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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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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (11)
Good for Groups (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
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Authentic (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for a Date (3)
Live Sports (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Business Meals (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Music (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

This was our first time here. The service was awesome!! They have a great list of Margaritas and their food options were also extensive. We all loved our choices!

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent guacamole. But the main dinner (enchilada and tamale) were virtually flavorless. Sad because the service is truly fabulous.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2018

perfect, delicious! very friendly staff, very talented musicians

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great food and Service

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We love the atmosphere, the food, the service, everything about Mijares!!!
GREAT MARGARITAS!!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Fun, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Live Sports, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

A good place for Mexican Border food, very busy on the weekend with some different special meals worth trying. The adult drinks are a little light on the alcohol, so order a double. The tacos are well filled with the meat and we like the albondaga soup with lots of vegetables.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Terrible service, over priced food. Sadly this place has gone way down hill

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great Mexican food, and the service is excellent! The staff is very attentive to any change needed at your table. All are friendly and efficient.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Mijares is always on my list to visit when I am in town. The food is excellent, prices moderate and the service is always at least very good, even at busy times. My benchmark for Miexican restaurants is the chili relleno and Mijares sits near the top of my list. Menudo is something you don't see everywhere is Mijares medudo is exceptional- wonderful broth.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Aways have been one of my fave Mexican restaurants in SoCal & this dinner didn't disappoint. Still my fave!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Good Mexican food but don't bother ordering a mixed drink other than a margurita because they are light on the pour. I have asked our servers several times about the light pour and they agree that many have asked the same question but the bartenders refuse to adjust. So when I dine here I just skip the mixed drink. I suggest you do the same.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We had a terrible experience at this restaurant. We’ve eaten there many times and each time the service gets slower and worse. This last time our food actually never showed up and we got up and left. In 30 years of dining at restaurants all over the world I’ve never gotten up and walked out without paying. We won’t be back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 17, 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 12, 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 5, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 27, 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 22, 2017

Food is always reliable but the service is very spotty.

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Casual
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 (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 12, 2017

Decent food, ok service. Will come back

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 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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 (Los Angeles)·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 25, 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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 (Los Angeles)·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 6, 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 5, 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 22, 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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 (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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