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713 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2111 (El Molino)
626-796-9501
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 9:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thu 9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Fri 8:00 pm - 11:00 am
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very expensive

Be warned, this place is expensive, but the ambience and service are commensurate with the price. As the name indicates, this is fine dining, with a Japanese tint. Many of the entrees offer, for a lesser price, a smaller portion, but those 'small' plates are....very small. The food we had, was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
mlwFortLee_Nj
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Pasadena, California
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Pasadena, California
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80 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Be warned, this place is expensive, but the ambience and service are commensurate with the price. As the name indicates, this is fine dining, with a Japanese tint. Many of the entrees offer, for a lesser price, a smaller portion, but those 'small' plates are....very small. The food we had, was very well prepared, attractively presented, but, I would be... More 

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Pasadena, CA
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We have been to Maison Akira a few times over the years, never disappointed, but never bowled over until our first tasting menu (with wine pairing)! Wow! We've had some spectacular tasting menus elsewhere, from worked-famous Arzak in San Sebastian Spain to Water Grill in LA and many between (including the Royce when it still had it's Michelin Star); all... More 

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The dining room is very nice - a traditional nice restaurant style. The food choices were quite nice. Two of us tried the chef's Kaiseki menu. That was expensive and, while very delicious, did not measure up to its name (which, to us, means food as art as well as for the palate), as the presentations were no more special... More 

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Harvard, Massachusetts
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Last week, my wife and I returned to Maison Akira for the first time in nearly five years. Our first meal there was in the fall of 2010 -- and in the years since we had thought often about this fine French restaurant, led by a masterful Japanese chef, Akira Hirose. What kept us away was 3000 miles of geographic... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The food was fabulous and the service was impeccable. This was our first time here and definitely won't be our last. The fusion of our two favorite cuisines French and Japanese make for a tasty and innovative menu. Cannot wait to return.

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Ahus, Sweden
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

Made reservations on Christmas Eve through Online booking. Nowhere on their home page did they mention that it was a set menu that evening, needless to say it was very expensive. We are use to gourmet restaurants in Europe where you get wonderful professional service good food for your money. We had to remind them of everthing from silverwear and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The decor of the restaurant looks rather high end, but the Chilean sea bass which is their signature dish appeared to be more like home cooking. It tasted Ok but the presentation was so so.

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Vancouver, Canada
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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Had a fabulous dinner with the family and very close friends. The wine was excellent and the meal to go with. Dishes we really liked were: Starters - Japanese Eggplant ‘Dengaku’ for starters, Escargots de Bourgogne; Entrees - Alaskon Salmon, 24 Days Aged Angus Beef Rib Eye Steak and the rack of Lamb; Desserts - Souffle was out of this... More 

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Altadena, California
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31 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

I was here the day after valentine's day...we had a prix fixe menu, and I was very unimpressed with the food offered...everything was blend and very dull...very disappointed, especially for the price asked.

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Los Angeles, California
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159 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We celebrated our dad's 70th birthday here with our family, we had 25 total including 6 young kids. They set up two tables in the back which was nice, not private, but semi private. We've been here for dinner before, so I knew the quality of the food was good. But you never know with a buffet, even at a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 713 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2111
    (El Molino)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: 626-796-9501

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: French, Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
9:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday
9:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Friday
8:00 pm - 11:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?