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What are the Top 5 Pasadena Restaurants that Offer Patio Dining?

Between shopping trips in Los Angeles and hiking adventures around Santa Anita Canyon, you can really work up an appetite around Pasadena! But there are so many Pasadena restaurants that choosing a lunch spot can feel like an overwhelming task at times. So, what are the best restaurants in Pasadena? We’ve assembled a list of our top 5 picks in a variety of cuisines and price points. Peruse our favorites below and start planning for your next meal.



La Grande Orange Café

Known for its vibrant decor inside and out and quality ingredients, La Grande Orange Café offers American classics with a regional twist that Arcadia foodies love. Take a seat outside and enjoy pizzas like the classic Margherita or the Farmer’s Market Pizza, featuring in-season produce fresh from the market. Options like the Rotisserie Prime Rib French Dip sandwich and Ahi tuna tacos make for a delicious lunch, but don’t miss out on their all-day breakfast picks like chilaquiles. Enjoy the weather when you dine outside as well!

Nick’s Restaurant

Nick’s Restaurant elevates American comfort food to new heights, along with unique cocktails and wines that you won’t find anywhere else. While the contemporary design is a feast for the eyes, it’s the menu that’s really the star of the show. Starters like crispy asparagus fries and blackened shrimp taquitos set the stage for house specialities, like buttermilk fried chicken and San Francisco cioppino. Don’t miss out on the signature warm butter cake, especially good when paired with their outdoor seating options.

Mi Piace

Looking for a modern spin on your childhood favorites in Glendale? Mi Piace is one of the best Pasadena Italian restaurants around, and they now offer outdoor patio dining! Offering a New York spin on classic Italian fare, Mi Piace crafts rustic handmade dishes in a trendy setting for one unforgettable dining experience. Enjoy traditional favorites like Osso Bucco or try the Spaghetti Aragosta lobster tail for a gourmet treat.


When you have a serious craving for American classics, there’s nothing like a trip to Houston’s. This Pasadena staple has an extensive menu of gourmet treats prepared from scratch – including their famous burgers made from house-ground chuck and brisket. From Caesar salad to barbecue pork ribs, there’s something delicious for everyone at Houston’s. Outdoor dining is now available, as well.


If you want to dine al fresco with some of the best Mexican cuisine and cocktails in the area, Maestro is the ultimate Pasadena Mexican restaurant. Take your seat at the patio dining, and try traditional favorites like the fresh ceviche or chorizo quesadilla. Want to expand your palate? Bold dishes like the mole confit with queso fresco or seared scallops with epazote foam will thrill your tastebuds. 

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Now that you know the best Pasadena restaurants, it’s time to start planning your trip! Contact us at Rusnak/Pasadena of Pasadena for more advice on getting around town or finding hidden gems around town. Still hungry? Check out our guide to the best La Canada restaurants.

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