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Yamashiro

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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
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups
Description: Yamashiro - translated to "mountain palace" - broke ground in...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great View and Beautiful Garden

Yamashiro, or Mountain Castle in Japanese, offers an amazing view of Hollywood. The structure is impressive with a beautiful garden in the center and a koi pond. The food is fusion. The Wagyu Steak Seared on a Himalayan Salt Plate was superbly delicious. The prawns, however, were overcooked. It's a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
scatterjoy1
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Columbus, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I would recommend to reserve a table outdoors if it is available and order a boat filled with their fine sushi selections. Everything on the menu is tasty so don't hesitate while ordering.

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Columbus, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yamashiro, or Mountain Castle in Japanese, offers an amazing view of Hollywood. The structure is impressive with a beautiful garden in the center and a koi pond. The food is fusion. The Wagyu Steak Seared on a Himalayan Salt Plate was superbly delicious. The prawns, however, were overcooked. It's a great place for special occasions.

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Thank scatterjoy1
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came here for New Years Eve with my family this past year. Definitely a great place to go for NYE. I had read some reviews from people who were seated outside in past years and complained about how cold it was so I had called to request a table inside. They gave me the standard answer that they would put... More 

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YamashiroLA, Director of Sales at Yamashiro, responded to this review

Hello and thank you so much for all of your feedback! Our guests are our best source of information for improvements and the best way for us to see and know what is working and what needs a little work. We were so happy to have you here to bring in the New Year 2016!!! Hope to see you in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's just off the beaten Hollywood/Sunset/Walk of Fame path and the views are sensational. No comment on restaurant because we never went inside. Worth the trip up to see all of LA in surround mode.

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Thank Pat S
San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This amazing little restaurant sits quietly atop the Hollywood Hills only a long block away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood & Highland, home of one of the biggest shopping malls in LA and the infamous Dolby Theatre where the Oscars are held each year. Given it's very zen ambiance, you'd never know this. The food is great and... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I haven't been to this place in years and I wanted to impress my date. This was a belated Christmas present. Well, I must admit the view was beautiful. Unfornately that's is where everything ended. The server was inattentive and the food over cooked, crispy salmon. The salmon was also farm raised. For the price, I expected more. I guess... More 

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Thank rallysal5
Los Angeles, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

nice location but that goes down with their bad customer service, the hostess which are the first people you meet there are rude, no even smile, and the food is not better than other regular places but overpriced

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Miami, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

Terrible service at this restaurant. Waiters are not trained. We waited over 40 minutes for our food. Waiters never came by our table to see if we need anything. The food was ok but not great at all. Poor managed restaurant. The only positive was the view and decoration. That is it. There are many better restaurants in LA. Do... More 

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Salzburg, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Excellent food, great view of the city, desserts out of this world. Vegetarian friendly, Fantastic view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

This restaurant has been around since ages but such is its popularity that we had to book two weeks in advance to get a table. Located on top of a hill, the restaurant itself is built to resemble a Japanese Palace. A zen garden and a beautiful ancient Pagoda can be viewed before you enter the restaurant. They even have... 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, Asian, American, Sushi, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups

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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