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Shiro Restaurant
Shiro Restaurant

Shiro Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://restaurantshiro.com/index.html
  • Phone: (626) 799-4774
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner

    Tuesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm; Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French, Contemporary Asian, Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Luis A. Ortega Banuelos, Chef de Cusine
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Most Wednesday Nights: Wednesday Night Bistro. 3 Course Prix Fixe Meal for $35 per person. $5 additional for a glass of wine (per person) .

    Chef's Tasting Thursday through Sunday for 2 or more persons. $85 per person. Wine pairing also available for additional $45 per person.

    Prices exclude Tax and Gratuity.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fair Oaks Ave.
  • Public Transit: South Pasadena Metro Station .4 miles from the Restaurant
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free, easy lot parking
A word from Shiro Restaurant
Restaurant Shiro has been named the Zagat Guide's number one restaurant and is consistently one of the highest rated establishments in the guide (#5 in 2011; #2 for service in 2013). Shiro is summed up by it's ingredients. Menu items are driven by the best available, nothing less is acceptable. Year in and year out, for over 25 years, diners have enjoyed our French and Pacific Rim inspired menu. A tradition of fine dining with excellent, friendly service.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My daughter lives in Las Vegas and whenever she visits, Shiro's is a must. It is always excellent."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Shiro is simply our favorite. The food is always excellent, the service is incredibly attentive. And Sherrill, the co-owner, is the best front of the house you will ever meet. The menu is loaded with favorites they've been serving for years, but there is always something new and exciting to try."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "We were looking for a new place to try out for our 7 year wedding anniversary and found Shiro on Open Table. Located in an unassuming storefront on Mission /Fair Oaks area of South Pasadena, we noticed the linen tablecloths near the window seating, and were pleasantly suprised with the friendly staff and quiet ambience and pleasant background music.For the appetizer, we tried the spinach stuffed ravioli with truffle oil and truffle shavings, amazing!I had the black cod with miso glaze and my wife had the spinach wrapped halibut with champagne sauce. Both were 5 star plates. We will be back again!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Shiro, in South Pasadena, has been around for some time. It never fails to provide welcoming, courteous, and responsive service. The ambiance is genteel, even soothing, but you can tell everybody there is enjoying the experience. The food is consistently fabulous with portions an ideal size. In addition to the items on the menu, there are off-menu specials of appetizers, the main course, and dessert. I invariably order fish, this last time sauteed loup de mer (French sea bass), and my companion tried the roasted John Dory. Both were deemed superb. I also sampled my companion's chestnut dessert and discovered I loved chestnuts. I had a delightful apple tart with ice cream and a caramel sauce. Wines by the class are well chosen."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We brought our mom here for dinner to celebrate her birthday. It's a nice, casual place. Service was wonderful, and the food was really fantastic. It was all delicious but the highlights were two of the specials -- the salmon tartar tacos and the truffle ravioli. The flavors for each dish were perfectly balanced and amazing! Everyone in our party loved the food. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Every time I go there it feels like the first time the food was fantastic fresh tasting, just thinking about it makes my mouth watering. They are always consisted in there food."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Good food - colleagues really enjoyed the Black Cod while I enjoyed a steak. Menu is very limited but dishes were very good. For desert all diners were very satisfied with their choices but my Creme Brule was not good - its served cold and was very runny. Ambience is somewhat lacking with very little decor and therefore atmosphere. Overall good value and great service."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I walk by Shiro Restaurant frequently on my way home from Metro Mission Gold Line Station and always wanted to try this place. On this special occasion we celebrated my wife's birthday with our 20-yr old son. We really enjoyed the food that we ordered to shared; love their stuffed Chinese Ravioli with Shiitake mushroom appetizer, daily special ribeye steak very tender and juicy, and the signature Whole Sizzling Catfish, fried with sliced ginger wedged between the cuts, served with Ponzu sauce looks and tastes as great as it does from the windows whenever I walked by! Service was awesome; manager, waiter and staffs constantly walked by to check with us. Very quiet dinning experience, a must try when you are in city of South Pasadena!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We love this restaurant soooo much!! - we only wish we could afford to go there more often! The owner is so welcoming and sweet... makes us feel like she is welcoming us into her home. The catfish is one of our favorites but every single thing we've tried is not just good but exquisite. We've always had great service, love the specialty drinks and yummy desserts! A great place to go anytime, but it's our go to place for any special occasion, especially Valentine's day!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Shiro's never fails to deliver on great food. The catfish is as good as always but many "specials" such as the black cod, uni linguini,and salmon taco's are excellent. You are always warmly welcomed here at this great neighborhood place."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We've been several times. Immensely enjoyed the tuna tartare and sweetbreads for starters, and the softshell crab and lamb chops for dinner. Service is impeccable but not at all stuffy; in fact, the front of house staff seems to never change. The host has been there all 14 years. The menu is not lengthy, but it is high quality. Two tables sit by the window - ideal for people watching."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Pleasant dinner; a lucky find while visiting South Pasadena."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Great food and service for over 20 years. Best place for fish in the LA area; consistent and superb."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Excellent in every way! One of the best restaurants in Pasadena, and perhaps in all of L.A."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I would highly recommend the ctm. We enjoyed all courses. We devoured every morsel. Wine list had many great selections."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We have been coming here regularly for the last 20 years or so. Although we generally end up with the cat-fish, everything is well prepared and delicious. The wait staff are very friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Always rewarding, we've made Shiro a tradition for celebrating our anniversary. Wonderful food, gracious and attentive service, remarkably friendly staff, an inviting and comfortable space."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food consistently excellent. Service superb. Amazing that they can keep up the quality over the years."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Always an outstanding meal...every bite is special. The atmosphere, the owners, and the waiters/waitresses are the best. Highly recommend going to Shiro. Try the Black Cod...yum!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Did the Chef's tasting menu/dinner with the wine pairings. It was a delightful dinner - excellent food and ideal wine pairings."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My husband did NOT want to go here. He assumed it was ethnic due to the name. Halfway through dinner he stated, "This is a great meal. And the service is good, too." This is not something that he says too often."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Don't come for the ambience.....there are many better places. The fish is wonderful. My personal favorite is the catfish. You must call to make sure it's in stock. Other dishes like the salmon are wonderful. The vegetables are an afterthought. Wine list decent, I'd bring my own and pay the $20 corkage. Lovely quiet restaurant excellent for great food and conversation"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Very attentive service. Food was excellent. We could not ask for more."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The owner greeted us and after sitting us at our table, offered us a glass of champagne as her gift for our anniversary and, later a dessert on the house. We then tried a salmon carpaccio - amazing. Have had nothing like it ever. Our dinners were a twist on the usual - deliciously so! Very attentive staff, creative offerings, attention to detail...a really wonderful place."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Great sea bass last night. One person had the duck and said it was great."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Found this restaurant by typing in "French Restaurant" in Open Table. Not so sure if this was really a "French" restaurant. After all, the deep fried catfish with Ponzu sauce -- a popular dish at this place -- was out of place a bit. Food was so so. Dessert, not worth the calories."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Always enjoy dining at Shiro's, especially for my birthday! Cheryl and the waiters offer the best service in town and the food is absolutely delicious (and always piping hot!)!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We are fairly new to the neighborhood and this was our first dining experience at Shiro. We were not sure what "French/Pacific Rim" might be and decided to give it a try. We chose two different "entre specials" and were very pleased with both - light and flavorful!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I love Shiros. Every person I've taken to Shiros just feels so welcomed and love the food. Excellent wine list too. Each and every dining experience is wonderful. You're made to feel like you're part of Shiros. I have only positive things to say about Shiros food, chefs and staff....I love them all. I dine at Shiros at least 3-4 times a month. We do Easter, Mother's Dat and all our special occasions. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Whenever my daughter visits (from Las Vegas) dining at Shiro Restaurant is a must. Everything was awesome as usual."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Excellent food and wonderful service. Quiet and personable, with wonderful, original flavors. Highly recommended. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "This restaurant has been around for 27 years and for good reasons ...the food and service have been consistently outstanding making this a South Pasadena culinary gem. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Very interesting menu with good food and service. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Shiro Restaurant is one of our favorite "go to" place when we choose to dine out. From the convenience of easy parking to the last bite of the fabulous profiteroles, we have nothing but high praise. We especially enjoy taking our out-of-town guests to Shiro, and they always rave. Great food, great service, convenient location, wonderful attention to details...we truly enjoy this gem."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "High class, high Level cuisine. Nice service. Reminds me of the best of the 90s , fresh fish sourced and prepared with great care."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "A reliable neighborhood choice for many years now."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "First class restaurant. Haven't been here for many years but it still maintains high standards after 27 years. Dined with 6 people and able to enjoy conversation balanced with fine food. Perfect special occasion restaurant."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "This is my second visit, and I'm 2 for 2! Great food, excellent service!"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Unassuming from the outside, Shiros is a wonderful surprise. Romantic atmosphere but still draws families too, food for all tastes that is outstanding, and great service too. It was out first visit but we will go back."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Had the fried catfish, all 3 lbs. Thought I couldn't eat all - but I did (minus the head and tail). I weigh about 100 lbs, so I surprised everyone, including myself. Difficult to choose from so many great sounding dishes on menu. My meal was one of most expensive, but worth the experience !"
    Dined on 3/30/2014