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Los Angeles-born chef, Niki Nakayama, is a proud pioneer in the modern kaiseki tradition, yet she’s humble enough to remain a constant in her dining ro...
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Two MICHELIN Stars: Excellent cooking, worth a detour!
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The place is clean, decent, with high ceilings and captivating decorations that are picture-perfect. The service is quick and reliable. Their food is delicious and reasonably priced. Overall, this is the perfect place to dine in. This is my ideal restaurant. I highly recommend this...place to everyone.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 22, 2020

The fascinating ambiance that breaks you to Korea. The smell of the grilled meat and also looks so good. You can't get enough of it. As well as the kimchi and other dishes. It was a great experience to dine in. I will surely visit...this restaurant again and you should too. I am sure that you will love it!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed October 18, 2020

Amazing! This restaurant was fabulous! Their staffs were very helpful and accommodating. The chef's cooked was very admirable on his very nice taste. He did excellently that day and it was remarkable. It melts my precious heart. I feel the happiness of the food He...made. I am very grateful to Him for providing us great food.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020 via mobile

I have been coming to this restaurant for years and every amazing thing that you have heard is true! One thing that doesn’t get talked about often enough is the amazing service that consistently accompanies every small detail of each meal served by Chef Niki...and her team. Another thing I wanted to highlight is their amazing selection of sake- of course a restaurant featuring Japanese food will offer sake but n/naka has introduced me to some great ones I have not found anywhere else. Of course the food is fantastic and really hard to describe in words because it‘s not only delicious it’s also a work of art combined with a true labor of love. I guess my one attempt at describing some aspect of the food at n/naka would be the Abalone Pasta- I would like to go swimming in a pool completely filled with this abalone pasta and then eat my way out of it. And that’s only one of the many fantastic courses you will enjoy at n/naka!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 11, 2020 via mobile

Absolutely a once in a lifetime experience. Loved everything. We went in late December. I was pregnant (and an vegetarian), and my husband eats everything. The food was fantastic, catered to us. Every bite better than the last.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 6, 2020

It was very difficult to get reservation; the food and service were excellent. I especially liked the tuna.

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed January 28, 2020

Food was really good, I would definitely recommend you to try their shashimi. We will be coming back soon!

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed January 23, 2020

Probably the best I never enjoyed in my life before. Not good but excellent food, some proposals following the tradition some others following the modern fusion gourmet cuisine. Very unique cocktails. Totally recommended.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed December 24, 2019

MINUS 5 stars for n/ naka's reservation system. Every Sunday at 10AM I start trying to book a date. For a few minutes a date and time shows as available, but click it and not available. Every time. Moments later, all seats are booked and...you are left to try the following Sunday. For the 4th, 5th or 6th time. Until you give up and go to Mr. Fish. Or Shibumi. Am a repeat customer visiting yearly since early 2014. This is no way to treat your clientele. Niki?? This is how you run your business?More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 21, 2019

The warm welcome and superb service are complimented by the high quality of the fish ingredients. This is sushi of the highest quality. We loved our visit and will return. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: November 2019
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June 26, 2018|
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Response from fllee | Reviewed this property |
Yes!! She is lovely, kind and very polite, Do ask her!
Robert J
December 14, 2016|
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Response from matiasstof | Reviewed this property |
They offer valet but we parked on the street on Overland with no issues. If you plan to do the wine or sake pairing I recommend not driving. They are VERY generous with the alcohol on the pairing.
Robert J
December 14, 2016|
Response from moogenheimer | Reviewed this property |
they have valet parking at the restaurant or you can find street parking. Depending on the day, there will be few spots (week days) or many (weekends).
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