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Ai Japanese Restaurant

1013 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2621
+1 626-799-0534
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  • Excellent31%
  • Very good47%
  • Average13%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible9%
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“tempura” (4 reviews)
“sushi” (5 reviews)
“salmon” (3 reviews)
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Japanese, Asian, Sushi
$$ - $$$
1013 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105-2621
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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 Eric G
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
Reviewed 19 July 2016

We took a group of 6 people to Ai's for lunch. The lunch prices were great and the portions were very generous. The taste was very good and would go back there again. The people there were also very friendly.

Thank GKayY56
Reviewed 6 January 2016

This is one of our go-to Japanese restaurants, and we are Japanese. The food is always good, the sashimi fresh and the service is friendly. I love the Chirashi Bowl with all the different fish, and my husband usually goes for one of the very...More

1  Thank NatAtHome
Reviewed 22 April 2015

The decor hasn't changed much in a few years, But the food is reasonably good and the servings are of good size, but don't expect too much leftovers. Pretty standard Japanese menu for the US. Can't go wrong, but not overly romantic place, but nice...More

Thank geotech522
Reviewed 24 September 2014

The restaurant is a bit dated as far as the décor, but you are paying to eat! the food is very good and the portions are nice. The place is on the small side, so if possible, time your visit a bit before or after...More

3  Thank dreamofengland
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
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Seating, Waitstaff, 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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