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Yamashiro

Certificate of Excellence
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Japanese, American, Californian, Sushi, Asian fusion
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1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068 (Franklin Avenue)
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.
+1 323-466-5125
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Yamashiro - translated to "mountain palace" - broke ground in 1911 and was...
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 a 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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    Very good
  • 62
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 9
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
What a view!

Fantastic view and great food. I did feel the the place looked a little tired. I understand that it is an older building but the carpets weren't original they just looked a little old a tired and the place needed a lick of paint. The view makes up for this and the food and the staff were great.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
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Cumbria
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful surroundings with amazing views! Dined in the garden area which was lovely & quiet too. Food was delicious especially the brownie dessert which was heaven. Would highly recommend this place even just to see it! If I ever return to LA I'll be making another reservation. The only negative I have to mention is we felt slightly rushed by... More 

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Hermosa Beach, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Came here the day before Valentine's day to avoid the Valentine's Day craziness. Boyfriend made reservations more than a week in advance. It seemed very difficult to get to, it's hidden. You have to look for the sign on the main street and then go into this neighborhood. The view from the restaurant is amazing. You can see the Observatory,... More 

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San Francisco, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

We had a lovely meal here with a table over looking all of greater LA and Hollywood. The food was wonderful, if a little rushed. Our starters came out almost as soon as they had been ordered, which usually isn't such a bad thing but we were in no hurry to rush this experience. Our cocktails were so good we... More 

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Oslo, Norway
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Very good and nicely presented food. It´s hard to hold a conversation if the next table is celebrating or are more than 4 people. The surroundings are nice and the view extraordinary.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

This is the second time I've been with my Los Angeles (Hollywood) family to Yamashiro. As the title of my review says, it is the perfect trio of food, beautiful gardens and, to top it off, a fabulous view of Hollywood, California. Make sure you spend some time in the gardens in front of the restaurant as they are a... More 

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Went here with my wife and loved the place. The view from the terrace is worth the trip up here. I did not visit the bar by the pool, but it looked spectacular. The service here was exceptional. I could not have wished for more. They were there when we needed them, but distant when not required. They coordinated meals... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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35 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Fantastic view and great food. I did feel the the place looked a little tired. I understand that it is an older building but the carpets weren't original they just looked a little old a tired and the place needed a lick of paint. The view makes up for this and the food and the staff were great.

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Los Angeles, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Nice menu with Californian, Asian food items. Not only fish or sushi despite the name but other cooked fish and meat options are available. Very tasty.And of course the view will be the cherry on the top. Go at night but you better make a reservation.

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

was in town for my birthday... hoisin pulled pork, this was the perfect "nice" restaurant to celebrate. the building and grounds were lovely, food was amazing, and service was impeccable. we had the hoisin pulled pork, black forbidden rice roll, truffle hamachi, & ahi poke. for dessert: sorbet trio & apple tart. SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT!

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LA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very popular restaurant. Long wait to be seated. But, great view of the City of LA at night. Good place to wait to be seated.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
    (Franklin Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles
  • Phone Number: +1 323-466-5125

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 50
  • Cuisine: Japanese, American, Californian, Sushi, Asian fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Doing business

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 a 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.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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