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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Pasadena

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion 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!

A photo of Arroyo Chop House restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2350)
$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
JohnCvip
Dined 3 days ago
OUTSTANDING FOOD AND SERVICE ! One of the best steak houses I have been to! Perfectly cooked! Service was great!
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Pasadena restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1309)
$50 and over
Unspecified
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.
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WolverineMD
Dined 3 days ago
Great time The phone call to confirm reservation was not pleasant. Someone named Maria was very rude on the phone when I called as a courtesy we would be running late greater than the 15 mins GRACE PERIOD The front desk and maitre d should be pleasant friendly and definitely not answer with attitude nor a unprofessional sarcastic tone. As the front line this sets the mood and the ambiance for the rrst of the night. Thank Goodness the server Brandy made uo for the poor customer service on the phone. Recommend Management retrain the front line staff who seem to lack professionalism v/r Dr Van
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - Pasadena restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3922)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Pasadena
About the restaurant
Now Open: We look forward to serving you soon.

Ruth's Chris Steak House in Pasadena, CA serves the finest USDA Prime beef available, broiled at 1,800° and served on 500° plates, so your steak stays hot, juicy and delicious from first bite to last. Enjoy our New Orleans-inspired appetizers, USDA Prime steaks, fresh seafood, signature side dishes and homemade desserts. All this while you enjoy our warm, inviting atmosphere and Ruth’s Chris’ genuine hospitality. So whether you’re a regular or have just been wondering what all the buzz is about, Ruth's Chris is the perfect excuse to enjoy the perfect night out. Dinner is served nightly, reservations are suggested and private dining and offsite catering may be arranged.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Our server Jessica was absolutely amazing and made our special day even more special! Cream spinach is the best side dish and I highly recommend it!
A photo of The Huntington's Rose Garden Tea Room restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1017)
$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
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SusanH
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious food served in a peaceful and beautiful outdoor patio setting. Service was great. The unexpected Happy Birthday cake was delightful.
A photo of The Royce Steak House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1260)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Pasadena
About the restaurant
The Royce | Wood-Fired Steakhouse features the finest selection of Prime Cuts, Australian Wagyu, and grass-fed beef, expertly prepared on a wood-fired grill. The menu is accented by fresh seafood and creative, comfortable side dishes.
Top review
Elizabeth
Dined 3 days ago
The service was fantastic. Loved our server. Food was delicious. Atmosphere always perfect. Just stop changing the numbers of the tables, please.. My friends and I always write down the number of the table that we like and request it when making our reservations. Then we get there and no such number exists because you've changed them again.☹️
A photo of KAVIAR Pasadena restaurant
4.6
4.6 (534)
$31 to $50
Sushi
Pasadena
About the restaurant
Upscale Japanese kitchen serving up an exquisite selection of sushi and fusion masterpieces. We are the pinnacle of quality, and the cornerstone of service. Join us and create incredible memories in our peaceful and cozy environment.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
food is delicious-- we mainly ordered hot dishes but they are very satisfactory. Lavender breeze is refreshing and appropriately sweet. Love it
A photo of The Lobby Lounge @ The Langham Hotel Pasadena restaurant
4.5
4.5 (664)
$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
HeidiH
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
The Lobby Lounge at the Langham in Pasadena is lovely, a truly wonderful setting for afternoon tea. The scones were fresh and tasty. The tea sandwiches were unique, with a variety of options, including gluten free and vegan. And the dessert pastries were delicious. The service was outstanding, and our tea cups were filled constantly. Plus, the grounds of the Langham are lovely.
A photo of Star Leaf - Asian Cuisine restaurant
4.1
4.1 (53)
$31 to $50
Asian
Pasadena
About the restaurant
As an award winning restaurant group, Star Leaf creates a fine dining experience that combines ingredients and spices that will teleport guests across the Pacific to a tropical paradise. Founded in 2011, Star Leaf Pasadena is our first US-location in the beloved Playhouse Village. Every dish is prepared with passion and respect for the traditions that shaped Asian cuisine. The culinary team selects the freshest ingredients, ensuring each bite is a celebration of flavor and culture, while instilling innovative modern touches.
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JemeBvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great dinner, our server Deja was well versed in the menu and steered us in the right directions for orders. Can’t wait to go back.
A photo of El Cholo Cafe restaurant
3.9
3.9 (946)
$30 and under
Mexican
Pasadena
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
timSvip
Dined 6 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 Chado Tea Room - Pasadena restaurant
3.9
3.9 (169)
$30 and under
Afternoon Tea
Pasadena
About the restaurant
We are a Los Angeles based tea room and online tea retailer. We've been here for 30 years, helping the people of Los Angeles discover tea. Chado Tea Room has served the Los Angeles area for over 25 years. With 4 locations, they have revolutionized the Angelino tea lover's experience. World Tea Award for Best Retail Tea House in 2016 and 2017
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CarolOvip
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Amazing tea selection and food was fantastic. Sam provided spectacular service and was so attentive.
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