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US$30 - US$50
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Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Central L.A
1.5 km from Hollywood Walk of Fame
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Family of six. We walked up from Hollywood BLVD (wouldnt recomemd this, but it was fun, that road is way longer and steeper than it looks) nice drink stand right inside waiting area. Got our drinks and were seated immeduately (had reservations) very qiuck attentive...serve. Staff was moving, friendly and fun. Atmosphere is great. We werent sure what to order so we ordered 4 starters and 8 different dinners and everyone shared. Wasnt anything anyone didnt like. Food was hot and looked amazing. Incredible views. Perfect dinner night out and the walk down the mountain was way easier than going up. Highly recomend.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Trendy Japanese-esque restaurant with views of LA. Came here for a birthday dinner, and they currently have outdoor and indoor seating during covid. They accept reservations for large groups (we had 8 people). Valet parking only ($12, credit cards accepted). Be prepared to wait -...even though we had a reservation and the entire group was present, it still took about 20 minutes to get seated. They seem to put the bigger groups in the back of the restaurant, but if you come in a group of two, try to get seated by the garden (it’s very pretty). There’s a bar to grab a drink while you’re waiting or you can walk around and check out the views. There was a private event going on that night so unfortunately we weren’t able to see the golden Buddha. Food-wise, it’s shareable plates. My thoughts are as follows: - Grilled Branzino - the Angel hair pasta that accompanied the fish was the unexpected standout of the night. Get this. - Duck salad: this was alright, I wish there was more dressing throughout the greens - Lobster roll: our waiter recommended this; it’s a warm, saucy mess but it’s good -Potstickers: standard fried dumplings; they come in four -Soy ginger pork ribs: good dish to split; the sauce is on the sweeter side - Spicy prawn noodles: I liked the texture of the noodles and there was a subtle hint of spice, but note the two prawns’ heads are still attached. Our group ended up not eating the prawns (that reflects our own laziness than the restaurant), but good to note for larger groups who might be awkward about sharing -Braised short rib: a bit disappointing; not as tender as I would’ve expected Service-wise, our waiter was nice but did not check in on us. We had to flag multiple people down to get water refills. We were also not given an order of truffle chips but were still charged (our group just paid it anyways). Credit cards are accepted and you can split the check multiple ways. Note that you have to take stairs down to get to the bathrooms, and there was always a long line. Overall, it’s a trendy restaurant and the building is pretty, but the food is of little substance. You’re paying for the views and the ambiance. Good for date nights/special occasions/when someone else is paying.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 4 January 2021 via mobile

Breaks my heart to say this but it’s become so bad. I used to loved yamashiro for the amazing vibe and aesthetics. Went the other day to pick up my order in person just cause i missed the vibe so much. Waited 45 mins for...sushi and it wasnt even fresh, in fact some of the nigiri were downright nasty and smelled. So sad... Covid killed this spotMore

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 15 November 2020 via mobile

We went here for our anniversary. It's Hollywood so of course it was pricey, but hey --- an anniversary comes only once per year. After winding our way up the hill (well-marked with signs pointing the way to the restaurant), there was valet parking ($10...plus tip when we left), and we walked up a short gradual slope to the restaurant. There were lenty of signs telling us to wear masks, so I was sueprised that we had to traverse half the outdoor seating before getting to the desk where we checked in for our reservation. We went on a Wednesday evening so we really had a choice of where to sit: in a sheltered garden area with plexiglass anti-covid berriers between tables, on an outdoor terrace with similar barriers between tables, or at taller tables (with plenty of space between each), with higher chairs. These tables were at and near the edge of the terrace, with umbrellas and a railing. As we are tall anyway, we didn't mind the higher chairs, because they gave us a great view of Hollywood, Westwood, and beyond, as well as a terrific sunset. The place was well lit with thousands of small lights, and there were good heaters that kept the evening chill in check. We were very comfortable although the outdoor temperature was in the high 50s. The staff was friendly and attentive. Our waitress told us of the evening's specials and gave us suggestions. Since it was our anniversary they provided 2 complimentary flutes of champagne as well as an extra dessert with candles. I should add that we had a Groupon but we discovered it had expired 2 days previously... But they graciously honored it anyway. The food, ambiance, and service were all very fine, and we plan to return on another special occasion sometime soon.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 12 November 2020

I went here on a Saturday with three friends of mine when visiting LA. Riding up was really windy and narrow, but that's expected if you're wanting fine-dining in LA on top of a mountain. Parking was Valet only which honestly was a relief considering...i'm not from here and was worried about where to park. Valet was $10 and they do accept card. You walk up a slight hill into the Restaurant looking over the beautiful city. I didn't like the fact you basically cut thru people dining to even get to the hostess, that was a bit odd. &You don't really even know where to go considering no ones standing at the top of the hill so you just keep walking hoping for the best. We made reservations so that made it easy, they did take our temperature with a thermometer on the wall which i thought was clever. They had plexie glass separating guests from the tables behind or in front of you which was nice. Heaters all around for outside dining, which is where we sat. Service was great. Cocktails were $16 or $17 fairly priced. My friend ordered us some guac and plantain chips which did taste good but was way over priced. &We also got brussel sprouts which were okay, i wouldn't recommend. I ordered the grilled marrow which I was excited for but i wish it was cut differently than it was. It didn't really have as much taste as I was hoping for. The bruschetta bread was so hard I thought I was going to chip my braces. My friend also ordered the spicy miso which hontestly was a pretty big portion and he said it was tastey. For entrees I got the Yamashiro roll, my friend got the pineapple fried rice (which he did not even touch and took home), with added shrimp which were some decent sized shrimp, and my other friend got the braised short rib, i was between that and the roll. The roll was so tasty. The Wagu beef on top made such a difference, never had that on a sushi roll before. The short rib was beyond soft I was able to tear it with chop sticks, but in all honesty for the price I was expecting much more taste. It could have been a really delicious entree if it didn't just taste like meat. Service was really good, our waitress would keep checking n us making sure we were okay and removing extra plates bc the tables were pretty small. But when it was time for the check she did disappear per lol After dinner (since we sat outside) i wanted to look around a bit. They had some stairs that took you around a bit, and a big budda which was really cool. The landscape of the whole area was just breath taking. Since we sat outside and went inside to use the restroom it was a whole different scenery inside! I felt like I was at a club with a lady handing out tissue and soap waiting for a tip in the bathroom. The atmosphere of the whole restaurant was just gorgeous. It was over priced for sure but you're paying mostly for the view, not so much the food. I wish we took more time to look around after or before dinner, or even checked out the little bar set up/area they had.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 21 October 2020

This is a must if you are planning to visit LA. Gorgeous views, saw both the sunset and the moonrise when we were there. Food is very good. Service was very slow. BUT its an experience not to be missed. A hint, If you want...the best table with amazing views, book your reservation early. We had a 6:15 reservation ( I normally book 7:30 ish) but because we wanted the experience to watch the sunset over LA, we booked early which turned out to be what you would need to do if you want a table overlooking LA. There is also an inside area by a beautiful koi pond which was serene and romantic, if you don't care about the beautiful views. Also I booked a cool travelzoo $100 voucher for $65 which was zero issue with the staff. And my emails directly with the hotel were promptly answered. Highly recommend while in the Hollywood area!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 19 October 2020

We showed up just before our 8PM reservation and were asked to wait. We did, for 30 minutes, and were shown to a high top in a heavily trafficked area. Yamashiro was requesting visitors to wear masks; however there was no enforcement. We asked for...a different table in less highly trafficked area and were told that "they had no idea when they could get us another table". We left. Total disappointment.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 23 September 2020 via mobile

My husband and I came with two very good friends to celebrate a birthday and what an excellent idea that was! The four of us all ordered a different kind of sushi roll and all of them were excellent. Each was prepared perfectly and was...beautifully presented. Our server was prompt, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. He was always available, but never obtrusive. The atmosphere was also fantastic—quiet, peaceful, and serene. We were seated in an open area surrounding a beautiful Japanese garden. It was a wonderful evening and we’llAn ideal place for a celebration, a gathering place for friends, or a romantic evening with a special someone.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 23 September 2020

Sushi 5/5 View of LA 5/5 Hospitality 5/5 Ambience 5/5 Will definitely return here next time I am in Cali. Highly recommend Yamashiro sushi roll! Special shout out to Emily, my server. Her demeanour contributed to my positive experience.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed 7 September 2020 via mobile

On top of the most scenic hills with the Hollywood area. Great views, beautiful gardens. The food is average

Date of visit: September 2020
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Dapper D
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Response from StationToStation | Reviewed this property |
Hi Dapper D, nope. I was there 2 weeks ago with 12 people. It's alive and kicking.
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I remember another table celebrating a birthday during my last visit, and they had balloons at their table, but I highly recommend calling to make sure it won't be an issue for you.
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