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Downtown’s Mrs. Fish Flips to Moody New Japanese Dinner Lounge

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A more refined experience near Pershing Square

Mrs. Fish
Omakase seating at Mrs. Fish
Mrs. Fish
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Downtown’s Mrs. Fish has entered into a new phase of life, reemerging from half a decade as a club into a more intimate, and much more refined, Japanese dinnertime experience as of August 3.

The location for Mrs. Fish remains the same, tucked into the basement of a building across from Pershing Square. The high-flying hotspot Perch sits some 14 floors above and offers sweeping views of the city skyline, while down below those same owners have turned the focus inward to cocktails, fine art, and Japanese fare.

The dining area is now segmented into several sections at once, thanks as always in part to the remaining giant 5,500 gallon saltwater fish tank that still rules the room. Elsewhere, golden-touched bar seats play against plush table dining and leatherbound lounge chairs. A slightly elevated omakase experience is pushed into one corner, letting a few diners a night experience the chef in direct action.

Fresh fish and whiskey
Mrs Fish
Bar seating

As for the food, Mrs. Fish is now offering everything from expensive Japanese whiskies to more casual cocktails and sushi rolls, with room for high-end steaks, yakitori, braised short ribs, and seafood as well. The idea is to create a do-it-all kind of experience, where eaters can scale up or down depending on their needs that night.

Of course, Mrs. Fish already has some stiff competition in the Japanese food space in Downtown and beyond, particularly with newcomers like the wild Robata in Santa Monica and the gorgeous omakase experience at Hayato inside the ROW development near the Arts District. Mrs. Fish’s transformation is now complete, and the restaurant and lounge is keeping hours from 5 p.m. to midnight most nights of the week, with an extension to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Mrs. Fish. 448 S. Hill St., Los Angeles, CA.

Part of the dining area