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Japon Bistro
Japon Bistro

Japon Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.japonbistropasadena.com
  • Email: sushibistro@sbcglobal.net
  • Phone: (626) 744-1751
  • Hours of Operation: Monday Closed
    Tuesday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM / 5:00PM - 9:30PM
    Wednesday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM / 5:00PM - 9:30PM
    Thursday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM / 5:00PM - 9:30PM
    Friday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM / 5:00PM - 10:30PM
    Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:30PM
    Sunday: 5:00PM - 9:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Koji
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer catering from casual to formal; large to small events, drop off or full service staffing. Every event is tailored to the individual needs.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We host & arrange & participate in Sake & Wine Pairing Events, Festivals, Fundraisers and private parties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Lake and Colorado
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: It is ok to park on the street that is not red in Pasadena after 6pm. If you can't find one, there is a public parking structure on Mentor.
A word from Japon Bistro
Pasadena's hidden gem.
Great sushi, sake, staff, and environment
Michellin Recommended, Zagat Rated
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Diner Reviews
  • "Travel Zoo was the reason we all ended up there. We will definitely return! Very attentive staff, delicious food and a lovely decor. Very quiet, which is great for a romantic date."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "The Sushi is incredibly Fresh, the location is not the best, its kind of hidden, but food its Very good and service super ! so far in Pasadena de BEST sushi ive had and very affordable !"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Had an enjoyable Omakase dinner here. Fun to see what was presented to us since we did not do the ordering. Sad part is we were served our last dish and did not know it until we were done and was told that was your last course. It would have been nice to know up front that we were getting 5 courses and when the last one came to know it so not try and rush through it thinking something else was coming. Other than that we had an enjoyable dinner."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Getting someone to give us water and the menu took quite a long time. Although when service finally got started it got better."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "Nice place, great food. Just had to wait a bit to be seated. Nice staff."
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "The food was well made, not the best...but ok. We had three different servers, which was confusing. The first was unbelievably rude, she obviously disliked her job. The second was fine, normal level of interaction. The third was really nice and bubbly. We got lucky that the third was the one that stuck with us. The poor table beside us got the grinch... I felt really bad for them, you could tell she managed to ruin their meal. Try it out for a quick lunch, but find a better place for a date or a nice dinner."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Sushi and sashimi were very fresh. After spilling a glass of sake, the waiter made amends in grand style. We had a very pleasant lunch."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "The food was worse than mediocre. The Spicy Tuna rolls at Albertson's have more flavor. The Yellowtail sashimi was very good but that and the sake were the only things worth commenting on. We were so frustrated to be stuck with such a huge bill after that meal, especially since we drove out from West LA for DineLA. The service was fine but please, hire a new sushi chef to design you some rolls with flavor! My tuna sashimi tasted a little fishy too- a major no-no! I don't consider myself a sushi snob but tempura and soy sauce can not cover up poor design with what was probably sub-par ingredients. I will never be back."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "very stingy on the serving. mediocre food. nothing to rave about this restaurant."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "A nice little place with some interesting house special rolls. No cocktails/wine or anything beyond beer and sake though. I think they were short staffed during our visit because the service was incredibly slow. Not a bad Japanese restaurant overall, but not really remarkable in any way either."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "The restaurant was mostly empty, but our reservation wasn't enough to get a table because other reservations were coming later ("we only reserve at the 30 minutes"). Put in the corner instead with food coming out in a trickle, with the hot dish arriving 20 minutes before the sushi."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "I ordered the beef tataki, but I felt that its quantity was really small. If it was a expensive part of the cow, I wouldn't have been able to tell. I'd rather it be chuck, but more, rather than any expensive type of meat. Overall the rolls were pretty good and the Yuzu Chicken was good, but I felt that they should label it as spicy or not spicy since my girlfriend doesn't eat spicy food. Also there's a lot of lemon added to every dish."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "high end priced sushi for average flavors. bought a travelzoo voucher for omakase for 2. our party of 4 ordered extra food. no one was impressed with food quality. service was excellent, however. sorry. can't recommend this place to others."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Always great food an service. We are long time repeat customers."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "The food, especially the sushi, is very good. No complaints there. It's the service that leaves a little to be desired. Sure, the people are nice, and attentive, but they seem not to communicate with each other very well. We've had our order taken twice, drink orders asked for with drinks freshly on the table, etc. We typically order sushi, a bento for the girl, and when other folks are along, an entree or two. While it isn't super-common for sushi restaurants to time delivery of food tightly, the pacing of delivery is strange. No two things arrive at the same time, even entrees. I still love this place. Just don't ask for anything complicated. Or if you're into sushi, sit at the bar where you can speak directly to the chef."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We happened to find this restaurant through a deal from Travelzoo. The food was excellent! We couldn't get enough of the garlic edamame or the southwest roll! Service was great and it was a perfect location to go to the Ice House afterward. We would definitely return!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Had great lunch specials and ended up leaving with a really reasonable tab!"
    Dined on 7/25/2013
  • "It had been a while since I had dined at Japon Bistro. Recently remodeled, looks great. Greeted personally by the owner. Everyone in my party enjoyed their meal. We all ordered seafood salads and rolls. However, the table next to us ordered the Tempura Lunch and it really looked amazing. Next Time!"
    Dined on 10/2/2013