Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.44mi
  2. Distance: 0.48mi
  3. Distance: 1.11mi
  4. Distance: 1.14mi
  1. Distance: 0.44mi
  2. Distance: 0.48mi
  3. Distance: 1.11mi
  4. Distance: 1.14mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.44mi
  2. Distance: 0.48mi
  3. Distance: 1.11mi
  4. Distance: 1.14mi
  1. Distance: 0.44mi
  2. Distance: 0.48mi
  3. Distance: 1.11mi
  4. Distance: 1.14mi

About Shiro Restaurant

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.

1505 Mission St.
South Pasadena, CA 91030
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, French / Japanese, Fusion / Eclectic

Hours of Operation:
Dinner
Wednesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm; Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Fair Oaks Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

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

Phone Number:
(626) 799-4774

Website:
http://restaurantshiro.com/index.html

Parking Details:
Free, easy lot parking

Public Transit:
South Pasadena Metro Station .4 miles from the Restaurant

Executive Chef:
Luis A. Ortega Banuelos, Chef de Cusine

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

Specials

Chef's Tasting

Thursdays - Sundays from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

A Taste of Shiro

Wednesdays from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Specials

Chef's Tasting

Thursdays - Sundays from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Details

$85 per person (for 2 or more persons). Wine pairing available for an additional $45 per person. Available Thursday through Sunday. Excludes Tax and Tip. Not available during dineLA, some holidays and certain special events. Special valid Oct 18, 2017 - Feb 18, 2018 on Thursdays - Sundays from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

A Taste of Shiro

Wednesdays from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Details

On Wednesdays (except Dec & during dineLA), with our regular menu, we offer a 3 Course Prix Fixe Meal for $42pp (optional $15pp additional for 3 glass wine flight.). Soup or Salad, Fish or meat, Dessert. A great introduction to our wonderful food. Excludes Tax and Tip. Full menu with complete details is posted to the website usually around 4pm. Special valid Oct 18, 2017 - Feb 18, 2018 on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Shiro Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.5

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

99% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (26)
Fit for Foodies (25)
Good for a Date (22)
See All
Good for Birthdays (21)
Special Occasion (21)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Romantic (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Cozy (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Authentic (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Healthy (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Seasonal (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Casual (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
People Watching (1)
Vegan (1)
Sort by
S
544 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Always enjoy my meals here. Great place for pescaterian.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Delicious start to finish. The Lobster was outstanding. Previous comments are accurate and reliable.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Shiro is a special restaurant: first the food, always perfect; then the service, alway great. Always a great pleasure. Must try.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Been goin on our anniversary for 25 years not every one but at least 5.... great food good service. The whole fish is legendary The halibut was fabfantastic and the ribeye was cooked to perfection. Worried the place is not attracting ANY younger clientele .....so many folks at retirement age. So different marketing tactics might help. In any case it was full so maybe thats not their thing. I will of course be back

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

This group of friends has dined together before at Shiro's, and it was again picked as a birthday celebration venue. Several of us enjoyed the John Dory, which none of us had tasted before. The waiter was very solicitous, and funny, and the ambiance is great. I have an unusual allergy, and the waiter was very helpful in checking out what I could eat. I truly appreciated that.
We were very happy we could hear each other talk, which is more and more rare these days, it seems. I'd like to return to try a couple of the other options that others tried and loved.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

SHIRO IS DEFINITELY THE PLACE TO GO if you want to have VERY delicious food, great wine, where you can converse and be heard. My number ONE restaurant.
Thank you Shiro

Tags: People Watching, Healthy, Good for Groups, Cozy, Happy Hour, Organic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on October 21, 2017

Very impressed by the consistently tasty, imaginatively prepared & presented dishes,
especially in the seafood area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on October 21, 2017

This is by far our favorite restaurant for the ambiance, great food, very friendly matre d' and efficient and caring service.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent in every way. We enjoyed the Chef's Tasting Menu, with 7 superb courses of heavenly flavors.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The food at Shiro's never disappoints, nor does the friendly service and warm ambiance.we have been going to Shiro's for years and consider it one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Always quality food with impeccable taste! One of the best restaurants in the area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had the pleasure of eating at Shiro's again and were even more impressed by the experience. First, we could actually visit with our friends so not too noisy. The cocktails and wine list were great. The appetizers amazing; two of us had the special ravioli with black truffle shaved on them. Then three of us had the signature catfish dish. Altogether, a great experience and we recommend it highly.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The Shrimp Mouse Ravioli with Mushroom sauce and their Catfish (both house specialties) are delicious and perfect dishes to share. Seafood is their specialty and they know how to prepare it. Their service is also very professional.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Always a great time at Shiro!! Our fav!!! We always love it!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 16, 2017

Overall, better than good! Great and valueable food, awesome service, and romantic ambiance. Highly recommand for dating.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Shiros is great. Always a must out in Pasadena. Their Deep Fried Catfish in ponzu sauce is perfect. Combine with Tuna Tartar Tacos and a chocolate soufflé and you've got heaven. One of the few restaurants out here where you can have a conversation without shouting.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on September 10, 2017

Friendly and attentive staff. Food excellent. Specialty is seafood.
Pricey but relaxed, low key ambience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

A great meal , excellent service - made it a special evening

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent cuisine and the best vegetable appetizers I've ever had. The artichoke and the asparagus appetizers were sublime.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

We were treated like royalty! Love this place!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2017

One of the best meals ever. The only problem was a little sand in the otherwise delicious clams. When we mentioned this, the dish was wisked away and the kitchen produced one of their specials, a black cod, very quickly to replace. While obviously the sand should not have been there, they way it was handled was so good I could not deduct a star especially as the rest of the meal was absolutely wonderful.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 31, 2017

It is our favorite restaurant in the Pasadena area. The food is excellent and the staff friendly & superb.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value5

 
·Dined on August 28, 2017

The best restaurant in the San Gabriel valley. We have been regulars for years and were never disappointed. Basic classic and eclectic Italian/French/Asian cuisine prepared expertly and served quietly by attractive intelligent waiters . ( Servers seem to be working for advanced degrees at the local brainy schools) . Tables are spaced generously, so can have private conversation.
Free parking is easy in adjacent lot.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Salmon tacos were amazing as a first course. I've been coming here for 20+ years and have always had outstanding service and meals!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
·Dined on August 13, 2017

This is the second time that my husband have been to Shiro for our anniversary! They are so nice and perfessional there! They gave us free champagne while we waited for our table. They also brought us a beautiful dessert and port wine after our amazing dinner.
I could eat there every night! The owner is just lovely! She always makes sure you are well taken care of and the food is amazing! They could charge a lot more but instead concentrate on making all of their guests feel welcome and want everyone to be able to afford a beautifully prepared meal.

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Kind of lost over the years, but this South Pasadena fixture continues to be humming on all cylinders.....The fish (John dory, sea bass, their classic deep fried catfish) were all perfectly cooked and as good as one could get anywhere...

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on August 5, 2017

Outstanding in every way!
Only wish they would offer a main course salad w option of chicken, shrimp ...anything for a light fare for everyday healthy dining & light fare. If not spelled out on the menu...then... no other options.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Wonderful setting to celebrate with family. Table for 14 set to go on arrival. Attentive staff. Excellent food. Glorious desserts

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on July 29, 2017

This is our favorite restaurant for celebrating our anniversaries. The catfish is always amazing!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Been to Shiro many times over 30 years. Always great food!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Meals are carefully prepared, every bite delicious.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Disabled Access, Healthy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Exceptional service and creative menu

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We took my aunt here to celebrate her 92nd birthday. The food and the service were excellent.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

We have been Shiro's customer for a number of years. We had another opportunity to visit Shiro for the DineLA menu. We came here with another couple and all of us except myself ordered from the DineLA menu. Everyone enjoyed the three courses dinner with House-Smoked Salmon on Potato Pancake followed by Canadian Sea Scallops and Apple Pie as the dessert. I went back to my favorite dish Fried Catfish (3 lbs). As always both food and service were fairly good.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great food and great service! Shiro's makes every visit a special event!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
·Dined on July 22, 2017

Great menue options. Very high quality food prep. Excellent service .highly recommend

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 21, 2017

overall food quality is acceptable but i not as good as it used to be, quite disappointed that a saute fish is overcooked, would like to get more hot veggie varieties other than the basic carrots beans, potatoes all these years

Tags: Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Came for DineLA last week and was thoroughly impressed with my experience here! :)

For the starter, I got the Chinese Ravioli, which is filled with shrimp mousse doused in a shiitake mushroom cream sauce. In terms of texture of the shell, it reminds me more of wontons than ravioli but still absolutely delicious.

For the main, I got the roughy tempura. I had to google what roughy is - turns out it is an Australian fish. It was served in this tomato heavy sauce, which reminded me of spaghetti sauce. I thought the dish was fine, but nothing to really write home about.

For dessert, I opted for the apple tart with vanilla ice cream. One of their signature dishes - would definitely recommend it! The tart was flaky, and the ice cream was covered in this cool golden shell.

My friend and I shared the softshell crab appetizer. We were both shocked to learn that it was $18+ for a single softshell crab. It was big, and really good, but still, given that we each paid $9 for half a crab, it didn't really sit well with us. Be wary when ordering specials because they don't tell you the prices.

I also added a "white flight" for an additional $15. I thought it was worth it considering that a cocktail here is like $14! I really liked the chardonnay so I went ahead and ordered a glass of that.

Our server, Shawn, was attentive and courteous but not overbearing. I also love that the lady I'm presuming is the manager also seated us and brought us flowers when she saw that our table is unadorned - a nice touch!

Lastly, I'm not sure why this place is considered Japanese and French. Given what I experienced off the DineLA menu, it really seemed more like a French/American restaurant with a hodgepodge of Asian influences.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We had a wonderful time at Shiro. The food was excellent as was the service. We chose this place to celebrate my husband's birthday because we had such a great time there this last April.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Superb , imaginative food with an Asian-French flair. Attentive, skilled service. Wine list is a bit narrow and slightly overpriced.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.