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Yamashiro

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1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782 (Franklin Avenue)
+1 323-466-5125
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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18 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have never had such a bad experience in a restaurant like I did here. Firstly I made reservations in advance. They sat us was very friendly. Once we sat we waited for over 45minutes just for drinks. Once our waiter came for the order we asked if we could also order our starters. 25 minutes later they came. I... More 

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Long Beach, California
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With all the hype, recommendations and price.. I think they could do much better Location: AMAZING, top of the hill and can see all of LA Downtown Drinks: Koi Bowls: Red lotus. Perfect for me, with good hint of Lychee as described, lil bit tangy and lil bit sweet.. MUST HAVE Food: Sloppy Job 1. Edamame (Classic Salt): Some of... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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135 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Geeat location overlooking Los Angeles. Authentic Japanese restaurant with beautiful Japanese garden. Food is excellent, you will taste the fresheness of the ingredients and this is why it's a bit pricey. Service is faultless. Valet parking only.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Could not fault one thing about this place, we had been recommended by our Air BNB hosts to come here and it didn't disappoint. Firstly the night-time view was beautiful, we could see the Griffith Observatory from our table which was fantastic. We had Baby Back Ribs to start (they were INSANE), Chicken Teriyaki for main course, and the Strawberry... More 

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Sterling, Virginia
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484 reviews
305 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This setting is the attraction to this restaurant -- Hollywood Hills, good food, very peaceful ... I enjoyed my visit.

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Chandler, Arizona
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129 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First time at Yamashiro. Very cool location. Unique building and history. Views are amazing! We did lots of appies as the meals and food was good. Drinks were decent. A bit pricey but good. Several folks got the giant fish bowl drinks. Not as strong as they say. Must try when in LA!

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San Jose, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You don't go here for the food which on our visit was simply average. Go for the location and service instead. These were far beyond reproach. The view of the city from their terrace was terrific and the wait staff was attentive, friendly and quick.

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South Pasadena, California
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107 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a beautiful place! Read about it and finally brought my wife for dinner. Our experience was wonderful! The waitress was attentive and friendly. The restaurant itself is amazing. I haven't been in a japanese restaurant like this in I can't even remember. Old school style and design!! Food was great and my wife loved the sushi! Definitely walk outside... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The only good thing about the place is the atmosphere and scenery. Better off just coming here for drinks or the bar before it closes. Food was average at best. The steak was very very bland. The potatoes were burnt. The cocktail was decent. The waitress didn't really pay us any attention or seemed like she cared. However when it... More 

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Thank tope a
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18 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went there to have for dinner. The location is very nice, the internal japanaise garden is plenty of positive atmosphere. Unfortunately they gave us a nasty table, claiming they had reservation on the other ones and they couldn't give us anyone better even waiting : on the contrary we saw that several tables remained free ! Moreover the service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $50
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Scenic view, Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782
    (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
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.

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