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1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3215 (Fair Oaks Ave.)
+1 626-799-4774
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed - Fri 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

A one of a kind fried catfish dish that should not overwhelm other excellent choices on their menu. Friendly service. A south pasadena gem.

Thank 314159K
San Diego, California, USA
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64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

We have been here before and enjoyed our meal enough to return. This time, we spotted an interesting dish: Whole sizzling catfish. Thinking it would be too much for one person, we decided to split the one dish. It was excellent, and we both felt we could have eaten more. However, this left us enough room so we each ordered... More 

Thank SanDiego_MK
South Pasadena, California
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73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

We dined here for a family birthday celebration. It was an excellent choice. The deep fried Catfish in ponzu sauce is one of their specialties, it did not disappoint. It was large enough for an entree portion for two to three people. The duck was another excellent dish. We purchased one bottle of chardonnay, and brought a second bottle of... More 

Thank chollita
South Pasadena, California
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93 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016

Took my mom there for mothers day and it was such a treat! The staff is always friendly and the food fabulous. My mom had a wonderful time and Irene and Justin made it a special evening. Its our local favorite and we love to go there for special occasions!

Thank Peppy H
New York City, New York
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450 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

I found that this restaurant did not live up to its reviews. My rating is, if anything, overly generous and perhaps colored by the fact that there seem to be very few good restaurants in Pasadena. I ate in 5 Pasadena restaurants last week, and this was #4. The restaurant itself was OK, with nicely spaced tables. Decor was not... More 

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La Canada Flintridge, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2016

I have heard about this restaurant for many years and was excited to finally get the opportunity to dine here. I'm sure that way back in the nineties, it was truly cutting edge, but it seems that nothing has changed since then. The decor, the menu, the food quality, all seemed to be straight out of the nineties. The food... More 

Thank jannagosselin
Los Angeles, California
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79 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016

Its been a long while, but I am soooo glad I gave this place another try. Made a reservation for 3, last minute, thru Opentable. Plenty of parking, all around the building. The location is a bit odd (squeezed between businesses), so the layout does feel a bit like an office. The ambiance is minimalist, but the colors of the... More 

Thank Melissa L
South Pasadena, California
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2015

I have always held Shiro in high esteem until this recent visit. Decor is minimalist - my companions found it drab - harsh commentary but their opinion. We were warmly greeted by the owner. The server was friendly but continually interrupted our meal even though she must have seen we were deep in conversation. I would have to say the... More 

Thank BJ G
Pasadena, California
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2015

We have been going to Shiro for many years now. Always good, sometimes excellent. On our most recent visit, the service was excellent and the food was good. The shrimp mousse ravioli was not as good as it usually is. The shrimp mousse was kind of heavy and the dish was served lukewarm.

Thank Marc A
Shiro1505, Owner at Shiro, responded to this review

Hi Marc. We strive to be perfect and are sorry you found a few things that were not up to our high standards. For example, we are well known for serving hot dishes on hot plates; it is one of our guiding principles. We are a small establishment working hard to make sure that your time with us is only... More 

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156 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2015

Dinner at Shiro is always special. It is a small restaurant on Mission, in S. Pasadena. Food is always delicious and service is great. Reservations recommended. In addition to evening specials, there are numerous regulars that are always delicious. Perhaps the best is the deep-fried catfish, served whole with ginger slices inserted in the fish, surrounded by a great sauce.... More 

Thank Randall W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$32 - $55
French, Seafood, Fusion
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030-3215
    (Fair Oaks Ave.)
  • Public Transportation: South Pasadena Metro Station .4 miles from the Restaurant
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  South Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-799-4774
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.

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