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The 9 Best Lunch Spots In Pasadena

Updated: May 2, 2022

Need a quick lunch or a spot to have a fancy business lunch? These Pasadena lunch spots have you covered. We analyzed the top blogs, restaurant review sites, and food publications to find the best lunches in Pasadena. You won’t find better midday eats than those offered by these delicious lunch spots!

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Red Tigers Korean Fusion Grill

Korean, PasadenaKoreanPasadena
Google: 4.9
Yelp: 5.0

El Pollo Loco

Mexican, PasadenaMexicanPasadena
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Primo Pasta Kitchen

Italian, $$, PasadenaItalian, $$Pasadena
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Passion & Asian Bistro

Asian, $$, PasadenaAsian, $$Pasadena
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Anthony's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar

Italian, PasadenaItalianPasadena
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.0

Oscar's Alehouse

American, PasadenaAmericanPasadena
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 3.5

Bella Napoli

Italian, $$, PasadenaItalian, $$Pasadena
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5

Pats Select Pizza | Grill

Pizza, $$, PasadenaPizza, $$Pasadena
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

Fifers Seafood

American, $$, PasadenaAmerican, $$Pasadena
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 3.5

How did these spots get chosen?

We know how tough it is to find the best restaurant in Pasadena. The restaurants in this list rose to the top after we analyzed the Yelp and Google ratings for 5440 restaurants in Pasadena, 823905 restaurant reviews, and exactly 127 lists and articles from experts at and more. All with some boam magic. The spots that made the cut have been featured in . Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. Every restaurant shown earned its spot fair and square. With boam, money never makes the list. These ten options are sure to delight.

Recurring questions

The Bangkok Oriental is the highest-rated vegan-friendly lunch spot in Pasadena.

Red Tigers Korean Fusion Grill, Gourmet Pizza & Subs, and 1978 NY Pizza are the highest-rated vegetarian-friendly lunch restaurants in Pasadena.

El Pollo Loco, Gourmet Pizza & Subs, and Bahama Mike's Seafood and Grill are the highest-rated lunch spots for a pick-up meal in Pasadena.

The highest-rated restaurants in Pasadena for group lunches are Red Tigers Korean Fusion Grill, El Pollo Loco, and El Cabrito Mexican Grill.

Red Tigers Korean Fusion Grill, El Pollo Loco, and Pizza City are the highest-rated lunch restaurants for delivery in Pasadena.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair Riesling with banh mi

    Not sure what white wine to drink with your banh mi? Try Riesling. The dry flavors will pair nicely with the food and complete the meal.

  • Go for Kabinett with banh mi

    For an elevated experience, pair your banh mi with Kabinett. This combination works particularly well because this white wine cools the jalapeno with the sweetness of the wine.


  • The perfect match for your banh mi

    Experts often pair banh mi with a glass of Cilantro Chile Cooler, a popular cocktail.

Interesting facts

  • The most lavish lasagna

    The most expensive lasagna costs a whopping$100! Would you be willing to pay$100 for a fancy Diamond and Gold lasagna?

  • The record holder

    2,493 pounds is the record for the biggest fried chicken. We hope people were hungry!

  • Name a more iconic duo: red wine & teriyaki sauce

    teriyaki sauce is often paired with red wine, matching the sweet flavor of teriyaki sauce with the sweet taste of sweet.

Parking information

Getting a good parking spot in Pasadena can be tough, and it’s worse if you’re hungry. Finding parking doesn’t have to be a hassle any longer. Our partners at SpotHero offer a great digital parking reservation service, so you getting a parking spot is quick and easy.

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