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Japon Bistro

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927 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106-1721 (Lake and Colorado)
+1 626-744-1751
11:30 - 21:30
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Mon 11:30 - 02:30
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 21:30
Fri 11:30 - 22:30
Sat - Sun 17:00 - 21:30
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66 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

I left Los Angeles a year ago, and moved to the Oregon Coast. In Los Angeles I lived for 30 years in La Canada - Flintridge, perched up above the inversion layer in the surrounding mountains, 10 minutes away from Pasadena and 25 minutes away from the Downtown Financial District. A life long student and fan of Asian history and... More 

Thank BULLDOG742014
Sierra Madre, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

We have been long time supporters of Japon Bistro and of course wanted to support the new owners who had recently purchased it. After several tries....we are sad to report, we are very underwhelmed. The ambience is now bright, harsh lighting with the tv screens showing a strange aquatic channel. The new owners are awkward at best, barely acknowleding us... More 

1 Thank sushiloversca
Pasadena, California
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2015

The new owners of Japon Bistro have stepped it up! The quality of fish is far superior! Amazing Toro, Yellowtail, Hamashi, etc. All flown in daily. We have been fans of this restaurant for years, and this is the best it has ever been. Friendly dedicated staff, and its charming chef, Otta, insure that your will have a wonderful experience... More 

Thank RoseCityslicker
Pasadena, California
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81 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

Japon bistro is a well priced sushi restaurant I have been coming to for several years now and they are always the right choice! this time around I checked a few other sushi serving joints nearby and they beat every other place on price and ambiance. Even the fast food Mako Bowl across the street which has a tuna bowl... More 

Thank 100lat
Pasadena, California
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176 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2015

Love this place. The food is fresh and great quality. The servers are always informative and provide great service.

Thank AnnieP7
Kimberly, Idaho
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261 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

It has been 10 years since I last dined at Japon Bistro. I was impressed by the quality of their sushi then. This time we tried their Sake & Sushi sampler plus 2 different appetizers. Can't say much about the sake since I'm not a drinker. The sushi was fine. The scallops in the Sautéed Scallop & Mushrooms appetizer were... More 

Thank 3Kells
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2014 via mobile

We went here during Restaurantweek en we were very impressed. The food was good, certainly not middle of the road and the service was great! We also liked the pairing of sake. Very nice indeed!

Thank Marianne W
Ridgefield, CT
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2013 via mobile

Was here on March 27 while on business on the recommendation of a colleague: food was good but the service sucked. It was slow, our food came completely in disorder and when we got the bill I was charged for all the items I had ordered but that the kitchen never prepared! Thank God I always review my checks.

Thank Javier Ander Z
Los Angeles, California
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573 reviews
464 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2013

Honestly, the food was pretty good. Based on the food alone, I would give it 5 stars. But I was disappointed in the service. At first, service was great. They were attentive and really helped us out with all the questions we had regarding the menu. We ordered a lot of food. We started off with the yellowtail with Jalapeno... More 

Thank nlee1220
San Diego, California
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154 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2012

The service was extremely friendly and helpful. Tempura was the best I've had outside Japan; their miso soup is very good too. Nabeyaki udon was tasty but skimpy on ingredients--too much kamaboko, not enough vegetable, no fish or chicken.

Thank Tony C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:30
11:30 - 02:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 927 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106-1721
    (Lake and Colorado)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-744-1751

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