Shiro Restaurant

4.8
804 reviews
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Contemporary French
Restaurant Shiro has been named the Zagat Guide's number one restaurant and is consistently one of the highest rated establishments in the guide (#5 in 2011; #2 for service in 2013). Shiro is summed up by it's ingredients. Menu items are driven by the best available, nothing less is acceptable. Year in and year out, for over 25 years, diners have enjoyed our French and Pacific Rim inspired menu. A tradition of fine dining with excellent, friendly service. Most Wednesdays we supplment our menu with a special Taste of Shiro (soup or salad, meat or fish, dessert). Th-Sun, we also provide a Chef's Tasting Menu.
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TN
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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CJ
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food. Excellent warm service. Nice wines by the glass.

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EG
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food and service. Seating with narrow wooden chairs is uncomfortable .

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LC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

This restaurant does wonderful fish dishes. Even the sides are unique and delicious. The servers are friendly, efficient and knowledgeable!

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n
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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. =)

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H
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best fried whole catfish in Los Angeles! We are repeat customers we luv the close distance Nd d wonderful food!

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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?

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NF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been coming to this restaurant for years. Quality of food is always excellent. Services are excellent.

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C
Los Angeles
85 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

As always, Shiro is a wonderful dinning experience with superb service and great food.
One of the special appetizers, the truffle ravioli was delicious

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PH
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Amazing food. Amazing service.

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VT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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MB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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.

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n
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

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.

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JL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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DY
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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HB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining and excellent service. Still wonderful after 30+ years!!

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c
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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!

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k
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in terms of food, service and ambiance. I had the special tempura halibut with Tarragon sauce and it was wonderful! Consistently excellent.

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KA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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.

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h
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 4 fish entree are cooked to perfection.
Waitress is friendly n sweet.

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AD
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, excellent and imaginative fish entrees and appetizers, beautifully presented, with attentive congenial service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have gone to shiros on many occasions.the food and service are excellent...

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CG
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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e
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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. :)

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AA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JU
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the outstanding restaurants in Southern California. Impeccable cuisine and service.

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G
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful experience....my favorite restaurant any where! Thanks you.

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NK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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A
London
46 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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.

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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DR
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Our goto place for special occasions.

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GC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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d
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 2

Slightly less than average food at top top prices

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JO
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! The choices were limited but they were very tasty. The shirotini cocktail was great too.

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h
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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!

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