We were looking for a place for 8 people to replace AKA for Wednesday nights before Playhouse performances. Four couples each bring a bottle of wine. AKA always waived their corkage charge, Akira wants $20 for the first bottle and $30 for each additional. Sorry, that kills our plan. We'll come again, but by ourselves.
One of my favorite restaurant for brunch! Quality is top notch and absolutely delish.
Maison Akira offers a delightful mixture of French and Japanese cuisine. The unusual dishes are very well prepared and beautifully displayed. We have dined here many times over the years and always enjoy the "different" experience Akira offers. It's quite pricey, but one does not expect otherwise from a quality restaurant like this . It has a quiet and refined atmosphere with beautiful classical music in the background. Other than their regular menu, the restaurant offers set menus that can be ordered by itself or with wine pairing. We highly recommend it for people who like a more classic European environment, excellent service, and a menu that is somewhat unique.
Great food, but on this visit, the service was slow and mixed up
The food was exceptional, the service was gracious, and the ambience was understated elegance. We were there on a weeknight when it was not crowded, but the dining areas have a feeling of spaciousness instead of tables squeezed together. The noise was muted and conversation did not necessitate straining. This is a special occasion place, but most enjoyable. We will be back.
Consistently good. We always enjoy dining at Maison Akira.
Authentic and modern French cuisine, i.e. lighter, slightly "fusion" more than traditional French, impeccable taste and presentation in elegant atmosphere with wonderful staff, great waiters and manager -Alex is particularly excellent.
Expensive of course, but its elegance and perfect cuisine make the cost worthwhile
Very memorable dining experience. Thank you! Sea bass was so tender and the Bento box full of delight. Dessert alone (baked Alaska) was worth the trip.
Everything about this place was perfect. The food choices are varied enough that we want to go back. My husband had the four course prix fixed menu and I had a starter and entree. The food was amazing and plentiful. Our waitress had a French accent and was able to help us pick a wine that went with both our meals. The service was the right amount of checking in and clearing without being annoying. The decor and seating was fancy, but cozy and welcoming.
This restaurant never disappoints. The food is terrific. The wine pairing is always "right on". The staff is appropriately attentive in providing service. We like to choose this location for those special occasions when we want to pamper ourselves with the food and service.
It was exceptional. Service and quality of food. The manager Christine was amazingly nice and generous. I’m looking forward to visiting again
We went to Maison Akira for our 24th anniversaries. Their services were very polite and all of foods tasted great! Thanks chef!!
Great food. Great service. One of the places to eat in Pasadena.
Extremely bad service
And mediocre food
The Chef should not brag having worked with Joel Robuchon
Or claim that if not well done the leg of Lamb is to hard !
And one other negative the toilets hygiene is B-
Didn't care for the buffet which was our only option despite what was noted on the website. Food was cold and beef was full of fat. Not appetizing
French with an Asian flair everything was wonderful!
Visited Maison Akira for DineLA. The set menu was very good, but the service we received left much to desired. At one point I poured my own glass of water from a nearby pitcher. Took half an hour to have our order taken. Additionally, we were sat in a stuffing dining room complete with toddlers and babies dining at nearby tables. We promptly asked to be moved.
Won't be back.
The food was delicious and the ambiance was exquisite! Andrew was our server and he made sure my Mom’s 75th Birthday dinner was special. Gustavo also helped us a lot last night and he was very kind and patient with us.
Wonderful every time!
Very disappointing. Food was average quality. Service was slow and well below expectations. Overpriced for what you get.
came here for dine LA to celebrate my birthday. the food was amazing! got the braised angus beef short ribs for the main course and i was so glad i did. the beef was so tender and soft. so delicious! service was great! their customer service was on point. the place was small but very cute. french themed. i would definitely recommend coming here and will definitely be back!
Always looking forward to Maison Akira. Nice intimate setting. As always, the warm breads/butter and amuse bouche are always a welcome touch! As tempting as the bento box is (tasted it before and loved it!), the DineLA menu was awesome. Of particular note is the sautéed shrimp – inventive, very generous, very tasty, very well executed! Please bring that back once in a while. Duck was good and the short rib bourguignon was a pleasant surprise, very tasty! Still a great dinner! The apple tart with vanilla ice cream was delicious!
May be the worst service I have ever had at a restaurant. Longer and longer delays between each course. Water glasses empty with no one around to refill. Finally, after waiting over half an hour for dessert (main course plates cleared away long ago) we finally got a servers attention and asked for the check and the desserts to go. Got home and they were not even the desserts we ordered. Would NOT recommend this place to anyone.
Food was tasteless and I didn’t finish and end up need to go to buy food at another place
Food was amazing at reasonable price. Only wish they could be more attentive and serve food at faster pace.
Very good foods
My wife and I have dined here on several occasions and have enjoyed great service and wonderful food. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoys excellent food and service.
We have dined here several times for special occasions & absolutely love it. The menu is a fusion of Japanese/French/international & everything comes together beautifully. However, on this occasion the wonderful rack of lamb was accompanied by a melange of vegetables that contained an extremely hot Japanese pepper. The roof of my mouth felt like it was burning off, there was a searing, tingling inside my lips, tears streamed from my eyes & my voice became a croak. I had to stop eating for 10 minutes while I waited for these symptoms to disappear. I mentioned all this a little later to the maitre d' (the chef's wife, I believe). She said that one in ten of this particular pepper is extremely hot, so I was the unlucky one, especially as I have a gastro-intestinal health problem which prohibits me from eating anything spicy or hot. I do wish that there were a warning about this pepper on the menu.
Nevertheless, we will return to Maison Akira, but next time we will carefully & thoroughly enquire about any dish we might consider ordering, though this should not be necessary.
Restaurant needs to do some interior design modifications.
Food was prepared well but service was lacking - waited 45 min for our entree - will not go back
Tried Akira Saturday night. Had the chef's menu and I can't say any of the dishes were memorable. All items had too much sauce, including the sashimi. Service was very slow. Too a long time to finish our dinner. I didn't enjoy the meal or the price. Definitely will not be returning.
Went for a thanksgiving dinner. We love french food. Everything was great except the turkey. Very disappointing. Nothing special about it.
Resentment on a Plate. With our grown kids not in town, we wanted to go to have a fine dining experience for our thanksgiving meal. The restaurant had a 3-course dinner for the evening that began with an amuse-bouche -- a chunk of pork belly in a sweet BBQ type sauce. It lacked any refinement, was difficult to eat with the small spoon provided, and was chewy. But it did prepare us (as an amuse-bouche is intended to) for what to expect the rest of the evening. We paid an additional cost to the fixed price to enjoy the foie gras as the first course. Unfortunately, the foie gras was unremarkable, lacked a proper sear, and the accompanying bits (pear? mushroom?) did little to add any sparkle to the dish. The busboy cleared our table completely I guess believing we had already had our main course. After a very long time my husband's rib eye arrived blue (supposed to be medium rare) along with my order of sea bass (we agreed that the food was convention-fare). The waiter showed up halfway through the course with our desserts in hand. "Premature?" he asked. "Clearly," we responded. The apple pie had a wet crust and tasteless apples. The waiter was friendly, if inept, but the rest of the staff seemed almost hostile, perhaps wishing to be at their own homes for the holiday. The meal was so disappointing, particularly as the restaurant at one time was considered to be one of the finest in Pasadena. We will not be returning.
Terrible food and service. Worst sea bass I've ever had. And service was equally terrible. First, the waiter took my husband's order before mine--something that true fine establishments do not do. Second, the reservation was for 4 people. We checked in 15 minutes early, and yet, when our table was ready 25 minutes later, the table had been set for only three people. Third, when we ordered the Grand Marnier souffle, the waiter made a face and asked whether we know what Grand Marnier is. Who doesn't know, and why would he ask that question? It's both bizarre and insulting. Fourth, instead of saying goodbye to us at the end of the meal or even bringing our check to us, our waiter was busy chatting away in French with some other guests. I don't see why anyone has given this place a good review.
Service was EXTREMELY slow, food was underdone and incorporated too many Indian influences, not French or Japanese. If I want Indian food I would eat at an Indian restaurant. If I want French/Japanese fusion I know not to eat here in future.
We had a delightful evening, and were able to enjoy meal in a busy restaurant without having to shout across the table to hear each other's conversation. The wait staff were appropriately prompt and polite without being intrusive in any way. The Maitre'd was very charming in a really French manner. One of my family's best ever dinner's out.
We went there to have a thanksgiving dinner. There was a fixed special menu with 3 courses. The first one was ok, the main one was awful (we couldn't eat it) and the dessert wasn't good. Nice service but the food was bad. Certainly wasn't worth the price - 70 per person.
Very disappointed in this restaurant. We went for Thanksgiving dinner. The appetizer was delicious but the main courses, roast turkey and steak, and the desserts did not meet our expectations. The meal was not worth the expensive fixe prix cost.
Great atmosphere and delicious food. Just a bit pricey
Great variety of cuisines. Combinations of spices and ingredients were noteworthy