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713 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2111 (El Molino)
626-796-9501
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9:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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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, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 25
    Excellent
  • 19
    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
Great for Groups, Very Good Sunday Brunch

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 22, 2014
Todd H
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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58 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Harvard, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
227 reviews 227 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

We had a fabulous dinner at Maison Akira, and we were impressed with the friendliness and authenticity of the staff. Our table chose the 6-course tasting menu with wine pairings. They also offer a 4-course and 9-course tasting menu, plus the regular selections. But for us, the 6-course was perfect. Not too much food, as the portions were small. But... More 

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Mumbai
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Burbank, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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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: Special occasions, Large groups
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?