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Yahaira's Cafe

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698 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101-2115
+1 626-844-3254
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 15:00
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Thu - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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New York City, New York
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199 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

My partner, our friend, and I stopped here for brunch on Sunday. We were happy to be seated outside, in the courtyard. We were happy about every bite of eggs (Benedict and in a quesadilla), every chip, every spoonful of salsa.

Thank 012345km
Pasadena, California
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

We have become regulars at this lunch spot across from Vroman's. We are addicted to their specials, salads, fish tacos and burritos. All are well prepared and excellent recipes. The service is friendly and one can usually get in even though it is a small place. Counter seating makes it perfect for single lunchers. Prices are reasonable and parking in... More 

Thank hi9land3r
Los Angeles, California
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690 reviews
370 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

I'm not the biggest fan of yuppie Mexican food restaurants, but the food and service here was very good. I ordered the Scrambled Mexican plate which is a close equivalent of Huevos a la Mexicana. The flavor and amount of food was good and reasonably priced. I requested the hottest chili salsa on the side and it wasn't hot and... More 

Thank Creeping_Death_LA
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

If you have the slightest taste for South American food, take the advice of the Tripadvisor guests here, skip the ridiculous lines at "Urth" and come to Yahaira's. Our waiter hyped the day's special, eggs over-easy on potatoes au gratin, so enthusiastically we gave in and ordered it. Fantastic! Perfecto! Thinly sliced white potato layered with mexican cheeses and there,... More 

Thank David S
Pasadena, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

I regularly come here for weekend brunch to get the special, whatever it is (secretly always hoping for the potato cake, though). Always good, the service is friendly and fast; if alone, sitting at the counter and watching the cooks is fun.

Thank Tim K
Altadena, California
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 July 2016

This is a small restaurant with a might good menu. The food is freshly prepared with fine ingredients. The shrimp dishes are perfection. Don't miss their empanadas or the stuffed chili. Even their chips and salsa deserve high marks. Try a glass of their homemade sangria. The service is delightful. You can eat on the patio year round. Breakfast, lunch... More 

Thank Matthew L
Santa Barbara
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127 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

El Portal, the Yucatecan stalwart restaurant that shares the same real estate, has long been one of Pasadena's favorite restaurants, but one that provides a full meal, cocktails and a bigger commitment to a major meal. Yahaira's Cafe, El Portal's newest offspring, offers a more modern, quick to order variant of its parent's time honored dishes. Well worth a stop... More 

Thank Jiminsb
San Jose, California
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210 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

We were hoping to get the breakfast but missed it by half an hour. But we still got coffee de olla which was good. We ordered the shrimp burrito which comes in a spinach tortilla with black beans a very good burrito. My wife had the quesadillas adobada and my friend had the veggie salad which all were good too.... More 

Thank joseadolfo74
Pasadena, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Usually go in for lunch and have the Cuban Torta. Not bad. Service can be a little slow if they are busy.

Thank frankalfonso14
Pasadena, California
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254 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2016

Looks can be deceiving. Don't let the size of this little place fool you. I have been to Yahaira's previously for lunch and enjoyed it. But I always expect dinner to be up a notch above luncheon food and had my doubts about what we would be eating. To my surprise, the dinner lived up to all expectations for quality... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Mexican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 698 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101-2115
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-844-3254

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?