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About Mijares Mexican Restaurant

Over 92 years ago Jesucita Mijares fled the revolution in Mexico searching for a new life for her family. After settling in Pasadena she opened a small tortilla factory. It quickly became known for its tiny restaurant featuring Jesucitas's original recipes, tortillas, tamales, and sauces made with her metate stone grinder carried from Mexico.

145 Palmetto Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Lunch

Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm

Dinner

Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Pasadena Ave.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 792-2763

Website:
http://www.mijaresrestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
Los Apolos is a strolling trio that serenades our customers Friday and Saturday nights from 6-9pm and Sundays during Brunch from 10-2pm.

Catering:
Full off premise catering. We cater from 25 to 500 guests. Partial or full bar is available. Our catering menus are available on our website.

Parking Details:
We have parking in our parking lot. Enter our lot from Pasadena Avenue. There is unlimited street parking and a private lot across the street.

Public Transit:
Bus stop at California Blvd. and Fair Oaks Avenue or the Metro Gold Line to the Del Mar Station.

Executive Chef:
Antonio Campos

Private Party Facilities:
Jesucita's Banquet Room holds 100 people or more with the adjoining patios. Great for birthdays, anniversaries, wedding rehearsal dinners, graduations, business seminars, (breakfast and lunch) meetings, fundraisers, showers, baptismals, and quincenieras. Dance floor, bar, and restrooms. Beautifully decorated with eight Mexican chandeliers.

Private Party Contact:
Maria, Tom, German: (626) 792-2763

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Mijares Mexican Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.0

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (7)
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Authentic (6)
Fun (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Live Music (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Spicy (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Too noisy, very slow service, food not hot when served.The mariachi singers were the best of all!! I would never return on a Friday night ever..parking was is a disaster as well.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was very good. Service was slow. We were the first people there; it took about 30 minutes after we ordered for the food to arrive. The restaurant was not crowded.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great food with authentic atmosphere. Service was friendly and fast. I was impressed as there was a special gluten free menu.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Best Sunday brunch. A large variety of authentic Mexican dishes, an omelette bar, homemade tortillas, delicious deserts and so much more. Mimosas included.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We love Mijares! The staff, the food, the margaritas, mariachis and the woman who makes the guacamole at your table makes this experience unlike any other Mexican restaurant in LA. We are lucky to have this family tradition for over 90 years in Pasadena. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Food is always reliable but the service is very spotty.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Really enjoyed the salmon dinner it actually has vegetables, asparagus, in a Mexican Restaurant. Thank you.
I refuse to purchase an alcoholic beverage here because they consistently short the alcohol. Server told us that many complain, but that even though the bar is told, the drinks come out the same....... weak.
We still come here for the food, just skip the mixed drinks, save your money.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Decent food, ok service. Will come back

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

First time. Had table ready on time. Food and service was good. Would recommend if looking for a good Mexican restaurant in the area. Will go again.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Checked in with the Maitre'd (a short bald man) at the front desk, we told him of our Open Table reservation, he acknowledged us and called us by name. Then after we left the restaurant they turned us in as a "No Show". Apparently they didn't even check their charge card records before turning in the "No Show". Their laziness cost me time and effort to get credit for our visit. When you check in, ask the seater to be sure to that you are checked in properly.
Their bar drinks are weak on alcohol, but their tacos are well filled with meat.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great food. Reasonable prices, and excellent service!

Tags: Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 26, 2017

It was a Saturday afternoon..
4 pm...so few tables taken. Despite great food... the terrible, slow service would prohibit me from going back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We've been coming to Mijares for 30 years, and loved it from the first time we walked in. The food is great, prices are good, the atmosphere is comfortable and low-key, and the staff is always extremely friendly. This is our favorite restaurant in Pasadena.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Mijares is forever dependable. Enjoyable. We tried the lunch buffet. Basic offerings and quite a few options. Even lite dessert. And very economical at $11.95.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Born and raised in the area, never knew this place was here. Sunday brunch was GREAT! Price was a tad higher than other places (saw online it was $24.95, bill showed $27.95) if the price were any higher, it would be a stretch, but the food is worth it, quality and choice was great as well, from tri tip to ribs, omelette and taco stations, AND let's not forget some of the best choices for desserts! I'll definitely be back. Only thing that would be awesome that I'm honestly unsure if they do or not, is email discounts. We frequent El torrito/Acapulco often for Sunday brunch and they offer us discounts often for brunch.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Majares is a local icon. We especially like the outdoor patio area which feels festive. The service is very good and this last time we visited, the server was great! The food is good . . . classic American Mexican.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Slow service, had to ask for a waiter after waiting 10 minutes. Margaritas tasted like lemonade.
Very disappointing

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Monthly date with my wife

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Aside from not offerings margaritas by the pitcher, I don't have too many complaints. The margaritas at $8.50 each are a little pricey. not sure there was much alcohol in them but perhaps that is for the best. We were a group of 7 getting together after many years of not seeing each other so we sat around and chatted for a very long time and the restaurant never made us feel rushed. Food is not particularly memorable but certainly good and hearty. It's been our go-to get together place for years as the location is convenient for many of us.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Food even better than usual. All the staff is congenial (except the Guacamole gal) and efficient.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We love mijares, it makes us feel like family!!!
If we want a fantastic margarita with a kick on the first drink, Mijares is our
Place to go.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 14, 2017

one of the best Mexican restaurants i have been to in a very long time.

Tags: Late-night Find, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Great traditional Mexican food, shades of the original El cholo. Same kind of food and ambiance

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 20, 2017

We have a new theater company in Pasadena, Parson's Nose. We've all been to Mijares before many times but not in a while. We were looking for a place where we could chat. It got a little noisy, but that was fine. The staff made way for us when we came in and cleared a table they were using which was very nice of them. Wasn't too crazy about the crab tostada I had, but I've had great meals in the past there and will order them again. We all had a fun dinner.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The restaurant was crowded when we were there. The service was pretty bad. The waiter forgot our order of appetizers. He also forgot to bring chips and salsa when we ran out and asked for more. He brought our food 40 minutes after we got there. He did apologize for the food taking so long.

We like Mijares. We will come back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We ordered guacamole prepared table side, noticed they used lemon instead of lime. So I asked for limes instead of lemon and they told me they don't have limes. Are you kidding me - a Mexican restaurant has no limes? How do you make your margaritas? The server came back to check on us only once. We were out of water and drinks. Thank goodness for the bus person. He took better care of us than the server. The food was only mediocre. Probably won't go back again.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Always good food and service. Great for large groups.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Loved our experience at Mijares however Open Table didn't advise it was for two important Birthdays. One for my mothers 75th birthday. I requested brunch but Open Table didn't pass that along or advise of a time cut off. This isn't the first time a special request is placed on OpenTable like where you choose a special request and the restaurant is oblivious and you feel like your special occasion doesn't matter to them. Its better to call restaurant direct is my future choice.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Just got back from a business trip, my fiancé and I just wanted to have a nice meal to celebrate one year of being engaged. After being seated we both feel exhausted, as we both have long work days behind us. We order waters and immediately the "table-side guacamole".

I could have settled for ONLY that, we were craving it. 15 minutes pass and still no sight of guacamole. We confirmed with the waiter and he forgot to mention to the lady who makes the guacamole. He is a little bit older so we were sympathetic.

What killed the evening was after he altered the guacamole lady, we could SEE her in the kitchen talking to someone... for another 10 minutes.

At this point I would rather have gone to the Taco Bell drive through trash can and eaten the wrappers. My fiancé tried to locate a manager and found no luck. We left right away. I'm a pretty patient person however this was pathetic. If she was busy with other patrons, that's understandable. Being in our line of sight completely on clock not doing your job is what ruined our night.

I want to return but I believe good food pairs well with good service. Not today.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Family favorite for over fifty years. Recommend sitting in back patio. The best Chilli Relleno around.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

This place is authentic, I have not seen a place like this anywhere else. The food is amazing and the service is very good. If you enjoy really well prepared mexican food, this place is for you. I will always seek this place out when I am in town.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 19, 2017

First time we had been here and we were not disappointed one bit, the food was outstanding and the service, beyond great. Thank you for a very nice evening out with my wife.

Tags: Waterfront, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I was really looking forward celebrating mother's day at this restaurant, but the service was very poor. The staff was not friendly at all. The hostess that supposed to take us to our table did not speak to us, left us in the middle of the patio, guessing which one was our table.....sad! because the food is good! but the service is bad.......then we went for some tacos, asked the lady if there was more green salsa and her reply was "I guess there is no more" wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (this was The Sunday brunch buffet)

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·Dined on May 12, 2017

Haven't been here since childhood.. Took my 90 year old Mom she loves it grew up in the area.. Had a reservation but had to wait for 2 more in the party so couldn't be seated hostess had a bit of an attitude.. Younger hostess very very sweet on Friday night but the other women, awful.. I wanted to leave but didn't want to disappointment my Mother as we were celebrating Mother's Day early because I have 9 other siblings! Everything else was good.. Mariachis were very nice..

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Mijares is an "old Pasadena" destination! The restaurant is family owned and been part of the restaurant scene for decades! Food is predictable and usually good. Good for many different groupings---family, children, large group, visitors, outdoor seating, banquet room, etc.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 7, 2017

I want to thank the server. He was very professional. Mijares made our party unforgettable. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Always a favorite and we went for Cinco de Mayo. Tequila tasting fun and the special menu delicious!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 5, 2017

The food and service were excellent. Even on crowded Cinco de Mayo. My only complaint is that last year they had a great mariachi band and this year 3 white shirt dudes with guitars who we only got to hear just before we were about to leave after dinner. They sounded good, but we wanted mariachi band.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Great food

I had shrimp and lobster enchiladas

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 4, 2017

We were there before the crowd came in but it took forever to place our order, and then it was very slow in coming. By then, the place was very crowded and very noisy. Had two handicapped people with us, and very difficult to get a wheelchair and a walker around to a table. One of the lunch items was very good, the rest was just OK to not good. Would not go back!

Tags: Comfort Food
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