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Shiro Restaurant

4.7
618 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary French, French / Japanese, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Wednesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm; Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(626) 799-4774
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Luis A. Ortega Banuelos, Chef de Cusine
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fair Oaks Ave.
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Parking details
Free, easy lot parking
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Public transit
South Pasadena Metro Station .4 miles from the Restaurant
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Special events & promotions
Most Wednesday Nights: Wednesday Night "Taste of Shiro". 3 Course Prix Fixe Meal for $41pp. $15 additional for wine flight (per person).

Chef's Tasting Thursday through Sunday for 2 or more persons. $85 per person. Wine pairing also available for additional $45 per person.

Prices exclude Tax and Gratuity.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 618 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Quiet
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was excellent, every single dish we tried was full of flavors and made with great ingredients. The chef has an excellent palate. I wish there were more tapas style plates like the chef offered at Orris, his other amazing restaurant, that unfortunately closed, in the Sawtelle area on the West Side...

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We were celebrating Rosie's 12th bday with all our family and it was delightful. Always tolerant of the kids (they are getting better) and the food was divine. We continue to love Shiro's and always nice to see Cheryl.

I can tell you all about my experience last friday night, but it took me less than 50 words??? Who thought up that?

Anyway, I also love Open Table...It's quick and successful....Thank you for a pleasant meal.

Carolyn Otto

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We enjoy dining at Shiro quite regularly and we are NEVER disappointed. The service is always outstanding; the drink pours are great; the food is wonderful; parking is easy and the restaurant is very attractive. What is not to really enjoy? It is a great restaurant located in an unlikely place but do give it a try. You will see why it has been around for so many years.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

They have made it a point to make you have a dining experience - felt well attended to the entire time and the food was delicious and creative.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Food was delicious and the service exceptional. We definitely will be back.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This has long been my favorite dinner restaurant in the greater Pasadena area. Food is cooked to perfection and I have always had great service. I like being able to support a family owned restaurant instead of a chain restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

GREAT as always, food, service and atmosphere could not be better! Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Shiro's never disappoints. We brought an East Coast very dining- fussy couple with us and they didn't register one complaint. In fact they were thrilled with their meal, the service and the venue. Hooray!!!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

I just love Shiro’s! It’s been there forever but no resting on laurels here. Delicious fresh food, excellent service (attentive but never intrusive), fun but quiet—perfect!

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Our waiter was looking forward going home. He was rushing us from the moment we walked in. Will never go again.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Uniformly excellent through two incarnations in 30 some years. Right now probably one of the best restaurants in the Los Angeles area and definitely the best in Pasadena area. The food is outstanding the starter of fried anchovies was memorable as well as the marvelous steak sauced perfectly.
The discreet yet friendly Service is in the old-school manner regardless of the age of the server. Excellent wine list even by the glass.
Highest recommendation on all counts

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Food was very delicious-every bite!!

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Wonderful Birthday experience with my wife.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Shiro is by far my very favorit restaurant! Alway exseptionally good! Yael Lir

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Shiro's food is amazing! The menu changes daily and their specials are very creative and tasty. I was there years ago and remember how the popular catfish entree was amazing.
I ordered the catfish again and several appetizers. All great!

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Fine dining with a neighborhood feel

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The Wednesday prix fix menu looked great and an excellent value, but I had my heart set on the whole catfish, which was delicious. . We were celebrating an anniversary, and the hostess brought us a complimentary dessert wine at the end of the meal.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I've been there twice in a year and the menu is always the same. Mostly seafood and if you want a change, not much to choose from. Otherwise, the food is prepared to perfection and the service is friendly and good.

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3.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Blast from the past...specifically the early 1990’s.
Food and decor.
Needs a major refresh on both.
High quality but very outdated.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Practically since the day it opened, this has been our favorite restaurant. The menu has retained the original favorites enlivened with scrumptious specials. The staff is highly trained, providing excellent but unobtrusive service. When we were there on a Saturday evening there wasn't an empty table--with good reason.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Shiro has remained one of the very best restaurants in the LA area for the 30 years I've been going there. I especially like the chef's tasting menu, which hits a lot more home runs than singles. It's a long drive for me, so it has to be good.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We have been Shuri devotees for over a decade and are never disappointed. The ambience is elegant yet friendly, the food refined but not fussy. We enjoy the service and overall experience on each and every occasion we have at Shiro’s- it’s a neighborhood gem.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

My wife and I go back to Shiro because we love the food the friendly atmosphere. If you want a truly great meal this is it

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Shiro Restaurant is our current favorite restaurant in South Pasadena.
It is located close to where we live - just 15 minutes away by car.
We love the ambience, the wait staff, food choices and especially the most accommodating matre 'D, Cheryl.
We highly recommend this restaurant to those who enjoy all of the above amenities. You won't be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

It's always a special treat to eat here! Food is consistently delicious and you always feel welcomed. We have been coming here for almost 30 years. In my book, this is where Asian-Fusion cuisine was born and still thrives.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

I hadn't been to Shiro's in some time and it used to hard to get a reservation. Last Thursday
getting a reservation was easy and it was not at all crowded, I'm not sure why. I can't go often because driving from Pacific Palisades, where I live, to Pasadena, is just too hard; thursday it took almost two hours and I was meeting my granddaughter there. But the food is as outstanding as ever--superb duck, great ravioli appetizer, fine chocolate cake for dessert.
Expensive but worth it. My only wish is that Shiro would move to the West Side, down the street! We have nothing in Santa Monica or Brentwood that can compare to it!!

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

A great restaurant year after year. Have not been there for awhile, was pleased to see the food quality is still outstanding, even made the 1.5 hour drive through traffic worth it.

Mushroom ravioli is excellent. Get extra bread to get the sauce. I know their signature whole catfish is popular, but I prefer other items on their menu.

It is not a large restaurant and some of the table are close together, but it is nice place for a special occasion.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Shiro was wonderful, as always. We had to wait nearly 1/2 hour past our reservation time for our table, but this was Valentine's Day and the restaurant was understandably busy.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I dined at Shiro for Valentine’s day dinner.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Thank you for placing us right in front of the jazz band!! Truly a memorable night!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Dinner was wonderful. We started with 2 special appetizers: artichoke salad $15 and truffle ravioli $24. I thought it a little expensive for 4 ravioli, but absolutely delicious. This was followed with mains of scallops and loup de mer, again delicious! The service was top notch, music was perfect, table was perfect... We will return.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Excellent food and service. Will go back and recommend for anyone that’s appreciates food to go.

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3.0Dined on February 7, 2018

This restaurant used to be good but seems to have lost its chef. Completely mediocre food. Wait-staff overly zealous. We felt rushed out of there which was inexplicable as the restaurant was half-empty.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Both my wife and I had fish. I had the deep fried catfish and my wife had the John Dory. Both were Perfectly prepared! The entire staff was very friendly and efficient.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

We had the truffle ravioli appetizer, anchovy tempura, and the ribeye from the regular menu. All excellent and the ribeye was so soft and delicious! From the Dine LA menu, we had the spicy tuna tacos, scallops and salmo, all very good as well. The Apple tart dessert was the best, chocolate tart was just OK. Will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Our meals were all delicious! Had the 3lb catfish and was not disappointed. Also had dineLA menu and scallops and salmon tartare tacos were very tasty! Would return again for sure!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

One of our favorite restaurants. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and it was pretty much a perfect evening. Food, service and atmosphere were top notch.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

My favorite restaurant. Been going for at least 20 years. Always fabulous food, great service and very quiet.

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

My son and I were celebrating my Birthday. This was our first visit. Loved it. The hostess was very welcoming - the service was excellent and the food superb. Even though there was music in the background and people were talking, you could have a soft spoken conversation with the person you were with. We will be returning. A Lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Good food, pleasant ambiance, good service. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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