Explore the best restaurants in Pasadena at the 5th annual Restaurant Week

No plans for dinner tonight? Hit one of the best restaurants in Pasadena or discover something new at the 5th Annual Pasadena Restaurant Week. Old Town is filled with some of Los Angeles’ best eateries and award-winning establishments—MyLife.com named Pasadena the best mid-sized city for dining in the country!—and many of them are featured during Restaurant Week. During this special event in Pasadena, restaurants are offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus with steep discounts.

You can see a complete list of participating restaurants here, or check out Pasadena Now’s rundown of the can’t-miss specials:

The popular French-Japanese fusion restaurant, Maison Akira, offers “Homemade Duck Pate with Roasted Baby Carrots or Corn Lobster Bisque followed by Mediterranean Loup de Mer in a Chardonnay Ikura Sauce of Beef Short Rib Bourguinon with Mixed Vegetable and Matcha Crème Brulee and Flourless Lime Cake for dessert at $45 per person.”

Casual gastropub Plate 38 is offering specials for lunch during Pasadena Restaurant Week—a $20, Roasted Tomato Bisque or Endive, Traviso and Wild Rocket Salad, and an entrée choice of housemade Capellini Pasta, a burger, or Achiote Marinated Fish Tacos. For dinner, you can choose “Oxtail and Charred Octopus Stuffed Bone Marrow or Warm Vichyssoise followed be entrée offerings including Smoked Jalapeno and Miso Marinated Black Cod and Prime Coulette Steak with dessert of Chocolate Praline Cake or Warm Apple and White Chocolate Bread Pudding, priced at $45 per person.”

Celestino has been a favorite spot aficionados of delicious traditional Italian fare. During Restaurant Week, you can feast on appetizers including “Zuppetta di Calamari (calamari stew with cannellini beans & sage) or Carpaccio di Bue con Arugula (beef carpaccio with arugula and shaved parmigiano)…followed by entrée choices that include Scaloppine di Pollo con funghi (Chicken Scaloppine with Mushroom sauce) or Risotto al Nero di Seppie con scampi e Capesante (Squid in Risotto with Shrimp and Scallops) followed by dessert choices including Sorbetti misti and Cannoli alla Siciliana.”

If you have a taste for sushi, you’ll love the Restaurant Week specials at one of the best restaurants in Pasadena, not to mention a certified hotspot, Sushi Roku, including “Seared Salmon Sashimi, Organic kale Salad or Fried Calamari appetizers with a Six Piece Sushi Assortment and Spicy Tuna Roll, Sea bass Sliders or Ji-Dori Free Range Chicken with a Mini Chocolate Volcano with Vanilla Ice Cream or Sorbet and Fresh Fruit for dessert, for $20 per person.”

Or, plan an outing to the Langham Huntington Hotel, a Pasadena landmark, and try out a few new dishes from their California bistro, The Terrace. Offerings include “a $36 dinner menu that features Crispy Brussels, Grilled Asparagus or market Lettuce Salad appetizer, red Snapper, Lomo Saltado or Ricotta Gnocchi entrees and Caramel Apple Cheesecake, Strawberry Crème Brulee Macaroon or White Chocolate Raspberry Almond Log for dessert.”

POP Champagne is a favorite Pasadena date night spot, and if that date offers “a $36 dinner menu featuring Truffle Mac ‘N Cheese, Herb Shrimp, Champagne Chicken or Filet Mignon (for an additional $5) entrees,” all the better!

It’s not often you can get a sophisticated chophouse dinner for $45 in Pasadena, which makes Del Frisco’s Grille an easy choice for Pasadena Restaurant Week—and throughout the year, since it’s one of the best restaurants in Pasadena and one of the top steakhouses in L.A. “The $45 dinner menu includes appetizers of Cheesesteak Eggrolls or Deviled Eggs, entrees of Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff or Mesquite Smoked Pork Chop with Turtle Cheesecake, Salted Caramel Pudding jar or Nutella Bread Pudding for dessert.”

Green Street Restaurant gets high marks for its innovative food and its large patio. Explore new aspects of their menu during Restaurant Week, with “a $32 dinner menu that includes appetizers of Corn Chowder or Chicken Posole Soup, a Small Caesar Salad or Small Green Street Salad with main course offerings including Steak and Dianne, Ginger Flank Steak or Snapper with Orange Chipotle Vinaigrette and Green Street Carrot Cake or Green Street Brownie for dessert.”

Restaurant Week is also the perfect time to try out a new restaurant, and there are three options worth discovering:

Alma de la Rosa in Old Pasadena has a Caesar with Pepitas for Two with an entrée of Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Avocado Butter, Pickled Chiles, Cucumbers and a dessert of Mexican Chocolate Terrine and Cardamom Ice Cream for $45 per person,” they said. “Flemings Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar offers Lobster Bisque or Potato Leek soup followed by an entrée of Porcini Crusted Filet Mignon or Classic Cobb Salad paired with either shrimp, crabmeat or chicken with a choice of either NY Cheesecake or Creme Brulee for dessert, all for $35. For $20, True Food Kitchen offers a lunch that may include Edamame Dumplings or Chioggia Beet Bruschetta and a Grilled Chicken Salad or Grilled Fish Tacos.”

For more information about living in Pasadena, visit Villas at the Ambassador Gardens. This new neighborhood of new townhomes in Old Town Pasadena offers lock-and-leave luxury and walkability to all of the area’s great shops, restaurants, and activities. Villas presents spacious floor plans with 2,904 to 3,717 square feet of living space, Mediterranean-influenced architectural detail, fine interior appointments and top-of-the-line materials, and features including gourmet kitchens, private terraces/roof decks, four-car garages, and elevators in each unit.

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