Pasadena >Food & Dining > Japon Bistro
927 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110634.145899 -118.131148
Tue-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm
Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10:30pm
Sat 5pm-10:30pm, Sun 5pm-9:15pm
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
Slow service – Very slow service. We need to wait long time for food and even the bill.
Food is just ok, nothing special bout it
sushi only skin deep – the ambiance of the restaurant is nice and romantic but that's about it at this sushi restaurant. the fish was of average quality, so if you can forego the decor of a sushi bar i would go to a different place to get the same quality of fish for much better prices. plus the sushi/sashimi variety is limited (trust me i've worked in the sushi business). the worst part of my dining experience was the service. the staff couldn't even communicate with each other correctly and the server argued with us and basically called us liars. definitely pass this place by b/c the only thing thats stellar about japon bistro is the decorations and that's about it.
Thank you for the compliments on the interior; however, I do beg to differ with your opinion of the quality of our fish. We were rated in the top 10 of sushi restaurants in all of LA. We also get our fish from the same markets as the "famous, celebrity status" restaurants. Being in the biz, it does not surprise me that you are making these prejudicial statements.
We pride ourselves on our customer service - I do not know what happened that night, however I do invite you back again and will make amends for your service experience.
She-she Sushi – Suprisingly, there were only 3 tables occupied when we walked in on a Saturday night in central Pasadena. The little fountain and green tea colored walls were calming and inviting, but immediately I was wondering about the "yet affordable" claim. A Philidelphia roll was $12 and tea, $1 (normally complementary).
My Japon roll was five pieces the size of teacup saucers and was a grand old, tasty mess. The drink menu was mainly exotic saki, and my selection proved to be quite good - a highlight. My boyfriend ordered the chicken and mushroom entree which was polite to the palate, and almost apologetic in lack of flavor. The meal (2 rolls, 2 pieces of shrimp, one entree, one cocktail, 2 teas) set him back $60!!!!! Not for the artist's wallet. Maybe a nice place to impress a client, a visiting relative, or a date with a heart condition.
Great food and choice of atmosphere – When it comes to the food and sake, it easily ranks with the best. But the atmosphere is probably unmatched. It seems to always be busy. Whether its a subdued tuesday evening or the upbeat live entertainment on thursdays and fridays, this place has a mood for you. Just pick your day. Sometimes I want to just chill and chat with friends and other times I just want to listen to the music. I have a choice, and in either case the food is always great! Come on different days and find what suits your mood. I did.
Great sushi place! – Nice atmosphere, good food for a decent price. Fresh and tasty is their motto. Great place to eat.
not your common fish – Sushi chef personally selects from the fish markets daily best. Specializes in fish found only in Japan with correct texture of the rice. Sake selection is outstanding and the ambience is cozy. Staff is very friendly and attentive but on a recent busy night, service was a bit slow.
Terrible – The worst service ever. The manager was hostile, arrogant and rude. I'll never go here again.
one of the best sake lists in LA – if i could drink cold sake everywhere, i'd be a happy camper. JB has one of the best sake lists on the whole area. They have sakes i haven't seen since NYC's famous Sakagura (sake club) restaurant. for the real sushi afficianados, chef "Ichi" prepares a wonderful albacore salad, as well as my favorite, salmon carpaccio. and my date was most impressed with the ginger creme brulee for dessert!
Good stuff – They have quite extensive selections of sushi and sake. Ordered the tuna sashimi, yellowtail and albacore. They were all delicious and fresh. The chicken teriyaki came out good, although personally I would have prefered breast meat. The parking can be tricky but shouldnt be an issue if one was to look for a decent sushi bar.
Upscale yet affordable Japanese eatery offers the city's largest sake selection. – In Short
With its earth-toned wood floors, bonsai trees and colorful tapestries, this bistro-style dining room is stylish. Diners sit at the crowded sushi bar in back or at private tables along the side wall. Along with ample sushi and sashimi options, the large menu features several varieties of miso soup and assorted cooked entrees, including the Super Power bowl, a combination of barbecued eel, tuna, garlic chicken and mountain vegetables over brown and white rice.
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