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Yamashiro

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American, Californian, Sushi, 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 - 10:30 pm
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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

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    Very good
  • 61
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
on a clear night you can see forever

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
mecoh
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LA
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We were amazed by the food at Yamashiro, and then wowed by the garden and views from their Hollywood hill. A little pricey, but it's high quality dining and the atmosphere is well worth it!

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Los Angeles, California
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54 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The view and the ambiance are first class. This is a popular spot so be prepared for a long dinner. service is cordial but rushed. The food is excellent, with unique flavors but a bit pricy. Make reservations early. The best view is the corner (I think it is table 22). All parking is valet and it costs $9.00. All... More 

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North Andover
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22 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Heard that this place is an LA institution. Food was decent but its the views that really make the pace special. After dark you have a spectacular view of downtown LA. Service was decent enough. If you are visiting LA its worth a stop.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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60 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

If you like sushi or general japanese food, they have it...beautiful in day or night...it transports you to Japan and was very enjoyable

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Went there 3/8/15 for International Women's Day with my wife. We made reservations for 6pm which was perfect as we got there early enough to explore the grounds beforehand and the restaurant was fairly empty initially. Plus by the time dessert arrived, we were able to enjoy the city light view after dark. As some reviewers have stated, one comes... More 

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Ventura, California
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4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

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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35 helpful votes 35 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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7 helpful votes 7 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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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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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, Californian, Sushi, 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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