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Maison Akira

713 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2111
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Ranked #58 of 583 Restaurants in Pasadena
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Price range: $41 - $80
Mon - Wed 9:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thu 9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Fri 8:00 pm - 11:00 am
Cuisines: French, Japanese
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: El Molino
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
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English first
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This was everything one could wish for: Superb food, excellent wine, and an elegant atmosphere. The Miso marinated Chilean Sea Bass (their signature dish) was one of the finest dishes I've had during my visits to the US, spanning over 35 years. The house wine (blanc) was excellent. Don't forget to order dessert along with the mains, as these can... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The food is amazing, the service impeccable and the chef makes it a point to come around and introduce himself towards the end of the evening. I highly recommend the first timer to do the tasting menu and if you have the urge and a few extra dollars have this with the wine paring. I can say with almost 100%... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Feel bad that I have missed this place since they have been around for 16 yrs! Amazing food I loved the tuna tartar which had just the perfect touch of smokiness! One of the best tuna tartars ever! their Chilean sea bass seriously the best ever!!! The staff an amazing group, very friendly polite & attentive. Chef Akira sure has... More

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Pasadena, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Although we'd eaten at Maison Akira several times and given it high marks, we'd never had the brunch buffet so we thought we'd give it a try. The buffet had both hot and cold dishes, and a delectable table of desserts. The items had variety and quality. Indeed the food did not disappoint, but the service was not nearly what... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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66 reviews 66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is more French than Japanese. I went there thinking it was Japanese and this might explain my overall rating of the restaurant. The onion soup is above average. The other plates we had at the table, though well presented, were small and over priced. Overall, a complicated menu - maybe just too much over the top in trying to... More

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Sierra Madre, California
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134 reviews 134 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This is the second time I've been here for a business dinner. The service is top notch. They are friendly and take the time to tell you about the food, wine and even the history and pictures on the wall. I got the bento box again because it lets you sample a bunch of different things. Only this time I... More

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Los Angeles, California
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111 reviews 111 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Now I am going to state an unoriginal comment: very good, but could be better for the price. There was nothing that was really impressive.

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Pasadena, California, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

They only serve lunch on Fridays. I have been there for dinner a few times and have always been impressed. This was my first time for lunch and all was excellent. The service was outstanding. My friend and I both got the Bento Box for 22.00. We started with soup, shrimp custard dish and then a salad. We had a... More

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Canton, Michigan
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70 reviews 70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

Upscale, elegant restaurant with a fabulously extensive menu and excellent service. The "small" portions are pretty decent sized and filling. From the escargots to the tomato/garlic soup, to sea bass and Kobe beef, everything was absolutely decadent. The wines by the glass portions were big and the bread was hot and fresh! The soufflé were to die for. Overall, a... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Pleasant atmosphere. Feels very traditional, not like those new swanky ultra modern restaurant but has air of orginality. The food was excellent. Started with the obligatory French onion soup, then soft crab tempura with garnish of wasabi mixed mashed potato, delicious!. I ordered the Wagyu beef dish which perfectly seasoned and melts in your mouth. The evening was sweetly capped... More

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