Date nights and special occasions call for dinner at Old Town Pasadena’s Maestro, where the exposed brick walls, mosaic-tiled bar, and cozy banquette seating create just the right atmosphere. The upscale institution merges authentic Mexican cooking with elevated presentation: fancy oysters swimming in aguachile-filled shells, beautifully plated enchiladas and taquitos, perfectly Grilled Octopus served with chile de arbol aioli. The list of spirits is longer than your arm and includes rare and vintage tequilas you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Offered on Sundays from 11 am–2 pm, brunch is also a serious affair—involving savory plates like Chilaquiles and Chorizo Hash, as well as a range of sophisticated cocktails like the tart Blood Orange Margarita or smoky Mezcal Campfire.
How to book: Make reservations online or by calling 626-787-1512.