Ravioli was amazing!
Was there for the first time celebrating my wife's birthday. Although we were late due to Friday traffic they were very accommodating and we were seated promptly. We ordered the wonton ravioli and squash blossoms for our appetizers. The ravioli was amazing. I could of had 2 orders and forgo my entree. Wife ordered sea bass and loved it. I had halibut tempura which was delicate and not oily. We were very full by then and they did surprise my wife with an apple tart dessert with a candle. A nice touch to a wonderful meal. The menu changes every day due to the fish they get daily and the fresh produce available for the day. This is rare for restaurants and makes this restaurant extra special! Parking is free!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Shiros always delivers a great
Shiros always delivers a great evening.....the service is perfect as is the food..
5/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went to Shiro for the fish and were not disappointed. The snapper and the salmon were perfectly prepared and my friends almost licked their plates! It is pricey for a casual night out, so next time we might try the Wednesday night prix fixe.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best restaurants
One of the best restaurants in all of Los Angeles. Terrific seafood.
5/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Shiro is special!
We love the owner, the food, the warm and friendly service. The vegetable side accompaniment and the whole catfish are the best for me!
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved the Food!!!
We came to celebrate a birthday. The menu couldn't have been a better gift. The hostess, Sherry, was super-friendly. We even got a Moscato on the house along with our desserts. Thank you guys. It will be a birthday dinner to remember.
6/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love this place
Shiro is now our favorite restaurant. We plan to dine there at least once a month if not more often. The food is amazing, and the service is excellent.
6/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The whole fried catfish is
The whole fried catfish is one of the reasons that we come here again and again. The other reason is that the service is attentive but never obtrusive.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
We had the chef's tasting menu and the food and service were excellent. My wife is especially attentive to the butter temperature and taste and she rarely gives a place a passing grade and for Shiro she actually gave rave remarks.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
As good as ever!
SHIRO is still wonderful. The catfish is superb as is the black cod.
The service is great (although they could use more bus boys).
It has a real neighborhood feel. They know and remember their customers.
Love the appetizers. Great seafood and good wine list.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant never disappoints.
This restaurant never disappoints. The food is perfection! I've been coming here for over 20 years and it's still my favorite place to dine.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is always consistently
The food is always consistently wonderful. Always want to have the lamb chops when it is available. Truffle ravioli was so delicious.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not an auspicious exterior, so was delighted to experience great warmth in the service and very good food.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The atmosphere in Shiro's is energetic but subtle enough for you to enjoy your meal and carry on a conversation without having to raise your voice. The staff are always top of the line. The food is always great and with their specials for the evening, you're palate is always in for a new epicurean experience.
I only have positive things to say about Shiro's. I have never had a bad meal there, that's why I continue to go back over and over again. I had the great pleasure of being introduced to Shiro's 7 years ago and have continued to be one of their regular patrons. I continue to introduce friends of mine and tell all of their friends and family of the tasteful dining experience they had at Shiro's.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
My daughter loved her birthday dinner. Normally she does not eat her complete meal but here she ate her meal and desert. She was in a food coma - as she describes it. We had a great time also.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding old favorite...
Fish and seafood are the focus of Shiro, and it would be hard to surpass their consistent creations and fine extra touches. The warm, intelligent and welcoming staff plus the superb and often subtle mix of flavors has made Shiro our all-time favorite restaurant in the LA basin. Most of our special occasions are spent there!!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
As usual every dining experience at Shiro's is always great. The special salads and desserts are wonderful, not to mention the regular menu. Always a wonderful palate experience.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
South Pasadena's Divine Shiro!
We love returning to SHIRO. Sherrill, the lovely owner, is always on hand to welcome you. The food is always just perfect and the service friendly and impeccable. Their seafood mousse ravioli with the creamy mushroom sauce is divine!!! I had the dish as an enree, and my husband ordered a larger version as his main course. We have never been disappointed with Shiro. They now fave full bar service too. I enjoyed champagne!
I just wish they were open for lunch too.....
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
we have been to Shiro's many times since it opened 25+ years ago
we have never had a bad meal or bad service
LA and South Pasadena should be grateful we have such a quality restaurant
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always reliable excellence
Whether for special occasion or just quiet evening of excellent food, the service is always wonderful and the specials are delicious.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A first-rate dining experience
A first-rate dining experience in all respects. We had been too long away from Shiros.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Birthday Dinner
Shiro's exceeded all my expectations from the 5-star reviews that I read while picking a restaurant for a birthday celebration. The food was spectacular and the service was outstanding. A truly memorable evening.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the few restaurants
One of the few restaurants that has had consistent, beautiful food for decades. The truffle wonton appetizer is amazing. Chefs all over the world have been trying to copy the signature catfish recipe to no avail. Here, it is perfectly cooked with crispy ginger and a light ponzu sauce. Service is impeccable. One of the very best restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
1st Time Experience
As usual the food was superb and the service top notch. I introduce a couple of friends of mine to Shiros for the first time and they loved it. They will most definitely be returning.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and service were absolutely impeccable. My wife and I had the 6 course Pre fix Chef Tasting. It was a little pricey but it was worth every penny. This was the best meal I've had in Southern California.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great experience
Dinner at Shiro never disappoints! The service is always great and the food is always wonderful. They just remodeled the interior and it looks beautiful. We are fortunate to have such a high quality, consistent restaurant in the area.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Shiro Never Disappoints
The very high quality of the food at Shiro, month after month, year after year, is completely dependable. Shiro also has the most friendly yet professional service we have ever experienced at a restaurant. There's no such thing as a bad night at Shiro. The new decor at the restaurant creates and elegant yet warm ambiance. We love it!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Catfish still good!!
This place has had a facelift, long time restaurant, you can tell repeat patrons knew the manager. The staff was very attentive and professional. The food was tasty and I would recommend a nice dinner here.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our special restaurant. Always A++
For every reason why one would ever want to be in a restaurant, Shiro never has disappointed. Every sense is sated, from hungry tummies wanting exquisite cuisine, to the desire of being pampered, appreciated, etc. Shiro has all of this and more. We even enjoy the drive from Sherman Oaks, as Pasadena has such an old world elegance. I don't know Pasadena all that well, and I know there are areas where there is congestion and crazy foot traffic. Shiro is not in this league, which pleases me to no end. A lovely restaurant in a lovely locale, where you want to enjoy food, drink, and conversation. I'll take this over "trendy" any time.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous experience all round!!
The restaurant just re-opened after a "face-lift" and is beautifully decorated with the new woodwork reminiscent of Green & Green. Beautiful muted colored walls with gorgeous flower arrangements throughout. Service is always impeccable with attention to detail. Appetizers which included beets with cheese, a truffle ravioli that was to die for, and a lobster roll were excellent. Sheryl always makes you feel welcome. Its truly a neighborhood gem! Highly recommended!!
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Shiro sets the standard.
This 25 year old restaurant is fresh, delicious and better than ever. In the growing food scene in South Pas, Shiro sets the standard. I can't wait to get back there!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
South Pasadena Gem
Delicately prepared food. Great tastes. Attractive presentation. Excellent desserts. The ravioli appetizers were my favorite. The whole catfish was somewhat startling but much enjoyed by our dinner companion. I preferred the sea bass. Great taste without the shock value
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had another fabulous meal!
We had another fabulous meal! It is a such a consistently great restaurant. The menu is always innovative! The service is friendly and not stuffy. Good value! We love Cheryl!' Profiteroles a must!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
some new items on the menu
We have always enjoyed Shiro.... Recently they remodeled and expanded both the physical space and the menu. Always highly recommended for the specials.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and service was excellent, which to me makes a restaurant. I was a little worried at how crowded the place was on a Friday night, but noted my wife and I could easily converse as we enjoyed our meal. We will be going back again as this was our first time trying it out
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always want to try a new dish but can't keep our hands off the cat fish. We tried two appetizers: a lobster spring roll and an oyster dish. The oyster appetizer had a delicious sauce paired with it-- so much so we used the bread to dip (perhaps not the best of manners). The dessert was tasty but the coffee was a bit subpar. We have been visiting Shiro for years (maybe a decade plus?) because of the fried catfish and very friendly service.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was superb and the staff
Food was superb and the staff so knowledgeable about the menu etc.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The shrimp mousse ravioli with mushroom sauce was delicious. The spring roll with lobster, shrimp, and fish was $18 for 1 roll! The filet mignon and chilean sea bass were excellent entrees. The potato gratin served with the entree could have been eaten in 2 bites! Our favorite dessert is creme brulee, but Shiro's version was probably the worst one we've ever had. It was warm, soupy and had fruit hidden within the creme brulee...some of which we didn't like. The service was impeccable. We will definitely return.
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding ambiance, service, and attention. Ribeye steak was fabulous as was the the tuna. Seafood dish was a bit bland, and the sea urchin pasta was "different." We had alot of attention--very friendly and truly caring staff and management. A definite MUST for Pasadena area residents.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been eating here occasional
We have been eating here occasionally for special evenings for many years and have always had food that made the grade.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything - food/service/ambience
Everything - food/service/ambience - was wonderful. Can't wait to go back w/friends.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Will come back again!
The food is delicious and inventive, service is outstanding, ambiance and decor is pleasant.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant and gourmet dining
This small elegant restaurant in South Pasadena offers a wonderful and delicious dining experience. The food and ambience are unsurpassed. The menu changes nightly which is a sign of a talented and creative chef.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Gem in South Pasadena
I have been dining at Shiro for the past 25 years and having just had a lovely dinner there this past weekend, I can say the food is consistently well prepared and delicious. The service is prompt and the wine list more than adequate. The specialty in this restaurant is the deep fried, whole catfish which is really spectacular. Throughout the evening, we saw no less than 10 orders of this wonderful fish being brought to other diners. All in all, Shiro is a fine restaurant worthy of praise.
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful fish, delightful
Wonderful fish, delightful service and an all-around wonderful dining experience. We will be back.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
I have been to this restaurant a number of times; it is always excellent. The food is wonderful. I particularly like seafood, and theirs is the freshest ever! Everything was perfect, including the service. Thank You. I'll continue to visit your restaurant.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had not dined here in years and I don't know what took so long to bring us back. It is not cheap but top quality food well prepared never is. The tuna and cod were outstanding. The perfectly composed vegetable side was crisp and a compliment to the seafood. The stuffed squash blossom was a delightful surprise. And Shiro's version of tiramisu was like finishing the meal with a silken cloud. After sending back a way too sweet rose, our server cheerfully brought a glass of a perfect dry white. Note to Shiro from us rose fans--please something with minerality to compliment your bold seafood preparation!
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for special times.
We don't normally spend much on going out, but decided to come here for a special birthday. It was a low-key but exciting fusion taste experience! We recommend it to all who look for creative and unique palate-pleasers in a welcoming environment.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still really good
i don't eat here very often, but every time i do, i wonder why it's been so long since the last time.
almost every dish is excellent. their truffle dishes are particularly good. the only dish we were disappointed in was the catfish. it is a house specialty but for some reason we never ordered it before. it just wasn't very good, sad to say (dry, underseasoned....)
that having been said, the service is warm and friendly and everything else was delicious.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Give this a try
Great food and service. Wonderful ravioli, catfish and tiramasu..
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM