Zona Rosa Caffe

★★★★☆
  • 15 South El Molino Ave

    Pasadena, CA 91101

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  • 626-793-2334

About Zona Rosa Caffe

Hours
M 7:30 am-9 pm; Tu-Th 7:30 am-11 pm; Fr-Sa 7:30 am-midnight; Su 9 am-10 pm

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Zona Rosa Caffe in Pasadena has Eclectic mexican decor with drinks with a twist mexican hot chocalate,iced cap ,red eye expresso shots and hello dolly cookies/brownies my fave.Good place to relax and drink a cup or come thursday night for the free musical entertainment ,in the now found out area of the playhouse district

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★★★★★

Zona Rosa Caffe in Pasadena has Eclectic mexican decor with drinks with a twist mexican hot chocalate,iced cap ,red eye expresso shots and hello dolly cookies/brownies my fave.Good place to relax and drink a cup or come thursday night for the free musical entertainment ,in the now found out area of the playhouse district

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Ok, so I had read the reviews and most seemed positive, so seeing as I only live about 15 minutes from this place, I decided to give it a go. I had driven by it before, and it looked kind of like a "hole in the wall" kind of find, so I was kind of excited. That's just what I was looking for.

My wife and I went on a Friday night, and there were 4 people in the upstairs and 2 people sitting outside. We came in and were perusing the menu. I remembered reading some reviews about the Zona Rosa Cappucino, but I was debating because I usually just go with a double-shot of espresso. My wife said she would go for the double shot, so I went for the Zona Rosa Cappucino.

For the coffee illiterate, a cappucino is supposed to be 1/3espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and a 1/3 foam. The Zona Rosa Cappucino was described as also having Mexican chocolate, and whipped cream, which is really more of a mocha than a cappucino, but whatever.

Anyway, my wife's double shot of espresso came out. Good, light-brown colored crema, but with a burned aroma. It had a mildly burned taste, and filled a ~4oz cup.

Now, as for my "cappucino...." Picture a clear glass about 6 or 7 inches tall, with a consistent brownish-white color..... no foam at the top..... no whip cream.... I was thinking to myself, " Did I order the Zona Rosa LATTE sans whip cream?"

Anyway, the ambience of the place is okay, if a bit quiet. Cool art upstairs, but I'd recommend sitting outside. As for the coffee.... well, if you're looking for good coffee.... look elsewhere. If you like Starbucks style, extra burned coffee, maybe this is the place for you. It's got a great location, next to the playhouse, so if you're looking for a place to kick-back before the play, maybe give it a try.

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★★☆☆☆

Ok, so I had read the reviews and most seemed positive, so seeing as I only live about 15 minutes from this place, I decided to give it a go. I had driven by it before, and it looked kind of like a "hole in the wall" kind of find, so I was kind of excited. That's just what I was looking for.

My wife and I went on a Friday night, and there were 4 people in the upstairs and 2 people sitting outside. We came in and were perusing the menu. I remembered reading some reviews about the Zona Rosa Cappucino, but I was debating because I usually just go with a double-shot of espresso. My wife said she would go for the double shot, so I went for the Zona Rosa Cappucino.

For the coffee illiterate, a cappucino is supposed to be 1/3espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and a 1/3 foam. The Zona Rosa Cappucino was described as also having Mexican chocolate, and whipped cream, which is really more of a mocha than a cappucino, but whatever.

Anyway, my wife's double shot of espresso came out. Good, light-brown colored crema, but with a burned aroma. It had a mildly burned taste, and filled a ~4oz cup.

Now, as for my "cappucino...." Picture a clear glass about 6 or 7 inches tall, with a consistent brownish-white color..... no foam at the top..... no whip cream.... I was thinking to myself, " Did I order the Zona Rosa LATTE sans whip cream?"

Anyway, the ambience of the place is okay, if a bit quiet. Cool art upstairs, but I'd recommend sitting outside. As for the coffee.... well, if you're looking for good coffee.... look elsewhere. If you like Starbucks style, extra burned coffee, maybe this is the place for you. It's got a great location, next to the playhouse, so if you're looking for a place to kick-back before the play, maybe give it a try.

Pros: Location, Ambiance...

Cons: Burned Coffee, Drip out of Dispensers...

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The coffee is the worst I have ever had in my life, it taste like dirt ....please invest the money in the Java guys!

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★★★☆☆

The coffee is the worst I have ever had in my life, it taste like dirt ....please invest the money in the Java guys!

Pros: ambience

Cons: Parking

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omg this place rocks!!!!!! great atmosphere... very good service...clean!!!! the best coffee ive found in LA!!!!

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★★★★★

omg this place rocks!!!!!! great atmosphere... very good service...clean!!!! the best coffee ive found in LA!!!!

Pros: AMBIENCE....SERVICE

Cons: PARKING

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Good coffee and friendly service. A great place to study if you don't mind a little background talking/music. It's a nice place to go to avoid the commercialized feel of a Starbucks.

PROS: good coffee, cozy atmosphere, comfy couches
CONS: only take cash

5
★★★★★

Good coffee and friendly service. A great place to study if you don't mind a little background talking/music. It's a nice place to go to avoid the commercialized feel of a Starbucks.

PROS: good coffee, cozy atmosphere, comfy couches
CONS: only take cash

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I love the coffee drinks here but tend not to go because I usually can't find parking or seating here. It is tucked away on El Molino near the Pasadena Playhouse in a narrow space. But, when I have gone, I like to go upstairs because they have big, plush couches and reading material available.

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★★★★☆

I love the coffee drinks here but tend not to go because I usually can't find parking or seating here. It is tucked away on El Molino near the Pasadena Playhouse in a narrow space. But, when I have gone, I like to go upstairs because they have big, plush couches and reading material available.

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This place rocks! Friend of mine told me about Zona Rosa Caffe and the mexican chocolate drinks they have. Let me tell you, the Zona Rosa Cappuccino is the best drink I've had in Los Angeles period! This coffee house is a cool place to hang with friends. The music and art are refreshing, you feel like your not in Los Angeles.

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★★★★★

This place rocks! Friend of mine told me about Zona Rosa Caffe and the mexican chocolate drinks they have. Let me tell you, the Zona Rosa Cappuccino is the best drink I've had in Los Angeles period! This coffee house is a cool place to hang with friends. The music and art are refreshing, you feel like your not in Los Angeles.

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It's a tiny, hole in the wall coffee shop that serves up fantastic coffees and teas with a mexican flavor. It's a perfect hangout if you want a quiet place to study. They have an upstairs room perfect for lounging.
Always busy with regulars - a good place to pick up a flyer on local happenings and culture.

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★★★★☆

It's a tiny, hole in the wall coffee shop that serves up fantastic coffees and teas with a mexican flavor. It's a perfect hangout if you want a quiet place to study. They have an upstairs room perfect for lounging.
Always busy with regulars - a good place to pick up a flyer on local happenings and culture.

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Small coffee shop with a comfy area upstairs. The Mexican hot chocolate is very good. Great place to hang out for long periods of time.

PROS: Small and comfy
CONS: none

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★★★★☆

Small coffee shop with a comfy area upstairs. The Mexican hot chocolate is very good. Great place to hang out for long periods of time.

PROS: Small and comfy
CONS: none

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Zona Rosa definitely has a niche all to itself in L.A.- great drinks made with Mexican chocolate in a small but laid-back atmosphere. Everyone knows about the Mexican Mocha which is indulgent but worth it! The employees know and take pride in their products and are happy to recommend one should you need help or have questions. The latte is smooth and hot and served in a nice glass. You can enjoy your drinks inside, where it is quiet (bit not too quiet) or outside on a little table. YOu can hang out forever, nobody pressures you to leave. The only thing lacking is a more comprehensice food menu- you can only get a few cookies or a bagel.

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★★★★☆

Zona Rosa definitely has a niche all to itself in L.A.- great drinks made with Mexican chocolate in a small but laid-back atmosphere. Everyone knows about the Mexican Mocha which is indulgent but worth it! The employees know and take pride in their products and are happy to recommend one should you need help or have questions. The latte is smooth and hot and served in a nice glass. You can enjoy your drinks inside, where it is quiet (bit not too quiet) or outside on a little table. YOu can hang out forever, nobody pressures you to leave. The only thing lacking is a more comprehensice food menu- you can only get a few cookies or a bagel.

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Zona Rosa Caffe really is the best coffeehouse in town without a doubt! They have the most incredible mexican hot chocolate along with those Il Fornaio bake goods, just yummy! They should be in the Best of City Search's coffee as number #1 in my book.

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★★★★★

Zona Rosa Caffe really is the best coffeehouse in town without a doubt! They have the most incredible mexican hot chocolate along with those Il Fornaio bake goods, just yummy! They should be in the Best of City Search's coffee as number #1 in my book.

Pros: great staff, latin music playing, nice interiors

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Tired of going to an impersonal, corporate coffee joint like Starbucks? Try Zona Rosa, a unique coffee house that offers good drinks, cheap refills, and a warm atmosphere. It's a great place to study or hang out with friends. I recommend Zona Rosa's Mexican chocolate as a tasty alternative to regular hot chocolate.

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★★★★☆

Tired of going to an impersonal, corporate coffee joint like Starbucks? Try Zona Rosa, a unique coffee house that offers good drinks, cheap refills, and a warm atmosphere. It's a great place to study or hang out with friends. I recommend Zona Rosa's Mexican chocolate as a tasty alternative to regular hot chocolate.

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This is a funky, cozy little place with great espresso drinks and fruity concoctions. They're small, but the upstairs is a great atmosphere for studying or chatting and occasionally there's live music. It's friendly and perfect for apres-cinema conversation.

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★★★★★

This is a funky, cozy little place with great espresso drinks and fruity concoctions. They're small, but the upstairs is a great atmosphere for studying or chatting and occasionally there's live music. It's friendly and perfect for apres-cinema conversation.

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This place is great. Excellent coffees, great atmosphere, cushy upstairs lounging. I highly recommend it, but not to too many people, I don't want to lose one of my hangouts. My tip: get the Zona Rosa Cappucino, it's very rich and worth every penny. The caffeine quotient alone will keep you up and chatting for hours on end, and with the Spanish dance music they frequently play, you've got plenty of audio fuel for your conversation fire.

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★★★★★

This place is great. Excellent coffees, great atmosphere, cushy upstairs lounging. I highly recommend it, but not to too many people, I don't want to lose one of my hangouts. My tip: get the Zona Rosa Cappucino, it's very rich and worth every penny. The caffeine quotient alone will keep you up and chatting for hours on end, and with the Spanish dance music they frequently play, you've got plenty of audio fuel for your conversation fire.

Pros: Private location, Cozy lounge area, Great design

Cons: A little pricey, Long wait sometimes

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Probably one of the few places in Pasadena that you can get your hands on a good mexican mocha drink. Though the chairs out front look about as comfortable as a iron fence, the service is great and the theater/jazz scene provides a interesting flow of customers.

note: Try venturing up the narrow staircase, they have a spacious seating area upstairs.

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★★★★☆

Probably one of the few places in Pasadena that you can get your hands on a good mexican mocha drink. Though the chairs out front look about as comfortable as a iron fence, the service is great and the theater/jazz scene provides a interesting flow of customers.

note: Try venturing up the narrow staircase, they have a spacious seating area upstairs.

Pros: Mexican Mocha

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Being the kind of person that loves the coffeehouse atmosphere, I am always thrilled to find somewhere like Zona Rosa that actually has good drinks! They're caramel drinks are the best, in my opinion, and I love the fact that they have a great selection of non-coffee beverage for those hot afternoons. My personal fav is the Orange 50/50. :o) They have these incredible rosemary bagels with cream cheese, too. Hard to find anywhere else.

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★★★★★

Being the kind of person that loves the coffeehouse atmosphere, I am always thrilled to find somewhere like Zona Rosa that actually has good drinks! They're caramel drinks are the best, in my opinion, and I love the fact that they have a great selection of non-coffee beverage for those hot afternoons. My personal fav is the Orange 50/50. :o) They have these incredible rosemary bagels with cream cheese, too. Hard to find anywhere else.

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Very friendly South American vibe to the place. Get your coffee (there's no food), then head upstairs to the comfortable couches.

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★★★★☆

Very friendly South American vibe to the place. Get your coffee (there's no food), then head upstairs to the comfortable couches.

Pros: friendly staff, atmosphere

Cons: no sandwiches

 

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