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1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782
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Ranked #74 of 8,558 restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We love visiting Yamashiro and try to go back once year. They have some of the best views around. The restaurant itself is gorgeous and the food is divine. The service is excellent. We recently took some visiting family members (from another country) there and they said it was one of the best meals they have had and their experience... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Amazing location, great view of LA, nice atmosphere, great food, reasonable price, excellent staff. Try and see for yourself.

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San Clemente, California
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Came to Yamashiro for a friends belated Birthday. I liked the atmosphere and the view. The food was ok. I did not like my Steak. I thought it was tough and overpriced. Black Miso cod was not that good. Everything else was good. My table was in the courtyard. My service was good. I am happy I came to try... More

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Yamashiro came highly-recommended by a native Californian with whom we work. The trip up the hill overwhelmed our GPS but we eventually arrived at the top. Upon arrival we couldn't help but notice the throngs of poorly-dressed touristas that overwhelmed the grounds (the explanation offered was the presence of a farmer's market but none of these people were carrying shopping... More

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Los Angeles, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This place is a little hidden treasure on the hill with it's amazing selection of delicious meals, and spectacular views of LA. I always - without fail, order the same dish: Salmon w/lemon mashed potatoes and asparagus. MY, MY, MY - i think that it's the only dish on this earth that puts a smile on my face for at... More

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Los Angeles, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I hadn't been to Yamashiro's in many years but I wanted to dine someplace with a spectacular view and Yamashiro's didn't disappoint. I asked for a great view when I made my reservation and that is just what I got. The servers were attentive, friendly and helpful. I had the filet mignon which was cooked to perfection and my husband... More

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Bergamo, Italy
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Been here for an aperitif at the Pagoda Bar outside the restaurant. Magic atmosphere and spectacular location up to a small hill with a great panorama on Hollywood. Cocktails were good. I'll be back for sure.

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Top Contributor
217 reviews 217 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

An iconic restaurant on a hill above Hollywood, with a panoramic view of the city, Yamashiro is casual but has a bit of a special occasion feel. Service is excellent, starting with the valet service at the front door. Our server was very friendly and efficient, making us feel well taken care of without being intrusive. The crispy chicken appetizer... More

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Hollywood, CA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I have always loved Yamashiro's, but rediscovered it last year at their Thursday Farmers Market. Wine merchants, gourmet cuisine, celebrities, and everything you could dream of at a Hollywood Happening. So, when it came time to celebrate a good friends birthday I made reservations at this fantastic restaurant. Perfect view of the city from the Hollywood Hills, gorgeous clientele, and... More

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11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This place has gone fusion. It was way better before. However, the dessert sushi is awesome - it's not sushi, but looks like it.

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