Shiro Restaurant

4.8
789 reviews
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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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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
6 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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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
3 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
25 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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KW
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently great food and service and we’ve enjoyed going to Shiro Restaurant for years. Our last visit was to celebrate our youngest son’s birthday-his restaurant of choice.

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L
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Shiro’s. Shirley, the owner,is always friendly and makes a special effort to remember everyone’s names. The ambiance is romantic, food wonderful, and service outstanding. I highly recommend Shiro’s Restaurant!!!

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F
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible! Wonderful ambiance, delicious food and perfectly made cocktails. Martini to start, fried oysters to die for, mouthwatering whole catfish with vegetables cooked to perfection on the side. Finished with profiteroles- Unforgettable meal from beginning to end.

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f
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always. The most consistently fine restaurant in the SGV!

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JR
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a place we go to for special occasions, and as always, the meal was impeccable. Server (Hannah) was gracious, friendly and attentive.

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F
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Shiro! Our family has dined there for many years. Warm ambiance and consistently excellent food.

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DJ
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Has always been a very reliable top notch restaurant. After all these years, mainly because of its location, it’s not as well-known as it should be.
Appetizer and salad were excellent. The appetizer of freshly made cheese stuffed ravioli with spinach with truffles was wonderful.
I ordered their most popular dish, an entire deep fried catfish, and this has never disappointed. My wife had the loup de mare (branzino) which which is good as she’s had anywhere

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DP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect dining experience! Really friendly staff (and owner) and perfectly prepared dishes. This was a fixed menu for Valentine's Day, but I've been before and always get the special of the day. I've never been disappointed.

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OT
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had some excellent seafood dishes.

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L
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Shiro’s! Shirley and her waiters are the best in town!

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SK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

While the menu is not very imaginative...the food was delicious. Overall had an enjoyable experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always!

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KF
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy superb service and excellent cuisine at Shiro! The staff knows how to make you feel welcome and the chefs have your meal ready in a very timely fashion. The location is so easy to find and the parking is free and close to the restaurant. From the appetizers to the desert, you won’t be disappointed! The bread is amazing too! Shiro is a neighborhood gem!

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S
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best food and service. Can't pass up the ravioli and catfish, but the pork tenderloin special was great! Always a wonderful experience. Thank you!

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TI
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

When we want to treat ourselves to something special, this is one of the top go to places. A lot of the same staff over the years, food is consistently great and the service is always good. I think our waiter may have been a bit new, which is why I only gave four stars. It was also very warm when we arrived at 7:30, but a mention to the hostess and within minutes, it was down to a comfortable level. Only slightly negative was I don't think Open Table let them know it was our anniversary as there was no mention of it.

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