swiss Cheese. Served with French Fries or Choice of Salad
For the Cheeseburger Challenge, New York Deli can be found in these categories:
  • Favorite cheeseburger
  • Favorite gourmet cheeseburger
  • Favorite bar burger
  • Favorite turkey burger

Osawa Shabu Shabu Sushi

Osawa Shabu Shabu Sushi
  • Cuisine: Japanese Shabu Shabu, Sushi & Otsumami
  • Ambience: Warm and welcoming.
  • Philosophy: Osawa believes in the Japanese tradition of “omotenashi”, or hospitality: the exquisite Japanese art of welcoming and serving guests. Osawa likes to welcome each and every guest like they coming into their home.
Japanese Shabu Shabu, Sushi & Otsumami in Pasadena
Osawa believes in the Japanese tradition of “omotenashi,” or hospitality: the exquisite Japanese art of welcoming and serving guests. Osawa likes to welcome each and every guest like they coming into their home. Come into Osawa for the best Japanese Shabu Shabu, Sushi & Otsumani in Pasadena!
  • Owner: Sayuri Tachibe
  • Chef de Cuisine: Norio Yoshikawa
  • Sushi Chef: Yoshio Sasaki
Lunch: 11:30am to 2:30pm (Tue - Sun) Dinner: 5:00pm to 9:30pm (Tue - Thu & Sun) 5:00pm to 10:00pm (Fri & Sat) http://theosawa.com 

Raymond Restaurant

The Raymond Restaurant features an innovative, contemporary menu in a casual-fine dining setting. Chef Tim Guiltinan creates inspired, modernized, classic American cuisine that is global in it's scope. He combines the familiar and exotic using moden and classic cooking techniques. The wine list features a varied selection of domestic and international wines featuring premier and boutique wineries. Join us for brunch, lunch, dinner, or a special occasion – we look forward to serving you.
  • The Raymond is at 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue in Pasadena
  • Reservations: (626) 441-3136
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Ruth’s Chris Steak House

From our humble beginnings on Broad Street in New Orleans to our current position as the world's largest fine dining company, Ruth's Chris Steak House has come quite a long way in its first four decades. In 2010, we celebrated our 45th anniversary, and we consider it a celebration of the life of a woman who broke the mold - our founder, Ruth Fertel. Visit Ruth's Chris Steak House in Pasadena, California. Whether it's a romantic steak dinner for two, an important business meeting, or a private party, Ruth's Chris Steak House can accommodate your needs. Our Pasadena steakhouse provides guests with a warm, comfortable atmosphere. Download the menu here:   reserveatable Open table logoClick here to make a reservation at Ruth's Chris through Open Table

Sorriso

Villa Sorriso: Our menu will tempt you with popular Italian favorites including salads, pastas, pizzas, roasted and grilled meats.

We also offer well inventive signature appetizers including Caprese, Shrimp Cocktail Martini and our famous SORRISO Crab Cakes. A wonderful selection of grilled meats including melt-in-your-month New Zealand Lamb Chops. The extensive Martini List is fun and includes super martinis such as the Marilyn Monroe, WOK N ROLL, and a sophisticated, pink-tinged martini named the Desperate House Wife! Villa SORRISO's Wine List includes a wonderful and reasonably priced selection of popular California and Italian.
  • Villa Sorriso is at 46 East Colorado Boulevard  Pasadena, CA 91105
  • Telephone: (626) 793-2233
  • www.sorrisopasadena.com

SORRISO / Bar Celona

Bar Celona:

Our menus feature not only the popular tapas offerings, but also a full lunchtime menu of salads and sandwiches, and several entree selections, including a variety of paella, for those arriving with a more substantial appetite. Bar Celona's wine list includes a wonderful and reasonably priced selection of popular wines.

SORRISO: Our menu will tempt you with popular Italian favorites including salads, pastas, pizzas, roasted and grilled meats. We also offer well inventive signature appetizers including Caprese, Shrimp Cocktail Martini and our famous SORRISO Crab Cakes. A wonderful selection of grilled meats including melt-in-your-month New Zealand Lamb Chops. The extensive Martini List is fun and includes super martinis such as the Marilyn Monroe, WOK N ROLL, and a sophisticated, pink-tinged martini named the Desperate House Wife! SORRISO's Wine List includes a wonderful and reasonably priced selection of popular California and Italian wines.   

Sushi Roku

The standard for forward-thinking sushi in town, Sushi Roku is as stylish as its patrons. Start with edamame or cucumber sunomono, move on to the salmon tempura roll with spicy ponzu cream, and choose from dozens of sushi selections or main courses like eight-hour braised kurobuta pork. Extensive sake and signature cocktail selection. Download the menus here: Click to reserveatable Open table logoreserve a table for lunch at Sushi Roku through Open Table   reserveatable Open table logoClick to reserve a table for dinner at Sushi Roku through Open Table

The Tap Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa

The Tap Room at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena is one of our most enticing lounges. With views from the bar's patio out across the expansive grounds and San Marino to the south,you can enjoy the finest cocktails in an unmatched setting. For the SIP-tember Cocktail Bracket Challenge, the Tap Room has entered:
  • Watermelon King - Partida Blanco, Fresh Watermelon, Pressed Basil, Lime
  • CC Crush - Belvedere Intense, Pineapple Juice, Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, Cucumber, Cilantro, Jalapeno, Sugar Rim
To dine at The Langham, Pasadena is to savor extraordinary dishes passionately prepared by a team of chefs, each determined to outdo their fellows with creativity and culinary flair. The Terrace - casual dining in refined surroundings
The Terrace serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The comforting bistro style menu, created by Chef Erik Schuster, is comprised of seasonal and sustainable California cuisine, offering a variety of choices that will delight both the discerning and casual diner. The outdoor patio offers guests alfresco dining with a view of the Picture Bridge and pool, and provides the perfect setting for a business lunch or relaxing dinner.The venue also includes a private dining room with seating for up to 16, for small intimate gatherings

Trattoria Neapolis Italian Restaurant and Bar

Modern American Italian 

New to the Pasadena restaurant scene, Trattoria Neapolis was named one of Zagat's "Top 12 Hottest New Restaurants in LA." 

The restaurant presents a full menu of antipasta, pasta, pizza from a wood burning oven, main courses, salads and desserts. Pasta, bread and salumi are house made and the menu is updated to take advantage of the freshest ingredients each season has to offer.

The wine program is vast with signature selections from Italy and California. The bar Neapolis insideboasts 14 craft beers on tap from some of the finest artisanal brewers plus innovative cocktails have been developed by Vincenzo Marianella, nominee for American Bartender of the Year.

Open seven days a week serving lunch, dinner and brunch on the weekends plus late night service on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Pasadena Restaurant Week pricing:
($) = $15 lunch and/or $26 dinner
($$) = $20 lunch and/or $35 dinner
($$$) = $25 lunch and/or $44 dinner
Price excludes tax, tip and alcoholic beverages. Some prices may vary.