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1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782
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Ranked #86 of 8,564 restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: American, Sushi, Californian, Asian fusion
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Street Food
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Franklin Avenue
Transit: Metro Red Line to Hollywood & Highland. Walk west down Hollywood Blvd turn right on Orange and cross at the light on Franklin. Once you cross at the light go left and turn right at sycamore going up the hill. It is a very steep hill so walking in dress shoes or in the dark are not recommended. We suggest calling a cab at the bottom of the hill.
Description: Yamashiro – translated to “mountain palace” – broke ground in 1911 and was completed in 1914 as a residence for the Bernheimer brothers. Housing a priceless collection of Asian treasures, the building was designed as an exact replica of a palace located in the mountains near Kyoto, Japan.During the “Golden Age” of Hollywood, Yamashiro served as the ultra-exclusive hang-out for the “Club of the Four Hundred”: the era’s most famous and influential stars and movie moguls. The structure and its grounds served as a boy’s military school and later apartments before being acquired in 1948 by the Thomas O. Glover, who discovered the beauty beneath the disrepair and refurbished the space. Currently owned by Thomas Y. Glover, Yamashiro is still flourishing over 60 years later as an Asian-inspired Los Angeles institution.
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Fremont, California
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1,061 reviews 1,061 reviews
295 restaurant reviews
750 helpful votes 750 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

The views from Yamashiro are stunning. It is one of the best places to see the lights of the LA area at night with its stellar setting. The architecture of Yamashiro is also quite amazing; It has distinctive Japanese styling. Yamashiro was built in 1911 by the Bernheimer brothers to house their priceless collection of Asian treasures. There is also... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is definitely the place to go for dinner if youre on holiday or want to impress someone, with probably the best view of LA and the nicest service with cheap prices I loved it son much, and the sushi was amazing.

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Seattle, Washington
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115 reviews 115 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Everything at Yamashiro was perfect. To go step-by-step, we started with cocktails (Moscow Mules in authentic, beautifully carved copper mugs), and ordered the pork appetizer... INCREDIBLE, could have had a whole meal of this, DEFINITELY try it!! Then moved on with a bottle of Albarino with dinner, delicious, and went well with my entree, shrimp and scallops, and my mother's... More

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I just went here for the first time in my life last weekend. It was a suprise date night with my boyfriend and he wanted to take me somewhere I had never been before. The drive up alone was an experience. One way street all the way around the mountian. When we finally reached the front of the restaurant I... More

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San Diego
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69 reviews 69 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We had a reservation, but wanted to sit in the bar, and not at high top tables (uncomfortable for seniors), but although there were standard height tables available, they said they were too swamped in the bar area that evening (they also had a wedding in the courtyard). They graciously accommodated us at a dinner table, so that we could... More

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Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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75 reviews 75 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The food was proper delicious. All of our group really enjoyed their food. The steak I had was cooked to perfection and the jus helped finish it off. The wine I had was a great match to both my entree and mains. Service form the wait staff was superb. Once dinner was done, we enjoyed the evening views of the... More

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Perth, Australia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This place is really in. Great position up overlooking LA in a magnificent Japanese building. It's worth a visit for that alone. The food was average and expensive. The sushi and sushimi were the better options. I ate a chicken dish and it was nothing special.

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Montreal, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed dinner at this iconic location, the food was very good , service outstanding, as a visitor to LA it was wonderful but due to a private wedding we could only glimpse at the gardens, still wonderful at sunset

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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We love visiting Yamashiro and try to go back once year. They have some of the best views around. The restaurant itself is gorgeous and the food is divine. The service is excellent. We recently took some visiting family members (from another country) there and they said it was one of the best meals they have had and their experience... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Amazing location, great view of LA, nice atmosphere, great food, reasonable price, excellent staff. Try and see for yourself.

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