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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Pasadena

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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!


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4.9
4.9 (748)
$31 to $50
American
Pasadena
About the restaurant
Tucked away on the Altadena/Pasadena border,
Chef Paul Ragan brings a feast of flavors to the dinner table.
Join us in our dining room or order the Roastie to go!

Top review
Oldtimer
Dined on Jun 27, 2024
The food was cooked to perfection. Choices for each course were a great selection. Allowing a taste of different wines before selecting one was very helpful and fun.
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4.8
4.8 (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
NancyinLA
Dined 5 days ago
Thanks so much for providing a wonderful dinner for me and my best friend again! This was a Big Birthday for her, and she enjoyed eating at Shiro so much. The special octopus appetizer was the best octopus that either of us had ever eaten, and I loved my soft shell crabs. As usual, my friend devoured most of your gigantic catfish. We also loved the passionfruit cheesecake--so special!!!
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4.9
4.9 (136)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
We ordered the market salad, chicken empanadas, mushroom & chicken pizza, and an entraña plate. Everything was exquisite! We loved the flavor of it all! Great service and ambience!! Thank you MALBEC!!
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4.8
4.8 (2956)
$30 and under
American
Pasadena
About the restaurant
Classic American comfort food, crave-able bar snacks, plus unique cocktails, an extensive wine list in an upscale yet casual environment. Our exhibition kitchen highlights the talents of our passionate culinary team.

Nick’s is dedicated to perfecting the dining experience through continuous innovation, offering the highest quality food and beverage, and executing impeccable standards of hospitality. The deeply instilled Nick’s culture is personified by its Ladies and Gentlemen – professionals who share a single focus and are inspired and committed to offering great service and creating positive memorable experiences.

Nick's Pasadena will reopen on April 12, 2021 for dinner starting at 4pm. We look forward to serving you!

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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
I have been thinking about trying Nicks for a long time. So when my roommate and I wsnted to try something new in Pasadena Nicks was our choice. We were pleasantly surprised by the ambience and quality of the food. Our waitress was so helpful and made recommendations to us from the menu, an all around wonderful restaurant. We had buttermilk fried chicken and the portion was huge! Enough for another meal. Every bite was delicious!
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4.8
4.8 (846)
$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 2 days ago
It was perfect! Will be back again and again!! Highly recommend
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4.8
4.8 (1316)
$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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Great place for brunch. Food and service are excellent.
A photo of Smitty's Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2114)
$31 to $50
Comfort Food
Pasadena
About the restaurant
The Smith Brothers bring you American comfort food at its best. Our menu features iron skillet cornbread, homemade chicken pot pie, BBQ baby back ribs, and more. Smitty's has always been defined by comfort, from the cozy booths and inviting bar, to the helpful staff who welcome each of our guests home.
Top review
WILLIAMG
Dined 3 days ago
Our waiter was very good!............................
A photo of Arroyo Chop House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2360)
$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 1 day ago
Delicious food, excellent service, and nice atmosphere! Highly recommend!
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4.8
4.8 (2012)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Pasadena
About the restaurant
Tucked in the heart of Old Town Pasadena, Cafe Santorini is the spot to be in. Offering a variety of delicious Mediterranean dishes and a romantic second floor patio. Perfect for a date, a family gathering or a celebration. Cafe Santorini also offer a large banquet venue, The Rococo Room, which can fit up to 150 guests.
Top review
TVal777
Dined 5 days ago
Good food as usual. We had the octopus for starter, it was so tender and enough char on the tail. I had the cioppino, it was delicious but too bad they didn’t allow the linguine add on anymore.
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4.8
4.8 (2376)
$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 3 days ago
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.
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