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Diners' Choice: Kid-friendly restaurants in Pasadena

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are kid friendly 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 The Proper Restaurant restaurant
4.7 (552)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
La Canada
About the restaurant
Where our passion is simple: an approachable menu using the highest quality, best tasting ingredients in a comfortable and elegant neighborhood bar and grill. Our owners, Rick and Lisa Anderson and David and Cater Yost are committed to bringing the best customer experience to La Canada Flintridge. Whether it’s our signature Proper martini, a perfectly seasoned ribeye with Cajun butter, or crispy truffled Brussels that make the mouth water, you’ll savor the quality that our chefs and bartenders bring to every meal.

Come bring your friends and family to an unforgettable dining experience in an elegant and contemporary atmosphere designed to invite and excite.
Top review
Dined on Jun 11, 2024
My friends and I meet at the Proper two or three times a month. Delicious food, great drinks, and great ambience. We love it. 
A photo of Tokyo Wako - Pasadena restaurant
4.6 (67)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Treat yourself to an explosion of flavor with sushi and steaks at Tokyo Wako in Pasadena. This Japanese restaurant serves Asian-inspired cuisine in a sleek space. Tokyo Wako offers an extensive menu that includes appetizers, seafood dishes, salads, soup, noodles and a host of entrees — all cooked with fresh ingredients. Enjoy sashimi, nigiri and innovative sushi rolls. Tokyo Wako also serves Japanese yakiniku, grilled meat dishes, delivering the perfect yin to seafood's yang. Complement your meal with an exotic cocktail. Popular with the locals in Pasadena, Tokyo Wako caters to private events. It boasts banquet rooms that can be used for everything from large corporate events to business functions. Located on Colorado Boulevard, this restaurant is open daily.
Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Always love it here! Food is very good and the service is great.
A photo of Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ - Pasadena, CA restaurant
4.5 (1623)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Founded in Tokyo in 1996, Gyu-Kaku has become the world’s #1 Japanese BBQ brand! Thanks to our devoted fans we have reached over 700 locations worldwide. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people gather around the table-top smokeless grill, a centerpiece of our dining concept, enjoying selections of premium meats, just off the grill, and other freshly prepared foods from our kitchens, inspiring laughter, conversation, and a magical dining experience.

Our authentic yakiniku (grilled barbeque) dining experience crowns you the chef. Share a variety of delicious appetizers and premium cooked meats over a flaming grill, paired with Japanese sake, frosty cold beers, or other alcoholic and non-alcoholic options of your choice. We're the perfect spot to enjoy time with friends and family, organize an office party, or to spend quality time with your significant other!

Before you go, don't forget to taste our best-seller Harami Skirt Steak or Prime Kalbi Short Rib among other must-try dishes!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 12, 2024
Johnathan was really helpful and a nice guy with excellent recommendations. We did have to move due to the fire was too low l, but that did not stop us from having a good time.
A photo of True Food Kitchen - Pasadena restaurant
4.4 (3075)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
True Food Kitchen is a chef-driven restaurant and scratch bar that was founded by Dr. Andrew Weil, the pioneer of integrative medicine, to provide food that tastes great and is good for you. At our table, delicious dining and conscious nutrition go hand in hand, without sacrificing flavor, creativity or indulgence. Our expertly trained chefs craft flavor-forward dishes, handcrafted cocktails and freshly pressed refreshers so you can enjoy epic food experiences that aren’t just good for you, but good to you. Join us in Pasadena for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. New flavors, new combinations, new obsessions. Come see us for something completely new and delicious.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Love eating here. Food is great and the service is always top-notch!
A photo of Buca di Beppo - Pasadena restaurant
4.3 (911)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
If you are looking for an Italian Restaurant in Pasadena, CA then come to Buca. Our Italian restaurant near Central Park and Castle Green, right off of Long Beach Freeway, serves authentic family style Italian food. From team celebrations to romantic dinners, we make all of our guests feel like family. Join us for all of you upcoming special occasions!
Top review
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
A little pricey for three - since everything is served family style you need at least 6 to get a nice taste of everything. Service wasn’t great but they had lots of big groups so maybe that was why. Food was good - overall a funky place to experience at least once or twice per f you’re looking for a restaurant a little out of the norm.
A photo of Sage Regenerative Kitchen and Brewery - Pasadena restaurant
4.2 (805)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
We are LA's first Regenerative Kitchen & Brewery supporting local regenerative and organic farmers who make it their life's mission to partner with nature to regenerate the earth by bringing life back into the topsoil. Located in heart Old Town Pasadena, One Colorado Shopping center with cozy large patio, dining area and full bar We are excited to invite you to join us for a new menu that includes 100% grass fed beef and bison, pasture raised chickens and pastured eggs, regenerative cheese, fresh organic regenerative sourdough and more.
Chef Mollie Engelhart
Founder, Farmer, Chef
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Had a great time with family here!! Drinks were good!! Food was really good!! Our waitress was nice and provided excellent service. Will definitely come back
A photo of Mélange restaurant
4.1 (154)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
About the restaurant
Where Casual Elegance Meets Culinary Flair

Mélange is a New American Restaurant with globally influenced dishes, creating a menu that delights the palate while experiencing sustainable and seasonal ingredients.

DISCOVER / ENJOY / EXPERIENCE our culinary delights, handcrafted cocktails, and service to match - we can’t wait to welcome you to a culinary voyage that will keep you coming back.

Join us inside the Le Méridien Pasadena Arcadia.. a neighborhood treasure for an unforgettable escape.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
Food was tasty and ambiance was delightful , the restaurant was a little backed up because it was pretty busy.
A photo of El Cholo Cafe restaurant
3.9 (946)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
It all started back in 1923 in a small storefront in downtown Los Angeles. 95 years later and 5 generations later El Cholo has become synonymous with Mexican food all over Southern California.

Our Pasadena venue opened in 2000 and is at the Paseo Mall within walking distance of the Civic Auditorium and Convention Center, overlooking Colorado Blvd.
The menu consists of classics dating back to the original menu along with an array of more modern dishes showcasing the different regions of Mexico.

Four private rooms that can accommodate parties from 40-100 that allows our valued guest a memorable experience no matter the occasion.

Most famously known for our Margaritas and a menu featuring over 150 Tequilas. Both of our bars offer a comfortable environment allowing our guest to relax enjoy their experience.
Top review
Dined 7 days ago
Havent been to this El Cholo in years, and really enjoy the outdoor patio, even though it was a bit warm outside. The Mariachi band was fun, if a bit loud. The food was great though, really love the enchiladas and beans! Will be back
A photo of Fogo de Chão - Pasadena, CA restaurant
3.8 (789)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Fogo de Chão is an internationally-renowned steakhouse from Brazil that allows guests to discover what's next at every turn. Founded in Southern Brazil in 1979, Fogo elevates the centuries-old culinary art of churrasco - roasting high-quality cuts of meat over an open flame - into a cultural dining experience of discovery. Please join us in our dining room, in our more casual Bar Fogo, or bring the Fogo Experience to you with Fogo To-Go or Catering. Visit our website to make a reservation or place an order.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Outstanding service. It’s a good place for dining with High ceilings and pretty building architecture.
A photo of El Torito - Pasadena restaurant
3.7 (233)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
The authority in great Mexican food for more than 65 years. Offering a memorable experience to make each guest feel like family.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
I made this reservation for 12 people to celebrate a retirement for a fellow employee. The staff at El Torito was great. We went just as they opened for lunch. Our table was ready. They helped us with storing a cake, which they gave us plates a a knife to cut. They responded to every request that we asked for including to turn the AC Down. They were very accommodating and took pictures at the end of our lunch for us. The food was great and I couldn’t believe how reasonable it was priced! This has not been my experience in many restaurants lately. I was very impressed with El Torito and I hope to go back soon because the food was so good, and so was the environment, especially all of the staff. 
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