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Yamashiro

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(94 Reviews)

1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

(323) 337-9400

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Today: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tomorrow: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
61
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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General Info
Yamashiro - translated to "mountain palace" - broke ground in 1911 and was completed in 1914 as a residence for the Bernheimer brothers. Housing a priceless collection of Asian treasures, the building was designed as a replica of a palace located in the mountains near Kyoto, Japan. During the "Golden Age" of Hollywood, Yamashiro served as the ultra-exclusive hang-out for the "Club of the Four Hundred": the era's most famous and influential stars and movie moguls. The structure and its grounds served as a boy's military school and later apartments before being acquired in 1948 by the Thomas O. Glover, who discovered the beauty beneath the disrepair and refurbished the space. Currently owned by Thomas Y. Glover, Yamashiro is still flourishing over 60 years later as an Asian-inspired Los Angeles institution.
Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
all major credit cards
Price Range
$$$
Neighborhoods
Central LA, Hollywood Hills West, Hollywood Heights
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Categories
Restaurants, Wedding Reception Locations & Services, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, American Restaurants, Japanese Restaurants, Sushi Bars, Fine Dining Restaurants, Mongolian Restaurants, Asian Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Dressy

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Japanese, Asian, Mongolian, American, Sushi

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

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JohnathonM821

06/04/2012

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Overall
Really nice environment with very good

Really nice environment with very good service. I like how me and my girlfriend got seated right away and were helped right away. The menu was very simple to read and had some really good looking stuff on it, so I will definitely be returning to try some of the other stuff. A little on the expensive side tho.

Anneevans

12/27/2011

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Darth Vader Roll!

Wow one of the best views I have ever been to. Perfect place to take a date, and loved the Darth Vader Roll.

yolandahall

12/27/2011

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Amazing!

A really high end restaurant and just loved the service. All the servers were so kind and the sushi was amazing.

ABlues4Nina

06/07/2011

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Love their California Rolls!

Love their California Rolls, talk about fresh and delicious! My ex boyfriend took me for a surprise dinner a few years back and I have been going ever since! Their Mai Tai's are amazing and the food is delicious. I love the view as well!!

HollywoodHotels

09/19/2010

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Best View of Hollywood at Night

For three decades, guests have enjoyed Yamashiro’s restaurant with gracious Japanese ambience and one of the best Hollywood city views ever.

Elegant contemporary direction in service and food, resulting in the the restaurant’s highly praised CalAsian cuisine, complementing classic Japanese favorites.

Meeting friends and family at this legendary historic place for great drinks and dinner is a must, if you ever visit Hollywood.

Erin W Davis

07/20/2010

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Amazing View and Good Sushi Too

Set atop the Hollywood hills, Yamashiro provides a great change of pace from most restaurants in LA. Not only are there gorgeous views from here, but they also have some interesting sushi choices. Along with the usual sushi selection they have an Italian inspired “Comfort Me, Amore” roll with goat cheese, melon, prosciutto, arugula, and basil. The “Darth Vadar Roll” (spicy tuna) is also unique as it’s made with black rice. And the “Hawaii Five-0” will make you feel like you’re on a tropical vacation with its spicy yellowtail, macadamia nuts, and toasted coconut.

AdamJMoore

06/07/2010

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Great Sushi and Atmosphere

Probably one of the best sushi restaurants in L.A. just above the Magic Castle. The outer seating area has an amazing view of the city, while the indoor koi pond is perfect for a quiet romantic dinner. Expect to spend a decent amount of money here but its well worth it! After dinner walk in the Japanese garden and have an even better view of Hollywood

brianroberts854

06/02/2010

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Great Food and Great View

The sushi and the view make this place well worth it. It was my first time and I was really pleased. I will definitely come back here a few times!

ForRealz

04/18/2010

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IT WAS BAD BAD BAD

I bought ""Groupons"" to try out this restaurant. Groupon was a discount that I happily paid $40 for $80 dollars of food. These groupons were sold at the business promotion site Groupon. So I booked a table and went to the restaurant hoping it would be a memorable experience that I could share with my friends. I was utterly disappointed and offended at the way we were treated by the female servers. Upon entering the restaurant their attendant says, ""Oh, you're here because of the coupon!', (my thought was, ""Well I'm really here because I want to try your restaurant and see if I want to come back""). After seating us at our reserved table the server referred to us as the ""Coupon people"". The last straw was after getting our drinks, they moved us to another table without even an apology so they can accommodate a group of 15.

I was hoping to have an experience like that similar to the ones I received at Ruth's Chris Steak house (5 stars), but the service at Olive Garden would have even put this restaurant to SHAME!

Service -- 0 stars
Food -- 3 stars
Price -- overpriced for the quality
View -- it was alright, Orange Hill Restaurant has better

If their business was doing well they wouldn't need to use sites like Groupon to bring in customers. What's so sad is that when new customers are sent in to try their restaurant, their employees treat the customers like crap. We won't be coming back for sure!

This restaurant really needs to understand that there are many people like myself that know how to cook gourmet food at a fraction of the price. We go out for the experience and the service. This restaurant was a HUGE disappointment.

goartangel

04/04/2010

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Great View and FOOD!

We went last night for my mothers birthday and before we left I had gone into this wedsite to read reviews...
When we got there I told our waitress I was a bit concerned about the bad food reviews and I wanted to know what she liked on the menu!
The salmon is a must, seared tuna appetizer great, the shrimp dish is a little spicy and the service was spot on! Can't wait to go again.

Valerie L

11/03/2009

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The drinks are good at Yamashiro but the food isn't worth it

Yamashiro has an awesome view of LA, there is no denying it. We spent a good half hour taking pictures in their garden. Our drinks tasted pretty good but the food!! Ugh. I got the Darth Vader sushi roll which looked like a brownie and tasted awful. I took one bite and ate at McDonald's later. I'd come here for drinks again but I would eat dinner beforehand!

ScottGarrison1

02/18/2009

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The Food ...The View.....The Service....OH MY!

My wife and I went to Yamashiro a couple of weeks ago and had a great experience. The view was amazing and the service was great.
We shared a few dishes including a variety of sushi, filet mignon, and the grilled seafood. Everything we had was incredible and our server was very helpful in helping us decide what to order.
I appreciated that the filet was cooked to order AND the server came back about a minute after the filet was delivered to make sure it was cooked properly.
We each had a martini and they were mixed PERFECTLY. For dessert we shared the Smores...fantastic!
I can't wait to go back! It's rare to find a restaurant that has everything going for it....but Yamashiro does.

sammietorino

12/27/2008

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Go for the view

I think the primary thing that should encourage one to come here is the ambiance. It's a neat location up in the hills. The food itself is good but nothing special. My favorite thing about this place is the bar. One of the bartenders did some magic for us and it was really impressive and entertaining. I would recommend this place if you have never been before.

Janelle15

12/02/2008

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great sushi!

love the sushi and the view! The place is expensive but it's worth it! The service was good as well.

guest100

10/11/2008

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yummmy unique rolls

i went here with 2 friends of mine for my bday dinner. we were supposed to have come before but we were too late. so we can here last nite and had a fanastic time. 1 friend had a lemon-zen and a pom pom martini. the lemon zen was light and delicious. i for some reason thought it was too lite but then later my friend was all "" woow thats strong"" i only had a sip so i didnt get the full effect hehe. my other friend i think had something called a raspberry stoli and sprite! that was really good! and a bushido martini which was good too. tho i found that light too. i ended up with stuff i kinda knew what it tastes like. who could go wrong with mango mountain martini ( it has mango and orange juice) heheh on to the rolls, we had the darth vader roll it wasnt one of my favorites but my rest of the party liked it . on top of the roll had flying fish roe and the whole thing was black!! it looked like a chocolate brownie in the dim lit room! lol however the hawaii-five o i think was probably one of my favorites of the nite. the reclining budha was ok/ crunchy was alright/rainbow and caterpillar and the smoked salmon roll was the same at any sushi restaurant but wont have to pay $14 each. i guess the best part of the restuarant was the views i had thought my friend made reservations esp on a friday nite but she didnt and i got there 1st. so i ran to the hostess girl and said i know i was already here but i didnt realise my friend didnt book reservations. i thought friday nite at 8 pm OMG WE'LL NEVER GET A TABLE!! or we'd have to wait for 2 hrs. but she said oh thats ok you can have anything on the left side of the room take your pick. to the left you had the view of the japanese garden but it was outside with heating lamps or to the left you have a view of hollywood. 2. the drinks are pretty good and unique and some of the items on the menu certainly sound interesting. i dunno if the service was slow in general or cos it was a friday nite but it seemed forever to get serviced

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