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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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The food is absolutely delicious no matter what you order. I would also recommend the creme brûlée for dessert. The service is outstanding!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We love this place. The food is always fantastic. The staff is always very friendly. I always get the ribeye when they offer it. It is one of my favorite steaks anywhere. If the ribeye isn't available, I reccomend the whole deep fried catfish. For dessert I always get the profiteroles, they are excellent."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We love Shiro Restaurant in South Pasadena! The food is always delicious, expertly prepared, and presented. The owners and wait staff are excellent and make the dining experience so enjoyable. If you have not tried Shiro, do so. You won't be disappointed!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Really bland, not particularly interesting food. The signature fried catfish was almost flavorless; for a better version in Pasadena try Parkway Grill. Second visit, same impressions both times. Not going to be a third."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "This restaurant is not in my neighborhood (sure wish it was!), but I've eaten here twice. Both times were memorable. Service is warm & wonderful, & the food is sublime. If fate gives me another occasion to dine here, I certainly will grab the chance."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Everyone was lovely, on the phone and once our party arrived and was seated. Food was amazingly good, and everything had an original take. We often use the Parkway Grill for our special occasions, but Shiro was actually quiet enough to have table conversation, in addition to being fresh and innovative. I will be delighted to dine at Shiro again."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We ate at a few good restaurants on our recent trip to Southern California, (from Oregon), this was by far the best. All the dishes were excellent. The truffle ravioli appetizer was sensational. The service was great and the ambiance quiet and understated. All in all a very lovely experience. Thank you!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have never had bouillabaisse that came close to Shiro;s. Scallops, clams, mussels, shrimp and red snapper were each simply perfect. My daughter enjoyed the shrimp appetizer and ravioli and said they could not have been better. Service is wonderful. A truly fine dining experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014