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10 Bento Boxes That Won't Break the Bank in LA

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Sometimes lunch rolls around and you're starving but you don't want to spend too much. That's why bento boxes are a great option. It's like getting three to four courses all on one little tray for an affordable price. Here, you'll find the best Japanese lunch spots where you can enjoy miso soup, salad, sushi rolls, teriyaki and more for less than $15, keeping you and your wallet full and happy.

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Daikokuya

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Although Daikokuya is popularly known for its tonkotsu ramen, Daikokuya boasts an excellent bento box deal that won’t break the bank. For just $12.95, fill up on two items plus one of three sushi rolls, assorted tempura, rice, miso soup and salad. [Photo: Yelp]

Tempura House

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Sawtelle Tempura house is special in that it’s a lunch only, cash only, take-out spot run by an adorable elderly Japanese couple. Drop in for lunch and enjoy an exceptional meal to go or sit outside and enjoy the summer sunshine. The affordable bento box, priced at $8.50, includes two meats plus white rice, Chow-Mein or vegetables, and choice of meat. Keep in mind they close at 3:00 p.m. [Photo: Yelp]

M Café

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M Café features balanced, healthy, and imaginative cooking that can be enjoyed daily by omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. Ranging from $14.50 to $18 (depending on your choice of vegetarian or seafood), the Kushi Bento Box will challenge normal bento expectations with its fresh additions of seasonal Japanese veggies, house-made pickles, seaweed, a small miso soup and baby greens. Drop in and humor your healthy side.

Chaya Venice

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With a laid back ambience and care-free Venice vibe, Chaya Venice takes care of business with its “create your own” bento lunch. For a reasonable $14, get hooked up with choice of soup or salad, one of four sushi roll options, and delicious vegetable sliders, and leave with a happy tummy and full wallet.

Sushi By H

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In a cozy mom and pop neighborhood sushi restaurant, high quality fresh fish and friendly service are valued above all. Once Called Haru Sushi, now goes by the name of Sushi By H. It offers a delicious bento lunch combination for just $11.50. Try chicken or salmon teriyaki with miso soup, salad, brown or white rice, and choice of tempura, sashimi, baked salmon, California or spicy tuna roll. [Photo: Yelp]

Mitsuwa Marketplace

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Transport yourself into Japanese culture at Mitsuwa Marketplace, filled with restaurants and shops bursting with the authentic feel of a local Japanese marketplace. Bento box options are plentiful here, from the market to the variety of eateries like Sanuki Sandou or Misasa, and won’t drain your bank account for more than $15. In fact, many are well under $10. Try chicken, beef, salmon, or mackerel, with the comforts of traditional sides like miso soup, salad, and tempura vegetabless. [Photo: Yelp]

Roll Roll Roll

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Open daily; this fast, and affordable hole in the wall sushi bar boasts an abundance of Bentos to satisfy all sorts of cravings. Try fresh options like chicken Katsu, shrimp tempura, or fresh water eel for just $8.99, with a four piece California roll and three gyozas. It's a pretty unbeatable price for a satisfying meal. [Photo: Yelp]

Toshi Sushi

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At Toshi Sushi, enjoy a delectable bento box in a cozy, intimate setting in Little Tokyo, perfect for a date, small group, or flying solo. For a meager $12, chow down on a three-piece shrimp tempura fried to perfection and chef’s choice sashimi served fresh with a small salad and rice in a friendly neighborhood style atmosphere. [Photo: Yelp]

Sushi Gen

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At Sushi Gen, the lunch lines can be pretty long, but the food is well worth the wait. Reward your patience with their popular sashimi lunch combination or the savory chicken or salmon teriyaki combo for only $15, and leave feeling great about your lunch choice. [Photo: Yelp]

Ninjin Japanese Restaraunt

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Santa Monica’s Ninjin is small and quaint with delicious and fresh sushi. With their lunch special, you and friend could potentially leave both full and satisfied for under $15 each. The special allows guests to mix and match two items from a variety of entrees and sides plus soup and salad for $11.95. With items like sesame chicken, fried or steamed gyoza, a special roll, and tuna or salmon skin sashimi, the possibilities are endless. [Photo: Yelp]

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Daikokuya

Although Daikokuya is popularly known for its tonkotsu ramen, Daikokuya boasts an excellent bento box deal that won’t break the bank. For just $12.95, fill up on two items plus one of three sushi rolls, assorted tempura, rice, miso soup and salad. [Photo: Yelp]

Tempura House

Sawtelle Tempura house is special in that it’s a lunch only, cash only, take-out spot run by an adorable elderly Japanese couple. Drop in for lunch and enjoy an exceptional meal to go or sit outside and enjoy the summer sunshine. The affordable bento box, priced at $8.50, includes two meats plus white rice, Chow-Mein or vegetables, and choice of meat. Keep in mind they close at 3:00 p.m. [Photo: Yelp]

M Café

M Café features balanced, healthy, and imaginative cooking that can be enjoyed daily by omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans. Ranging from $14.50 to $18 (depending on your choice of vegetarian or seafood), the Kushi Bento Box will challenge normal bento expectations with its fresh additions of seasonal Japanese veggies, house-made pickles, seaweed, a small miso soup and baby greens. Drop in and humor your healthy side.

Chaya Venice

With a laid back ambience and care-free Venice vibe, Chaya Venice takes care of business with its “create your own” bento lunch. For a reasonable $14, get hooked up with choice of soup or salad, one of four sushi roll options, and delicious vegetable sliders, and leave with a happy tummy and full wallet.

Sushi By H

In a cozy mom and pop neighborhood sushi restaurant, high quality fresh fish and friendly service are valued above all. Once Called Haru Sushi, now goes by the name of Sushi By H. It offers a delicious bento lunch combination for just $11.50. Try chicken or salmon teriyaki with miso soup, salad, brown or white rice, and choice of tempura, sashimi, baked salmon, California or spicy tuna roll. [Photo: Yelp]

Mitsuwa Marketplace

Transport yourself into Japanese culture at Mitsuwa Marketplace, filled with restaurants and shops bursting with the authentic feel of a local Japanese marketplace. Bento box options are plentiful here, from the market to the variety of eateries like Sanuki Sandou or Misasa, and won’t drain your bank account for more than $15. In fact, many are well under $10. Try chicken, beef, salmon, or mackerel, with the comforts of traditional sides like miso soup, salad, and tempura vegetabless. [Photo: Yelp]

Roll Roll Roll

Open daily; this fast, and affordable hole in the wall sushi bar boasts an abundance of Bentos to satisfy all sorts of cravings. Try fresh options like chicken Katsu, shrimp tempura, or fresh water eel for just $8.99, with a four piece California roll and three gyozas. It's a pretty unbeatable price for a satisfying meal. [Photo: Yelp]

Toshi Sushi

At Toshi Sushi, enjoy a delectable bento box in a cozy, intimate setting in Little Tokyo, perfect for a date, small group, or flying solo. For a meager $12, chow down on a three-piece shrimp tempura fried to perfection and chef’s choice sashimi served fresh with a small salad and rice in a friendly neighborhood style atmosphere. [Photo: Yelp]

Sushi Gen

At Sushi Gen, the lunch lines can be pretty long, but the food is well worth the wait. Reward your patience with their popular sashimi lunch combination or the savory chicken or salmon teriyaki combo for only $15, and leave feeling great about your lunch choice. [Photo: Yelp]

Ninjin Japanese Restaraunt

Santa Monica’s Ninjin is small and quaint with delicious and fresh sushi. With their lunch special, you and friend could potentially leave both full and satisfied for under $15 each. The special allows guests to mix and match two items from a variety of entrees and sides plus soup and salad for $11.95. With items like sesame chicken, fried or steamed gyoza, a special roll, and tuna or salmon skin sashimi, the possibilities are endless. [Photo: Yelp]

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