Maison Akira Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 713 E Green St

    Pasadena, CA 91101

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  • 626-796-9501

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Tried their Sunday brunch buffet. Good selection and more refine. Love their chawan mushing and desserts.

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★★★★★

Tried their Sunday brunch buffet. Good selection and more refine. Love their chawan mushing and desserts.

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We made reservations 4 weeks ahead of time, requested for the table to be located in the fireplace's room. Restaurant called us back the day before to confirm reservation and to let us know that they couldn't accomodate our request because they had a party on that room- no ""sorry"", no apology. I asked them to call me back and to let us know where they will be sitting us. They did and they assured me that it will not be in a traffic area (as time before) and it will be a corner table. Got there, our table was against a wall with a bench seat between two other tables which were very closed.\r\nA ""I could care less how disappointed you are"" staff attitude dealt with us. There was no sincere effort or apology in person about the fact that they dumped our table location twice: once at the last minute after 4 week noticed and second the same day after assuring us that we would get a corner table.\r\nLast time we went there we did talked about the snobish attitude of the staff, however my husband was unable to to go with us and I wanted him to experience the 9 course meal with wine pairing even though at the time we felt that food was minimal, too unique and specific tasting and that it was overpriced.\r\nNever would go again! \r\nWe ended up at Roys (a block away) and we had the best service, time, food and reasonably price!\r\nWant to try something similar as Maison Akira prefixed meals with wine pairing? go to Palate in Glendale (further for us but it is worth it!).\r\nNo wonder they haven't gotten any award! Check out who thinks is a great place to eat: the asian crowd.\r\nDon't waste your time and money there!\r\ntheir popularity has diminished the quality of their service and they've gotten pricey too!\r\nthey seemed to cater to the asian patrons more

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★☆☆☆☆

We made reservations 4 weeks ahead of time, requested for the table to be located in the fireplace's room. Restaurant called us back the day before to confirm reservation and to let us know that they couldn't accomodate our request because they had a party on that room- no ""sorry"", no apology. I asked them to call me back and to let us know where they will be sitting us. They did and they assured me that it will not be in a traffic area (as time before) and it will be a corner table. Got there, our table was against a wall with a bench seat between two other tables which were very closed.\r\nA ""I could care less how disappointed you are"" staff attitude dealt with us. There was no sincere effort or apology in person about the fact that they dumped our table location twice: once at the last minute after 4 week noticed and second the same day after assuring us that we would get a corner table.\r\nLast time we went there we did talked about the snobish attitude of the staff, however my husband was unable to to go with us and I wanted him to experience the 9 course meal with wine pairing even though at the time we felt that food was minimal, too unique and specific tasting and that it was overpriced.\r\nNever would go again! \r\nWe ended up at Roys (a block away) and we had the best service, time, food and reasonably price!\r\nWant to try something similar as Maison Akira prefixed meals with wine pairing? go to Palate in Glendale (further for us but it is worth it!).\r\nNo wonder they haven't gotten any award! Check out who thinks is a great place to eat: the asian crowd.\r\nDon't waste your time and money there!\r\ntheir popularity has diminished the quality of their service and they've gotten pricey too!\r\nthey seemed to cater to the asian patrons more

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We read some of the reviews and decided to eat there.\n\nWe ordered the $70 Menu Rabelais with wine pairings. My wife started with the Chilled Momotaro Japanese Tomato with Sauted Hokkaido Scallops - excellent. I started with the House Smoked Salmon & Mozuku Aspic with Wasabi Caviar -- two cubes of salmon topped with a tiny bit of caviar and two cubes of gelled seaweed -- very disappointing. Next came the escargot -- very good but not great. Then the main course was the chef's specialty --Grilled Miso Marinated Chilean Sea Bass with Grilled Ratatouille. I was quite disappointed. It was quite ordinary and the last couple of bites had a fishy taste, so I didn't finish it. I told the waitress, who did nothing about it. My wife enjoyed it much more than I did. In the meantime, the first wine ( a fairly small glass) was a German white that was quite good. The second glass of wine was a French Vouvray that was too sweet and neither I nor my wife liked it. My dessert was the apple tart with ice cream -- quite good with a flaky dough. My wife had one of the special desserts with fruit, ice cream and a hard sugared dome. She liked it and said it was light and just what she wanted.\n\nOur French waitress was delightful, but the food was generally disappointing and at $181, including tax and tip, it should have been great.

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★★☆☆☆

We read some of the reviews and decided to eat there.\n\nWe ordered the $70 Menu Rabelais with wine pairings. My wife started with the Chilled Momotaro Japanese Tomato with Sauted Hokkaido Scallops - excellent. I started with the House Smoked Salmon & Mozuku Aspic with Wasabi Caviar -- two cubes of salmon topped with a tiny bit of caviar and two cubes of gelled seaweed -- very disappointing. Next came the escargot -- very good but not great. Then the main course was the chef's specialty --Grilled Miso Marinated Chilean Sea Bass with Grilled Ratatouille. I was quite disappointed. It was quite ordinary and the last couple of bites had a fishy taste, so I didn't finish it. I told the waitress, who did nothing about it. My wife enjoyed it much more than I did. In the meantime, the first wine ( a fairly small glass) was a German white that was quite good. The second glass of wine was a French Vouvray that was too sweet and neither I nor my wife liked it. My dessert was the apple tart with ice cream -- quite good with a flaky dough. My wife had one of the special desserts with fruit, ice cream and a hard sugared dome. She liked it and said it was light and just what she wanted.\n\nOur French waitress was delightful, but the food was generally disappointing and at $181, including tax and tip, it should have been great.

Pros: Excellent service

Cons: Really average food at expensive prices

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The dinning area is beautiful, great for romantic dining. Service is good, well please note half of the tables are empty. Menu is very expensive, and personally I don't think it's worth the price.\r\n\r\nNow the food:\r\nAppetizer: C+, very small portion, taste average.\r\nLobster Bisque: F, taste like Campbell's soup plus Pepto-Bismol, seriously it taste like medicine.\r\nLamb Chop: A+, cook just right, taste great.\r\n\r\nSo, for the price I think it's overpriced.

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★★★☆☆

The dinning area is beautiful, great for romantic dining. Service is good, well please note half of the tables are empty. Menu is very expensive, and personally I don't think it's worth the price.\r\n\r\nNow the food:\r\nAppetizer: C+, very small portion, taste average.\r\nLobster Bisque: F, taste like Campbell's soup plus Pepto-Bismol, seriously it taste like medicine.\r\nLamb Chop: A+, cook just right, taste great.\r\n\r\nSo, for the price I think it's overpriced.

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this is a test review for listing id 235416 or maison akira....looks like very expensive but very popular restaurant in pasadena and one should try it out !!!

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★★★★☆

this is a test review for listing id 235416 or maison akira....looks like very expensive but very popular restaurant in pasadena and one should try it out !!!

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This is my first review and I wanted to write about this place- it's amazing! The food is outstanding as well as the interior and service. We had a romantic dinner and I enjoyed every minute of the evening. By far, one of the best places to go with a special someone or a group of friends who can appreciate good food and wine.

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★★★★★

This is my first review and I wanted to write about this place- it's amazing! The food is outstanding as well as the interior and service. We had a romantic dinner and I enjoyed every minute of the evening. By far, one of the best places to go with a special someone or a group of friends who can appreciate good food and wine.

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the best French Restaurant in Pasadena the food and services amazing the perfect place to be with your love one I highly recomended.

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★★★★★

the best French Restaurant in Pasadena the food and services amazing the perfect place to be with your love one I highly recomended.

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The service is very very very very bad, if you like to finish your dinner and leave pissss of, then this is the right place for you.\r\n\r\nThis will be my last time dininng at Maison Akira. You will have a better time eating at Pizza Hut.

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★☆☆☆☆

The service is very very very very bad, if you like to finish your dinner and leave pissss of, then this is the right place for you.\r\n\r\nThis will be my last time dininng at Maison Akira. You will have a better time eating at Pizza Hut.

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My husband and I went to Maison Akira for the first time. Food was excellent, service was excellent! I can't wait until we go back!

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★★★★★

My husband and I went to Maison Akira for the first time. Food was excellent, service was excellent! I can't wait until we go back!

Pros: Food, Service, Romantic

Cons: They close early

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My husband took me here for my birthday. First off, the hostess was so sweet. She showed us to a really nice table. Next, our server came to our table and was very informative and helpful. We ordered both tasting menus, I had the Menu Rabelais and he had Menu Epicurean. We both had the wine pairing as well. The food that followed for both of us was exquiste. It was the best foi gras; it was nicely seared a bit for that excellent sweet toasted taste. The sashimi was sweet, succulent, and very fresh. Our main courses was equally impressive. I had bass and he had the kobe. Dessert was good, light. The wine pairings were exceptional, esp.for Epicurean. They had this wine for the sashimi, it tasted like oysters (the wine, not the fish!!); very interesting. Overall, the experience was wonderful.

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★★★★★

My husband took me here for my birthday. First off, the hostess was so sweet. She showed us to a really nice table. Next, our server came to our table and was very informative and helpful. We ordered both tasting menus, I had the Menu Rabelais and he had Menu Epicurean. We both had the wine pairing as well. The food that followed for both of us was exquiste. It was the best foi gras; it was nicely seared a bit for that excellent sweet toasted taste. The sashimi was sweet, succulent, and very fresh. Our main courses was equally impressive. I had bass and he had the kobe. Dessert was good, light. The wine pairings were exceptional, esp.for Epicurean. They had this wine for the sashimi, it tasted like oysters (the wine, not the fish!!); very interesting. Overall, the experience was wonderful.

Pros: Food, wine, dessert, service

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Is on my top 10 restaurants I've ever been. The food is just fabulous! Very homey feeling. A must try!

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★★★★★

Is on my top 10 restaurants I've ever been. The food is just fabulous! Very homey feeling. A must try!

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Been a few times now and I would say this is one of the best restaurants in Pasadena and anywhere. Everything is superb. Just look at Mr. Akira's credentials - wouldn't expect anything less then the best and he delivers. I'm a seafood eater and I've had the best sea bass of my life here. You're not just ordering food here, you're ordering art. The price can be high, but anything comparable will be even more (i.e., places in Beverly Hills and the west side).

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★★★★★

Been a few times now and I would say this is one of the best restaurants in Pasadena and anywhere. Everything is superb. Just look at Mr. Akira's credentials - wouldn't expect anything less then the best and he delivers. I'm a seafood eater and I've had the best sea bass of my life here. You're not just ordering food here, you're ordering art. The price can be high, but anything comparable will be even more (i.e., places in Beverly Hills and the west side).

Pros: everything

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Maison Akira is our favorite restaurant in Pasadena -- we always order the Menu Epicurean with accompanying wines and it is always PHENOMENAL! Best tasting/prix fixe menu in Pasadena, hands down. They beat out The Raymond restaurant's tasting menu -- no contest. The food is artfully prepared with interesting and unique combinations of the freshest ingredients. Portions are not too big, not too small. The wines their sommelier pairs with the dishes are always a great match and often give us an opportunity to taste something new. Kudos to Maison Akira - please keep it up!!!! Also, since it has been suggested in other reviews, I would like to add that I have NO marketing or business affiliation with this restaurant. I don't have any self-serving reason to write this review other than the fact that I just love their food and want them to stick around! :)

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★★★★★

Maison Akira is our favorite restaurant in Pasadena -- we always order the Menu Epicurean with accompanying wines and it is always PHENOMENAL! Best tasting/prix fixe menu in Pasadena, hands down. They beat out The Raymond restaurant's tasting menu -- no contest. The food is artfully prepared with interesting and unique combinations of the freshest ingredients. Portions are not too big, not too small. The wines their sommelier pairs with the dishes are always a great match and often give us an opportunity to taste something new. Kudos to Maison Akira - please keep it up!!!! Also, since it has been suggested in other reviews, I would like to add that I have NO marketing or business affiliation with this restaurant. I don't have any self-serving reason to write this review other than the fact that I just love their food and want them to stick around! :)

Pros: Best tasting menu in Pasadena

Cons: Ambience is nice, but is not up to par with phenomenal food

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I have to give kudos to the marketing for the place. Great chef. Food is good but not phenomenal. For the price I paid, I expected more. Portions were a little small compared to the other fine restaurants in LA. Great menu items. It all sounds wonderful. Just no oommppph! This is not your every weekend stop for dinner destination. It's an OK place to go to have a romantic and quiet dinner and spec occasion spot. Service was good. How can it not be- the place was only half filled on a Sat night. You know how sometimes a restaurant just has it and you feel it! This place was so-so.

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★★★☆☆

I have to give kudos to the marketing for the place. Great chef. Food is good but not phenomenal. For the price I paid, I expected more. Portions were a little small compared to the other fine restaurants in LA. Great menu items. It all sounds wonderful. Just no oommppph! This is not your every weekend stop for dinner destination. It's an OK place to go to have a romantic and quiet dinner and spec occasion spot. Service was good. How can it not be- the place was only half filled on a Sat night. You know how sometimes a restaurant just has it and you feel it! This place was so-so.

Pros: Good menu items, great service

Cons: OK food, too much $

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this place isnt great and i agree that it is some marketing thing that is being done. look at the reviews, no grammatical errors and the people say oh the chef is genius, the food amazing, great, great, and the waiters are rude, some should be fired, some maybe drunk on the job. not high quality standards . the food may be old sometimes, thats what i feel at least, the desserts are good, but ingredients dont seem superb, taste is good though. i think more money should be spent in the quality of ingredients, so the food can have a a better quality, and there should be more diversity, and if a waiter commits a common he/she should be relieved of their job.

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★★★☆☆

this place isnt great and i agree that it is some marketing thing that is being done. look at the reviews, no grammatical errors and the people say oh the chef is genius, the food amazing, great, great, and the waiters are rude, some should be fired, some maybe drunk on the job. not high quality standards . the food may be old sometimes, thats what i feel at least, the desserts are good, but ingredients dont seem superb, taste is good though. i think more money should be spent in the quality of ingredients, so the food can have a a better quality, and there should be more diversity, and if a waiter commits a common he/she should be relieved of their job.

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We read an excellent review in the Pasadena Star News, but we weren't very impressed with our experience. The menu items are very limited, the prices are expensive, and the food isn't anything special. Despite some good word of mouth, only three tables were occupied on Friday night.

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★★★☆☆

We read an excellent review in the Pasadena Star News, but we weren't very impressed with our experience. The menu items are very limited, the prices are expensive, and the food isn't anything special. Despite some good word of mouth, only three tables were occupied on Friday night.

Pros: prompt seating, attentive waiters

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What a fantastic experience! Very accomodating for large groups and children (small groups too). The decor is bright and lends to a wonderful envionrment to enjoy the most fabulous food. The food is authentic, offering a nice variety to chose from (we had the buffet on Sunday). The wasab tasted amazingly fresh! The desserts are also incredibly yummy, and the fresh fruit... juicy and sweet. The service topped it all off. My coffee cup was never empty, the waiter pulled the chair out for me everytime he saw I was out of it, and he was in the area. The dirty dishes were gone before we returned with our refill. Just class, class, class, and very worth the price. All around a great experience. Oh, and noise level? No problem. It was very easy for our group of 7 to have conversations without yelling.

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★★★★★

What a fantastic experience! Very accomodating for large groups and children (small groups too). The decor is bright and lends to a wonderful envionrment to enjoy the most fabulous food. The food is authentic, offering a nice variety to chose from (we had the buffet on Sunday). The wasab tasted amazingly fresh! The desserts are also incredibly yummy, and the fresh fruit... juicy and sweet. The service topped it all off. My coffee cup was never empty, the waiter pulled the chair out for me everytime he saw I was out of it, and he was in the area. The dirty dishes were gone before we returned with our refill. Just class, class, class, and very worth the price. All around a great experience. Oh, and noise level? No problem. It was very easy for our group of 7 to have conversations without yelling.

Pros: Overall experience...Rating says it all, validated parking after first 1.5 hours free (or street)

Cons: Couldn't find any

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Had the most incredible meal there... the Prix Fixe Menu from start to finish was so delicious... my fiance and I were in heaven with each bite. The service was great... I had made a reservation for 6:30 pm the day before... had to change it last minute to a later time but was informed that there were no available tables. I then started to look for another restaurant when the hostess called me back and informed me that someone had cancelled and that they could move my reservation back to 7:30. That's service! We had such a wonderful experience, my now wife and I decided to make Maison Akira our official ""once a month date"" place!

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★★★★★

Had the most incredible meal there... the Prix Fixe Menu from start to finish was so delicious... my fiance and I were in heaven with each bite. The service was great... I had made a reservation for 6:30 pm the day before... had to change it last minute to a later time but was informed that there were no available tables. I then started to look for another restaurant when the hostess called me back and informed me that someone had cancelled and that they could move my reservation back to 7:30. That's service! We had such a wonderful experience, my now wife and I decided to make Maison Akira our official ""once a month date"" place!

Pros: Great everything!

Cons: When busy, hard to find parking

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Whenever I have friends or family visiting I always bring them to this restaurant. The service is great and the food is yummy. It is expensive, though. The brunch is good too.

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★★★★★

Whenever I have friends or family visiting I always bring them to this restaurant. The service is great and the food is yummy. It is expensive, though. The brunch is good too.

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I lived in Pasadena for years and went to Maison Akira a few times since its opening. The food was good for Pasadena standards but as good as the sublime Derek's Bistro on Glenarm. The service at both places was below average even for LA standards. The sea bass at Derek's (when they had it) was superior to Maison's. The lst time I was at Maison Akira, the Mexican head-waiter and the French Maitre D', Christine, were completely rude to us. I mentioned to Christine that there was no need chilling our wine right before serving it and that they could have served it directly. The bottle was about $40 on the menu which admittedly was not a high-roller one. Christine turned around and called our wine a ""cheap wine."" Good thing I was not there with a date that i was trying to impress. This restaurant has had a major marketing campaign and despite my emails requests, they have not removed me from their email list. They obviously hired a marketing manager who in the past six years has tried to do a lot in pushing the place. I highly suspect a lot of the reviews here are posted by the business affiliates. I have notices that trend with a lot businesses on citysearch that have messages from the merchant before the review. The place was not well-known for years after its opening, even though the service was a lot better. To recap, the food is good but it is silly for anyone living on the west side with access to so many superior restaurants to even talk about Maison Akira.

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★★☆☆☆

I lived in Pasadena for years and went to Maison Akira a few times since its opening. The food was good for Pasadena standards but as good as the sublime Derek's Bistro on Glenarm. The service at both places was below average even for LA standards. The sea bass at Derek's (when they had it) was superior to Maison's. The lst time I was at Maison Akira, the Mexican head-waiter and the French Maitre D', Christine, were completely rude to us. I mentioned to Christine that there was no need chilling our wine right before serving it and that they could have served it directly. The bottle was about $40 on the menu which admittedly was not a high-roller one. Christine turned around and called our wine a ""cheap wine."" Good thing I was not there with a date that i was trying to impress. This restaurant has had a major marketing campaign and despite my emails requests, they have not removed me from their email list. They obviously hired a marketing manager who in the past six years has tried to do a lot in pushing the place. I highly suspect a lot of the reviews here are posted by the business affiliates. I have notices that trend with a lot businesses on citysearch that have messages from the merchant before the review. The place was not well-known for years after its opening, even though the service was a lot better. To recap, the food is good but it is silly for anyone living on the west side with access to so many superior restaurants to even talk about Maison Akira.

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I had never even heard of this place when my family went two weeks ago to celebrate my brother's birthday. To my amusement, everything on the menu looked so great, I had no idea what to order. Luckily, there were six of us, so I got to try most things. I opted for the pre fixe, which, at $50, might be the best buy and best pre fixe in southern california. They gave us an amuse bouche of a wonderful yellotail tuna, which really did get my tastebuds going. I started with a wonderful mushroom soup. Blended and creamy and yummy. hen I had the ""Grilled Beef Ribeye steak in a black peppercorn sauce with gratin potatoes"". Dee-lish. The steak was tender and flavorful, the sauce wonderfully complimented it and was pepery without being overpowering. The gratin potatoes (a comfort food to me) were a delicate gourmet version of sorts, sliced think and stacked elegantly and creamily on the plate. I was in hog heaven. I tasted the fois gras, which was the best I've EVER had, and tasted like steak but melted like butter on the tongue. I also tasted the asparagus soup, which was delicious and made with a vegetable stock. The miso marintaed chilean sea bass (Akira's signature dish) was good, and my bro's wagyu (kobe style) beef was out of this world. The desserts were great, too. I had a lavender creme brullee, and next time would opt for it without the lavender (it was good, but sometimes I'm a purist with these sorts of things). All in all, the dinner was great! An expensive night out for 6, but frankly, if you're looking for a special night, the pre fixe is a great deal. The restaurant itself is also warm, inviting, off the beaten track, and not at all pretentious. It's a little bit like my beloved Inn Of The Seventh Ray, but a little more gourmet, and French, and less hippy. You know...

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★★★★★

I had never even heard of this place when my family went two weeks ago to celebrate my brother's birthday. To my amusement, everything on the menu looked so great, I had no idea what to order. Luckily, there were six of us, so I got to try most things. I opted for the pre fixe, which, at $50, might be the best buy and best pre fixe in southern california. They gave us an amuse bouche of a wonderful yellotail tuna, which really did get my tastebuds going. I started with a wonderful mushroom soup. Blended and creamy and yummy. hen I had the ""Grilled Beef Ribeye steak in a black peppercorn sauce with gratin potatoes"". Dee-lish. The steak was tender and flavorful, the sauce wonderfully complimented it and was pepery without being overpowering. The gratin potatoes (a comfort food to me) were a delicate gourmet version of sorts, sliced think and stacked elegantly and creamily on the plate. I was in hog heaven. I tasted the fois gras, which was the best I've EVER had, and tasted like steak but melted like butter on the tongue. I also tasted the asparagus soup, which was delicious and made with a vegetable stock. The miso marintaed chilean sea bass (Akira's signature dish) was good, and my bro's wagyu (kobe style) beef was out of this world. The desserts were great, too. I had a lavender creme brullee, and next time would opt for it without the lavender (it was good, but sometimes I'm a purist with these sorts of things). All in all, the dinner was great! An expensive night out for 6, but frankly, if you're looking for a special night, the pre fixe is a great deal. The restaurant itself is also warm, inviting, off the beaten track, and not at all pretentious. It's a little bit like my beloved Inn Of The Seventh Ray, but a little more gourmet, and French, and less hippy. You know...

Pros: Wonderful find!

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Took my wife here for her 30th bday.\r\n\r\nshe had the menu epicurean with the ""kobe"" ny steak, i had the miso sea bass. we shared our appetizers, which included the kampachi & yellow tail and the foie gras. wanted to try dessert but we were given complimentary bday icecream dessert and by the time we finished, we ran out of room.\r\n\r\ni was simply blown away by the taste and quality. we've had our share of find dining experience (gary danko's in sf, mastro's, matsuhisa, nobu, etc) and this ranks near the top. \r\n\r\ni wanted to take my wife somewhere special, but not somewhere that was ""too"" established. maison could not have suited this purpose any better.\r\n\r\ncan't wait to go back.\r\n\r\nhere's my breakdown\r\n\r\nfood - 9 out of 10, 10 being best\r\nthe sea bass is no joke. menu states that chef hirose served this dish to the emperor of japan. i can confirm that this dish is fit for any royalty.\r\n\r\nservice - 8 out of 10\r\nhonestly, i was too busy eating. we've had better svc at restaurants like gary danko's (known for treating their patrons like kings/queens).\r\n\r\ndecor/atmosphere - 7 of 10\r\nplace is cute and cozy, nothing extravagant. doens't really matter though...the entrees look everything look better.\r\n\r\nvalue - 8.5 of 10\r\nspent about $120 per person, worth every dime!

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★★★☆☆

Took my wife here for her 30th bday.\r\n\r\nshe had the menu epicurean with the ""kobe"" ny steak, i had the miso sea bass. we shared our appetizers, which included the kampachi & yellow tail and the foie gras. wanted to try dessert but we were given complimentary bday icecream dessert and by the time we finished, we ran out of room.\r\n\r\ni was simply blown away by the taste and quality. we've had our share of find dining experience (gary danko's in sf, mastro's, matsuhisa, nobu, etc) and this ranks near the top. \r\n\r\ni wanted to take my wife somewhere special, but not somewhere that was ""too"" established. maison could not have suited this purpose any better.\r\n\r\ncan't wait to go back.\r\n\r\nhere's my breakdown\r\n\r\nfood - 9 out of 10, 10 being best\r\nthe sea bass is no joke. menu states that chef hirose served this dish to the emperor of japan. i can confirm that this dish is fit for any royalty.\r\n\r\nservice - 8 out of 10\r\nhonestly, i was too busy eating. we've had better svc at restaurants like gary danko's (known for treating their patrons like kings/queens).\r\n\r\ndecor/atmosphere - 7 of 10\r\nplace is cute and cozy, nothing extravagant. doens't really matter though...the entrees look everything look better.\r\n\r\nvalue - 8.5 of 10\r\nspent about $120 per person, worth every dime!

Pros: miso sea bass is to die for

Cons: too far from the south bay!

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I agree with some of the other reviews, somewhat stuffy atmosphere, like an outdated living room, but it was comfortable and quiet. The food is amazing. Excellent Chilean seabass and the kobe beef was just superb. It is a tiny portion and I think it was $45 so don't be surprised. I didn't care for the lavender scented creme brulee. You should definitely try this restaurant. I thought the service was very good. Maybe it is good that I don't understand Spanish, but we got there at 5 pm so they were probably not saying they would wish we would leave so they could go home.

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★★★★★

I agree with some of the other reviews, somewhat stuffy atmosphere, like an outdated living room, but it was comfortable and quiet. The food is amazing. Excellent Chilean seabass and the kobe beef was just superb. It is a tiny portion and I think it was $45 so don't be surprised. I didn't care for the lavender scented creme brulee. You should definitely try this restaurant. I thought the service was very good. Maybe it is good that I don't understand Spanish, but we got there at 5 pm so they were probably not saying they would wish we would leave so they could go home.

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We just LOVE this restaurant. The sea bass is fabulous. The service is wonderful. Great place to unwind and escape. Great place for a romantic dinner. Also went with a group of 12 and they handled it very well and it was nice that it is separated from main dining area. Small and intimate but they break up the space nicely. The food and wine are outstanding. Definitely one of the best in Southern California.

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★★★★★

We just LOVE this restaurant. The sea bass is fabulous. The service is wonderful. Great place to unwind and escape. Great place for a romantic dinner. Also went with a group of 12 and they handled it very well and it was nice that it is separated from main dining area. Small and intimate but they break up the space nicely. The food and wine are outstanding. Definitely one of the best in Southern California.

Pros: Validated parking next to be building, THE FOOD

Cons: on a one way street

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This is one of the best places for a date! My husband took me there for my birthday and I had a fabulous time. The food was great as were the wines that were paired with it. We both had the prix-fixe dinner and it was well worth the price! The chef has a distinct style that comes through in his creations. It was a memorable culinary experience...to say the least! We will definitely be back for more!

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★★★★★

This is one of the best places for a date! My husband took me there for my birthday and I had a fabulous time. The food was great as were the wines that were paired with it. We both had the prix-fixe dinner and it was well worth the price! The chef has a distinct style that comes through in his creations. It was a memorable culinary experience...to say the least! We will definitely be back for more!

Pros: Memorable Dining Experience

Cons: Parking can be a challenge, pricey

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Everything was excellent.\r\nFood was execellent. Service was great.\r\nIt was good for romantic dinner as well.

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★★★★★

Everything was excellent.\r\nFood was execellent. Service was great.\r\nIt was good for romantic dinner as well.

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This is the first restaurant that reminded me of the restaurants in France. There were two restaurants in Paris where I had the two of the finest meals I've ever had in in my life, and I have been searching everywhere in Southern California for the same experience. I finally found it with this restaurant. If you are looking to tantalize the tastebuds, then this is the place to go.

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★★★★★

This is the first restaurant that reminded me of the restaurants in France. There were two restaurants in Paris where I had the two of the finest meals I've ever had in in my life, and I have been searching everywhere in Southern California for the same experience. I finally found it with this restaurant. If you are looking to tantalize the tastebuds, then this is the place to go.

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Immediately seated on a Sunday evening, we found the atmosphere very romantic, though the average patron's age seemed to hover close to the 50s mark. The idea of melding French and Japanese intrigued us. I'd have to say it worked perfectly! I had the roasted stuffed Quail with sauteed shrimps and it was delectible. Even the iced tea was brewed nicely and the service was excellent. I'd love to go back to try the salads and sashimi plates.

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★★★★★

Immediately seated on a Sunday evening, we found the atmosphere very romantic, though the average patron's age seemed to hover close to the 50s mark. The idea of melding French and Japanese intrigued us. I'd have to say it worked perfectly! I had the roasted stuffed Quail with sauteed shrimps and it was delectible. Even the iced tea was brewed nicely and the service was excellent. I'd love to go back to try the salads and sashimi plates.

Pros: free 90min parking w/ validation

Cons: a bit too quiet/stuffy

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Overall, the dining (culinary) experience was nice. The asian salad was very good and so was the dessert. I was disappointed with the vegetarian entree. I was expecting the vegetarian entree on the menu, slow roasted vegetables in phyllo and portobello ravioli. However, we were only served the raviolis.\r\n\r\nWhile my guests were generally happy with their salmon and beef tenderloin, the ones who ordered the lamb found it to be unsavory. They believe the meat may have been bad. They have all had lamb before at numerous fine restaurants and so it was not the lamb flavor that they found distasteful, it was the lamb that was served to them that evening that was bad.\r\n\r\nWe had an issue with the servers as well. Although the 2 servers (they were both latino/hispanic males) were very pleasant during the service, they made a comment at the end that I cannot overlook. While speaking to one another in Spanish, they commented that they wish that our party woulud leave soon so that they could go home. I found that comment to be quite offensive and offputting. My dinner party left around 10:20 p.m., which is not late, by any standards, for a Saturday night. Additionally, there were at least 4 other tables still dining at the time we left. It made me question whether we were being snubbed, whether the $1,200.00 we spent on dinner that night did not warrant better service or better regard from the restaurant staff.\r\n\r\nThe atmosphere/clientele is very cold. We receive nasty glares from the older diners. They complained when we were taking photos of our dinner party. I would not recommend this place for any festive gathering. I would not recommend this place to anyone really. I sent a comment to the restaurant but they have chosen to not respond to my issues.

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★★★☆☆

Overall, the dining (culinary) experience was nice. The asian salad was very good and so was the dessert. I was disappointed with the vegetarian entree. I was expecting the vegetarian entree on the menu, slow roasted vegetables in phyllo and portobello ravioli. However, we were only served the raviolis.\r\n\r\nWhile my guests were generally happy with their salmon and beef tenderloin, the ones who ordered the lamb found it to be unsavory. They believe the meat may have been bad. They have all had lamb before at numerous fine restaurants and so it was not the lamb flavor that they found distasteful, it was the lamb that was served to them that evening that was bad.\r\n\r\nWe had an issue with the servers as well. Although the 2 servers (they were both latino/hispanic males) were very pleasant during the service, they made a comment at the end that I cannot overlook. While speaking to one another in Spanish, they commented that they wish that our party woulud leave soon so that they could go home. I found that comment to be quite offensive and offputting. My dinner party left around 10:20 p.m., which is not late, by any standards, for a Saturday night. Additionally, there were at least 4 other tables still dining at the time we left. It made me question whether we were being snubbed, whether the $1,200.00 we spent on dinner that night did not warrant better service or better regard from the restaurant staff.\r\n\r\nThe atmosphere/clientele is very cold. We receive nasty glares from the older diners. They complained when we were taking photos of our dinner party. I would not recommend this place for any festive gathering. I would not recommend this place to anyone really. I sent a comment to the restaurant but they have chosen to not respond to my issues.

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the food was just above average, and we were sorry about the experience at Maison Akira my one year old son made a little mess, and he just only one year old, but our waitress made a common to us: NO ANIMALS ALLOW HERE!! this was their hospitality \nto little customer, we were very very dispointed and sad thinking to make sure any of our freinds will not bring small kids there. \nMison Akira Pasadena is not a kids friendly place to enjoy.\nthere was also a large group having brunch at the same time when we were there, so we end up not getting enough food due to long long long line and wait, so I really think when they having large group like that they should have private service not put us all together.\n\n \n \n

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★★★☆☆

the food was just above average, and we were sorry about the experience at Maison Akira my one year old son made a little mess, and he just only one year old, but our waitress made a common to us: NO ANIMALS ALLOW HERE!! this was their hospitality \nto little customer, we were very very dispointed and sad thinking to make sure any of our freinds will not bring small kids there. \nMison Akira Pasadena is not a kids friendly place to enjoy.\nthere was also a large group having brunch at the same time when we were there, so we end up not getting enough food due to long long long line and wait, so I really think when they having large group like that they should have private service not put us all together.\n\n \n \n

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The first time I ate here was for Valentine's Day. Probably not the best time to come -- the meal ended up costing a fortune, which was expected on that day, but it was still a bit too much. The food was great -- probably the first time i've ever had foie gras (sp?), and it was delicious! The other dishes were great too, but for that much money? I don't think any food should cost that much. Anyways, friends tell me that they have a great Sunday Brunch (like the Ritz Carlton Huntington), but of course, it may be on the expensive side.

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★★★★☆

The first time I ate here was for Valentine's Day. Probably not the best time to come -- the meal ended up costing a fortune, which was expected on that day, but it was still a bit too much. The food was great -- probably the first time i've ever had foie gras (sp?), and it was delicious! The other dishes were great too, but for that much money? I don't think any food should cost that much. Anyways, friends tell me that they have a great Sunday Brunch (like the Ritz Carlton Huntington), but of course, it may be on the expensive side.

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Excellent for a date or anniversary, Akira is tucked away on Green street in Pasadena, away from the hubbub of oldtown/Colorado.\n\nRecommendations: The Fixed Price Menu dinners are excellent, I've had the best lobster I've ever tasted with it, the vanilla bean ice cream dessert is also very nice. Birthdays are done tastefully with a little music box that plays happy birthday and a dessert, nothing more (thankfully). Reservations and window seats are recommended.

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★★★★★

Excellent for a date or anniversary, Akira is tucked away on Green street in Pasadena, away from the hubbub of oldtown/Colorado.\n\nRecommendations: The Fixed Price Menu dinners are excellent, I've had the best lobster I've ever tasted with it, the vanilla bean ice cream dessert is also very nice. Birthdays are done tastefully with a little music box that plays happy birthday and a dessert, nothing more (thankfully). Reservations and window seats are recommended.

Pros: Food, Romatic, Secluded

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Some dishes were average, while some were superb. Amuse Bouche of smoke salmon and marinated small squid. I was not too impressed because the salmon was average and the squid was too fishy. Oyster flan: very sophisticated. Tuna sashimi: average. Foie gras with mango and dikon: it is the best foie gras dish I ever had. Seafood consomme soup: soothing and delicate. Lobster with wasabi potato: lobster went surprisingly very well with the potato. Plum wine granite: nothing more than shaved ice, though they consider it one of the courses. Marinated chilean seabass: as good as advertised. Cheese plate: only one kind-average. Desert: vanilla ice-cream in cookie bowl, fresh berries, caramel cage-like dome, and strawberry sauce: looked great, tasted average. Overall, the meal gave me the insight into Chef Akira's cuisine. I will definitely visit this restaurant again, however I will just order from the menu instead.

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★★★★★

Some dishes were average, while some were superb. Amuse Bouche of smoke salmon and marinated small squid. I was not too impressed because the salmon was average and the squid was too fishy. Oyster flan: very sophisticated. Tuna sashimi: average. Foie gras with mango and dikon: it is the best foie gras dish I ever had. Seafood consomme soup: soothing and delicate. Lobster with wasabi potato: lobster went surprisingly very well with the potato. Plum wine granite: nothing more than shaved ice, though they consider it one of the courses. Marinated chilean seabass: as good as advertised. Cheese plate: only one kind-average. Desert: vanilla ice-cream in cookie bowl, fresh berries, caramel cage-like dome, and strawberry sauce: looked great, tasted average. Overall, the meal gave me the insight into Chef Akira's cuisine. I will definitely visit this restaurant again, however I will just order from the menu instead.

Pros: ambience, parking, taste (mostly)

Cons: portion size

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Here is the restaurant for a perfect romantic evening! First, I was going to take my husband to L'Orangerie but the thought of hitting traffic just not for both of us. So we went to AKIRA. The service was amazing, reminding us of HK or Thailand. The food was great... French with a kick of Japanese! Something totally different! If you enjoy food as much as we do, this is a good place to enjoy two of you alone. The ambience was not noisy or loud.... You can actually enjoy each other conversation.

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★★★★★

Here is the restaurant for a perfect romantic evening! First, I was going to take my husband to L'Orangerie but the thought of hitting traffic just not for both of us. So we went to AKIRA. The service was amazing, reminding us of HK or Thailand. The food was great... French with a kick of Japanese! Something totally different! If you enjoy food as much as we do, this is a good place to enjoy two of you alone. The ambience was not noisy or loud.... You can actually enjoy each other conversation.

Pros: Good Parking, Good service, Good Food

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My husband and I discovered Maison Akira several years ago, and love to go there on our birthdays. The hostess and staff always remember us and make us feel very welcome. The Prix Fixe menus are outstanding, (especially with thoughtful wine parings) and Chef Hirose always changes his ingredients seasonally. Don't miss the Chilean seabass or the lavendar creme brulee. The dining room is romantic and we always sit near the fire place. The Sunday brunch is excellent as well. Overall, one of our favorite restaurants.

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★★★★★

My husband and I discovered Maison Akira several years ago, and love to go there on our birthdays. The hostess and staff always remember us and make us feel very welcome. The Prix Fixe menus are outstanding, (especially with thoughtful wine parings) and Chef Hirose always changes his ingredients seasonally. Don't miss the Chilean seabass or the lavendar creme brulee. The dining room is romantic and we always sit near the fire place. The Sunday brunch is excellent as well. Overall, one of our favorite restaurants.

Pros: Romantic, Excellent wine list, Delicious desserts

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I love the personalized service here. As a regular, they remember your favorite dishes and what your favorite wine by the glass is. And the Chilean Sea Bass is wonderful! Try it! Also the chef likes to occasionally go into the dining room area to check on his diners. I think it is a really nice touch.

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★★★★★

I love the personalized service here. As a regular, they remember your favorite dishes and what your favorite wine by the glass is. And the Chilean Sea Bass is wonderful! Try it! Also the chef likes to occasionally go into the dining room area to check on his diners. I think it is a really nice touch.

Pros: service, romantic

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This restaurant is excellence in service and decoration.\nIt's romantic enough because your seating area is quiet, spread out, plus an attentive service.\nThe food is very tasty, but small in portion.\nI wish the owner Mr. Akira can increase a larger portions.\n\nIt's a good choice for first date, as the dining experience is in a slow pace.\n\nIt's expensive, but that the price you paid for a romantic dining.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is excellence in service and decoration.\nIt's romantic enough because your seating area is quiet, spread out, plus an attentive service.\nThe food is very tasty, but small in portion.\nI wish the owner Mr. Akira can increase a larger portions.\n\nIt's a good choice for first date, as the dining experience is in a slow pace.\n\nIt's expensive, but that the price you paid for a romantic dining.

Pros: food, service, decoration

Cons: small portions.

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Great food and service. A perfect event by dinning at Maison Akira.

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★★★★★

Great food and service. A perfect event by dinning at Maison Akira.

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The meal was perfect along with the wine. Also, the server was very attentive and sweet. One of my new favorite places!!

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★★★★★

The meal was perfect along with the wine. Also, the server was very attentive and sweet. One of my new favorite places!!

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This is definitely a very romantic spot, it's quiet and relaxing. Has a very homey feeling.

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★★★★★

This is definitely a very romantic spot, it's quiet and relaxing. Has a very homey feeling.

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If you like French-Japanese food - you have to try Maison Akira at least once in your lifetime. I had a prix fixe (around $50 or $60) and every morsel of food was an absolute conversation piece. Also, Chef Akira's legendary miso marinated sea bass is quite a treat. The food was wonderful, and the service was impeccable. Best of all, you can wear you jeans and you won't fee under dressed!

PROS: great food - beautiful ambiance
CONS: none

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★★★★★

If you like French-Japanese food - you have to try Maison Akira at least once in your lifetime. I had a prix fixe (around $50 or $60) and every morsel of food was an absolute conversation piece. Also, Chef Akira's legendary miso marinated sea bass is quite a treat. The food was wonderful, and the service was impeccable. Best of all, you can wear you jeans and you won't fee under dressed!

PROS: great food - beautiful ambiance
CONS: none

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If you are looking for a romantic, special restaurant - this is the place!\nThe food is outstanding and they have an excellent wine selection.\n

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★★★★★

If you are looking for a romantic, special restaurant - this is the place!\nThe food is outstanding and they have an excellent wine selection.\n

Pros: food, service, scene

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A wonderful evening! July 22 was our third visit and as enjoyable as the previous two. Service was friendly and efficient. We had a taste of the house smoked Atlantic salmon, which was delicious. I had two specials, the lobster salad with a touch ofcaviar and the New York steak dabbed with roquefort cheese. Monique had the special foie gras appetizer and the Baby Rack of Lamb. Our entrees were cooked to perfection with sauces that compliment, not overwhelm. We added a glass of Merlot to round out a perfect meal. - eem

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A wonderful evening! July 22 was our third visit and as enjoyable as the previous two. Service was friendly and efficient. We had a taste of the house smoked Atlantic salmon, which was delicious. I had two specials, the lobster salad with a touch ofcaviar and the New York steak dabbed with roquefort cheese. Monique had the special foie gras appetizer and the Baby Rack of Lamb. Our entrees were cooked to perfection with sauces that compliment, not overwhelm. We added a glass of Merlot to round out a perfect meal. - eem

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I have a new favorite! I love LOrangerie, but its a bit expensive, Maison Akira is just as nice only reasonably priced. I went there a few weeks ago for my hubbys birthday, the service was great, and so was the food (you have to try their lamb, and the timbal for dessert). The hostess was polite, and we were seated promptly even though I had forgotten to make reservations. Defiantly a romantic place to go, but I would recommend reservations, because its a small place, even if it feels large then it real is.

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★★★★★

I have a new favorite! I love LOrangerie, but its a bit expensive, Maison Akira is just as nice only reasonably priced. I went there a few weeks ago for my hubbys birthday, the service was great, and so was the food (you have to try their lamb, and the timbal for dessert). The hostess was polite, and we were seated promptly even though I had forgotten to make reservations. Defiantly a romantic place to go, but I would recommend reservations, because its a small place, even if it feels large then it real is.

Pros: Great food, Romantic, great service

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The Chef is very talented and we have always enjoyed the food and service.

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★★★★★

The Chef is very talented and we have always enjoyed the food and service.

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Even though much has been said about Chef Akira's chilean seabass, it is absolutely the best dish on the menu! Prepared perfectly, it makes for a terrific dinner. Also noteworthy is the softshell crab and duck if you don't like fish. The service is impeccable, and everyone works hard to make you feel very welcome.

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★★★★★

Even though much has been said about Chef Akira's chilean seabass, it is absolutely the best dish on the menu! Prepared perfectly, it makes for a terrific dinner. Also noteworthy is the softshell crab and duck if you don't like fish. The service is impeccable, and everyone works hard to make you feel very welcome.

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The food here is superb. We ate there & expected it to be too formal w/food that fit that billing. We were blown away. This food experience made our Top 5 list & every bit of it was awesome. The service was great & there was no snootiness at all. Chef Hirose is a genius & every dollar was worth it.

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★★★★★

The food here is superb. We ate there & expected it to be too formal w/food that fit that billing. We were blown away. This food experience made our Top 5 list & every bit of it was awesome. The service was great & there was no snootiness at all. Chef Hirose is a genius & every dollar was worth it.

Pros: The food!, Service, Ambience

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Excellent coursed-menu, give one understanding of the talent of Chef Akira

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★★★★☆

Excellent coursed-menu, give one understanding of the talent of Chef Akira

Pros: Food, Nice Environment

Cons: Parking

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The food was well presented and the atmosphere was nice. However, it was TOO PRICEY ....

2
★★★★☆

The food was well presented and the atmosphere was nice. However, it was TOO PRICEY ....

Pros: atmosphere, service

Cons: price

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The food is very tasty and also the server is nice

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★★★★★

The food is very tasty and also the server is nice

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