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Maison Akira
Maison Akira

Maison Akira Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.maisonakira.net
  • Phone: (626) 796-9501
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Akira Hirose
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Chef Hirose will come and cater an elegant meal in your home. Please see http://www.maisonakira.com for contact information and pricing.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate parties from 20-50 people with advanced booking arrangements. Please call the restaurant for more information and availability.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Molino
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We validate for 1 hour free with dinner in the Arcade Lane Parking lot adjacent to our restaurant.
A word from Maison Akira
Owner and Chef, Akira Hirose, has created an exquisite menu featuring French cuisine with a Japanese flair.
In this casual, but elegant atmosphere, one can experience fine dining with an international flair. Akira takes personal interest in preparing each selection with the freshest ingredients for a culinary delight. Entrees include, Miso Marinated Grilled Chilean Sea Bass and Roasted Rack of Lamp in a Rosemary Sauce.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "Went with 3 people, did the chef choice 7 course person, appearance of food looks great, but the taste is not so good actually the taste was not even good. Only the main dish was really good, but 5 out of 7 dishes, the food was not good. All of us agreed and the waiter tried to help us and is very nice and see if we wanted to change to other things, but after the 4th dish, we don't believe the chef can do anything to make up in a bad tasting experience. Was very expensive too, over $80 a person. I would not recommend Chefs choice, may want to stick with the classic dishes."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Great location, easy parking, good service - staff very attentive (they love to fill those water glasses) and tremendous food. Special touches makes this restaurant a no brainer for a special occasion night out."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Service was lovely as well as food. However, it should be noted that the clientele is decidedly older. Not one review I've read ever mentioned how conservative this restaurant was. In our mid thirties, we were the youngest by a long shot. It was a primarily 50+ crowd. Not an issue for us, but just want to be up front for folks. I think this is more of a "nice place for dinner with your parents" vs. night out with gals or date night."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I Say this is more of a Romantic place, above anything else, because your focus needs to be on your wife in order to overlook the horrible food. We have been to places that, no matter what you order, you are instantly wowed. We enjoy exploring places we've never been to, but after this place we will stop."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Foodies, you will not be disappointed! We ate here before a show at the Pasadena Playhouse, which is only a block away. Our food arrived very timely. The wait staff was attentive without being disruptive, very professional! Everything we ordered was excellent. I took a chance on the Baked Alaska, having never had one before, and was extremely pleased with it! I ordered the 4 course meal with matched wine selections; good job me for ordering it but better job Maison Akira! We will be back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I found it on yelps。And this place is really nice and quiet。 The service is very good。 They will tell u about the food made with something。I was full when I finish dinner。The price is ok。Almost 60dollars per one。"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Lovely restaurant, walking distance to the Playhouse, and the food is outstanding."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed the Father's Day buffet. Food is definitely better when ordered off the menu but still great quality buffet."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Our meal was wonderful! We especially liked the soft shell crab, duck and rib eye. Our only complaint was the very long wait between the first course and main course. It was well over 30 minutes with no apology or update on where our food was. (This is why I only gave service 3 stars. It would have been 5 had we not had the long wait)"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We were there on 06/13/2014. The restaurant is situated at a very quiet part of Pasadena. Green Street is my favorite. The atmosphere and background music is romantic. We sat at the window as we requested. And what a moment we had! The wine guy is French and extremely knowledgeable and friendly. And that was only lunch! What I like about this restaurant is the wine pairing. I have never seen another restaurant within the continental U.S. that pairs wine to its food so meticulously close! Amazing! For all the above reasons, I come back again and again!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Love that they give you the option of a regular portion or a smaller portion for the entree. The rack of lamb was excellent. I had the duck breast with a scrumptious sauce. Excellent. The veggies and potato were not as good. Couldn't decide between three wines so the waiter (at his suggestion) brought three glasses with a taste of each. I was very impressed by that! We had a very enjoyable meal!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Ranks as my favorite for almost a decade. Always a great experience and food is to die for!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The environment was great. Our server, Sergio was awesome. The food was good. The dessert, Alaskan is a little bit too sweet and the flame added was burning the cake which affect the look a lot. I have had Alaskan at a seafood restaurant in San Diego, it was not like that. The flame will die itself and it just added a glaze outside the meringue. Overall, the dessert part is little bit disappointed."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We had the set menu on Mother's Day this year. In fact, set menu is the only thing available. Maison Akira has been around for many years, most patrons are return customers. My miso sea bass was delicious and we are quite happy with the meal. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "First visit. Beautiful, elegant yet comfortable room. The brunch had good variety including a carving station of very good quality beef /lamb, nigiri sushi and everything was delicious. Will be back soon. BTW: the price of the brunch is VERY reasonable."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "This is our second time here. The first time the food and service was delightful. This time we felt neglected the whole time. The server was missing most of the time. I specified when I ordered how I wanted my meat cooked. When it was served it was so undercooked that it was still cold. I ask for it to be cooked longer. When it was returned less than a minute later it was obvious that it was just tossed back on the plate with no care for presentation. What a waste of time and money. Thy will not see us here again. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Dinner was overall excellent. We appreciated to lower noise level despite the restaurant's being full. We were able to converse in normal tones with our friends. Service and food were top notch. Good ingredients and careful presentation. Nothing cutting edge but that is not what this restaurant is about. We liked it for what it is, a classy, comfortable place."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I tried to email before but your site somehow stopped working and my detailed email was lost. in short the service was not acceptable for the amount we paid for mother's day."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We went them on Sat. before Mother's Day, so there's only one menu available for $70 per person. The so called signature dish, the Chilean Sea Bass, was too salty. My husband said his salad appetizer was just so-so. We had 4 adults and 1 kid ( my little 4-year-old had her salmon dish at $35 ), so the total came to $400. Totally not worth it. Please take your money somewhere else."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I wanted to celebrate my wife's first Mother's Day and I couldn't think of a better place than Maison Akira. We have dined here several times before already, so we are already familiar with the food - French with Japanese influences - and how great it is. Everything we ate here to date has been excellent and the service is outstanding. It's definitely a first-class restaurant. Since it was Mother's Day, they had a special 3-course menu. We ordered different items for each course, my wife had the braised pork appetizer and scallops entree and I had the duck/kale salad and steak/shrimp entree. They were all delicious. The dessert tray with a sampler of 4 items was very good as well. Overall, a very satisfying lunch and a very memorable day."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This place is fantastic! One of the best dining experienced I've had. Every bite was perfect, I will be returning to stis restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Good food-great service-time to refresh the interior"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "this a special occasion place ,soft music restaurant for adullts."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "The food is fantastic, the wine is mostly French, but prefer to have more international selection, like Chilean and New Zealand as an example. "
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We dined at Akira for the first time on our wedding anniversary, and it was a great choice. Waitstaff were attentive and knowledgeable, the food was truly excellent, and the atmosphere quiet and old-fashioned. We'll be dining there again, often!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "I have been dining here for 20 years and noted the restaurant has maintained high food and service quality. Impressive wine list. For the bargain hunters, lunch and Sunday brunch are a steal. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The ambience was very nice. The food interesting and tasty. But the service was slow and not as attentive as it should be."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food was unique and excellent, the service was attentive but not overbearing. But here's the kicker - you can hear yourself talk. It's quiet. I wasn't sure this still existed! But not cheap."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We had always gone to Maison Akira for special occasions but had not been in a while and wondered if they had plateau'ed. It was better than ever! The menu is extensive, 2 pre-fixes,, tasting menu, unique specials. The food exceeded our expectations, service impeccable, ambience lovely. A small touch that impressed us: After we'd been seated, a man with a loud voice was seated around the corner from us--so they diplomatically asked if we wanted to move, they would set up a new corner table in the main room and made the evening perfect. Also, the Chef came out to speak with the diners, always a treat, and wonderful he has not handed over this gem to someone else. We didn't want the evening to end. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Very lovely setting for a quiet dinner if you want to have a business meeting or visit without a lot of noise. Nice neighborhood setting and close to Laemmle movie theatres and Pasadena Playhouse. Service very nice and food quite good...dessert souffles outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Excellent well prepared food in Pasadena. Just a lovely place"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We came here for our anniversary. I work in Pasadena and wanted to dine locally, so we chose Maison Akira since it was on my short list of restaurants to visit this year. We ordered the Six Course Epicurean Menu with wine pairings and were not disappointed. The service was attentive and professional."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The service was really great. My friend and I were seated next to the fireplace, which was really cute. The manager came over to greet us and was very friendly. I should have done the Snake River farms upgrade on the restaurant week sirloin. I don't know why I didn't...probably would have bumped my food rating up another star as it was at Maison Akira that I solidified my decisioin that I really dislike sirloin."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "The 4-course dinner was amazing with each dish looking and tasting better than the previous one. The bento box, chicken breast, and chilean sea bass, Maison Akira's signature dish, were all DELICIOUS! I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "The food was subline. I was treated to an excellent fusion of Japanese-French cuisine. The best of all that was that Chef Akira came out and personally greeted us."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Searching for an indoor brunch for a rainy day birthday celebration, we tried Maison Akira. I requested a quiet spot since we have a couple of hearing impaired people in our party of 6, and for the first 45 minutes we were alone in our room which was much appreciated. It was an intimate feeling. After that, several more parties were seated in our room, including one large group, but the noise level never got very high. The food selection on the buffet is small but good. The cold appetizer courses leaned Japanese and the hot courses were mostly meat, vegetables and potatoes. Dessert selection was particularly appetizing. Two mimosas are included for an extra $3, a good deal. Everything was well cooked and delicious. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Great place for before theater dinner. We had the six and four course prix fixe dinners with wine. Everything was superb."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We have dined here on several special occasions & each time it has been a wonderful experience. The inner areas are more intimate than the outer area where the ambiance is a little more casual. Even the most demanding diner would have difficulty finding fault with this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a totally great place . Excellent food at prices lower than one would expect. Service was perfect."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I had a dinner date with a close friend and I picked Maison Akira because of its intriguing "Japanese French Fusion" concept. We were not disappointed. There were so many exciting and interesting options on the menu that we could barely decide on what to get. We settled on splitting 7 or 8 different appetizers. Everything was super delicious and of note, the Oyster Flan was amazing! I will admit that I wanted to try to the signature Sea Bass dish but I couldn't turn down the idea of sampling many of the appetizers. The restaurant itself was nice -- a classic French look with ornate chairs and white linen tablecloths. The ambiance was romantic though at 8 pm on a Wednesday, there were only a handful of other patrons."
    Dined on 2/19/2014