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Yamashiro

1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782
323.466.5125
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Ranked #51 of 8,468 restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Westchester, California, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

On hillside locations around the LA area one commonly finds white-tablecloth steakhouses with a view. The vistas are impressive and they commonly serve as a distraction for a mundane menu. Yamashiro is different. First, it serves up a more interesting Asian-Californian Fusion cuisine. It is provided in a Japanese-themed decor, the dining room oriented to show off a splendid view... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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92 reviews 92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The restaurant is very rare...excellent food....professional staff and an idyllic location. Menu has many options and there are a lot of unique offerings. View is outstanding and the location is perfect. Bar area is quaint and comfortable

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Augusta, Georgia
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

I thought the ambiance was great. Beautiful atmosphere! The food wasn't that great. It was good, however for the price I expected much more. The server could have presented food items better. The overall service was subpar as I had to wait extra long for my check. I would possibly recent trying but with heavy reservations

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La Mesa, CA.
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97 reviews 97 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Located high in the Hollywood Hills this updated 1919 mansion has a commanding view of the Los Angeles basin, you can see the down town, watch planes come into LAX and everything in between. The building is restored, originally a private mansion built by two brothers in 1919 for $2,000,000 when an average day's pay was $2.50. It has been... More

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Oslo, Norway
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is a great place to go and have some great cali asian food and watch the view of hollywood! Great ambience and food, a little expensive..

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Burlingame, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I ate here as a guest as part of a business dinner for 8 of us starting shortly before sunset midweek. Although the restaurant became busy during the evening, it never seemed loud or hectic. Service was excellent and surprisingly efficient as items were delivered and empty plates removed unobtrusively. The scallops were cooked perfectly, and arrived with all the... More

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Los Angeles, California
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3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

for anyone trying to find a perfect moment to capture Hollywood/los angeles views at night or early evening this is a great place to enjoy that moment. the appetizers and cocktails are superb as are the views you will enjoy and the coziness of the place itself. the dinners are just fine and dandy and you will walk away with... More

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Los Angeles, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The food is always fresh and yummy and located on the hills of Hollywood the view is spectacular. This is a great place for dates and special occasions with a group. The food is bit overpriced but I think you're contributing to the amazing view! Best time to enjoy the view is for dinner.

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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

By far, the best view of Hollywood on spectacular property….but…the food is just slightly above average…and for the cost….the waiters should be much more gracious and well kemp. We spent over $200 for my husband's and my birthday (yes we do have the same birthday!) with no alcohol…with my daughter. I love it there….but it ridiculously expensive….prices have gone way... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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112 reviews 112 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
304 helpful votes 304 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Yamashiro's still is appealing as a special occasion restaurant. For a party of two with drinks, appetizers and main course, expect to pay about $65/person. With a nice view of the City, as well as a very nice Japanese garden, the long time Los Angeles landmark is worth a visit. Food is good, service is good, and makes for a... More

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