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Reviewed 24 February 2020 via mobile

Katana is in the heart of West Hollywood. As you are probably thinking, it’s just another bougie Los Angeles restaurant, you aren’t wrong. However, every dish for was worth the salivation in my mouth and every plate was made clean by the chopsticks that were...held by me. My boyfriend and I were having date night, which we don’t have often but this was a delayed valentine’s dinner. We started off with garlic edamame and seaweed salad that goes under another name on the menu. The two starters were delicious and well received by both of stomachs. We then went on to order skewers. I ordered the Brussel sprouts and the chicken meatballs while my boyfriend ordered shrimp and salmon skewers. Those were also delicious. Our final and best part of the dinner were the rolls we ordered! We ordered the Katana to share and then we each ordered 1 additional roll. I had the spider and my boyfriend ordered the Tsukiji one. If we could lick the plate clean we would have but I’d say that there was not a morsel left on it. Our server was consistently on top of it. She was checking in to see if we needed anything and was patient and we took breaks in between each course. If our water was below a certain point, someone came over to fill it back to the top. Her recommendations always aired towards the most expensive but when I asked about two options that I really liked or my boyfriend’s preferences, she knew what she was talking about and her comments were well received. As our meal was winding down, one of the managers of the restaurant came over to make small talk. Asking us how we found the restaurant, the service, and where we are from. Since it is it located in the heart of West Hollywood, plenty of tourists come to this spot. He was very kind and genuine. We took a rest and then discussed if we were up for desert. I was in the mood for something green tea but we got something even better. Since it was our first time dining at this restaurant and the small conversation we had with the a manager, our waitress came by saying that our desert was on the house. We were very appreciative and found they change their desert menu daily. We decided to go with the volcano. Now, if you are a chocolate lover and have itwhen you are there, I highly recommend it. It is chocolate cake with warm oozy chocolate on the inside with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was another plate was made clean. This meal is one that I will think of for a while and hope to return again soon. Whatever it is you get at this restaurant, you will not be disappointed by any means. Happy eating!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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jeffreyo575, Owner at Katana LA, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2020

Thank you so much for your wonderful in depth review. We are thrilled that your first visit with us was so memorable. We cannot wait to get the opportunity to serve you here again soon. I would love the opportunity to thank you in person....More

Reviewed 14 February 2020 via mobile

We had to wait over 30 mins for a table for two to be ready past our reservation time - which they told us had a $70 cancellation fee per person - which would indicate that each table should be guaranteed, on time. They overbooked...the restaurant for valentines dinner and expected people to wait around or hangout at the overcrowded bar. The place was packed and had no spare seats anywhere - we stood outside waiting for our table to be ready. This place is badly managed - the food is good but if you want to impress a date with great service and hospitality, go somewhere else. I got the impression that people just checked in an instead of having a table reserved you're essentially waiting in line on a first come first serve basis, even though you're paying your $70 per head to guarantee your booking. I don't think it's a good business practice to force customers to guarantee the booking but not reciprocate. The bar was full and you couldn't even get a drink if you wanted. Management should get fired for putting profits over hospitality. Just my 2c as a discerning patron of high end establishments, but we were definitely not the only guests who were annoyed, especially on Valentine’s Day. Picture is of all the angry guests waiting in line.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 22 January 2020 via mobile

Tuna sashimi had a line running through it so not exactly melt in the mouth. Crazily, wagyu steak was served well done and chewy. Martini was good but served with a twist of lemon instead of requested olives. Couldn't trust the chefs after that and...left. Annoying as I went on strength of trip advisor reviews.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 18 January 2020

As a tourist from the East coast, this is the type of place you envision for a cool, trendy restaurant in Cali on the Sunset strip! Beautiful restaurant with a perfect view of the strip. The sushi was amazing and so creatively presented. Drinks were...strong and service was great! I felt so cool dining here! Loved it!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 26 November 2019 via mobile

Great restaurant hidden away on sunset. Wide menu but the tasting menu is great value. Good service, good flexibility, value for money wines too. Don't miss this

Date of visit: November 2019
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jeffreyo575, Manager at Katana LA, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2019

Hello IanT701, thank you so much for the great review! We look forward to your next visit with us. All the best! Scott Hammer Manager shammer@katanala.com

Reviewed 24 October 2019

We have been staying at the ANDAZ next door many times and missed out on this jewel. Craving for some Japanese food and dealing with fully booked joints, we just gave this one a try. Wow, that's all I can say. We chose the Omakase,...a widely variety throughout the menu and each dish and course was a true pleasure! Fresh, tasty and creative! Along with the excellent service outside on the patio towards Sunset Blvd., the experience could not be better! We will be back soon!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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jeffreyo575, Manager at Katana LA, responded to this reviewResponded 4 November 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to share with us your review Franz K. We are so thrilled you were able to come in and dine with us for the very first time! We cannot wait to have you here again on your...More

Reviewed 19 October 2019 via mobile

From the moment you step inside the restaurant you could feel the energy of the place and the genuine gracious service from the hostess team that’s meet you with a smile and apologizing to you for making sure that the table will be ready in...the next couple minutes that started our night on the right track our waitress Bella she was so gracious and professional and she never stop smiling the food was tasty and came out Quickly the only thing the music was a little bit loud if you are looking to have a conversation maybe should ask to sit on the patio but overall great place to seeMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 29 September 2019 via mobile

Beautiful deck, excellent food, wonderful experience!! Highly recommend this wonderful restaurant! Service was pristine.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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jeffreyo575, Manager at Katana LA, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2019

Hello kimras2014, Thank you so much for your review! We here at Katana take pride in our steps of service and I am so glad we were able to accommodate you. We look forward to your next visit with us! All the best! Scott Hammer...More

Reviewed 16 September 2019

This place, AMAZING. The staff were all super friendly, we had a beautiful table sat outside, under the heat lamps as the evening got a little colder. The food, I have still not stopped thinking about, we ordered LOADS of dishes to share and each...one was amazing (we actually had to cancel two sushi rolls as we were so full!) The glazed aubergine dish was one of the most flavoursome veggie dishes I've ever had, 100% recommend. The tuna tartare was perfectly spicy, if I lived in the US I would eat here every dayMore

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 9 September 2019 via mobile

Was recommended this restaurant by the hotel we were staying at (Andaz West Hollywood) and it was sensational. Very trendy setting with a nice outdoor area, a cool bar and a nice dining area at the back. The menus is expansive with a good mix...of smaller plates to share, some nice grill items and of course Sashimi and Sushi. The smaller share plates are huge servings, the food is fresh, full of flavour and well presented. This is comfortably one of my favourite restaurants not only in LA but across the USA.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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The inside tables are on the louder side but vary by area. Further from the sushi bar is generally quieter. Outdoor tables are not very loud but there is definitely moderate street noise from Sunset Blvd below
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  • Food: 4.5
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