Oseyo is one of the most crowded places in Pasadena - come on a weekend, and expect to wait at least an hour for a table. But it’s worth the wait, because this isn’t just one of the best places for a rowdy dinner in this part of LA, it’s also a great place for high quality shabu shabu. Get the spicy miso broth, and pick your favorite meat (we like the choice prime rib and the seafood trio, with fresh scallops, salmon, and shrimp), to go along with your $13 pitcher of Kirin.
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Edwin Mills by Equator
Edwin Mills is an all-day cafe in Old Town Pasadena with a great bottomless brunch deal on the weekend.
Fishwives in Pasadena is serving a lot of fish, but you should stick to the crab rolls if you’re in the area.
1886 Bar at The Raymond
1886 Bar at the Raymond Hotel is a great place to drink cocktails, eat bar snacks, and pretend you own a big house in Pasadena.
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Yapa is a very good Peruvian-Japanese restaurant in Little Tokyo that’s perfect for any kind of date night.
If you’re looking for bar food on Sawtelle, Furaibo - a dark, rowdy Izakaya - is a good option.
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Hai Di Lao Hot Pot
Hai Di Lao is an upscale hot pot restaurant in Arcadia that’s ideal for a fun group outing.
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