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Two-Michelin-starred restaurant Sushi Ginza Onodera is offering three premium bento boxes through the pandemic.
Two-Michelin-starred restaurant Sushi Ginza Onodera is offering three premium bento boxes.
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17 Gorgeous Bento Boxes to Savor Around Los Angeles

Where to find delectable bento boxes stuffed with grilled meats and fresh fish

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Two-Michelin-starred restaurant Sushi Ginza Onodera is offering three premium bento boxes.
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Japanese bento boxes are a fantastic way to experience numerous dishes all at once, which makes them all the more vital during takeout and delivery times when mostly eating at home. The convenience of trying so many different foods, as well as the visual appeal of an array of colorful ingredients, conjures up a feeling of simple pleasure and artistic expression. Whether it’s a jewelry box of sliced fish or a compact tin of grilled meats, vegetables, and rice, a bento makes for a wonderful meal for any occasion. Here are 17 options for bento boxes in Los Angeles.

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The Brothers Sushi

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Brother’s Sushi has garnered a massive Instagram following thanks to some choice spotlights from influencers, but the quality is clearly there for this Woodland Hills restaurant. Expect some of the highest quality sushi in the city with a price to match at around $250 for two people for the full takeout omaakse meal.

Brother’s Sushi chirashi
Brother’s Sushi chirashi
Kat Shin

Morihiro

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Superstar sushi chef Morihiro Onodera recently opened a restaurant in Atwater Village. The $37 seasonal bento box comes with eight traditional Japanese dishes along with rice and miso soup, while the $85 omakase set includes 10 pieces of nigiri, one cut roll, seasonal appetizers, and miso soup.

Sogo Roll Bar

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This casual roll bar from Sushi Note chef Kiminobu Saito has a variety of gorgeous cut rolls placed into bento boxes for $17 to $33. Rolls might include salmon, snapper, or toro on the basic end to albacore and crab on the high end.

Sushi Ginza Onodera

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Two-Michelin-starred restaurant Sushi Ginza Onodera is offering three premium bento boxes through the pandemic. The $150 seasonal sushi box includes 12 pieces of nigiri, while the $200 premium option includes bluefin tuna. There is also a $175 chirashi available for takeout.

Sushi Tama

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Sushi Tama is a newer sushi entrant in West Hollywood from a former Tsukiji market chef offering ultra-fresh hand roll kits and reasonably priced nigiri boxes.

A collection of fresh sushi and nigiri in a simple box.
Hand roll bento and sushi bento from Sushi Tama
Matthew Kang

Beverly Hills would be the right place to fill up on wagyu beef during quarantine, and IMA is ready to serve the Japanese delicacy in beautiful bento boxes. Featuring perfectly cooked sukiyaki and grilled wagyu steaks, these take-home specialties offer a bit of luxury at a more modest price.

Sukiyaki bento from IMA in Beverly Hills.
Sukiyaki bento from IMA in Beverly Hills.
Matthew Kang

Sushi Miyagi

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Chef Shinichi Miyagi worked his way through some of Southern California’s top sushi restaurants before opening this well-placed Brentwood restaurant offering a variety of sushi meals to-go. The $120 bento is the way to go for those willing to splurge (minimum two order, with two days advance notice), but the meal comes with oysters, grilled lobster, blue crab hand rolls, and monkfish liver.

Since closing Maison Akira in Pasadena, chef Akira Hirose opened Azay in Little Tokyo. The casual eatery serving French and Japanese breakfast and lunch offers a daily bento for $15 that includes a protein, green tea buckwheat noodles, seasonal vegetables, pickles, miso soup, and tea.

Hamasaku

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Hamasaku has three bento-style meals for takeout and delivery. One is a collection of favorite dishes for $85 and includes the famous Charlize Theron tacos plus spicy crispy rice. A $40 sushi omakase bento has sashimi, nigiri, and hand rolls with a sunomono salad on the side. And the $55 deluxe omakase includes six pieces of sashimi, eight pieces of seasonal nigiri, a toro roll, and a cucumber salad.

Hamasaku’s sushi boxes
Hamasaku’s sushi boxes
Hamasaku

Closed for most of the pandemic, Q recently emerged with a high-end sushi box intended to serve two people. The $400 indulgence includes traditional nigiri sushi and chirashi with approximately 20 pieces of nigiri and sashimi per person.

Shibumi

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David Schlosser’s bento game goes beyond just raw fish, with grilled unagi, beef katsu, chicken katsu, and black cod variants at fairly approachable prices hovering the mid $20s to mid $30s. Pick up a bottle of sake like Takachiyo 59 junmai daijingo to pair with the bento.

Tempura House

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Sawtelle’s classic Tempura House is a family-run restaurant that’s been serving bento for years. Price is incredibly reasonable and the selection is fairly wide, from simmered mackerel and fried pork cutlet to Japanese hamburg steak and even shabu shabu. Tempura House could be LA’s most cherished bento spot.

Sushi Tsujita

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High-end Sawtelle sushi destination Tsujita has relatively affordable jewelry box chirashi boxes topped with uni, ikura, and fresh fish for around $45 each.

Brandon Go’s Michelin-starred restaurant in the Arts District is back to doing its coveted bento boxes with gorgeous fish and vegetables in perhaps the most beautiful takeout presentation in Los Angeles.

The ever-changing bento boxes offered at N/Naka through the pandemic feature chef Niki Nakayama’s polished kaiseki fare in an attainable, take-home format. Just a warning, these often sell out quickly.

Edobox by Makoto

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It’s all about customization at chef Makoto Okuwa’s Santa Monica spot. The build-your-own-bento concept allows diners to construct their dream box from a variety of proteins, dumplings, noodles, vegetables, and salads.

Sushi I-naba

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This small high-end sushi omakase restaurant is doing jewelry box-style meals with fresh fish and more over sushi rice with prices hovering around $75 per person.

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The Brothers Sushi

Brother’s Sushi chirashi
Brother’s Sushi chirashi
Kat Shin

Brother’s Sushi has garnered a massive Instagram following thanks to some choice spotlights from influencers, but the quality is clearly there for this Woodland Hills restaurant. Expect some of the highest quality sushi in the city with a price to match at around $250 for two people for the full takeout omaakse meal.

Brother’s Sushi chirashi
Brother’s Sushi chirashi
Kat Shin

Morihiro

Superstar sushi chef Morihiro Onodera recently opened a restaurant in Atwater Village. The $37 seasonal bento box comes with eight traditional Japanese dishes along with rice and miso soup, while the $85 omakase set includes 10 pieces of nigiri, one cut roll, seasonal appetizers, and miso soup.

Sogo Roll Bar

This casual roll bar from Sushi Note chef Kiminobu Saito has a variety of gorgeous cut rolls placed into bento boxes for $17 to $33. Rolls might include salmon, snapper, or toro on the basic end to albacore and crab on the high end.

Sushi Ginza Onodera

Two-Michelin-starred restaurant Sushi Ginza Onodera is offering three premium bento boxes through the pandemic. The $150 seasonal sushi box includes 12 pieces of nigiri, while the $200 premium option includes bluefin tuna. There is also a $175 chirashi available for takeout.

Sushi Tama

A collection of fresh sushi and nigiri in a simple box.
Hand roll bento and sushi bento from Sushi Tama
Matthew Kang

Sushi Tama is a newer sushi entrant in West Hollywood from a former Tsukiji market chef offering ultra-fresh hand roll kits and reasonably priced nigiri boxes.

A collection of fresh sushi and nigiri in a simple box.
Hand roll bento and sushi bento from Sushi Tama
Matthew Kang

Ima

Sukiyaki bento from IMA in Beverly Hills.
Sukiyaki bento from IMA in Beverly Hills.
Matthew Kang

Beverly Hills would be the right place to fill up on wagyu beef during quarantine, and IMA is ready to serve the Japanese delicacy in beautiful bento boxes. Featuring perfectly cooked sukiyaki and grilled wagyu steaks, these take-home specialties offer a bit of luxury at a more modest price.

Sukiyaki bento from IMA in Beverly Hills.
Sukiyaki bento from IMA in Beverly Hills.
Matthew Kang

Sushi Miyagi

Chef Shinichi Miyagi worked his way through some of Southern California’s top sushi restaurants before opening this well-placed Brentwood restaurant offering a variety of sushi meals to-go. The $120 bento is the way to go for those willing to splurge (minimum two order, with two days advance notice), but the meal comes with oysters, grilled lobster, blue crab hand rolls, and monkfish liver.

Azay

Since closing Maison Akira in Pasadena, chef Akira Hirose opened Azay in Little Tokyo. The casual eatery serving French and Japanese breakfast and lunch offers a daily bento for $15 that includes a protein, green tea buckwheat noodles, seasonal vegetables, pickles, miso soup, and tea.

Hamasaku

Hamasaku’s sushi boxes
Hamasaku’s sushi boxes
Hamasaku

Hamasaku has three bento-style meals for takeout and delivery. One is a collection of favorite dishes for $85 and includes the famous Charlize Theron tacos plus spicy crispy rice. A $40 sushi omakase bento has sashimi, nigiri, and hand rolls with a sunomono salad on the side. And the $55 deluxe omakase includes six pieces of sashimi, eight pieces of seasonal nigiri, a toro roll, and a cucumber salad.

Hamasaku’s sushi boxes
Hamasaku’s sushi boxes
Hamasaku

Q

Closed for most of the pandemic, Q recently emerged with a high-end sushi box intended to serve two people. The $400 indulgence includes traditional nigiri sushi and chirashi with approximately 20 pieces of nigiri and sashimi per person.

Shibumi

David Schlosser’s bento game goes beyond just raw fish, with grilled unagi, beef katsu, chicken katsu, and black cod variants at fairly approachable prices hovering the mid $20s to mid $30s. Pick up a bottle of sake like Takachiyo 59 junmai daijingo to pair with the bento.

Tempura House

Sawtelle’s classic Tempura House is a family-run restaurant that’s been serving bento for years. Price is incredibly reasonable and the selection is fairly wide, from simmered mackerel and fried pork cutlet to Japanese hamburg steak and even shabu shabu. Tempura House could be LA’s most cherished bento spot.

Sushi Tsujita

High-end Sawtelle sushi destination Tsujita has relatively affordable jewelry box chirashi boxes topped with uni, ikura, and fresh fish for around $45 each.

Hayato

Brandon Go’s Michelin-starred restaurant in the Arts District is back to doing its coveted bento boxes with gorgeous fish and vegetables in perhaps the most beautiful takeout presentation in Los Angeles.

n/naka

The ever-changing bento boxes offered at N/Naka through the pandemic feature chef Niki Nakayama’s polished kaiseki fare in an attainable, take-home format. Just a warning, these often sell out quickly.

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Edobox by Makoto

It’s all about customization at chef Makoto Okuwa’s Santa Monica spot. The build-your-own-bento concept allows diners to construct their dream box from a variety of proteins, dumplings, noodles, vegetables, and salads.

Sushi I-naba

This small high-end sushi omakase restaurant is doing jewelry box-style meals with fresh fish and more over sushi rice with prices hovering around $75 per person.

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