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Time

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Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, diners club, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhoods
Downtown Pasadena, Playhouse District
Other Email

Categories
Continental Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants, French Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Validated, Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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lizette

12/19/2010

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Overpriced, poor service and won't honor their reservations

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.
A ""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.
Last 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.
Never would go again!
We ended up at Roys (a block away) and we had the best service, time, food and reasonably price!
Want 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!).
No wonder they haven't gotten any award! Check out who thinks is a great place to eat: the asian crowd.
Don't waste your time and money there!
their popularity has diminished the quality of their service and they've gotten pricey too!
they seemed to cater to the asian patrons more

sly727

01/19/2010

Overall
One of my fav

Although the other dishes are also very good, the chef's special seabass is my all time favorite. I also love their lunch bento, the items are always good, of quality, and great tasting. Another worth while quality of the restaurant is the wine that they select for their tasting menus. Since I like having different wine with my different dishes, wine pairing is important to my dining experience and their wine paring skill is excellent. We like the restaurant so much, had the venue been available, we would have had our wedding reception there. Chef Akira is the greatest!

philipchasen

08/07/2009

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Really disappointing

We read some of the reviews and decided to eat there.

We ordered the $70 Menu Rabelais with wine pairings. My wife started with the Chilled “Momotaro” Japanese Tomato with Sautéed 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.

Our French waitress was delightful, but the food was generally disappointing and at $181, including tax and tip, it should have been great.

oy1027

12/01/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Overpriced, okay food

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.

Now the food:
Appetizer: C+, very small portion, taste average.
Lobster Bisque: F, taste like Campbell's soup plus Pepto-Bismol, seriously it taste like medicine.
Lamb Chop: A+, cook just right, taste great.

So, for the price I think it's overpriced.

testuserak8

10/20/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
test review for listing id 235416

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 !!!

ILover

10/04/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
One of the best French places I've been to

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.

adwards

08/05/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
great services

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

zeemem

07/18/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
Good food.... VERY VERY VERY bad service

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.

This will be my last time dininng at Maison Akira. You will have a better time eating at Pizza Hut.

stacy103

07/09/2008

Provided by Citysearch - 
Overall
THE BEST!

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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