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1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782 (Franklin Avenue)
+1 323-466-5125
17:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Toronto, Canada
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Based on other Trip Advisor reviews, came expecting spectacular views and good, but not great food. With the exception of an exceedingly rude and indifferent hostess, the entire experience was amazing! Everyone in my family ordered very different meals and one was better than the other. Of note, the Reclining Buddha sushi roll was outstanding! If they replace the skinny... More 

Thank Linus V
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I grew up in Hollywood not very rich but on my way to school I could see Yamashiro. When I was young I didn't know it was a restaurant. Then when I found out that it was I always thought I could never afford to eat there. Then at some point it closed down, when I heard it was open... More 

Thank Daniel D
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here for our anniversary on a Monday night. Requested a window seat and received it (We had an early evening reservation). Wonderful crispy salmon entree. Old Hollywood feel. Make sure to walk through the tiered garden. Great place to take out of town visitors. Nice for locals like us, too, who too often forget about this unique place amidst... More 

Thank socalers
Austin, Texas
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arrived 30 minutes prior to reservation, but still had to wait. Place was empty. Seated next to the koi pond. Asked for table with view but were denied, told we can watch the black and white movie going on above the koi pond. (boo) Food was good (sashimi salad, nigiri rolls, crab cake (just ok), duck confit, hoisin baby back... More 

Thank Coast220
Los Angeles, California
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54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This restaurant is perched in the hills above Hollywood Boulevard at about Highland. In fact, the Metro Red Line exit at Hollywood and Highland will get you close enough to catch a cab from in front of one of the hotels for a short ride up to the restaurant. Valet parking is necessary at a cost of $10, and the... More 

Thank John C
Los Angeles, California
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154 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Eaten here several times and the quality of the food has always varied between OK and really good. On our last visit here, the quality of the food and service was below average at best. We had a very nice table in the front by the window and the view was really nice. It set a very nice mood and... More 

Thank dbartoletti
Perth, WA
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

This place is classic old Hollywood. Amazing view right at the top of the hill. If you want to spoil your loved one, go for a romantic dinner here, it will be a very special evening.

Thank Alex S
Edgewater, New Jersey
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Located on a top of a mountain overlooking stunning West Hollywood, the Yamashiro Asian restaurant. We were a group of 7, the staff was friendly and attentive, quick service and nice atmosphere. I've ordered the "crispy Asian salmon Pak choi", the salmon fillet was made to perfection with the crispy skin and melting salmon. Heaven. Our starters were yummy as... More 

Thank Orit H
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52 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Wow is all I've got to say! The food is incredible and the decor is amazing and like being in Japan . The gardens are amazing as well as the building itself, so go a little early so as to see them before dark. Top notch severs. I highly recommend a visit.

Thank Jasonburk
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We sat in the bar area for Happy Hour. We ordered drinks and 3 food items off the Happy Hour menu and that was basically the last time we saw our waiter . Other staff brought the food, which was just average, and the manager checked with us to see how everything was. No one asked if we wanted another... More 

Thank Amy W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$50
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 00:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782
    (Franklin Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Metro Red Line to Hollywood & Highland. Walk west down Hollywood Blvd turn right on Orange and cross at the light on Franklin. Once you cross at the light go left and turn right at sycamore going up the hill. It is a very steep hill so walking in dress shoes or in the dark are not recommended. We suggest calling a cab at the bottom of the hill.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles
  • Phone Number: +1 323-466-5125
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.

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