Pasadena >Clothing > Matsuri-Japanese Restaurant
1065 E Green St, Pasadena, CA | Directions 9110634.144763 -118.128434
Neighborhoods: South Pasadena
Best Sushi – Its authentic and I believe its family owned! Its very good. My buddy took me here for dinner once and I'm always back now! Sushis fresh and the foods always delicious. The staff is friendly. On weekends its packed so try to get there early!
Best Sushi Value in Pasadena without the fake glitz – I have been living in Tokyo for over 20 years plus and in Pasadena 3 to 4 times a year. Sushi Roku is okay but way too overpriced. Matsuri has equal to better food and reasonable prices. Definitely my favorite when I am in Pasadena.
They also have a good variety of other Japanese dishes available.
The toro was better quality then Katsuya and not even close to the same price.
If you live in the area, go here. Yoshida's in San Marino has hastily prepared sushi and too expensive for what you get.
Disgusting! – I brought my coworker here today for lunch and all I can say is DISGUSTING! Their sashimi tasted like rubber that's been there for days and on top of that I saw the chef wipe his snot and not wash his hands! Just sick. I completely lost my appetite.
Great food, despite the circumstances – I ate here once on a blind date.
Mind you, it wasn't my blind date, but rather the date of a friend of mine who asked me to tag along because she didn't know the guy.
I was all, " No way man, suck it up and just do it."
Me," No frikken way."
Her, " But what if I hate him? What if there's no chemistry?"
Me, "What if you like him? What if there's chemistry?"
Her, "I'll buy you dinner at a decent sushi place..."
Me, "What time you kids picking me up?"
The food was...not bad! I ate every thing given to me and that's always good. The date on the otherhand, from my perspective, was not so good. As fate would have it, I was about as useful as a Gideon's Bible in a motel that charges by the hour...and treated accordingly. I have never felt so ignored on a date before. I might as well have been shoved in the top drawer and forgotten about completely.
When they "pity" begged me to go get drinks after dinner at another location, I realized I was their walking human condom. I was the only thing standing between hand holding under the table and making out like seniors on prom night in the back seat of the car. I draw the line at 2 people boning on top of me. I mean my line is drawn way before that, but you get the idea.
He did send her flowers the next day and they dated a few more times. But I sure learned my lesson regarding blind dates.
Never go on a blind date that is not yours.
Great Sushi – We went there for a business luncheon and were pleasantly surprised. I prefer to eat just sushi, but opted for a bento box for simplicity, getting the broiled saba, tuna sushi, and tempura: all were delicious. The size of the meal was just right and the price was reasonable for lunch. I wish I had ordered more sushi, b/c the tuna was delicious. We ordered a "saba sushi" which comes on a special vinegar rice. It was delicious as well. The tempura was very crispy and delicious. I couldn't say one bad thing about our meal.
The only cons I have is that service can a be a little on the slow side so don't go there if you're rushed. Service seemed to be slow though b/c every table in the place was taken. Be sure to call ahead of time to make reservations.
I'm going to Matsuri again tonight with some friends and would definitely recommend it to others. This place is a hidden gem in Pasadena.
FANTASTIC – Being picky, being Japanese American, I must say this is the best in Pasadena. By far, my favorite place to go for sushi. Been eating there for a number of years and never been let down.
Terrible Restaurant – This restaurant doesn't have "ee-sakana no I-tame", in japanese it mean good quality of fish. The fish is dry, doesn't have any juice left on nigiri, the rice doesn't taste like it suppose too instead it is too dry. I also didn't like the sake that cost $300.00 per bottle. I would like to ask anyone who would dare enough to buy a $300.00 worth of sake and eat their sushi?
A true classic... – Best quality sushi in Pasadena by far!! We have eaten at the majority of sushi establishments in Pasadena and always find ourselves going back to Matsuri. This a family owned traditional Japanese restaurant with the most gracious staff. Excellent parking also in the back. Highly recomended!!!
Japanese Taiko Drum – On April 2007, my friends and I, 6 of us, went to Matsuri to try out their Teryaki Chicken w/Tempura and their Teryaki Beef w/Tempura for dinner. We always like to go to different Japanese Restaurants to try out their Teryaki Chicken w/Tempura, Teryaki Beef w/Tempura, and sushi/sashimi. When we walked in, one of the Matsuri staff picked up the drumsticks and started striking the Japanese Taiko drum. All the Matsuri staff greeted us and smiled at us, they were very hospitable. We ordered their Teryaki Chicken w/Tempura & their Teryaki Beef w/Tempura, 3 of us also ordered some sushi/sashimi. Our orders were ready in 12 minutes. Our orders came with miso soup(our ratings: average), salad(our ratings: recommended), potato salad(our ratings: below average, it was alittle bit bland), slice of honeydew melon(our ratings: average), teryaki chicken or teryaki beef(our ratings: below average, the teryaki sauce tasted fishy), rice(our ratings: average), and shrimp & vegetable tempura(our ratings: below average, tempura sauce was bland). My friends said that the sushi/sashimi were delicious. The service was great. When I accidentally dropped my chopsticks, I didn't even ask the waiter to get me new chopsticks, the waiter immediately gave me new chopsticks and bowed to me. For dinner, expect to spend about $12.50 - $18.00 per person. After we ate, paid for our dinner, stood up, and walked toward the exit, all the Matsuri staff said goodbye and smiled at us. If you are looking for great service, hospitality, delicious sushi/sashimi, and want to hear the Japanese Taiko drum, then I would highly recommend Matsuri.
best kept neighborhood japanese with the freshest fresh – We just moved to Pasadena and stumbled on this neighborhood Japanese restaurant. Owned by a family with the mother/father running the front of the house and the two brothers behind the sushi bar, it's a great place if you go there for the food. We've only been here for 5 weeks and we've been back 5 times. It has the freshest fish and if you're out for adventure, ask the brothers to recommend something - since everything they seem to recommend is oustanding. Sit at the bar and converse amongst other regulars.
"Sometimes we want to go where everybody knows our name."
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