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Best Japanese/Sushi in Los Angeles

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Mr Ramen

Mr Ramen has been serving filling and flavorful bowls of noodles at low prices to eager patrons for many years. The eatery lets you choose from a broad variety of ingredients and protein options, including pork and seafood, so you can customize your ramen dish to your particular craving. There is also a generous vegetarian section on the menu and a few savory appetizers, including curries and gyozas. The decor is plain and fancy-free, so it's all about the noodles.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Hama Sushi

Hama Sushi is always bustling with patrons due to the popularity that this sushi bar enjoys in the Little Tokyo neighborhood. It is especially frequented for its Red Snapper sushi, replete with a tinge of lemon. Their sushi and sahimi is also offered in varieties such as Tuna Toro, Yellowtail Collar, Monk Fish Liver, Uni, Albacore Sashimi, Shrimp Tempura Roll and Salmon Handroll. The appealing visual presentation of the platters, with green leafy garnish, only serves to increase one's appetite. It is better to approach this restaurant by public transport as it might be difficult to find a parking spot.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Sushi Gen

Sushi Gen boasts of an extensive menu of seafood, sushi, sashimi and other Japanese delights. It offers whole meals such as Tempura Dinner, Beef Teriyaki Dinner, Sashimi Dinner, Salmon Dinner and Chicken Teriyaki Dinner. Its menu includes individual dishes like Fried Pompano, Steamed Clams, California Roll, Fresh Water Eel, Uni and Sashimi Combination and Sunomono. If you are confused between the various sushi options, try the Sushi Deluxe Combination. Due to its efficient service and the delicious flavors of sushi, it is a pleasure to dine at this Japanese restaurant.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Sugarfish

A chain of restaurants started by Kazunori Nozawa, Sugarfish is renowned for serving authentic Japanese cuisine. The Los Angeles outlet is located in the city's bustling downtown neighborhood. Sushi being the highlight of this place, you can take your pick from a delightful variety made from tuna, halibut, yellowtail, salmon, scallops, unagi (eel), albacore, snapper and more. A must-try is the house special, Nozawa-style Shrimp. This restaurant also offers omakase-style dining, where you have to rely on your chef to serve you the best multi-course dishes. Reservations are not accepted at Sugarfish Downtown LA; make sure to reach there well in advance to procure a seat.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Sushi Ike

Glancing at the bland tiny storefront in a drab strip mall, one would hardly expect to find hidden behind it a place widely considered the best sushi joint in town. Well camouflaged on the outside, Ike has likewise a simple fancy-free interior, small and functional. It is the sushi experience that is absolutely sublime, well worth a cross-town pilgrimage, despite the expense and the potentially disconcerting experience in the place operating with no steady menu or price lists and touting an articulated aversion toward apostate Western favorites. If you want to endear yourself to the chef, a revered master of traditional sushi, forgo mentions of Philly and Rainbow rolls. You will be rewarded with the freshest, purest, most delicious sushi you have ever tried.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Murakami

Murakami is a great restaurant for those who have been craving Asian food. Serving a variety of Japanese delicacies, the restaurant is popular with both the native population as well as the locals. However, rather than going for a standard sushi roll as you would do in other restaurants, patrons here are advised to opt for a sushi bowl instead where fresh sashimi is placed over a bowl of sushi rice and garlic-soy sauce is used in the preparation rather than the traditional sauce. However, if you'd rather stick to the classics Murakami also serves a great selection of sushi rolls and Japanese dishes like Blue Crab Hand Rolls. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a bottle of sake. If you are looking for a hearty Japanese meal, head to Murakami and expect to be delighted.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Yamashiro Hollywood

Located within the Hollywood Hotels & Apartments, the Yamashiro Hollywood, one of the most unusual restaurants around gives a dazzling view of the city while allowing patrons to enjoy authentic Japanese meals at the same time. Specializing in serving sumptuous Asian fusion flavors, the restaurant is quite popular among the locals as well as the tourists alike. You can opt for delicacies like Spicy Salmon & Scallop, Truffle Hamachi, Asian BBQ Baby Back Ribs and lots more from the extensive menu. The flavorsome food can also be enjoyed with a glass of wine to balance the savory flavors. You can also feel free to take some time off and stroll through the eight acres of lush green gardens just below the bar as you wait for your order to arrive. Suitable for a romantic date, the Yamashiro Hollywood must definitely be tried during your time in the city.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Izaka-ya

Always lively – and downright clamorous at dinner hour – this sushi spot has smitten seafood lovers in Beverly Hills and beyond. Folks flock here from across town to partake of delectable morsels of outstanding freshness, rumored to be some of the best in Beverly Hills. The restaurant embraces a westernized approach, running the typical roster of specialty rolls (from rainbow roil down to California roll) as well as impeccably concocted house originals. The sake list is generous and well-assorted. Shrimp and veggie tempura is light and crispy, getting consistent praise from happy customers. The service is amiable and attentive, always at your beck and call.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Matsuhisa

Do not even drive by without confirmed reservations, this is the most popular Japanese eatery in town. It is considered by many to be the best sushi place in the US, and the best restaurant in the greater city of Los Angeles. Everything is fresh, delicious and very expensive, after all it is the workmanship of Nobu Matsuhisa. Rub elbows with the rich and famous, but leave your autograph book at home.

Beverly Hills, CA, United States
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Urasawa

This tiny but ultra-exclusive restaurant is surrounded by the shopping Mecca of Beverly Hills. Urasawa is also the one of the most expensive restaurants in L.A. Still, everyone who goes, from stars like Madonna to top Japanese business people, insists that it is worth every cent. The sushi is the freshest outside of Tokyo and is shipped in from there daily. Since there's no menu, it is hard to tell exactly what chef-owner Masa Takayama is serving. Regardless, this singular dining experience will be perfectly presented and remembered forever. Reservations are absolutely required, and must be made well in advance.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Hinoki & The Bird

Celebrated chef David Myers offers a harmonious blend of Californian cuisine and Japanese sensibilities at Hinoki & The Bird. The beautiful dining room is an airy space, done up in muted tones. Candle-lit tables and thoughtful lighting choices keep things cozy. A glass wall separates the main dining room from the intimate patio, with its beautiful wooden trellis and great use of natural elements. Start off with the raw bar choices or perhaps the selection of 'Fun bites' that include crispy marinated chicken and fried oysters. Main courses include Drunken Duck Breast, Hinoki Scented Cod and Jidori Chicken. The wine list more than matches up to the food, and diners can also enjoy well-mixed cocktails at the bar. The beautiful space is available for private events as well.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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