This is great place to take out-of-towners who want a cool (but not obnoxious) scene. They've got an epic front patio overlooking the Sunset Strip. Feels very "Hollywood" ... lots of attractive people and occasionally celebs. I'm not a sushi person, but I love their robata (Japanese grilled meats).
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- General Info:
- Katana is an extraordinary beautiful Japanese restaurant serving Robata, a form of Japanese tapas, traditional sushi, and a unique variety of Japanese cuisine. There is a Robata and sushi bar, and spectacular patio dining overlooking Sunset Strip.
- Payment method:
- diners club, discover, amex, visa, mastercard
- West Los Angeles, Bel Air-Beverly Crest, Central La
Katana Robata & Sushi Bar
- Sushi Bars, Japanese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Bike Parking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Family Style, Sushi, Pan Asian
Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Above Average
This place is really cool! The food is awesome and you can find some movie stars dinning next to you! The Green tea is out of this world, the food is excellent, the scene is the best in Los Angeles. Went here a couple of times one for new years eve and one on a girl's night out. Deliciously fresh and beautifully prepared food. We shared a range of dishes and all were divine: oysters, kobe beef tataki, sashimi, tuna carpaccio, and eggplant with miso. Service was excellent and the atmosphere dark and funky. First time we sat at the sushi bar and the head chef made us whatever we requested in front of us, it was superb! Second time we had a table also good but not as much fun. Prices are a little bit high for Japanese food but it's totally worth it!
I would recommend getting a reservation as they had a somewhat intimidating doorman.
I'm pretty sure it was just a bad day for my server, but I ate dinner here the other day and the service was awful. The food was good, liked the restaurant, but the service ruined the meal. I will go back to try again because I know they can do better. But for now I have to give them 2 stars.
12/27/2011Provided by Citysearch -
Its our first time here and I may that I was kinda impressed. The food was good with huge servings. Good for a large group of people. We sat at the terrace and the atmosphere was great. The ambiance was just awesome. And the staff was also friendly and accommodating.. We were really taken cared off. we are now planning on when we'll be back. Definitely a must-try place!
02/16/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to Katana several times and each time I keep thinking it will be the time to change my mind and make me understand all the hype about this place. Well, this time the restaurant definitely made an impact on me. I will NEVER go there again. I made a reservation three weeks in advance for Valentine's Day. I confirmed it (myself) the week before and the day of, making sure to let the hostess repeat the day and time back to me. The big day arrives and I check in ten minutes early. The hostess says I will be seated in ten minutes exactly. Half an hour later I check in again only to find she accidentally pushed my reservation to 11pm....and that I will need to wait another 20 minutes for an available table. I speak to the manager, Phillippe. He is kind and apologetic and my hopes are rekindled as he buys us a round of drinks while we wait, promises us a free appetizer and several desserts. Mind you, I would have been MORE than pleased at just being comped the round of drinks, but Phillippe INSISTED he take care of us. Our food takes a long time, but it's Valentine's Day so we don't mind. Half way through dinner a large cake, complete with sparklers and champagne is delivered to a lovely couple sitting adjacent to us and everyone turns to watch the spectacle and oooh and aaah over how romantic the gentleman is to do this for his date. Ten minutes later Phillippe (who delivered the cake in the first place) takes the cake back along with the champagne because he mistakenly brought it to the wrong table. Obviously, he should have brought them a complimentary dessert or at least let them keep their champagne. This is not the case. The gentleman looks horrified and the couple quickly leave. This should have served as an omen for what was to come.
After the meal has been obviously finished we sit at our table for another twenty minutes, our waitress no where to be found, nor Phillippe. Finally the waitress arrives with the check. She did not even offer us to look at the dessert menu and where were these desserts Phillippe promised us? Then we look at the bill. NOTHING has been comped. Nothing. We ask to speak to Phillipe and ask him (kindly) if there has been a mistake. He angrily takes the bill and tries to tell us the desserts are on their way. Yet we sat at an empty table with the check far too long for that to be true. I call his bluff. He doesn't say a word as he takes the bill and grudgingly takes off the first round of drinks and an appetizer. STILL no sign of dessert, which we saved room for. AND the waitress delivers the new check. Look, I don't NEED to be given anything for free. I didn't ask for any of these things. But when someone tells you to expect you...you expect the bill to reflect these promises. The entire night things kept going awry, there was a fire somewhere in the restaurant which caused smoke to permeate throughout the entire dining room and wreaked. My drink was made incorrectly and came out twenty minutes after I ordered it...there were more things that happened, but it would have all been forgiven and forgotten had Phillipe been consistent and kind. We just wanted to enjoy our Valentine's Day. Instead he made us feel like WE were the problems. That we were LUCKY to be dining there. The entire meal from start to finish took almost three hours and it was NOT because we ordered a lot of food or were taking our time. I will NEVER go to this restaurant again. AWFUL.
08/04/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to Katana 4 times now, and not once have I been disappointed. Sushi is my absolute favorite thing, and I have made it my personal goal to try out all of the fabulous sushi spots in LA. Katana is by far one of the absolute best!
You can't go wrong with any or the rolls, and if you like cocktails the pear martinis are amazing.