Healthy Restaurants in Pasadena, CA

Whether you're visiting the iconic Rose Bowl or simply exploring the scenic beauty of Pasadena, California, the Templeton List is your go-to guide for discovering the city's healthiest dining options.

Sage Plant Based Bistro

41 Hugus Alley
Pasadena, California 91103

The Sage Plant offers outdoor dining as well as a private dining room and full-service bar – and it’s dog friendly! Breakfast is served weekdays until 2pm. Look for menu items such as Smashed Avocado Toast, Buckwheat Pancakes, Chia Toast, and more. Soups include Pizole Rojo (Mexican soup with jackfruit, corn, garlic, onion, and guajlio chiles served with a crispy fried potato flauta); salads like their Goatless Greek Salad (chopped salad with massaged kale, quinoa, carrots, cucumbers, spicy pickled cabbage, tomatoes, onion, avocado, apple, Kalamata olives, raw hot sauce, cashew dill “cheese” and cashew “alfredo”); Burgers, Bowls, Burritos, Tacos, Organic Vegan Ramen, and a variety of Plates.

Real Food Daily

899 East Del Mar Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91106

This organic, plant-based restaurant offers Salads, Bowls, Sandwiches, Burgers, Pizzas, and an all-day breakfast menu. Look for menu items such as their Real Food Salad (hearts of romaine, kale, roasted sweet potatoes, garbanzo beans, avocado, macadamia parmesan, quinoa, creamy almond shallot vinaigrette); Mediterranean Bowl (arugula, mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, quinoa tabouli, white bean basil salad, avocado, cucumbers, Kalamata olives, almond feta, Za’atar vinaigrette, and grilled flatbread); and more.

The Arbour

527 South Lake Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101

This farm-to-table restaurant is located in the historic city of Pasadena and is open (daily) for dinner from 4–10 pm local time. Menu items include Mediterranean Seabass (polenta cake, roasted fennel, baby bok choy, celery root puree, lemon foam); Roasted Salmon (English peas, salsify, farro, radish sprouts, wasabi foam); Butternut Squash Risotto (roasted butternut squash, pumpkin seeds, aged parmesan cheese); Duo of Duck (roasted breast and confit leg, parsnip puree, baby turnips spinach, peppercorn sauce); and more.

Urth Caffe

594 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91101

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, look for menu items such as Eggs Salmone (toasted, sprouted ancient grain bread, lemon mascarpone, fresh avocado, natural smoked salmon and wild arugula, topped with poached eggs, chopped salsa with capers and fresh dill); Eggs Verde (two poached eggs over bed of wild arugula, roasted corn, baby tomatoes and poached asparagus spears, tossed with peppercorn dressing, garnished with cracked black pepper, basil oil and Reggiano parmesan cheese); Avocado Pizza (similar to Avocado Toast but served on house-made pizza crust baked with tomato sauce, covered with hummus, a generous layer of the finest fresh sliced avocado, garnished with almond cheese, micro cilantro, and quinoa – 100% plant-based); Urth Farmer’s Salad (locally grown spinach salad with peppercorn dressing, grilled artichokes, sugar plum tomatoes, French radishes, red onion, shaved fennel, glazed pecans and shaved parmesan cheese); and much more.

Other exceptional restaurants to check out in Pasadena include the Veggie Grill (200 South Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-535-9561) and True Food Kitchen (168 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105, 626-639-6818).

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