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Nice restaurant for fish in Pasadena

Finally got a babysitter so I can have a date with hubby. Looking for nice, not too expensive restaurant for good fish in Pasadena. Suggestions?

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  1. I have had good experiences with Cameron's Seafood on Colorado.

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    1. re: WildSwede

      I agree with Cameron's. Try their Blackened Swordfish.

    2. I agree with Wild Swede. Cameron's is a good place for reasonably-priced fish.

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        1. re: LuigiOrtega

          The fish always seems overcooked to me at Camerons, although I like there fish tacos and crab cocktails.

      1. You can usually get salmon or halibut that's reasonable at Green Street. If you want to spend more, you can go to Smitty's.

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        1. re: mc michael

          not pasadena but close....san marino fish market on huntington blvd

          1. re: rickym13

            I agree with your opinion of Cameron's. Very disappointed when recently took out of town friend there, both of us planning to splurge on crab legs. They didn't have the sweet crab flavor and firm texture I look for, and at $40.00 per entree, I expect good crab.

        2. I've never cared much for Cameron's. You might try one of these:

          Fanta-Sea Grill, on Fair oaks in So. Pas.(only open for lunch on Saturday)
          McGrath's Fish House in the Westfield mall in Arcadia. Caveat: Service there is reeeaaaaalllllyyyyyy ssssllllooooowwwwwww, no matter what time of day or how busy they are.

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          1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

            But Fanta-Sea is not that nice of a place. Generic tables. It is better to just go have some fish - not for a special occasion. I love that spicy shrimp soup thing that they have.

          2. Shiro.


            Shiro Restaurant
            1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Heads up...from the Shiro website, "Excepting some special higher priced dishes, the general price range is $27.00 to $30.00 for entrees." Definitely not suggesting it wouldn't be worth it, and i'd spend the extra dollar just to be able to avoid Cameron's, but without a doubt a bit more expensive than the other recs. (with maybe the exception of some of Smitty's entree specials)...

              1. re: Local

                Shiro's is worth it! French + Japanese = fantastic seafood.

              2. re: ipsedixit

                YES! YES! YES!
                Had another amazing dinner there on Sat night...damn!!! They know how to do up the fish..and to top it off, an amazing Venison Chop-yeiks, so f-ing good!
                We had:
                Japanese raviolis filled with shrimp mousse in a shitake mushroom cream sauce (a favorite of mine since 95').
                Smoked salmon wrapped asparagus with a dijon cream.
                Veal Sweetbread...delicious.
                Sea Bass
                Deep Fried Catfish w/Ponzu
                Venison Chops
                Creame Brulee
                Chocolate souffle cake
                Sweet wontons w/blueberries, poached pears, and raspberry sauce
                Perfect meal, amazing service, PERFECT FOOD.

              3. Oddly enough, I really like Cafe Bizou for fish, a good deal more than for anything else. That and Central Park are really good places for sand dabs. Our party also had excellent fish at Maison Akira about a year ago, though it's had a few discouragin' words on this Board lately.

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                1. re: Will Owen

                  At one time I would have totally agreed with you on the Bizou rec., ...I've had success with their white fish, but on two other occasions my ventures into the land of salmon resulted in being presented a less-than-desirable quality of preparation...lots of both that brown flesh left to deal with and what i call "fish fat"- won't give further details, but both were a total turn off, so I'm not rushing their doors these days.

                  1. re: Local

                    I know exactly what you're talking about. I love the brown flesh(near the skin).It's my favorite part.

                    1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                      yeeccchh...brown stuff is only for the cat.

                      1. re: Local

                        Well, then Meow Meow! Salmon fat is GOOD fat, unless it's farmed fish, which may be the case. Must say I've not had salmon at Bizou (can't get away from sand dabs!), but my nieces order that whenever we all go, and clean their plates.

                        1. re: Will Owen

                          They can have mine or share with Felix ;-) ...guess I should stick to the whitefish, or try out those sand dabs.

                          1. re: Will Owen

                            Taihei makes a special roll with paste made from the brown flesh from yellowtail, and it is sublime! It's usually only available for the first hour or two after they open, and it goes quickly!

                            1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                              Agreed. Salmon fat is DELICIOUS. The bonus is all those Omega 3's. I highly recommend Shiro, but it's a little pricey. Never impressed by Cameron's. Maybe it's improved over the years? How about Daisy Mint on Colorado? The menu is limited, but the Daisy Salmon is really really good.

                  2. Cameron's Fish is very good..esp like the scallops and trout...wait staff and management always seem to be 'doing something else more important', however...
                    Firefly in S Pas does a wicked southern style catfish..
                    Gerlach's great 4 2 go...
                    Tons of great choices if you go a bit south to Alhambra, Monterey Park and San Gabriel for phenomenal Chinese seafood...
                    many posts here about that.


                    1. Agree w/ the others on Shiro. It is worth it!

                      1. What I don't like about Shiro is that their interior design is kinda spartan; kinda lacking in the visual department -- for those prices I expect a bit more than just good food; it should be a total dining experience.

                        1. Daisy Mint has great fish/seafood dishes (and others) at a great price! Better than Cameron's!