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“Lots of Good Restaurants”
Review of Colorado Boulevard

Colorado Boulevard
Ranked #5 of 62 things to do in Pasadena
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Owner description: The site of the Rose Parade in Pasadena.
Pasadena, California
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Lots of Good Restaurants”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Writing a review for Colorado Boulevard is difficult due to the tremendous size of the area covered. I will limit this review to the area I know best - the portion of Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena.

From West to East, the first portion of Colorado Boulevard would be in the Old Town Pasadena area. The center of Old Town is really the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Fair Oaks. In this general area there are several good Italian restaurants such as Mi Piace (my favorite), Louise's Trattoria, and Il Fornaio (see my other reviews for these 3). Also there is The Cheescake Factory, 35er (a good dive bar), Barney's Beanery (a good bar with a bad name), 21 Choices (a really popular frozen yogurt place - just look for the long line). Also some drinking and dancing places in this area.

If you head east from here (near Marengo Ave) on your right will be BJ's Brewery (good food & good beer) and the Paseo Colorado Mall. Upstairs at Paseo there is the Arclight movie theatre as well as a number of restaurants such as The Yard House (nice sports bar), Porto Alegre (Brazillian churrascaria) and a few more places such as El Cholo (Mexican food). Across the street on the other side of Colorado is Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (haven't been here but heard it is expensive but delicious).

A bit further east is Roys Restaurant (near El Molino Ave) which according to this website is the #1 restaurant in Pasadena. Someday, when I find a big bag full of money lying in the street, I will try it.

Heading further east (near Lake Ave) is Nine and Nine Thai (really good Thai food), Chilly Mango (also really good Thai food), Indochine (Vietnamese food) and Lovebirds Cafe (sandwiches and bakery items).

Obviously with several miles to cover I could not mention every place. You may want to explore this area further.

Visited July 2013
3 Thank JohnB00007
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West Covina, California
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The best street in Pasadena”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

While on this street you will find many restaurants from Mexican to American. Great fish and Asian food places. Also there is the main fashion stores located all along here which include Macy's and many others!

Visited July 2013
2 Thank WayneFlame
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Pasadena, California
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great venue to shop around.”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

This street in Pasadena is great for shopping, coffee, dining and just walk around. There are 90 minutes parking lot close to the stores that make it very convenient because parking in Pasadena is hard and expensive.

Visited July 2013
Thank Cristina C
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pasadena ca
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Plenty of Restaurants to choose From”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The area is quite nice to walk around with plenty of shops to eat at along with ice cream shops.
Try Pita Jungle, Salad Dish, Cheese Cake Factory, Jake's Burgers. Stop off at 21 Yogurt for delicious ice cream, or Temptations or wonderful fudge and other chocolate treats.
During the summer old movies are shown free and projected on the wall near the Crate and Barrel shop.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank jazz398
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Pasadena, California
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lots of options”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Several great dining options and bars. A great location for entertainment, very lively and vibrant in both the day and the night.

Visited June 2013
Thank tony t
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