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Venice, West Los Angeles, Windward Circle
Restaurants, Sushi Bars, Japanese Restaurants, Health Food Restaurants, Chinese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Family Style Restaurants, Caterers
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Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Caterers, Family Style, Sushi, Healthy, Chinese, Bar & Grills

Wi-Fi: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Beer, Yes, Wine

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Worst Sushi, worst owner, worst treatment

I order a hundred dollars worth of food and drink and mid roll I bite into either a rock or bone. I spit out into my napkin, tell the waitress /return the remainder of the roll. I'm absolutely disgusted but I feel I should give them another chance in good faith as accidents happen and ask for something that wouldn't have any chance of bone in it, I have a bite of that and it's just gross but I don't complain, I just don't eat it. In fact between the bone (or other particle in the tuna roll), the crappy 14 dollar vegetable roll, the taste and quality of the fish was below average and uninspired even when not contaminated with dangerous unknown contents. The owner/head chef Yoshi comes outside to our table and accuses me of lying and says this never happens;then says he's checked my napkin which I spit out into for bones, etc and when this usually happens he finds things. I say USUALLY! I thought this NEVER happens, I think he realizes he's been caught and we think this is solved, see the bill and he's decided to only credit half of the dish as it took us a few bites before the bone/rock whatever cracked on my teeth. We tell the waitress there must be some mistake, and she seems genuinely sorry, then Yoshi comes out again screaming and saying we're lying and that ""YOU PAY! YOU PAY! (He fully understands english BTW) and that he will call the cops, ok so it just went from insulting to CRAZY. I tell him he's insane, and that it seems likes this happens a lot to him, and that I'm not telling him how to run his business or make his crappy sushi but that I AM telling him what absolutely was my experience eating sushi at his restaurant and that we are not asking for our meal to be comped but that we simply not pay for harmful sushi, (sadly we are ok with paying for their just reg crappy sushi) and he's just freaking out, red faced and seemingly intoxicated so we slap down our credit card and just leave. We regularly eat at everything from three michelin star restaurants to great inexpensive places and have NEVER been treated like this; Yoshi does not seem to understand hospitality or how to run a restaurant and that is just damn shameful. I've had better sushi at the the mall.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Usually takes forever to be served. The waitresses try to be nice, but the head sushi chef is so unprofessional and rude. I have since heard about this guy from several locals. I will never go back and never recommend this place. They charge too much money to be treated like SH*T.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Minimum order and rude service

My friends and I were wandering Abbot Kinney on Friday night and spotted Shima. We were looking for a nice, quiet place to have a drink and chat - it looked like it fit the bill. We went in, told the hostess that we wanted to have drinks and were seated at the sushi bar until a table became available. Everything was fine until we were moved to the table. It was THEN that we were informed that we needed to order food and that there was a minimum purchase. Even after speaking to the manager and explaining that we told the hostess that we only wanted drinks, they insisted that we order food and pay the minimum. We paid the minimum but will NEVER go back. The manager and staff were extremely rude about the whole situation.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Don't Bother

This restaurant is overpriced and waaay overhyped....I was expecting premium sushi (on par with Blue Ribbon) but was served meager meager portions of very mediocre food in a cheap looking restaurant with no air conditioning.....Not horrible, but absolutely a rip-off...the table next to us was frustrated also...I was suspicious because of the microsoft word printed menus, but gave it a shot anyways....$75 later I was still hungry and left food on the plate because it was bland and unappetizing....Don't believe the hype!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Shima knows great sushi! ANKIMO!!! MMMM!

This place KNOWS GREAT SUSHI! The recipes were unique and devine. I had the best ankimo I have ever encountered on this earth from Shima. It was on special and yes, at $20 for two small, thin slices, it was so AMAZING, my BF and I ordered two plates! The baby halibut sashimi with heirloom tomato salsa, urchin risotto, sauteed mushrooms, nigori, and the snapper, spanish makeral and hamachi sushi's were heavenly! Truthfully, I didn't notice that it was brown rice, but it was very complimentary to the cuisine.

In summary, this is not one of those sushi places for stingy Americans who are looking for an all-you-can-eat sushi joint. Its fine cuisine, worth the trouble of locating! Upstairs would be perfect for a first date as it has soft lighting and urban decor. Additionally, one sip of their nigori and she'll need help walking down the stairs. ;)

I highly recommend this place to anyone who knows and seeks exquisite sushi.



Provided by Citysearch - 
crazy price, bad mood chief, ordinary food

1. crazy price - 5 slice shashimi $36,
2. bad mood chief - yell with anger front of customer
3. ordinary food - you can have same quality of food with less price, anywhere

Not all that great. Yellowtail sashimi was good, but it's yellow tail. It better be good. It costs a lot.
i thought the fish would be pretty fresh. but it was so-so. there's better ones at the same price range. . .

This place gets one star, because I can not give it negative stars.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food & good ambiance. However, the portions were very small for the price.

Great food & good ambiance. Beware, the portions are very small for the price. Don't come here if you're hungry unless you're willing to spend $80 per person (come more for the atmosphere).



Provided by Citysearch - 
Shima restaurant in Venice is delicious!

Yes, I agree. Everything, all the time is delicious! Thanks Yoshi for bringing such a great restaurant to Venice!



Provided by Citysearch - 

Despite being warned by our sushi-aficionado friends, we decided to give Shima a try. This was a HUGE mistake. The sushi did not taste fresh and all the dishes seemed uninspired and heavy. The pieces of sashimi lacked the delicacy and quality one would expect from a $200 meal. I would not recommend this place.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Sushi, Peaceful Location

You can't go wrong at this Venice Sushi. Tofu is amazing. My wife and I try to go every chance we get.

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