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Ai Japanese Restaurant

1013 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2621
+1 626-799-0534
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good45%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible7%
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“tempura” (5 reviews)
“sushi” (7 reviews)
“fish” (3 reviews)
Japanese, Asian, Sushi
$$ - $$$
1013 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2621
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This Japanese restaurant was one of my favorites in the 90s but they have not been the same recently. Their portions and the freshness of the dishes have not been as good as in recent years. It is no longer an authentic Japanese restaurant I...More

Thank Ken F
Reviewed 6 August 2018

This restaurants reminds me of little restaurants I have been to in Honolulu. Its kind of outdated, a little kitschy, but a very well-established and friendly place with good food that is very well priced for this expensive era in restaurants. The tempura is especially...More

Thank Marius D
Reviewed 10 July 2018

Although it's not the authentic Japanese Restaurant you will find in Japan, it is the "authentic" Japanese Food I grew up on being an American of Japanese descent. And in my opinion, this is one of the best around serving a large variety of Japanese...More

Thank usapv
Reviewed 10 July 2018

I don't see how this place could get less than 5 stars. Excellent sushi, teriyaki, nabeyaki, and a full bar. Their drinks aren't watered down during happy hour. Wonderful place!

Thank Gerald S
Reviewed 8 April 2018

I've been a regular customer at Ai for about 27 years, so I've seen it all, tasted it all, from my own particular means of gauging matters of taste and preference, of course. I'm writing 100% about the experience at the sushi bar, not the...More

Thank Peter H
Reviewed 22 January 2018

This restaurant is in our new neighborhood, and since we love Japanese food (I lived in Japan a long time ago and my husband goes each year in October for a scientific meeting), we just tried it without expectation. And we're really pleased. The sushi...More

Thank annjessie
Reviewed 29 October 2017

This place is a good option for Japanese food if you are in the area. The staff was friendly and the menu extensive. The sushi was OK, the teriyaki and tempura were similarly average. The sukiyaki was better than average. Nothing wrong here, but nothing...More

Thank EricG141
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I recently went back to Ai. We have business in SOCal and would stop in whenever we're in the neighborhood. To our dismay our favorite server was gone. She would remember what we liked and told us what to order. We did...More

Thank tonyweinert
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Sashimi with tempura, salmon with Tempura and udon with tempura. Each under $10! All fresh, crisp and delicious! Nothing too salty, served piping hot! My friends have been coming for about 30 years. Great things left unchanged can still be great!

Thank EuForia_01
Reviewed 21 August 2016

I have come here several times with friends, solo and a group of people from the workplace. Always a friendly and casual atmosphere at lunchtime. Tasty food, good service and excellent prices (try the daily lunch specials). The restaurant is located in South Pasadena and...More

Thank Carolyn F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations
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Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1013 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2621
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pasadena
  • Phone Number: +1 626-799-0534
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