Best Sushi in San Gabriel Valley
They have really fantastic sushi - fresh and delicious, and beautifully prepared.
They also have amazing sake - seasonal sake samplers that change every season are a wonderful compliment to their food. And every now and again, sake pairing dinners (like a wine pairing dinner) where you learn all about sake and how it pairs with foods - mostly with sushi and Japanese dishes, but also with other dishes (Claude Beltran of neighboring restaurant, Noir, has been a guest chef several times).
Service here is always friendly, and they really like to get to know their customers, so if you come regularly they will address you by name (a nice touch).
Probably our favorite restaurant in Pasadena at this point!
11/9/2012 12:00:00 AM
A great Special night at Sake Bar
Only place i've been to with Sake sampler, and believe me unless your a sake Fan, you'll be tanked after those 3. 2 people, well fed 40$/head (with tip), Dinner. Oh, and they are SUPER friendly and informative about everything, especially the Sake, which is their specialty.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Spectacular, lovely food and
Spectacular, lovely food and drink. Always our favorite place for a date night! Always making us feel welcome!!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
I went to Japon Bistro w/
I went to Japon Bistro w/ a group of friends for the 1st time for Pasadena Restaurant Week. For a place that was recommended by Zagat in the past, it wasn't very crowded. I ordered from the prix fixe menu that included 2 appetizers, an entree & dessert. I got the Koji's tower (kind of like a mini tostada) & the crab cakes as appetizers. It wasn't as much food as some of the other appetizer choices. I followed that up w/ a sushi / sashimi platter & mochi ice cream. It was a nice meal; I'd consider going back again. I appreciated it when I was told I could park at International Golf for free since it's out of business.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We have been to Japon Bistro
We have been to Japon Bistro several times and have enjoyed their food each time. We enjoyed the Pasadena Restaurant Week menu that evening. Staff is always friendly here.
4/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pasadena Restaurant Week Menu
Pasadena Restaurant Week Menu was a fantastic deal!
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good local Sushi
Really good neighborhood sushi restaurant with really helpful sushi chefs and pleasant service. Great selection of saki. Close to the Boston Court theater. Reasonable prices and good selection.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Feel like at home
Staffs greet you once you open the entry door with a friendly smiles and very attentive through out my
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Helpful, honest servers. Wonderful
Helpful, honest servers. Wonderful food. Will definitely go back again. Thank you!
6/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sake lovers rejoice!
Japon Bistro has a huge selection of Sake. Our favorite is the seasonal sake flight, providing a wonderful opportunity to taste 3 sake samples side by side. The salmon skin salad is a real green salad that is jam packed with salmon skin. The seared scallop appetizer is to die for. This is a slightly off the beaten path delight.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The staff here was great! Very attentive and courteous! The food was awesome! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for Lunch
Had great lunch specials and ended up leaving with a really reasonable tab!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice dinner for 2
Had the travelzoo voucher, really great deal. Enjoyed dinner and the different dishes. Nice environment, service was ok, could have been better. One sushi roll took forever to come, had to ask for wasabi. Food was good!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Quality and Fantastic Owner
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!
10/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
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!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food but somewhat disorganized
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.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM