It’s always nice to be there! We always feel welcome. The service is great! The food is wonderful! It’s a favorite place of ours!
Their little known tasting menu turned out to be a hit. Each course was delicious and were a decent portion. Our server and rest of staff was very courteous and came by just enough times to take care of us, but not intrude. Walking out, we met the owner and she was very friendly. Easy parking, nice ambiance, excellent food ... I recommend!
Delicious food. Excellent warm service. Nice wines by the glass.
Excellent food and service. Seating with narrow wooden chairs is uncomfortable .
This restaurant does wonderful fish dishes. Even the sides are unique and delicious. The servers are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable!
Heavy handed on the salt with food. Not many choices in selections since it was a later dinner and everything was sold out or not offered at the moment. Any other day coming to Shiro would be a awesome experience and dinner. =)
Best fried whole catfish in Los Angeles! We are repeat customers we luv the close distance Nd d wonderful food!
The food was good but not great. At over $30 an entree I expect great food. I had the squash blossoms and asparagus. Also they were out of both the wine one of our party ordered and the beer I ordered.
It was also surprising that they print their menu every day (the date was at the top) and yet there were a half dozen items that the server listed that were specials. Why couldn't those be on the menu?
We have been coming to this restaurant for years. Quality of food is always excellent. Services are excellent.
It's probably been over 20 years since I've gone to Shiro Restaurant. Wow, what a mistake! We were celebrating 2 birthdays. We had stuffed squash blossoms, stuffed wontons for appetizers. All excellent and the sauces were superb! Everyone enjoyed their entrees, from the famous catfish, scallops, black cod, and curry sprinkled shrimp which were colossal and full of flavor. Everything was cooked to perfection. Shrimp almost had texture of lobster and I could eat that again and again. Service was very attentive and helpful. Definitely a neighborhood gem that has been in South Pasadena for many years. Scallops and roasted chicken won cheers from people in our party too.
As always, Shiro is a wonderful dinning experience with superb service and great food.
One of the special appetizers, the truffle ravioli was delicious
Early mothers day celebration with my mother and we are always so happy with the service, food and ambiance. The lamb is cooked to perfection and served with delicious vegetables! The cocktails are exquisite and the service impeccable. Always are go to place for special occasions!
Perfect! Amazing food. Amazing service.
I have not been there for quite a few years. But the food quality is as good as before. Their deep fried cat fish is definitely their signature dish. Must try!
We really wanted to like this place. Alas, the food does not justify the (very high) prices. The catfish is their signature dish. It is designed to wow as it comes out whole with a generous heap of fresh cilantro. But ours was over-done. An amateur mistake. The beet appetizer with sheep cheese was interesting, but the beets were too thinly cut. We could barely taste the chestnuts in the chestnut dessert. The steak was just so-so. Not much Japanese in the overall fusion. The atmosphere and services were pleasant, but if top-notch taste is your goal, this is not the place.
Super disappointing first dinner at this Zagat rated restaurant and not worth the hype. Very limited wine list for wine by the glass. The filet was utterly nondescript. I'd try it again, with skepticism.
We’ve been eating at Shiro for many years. It has NEVER failed to impress us on all dimensions. Food is excellent, service is exemplary, and ambience is QUIET, perfect for intimate conversation and superb dining. We’ll be back Soon!
We celebrated my mom’s birthday for the forth year in a row. Shiros is her favorite restaurant! Food and service is always outstanding! Highly recommend the specials for the day!
Fine dining and excellent service. Still wonderful after 30+ years!!
The catfish was divine! The four of us indulged in the flavorful fish and plan on returning soon. We have only smiles and good memories until we can return. Thank you. 5 stars!
Best restaurant in terms of food, service and ambiance. I had the special tempura halibut with Tarragon sauce and it was wonderful! Consistently excellent.
Adequate. Quiet atmosphere, elegant if plain, friendly impeccable service. Food ordinary, only had entree, left hungry. Expensive for what you get. Won’t race back.
All 4 fish entree are cooked to perfection.
Waitress is friendly n sweet.
As always, excellent and imaginative fish entrees and appetizers, beautifully presented, with attentive congenial service.
Have gone to shiros on many occasions.the food and service are excellent...
Can't say enough good things about this restaurant! The food is absolutely delicious. In particular, the fish/seafood is expertly cooked, not overdone as is so common, and the flavors wonderful. Service is top notch, attentive but not stuffy. The ambiance is an additional asset, quiet despite being busy, comfortable in every way. It is an excellent value, as well. Highly recommended!
It's a very cozy little restaurant, definitely need reservation. I tried their steak, catfish and lamb. They all are delicious and fabulous. Will definitely come back for more food. :)
Shiro’s food and service was excellent! We celebrated my wife’s birthday. We are frequent diners at Shiro’s and every time we go it is perfect!
One of the outstanding restaurants in Southern California. Impeccable cuisine and service.
A wonderful experience....my favorite restaurant any where! Thanks you.
We've been to Shiro several (10-12) times, and have always been impressed by: 1) the quality and presentation of the food, 2) the service, and 3) the atmosphere. For this trip, we took friends for their first-time visit, and they we also very impressed. Highly recommended.
Outstanding! I loved the Frend Sea Bass with its crispy skin and amazing sauce. So satisfying! The squash blossom was also a big hit in the appetizer round and I’d highly recommend this starter. Win win win with the food quality and service!
There were three of us. Appetizers beet salad, stuffed Zucchini flowers , truffle ravioli, and steamed clams. I loved the plump juicy clams. I had a secon one for just me. The deep fried catfish was outstanding as usual. It is alway realizable in excellence.
We just stumbled on Shiro as we were driving back home from a trip. It was our anniversary and we just wanted to stop for dinner. Shiro had good reviews so we decided to go there. It has become one of my favorite places. The service was excellent, as well as the food. This place really made an impression on me and my husband and we will drive back to Pasadena to Shiro often. Thanks Shiro for spoiling us on our anniversary!
Always a great experience. Our goto place for special occasions.
Shiro is one of our favorite restauants which we visit fairly regularly. I made the reservation for 5 on a Monday through Open Table for Friday evening, a popular day/time. Shiro opens Wed. So I was afraid it might be to late so I booked through Open Table. When we arrived Friday evening we were told the reservation through Open Table was for 2 and they had to make a table just outside the dining room in the waiting area. They were apologetic but had no available table for 5. It would seem there was some error in comminication from Open Table to Shiro as the information I received from Open Table was for 5.
The dinner and service was otherwise its usual high standard. Unfortunate that we were stuck in the hinterlands, not Shiro’s fault.
This is a lovely restaurant. It has delicious, meticulously prepared food. The service is excellent. Beautiful starters and main courses. A small but well-selected wine list, fairly priced. I recommend this restaurant, especially for quiet times and serene conversations.
Slightly less than average food at top top prices
Great food! The choices were limited but they were very tasty. The shirotini cocktail was great too.
We were tucked in a small table next to a round table of 6. It would be nicer to have more room and not be able to heat their conversation. Otherwise, food is great as usual!