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1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782
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Ranked #99 of 8,569 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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79% Recommend
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Los Angeles, California, USA
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Yamashiro sits atop a hill in Hollywood and is probably the most stunning location in town. The food is decent but a little pricey however the setting, the friendly staff and the view more than make up for it . They have a fantastic cocktail menu too - I would much rather pay a little more and be able to... More

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St. Louis, MO
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

So excited to go to Yamashiro for our anniversary tonight. Making reservation on open table was easy. I would recommend making a reservation for about 30 minutes before sunset. That way you can take a few pics before if gets dark of the property and city view, watch the sunset during dinner, visit the market before it closes up, and... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Lovely top if the hill restaurant, overlooking LA. Asian fusion food, very good. Would recommend to book, as gets very busy

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Great place to take visitors! If too pricey for you, then just have drinks and move on. Otherwise enjoy a great meal and a view,

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We visited Yamashiro's Restaurant for the first time to celebrate our Anniversary. The setting high in the hills above Hollywood is spectacular. Upon arrival we wanted to look around the beautiful grounds. In front down a flight of steps sits the amazing Golden Budha. The Bar is down to the left overlooking the City and a swimming pool for the... More

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Grand Cayman
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Such an impressive view of LA in a beautiful Japanese setting in stunning gardens and a beautiful courtyard.... definitely a must visit! It was good food, good service....tasty sushi...and the s'mores marshmallow brownie dessert is scrummy....you don't want to share it! Looks like a pretty popular restaurant, so do book a table. We booked online which was great and they... More

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Fremont, California
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1,147 reviews 1,147 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
795 helpful votes 795 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

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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Aliso Viejo, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

don't expect to be treated with respect. This place is run by some college kids who knows nothing about customer service. I reserved a window table and after waiting 30 min for an open table, I got seated inside the restaurant. I mentioned that I reserved a window table and came 30 minutes early for that matter and that the... 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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94 restaurant reviews
180 helpful votes 180 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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