Sushi Roku - Pasadena
Sushi Roku - Pasadena

Sushi Roku - Pasadena

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sushiroku.com/
  • Phone: (626) 683-3000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm, Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm on;

    Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 5:30pm-10:00pm, Friday and Saturday: 5:30pm- 11:00pm

    Happy Hour: Sunday-Tuesday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Wednesday-Saturday: 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Hiroshi Shima
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact our Director of Catering, Sales and Special Events, RuthAnne Gibson at (310)-271-6000 ext. 113 for more information.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accomodate large parties. Please contact the restaurant for more details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Colorado Blvd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 3 hour validated self-parking is available at One Colorado (at Fair Oaks) and valet parking is available at Colorado and Union for both Lunch and Dinner.
A word from Sushi Roku - Pasadena
Sushi Roku Pasadena has transformed the traditional sushi bar experience into a complete dining affair. Guests can enjoy their visit at the sushi bar, one of the hand-made bamboo dining tables adjacent to a trickling waterfall, or escape to the garden patio overlooking the courtyard. Sushi Roku's vast and colorful menu features an array of fresh California sushi, luscious salads, specialty appetizers and hot entrees. Our full service bar offers a variety of hot and cold sake as well as asian martinis and an extensive wine list.
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Sushi Roku - Pasadena reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (30)good for groups (29)hot spot (28)special occasion (27)romantic (24)great for outdoor dining (23)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (16)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (5)notable wine list (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • A Real Gem
    LaurieSVIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The restaurant offers an extensive menu that is both innovative and of standard fare. The Chilean sea bas is the most creative and tasty dish! Service is perfect. Cannot ask for anymore more right in Pasadena.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth it, but pricey.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Went there for their anniversary; so the food was 50% off. Dinner for two was still about 80$, so plan on spending if you go. Food was great, would recommend focusing on appetizers over the rolls though (both were good, appetizers were much more interesting though)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Aldor28
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    This is our first time to eat at Sushi Roku. We decided to give it a try because they were celebrating their 14th anniversary with 50% off their food. We went with another first timer couple. OMG, we were so amazed by the freshness of the seafood. The black cod with miso sauce just melt in your month, we had to quickly make another order of the same dish. The Tofu steak with mushroom is another dish that we enjoyed. We decided to came back the next day and take advantage of the 50% special and the food was Just as good. Yes, we will come back to Sushu Roku and recommend it to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi Roku Rocks
    LASportsNut
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I am a regular and love this place. Great sushi and great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never A Disappointment!
    LASportsNut
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I am a regular at Sushi Roku and once again I had a great meal with great service. I truly appreciate the personnel who work at this location. Thank to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place, great service!
    travelingfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Always love their sushi! Katana roll, spicy tuna on crispy rice, tuna jalepeno roll! YUM! Must go once a week for my fix. Sea Bream sashimi...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love sushi roku. One of our go-tos
    jiffypopVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Specialty rolls are always great (try the Shumi and the the Katana). Service is friendly and they have great suggestions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    SimonsVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner here. Fantastic food...service could be better.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cold baked roll
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    730 Saturday night. The place is rather nice. The oyster shooters were very good as well as a bowl of ramen. My yellowtail was very fresh and tasty as well. The unfortunate portion of this was with the baked lobster roll. When we received it, the roll was barely warm. I would expect a $17 roll to be great. We sent it back and asked to remove it from our bill and the manager was dead set against it. They ended up doing this, but it just seemed that they weren't interested in our business. I never have a problem paying for good sushi, but at those prices, I had higher expectations.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cute date spot
    gandnikVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Sushi Roku used to be a spot we frequented often. The sushi was really good and the patio can't be beat. Now the patio is still amazing and a cool atmosphere. The sushi is not as good as it used to be.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasadena Night Out.
    CollegeBoy24
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The restaurant is fantastic and the food is always great but the service under new management is more than lackluster and that's being nice. They took half an hour to bring one dish and we asked several times as to what was going on with no answer. The server Trinity is lackluster at best. She is not attentive; she is nonchalant and lost in space and quite frankly quite rude. It seems like she doesn't want to be there. It was an awful experience. The food is great but make sure to not get her as a server.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • flavorhorVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Amazing flavors in everything we ordered. The sea bass and popcorn shrimp are over the top delicious. Not your typical popcorn shrimp. Everything so fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Feast, ended up with reg menu
    semifinedining
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Came here with a friend for the Red Feast and Beer Garden Saturday that Pasadena holds. This is their 4th year holding this event. The music and ambience was great. The service was not so great in that it was unattentive. The last time I visited Sushi Roku was back in 2006. I don't recall the server's name but she had told us that we weren't able to order items off the Red Feast while sitting at the patio area. After glancing at the menu, it didn't seem that great compared to their regular menu. The skewers were good, baked cod was good, the Makoto roll was not very good - oversauced in my opinion. Yellowtail sashimi appetizer could've used different seasoning. I will likely not be back for a while as there are other better options.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Sushi and Vide
    LASportsNut
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I am a regular at Sushi Roku in Pasadena and there is a reason. The food, the atmosphere and the staff are great. I highly recommend this location if you are a sushi lover. The prices are a little higher than most places but you are paying for freshness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place Normally
    LASportsNut
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I am a regular here and they normally have great service. However, for some reason this visit they were understaffed. It looked like they may have been in the middle of shift change as I saw a lot of personnel coming and going. It was unfortunate as our waitress was just too busy with too many tables and she was having trouble keeping up with drink orders, let alone food orders. The normal serving staff did not appear to be in place like normal, causing our food order to come out late and sporadic. I was unsure if the chiefs were understaffed as well. I would just say they were having a bad day due to call in's or scheduling issues.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a fave
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Whatever I've had, I love. Service is good too. All around, always a great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Triss
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I had a wonderful experience there. Our server was sweet always checking to make sure if we were enjoying our meal and always inquired if any additional items were needed. I didn't even ask but the server surprised us with a delicious sorbet with a candle for my husband's birthday. They even wrote on the plate (in chocolate) "Happy Birthday" and personalized it with his name. Above and beyond altogether a wonderful experience. Not to mention the food was delicious and fresh, it's rare to find a good sushi restaurant-- yet this one had AMAZING sushi. Everything was fresh, even the simplest sushi we ordered melted in your mouth. We had to try the King Crab Fried Rice-- I've never had anything better. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 438 reviews are from the Sushi Roku - Pasadena reviews archive.
  • Megustacomer
    Megustacomer
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Consistently good sushi. Love the spicy edamame. Service always friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We arrived on Saturday Evening at 6pm and sat at the bar (it was Happy Hour and not crowded). We had to ask for service on 3 separate occasions. Our server only came by after requesting her. It was like we didn't exist. Food was good but service was terrible. Very disappointed!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DineLa
    RandiC
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Great location in old town Pasadena, great Prix Fixe Menu, friendly servers , hands down the best sushi I've had in a while! Only drawback was the service lagged a bit even at 5 before the big dinner rush. Must try the king crab sushi with the champagne butter it was heaven
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, a little expensive
    carol
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Their dineLA menu is really well chosen, you can have a taste of everything. But it's a little expensive. I wish they gave us the option of skipping the dessert, which is good but not amazing. Their food is Japanese-Mexican fusion, which is interesting, so a lot of sushis have avocado, guacamole, etc. I loved to tuna with truffles and the king crab with sauce. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it
    Dee923
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Overpriced for mediocre food. I was hoping the service would make up for it, but that was also disappointing..
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Good
    SushiRokuPasadena
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been there before and enjoyed it. This time was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had an excellent experience
    Donna
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I had wanted to dine here for some time, but it is pricey. Luckily Dine LA week coincided with our anniversary week. Our server Michael could not have been nicer or more attentive and even brought us a special (extra) plate and decorated our dessert plate with "Happy Anniversary".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fish and decor
    LightsOut
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Compared with some other sushi places, like neighbor Kabuki, Roku delivers really high quality fish. High grade sushi with great, friendly and energetic service make Roku a fun place to dine. The decor is fun and elegant. Overall Roku delivers a great dining and entertainment experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful food
    SteakloverVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Not been to Sushi Roku for awhile and now I know why. Wow what happend to their food!!! The prices have gone up and the portions have gotten smaller. I'm not one to complain about price I will pay if the food is great. We order a lot of items, but let me tell you that with every dish one was worst then the other. There were 3 of us which my husband does not eat seafood so he opted to order the chicken dish they have on the menu. He asked the server what he thought of the dish and even the server said it is nothing special in which after he tried it said he was right. I dont think we will every be back here again. There are a lot better sushi spots even if you have to pay higher prices at least you get eddible food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great solid place
    DGEGCGVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    always good, always consistent. it is a great place in a great neighborhood.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't Go Wrong Sushi
    LASportsNut
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I have been to Sushi Roku over 40 times. This place is a gem. I love the food, the service, and the atmosphere. The prices are not the cheapest you will find, but you get what you pay for. Great place for a first date or a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good sushi, so-so service
    PLMWVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We have dined at Sushi Roku many times. It's always reliable for good sushi, but recently the service levels have really dropped. It just takes too long and the servers are not well-informed, which is not good in a sushi restaurant. We will be looking for a new higher end sushi place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food and friendly service
    BayAreaVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Sushi Roku has a nice outdoor and indoor setup. The food and service are always exceptional!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bad service
    alfmetals
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    It was hard to get the attention of wait staff. Food was so poorly timed. Two of us finished all of our food before the other two got theirs. Even when we pointed this out, it took another 10 minutes for the foodless diners to get anything. We mentioned the issue to the manager, who apologized but made no offer to make it up to us. When we finally wrangled someone to give us our check because we were going to be late for a movie, the waitress asked if we wanted a dessert because we'd had to wait. Too late! Being proactive in making up for the poor service would have helped them earn some points back. Food was fine. Unremarkable. Muscle was left on scallop sashimi.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Experience
    Ossie
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Celebrated daughter's graduation, Roku was the nearest sushi. Had a mediocre experience at the branch on 3rd years a go, so we were reluctant, not fond of chain restaurants,However this was surprisingly pleasant. Had to remind hostess about the event(do they ever read notes-what's the point?)she acknowledge that, yet did not congratulate. Inversely our server was fantastic, attentive , knowledgable, recommended some good rolls and sake. Spicy tuna was not spicy and just ok but the speciality rolls were fresh and delicious. Prices r reasonable, especially the vast sake selection, atmosphere is more of a restaurant than a bar and decor was fine, a bit dark(no photos on site). A good choice for someone living in the area. Felt a bit touristic
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal, some small issues
    GoodMPG
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Two couples looking to enjoy another terrific meal at one of our favorite places. One chair at the first table can't be pulled out unless you want to sit among the rocks. No problem, move to a good table. Order a pear martini from their drink menu. Sorry, no pears on Monday. No problem, plenty of good cocktails still to be had. Order a nice bottle of French white wine. Sorry, out of that wine. Eventually settle on a bottle of white from the by-the-glass list. Fortunately, the server is very sweet about all this and the meal is fantastic. Great sashimi, fresh and tasty. Amazing soft shell crab and toro rolls. Dessert is three large profiteroles with a rich vanilla ice cream. A possible bad experience saved by a good server!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Megustacomer
    Megustacomer
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Decent sushi. Very good service. More noise than I like but not bad
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    JanL
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food was great, ambiance was great, service was great and the place was packed! Just a bit noisy for conversation. I didn't realize there was a TV at the bar and a Kings playoff game. You know the rest. ;)
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    LaurieSVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    My family went to celebrate a special birthday. The restaurant did not disappoint. Food was excellent and beautifully served. The service was attentive and professional. I would definitely go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • IMPRESSED
    PassAmbassadorVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I appreciate your hospitality Saturday night. I had such a great time. This was only my second time dining at your restaurant so I had no idea how diverse and delicious your menu was. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding! I definitely reccommend this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance with great food
    Frequentdiner365VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Sushi roku offers great sushi, great grilled items and overall a consistent and inviting experience. Staff works hard to please, Lance our server was impeccable and John the busboy was attentive and professional. Sushi and oysters are always fresh and portions are perfect. The black cod was delicious and perfectly tender, something I would definitely recommend and get again. Can't wait to go back to Sushi roku.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and experience!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Lucky enough to get a last minute reservation on Mother's day. 2:30 pm was a good lucky time. My daughter and I loved you. We were bummed you were out of the oysters. Love oysters and heard your is awesome. We will be back again soon. Everything was great. Our host Brian was super friendly and knowledgeable. He recommended the kobe beef with asparagus and it was delicious. The tofu appetizer was so cool and so good. So many different tastes. Everything was good, the sushi, appetizers. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!! Arigato gozaimasu!!! See you again real soon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bamboo beauty
    FoodmavenVIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Great sashimi and shisito peppers. Teriyakis not so good. Bargain lunch
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.