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Wokcano - Pasadena

3.5
136 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pan-Asian
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Late-night Find
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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About

Welcome to Wokcano located in Old Town Pasadena! We have prepared for you a wonderful and unique adventure in flavors with some of the very best dishes from China and Japan. We boast a full bar, enclosed outdoor patio space, hip night life, & sushi bar. Not only that, we are open 365 days a year from 11am to 2am! Till 4am from Thursday to Saturday! So, whether you are looking for a quick business lunch, romantic date, or a late night snack, we are here for you. Our exquisite selection of sushi & vast array of delicious Chinese food paired with our warm lighting, hip music and wood-accented decor, you are sure to find everything you are looking for at Wokcano.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Pan-Asian, Sushi, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 10:45am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 2:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 4:00am
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Phone number
(626) 578-1818
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Private party available for large parties up to 70 guests.



Buffet style dining/sit down dining.

Minimum of 30 guests. Please email events@wokcanorestaurant.com and include contact information, date and time, number of guests, and restaurant location (i.e. Pasadena).
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Private party contact
Shelly Chan: (626) 578-1818
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Catering
Delivery service available with minimum purchase of $12 or more within a 3.5 miles.

Delivery charge applies outside the 3.5 miles radius and $2 delivery fee applies after 3:30pm daily.

Catering menu available. Please email events@wokcanorestaurant.com for a copy to be emailed to you or call the restaurant directly to place your order. Large orders must be placed at least 48 hours in advance.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Colorado/Green
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Parking details
Public parking structure available across the street from the restaurant. Parking entrance is located on Green Street, Raymond or Fair Oaks. Between 10:00pm - 6:00am, $5 flat rate. Between 6:00am - 10:00pm
first 90 minutes are free and every hour after is $2. $6 flat rate.
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Entertainment
Thursday, Friday and Saturday night
and on some selected holidays the DJ will be spinning at the bar.
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Special events & promotions
Book your special event with us today! For all large party events (30 and above), please email events@wokcanorestaurant.com. Remember to include the restaurant location (i.e. Pasadena), date and time, number of guests, & contact information in the email.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 136 People Are SayingWrite a review
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3.5based on all time ratings
3.7
food
3.4
service
3.3
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Immediate seating upon arrival of reservation time

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2015

Really great dining experience! The service was great...friendly and attentive! The food was excellent, will definitely come here again! Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2015

Great food and service and the best of my two favorites ever: Chinese and Japanese! A great place to have both and they have good drinks as well!

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4.0Dined on October 7, 2014

I was looking for a restaurant that I thought my friends would enjoy. I had been to the Wokcano in downtown LA many times with my coworkers. It turned out to be a great choice. We all were pleased with what we ordered and the service we received. It was also nice to sit out on the patio and hang out with my friends. Will definitely return here.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2014

After sitting at our table for a while, we realize that there is no AC and it was becoming very uncomfortable. When we asked the waiter about the temperature he tried to avoid it, but said "yeah it's broke". We decided to make the best of it because we were waiting for more of the party to show up and really couldn't leave to another place. Grant it, the temperatures were very high in California at this time, and its not uncommon for AC problems. We should have been told at the door. Next we were introduced to a waitress that was to take over from the waiters duties. There remained a confusion all night regarding who actually was to serve us. Didn't really matter, we got everything needed, but it was an obvious, unorganized method.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2014

Me, wife & the kids enjoy are stay. Great service and very attentive.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2014

All of our food was hot tasty and served in a reasonable time.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2014

Really enjoyed the great tasting food. Ate from the sushi bar as well as the kitchen. The sushi was fresh and amazing. The crab fried fried and walnut shrimp were both the highlights of the meal. Service was fast and the staff were all friendly and courteous.

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4.0Dined on April 16, 2014

It was a dinner for my husbands birthday. There was a lot if traffic and we were running late. They accommodated us though we were 15 mins late for our reservation and took care of us during dinner service. They also remembered it was my husbands birthday so they brought him a sundae with a candle in it without being prompted at the end of our meal!! All in all it was a great experience.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2014

We came in and were seated quickly but almost 10 min went by and not a server came near. My girlfriend had to go to the hostess to get some service. After that things were fine, but a poor start.

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2.0Dined on February 22, 2014

Overall the experience was alright. We decided to sit in the covered outdoor area, which initially was fine. A large group of twenty 15-20 sat behind us and they were Very loud, literally screaming and yelling, talking at the top of their voices. It was difficult to hear what my dates was saying to me. Then I began to smell cigarette smoke, we were not told that smoking was allowed in the outdoor dinning area. Will not go back to this Wokano location.

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2.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Service was not good. They sat us outside, which was fine until the chill kicked in. We asked the waiter to turn on the heat lamp, which he seemed happy to, but never did even after we asked twice. I order sushi, they took quite a while to bring me a soy sauce plate. We were checked on once.

Food, well that was o.k.

I would however go there again, but only to the bar or a late night find.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2014

the place was small compare to the Burbank one but the atmosphere was nice

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2014

I highly recommend the walnut shrimp it's to die for!

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5.0Dined on January 4, 2014

This place had the best sushi. I would definitely recommend the firecracker roll. The prices are reasonable and the service was excellent. From the hostess to the waiter, they always made sure we were enjoying ourselves. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to other friends and family.

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2.0Dined on January 1, 2014

food was ok but interior is extremely tired.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2013

I've been coming here for years, and I love every time. I moved to New York and every time I come back to visit, I make this one of my main stops. The bartender, Dave, makes great drinks, and is always provides great service.

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2013

Wokcano never fails to deliver DELICIOUS sushi and other tasty food! They have a great $5 apps and sushi rolls Late Night Happy Hour. Their Pasadena location was their first (I think) so it's small and simple compared to their Long Beach locations, which is massive. But the food is equally awesome at both places - and they are open LATE! Yay!

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3.0Dined on October 1, 2013

Wokcano is a good Japanese fusion restaurant, with a reasonable selection of entrees, capably prepared. The service is friendly and efficient, and the ambiance is comfortable and basic.

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3.0Dined on September 19, 2013

Having been to the Burbank store, I thought i'd try Pasadena. The reception didn't seem as slick and the menus had items lined out, rather than printing new ones. I ordered the crispy pepper calamari. Although it had good taste, the items had been over wokked and were hard to chew. The cold dish albacore was delicious, tender, and well presented. Although the dinner was good, it wasn't the "wow" I'm used to at Wokano.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2013

I attended my grand daughters sixteenth birthday. We were a group of 30 guests and had a great time. The food was excellent and staff was extremely friendly. I would recommend this restaurant to my family and friends.

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2013

Need to do a make over - The place is a little run down - The Long Beach place is much better - The food was great

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2013

I made reservations for 12 people who hadn't seen each other in 20 years, and 20 people showed up. The staff was completely accommodating, and our waitress, Crystal, was attentive, professional, and delightful. We all stood around the table for 20 minutes catching up, and no one ever made us feel we we're a nuisance. The food is very good, drinks from the full bar are always great. Wokcano is a wonderful little spot in the heart of Old Town Pasadena. My friends are still talking about what a great time they had.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2013

They were able to take care of my team and the food was GREAT!!

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1.0Dined on January 18, 2013

We have eaten at the other Wokanos in Burbank, Downtown LA, and Long Beach and they all are great but this one in Old Town should be shut down! It's not deserved of the name. Service is horrible. The patio is shared with another bar where everyone is smoking and the staff does not care about the customer at all compared to the other locations. I even got a cell phone call 30 minutes into my meal from a ticked off hostess wondering if I still wanted my reservation? I told her I was already in their restaurant eating and SHE was even the one who sat us! I've never seen anything like it.

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2.0Dined on December 22, 2012

I have only dined at the Wokcano in DTLA and that the one in Pasadena is it's distant, low-budget cousin. sorry. but it was poorly decorated with outdated bamboo. the service was OK. food, aside spicy seafood soup (bad), was the same as DTLA's location. won't go back here again though...

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3.0Dined on August 15, 2012

Good sushi and other Asian dishes at reasonable prices. Service is always friendly, but also always slow.

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2012

The food is good- a wide selection of sushi and Chinese dishes. Prices are very reasonable. Staff is always friendly, but usually inattentive. We had to get up and ask for our check. They also forgot to give us our points on open table despite telling them we had the reservation when we arrived. This is the second time they didn't give us credit.

The food is good and prices are very reasonable, but service is always very slow. Just be prepared and dont come if you are in a hurry. We have come here several times and will probably he back again.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2012

Good sushi, decent prices, and other dishes are available for those who don't like sushi. The service is always very friendly, but often inattentive.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2012

The service level here is outstanding. I can't recall a more attentive staff. The food, of course, is very good, and crosses a broad Pacific spectrum.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2012

Great food, we really enjoy coming here.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2012

One of my favorite places to visit in Pasadena. We have become "regulars" - the staff know us by name. Awesome food, very unique ambiance, and very affordable! If you are on a tight budget come on Monday evenings - all drinks 1/2 price (and they mean ALL) and 1/2 price appetizers (not your typical bar appetizers either)!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2012

This was our second time eating there, and both times were great. Food was very good, service is good, and the prices are very reasonable. If you like sushi you have plenty of options. If you don't (like me) there are lots of classic chinese dishes that are available.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2012

Good sushi for the price. Very reasonably priced. And if you don't like sushi (like me) there are lots of other foods that are also good. We will be coming back!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2012

Very good sushi, I didn't have to wait long for a table, and the service was fairly timely.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2012

I love Wokcano! They have delicious sake cocktails like the Superfly and their spicy crab meat temporal roll is to die for. Atmosphere is great and the staff is very nice. Our waitress Krystel was so nice.

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1.0Dined on October 28, 2011

Horrible service will NEVER dine here again! You would think the greeter would be alot more polite especially since she is the greeter and the 1st face you see before being seated. I would know this first hand because i work as a receptionist and anyone who does front desk would know that greeting properly is VERY imortant.And not to mention our server served us and never came back to the table to check if we were doing okay or needed anything we even had to flag her down to get our check.I had also put a comment in about singing Happy Birthday when i made reservations online because the whole point of me and my friends going was for my friends 24th birthday and they didn't even do that.Wokcano was the worst service iv'e definetley ever had

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2.0Dined on September 9, 2011

Food was good but I just expected so much more after reading so many good things about this place.

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2011

I have been to Wokcano a few times but now that I actually like sushi I had an entirely different experience. My hubby and I went for a date night and opted for Wokcano over Sushi Roku to save $ and we were really happy with our decision. The food was great, especially the sashimi, service was great and quick. We will definitely go back.

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4.0Dined on April 17, 2011

The food was great and the service was the best. I would recommend this place to anyone. My son raved about this place and now I know he was right.

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