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Choza Mama

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96 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1917
+1 626-432-4692
11:00 - 23:00
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

Our family of four traveled over the holiday to CA from PA for the Rose Bowl Parade/Game.At 4-5 a.m. we arrived in Pasadena to find that the parade route was three deep. Standing in front of Choza Mama, a lady was helping her mother in law to the chairs,that were in front of the restaurant.She looked at us and asked... More 

Thank imoran
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I just ate my second fantastic meal here this week. My family liked their dishes as well as I liked mine. On the first night, I had the paella. It was simply the best I have every tasted anywhere. Tonight I had the pork and yams dish, which was melt on the tongue good. I plan to return here on... More 

Thank tired0ftraveln0t
Houston, Texas
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267 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

Went in for the buffet, but was told there was no buffet because the day before it was too slow. Don't advertise buffet if there you are not going to have one.

1 Thank Penguin S
Pasadena, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2016

I got the Rib eye with onions and tomatoes on it. It had awesome flavor and was perfectly cooked medium. My friends said the lamb was excellent as well. I would definitely go again. The only complaints are that it was really cold in the restaurant. We were the only ones in the restaurant for most of the time... so... More 

Thank Craig S
San Jose, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2015

This is a great place to try our peruvian food at a very reasonable price. This lunch buffet is am unbelievable value at $11.99. The food is high quality. The staff is friendly. They even brought us sodas (included in the buffet price). The owner came by and asked us how the food was. I loved their pasta, soup was... More 

1 Thank ramesh b
Denham Springs, Louisiana
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

I've been to Peru several times and this is very good Peruvian cuisine, friendly service and nice atmosphere. Husband says Pisco Sours are great, but I always enjoy chicha morada.

Thank Jan P
Pasadena, California
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111 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

If you're in Pasadena and want your fix of Peruvian food, this is the place. I had the camaron saltado and the fish ceviche. Everything was great and tasted good. But I'd drive out to LA or Hollywood area for a more authentic tasting Peruvian.

Thank Willieboxing
City of Angels
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213 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2015

We were here with a Groupon the first week of May.... The reviews I read were "iffy", but I decided to try this any way: I was told that as I had a dinner coupon, I would still be able to use it for lunch and order as much food as the value of the Groupon (on the lunch menu),... More 

1 Thank Auntie-Nanuuq
San Diego, CA
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208 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2015

We read about this restaurant, now called Choza 96, when we picked up a copy of the Pasadena Weekly magazine. It had a great review and we really wanted to try something other than Italy, Mexican, Chinese, etc. The decor has been redone and is very nice with one wall having drawings of the lines of Nazca (for those of... More 

Thank maringfro
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254 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2015

Choza Mama on Colorado in Old Town is a relatively large space. The service was friendly, helpful and attentive and the food was good. The loma saltado and paella were both tasty. The yucca fries were garlicky and addictive. The dipping sauces were varied and flavorful. Although not as good as Mo-Chica in downtown LA, this is a good option... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Peruvian, Latin, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 96 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105-1917
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-432-4692

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