I have been going to Sushi Karen for a few years now. The food is pretty good. But, the service there has been going down. Sometimes they get too busy and there is only 1 waitress who can't handle the amount of customers. Also, sometimes this waitress (she has long hair) is so grumpy and unfriendly that you don't want to ask her help for anything.
They need to improve their customer service b/c it is frustrating that their waitstaff is so unfriendly and rude.
Top grade sushi. I know for a fact that Toshi (owner, head sushi man) buys top grade fish only from the same market as Matsuhisa and Nobu. His location allows cheaper rent compared to Beverly Hills, therefore, the discount is passed along to the consumer. Toshi's ""Super Toro"" is so oily and fresh, it melts in the mouth. Kanpachi Jalapeno is the must try.
This is one of the best sushi restaurants in the city in my opinion. We eat here a couple of times a week and love it. Highly recommend trying some of the unusual specials that Toshi offers. This place is named after the head sushi chef and owner's little daughter and his care and dedication shows in everything he does.\r \r Enjoy!
I almost don't want to write a review so this place doesn't get crowded...but for the better of mankind, here we go: I have eaten at almost all high end sushi restaurants...from the cliffs of Croatia to the trendy LA sushi, I have yet to experience sushi the way Sushi Karen prepares them. My all time favorite: amberjack with garlic and jalapeno. Talk about creative and good...melts in your mouth. Everything is great, I have tried the entire menu. I also recommend ordering:koshihika...view moreri echigo beer to accompany your meal. It is an extremely rare beer and I have only been able to find it at one other location (wally's). \r \r Ps. don't expect some fancy entrance with a valet service...this is about the sushi...view less
This is definately the best sushi I have ever had. The service is great, staff is friendly. Toshi knows exactly what he is doing and does it well every time. Now that I have become a regular customer Toshi is quite generous. The rolls and sashimi are absolutely amazing. I have never had a bad piece of fish there EVER. They definately have something for everyone, lots of variety. They also have good food for the non-sushi eaters too!\r \r I also think the price is right. We t...view moreook a friend there and she thought it was pricey, but after going to her sushi place just up the street near Best Buy and CPK it is clear that you pay for what you get. Up the street was noticably cheaper, but also very noticably poorer quality, they didn't even have a good enough knife to cut all the way through my roll.\r \r Sushi Karen is simply the best in LA and everyone who enjoys quality sushi needs to give it a try.view less
Who would think great Sushi in Culver City. I was finishing a meeting in CC and mentioned I was heading over to another sushi restaurant for dinner before a bit of traffic. Someone said to try Sushi Karen and raved about it. We have heard those stories before but everyone's taste is different. 100% fantastic. She said to try the Amber Jack, one of their house specials. It was excellent. They do sushi simple. They have a blend of the ""hip"" items like rainbow roll but for the most par...view moret I stayed with the basics of straight sushi. The quality is amazing. The chefs carefully prepare each dish as if an art form. I was there in between busy hours so I do wonder how fast service is when they are packed. Nonetheless, I savored every bite. The flavor was so outstanding that I think I used the least amount of soy sauce ever. In any event, this will be the new Spoil Me spot. I have been to many others but for pure, tasteful, sublime sushi I do not think you will find better. Or if you do...let me know. (Sorry if I over did it here but I do not often write reviews and this place merited it.) Best, Larryview less
Sushi Karen is simply the best! My husband and I, who consider ourselves ""sushi snobs"" frequent this restaurant at least once a week. Toshi, the chef, is incredibly talented. The seaweed salad is delicious, the tuna and halibut carpacciao amazing, the amberjack is incredible and the lobster roll -- to die for! Feeling adventurous? Try the ""shrimp boat""...shrimp sushi topped with a quail egg and roe. Service is great and quick and prices affordable. The atmosphere isn't as shiek as ...view moreNobu or Yamashiro, but it is clean and small/cozy. Sit at the bar and buy Toshi some sake and he will take care of your dining experience!view less
Sushi Karen is my favorite sushi restaurant in the city. I have been dining here at lest one a week for the past six months. I had been a fateful customer of Crazy Fish in Beverly Hills until a friend and I had lunch at Sushi Karen. I recomend any sushi lovers and even any first timers to enjoy a lovely meal at Sushi Karen