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Maison Akira

713 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101-2111
626-796-9501
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Ranked #84 of 584 restaurants in Pasadena
Price range: $41 - $80
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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76% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
2 reviews
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
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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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132 reviews 132 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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102 reviews 102 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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California
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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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Genoa, Nevada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I am a pretty decent cook, so I go to a restaurant for conversation, foods that I don't cook at home, and to be "taken care of". We found that MA filled the bill admirably. The service was attentive but not intrusive. The atmosphere was such that our party of 4 could relax and talk for a good 2 hours,... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

On a quiet street in "Old Pasedena." Very pleasant atmosphere. Food very good to terrific. The Baked Alaska was totally yum. I liked that you could get either a so-called tappas size or a larger size of the entrees. My sons had the multi-course fixed price dinner. The courses were nice and light so you could eat them all. Of... More

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