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Shiro

1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3215
626)799-4774
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Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: French, Pacific Rim
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Fair Oaks Ave.
Transit: South Pasadena Metro Station .4 miles from the Restaurant
Description: Our food is only the best of the ingredients presented so that their excellence shines through. Our caring staff is here to help you enjoy your meal. We have a full bar and can even provide take out.
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English first
South Pasadena, California, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Been enjoying this exquisite restaurant for many years. Started out very cozy and they've expanded (slightly) over the years. The portion size is rather on the small side, but the menu is outstanding. They are known for the deep fried whole catfish served with ponzu dipping sauce. I'm not a fan of catfish, but my kids (now grown) always looked... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I had a business dinner here recently and was very pleased with the experience. My 2 colleagues and I each ordered something different and we all loved what we had. The catfish, stuffed with ginger, was amazing. The server was knowledgeable and very friendly and our food came out in a timely manner. My biggest disappointment was the side vegetable... More

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South Pasadena, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

When we moved to South Pasadena 17 years ago we were excited to find a Zagat-rated restaurant in the neighborhood. I'm pleased to say that over the years the quality has not diminished, it remains one of our favorite restaurants. The catfish is still unmatched anywhere else (though many have tried) and the warm, knowledgable and friendly staff are welcoming... More

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South Pasadena, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Shiro Restaurant always delivers great food with a quiet, elegant ambience. Great salads, appetizers, and variety of main courses to make it hard to choose. Their whole catfish with Asian sauce perfectly prepared and wonderful. If you have room for desserts they are also delicious. We live locally and have eaten there several times a month for 25 years! Try... More

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Juneau, Alaska
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We went to Shiro's on the advice of friends who remembered it as a great find -- some ten years ago or so. Regrettably times have changed but apparently Shiro's has not. Service was truly lousy -- the servers brusquely plunked the dishes down on the table in a manner reminiscent of a greasy spoon diner rather than a fine... More

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Fort Pierce, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The food and service were excellent was as excellent as advertised. The chef's selections were outstanding, plentiful, and the matching wine great

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South Pasadena, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Its a local restaurant so I am biased for sure. The owner are there nightly attending to customers and that makes a difference for me! Attention to detail in the newly renovated space; incredible flower arrangements, extensive wine list and daily special to die for! 4 of us dined there on sat and had an incredible experience with friends who... More

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

Tucked away on a South Pasadena side street, we found Shiro to be a gastronomic adventure in seafood. The waiter recommended their signature whole fried catfish in ginger ponze sauce and my wife ordered the scallops with shiitaki mushrooms. Both dishes were beyond description in their fantastic flavor and presentation. A little pricy but well worth the splurge! (Dinner with... More

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SoCal
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

I have been dining at Shiro for 25 years and have always been happy with the ambiance, food and service. The dining room is clean and uncluttered with cool gray paint and art on the walls. The signature dish is a whole, deep fried catfish with ponzu sauce which is so delicious. I ordered it on my last visit and... More

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Los Angeles, California
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346 reviews 346 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Delicious! However I think it's overpriced but this is what you expect at a fine dining restaurant right? The interior is beautiful! We sat at a window seat and I ordered the salmon which was absolutely perfect! It was flavorful and just wonderful! When we arrived, every other table received an amuse bouche except us. I have no idea why... More

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