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“They Know Their Seafood” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shiro

Shiro
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Price range: $32 - $55
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Arlington, Virginia
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128 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“They Know Their Seafood”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 was TINY (maybe 3 slices of a potato), though it was very good. These people know their seafood and do it well.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank betterinblack
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English first
South Pasadena, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Never Disappoints”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 and attentive. Shiros is our "go-to" place to celebrate special events or just enjoy a relaxed evening with wonderful food.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Molly N
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South Pasadena, California
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20 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Excellent Asian Fusion Food”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 their 3 course special on Wednesday for a great value.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RoiFritz
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Juneau, Alaska
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58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Tired menu, poor service”
2 of 5 bubbles 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 restaurant: "This a hot dish." Plunk. One entree just about slid off the plate as the guy dropped the plate on the table, he just tilted the plate the other direction so the food slid more or less into the middle and then plunk! dropped the plate on the table and walked away. The fish was bland and the duck breast unremarkable; desserts boring. The place was busy -- maybe coasting on its reputation? We were not impressed.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RDM888
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Fort Pierce, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Shiro as good as represented”
5 of 5 bubbles 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

Visited January 2014
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Thank Garrison D
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