Maison Akira
Maison Akira

Maison Akira

  • 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 WinnerSpecial Occasion
Maison Akira reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (46)fit for foodies (38)romantic (27)neighborhood gem (21)great for brunch (12)good for groups (12)notable wine list (8)great for lunch (5)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Phoenix
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I have always liked this restaurant although, it is a bit pricey. It’s perfect for dinning with friend because the noise level is so low you can actually her each other talk. The food was amazing. Fab service and several very nice vegetarian choices. I had a wonderful roasted autumn vegetables wrapped in filo dough and portabella ravioli. The deserts are simply beautiful and tasty. My husband had berries and ice-cream that was served with a laced dome of candied Caramel. Walking distance to the Pasadena Play house. Great place for a special occation
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Brunch
    IERES
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    2nd time here for brunch. I like the smaller but fresher setting over the mega Sunday brunch. As usual food was good, atmosphere friendly. But I think they are short staff it look a while for plate to be removed. OJ was filled only 3 time and twice by request and at least 15 min for coffee.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food was just okay. We thought is was really overpriced for what it was. There service was great. Our waitress was awesome.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mixed results
    Longtimefoodie
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A few years ago we had a terrible meal here during LA Rest. Wk, but decided to give it a 2nd chance. The couple w/ us reported excellent food; they had a pre fixe standard meal. We chose the annniverasary special ($80, $120 w/ wine pairing) The app of beef tartare was terrible: mushy, with strings of inedible fibers, flavor of meat masked by too much wasabi. Lobster course - meh. Scallop course flavor OK, but only 2 tiny scallops. Wygu steak good, but also w/ some tendonous parts which were very tough. Dessert was pretty, but not really cohesive. It felt like an afterthought. I tasted my friend's flourless chocolate cake - excellent, barely sweet. Maybe they are good only with their tried and true menu, but don't ever get a special.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Maison Akira's 16th Anniversary
    margreinVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We have been to this restaurant several times and usually it is excellent. However, this time we were seriously disappointed. We chose to have the wine pairing with the restaurant's anniversary dinner. The wines were simply brought to the table in their glasses with no effort to tell us what we were drinking. Most places show one the bottle before pouring - they did not. We thought the whole service was slapdash and unpleasant. We may return some day to see if that was an aberration but if it was not, we will never go again.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect
    MACHNH
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We had a lovely brunch to celebrate a friend's birthday. Make sure you try this fabulous restaurant . Wonderful service and a continually refreshed buffet for brunch. Enjoy !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great variety
    Ollie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our first visit to Maison Akira. Overall impressed and had a great meal. Food was tasty, variety was good and the server's recommendations were appreciated. We tried the escargot, the trio appetizer, lobster bisque, onion soup, the duck, sea bass and soufflé. The presentation of the food was exquisite. We were given time between courses to digest and did not feel hurried. The option of the smaller plates allowed us to try more without feeling stuffed. Prices were high but not unreasonable for the dining experience. Will plan to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful meal
    TrumpetTom2
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Very high quality experience. Cordial and professional service by all. Quiet and civilized. Two sizes of portions, good for light eaters. Great spot for dinner before the theater.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paige1968dangtam
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The prices do not justify the food quality. The waitress did not dress appropriately for the job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Would you please mention that there is only buffet on Sunday lunch time on the web? If it said so on the web, I might go on Frinday lunch time or dinner time. I only checked prifix menu on the web.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tired and old.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This restaurant is just tired and trying to live up to the past. Times have moved on and restaurant needs refreshing and a revamp- both visually and food wise. Decor is so out of date, not even charming. Food very disappointing. My lamb was awful - over salted and i didn't eat it. Restaurant feels pretentious with no reason to be- its so quiet you become self conscious about talking. There are so many better places to go for a special meal.
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  • Akira par excellance
    enjoymentgalore
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The ambiance of the restaurant was wonderful. The service was efficient and very pleasant, especially the hostess. the food presntationn was very nice and served just at the right temperature. The desert was just enough to top of the meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Ambiance and service were outstanding. Our party of six all ordered the signature sea bass as an entree and ate every morsel. Service staff was more than accommodating when we wanted to share dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great French/Asian Fusion
    Chaz
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Maison Akira is an elegant, very quiet restaurant with an interesting fusion menu. There are a few French classics such as Escargots but the rusion items predominate. The owner/chef is a master of this kind of cooking. The wine list is not extensive, but instead of containing not one wine you have ever heard of, which puts you at the mercy of the wine steward, it has excellent well-known selections. We had a superb Domain Chandon Pinot. Highly recommended, especially if you value a quiet conversation. And every chair is an armchair.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    SavoirFaire
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Excellent cuisine and service...thank you Christine with the wine selection!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive Sunday brunch
    Southpas61VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The setting of the restaurant is very nice but the quality of the food and the variety for a $40 champagne brunch is so-so. I would definitely not come back here for brunch and if the quality of the food is similar to their normal meals, would not come here at all. Their buffet selection consisted of 1) some sushi - which they were very slow about replenishing 2) cold salads - nothing imaginative and certainly not reflective of a restaurant whose chef trained with Robuchon 3) a garlic tomato soup 4) hot buffet - included some roasting meats, which were so-so, some dried out salmon on wilting kale, dried out cousous, plain steamed veggies, potato gratin and stewed beef 5) desserts - not impressive at all.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Brunch
    Chris
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We repeated brunch many times, specifically when friends or family member come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always enlightening!
    okalax
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Chef Akira's creativity never stops! Great fusion of Kyoto cuisine with French dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maison Akira Brunch
    MusicFoodie
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We enthusiastically chose Maison Akira to celebrate our 30th anniversary.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb Dining but Clueless Diners!
    SherylVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Wonderful food and very attentive service at this elegant, quiet and beautiful restaurant. Our party dressed well for a Sunday Brunch but were startled to see that the restaurant apparently has NO dress code. Patrons, especially sweaty men all around us, were dressed in shorts, flip-flops or sports shoes as though they had come from cleaning their garages! Even the young woman who greeted and seated us looked as though she was had just come in from the beach. What are they thinking to allow their otherwise stellar standards to be so demeaned? Why look like a Denny's?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Sunday Brunch Buffet
    ucookieat
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Food delicious, selection exceptional, atmosphere serene, service outstanding. Overall a great experience! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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  • fabulous restaurant
    MalibugirlVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    excellent food and service; very pleasant atmosphere
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • HankVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Six course dinner was outstanding. The scallops were the best I have had in a long time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manny
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    comfortable seating, good service, and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet Pasadena gourmet restaurant
    JoyceKing
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I love that Maison Akira gives you a choice of the portion that you wish to be served - the small portion is good for a limited appetite or if you want to have also have appetizer/salad/dessert with your meal. The larger portion is for larger eaters or people who don't want to order anything else. The entree is complete - there is no need to order anything else. It comes with starch and vegetable. I had a small portion of duck breast along with a salad and shared dessert. By the way, desserts are small - a one or two person size. We were a party of 6 and shared two desserts but should have ordered 3 or 4. The only disappointment was the Grand Marnier soufflé which had no trace of Grand Marnier in it at all and was very bland.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent Meal!
    GraceVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The food was exceptional as it always is. I truly enjoy the details even during restaurant week. My sashimi appetizer with the sweetened black beans, a two layer 1/2 inch cube of greenish gelee (I think flavored from seaweed) and topped with two sauces was a culinary treat! However, this time I felt like the service was not particularly friendly. I was appalled at the $9 per bottle cost of sparkling water and we had 3 bottles between 6 people. The restaurant has a strict corkage fee/rule and makes it difficult for wine enthusiasts, like us, to bring and enjoy several bottles of wine. I hope they will reconsider and allow for exceptions from time to time as we have no problems spending our money on food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service rushed
    gccc
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Dinner was great but I felt the service was rushed. They opened our wine and less than a minute later, they brought out the appetizer. We were still enjoying our appetizer and they brought out th entree. I just wished service of the courses were timed a bit longer...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good
    Bialann
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I like old school restaurants that have an elegant ambience about them. This was one. It has history, there are photos of the Emperor of Japan visiting amongst others. The food was very good but not outrageously amazing as I was expecting. The service was good, if a little pushy. Refilling water when a mouthful is gone from the glass, taking plates one second after only one of the diners is finished eating, bringing the cheque before we have asked for it. Please quit these habits America. It is rude and makes one feel unwelcome. A dine and dash experience is not why we came. When you bring the cheque we don't order more wine, dessert or tea. When you take one plate away the other diner feels like they are being watched while they eat.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 934 reviews are from the Maison Akira reviews archive.
  • disappointing
    VivaDineVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Ww used to like Maison Akira for fish, but the sea bass was disappointing in preparation and the plate as a whole. Definitely not up to the past.
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  • DineLA
    HankVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    This restaurant has the best and most innovative food of all the restaurants in the Pasadena, CA area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The side vegetables that came with the Kobe were ok. The mash potatoes were very boring. Scallops and eggplant were delicious. The interior dining area could use a make over.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DineLA
    HalpVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Thanks for participating in DinrLA. What a great way to experience a skillfully prepared meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Service, Average Food
    Foodie90210
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have dined at several Michelin restaurants in the US as well as Paris and Rome. The food for the Dine LA event was a three course tasting menu for $45/person. The starter, tuna sashimi was average, as was the chilean seabass entree. The desert tiramisu was good, but the quality and presentation of the food was almost the level of a diner than a michelin restaurant. The sommelier was the star of the night as she was very friendly and helped us select a great bottle of wine. Too bad the food did not live up to the par in any way imaginable.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dining experience.
    MonsieurM
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I had ate here before for lunch and brunch, and both times were good. So I decided to try the Dine LA Dinner menu, and it did not disappoint. The soft shell Crab Tempura was good, and the Chilean Sea Bass was excellent, cooked to perfection. It truly stands as a signature dish worth trying. Dessert of chocolate Creme Brulee and Matcha Macaron was a great finisher. Service was excellent and attentive. Overall, a great dining experience that I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    Enaashby
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I took my boyfriend out to Maison Akira for a romantic dinner during Dine LA on July 16. We have both driven by the restaurant many times but had never gone there. The food and service were excellent. He opted for the Sautéed Hokkaido Scallops while I had the Seared Tuna Sashimi for our appetizers. The scallops were cooked just right and the tuna melted like butter in my mouth. For the entrée I had the Grilled Miso Marinated Chilean Sea Bass which was delectable. My bf opted for the Angus Chateau Beef Steak. We both enjoyed the Crème Brûlêe for dessert. We took our own wine with us and paid just $15 for a corkage fee. One thing we particularly liked is that our waitress gave us breathing room between courses. Wonderful ambience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Fabulous night
    bruceVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Wanted to come back for a while, so we did during Dine LA. The amuse bouche of cauliflower mousse was great, and the soft shell crab tempura was fabulous. I like tempura, but this was a step beyond. The Chilean sea bass was a small portion, but it was melt in your mouth delicious. The restaurant was recently remodeled and the décor was improved and tasteful modern. The server Frances and hostess Christine were both very pleasant and helpful. A wonderful re-visit to a great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Scott
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Well done - excellent food, presented nicely. Good service. Will be there again soon
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but conservative
    TizzleVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lvtodine
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Place
    AlxndrtheGr8
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    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.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate