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“Lunchtime chic”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Hinoki & the Bird

Hinoki & the Bird
Ranked #252 of 9,898 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Hinoki & the Bird is a travel inspired dining concept that pushes modern California cooking to vibrant new bounds. Taking cues from travels through the Silk Road, the restaurant serves as a colorful kaleidoscope where bright flavors, a healthful sensibility, and technique harmoniously collide. The Milo Garcia-designed indoor/outdoor space is housed on the ground floor of Related Companies' luxury condominium tower, The Century.
London
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210 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Lunchtime chic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

The penny dropped a long time ago that restaurants in the haute cuisine category populate every nook and cranny of LA, and Hinoki and the Bird is no exception. They probably deserve five stars were it not for the fact the bar in LA is set so high.

Modern Japanese. Highly creative concoctions. I decided to go for several starters - Hamachi (fish) in a herbal marinade and a pork loins dish with plum sauce - both delicious.

I find the American custom of constantly re-charging your glass with whatever soft drink you're having, disconcerting but you might decide that's great value.

This stylish restaurant attracts a fashionable crowd. It sits in the shadow of Fox Studios, which is a stone's throw.

Great decor and atmosphere and again, typical of LA, charming and informed staff serving.

There's a large patio area. We sat outside in the patio area, an experience only spoilt by a pesky fly buzzing our plates. But otherwise another wonderful, creative LA restaurant.

Visited May 2014
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Colorado
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225 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
“Innovative, but not tortured food that is delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

You do have to pay to park at this hidden gem and yes, it is a bit pricey depending on what you order, but the menu is very well executed. Lobster roll is crazy expensive at $18, but quite good-wouldn't order again because other things like the steak and the cod were a much better value and more ample in size and they were both outstanding. A simple yam is done so well it amazes. And the desserts….the honey caramel outshines the miso donuts but the vietnamese coffee is the perfect blend of sweet and not so sweet packed in a glass…for sure order it. Service is good as well although things come out in a random order. If possible get a seat near the kitchen so you can watch the care the chefs take with each detail.

  • Visited May 2014
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Zurich, Switzerland
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433 reviews
265 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 17, 2014

Very nice, stylish modern Restaurant. Good crowd, nice atmosphere. Be Aware it can get noisy when crowded. You also might have to wait despite Reservation if you arrive at Peak hours (e.g. we arrived at 8 PM and had to wait for 30 minutes until our table was ready).

Very friendly Service which is also efficient.

Excellent Food. The Starters (Tuna, Oysters etc), mains (Beef Fillet was outstanding Quality, also other dishes were excellent). Good Desserts.

Really must say, for me one of the best experiences in LA, great Food, great atmosphere!

  • Visited May 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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6 reviews
“Cedar Stunner!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2014

The smell of cedar wafts through this Japanese inspired restaurant. The vibe is very energetic. Food is creative and
delicious. Reserve the patio.

Visited April 2014
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Portland, Oregon
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184 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Really happy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

Our friends suggested this place
Best "white" yams I ever had
Black cod served piping hot and moist
Ate outside very pretty setting
Appears to have lively bar scene for those that want that
Service was attentive and friendly

Visited April 2014
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