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“Authentic Affordable and Friendly”

Ai Japanese Restaurant
Ranked #299 of 728 Restaurants in Pasadena
Cuisines: Japanese
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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 filling combinations. Also very good for lunch.

1  Thank NatAtHome
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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 place to meet, talk end enjoy the company.

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Thank geotech522
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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 the typical lunch or dinner rush. Service was inconsistent, but still worth a visit. I would return.

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Reviewed 4 September 2014

Food is tasty, better than average portions. Service is inconsistent. Waitress tonight forgot to put in order and didn't check back for 30 minutes. We left hungry and went across the street for Chinese food.

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Thank Annie O
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

My family and I have been eating at the Ai since the late 1980's and have few complaints about the relatively consistent menu, solid service and welcoming family atmosphere. There's is not one menu item we haven't sampled and always rely on the Ai to have something for everyone in the group.

Not so favored: a sashimi sampler that had sauces on the fish instead of on the side.

Delicious surprises: Anchovy sashimi that was so mild and buttery.

Consistently good: the Tempura batter.

Thank you Ai Restaurant, for so many years of our family's gatherings.

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Thank Anna R
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