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Yamashiro

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American, Sushi, Californian, Asian fusion
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1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782 (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.
323.466.5125
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Street Food
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 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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Street Food

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    Very good
  • 59
    Average
  • 17
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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
Most recent review
Beautiful place, food & service lacking

My 10-year-old son and I went here for my bday. I ordered salmon with miso lemon sauce & my son ordered barbecue Asian baby back ribs with yams & cornbread. Although both were quite tasty they weren't up to par for the price my sons was over seasoned and Mine was under seasoned and a bit dry. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Meicl
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Ventura, California
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Street Food
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Ventura, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

My 10-year-old son and I went here for my bday. I ordered salmon with miso lemon sauce & my son ordered barbecue Asian baby back ribs with yams & cornbread. Although both were quite tasty they weren't up to par for the price my sons was over seasoned and Mine was under seasoned and a bit dry. The presentation of... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I've lived in LA for more than 20 years and this is one of the nicest restaurant I've ever been to. Save it for a special occasion, worth it. Every detail about this place is gorgeous and crafted. The floors, gardens, even handles are gorgeous. A+ for ambiance and decor. I believe it was someone's old mansion. The views.... Wow.... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Had Early Valentine Dinner 02-13-15. The Place is Amazing and stunning View! And Dissapointed on the Service in the Restaurant. The hostess and waiters are very Un-Friendly and Very Rude! I like dining out in nice places. But the Yamashiro workers need to be trained how to approach Customers with out Bad attitudes. There food is not that good. I... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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117 reviews 117 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Yamashiro (meaning "Mountain Palace") fully deserves its reputation as one of LA's most iconic destinations. I recommend going shortly before sunset to catch the stunning views of the city bathed in that golden California afternoon sunshine, and of course staying for dinner to see the city glitter and shimmer after dark. From this high vantage point you can see all... More 

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Northridge, Ca
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126 reviews 126 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This Is such a beautiful restaurant with a stunning view it's worh going just for that but on top of it the food is awesome. We started with the Crab Cakes nice and crispy great flavor and the oyster shooter to much soy sauce but the oyster was good. The 100 year mai tai was also pretty good but a... More 

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This 100 year old beautiful restaurant was originally a house. Beautiful architecture in Japanese style, this restaurant offers a total experience: stunning views, old Hollywood, magnificent architecture, gardens , good food and great service. Make reservations and arrive early for a good table. Busy later and earlier- we arrived at 645 for a 715 reservation and had a table with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Booked a table here for my wedding anniversary, we phoned the restaurant to book before we flew out from the UK & explained it was our anniversary. Staff were very attentive and friendly, this is the best restaurant I've ever been to, the food was fabulous, vast menu & wine selection, highly recommend the Wagyu steak. A truly amazing place... More 

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North Bay Village, Florida
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The views from windowside in this restaurant are phenomenal, but me, I go to a restaurant primarily to eat. In that regard, while the food was adequate and service was just average factoring in that it was holiday season, the PRICE$ were completely RIDONCULOUS by any standard--as if they were working in the price of the view. ($9-12 for 2... More 

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South Daytona, Florida
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Its unique location gives an unparalleled view of LA.. The appetizers, entrees and service were up to the high standards of an upscale restaurant. I had their american version of kobe beef. Although it was a very generous portion, you could tell it was not the real deal.

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Rome, Italy
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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

What a great place! Fresh sushi in a vibrant atmosphere with outstanding view on the City of Angels. Romantic to say the least

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782
    (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: 323.466.5125

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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.
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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