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Permanently Closed - KiYEMON Ramen Japanese Cuisine

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111 reviews
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$30 and under
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Ramen
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. Kiyemon Ramen, Poke, Sushi is operating under the award winning SEI Japanese Cuisine - has been serving some of the best Ramen, sushi & sake in Pasadena. Well known for our incredibly fresh fish & exceptional sake and savory appetizers, we have earned 2 Michelin Recommendations and have been named a top Japanese Restaurant in North America by Zagat. Please do stop by to satisfy your culinary needs. Please try our new style Ramen and Poke menu.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Ramen, Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Monday to Saturday: 11:30AM - 2:30PM / 4:30PM - 9:30PM
Sunday: 4:30PM - 9:30PM
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Phone number
(626) 744-1751
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Kiyemon/SEI can cater your next event, from large to small; from formal to casual. We offer drop-off services as well as a fully staffed event coordination. Each event is individually tailored to your specific need.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lake
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Parking details
Street or lot parking. In the City of Pasadena, you can park anywhere that is not red after 5pm. There is also public parking on Mentor Sreet which North East side from restaurant behind.
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Special events & promotions
We host & arrange & participate in Sake & Wine Pairing Events, Festivals, Fundraisers and private parties.
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.1
food
4.1
service
3.7
ambience
3.6
value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on December 17, 2016

I have been here many times and really loved it. This time, food seemed to have taken a MAJOR step backwards in quality.

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1.0Dined on November 14, 2016

They totally ripped me off =( I tried the $48 omakase sushi set but it does not come with any of the premium pieces at all.

For $48, you get 2 x lean tuna, 1 x scallop, 1 x squid, 1 x salmon roe, 2 x seabream, 1 x lean yellowtail, 1 x salmon, 1 x regular cooked shrimp. It is very different from the omakase set photo posted, which should come with premium pieces like ( shako, uni, toro, yellowtail toro, crab, clam... )

Please be careful before ordering any expensive items, or AT LEAST check with the sushi chef with the photos BEFORE ordering so that you know exactly what you are getting.

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3.0Dined on August 13, 2016

Not the best sushi in town. And the service is even worse. I've tried this place before and service was horrible, but we thought we would try it one last time. But sorry to say it was just as disappointing. We won't be back.

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2016

Don't go there on a hot day the AC is weak. Basic Sushi no fancy rolls. Very good food overall

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2016

sushi platter uninspired, fish too thick to chew, persistent vinegary flavor

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2016

Sushi so good that I just can't get enough of! Definitely recommend!

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2016

We enjoyed the friendliness of the staff and their quick service. However, the food was not great and the restaurant itself seemed a little run down. Given their location and price, our judgment of the restaurant rested on the food which did not impress us.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2016

Tomo-san, great chef recommends some nice dishes. Everything is fresh and authentic and service was very relaxing. Bring your own Sake as corkage is very reasonable. Recommend all locals to try as location is little dark but a lot easier than to finding parking in old town.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2016

The sushi was excellent! Very fresh and the portions are good sized. Great service as well. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2016

This place was recommended and although the atmosphere isn't the most cozy the food is out of this world! Some of the best dishes I have ever had. I highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2015

Sushi was terrific a grade A. the teriyaki sauce for the chicken was homemade and it was unbelievable. Go here and support a great restaurant

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2015

Loved the ambiance and the food was great! Definitely will eat here again

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5.0Dined on October 23, 2015

Love sitting at the bar , but for some reason not available for 4
We had a great service though at the table

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2.0Dined on September 8, 2015

If you're in the neighborhood go for it; otherwise,,,,,

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2.0Dined on May 30, 2015

This restaurant, although recommended, was horrible. It suffers in all respects: food, service and ambiance. Be forewarned.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2015

I love Japon Bistro. It's my go-to sushi bar in Pasadena. I tend to rely on the chef to bring me his recommendation and this time was no exception.
The sake tasting tray is highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2015

Absolutely an incredible dining experience with great service and friendly staff... and the food is wonderful. Will be back very soon.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

Excellent service and food was delicious. At the time we left it was getting busy as it was on Saturday night.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2014

We had a lovely dinner for a Christmas Eve. treat. Friendly staff. Great food.

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5.0Dined on December 16, 2014

We feasted on the pork belly appetizer, the Target Roll and the New Age roll.
All were delicious!
The wait staff was very friendly and attentive and the ambience in the restaurant is great, as well.
I'm embarrassed to say that in all the years I have been in Pasadena, I had not tried Japon Bistro before, but I will most assuredly be going back and recommending to my friends!

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5.0Dined on December 4, 2014

Restaurant has a good menu, ample servings and variety of dishes. Fish was fresh, nicely presented. Service was great. My husband and I will return.

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2014

For years our standard of excellence was Kibuki. But this was much better. The service was terrific as the sushi chef was continually checking with us as was the waitress. My wife enjoyed the chicken teriyaki and tempura! Will be going back soon!

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3.0Dined on November 15, 2014

Better than last time I went, but nowhere near as good as it used to be.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2014

OUR VISIT TO JAPON BISTRO RESULTED FROM A PROMOTIONAL OFFER.WE WERE PLEASED TO DISCOVER A CHARMING RESTAURANT WITH FINE FOOD AND A CONSIDEATE AND ATTENTIVE STAFF.

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2014

We saw some types of sushi on the menu that we hadn't seen at other restaurants. The server was very good at explaining the taste of each of those unfamiliar dishes. We tried all three, they were all good and the ocean trout is a new favorite of ours that we will definitely order again when we come back. We also had the sushi dinner entree. Of course those were the more familiar types of sushi, but a nice variety. It was all fresh and the pieces of fish on the sushi were generous. The only minor complaint that I have is that a few of the sushi had wasabi on them already (between the rice and the fish). You can always add wasabi if you like it, but it's hard to take off if you don't like it, so it would be better to leave the choice to me.

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2014

We started with an appetizer: drunken mushrooms and scallops. My husband liked it, but I was disappointed. For $11, it was boring and bland with miniature scallops. We had the sushi nigiri plates. The sushi is good; fresh and generous sized pieces. There is a bar by the front door. Some man was drunk and noisy. I don't blame the restaurant, but it wasn't pleasant.

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3.0Dined on August 24, 2014

This is my 3rd at Japon B.The other times were Sat night, this time Sun night.The 1st time, service was ok b/c the owner was there to make things hop.Now only 2 waitresses were there and had raise my hand like I am in class 3X, 2X to refill my tea, 1X for a doggy bag.She came back with 3 styrofoam box and she told me she will be back to bring a bag for the box that never came.Mind you, there was two waitresses and only one other table with guest.That is a 1-to-1 ratio.The owner needs to hire semi-pro staff when he is gone.The place is old and needs to have a brighter redo.The dark Japanese restaurant look is dated.New lighter paint,lighting,remove of floating dusty ceiling thing,redo bar area will freshen it up.++ for Kenji's sake flight!

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4.0Dined on August 19, 2014

Top qualifty food; highly recommend the generous chirashi bowl and the hamachi collar.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2014

Dined at many Socal Japanese restaurants. I will rate Japon Bistro in top 5%. Food & service excellent.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2014

We tried Japon Bistro through Dine L.A. We Love, Love, Loved it! Plan to return soon. We went for a late lunch on Friday and both the service and food was great. The special Dine LA menu had a great offering and we could barely finish all that we ordered. The sushi and sashimi literally melted in our mouths.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2014

This is one of our favorite sushi places. Never a disappointment.

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2014

This bistro in downtown Pasadena has some great lunch specials that include soup, salad, rice and entrees. They also have a great selection of sushi and sashimi. One of my favorites is the Southwestern roll, which has just the right amount of spicy flavors.

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4.0Dined on June 27, 2014

The chef made even my favorite dish better than I have ever had it.

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3.0Dined on June 27, 2014

The waiter/waitress are nice and friendly, and the recommandation is also good. Only thing to improve I believe is to add the desert menu onto it. Without some desert, the great dinner seems incomplete, feels like something is missing to make the experience perfect.

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2014

the service was very good. however, the sushi was not fresh. only the salmon was fresh.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2014

recently took several friends to celebrate their June birthdays. I was a bit concerned at first as there weren't many other patrons and the menu had changed since the last time we visited. The sushi, however, did not disappoint.. in fact, one friend asked "who does he sleep with to get this kind of fish." They bring out the most amazing flavors in the fish, no extra sauce or adornment needed. Plus, Sapporo on draft, and the range of sake offerings are beyond compare in Pasadena. This is our "special occasion" sushi place, and we always leave happy and satisfied.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2014

Fresh fish, good presentation, good service. Couldn't ask for more.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2014

It was an okay place. The food was not noteworthy. Good service. Prices were reasonable.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2014

This is the first time we ate at Japon Bistro. The food was good. We had the Sushi Plates.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2014

I was so pleased at discovering this place. Delicious food and good sized cuts of fish. Out of uni, but that's okay! Enjoyed it very much.

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