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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 (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, Reservations
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 199
    Excellent
  • 143
    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
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
Chris3537680
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Long Valley, New Jersey
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

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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31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant 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
Top Contributor
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60 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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135 reviews 135 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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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: American, Californian, Sushi, Asian fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Outdoor seating, 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 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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