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Yamashiro

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$$$$
Japanese, American, Sushi, 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, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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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    Very good
  • 70
    Average
  • 21
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  • 11
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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
Wonderful Meal

I really enjoyed my meal. The restaurant itself was past its prime and was in need of TLC. The wait staff was very professional and personable. We had a table with nice view. My cousin and I share the pan seared crab cakes, which were tasty. Then I had the yuzu-avocado prawns and scallops... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Barbara S
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Camarillo, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Camarillo, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I really enjoyed my meal. The restaurant itself was past its prime and was in need of TLC. The wait staff was very professional and personable. We had a table with nice view. My cousin and I share the pan seared crab cakes, which were tasty. Then I had the yuzu-avocado prawns and scallops. Everything was excellent. My cousin had... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I loved this place when I went on prom night about 20 years ago, but they have let it age poorly. The view is lovely, but many hotel bars on Sunset Blvd. have good views too. The food was the worst I've had from a nice restaurant in years. The chicken appetizer was fried til dry, just a drizzle of... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This restaurant was a very special place when I used to lived in LA many years ago. In July of 2015 I came back to take my family to show how special this restaurant was but unfortunately I was so disappointed, my husband and son did not enjoy their meals and we found the service was equally disapointing - the... More 

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St. Helena, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great Japanese food - Sushi, etc. Excellent Wine List and great LA views. Try the Ahi "Poke". An historical LA/Hollywood restaurant high on a hill top with distinctive Asian architecture. Valet Parking. A great spot for dinner prior to going to the Hollywood Bowl. Also Weddings are held there.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This restaurant was extremely disappointing. Food was poor to very poor. As an example, the tempura was heavily fried whereas it should be light and fresh...and the vegetables were tasteless, which is quite an achievement in California. Service was abysmal, waiter was inattentive and rude and seemed to want to clear the table for the next cover as quickly as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The view was spectacular. The food was good. I thought they would have more sushi selections but they didn't even have cream cheese. My fiancé raved about the Darth Vader roll. The staff was friendly and helpful. Great experience.

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Yoe, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Went here as a surprise. So I dressed up. I was very surprised a placed like this didn't have a dress code. Kind of took away from the ambiance seeing people pull up in bathing suit tops and ripped shorts. The food was good. The server was ok,walked away after he asked if I wanted more to drink and didn't... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The view is lovely but overall this is not worth a trip. Food is mediocre & completely overpriced. Our entree came before our appetizers, and they seemed to be in a hurry to turn over the table.

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We stayed at nearby house in the hills and walked to this very nice restaurant with amazing views. We loved the decor and gardens. The food was a bit on the expensive side, but was good especially for the setting overlooking L.A. Great spot for a special occasion.

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Glendale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We said good bye to our visiting granddaughter last week at Yamashiro's and sent her off to Atlanta sated with good food and wonderful ambiance. On the top of a hill, this restaurant offers spectacular views of the city - even on a cloudy evening. The food is wonderful, the wait staff attentive, and the building itself amazing. It is... 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: Japanese, American, Sushi, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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