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1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782 (Franklin Avenue)
+1 323-466-5125
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our 3rd visit and the food has always been great and very fresh fish. The service can be a hit and miss sometimes especially when they are busy but it wouldn't stop us going back.

Thank CHG20
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot believe that it took so long from me to find Yamashiro. It is, apparently, the oldest building in LA and it is an absolutely gem. Hidden away up in the hills behind the Magic Castle Hotel, it offers an oasis of calm in the hectic city. The wonderful gardens with pool and Buddha shrine are a lovely place... More 

Thank Val H
Leeds, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The main thing that attracted us to Yamshiro was the location and the appearance of the restaurant. The staff were very friendly and asked us where we would like to be seated. We chose the section just through the entrance where the garden was. The place itself was lovely and the views are great. I found the food itself quite... More 

Thank lauralove27
Los Angeles, California
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106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Years ago this use to be a hot spot and I am not quite sure why it is not the talk of the town still. The view is unparalleled in LA and it is a perfect spot for a date or a group of friends to enjoy the view. The staff is friendly and warm and the food is quite... More 

Thank dawnwtv
Dar es Salam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good food, top class service and stunning views of LA from outside. Slightly expensive but worth it

Thank Ryan_Ogg
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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198 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I went a few weeks ago, and it was great. You should get there early to walk around the restaurant, to see the gardens and statue of Buddha and patio bar. They are really nice (too bad the patio bar didn't have any servers). The view of Hollywood and Los Angeles is really great. We ate inside,... More 

Thank Steve R
Las Vegas, Nevada
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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 

Hong Kong, China
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136 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks 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.

Thank Noel D
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $50
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
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
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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
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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