South Pasadena Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in South Pasadena

April 15, 2018 Ying Subia

South Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 25,619, up from 24,292 at the 2000 census. It is located in the West San Gabriel Valley. It is 3.42 square miles in area and lies between the much larger city of Pasadena, of which it was once a part, and the metropolis of Los Angeles. South Pasadena is the oldest self-builder of floats in the historic Tournament of Roses Parade.
Things to do in South Pasadena

1. Julienne

2649 Mission St, San Marino, CA 91108-1639 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, French, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 626-441-2299
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Julienne

Reviewed By Hexy - Gloucester, Massachusetts

This cafe and gourmet shop is like something straight out of France. Absolutely beautiful inside, with unique gift items, pates, pastries, chocolates, cheeses and other delicacies. The cafe looks like a room in a French chateau. Unfortunately we arrived less than an hour before closing, so the cafe part was already closed. The two gentlemen at the counter were incredibly kind, encouraging us to sit at the outside tables and providing us with everything needed to enjoy pate, crackers and dessert. They even opened the pate for us and provided extra wrapping so we could take the leftover home. They truly went above and beyond! Everything was delicious, including the cafe au lait and cappuccino. This cafe is a treasure!

2. Gus's Barbecue

808 Fair Oaks Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030-2606 Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night SGD 14 - SGD 39 +1 626-799-3251
Excellent
48%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 208 reviews

Gus's Barbecue

Reviewed By lynndds - Sierra Madre, California

Two couples went here on a Saturday night. If we didn't have a reservation, we would have waited a long time. The place was really busy. The four of us each got something barbecued differently, so we could see the variety. Everything was great & the serving staff was attentive even though the restaurant was packed on a holiday weekend. Good beer, good ribs and a good time.

3. In-N-Out Burger

1210 N Atlantic Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91801-1050 Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available American, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 800-786-1000
Excellent
60%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

In-N-Out Burger

At In-N-Out Burger, quality is everything. Stop by to enjoy our menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries and shakes. In-N-Out makes fast food the old fashioned way.

Reviewed By Trey991

Delicious burgers! Like every in-n-out ive been to the service is awesome! Place is busy most times and the drive though is typically a 20-25 minute wait during peak dinner hours. Hard to find a seat inside restaurant most times if you have a party of 4 or more but there are tables outside. Food for 3 for $12 is hard to beat..(with no drinks). Been there a billion times and only had a wrong order once. Not bad for a fast food place. I wish they had a bigger parking lot and more seats inside. A second floor would be nice! Bathrooms are always clean which is a huge plus!

4. Luggage Room Pizzeria

260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, Pasadena, CA 91105-2014 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 626-356-4440
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Luggage Room Pizzeria

Reviewed By snamber77 - Alhambra, California

This is my favorite place to eat. It's family friendly and its also a great place to go without kids too. They're extremely accommodating, best customer service of any restaurant around. The food is delicious, fresh and exciting. As a gluten free vegetarian, I love their Mother Earth pizza (with a GF crust), but I always add sauce on it. My husband is gluten free and enjoys their pizzas too. My dad is a huge meat eater, and loves the Gladiator Pizza, and he's usually hard to please but really enjoys it here. They have kids meals and kids size pizzas that come with fruit and fries. Their salads are really really good, fresh, tasty and finely chopped (so even the kids enjoy eating them). The only complaint is that the salad could be bigger since we order to share :).

5. Shiro

1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3215 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards French, Seafood, Fusion Dinner, Drinks SGD 42 - SGD 72 +1 626-799-4774
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 82 reviews

Shiro

Our food is only the best of the ingredients presented so that their excellence shines through. Our caring staff is here to help you enjoy your meal. We have a full bar.

Reviewed By Randall W - Bristol

This visit featured Shiro's famous deep-fried whole catfish with fresh ginger inserted in slices along the fish. A mound of cilantro covers the head of the fish and is delicious to nibble with the fish bites. Served with baked carrots, green beans and scalloped potato.
Dessert is always special. we had fruit tart and cheesecake.

6. Russell's

30 N Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103-3609 Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 9 - SGD 26 +1 626-578-1404
Excellent
53%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 327 reviews

Russell's

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Reviewed By mgriffis22 - rancho cucamonga

Excellent breakfast. Although line was long, wife and I grabbed a spot in the bar and ordered a full breakfast. Pancakes and sides were delicious. Unfortunately, biscuits and gravy tasted pretty average and could be better, but a solid breakfast for the price nonetheless. The ruby orange mimosas were also excellent!

7. La Grande Orange Cafe

260 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2014 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 39 - SGD 39 +1 626-356-4444
Excellent
53%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 495 reviews

La Grande Orange Cafe

Reviewed By James M - Las Vegas, New Mexico

Nice bar and very convenient on and off the light rail, but not sure I’d go back. Was told to quiet down numerous times and we weren’t even being loud. Plus we were on the end of the bar out of everyone’s way.
We think we might have offended a gal sitting within earshot with a politically incorrect comment and think that she was a regular, so must have complained about us. That’s the only explanation we could gather.
In fairness, we were so put-off that we only ordered some deviled eggs, payed our bill and left.

8. CROSSINGS

1010 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3146 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards American, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Brunch, Dinner SGD 39 - SGD 66 +1 626-799-7001
Excellent
49%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

CROSSINGS

Crossings is a beautifully built, fine dining restaurant located in the historic Mission District of South Pasadena. We offer modern interpretations of classic American food focused on serving only the best ingredients available. Food is prepared in our open kitchen located in the center of the first floor of the brick and mortar building first constructed in 1908. The extensive and always growing wine program is housed in a wine loft, located between the first and second floors, completely visible from the first floor dining room and street. Behind the building is a beautiful patio, nestled under the branches of a 100 year old oak tree and right next to the Metro Gold Line light rail, offering a very urban experience. Upstairs at Crossings features two more dining rooms to enjoy the food, service, and ambience of Crossings. We look forward to helping create a wonderful experience for you at Crossings!

Reviewed By Carson H

Delicious place! Crossings is one of my go to downtown dinner spots. Good selection with an extensive dinner menu. Service is fast however you can't always expect to be served with the rest of the guests at your table. They'll bring the plates out as they finish cooking them. It's actually kind of funny to me and it gives this place even more charm.

9. Parkway Grill

510 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105-2520 Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 41 - SGD 105 +1 626-795-1001
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 285 reviews

Parkway Grill

Since 1984, Parkway Grill has specialized in a seasonal, market-driven approach to cooking that incorporates diverse influences and classic French technique. Demonstrating the ultimate commitment to fresh produce, the Parkway Grill planted its own organic vegetable and herb garden behind the restaurant. Tiki Salad, Brick-Oven Baked Cambozola Pear Flat Bread, and Whole Ginger Fried Catfish are long-time favorites. The design of the Parkway Grill is a study in casual sophistication, striking a perfect balance between elegance and rustic approachability. The brick walls are adorned with elegant paintings by Millard Sheets and mixologists prepare hand-crafted cocktails at the expansive bar, an original from 1920's Chicago. Parkway's award-winning wine cellar, comprised of upwards of three thousand bottles, includes a broad selection of wines served by the glass.

Reviewed By semanticvision - Los Angeles, California

Not many places open for lunch on Dec 26, Parkway Grill came to rescue. Definitely more of an Old World charm with a comfortable lunge/bar and laid back dinning area. Menu includes both classics and dishes with a California twist, nice food with excellent service in a relaxed vibe.

10. Mike & Anne's Restaurant

1040 Mission St Ste 102, South Pasadena, CA 91030-5220 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 626-799-7199
Excellent
33%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 118 reviews

Mike & Anne's Restaurant

Reviewed By redjeepps - Rancho Mirage, California

Visited a week ago and had a great time. We enjoyed the outdoor deck! The food was really good and the service was excellent as well. Nice casual atmosphere.

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