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Chirashi from Murakami
Chirashi from Murakami

16 Affordable Chirashi Bowls to Try in Los Angeles

A variety of fresh fish over seasoned rice is the best way to get quality sushi at a good price

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Often the most affordable way to experience a sushi restaurant is through the chirashi bowl. Literally meaning “scattered,” the chirashi also refers to pamphlets or flyers distributed on the street, which is an easy way to think of the various sashimi pieces places over seasoned sushi rice. Here in Los Angeles, high quality sushi is usually a pricey proposition, where diners can expect to spend upwards of $100 for a sit-down omakase.

Instead, a chirashi bowl isn’t just simpler to prepare for chefs, but also easier for diners to eat, especially for takeout and delivery. And since chefs can use various off-cuts or end pieces of fish, it’s a way for restaurants to maximize their product instead of slicing nigiri-sized pieces. Here now, 16 affordable chirashi bowls around Los Angeles, usually priced around or below $35.

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1. Echigo

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12217 Santa Monica Blvd Ste201
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 820-9787
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This West LA sushi spot has always been known for fantastic quality fish at approachable menu prices. The $25 chirashi comes with favorites like tuna, yellowtail, and blue crab, while a $39 selection comes with more premium cuts. Comes with a seaweed cucumber salad or bowl of miso soup.

2. Sushi Kiriko

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Meeting Room, 11301 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 478-7769
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Sawtelle’s busy restaurant stretch sometimes means diners will overlook Kiriko, chef Ken Namba’s longtime sushi counter. The $25 chirashi has a gorgeous array of fresh sashimi, though hungrier diners should pick up some other dishes like the tapas box of tempura and monkfish liver.

3. Hiko Sushi

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11275 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 473-7688
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One of West LA’s best sushi restaurants outright, this beloved omakase spot has a $35 ‘single sashimi’ set comes with six different kinds of fish, a side of sushi rice, and some fresh tuna dressed in ponzu for a sort of deconstruction chirashi. There’s a $55 double size for larger appetites.

4. Iroha Sushi of Tokyo

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12953 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 990-9559
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This longtime Valley sushi restaurnt has a wide menu of everything Japanese, though the rolls and sushi are the main draw. The Iroha chirashi runs a bit more at $38 but comes with a fantastic selection of quality sashimi sided with ample sushi rice.

5. Kanpai

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8736 S Sepulveda Blvd C
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 670-0533
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With three locations on the Westside, this reliable all-around Japanese and sushi restaurant has a $25 chirashi featuring excellent raw fish over sushi rice.

6. Soosh

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8336 Melrose Ave Unit B
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Soosh! is a pop-up that serves affordable $38 chirashi bowls on weekends only from Nobu and Matushisa vet Brian Ogawa. Orders must be placed online and often include a colorful array of fresh fish presented in a jewelry box style. Chirashi can also be amplified with more premium ingredients like spot prawns or seared otoro for an additional cost.

7. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Grove

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189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 352-9300
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With locations inside the Grove and Pacific Palisades, Blue Ribbon sushi has an attainable $30 chirashi featuring a daily selection of sashimi over rice.

8. Murakami Sushi

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7160 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 692-1450
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Always one of LA’s most popular affordable sushi spots, Murakami sports an array of chirashi bowl options. The five, six, and seven bowls have tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and albacore, though diners can add additional cuts, or even fully customize their bowl. Basically, Murakami is the king of chirashi in LA.

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9. Wadatsumi

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1757 W Carson St
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 782-7356
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This highly regarded Torrance and Beverly Hills Japanese restaurant really has all varities of chirashi and sushi. The entry-level pick is the bara chirashi at $19.50, which comes with gorgeously arrayed fish over a small box of rice. Those willing to splurge have plenty of other options on the premium end.

10. Nozomi

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1757 W Carson St STE L
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 320-5511
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This beloved sushi restaurant in Torrance is usually bustling with office workers and South Bay fans, though with limited dine-in options, the chirashi is a solid pick. It costs $24 with an optional $8 uni add-on. And for something really special, there’s a $55 chirashi.

11. Sushi One

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3905 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 908-5082
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This Koreatown omakase favorite has a $29 chirashi that serves various sashimi slices over seasoned rice, and often includes high-end ingredients like uni and salmon roe. Even with the more approachable price, the presentation is really spectacular.

12. Hama Sushi

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347 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-3454
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Classic Little Tokyo sushi spot Hama has a reasonable $20 chirashi that comes with whatever’s tasting best that day, including tuna, salmon, shrimp, and even a sliver of tamago or uni.

13. Sushi Gen

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422 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-0552
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This popular lunchtime sushi spot in Little Tokyo, which always gets high marks for its price-to-quality ratio, has a reasonable $19.50 chirashi.

14. Kumi Ko

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1300 S Long Beach Blvd
Compton, CA 90221
(310) 438-1616
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This family-operated sushi restaurant in Compton resides in a standalone building serving excellent sushi at approachable prices. The $21 chirashi comes with assorted fresh sashimi on a bed of sushi rice, and served with miso soup.

15. Taihei Sushi Restaurant

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2195 S Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 726-1787
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Mixed sashimi over rice at this classic Monterey Park sushi restaurant is only $20.50. It’s served with some warm miso soup, which helps complete the light meal.

16. Kaito Sushi Seal Beach

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210 Main St # 6318
Seal Beach, CA 90740
(562) 431-8877
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Seal Beach’s popular sushi spot, just steps from the beach, has a very good takeout chirashi loaded with ample sashimi cuts and placed over well-seasoned rice at just $21 a serving.

1. Echigo

12217 Santa Monica Blvd Ste201, Los Angeles, CA 90025

This West LA sushi spot has always been known for fantastic quality fish at approachable menu prices. The $25 chirashi comes with favorites like tuna, yellowtail, and blue crab, while a $39 selection comes with more premium cuts. Comes with a seaweed cucumber salad or bowl of miso soup.

12217 Santa Monica Blvd Ste201
Los Angeles, CA 90025

2. Sushi Kiriko

Meeting Room, 11301 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Sawtelle’s busy restaurant stretch sometimes means diners will overlook Kiriko, chef Ken Namba’s longtime sushi counter. The $25 chirashi has a gorgeous array of fresh sashimi, though hungrier diners should pick up some other dishes like the tapas box of tempura and monkfish liver.

Meeting Room, 11301 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

3. Hiko Sushi

11275 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

One of West LA’s best sushi restaurants outright, this beloved omakase spot has a $35 ‘single sashimi’ set comes with six different kinds of fish, a side of sushi rice, and some fresh tuna dressed in ponzu for a sort of deconstruction chirashi. There’s a $55 double size for larger appetites.

11275 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

4. Iroha Sushi of Tokyo

12953 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

This longtime Valley sushi restaurnt has a wide menu of everything Japanese, though the rolls and sushi are the main draw. The Iroha chirashi runs a bit more at $38 but comes with a fantastic selection of quality sashimi sided with ample sushi rice.

12953 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

5. Kanpai

8736 S Sepulveda Blvd C, Los Angeles, CA 90045

With three locations on the Westside, this reliable all-around Japanese and sushi restaurant has a $25 chirashi featuring excellent raw fish over sushi rice.

8736 S Sepulveda Blvd C
Los Angeles, CA 90045

6. Soosh

8336 Melrose Ave Unit B, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Soosh! is a pop-up that serves affordable $38 chirashi bowls on weekends only from Nobu and Matushisa vet Brian Ogawa. Orders must be placed online and often include a colorful array of fresh fish presented in a jewelry box style. Chirashi can also be amplified with more premium ingredients like spot prawns or seared otoro for an additional cost.

8336 Melrose Ave Unit B
Los Angeles, CA 90069

7. Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill at the Grove

189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

With locations inside the Grove and Pacific Palisades, Blue Ribbon sushi has an attainable $30 chirashi featuring a daily selection of sashimi over rice.

189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036

8. Murakami Sushi

7160 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Chirashi from Murakami

Always one of LA’s most popular affordable sushi spots, Murakami sports an array of chirashi bowl options. The five, six, and seven bowls have tuna, salmon, yellowtail, and albacore, though diners can add additional cuts, or even fully customize their bowl. Basically, Murakami is the king of chirashi in LA.

7160 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046

9. Wadatsumi

1757 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

This highly regarded Torrance and Beverly Hills Japanese restaurant really has all varities of chirashi and sushi. The entry-level pick is the bara chirashi at $19.50, which comes with gorgeously arrayed fish over a small box of rice. Those willing to splurge have plenty of other options on the premium end.

1757 W Carson St
Torrance, CA 90501

10. Nozomi

1757 W Carson St STE L, Torrance, CA 90501

This beloved sushi restaurant in Torrance is usually bustling with office workers and South Bay fans, though with limited dine-in options, the chirashi is a solid pick. It costs $24 with an optional $8 uni add-on. And for something really special, there’s a $55 chirashi.

1757 W Carson St STE L
Torrance, CA 90501

11. Sushi One

3905 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

This Koreatown omakase favorite has a $29 chirashi that serves various sashimi slices over seasoned rice, and often includes high-end ingredients like uni and salmon roe. Even with the more approachable price, the presentation is really spectacular.

3905 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

12. Hama Sushi

347 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Classic Little Tokyo sushi spot Hama has a reasonable $20 chirashi that comes with whatever’s tasting best that day, including tuna, salmon, shrimp, and even a sliver of tamago or uni.

347 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

13. Sushi Gen

422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This popular lunchtime sushi spot in Little Tokyo, which always gets high marks for its price-to-quality ratio, has a reasonable $19.50 chirashi.

422 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

14. Kumi Ko

1300 S Long Beach Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

This family-operated sushi restaurant in Compton resides in a standalone building serving excellent sushi at approachable prices. The $21 chirashi comes with assorted fresh sashimi on a bed of sushi rice, and served with miso soup.

1300 S Long Beach Blvd
Compton, CA 90221

15. Taihei Sushi Restaurant

2195 S Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

Mixed sashimi over rice at this classic Monterey Park sushi restaurant is only $20.50. It’s served with some warm miso soup, which helps complete the light meal.

2195 S Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754

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16. Kaito Sushi Seal Beach

210 Main St # 6318, Seal Beach, CA 90740

Seal Beach’s popular sushi spot, just steps from the beach, has a very good takeout chirashi loaded with ample sashimi cuts and placed over well-seasoned rice at just $21 a serving.

210 Main St # 6318
Seal Beach, CA 90740

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