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About Maison Akira

Owner and Chef, Akira Hirose, has created an exquisite menu featuring French cuisine with a Japanese flair.
In this casual, but elegant atmosphere, one can experience fine dining with an international flair. Akira takes personal interest in preparing each selection with the freshest ingredients for a culinary delight. Chef Akira's specialties include Grilled Duck Foie Gras, Miso Marinated Grilled Chilean Sea Bass, and Roasted Rack of Lamb in a Rosemary Sauce.

713 E. Green St.
Pasadena, CA 91101
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French, Japanese

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner: Wednesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Buffet Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
Monday and Tuesday CLOSED

Cross Street:
El Molino

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 796-9501

Website:
http://www.maisonakira.net/

Catering:
Chef Hirose will come and cater an elegant meal in your home. Please see http://www.maisonakira.net for contact information and pricing.

Parking Details:
We validate for 1 hour free with dinner in the Arcade Lane Parking lot adjacent to our restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Akira Hirose

Private Party Facilities:
We can accommodate parties from 20-50 people with advanced booking arrangements. Please call the restaurant for more information and availability.

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Maison Akira will be offering a special 4 course set menu ONLY tonight. $100 per person food only, $160 with wine pairing. Our regular menu is NOT available tonight.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Maison Akira will be offering a special 4 course set menu ONLY tonight. $110 per person food only, $160 with wine pairing. Our regular menu is NOT available tonight.

Maison Akira Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

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77% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (12)
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Fit for Foodies (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Cozy (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Worth the Drive (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Good for Anniversaries (7)
Authentic (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Business Meals (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was prepared well but service was lacking - waited 45 min for our entree - will not go back

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Went for a thanksgiving dinner. We love french food. Everything was great except the turkey. Very disappointing. Nothing special about it.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great atmosphere and delicious food. Just a bit pricey

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great variety of cuisines. Combinations of spices and ingredients were noteworthy

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great place for dinner. Unique food choices.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

This was a relatively enjoyable experience. However, I felt as if the waiter was hurrying us along the entire time that we were there. It was also disappointing to learn on arriving that there was not a full bar. That is, they offered only wines.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent French-Japanese fusion. Will go back again.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Le restaurant le plus precocieux de Los Angeles! If anyone remembers the former Chez Sateau, then you will know what I mean when I say that Maison Akira does not quite make it as a classical French restaurant with an Asian (Japanese) flavor. Sateau was among the great Tables du Monde. Akira unfortunately falls short.
The ambiance is quiet with classical music playing lightly in the background. The hostess on the other hand is a bit loud and grating. The menu is extensive featuring fish, fowl and meat in a variety of choices. We had the signature miso marinated Chilean sea bass and the equally signature rack of lamb. Both were excellent beyond words and very well priced, surprisingly on the low end. The bass was succulent and rife with a myriad of flavors including lemon, ginger and miso. The lamb was also succulent and tender as a mother's heart. Cooked to a perfect medium rare, the bordeaux glaze added greatly to a marvelous taste of savory meat. Akira should however, not hide an ever so hot pepperoncini in the vegetables. It simply does not match the otherwise mouth watering experience and it threatens to turn this house of supposed haute cuisine into a taco stand.
The hidden peppers were only one of a few disappointments. The wine list is over priced and under represented, favoring lesser known chateaux and vintages. The amuse bouche was simply awful. It was a masquerade of caviar. Actually it was roe stewed in eggplant; not a good choice. It should be done away with immediately.
At the end of the dinner, we both agreed that the entrees made the event, but we are uncertain that they warrant a second visit.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The restaurant never disappoints!
Everything we have had there were all great!
The food combines the best of French and Japanese cuisine - the 2 best cuisines in the world!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Enjoyed their 19th Anniversary Wagyu Beef Dinner. A memorable event.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 15, 2017

It was perhaps the best buffet that I've been to in that they that made the decision to include only small amounts of very interesting and exquisitely made food. Instead of a giant tub of things to rifle through on a huge catering chafing dish as I expected, it's all plated nicely in small amounts on the table. As food is taken, it's quickly replaced by freshly made food from the kitchen, so that none of what's there sits very long. Chef and owner Akira himself stood at the carving table to serve you the best cuts of lamb and beef, and he watches what gets taken or moved out of place. I saw him regularly go walk out and fuss over the plating and arranging things neatly back into place. In this way, even though it's a very small amount of space, there is a huge variety of food and each little hors d'oeuvre sized morself is beautifully done. From freshly made nigiri sushi and makizushi, to roast rosemary lamb, there is an attention to detail that made me really surprised at the price range. e.g. You get endless mimosa / champagne for only an additional $3! This has to be the best value in the Pasadena area. My senior aged parents were so surprised and had the best time. (There's a discount for 65+! And children under 3 are free.) What a tremendous achievement!

The service was very attentive; servers came by regularly to exchange plates for fresh ones and of course, to top off that mimosa.

Make sure to come exactly at 11am when the restaurant opens as you'll get the best variety of selection of nigiri sushi that way. Since there's not a lot of space, it is not the same stuff that gets replated - there's a rotating selection that is placed as food is taken.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Went to Maison Akira for my birthday and it was also their 19th Anniversary of being in business, so Chef Akira had prepared a special fixed menu for the evening. The highlight for me was the tender and steak Wagyu that you could cut with a fork. Chef Akira makes the best sauces for all his meat and vegetable dishes. You never know what delicious flavor of mousse or sauce awaits you. The lobster was delicious with it's own special sauce. Another favorite was a soup that was tasty and amazing, not your average wonton soup, but a delight and I plan on calling ahead next time we go there so Chef Akira can prepare for us in advance, which they will do if you have a favorite on the menu. The service is superb with avid attention paid to water and coffee refills. Maison Akira is the place to go for that special day!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Finally got to Maison Akira's Sunday brunch, which did not disappoint: leg of lamb and roast beef cooked to medium rare perfection, excellent fresh sushi and rolls, chawan mushi in just right tiny cups, plus 2 glasses of delicious champagne, coffee, and dozens of wonderful desserts--cheesecake, pecan pie, macaroons, chocolate mousse--tiny tastes, just the right size to be able to taste several different desserts without filling up too much. We drove from Palos Verdes, 1 hour to the restaurant, but this restaurant/cuisine is worth it. The only thing that disappointed, but was caught too late, was that we were charged full price, not the senior rate even though it was clear that all of us were way over 62--how about 20 years over? The server wasn't careful about this, so overcharged us. Still, I would recommend this chef and restaurant, one of my favorites in all of Los Angeles!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Afternoon Tea, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We've been here several times and the food is always so good. The brunch is a good value for the amount of delicious food you get. Come hungry! Come back for the dinners. There are special menus periodically.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 23, 2017

The dinner courses were well prepared. From the dish presentation to the taste of the each entree. Great way to enjoy all the best dishes on the menu.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

Four stars overall. Food was executed well, with one or two mistakes. The lobster bisque flavor was good, but someone forgot to pick over the lobster meet for shells and cartilage. I found both in my soup. Not necessary a showstopper, but certainly did take away from the course. Amuse bouche, first course of shrimp with wasabi caviar, and dessert of apple tart and the flourless cake excellently executed. Main course of flat iron and mushrooms was good. Duck breast was excellently prepared. The regular crème brulee was great, but the green tea one was a bit flat in flavor. Overall, a great dining experience albeit with a few minor errors.
Ambience wise, had an instance where someone was playing with the music type and volume at 6pm. This really should be fixed before the restaurant opens at 5:30 as it does take away from the front of the house. Décor otherwise was five star - clearly some thought was put into it. Service by both the main waiter and his assistant were impeccable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 16, 2017

I had the four-course set. The Chilean sea bass meat is tough. The flavor and plating is still good. Service is not up to par on the day we were there, probably because there was a function/event happening in the other room. I got what I needed and water is filled, but no wait staff to check if the food is okay. I like how the chef deconstructed the bento box to four courses so my dining partner and I can have the same number of courses. Soup, souffle, and scallops are good.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

I frequent this establishment many times and would say it is one of the best within the Pasadena area. I brought my friend over for Sunday brunch. Phenomenal service. Excellent quality of food. Best of all, the professional chef/owner, Akira Hirose, is very kind and humble, even engaging with the customers. Overall 5/5, worth it.

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

this is an excellent restaurant. The chef is highly trained and does a wonderful job,...very French style but each dish is perfectly flavored. You can always count on having a delicious meal that is served professionally and perfect in every way...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Excellent date night dining. Madison Akira is my favorite date night restaurant. Great staff and service .

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 27, 2017

The meal was during the Dine LA week. The desserts and appetizers were great. Entrée was bit disappointing. Sauces were bitter. The steak was average. We had better entrée here before.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 26, 2017

i went to the place few years ago, everything was good. But i gotta very disappointed this time, food is not as good as before, even feel its lower than the average restaurant level in Pasadena.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The service was horrible and they don't care about us who want to try the food during Dine LA. Why do promotion then??!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Sunday Brunch was wonderful. Delicious variety of dishes displayed in not-too-large serving platters which made it look like home. Enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We had a Sunday buffet brunch for $39 per person, $42 per person with champagne. Server was attentive and our Juice and mimosa were being refilled quickly as soon as they went out. Every dish was good. The dessert was lovely. The overall experience was worth the price.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Went here for the first time for dine LA and wasn't impressed. Had 'surf and turf' which was steak and shrimp. The shrimp were pathetic. Completely unseasoned, maybe a little larger than a nickel and were served mixed in white rice on the side. The steak (ordered medium rare) was the size of a deck of cards, and equally thin, and mine was overcooked, closer to medium well. It did have good flavor, tho. The soft shell crab appetizer was amazing, however, and the highlight of our night. I might give it another try and see if the regular menu works out better.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Maison Akira has been around for a long time, yet it is still outstanding. The bento box is fabulous!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Most Awful Brunch- Hot food was cold and cold food was warm . The sushi was left out too long

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 15, 2017

We came to Maison Akira because of dine LA, and we were so glad that we did. The food was excellent. Everything we tried, and we tried a lot, was simply fantastic.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Pleasant experience but maybe under staffed, took while to get the waiter's attention.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The food was excellent, including an ouvre bouche of duck with vegetables. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The salmon was a decent size but there were only three scallops which I thought was a little stingy for the price. Lovely romantic setting makes you feel like you're in France. Absolutely delicious.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Steak so hard! Bill was overcharged... food overpriced for its value

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Exceptional service. Quality of food was on par to expectations. Bastille Day menu was a nice surprise and offered an excellent meal.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Romantic
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