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“A return to previous form”
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Ranked #139 of 10,841 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$50
Cuisines: American, Sushi
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Franklin Avenue
Transit: 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.
Description: 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.
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Having been a regular visitor over the past 28 years to the mountain top for transitional sunset meals overlooking the visita of my adopted home town, I am happy to see a return to form from the new team, headed up by Billy. Very good work topped off by the usual superb views. See you next time

1  Thank leerosenwink
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

We had a 6 pm reservation, so got a superb table with a terrific view. This restaurant has been serving Hollywood from its hill for over 100 years

We tried the dumplings, salad, short ribs, teriyaki chicken and creme brûlée. We enjoyed everything

The service was courteous and excellent

1  Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

Our hotel concierge suggested we go to this restaurant. An old Hollywood Japanese and LA fusion restaurant with great view. It is 250 feet above Hollywood Boulevard and has a nice view and interesting history about the restaurant. Valet parking is convenient and costs $10.00. We ordered an appetizer and sashimi. Our server brought soy sauce and dishes to use with the sashimi , but we had eaten it already. It took about 35 minutes to get our 2 entrees. The server told us the kitchen was backed up and our food would be coming shortly. The server said the manager was coming over and he said we would not be charged for our entrees. He also offered us champagne and 4 desserts. Unfortunately we tasted all4 desserts and all were disappointing, especially the creme brûlée. Our main dishes were cod with miso and sea bass. The sea bass was good, but the cod was not tasty.

2  Thank LeeMahwah
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

It was our first visit going to Yamashiro after it's new ownership. Although the view and ambiance remained the same, the food just wasn't as good as it use to be. It's now featured as an 'asian fusion' restaurant. The japanese food authenticity has been lost. We ordered the Chef's sushi boat & for $160, it didn't live up to the price. It just doesn't quite live up to the old Yamashiro.

Thank TravelingCee
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

I came here for an early dinner with a friend before going to a show a the Dolby Theater. We ordered the wakame salad, cucumber salad, and an assortment of nigiri and sashimi. All of the fish was delicious an fresh, and the salads were flavorful and not overdressed. Plus, the wait staff were attentive and helpful while giving us plenty of time to review the menu and enjoy our meal. If you can go at sunset, it's worth doing so to see the excellent view from the terrace outside of the restaurant. There's a great city view from the dining room as well.

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Thank Ashley B
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