Shiro Restaurant
Shiro Restaurant

Shiro Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://restaurantshiro.com/index.html
  • Phone: 6267994774x
  • 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 Asian, Pan-Asian, Contemporary French
  • 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: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Shiro Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)special occasion (52)neighborhood gem (47)romantic (23)good for groups (20)notable wine list (14)kid-friendly (12)hot spot (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Not up to your Reviews!
    ToughluvVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Where was the "French"? Where was the potato puree under my delicious John Dory? Where was a "decent" table for 2 not in the line of fire of either the wait staff ingress/egress or the Mens Room? Probably the best "bussing" in Pasadena/South Pas....probably not one of the better expensive meals in town..yet we'll try again...because the parking was easy/free...the "welcome" and wait staff friendly.... please spring for some better stainless utensils...and please improve your wine and beer selections...and next time, please offer some sparkling water...you'd have generated even more $s than our $190 for two...did I really pay that much!?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    great,great,great in every way.supberb food.great wine list at reasonable prices.perfect service.friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jmk2VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Their signature catfish dish ti outstanding and should not be missed! The atmosphere, service, selection of special dishes makes this a restaurant that regulars really love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappoints
    SPResident
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Shiro's is consistently superior with their food and service. We had a birthday celebration for our last visit and they made the evening memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent As Always
    Cali
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My daughter lives in Las Vegas and whenever she visits, Shiro's is a must. It is always excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a joy
    mindaluv
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    Jermeister
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Count on it
    drlljVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food!
    forkandknife08
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shiro's keeps it's high standards
    Palate
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    PauliVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining in South Pasadena
    tonyleu
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites!
    CC66Foodies
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    GourmetdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner by the window
    SJ90042
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lucky neighborhood
    dinerVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Pleasant dinner; a lucky find while visiting South Pasadena.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great food and service for over 20 years. Best place for fish in the LA area; consistent and superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Excellent in every way! One of the best restaurants in Pasadena, and perhaps in all of L.A.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Chef's Tasting Menu
    Kimi
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I would highly recommend the ctm. We enjoyed all courses. We devoured every morsel. Wine list had many great selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RicknDee
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal at Shiro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    Laurasf
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food consistently excellent. Service superb. Amazing that they can keep up the quality over the years.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding!
    PhyllisVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Leslie
    winefoodluv
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Did the Chef's tasting menu/dinner with the wine pairings. It was a delightful dinner - excellent food and ideal wine pairings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal, great service
    Melcotton
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always the catfish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Grad dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Very attentive service. Food was excellent. We could not ask for more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for our Anniversary
    ATeam
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bistro Dinner
    HankVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Great sea bass last night. One person had the duck and said it was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not so French
    Faturday
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Girl at Shiro's
    ShirosBirthdayGirl
    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!)!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice surprise in neighborhood
    Gary
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Part of the family
    Luvshiros
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 172 reviews are from the Shiro Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great Food
    Cali
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Whenever my daughter visits (from Las Vegas) dining at Shiro Restaurant is a must. Everything was awesome as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Asian fusion
    Jimmie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Excellent food and wonderful service. Quiet and personable, with wonderful, original flavors. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eternal Gem
    GlenK
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Dining
    Dick
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Very interesting menu with good food and service. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    Anna
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classy old school
    SethVIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    High class, high Level cuisine. Nice service. Reminds me of the best of the 90s , fresh fish sourced and prepared with great care.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • warm atmoshere/great food
    mfoodie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    A reliable neighborhood choice for many years now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.