Love to start your day with breakfast or brunch? Looking for the best breakfast and brunch in Pasadena, California? From the best old fashion pancakes to mimosas, we got you covered.
There is nothing like ending the workweek and heading first thing Saturday morning, sometimes after sleeping in, for breakfast and brunch. In Pasadena -and Los Angeles in general- we take our brunches seriously.
Mimosas and crafted cocktails included. And coffee. We can’t forget the coffee.
Sunday brunch is always such a nice treat. It’s a great time to gather with family, friends, or with your partner that you’ve barely seen during the week due to a crazy schedule. I’m raising my hand here.
Or those mornings with quick breakfast meetings with colleagues that involve lots of caffeine and avocado toast.
For me, brunch is my favorite meal of the day. What’s not to love about a breakfast-lunch combination that defines brunch? It technically lands -not that we are following rules here- at the perfect time of the late morning. You don’t know if you should still get breakfast or just have lunch. Why not a little of both?
It’s the best mix of classic sweet and savory breakfast items with wonderful indulgent lunch dishes. This is why Chicken and Waffles is the perfect brunch order – you’ll want to go to Gus’s BBQ for this.
When you find the best pancakes for breakfast in Pasadena, you feel like you hit gold. Why is it so hard to find good old fashion pancakes? You’ll find them at Twohey’s Restaurant.
There is that one breakfast spot in Pasadena you can count on every day to never fail to serve you a delicious breakfast… Russell’s is that place.
Ready to be adventurous? Try a breakfast arepa at Amara Café, you won’t be disappointed.
What do you normally order for breakfast or brunch?
Some of the best places for breakfast and brunch in Pasadena have been around for decades. While others are more recent, but winning our hearts with high-quality food, great drinks, and great ambiance.
I’m a Pasadena local that spends her time off exploring and eating her way through this great city. These are the spots I consider fantastic spots for breakfast and brunch in Pasadena.
Would love to know, where do you have breakfast?
Breakfast and Brunch in Pasadena, CA
Russell’s in Old Pasadena has been voted best breakfast in Pasadena in the past by the community. It continues to be one of the best spots to grab breakfast and brunch in Pasadena.
This is evident by the short wait you almost always will encounter in the mornings through brunch. They recently expanded their classy diner with more seating, which helps to serve more diners.
They have a full breakfast menu with star items like the Croque Madame. Which I highly recommend you top with a sunny-side-up egg.
Their Belgium Waffle is exactly what to expect. Light and airy with a slight crisp.
The omelets are one of my faves as there are so many variations. They are plentiful and satisfying. You can pay a little extra to swap out toast for a side pancake or Belgium waffle.
- Open every day from 7 am to 3 pm.
2. Amara Café
Amara Cafe is a spot you go to for a fantastic South American breakfast and brunch in Old Pasadena without the frills of sit-down service. This little cafe serves a delicious Venezuelan breakfast that will leave you more than satisfied.
Their popular breakfast Pa’l Pana arepa hits the spot and its love after the first bite. Full of flavor, high-quality ingredients, and prepared with love. You can taste it in every bite. Even’s the Cubano sandwich hubby ordered had my tastebuds singing. Looking forward to trying the Cachapa plate and other South American dishes.
This is one of those places you’ll enjoy the food and leave feeling fulfilled the rest of the day.
Of course, the coffee and churros are absolutely a must-have, too.
Order up front at the register and a number on your receipt will be handed to you. Wait for a table to become available – there is a quick turn of tables here as people eat, enjoy, and leave. They’ll come out with your food hot and fresh calling your number.
If you’re looking for the best pancakes for breakfast in Pasadena, you’ll find them at Twhoheys.
Twoheys serves the best Old Fashion Pancakes. They almost taste like you’re having cake for breakfast. They also do serve buttermilk pancakes, which have a more tangy flavor to them. I recommend ordering the old fashion pancakes and you’ll see what I mean.
The Biscuits and Gravy, Brioche French Toast, and Chicken and Waffles are also all winners. If you’re looking for a dessert breakfast, the ice cream and waffle combo is a pretty good one, too.
Looking for something lighter? Try their delicious and pretty Avocado Toast on sourdough toast.
This is a great place for a family-friendly breakfast or brunch.
A full bar is available as well.
- Closed on Tuesdays.
- Open Monday, Wednesday thru Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm.
- Breakfast served all day.
Wonderful Cafes and Coffee Shops in Pasadena
With the abundance of cafes and coffee shops in Pasadena, we have quite a few that are wonderful all serving their own roast, baked goods, and ambiance. Check out these amazing cafes and coffee shops in Pasadena. Get your caffeine buzz on.
4. Magnolia House
Oct 21, 2021 update: Magnolia House announced that weekend breakfast and brunch are temporarily closed due to staffing issues. Regular service will start at 1 pm on the weekends. Hopefully, it will resume back to normal shortly.
Weekend brunch in Pasadena at Magnolia House is one of the best spots for top-notch craft cocktails and fabulous eats. It’s also great for a brunch date with your other half or a meet-up with your best friends.
It’s a trendy lounge serving delicious eats. The outdoor space is great for groups. The indoor space is perfect for an intimate brunch setting.
From avocado toast, breakfast sandwiches to chicken and waffles, you’ll have a hard time choosing what to eat. For something sharable and savory, I highly recommend ordering the Pork Belly Fried Rice as a side dish.
- Brunch is only on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 2:30 pm.
5. Gus’s BBQ
For a Southern-style breakfast in Pasadena, you’ll want to head to Gus’s BBQ. You won’t regret it.
Before you even look at the menu, start off with their Cinnamon Bun Skillet.
Then if you’ve never had the Chicken and Waffles (only available on Saturday and Sunday), seriously consider ordering this fantastic breakfast combination. Possibly the best fried chicken in town with delicious airy waffles is a must.
Another favorite is their Southern Style Eggs Benedict. Can’t handle the spice but love eggs benedict? Order the Classic Eggs Benedict and have them swap up the English muffins for their homemade biscuits.
Depending on what you order, breakfast or brunch could end up being pretty decadent and filling here. Expect to have a happy belly until dinner.
- Monday thru Thursday 11 am to 9 pm, Friday 11 am to 1pm, Saturday 8:30 am to 10 pm, and Sunday 8:30 am to 9pm.
- Reservations on the weekends are recommended.
6. La Grande Orange Cafe
La Grande Orange Cafe is a great spot to meet up with friends or a family for a tasty and fun brunch in Pasadena.
Their eggs benedict with their homemade English muffins is fabulous. For something more decadent, the Short Hash with the slow-roasted roast short rib and a sunny side egg is divine. Order their Lemon Ricotta pancakes for the table to share that something sweet.
While they do have mimosas by the carafe, try their white sangria instead.
Highly recommend their outdoor dining for large groups.
- Open Monday thru Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday 11 am to 10 pm, Saturday 10 am to 10 pm, and Sunday 9 am to 9pm.
- Reservations recommended for the weekends.
Please note: Due to the pandemic, they currently have everyone ordering prior to being seated. Once you’re seated, you’ll have full waiter service.
7. Foothill Restaurant
Foothill restaurant has Boozy Brunch in Pasadena on the weekends. Sometimes live music is included. Sit in their lovely outdoor space and enjoy mimosas served by the carafe or a bloody mary cocktail.
They do not have an extensive breakfast and brunch menu, but all the better to make quick and delicious choices.
For anyone that loves spice, order the Chilaquiles with a poached egg – make sure they don’t overcook the egg. The Buttermilk Pancakes are great for sharing. You can never go wrong with the classic Standard Breakfast.
I usually skip the mimosas and order the Chaos is My Friend cocktail.
- Brunch is only available Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 am to 3 pm.
- Reservations are recommended for earlier breakfast times.
Where to Eat in Pasadena, CA
One of the best parts of Pasadena is all the delicious spots to eat. From restaurants to take-out, check out some of our favorite places to eat.
This casual laid-back spot is a local favorite breakfast and brunch in Pasadena. You feel comfortable and at home the moment you enter the small cottage.
Marston’s is known for its Fantastic French Toast. We will normally order an omelet and the french toast to share for a sweet and savory breakfast.
Their Macadamia Nut Pancakes are also really good and they always remind me of my favorite breakfast in Kauai. The only thing that’s missing is coconut syrup.
- Open 7 days a week until 2:30am.
Republik is a fantastic coffee lounge in Pasadena that serves amazing signature coffee drinks and brunch. While you can get coffee, breakfast, and lunch every day of the week and dinner on weeknights, a special brunch menu is reserved for weekends only.
The ambiance is trendy, warm, and inviting. Food is prepared with high-quality ingredients and you can taste it with every bite. You’ll find delicious toasts, organic bowls of yogurt with beautiful and yummy toppings, and a few breakfast favorites like their brioche French Toast.
If you go for brunch on the weekends, treat yourself to their Truffle, Egg, and Champagne. Yup, you’ll get a lovely glass of champagne with your fabulously prepared soft scrambled eggs with black truffle.
- Brunch menu is available on weekends from 7 am to 4 pm.
- Weekday breakfast/lunch on weekdays from 7am to 3pm.
10. Urth Caffé
This list isn’t complete without Urth Caffé. It is one of the busiest spots for breakfast and brunch in Pasadena. Amazing coffee and desserts aren’t the only things they serve. This European Style cafe serves a huge menu of breakfast favorites like Belgium waffles, oatmeal, yogurt parfaits, acai bowls, and avocado toasts.
We recently were there for breakfast. Hubby ordered their famous bowl of oatmeal that he loves. I tried their huevos rancheros burrito. We shared their pumpkin waffle (available for the fall season) that was out of this world.
This is the perfect breakfast spot to meet up with friends or that weekday meeting with a colleague.
Plant-based, gluten-free, and vegan items are available on their menu.
- Breafkast is served until 1pm on weekdays, 2pm on weekends.
11. Great Maple
While Great Maple is a chain restaurant, there is no denying that they serve delicious comfort food, that includes brunch. This Modern American restaurant is located in Old Paseo. It has a beautiful interior with a full bar and a nice outdoor space.
They serve a limited brunch menu that is pretty heavy on the comfort side of things… think fried chicken and donuts. So if you’re looking for variety, gluten-free, and-or healthy, this may not be the brunch spot for you.
If you are looking to indulge in a plate of Eggs Benedicts with Cheddar Biscuits, Fried Chicken and Donuts, or Buttermilk Pancakes, you found the right place.
Portions are big. The fried chicken and donuts are definitely shareable between two people.
White Peach Bellini’s and Mimosas are on the menu as brunch favorites. As well as mimosa kits that include a whole bottle for the table with a choice of juice.
- Open Monday thru Friday 11 am to 7 pm
- Open Sunday and Saturday
- Reservations recommended on the weekends for brunch as it gets crowded.
With all these fantastic places for breakfast in Pasadena, it is always a hard choice where to go. My tip, think about what you’re craving for breakfast or brunch, see who serves the best of it.
Where do you like to go for breakfast and brunch in Pasadena?
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