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Sei

The award winning SEI has been serving some of the best sushi & sake in Pasadena. Well known for our incredibly fresh fish & exceptional sake and savory appetizers, we have earned 2 Michelin Recommendations and have been named a top Japanese Restaurant in North America by Zagat. Please do stop by to satisfy your culinary needs.
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40 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
(40 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 40 reviews
5 stars
(28)
4 stars
(5)
3 stars
(4)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Service 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Ambiance 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Noise Level
2.2 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(14)
  • fit for foodies(11)
  • good for groups(7)
  • great for lunch(6)
  • special occasion(6)
  • late-night find(3)
Sei Reviews List
Review 1 for Sei
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2011
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2011
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Dined on 4/30/2016
 2011
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Review 2 for Sei
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/30/2016
 2012
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Review 3 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 4/22/2016
 2006
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Review 4 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/14/2016
 2005
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Review 5 for Sei
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Dined on 4/08/2016
 2010
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Review 6 for Sei
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

sushi sadness

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2009
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"sushi platter uninspired, fish too thick to chew, persistent vinegary flavor"
Dined on 4/07/2016
 2009
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Review 7 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2009
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 3/26/2016
 2009
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Review 8 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 2/14/2016
 2005
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Review 9 for Sei
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

A little disappointing

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"We enjoyed the friendliness of the staff and their quick service. However, the food was not great and the restaurant itself seemed a little run down. Given their location and price, our judgment of the restaurant rested on the food which did not impress us."
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2006
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Review 10 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 2/13/2016
 2012
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Review 11 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

great place for great sushi

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Tomo-san, great chef recommends some nice dishes. Everything is fresh and authentic and service was very relaxing. Bring your own Sake as corkage is very reasonable. Recommend all locals to try as location is little dark but a lot easier than to finding parking in old town."
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, late-night find
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Review 12 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great Sushi in Pasadena

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
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Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"The sushi was excellent! Very fresh and the portions are good sized. Great service as well. Highly recommend."
Dined on 1/16/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 13 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2007
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2007
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/15/2016
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups
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Review 14 for Sei
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/12/2016
 2002
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 15 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Awesome FOOD!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"This place was recommended and although the atmosphere isn't the most cozy the food is out of this world! Some of the best dishes I have ever had. I highly recommend!"
Dined on 1/07/2016
 2009
Special Features: good for groups, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 16 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Sushi was terrific a grade A. the teriyaki sauce for the chicken was homemade and it was unbelievable. Go here and support a great restaurant"
Dined on 12/22/2015
 2013
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Review 17 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Different!

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/31/2015
 2009
Dined on 10/31/2015
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Loved the ambiance and the food was great! Definitely will eat here again"
Dined on 10/31/2015
 2009
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 18 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 11/28/2015
 2004
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Review 19 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/23/2015
 2010
Dined on 10/23/2015
 2010
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Love sitting at the bar , but for some reason not available for 4
We had a great service though at the table
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Dined on 10/23/2015
 2010
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Review 20 for Sei
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

You Can Do Better

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/08/2015
 2002
Dined on 9/08/2015
 2002
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"If you're in the neighborhood go for it; otherwise,,,,,"
Dined on 9/08/2015
 2002
Special Features: kid-friendly
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Review 21 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 8/14/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 22 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 6/05/2015
 2011
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 23 for Sei
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"This restaurant, although recommended, was horrible. It suffers in all respects: food, service and ambiance. Be forewarned."
Dined on 5/30/2015
 2006
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Review 24 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Always fresh, always tasty

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"I love Japon Bistro. It's my go-to sushi bar in Pasadena. I tend to rely on the chef to bring me his recommendation and this time was no exception.
The sake tasting tray is highly recommended!
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Dined on 5/08/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/26/2015
 2013
Dined on 4/26/2015
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 4/26/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, notable wine list, late-night find
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Review 26 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Japon Bistro is Amazing

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Absolutely an incredible dining experience with great service and friendly staff... and the food is wonderful. Will be back very soon."
Dined on 4/18/2015
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 27 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Got food very quickly. Everything was delicious.

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Excellent service and food was delicious. At the time we left it was getting busy as it was on Saturday night."
Dined on 1/31/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 28 for Sei
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Christmas Eve Dinner a Success

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/24/2014
 2011
Dined on 12/24/2014
 2011
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"We had a lovely dinner for a Christmas Eve. treat. Friendly staff. Great food."
Dined on 12/24/2014
 2011
Special Features: special occasion
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Review 29 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Devine!

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 12/16/2014
 2014
Dined on 12/16/2014
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"We feasted on the pork belly appetizer, the Target Roll and the New Age roll.
All were delicious!
The wait staff was very friendly and attentive and the ambience in the restaurant is great, as well.
I'm embarrassed to say that in all the years I have been in Pasadena, I had not tried Japon Bistro before, but I will most assuredly be going back and recommending to my friends!
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Dined on 12/16/2014
 2014
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 30 for Sei
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Good food, good prices

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Restaurant has a good menu, ample servings and variety of dishes. Fish was fresh, nicely presented. Service was great. My husband and I will return."
Dined on 12/04/2014
 2007
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Sei
Based on the average of (10) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.7 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.7 / 5
10 out of 10 recommend this product
Food 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
Service 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
Ambiance 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
Noise Level
2.6 / 3
Energetic