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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Pasadena

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Pasadena? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Malbec Market restaurant
4.9
4.9 (137)
$30 and under
Argentinean
Eagle Rock
About the restaurant
Malbec Market is the little sister of Malbec Argentinean Cuisine. Providing the enticing flavors of Argentine and Italian Foods in a casual environment. Whether you order the meat dishes or one of our vegetarian dishes, you are sure to find something that you will enjoy.
Top review
Neilio
Dined 5 days ago
My fiance and I came to Malbec Market for an early Anniversary celebration, booked the time and seating through Opentable and voila - all we needed to do was show up and enjoy what they have to offer. The place is simple but chic, the table setting is lovely, elevated but not forced. A casual smart restaurant that has the appeal of a sophisticated neighborhood market restaurant but yet not stuffy and inauthentic - the staff are courteous and friendly. I very much appreciate their attention to detail and their effort to make their customer experience comfortable and memorable, since it's summer, the timed misters are a welcome sight in their Al Fresco section of the restaurant, they also have heaters installed for the colder months. The appetizers are well portioned for 2 and even maybe 3, we were excited to try their Pulpo, however, my fiance is allergic to pine nuts so we opted for the Rabas which is their version of the calamari, lightly fried to golden deliciousness, it was fantastic! We also ordered a side of Papas Provenzal - perfectly fried with a balanced infusion of seasoning, garlic and parsley, definitely a must! For the main dish, we both had the Entraña Al Malbec - Absolutely tender and delicious! Beautifully seasoned and infused with red wine reduction, served with mushrooms, onions. mashed potato and sauteed vegetables - a definite must try or for consideration! Overall, Malbec Market did not disappoint! It was such a lovely experience, great food, wonderful people and convenient location, a definite two thumbs up.
A photo of Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery restaurant
4.7
4.7 (78)
$31 to $50
American
Pasadena
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
Deenavip
Dined 2 days ago
Sunday Supper is awesome. Good value and very tasty.
A photo of Shiro Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1552)
$50 and over
Contemporary French
Pasadena
About the restaurant


Open for indoor and outdoor dining and curbside takeout. Outdoors dining is subject to the weather. We have heaters but not for all tables. Please dress warmly. If there is a chance of rain we will have to cancel.

Shiro has been named the Zagat Guide's number one restaurant and is consistently one of the highest rated establishments in the guide (#5 in 2011; #2 for service in 2013). Shiro is summed up by it's ingredients. Menu items are driven by the best available, nothing less is acceptable. For over 35 years, diners have enjoyed our French and Pacific Rim inspired menu. A tradition of fine dining with excellent, friendly service. We may supplement our menu with a special Taste of Shiro (soup or salad, meat or fish, dessert). Wed/Th. The evening's menu is posted around 3pm.

As much as we love them, we must ask that your dogs and other pets stay home. Service dogs, of course, are welcome.

Top review
GlendaleRonvip
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Great food French with an Asian iand California touch. I’ve been going here since it opened. good for special occasions, since it is quite expensive due to the quality of the food
A photo of Arroyo Chop House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2362)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Pasadena
About the restaurant
A modern take on the classic American steakhouse, Arroyo Chop House is one of only a few restaurants in Southern California that serves exclusively USDA Prime beef. This strikingly handsome restaurant, inspired by the Arts & Crafts architectural style for which Pasadena is famous, is clad in rich mahogany and the cozy booths are bathed in seductive light.

Our steaks are aged and hand cut daily and then perfectly seared in a 1,500 degree oven. Traditional steakhouse side dishes include creamed spinach, baked potatoes, asparagus spears with hollandaise sauce, and Arroyo Chop House's famous onion rings. We also offer live Maine lobster and fresh fish, Alaskan King Crab legs, fresh oysters, and shrimp. Compliment your meal with a bottle from our award-winning wine list and finish the night with one of our delicious desserts such as a Grand Marnier soufflé, warm apple pie, butterscotch pudding or chocolate pecan pie.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Delicious food, excellent service, and nice atmosphere! Highly recommend!
A photo of Parkway Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2377)
$50 and over
Californian
Pasadena
About the restaurant
The Smith Brothers trend-setter in regional American cuisine, Parkway Grill continues to define dining in the city and beyond. Parkway Grill specializes in a seasonal, market-driven approach to cooking that incorporates diverse influences and classic French technique. Throughout its over 30 years, Parkway’s innovative chefs have showcased an intriguing array of dishes using locally sourced ingredients.

Demonstrating the ultimate commitment to fresh produce, Parkway Grill planted its own organic vegetable and herb garden behind the restaurant, which continues to thrive for over 25 years on a piece of prime real estate in the heart of Pasadena.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
We have eaten here on many special occasions and always thought the food was excellent. However, Monday evening the petit prime filet, which 2 of us had, was not as tasty as in the past. The scolloped potatoes had too much seasoning in them and the bread did not seem very fresh. The piece of birthday cake was much better than the previous kind that used to be served. We will return and next time we will order some of the other delicious food that we like.
A photo of The Lobby Lounge @ The Langham Hotel Pasadena restaurant
4.5
4.5 (675)
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea
Pasadena
About the restaurant
Join us for Afternoon Tea at The Langham Huntington Pasadena, Los Angeles. Enjoy a seasonal menu including mouthwatering sandwiches, baked scones, scrumptious sweets and a flavorful array of tea selections. Delicious Gluten-free and Vegan menus available.

Please include the number of adults (and if they have any dietary allergies) and number of kids (and if they have any dietary allergies in your reservation notes to enable us to best prepare for a seamless experience.

Offered Thursday - Sunday between 10 AM-3:30 PM.

Our grace period for reservations is 15 minutes.

20% Gratuity will be included in all final afternoon tea experiences; all prices exclude tax.

Parking $15 with Afternoon Tea validation.

Top review
FloFam
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
I had forgotten just how beautiful the Langham Hotel is and the Lobby Lounge is an especially lovely place to have afternoon tea. We were lucky enough to be seated by the window overlooking the back terrace and the city beyond. Perfect. The hostess and the serving staff were both very professional, nice and helpful. The reason I only gave 4 stars overall was because the food service from the kitchen was very slow. Elisabeth, our server was very nice and kept us informed of our order, but it still took a while before we were served. Other than this, we love our tea and the food was so special. abundant and delicious. It made my nieces birthday that much more special. Highly recommend. Thanks, so much for a lovely afternoon!
A photo of The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1060)
$50 and over
Afternoon Tea
South Pasadena
About the restaurant
Rose Garden Tea Room is set within the historic Rose Garden, the Tea Room offers an elegant and memorable experience inspired by the tradition of English tea service with a distinctive California twist.

Any party with more than 6 guests MUST call to make their reservation or email tearoom@huntington.org.
Please do not divide your party into multiple reservations, as each Open Table reservation will be treated as individual and will not guarantee adjacent tables.

Please note that visiting the Rose Garden Tea Room requires purchasing admission to The Huntington. When planning to visit the Tea Room, please purchase a separate ticket to The Huntington for the same day as your Tea Room reservation. Tickets are available at huntington.org

Top review
AnnetteMvip
Dined 2 days ago
It had been many years since we visited the Tea Room. Our visit did not disappoint. We were seated in the Herb Room which is very pretty. Each person that we encountered was very gracious and professional from start to finish. We chose the Huntington Tea which was plentiful and scrumptious! Thank you for a lovely afternoon!
A photo of Dunsmoor restaurant
4.8
4.8 (849)
$50 and over
American
Eagle Rock
About the restaurant
Brian Dunsmoor’s namesake restaurant, Dunsmoor, is the latest iteration of his ongoing exploration of American heritage cooking. It is, first and foremost, a restaurant for the community that surrounds it, and a loving expression of the relentless research that has informed his cooking for the last ten years.

We offer the full menu at tables in our dining room and at the chef's counter, as well as at our outdoor tables. Reservations are recommended but we make every effort to accommodate walk-ins when possible.

Dunsmoor's wine bar, accessible either through the restaurant or via its own door on Ave 35, does not accept reservations and serves a limited menu of our raw and larder items.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Dunsmoor is without a doubt the best restaurant In LA. I took my wife for our 1 year wedding Anniversary. They never disappoint, service is impeccable, food is always 5 star, and atmosphere you just can’t beat! I will be frequenting here for many years to come.
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Pasadena restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1321)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Pasadena
About the restaurant
Your Pasadena Fleming's is conveniently located on the corner of Marengo and Colorado Boulevard. Fleming's in Pasadena is an outstanding choice to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, glass of wine or handcrafted cocktail. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner or simply wanting to enjoy a night out - we will create a safe and memorable evening in our Dining Room. If you prefer to enjoy your fine dining experience at home, you can order and pay for lunch or dinner online and then pick up curbside or select from one of our delivery partners.
Top review
SergioCvip
Dined 3 days ago
Thank you for the great service and memorable experience
A photo of The Arbour - Pasadena restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1964)
$31 to $50
Californian
Pasadena
About the restaurant
The Arbour brings rustic elegant dining to the historic Pasadena neighborhood of south Lake Avenue. Paying homage to the extraordinary agricultural bounty of California, The Arbour’s menu showcases relationships with sustainable local farms and purveyors.

Top review
ErnieP
Dined 3 days ago
The food was amazing! Everything else was wonderful too- we'll be back.
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