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“Great sushi and an even better view” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yamashiro

Yamashiro
1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782
323.466.5125
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Ranked #99 of 8,646 Restaurants in Los Angeles
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: Breakfast/Brunch, 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.
Toronto, Canada
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115 reviews 115 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Great sushi and an even better view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Yamashiro is a beautiful Japanese building perched on the Hollywood hills overlooking LA. You couldn't ask for a better location. The food and service were both first class. It's a little pricey but then we had three people for $250 including Chilean wine and deserts, so not bad. Check out the courtyard which seems like it was an inspiration for Tarantino's Kill Bill scene in a Japanese garden...

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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YamashiroLA, Public Relations Manager at Yamashiro, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Thank you for the fantastic review, Colin. Hope to see you and your friends at our "first class" restaurant the next time you're in from Toronto.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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93 reviews 93 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 57 cities Reviews in 57 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Awesome View!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

The view at night is awesome!
The service was absolutely perfect and the food was amazing.
If you like Spicy Tuns Rolls, then do yourself a favor and order them here, they are probably the best I have ever had ANYWHERE in the country.

The building and gardens were also a highlight not to mention the story of the grounds.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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YamashiroLA, Public Relations Manager at Yamashiro, responded to this review, September 30, 2013
The view is spectacular, isn't it?! Glad to hear the food and service was equally impressive. Thank you for penning a review. Hope to see you again!
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Westwood Los Angeles County, California
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Romantic dinning experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

We were a little disappointed with the food, it was good, not amazing... having said that, the view is breathtaking! The restaurant is beautiful but it needs a little updating.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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YamashiroLA, Public Relations Manager at Yamashiro, responded to this review, September 24, 2013
Hi Diego,
Thank you for visiting Yamashiro and for your candid feedback. Hope to see you again!
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
“Incredible location. Good food.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Best Alaska and roll I've had anywhere. Most of the food was very good. The gardens are beautiful and I love the amazing view of the city, but prefer the garden area with the koi pond. Great night. It wasn't expensive, but it wasn't cheap, either! I highly recommend going here. I don't know what took me so long. I had been meaning to for a long time. Finally... And it was worth it. Great for a group and also very romantic.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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YamashiroLA, Public Relations Manager at Yamashiro, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
You can't go wrong with any seat in the house! So happy to hear how great your night at Yamashiro was. Thank you for the glowing recommendation.
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Prague
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Surprisingly good value for money”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

The exclusivity of the location would suggest over-the-top prices, but it is not the case. The tables are very nice both outside (with views over LA) and inside (along the Japanese garden). Food is excellent.

Visited August 2013
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YamashiroLA, Public Relations Manager at Yamashiro, responded to this review, September 9, 2013
We sincerely appreciate the tidy review, and for visiting Yamashiro all the way from Prague! Hope to see you again!
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