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Sushi from Nozawa Bar in Beverly Hills
Matthew Kang

21 Essential Los Angeles Sushi Restaurants, Summer 2021

Where to indulge in the most pristine nigiri and sashimi

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Sushi from Nozawa Bar in Beverly Hills
| Matthew Kang

Los Angeles has a plethora of culinary strong suits, like regional Chinese fare and tacos of all stripes, but almost none are as impressive than the city’s robust sushi offerings. Unfortunately, the pandemic was especially challenging for those same sushi restaurants, many of which rely on the intimate interaction of chefs with customers at the counter. Despite these challenges, LA’s sushi scene today is returning to full strength, with multiple new upscale omakase menus and enduring mom-and-pop classics in the South Bay. From world-class nigiri to out-of-the-box experimentation, here are 21 of Los Angeles’s essential sushi restaurants.

Remove: Inn Ann, Kura, Soregashi, Mori, Shunji, Hamasaku, Urasawa

Add: Kaneyoshi, Matsumoto, Yasu, Morihiro, Fukuno, Sushi Hide, Kumi Ko, Sushi Tama

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sushi Iki

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18663 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 343-3470

Long considered the place to ball out on sushi in the Valley, this highly regarded (if a bit difficult to get into) omakase establishment features a savant chef and plenty of luxury ingredients. Just be ready to whip out the credit card, because dinners can easily surpass the $200 per person mark.

2. The Brothers Sushi

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21418 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(818) 456-4509
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The Valley is no stranger to good sushi, and Brother’s is a fine addition to the thriving scene. Order a la carte or sit back and let the chef Mark Okuda take care of the details with an omakase. The priciest menu is $180 and comes with a more creative approach to omakase, though more attainable $125 and $100 menus offer much of the same stellar sushi.

3. Shin Sushi

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16573 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 616-4148

Shin Sushi brings a refined omakase experience worthy of a Michelin star from Azumi Taketoshi (whom patrons refer to as Take-san) with a high-end array of amazing nigiri and more all priced around $150 per person for dinner.

Shin Sushi
Shin Sushi
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4. Sushi|Bar

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16101 Ventura Blvd #242
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 906-9775
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Phillip Frankland Lee took an unconventional route to opening a high-end omakase counter hidden away behind Scratch|Bar. A longtime fan of sushi restaurants in LA and the San Fernando Valley, Lee took his love of great sushi and decided to create his own style. Traditionalists would balk at Lee’s undertaking, but the fans continue to show up in droves. Prices for a meal here start at $145.

Seared yellowtail nigiri at Sushi|Bar
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5. Sushi Note

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13447 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 802-3443
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One of the Valley’s best new sushi entrants, Sushi Note takes the mastery of chef Kiminobu Saito’s excellent omakase and combines it with a fantastic wine pairing menu. Throw in a rather nice midcentury modern space and it adds up to a very good reasonably priced sushi experience with pristine fish, moderately seasoned rice, and great service.

A glass of wine and sushi platter at Sherman Oaks’ Sushi Note
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6. Morihiro

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3133 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 522-3993
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Sushi chef Morihiro Onodera founded the celebrated Mori in West LA before helming the counters at Inn Ann and Shiki over the past few years. Onodera has finally opened his own high-end omakase restaurant in Atwater Village, with masterful preparations and stunning world-class sushi. The price to see Onodera in action is equally sky-high.

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Morihiro
Morihiro

7. Sushi Park

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8539 Sunset Blvd #20
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-0523

A purist sushi destination in a most unlikely West Hollywood location. Head here for the blue crab hand roll, unagi, toro, and uni — and don’t be surprised if you see an in-the-know celebrity dining across the way. If price is no option, Sushi Park is certainly one of the top places in West Hollywood.

8. Matsumoto

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8385 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 653-0470
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A longtime Beverly Grove sushi spot, this all-around restaurant has everything from rolls to high-end omakase tucked into a strip mall. Chef Naruki Matsumoto hails from Osaka and trained at Nozawa before working at Hirozen for many years.

9. Sushi Tama

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116 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(424) 249-3009
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Sushi Tama opened in August 2020 in a chic part of West Hollywood/Beverly Grove, with a sleek counter and fresh nigiri with fish sourced from Japan. Chef Hideyuki Yoshimoto worked for years in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market before partnering with Showa Hospitality at this stylish new sushi destination.

A collection of fresh sushi and nigiri in a simple box.
Sushi Tama
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10. Nozawa Bar

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212 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(424) 216-6158
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The spirit of Nozawa lives on at this intimate sushi bar located behind the Sugarfish in Beverly Hills. With fewer than ten seats, this rarified experience feels very much like a top-level place in Tokyo, with theatrical service and a hushed counter dining experience. The $195 per person meal comes with twenty-some courses.

Chef Osamu Fujita of Nozawa Bar working with other chefs at the counter.
Chef Osamu Fujita of Nozawa Bar working with other chefs at the counter
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11. Yasu Beverly Hills

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265 S Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(424) 355-0257
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Located along Robertson Boulevard on a less flashy part of Beverly Hills, Yasu serves a traditional $150 per person, 18-course omakase with pristine fish sourced Japan. Chef Yasuhisa Ouchi first opened a sushi restaurant in Canada before debuting this second location in LA.

Sushi from Yasu Beverly Hills.
Sushi from Yasu Beverly Hills
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12. Sushi Hide

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123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #307
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 613-0083
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With two levels of omakase, from $120 to $250, this new high-end omakase restaurant comes into Little Tokyo, joining another new player in Kaneyoshi. Sourcing fish from California and Toyosu Market in Tokyo, chef Hide Takeda’s intimate omakase experience is already one of the best new-ish sushi dinners in town.

13. Sushi Kaneyoshi

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250 E 1st St B1
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 277-2388
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One of the newer stars in LA’s high-end sushi scene, Kaneyoshi marks a new era for Little Tokyo, which earned this upscale, counter-only restaurant that costs a whopping $250 a person (though some more affordable takeout nigiri options are also available). Expect nothing but a truly spectacular sushi dinner comparable to the best around the world.

Jewelrybox chirashi from Kaneyoshi
Jewelrybox chirashi from Kaneyoshi
Kaneyoshi
334 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 935-8409
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This popular West LA spot gets a second location in the heart of Downtown’s Historic Core where Keizo Seki serves his ultra-fresh sushi from an omakase-style counter. In the past few years, Zo has expanded to Bangkok, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, a testament to the stellar quality of the meals here. Reservations are required and prices run $200 a person.

15. Masakazu

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1911 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 421-9779

With a full omakase dinner and a sushi-only option, this somewhat under-the-radar restaurant along Westwood Boulevard from chef Shinichi Akazawa is one of the best upscale sushi places in West LA.

521 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 225-6285
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The quality of the fish speaks for itself at this refined sushi den in the heart of Downtown’s Financial District. While dinner will cost a pretty penny, lunch might be a worthy splurge for those working in the area.

Oyster from Q Sushi
Q Sushi
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17. Sushi Gen

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422 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 617-0552
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This iconic sushi restaurant in Little Tokyo is constantly packed at the bar and in the dining room. Most come for the unbelievably priced lunch sashimi special, but order directly from the menu or at the bar for an even better experience. The expansive selection of nigiri sushi and sashimi is sure to satisfy.

18. Sushi Inaba Manhattan Beach

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1300 Highland Ave STE 107
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 545-3345

This tiny but stellar restaurant specializes in serving aged fish, with pricey takeout chirashi as well as refined omakase for lunch and dinner. Reservations are required, and diners should expect to pay handsomely for the experience.

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Sushi from Sushi Inaba
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19. Fukuno Restaurant

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15915 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90247
(310) 719-1640
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This casual mom-and-pop restaurant has been serving approachably priced Kappo-style fare in a Gardena strip mall since 1994. Mitsuo Fukazawa and his wife serve bento and pressed oshi sushi that reflects the more traditional, slightly fermented style that preceded Edo-style nigiri that is more common around town. There’s also terrific chirashi too. The restaurant offers takeout only for lunch, with indoor dining for dinner.

20. Kumi Ko

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1300 S Long Beach Blvd
Compton, CA 90221
(310) 438-1616
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This family-run sushi restaurant in Compton has a wide menu of reasonably-priced rolls and sushi boats from chef Bruce Lee. The chirashi in particular is a gorgeous array of fresh sashimi over sushi rice at just over $21.

21. Sushi Chitose

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402 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 316-6268
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Priced at just $50 dollars (or $65 for the higher tier with pricier cuts), the omakase from Hirofumi Sakamoto offers one of the best deals in town. Settle in to 15 pieces of terrific sushi that is sure to impress even the snobbiest of sushi-goers. The varieties of fish range from familiar cuts to more obscure ones.

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1. Sushi Iki

18663 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Long considered the place to ball out on sushi in the Valley, this highly regarded (if a bit difficult to get into) omakase establishment features a savant chef and plenty of luxury ingredients. Just be ready to whip out the credit card, because dinners can easily surpass the $200 per person mark.

18663 Ventura Blvd
Tarzana, CA 91356

2. The Brothers Sushi

21418 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

The Valley is no stranger to good sushi, and Brother’s is a fine addition to the thriving scene. Order a la carte or sit back and let the chef Mark Okuda take care of the details with an omakase. The priciest menu is $180 and comes with a more creative approach to omakase, though more attainable $125 and $100 menus offer much of the same stellar sushi.

21418 Ventura Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

3. Shin Sushi

16573 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436
Shin Sushi
Shin Sushi
Shin Sushi [Official Photo]

Shin Sushi brings a refined omakase experience worthy of a Michelin star from Azumi Taketoshi (whom patrons refer to as Take-san) with a high-end array of amazing nigiri and more all priced around $150 per person for dinner.

16573 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436

4. Sushi|Bar

16101 Ventura Blvd #242, Encino, CA 91436
Seared yellowtail nigiri at Sushi|Bar
Matthew Kang

Phillip Frankland Lee took an unconventional route to opening a high-end omakase counter hidden away behind Scratch|Bar. A longtime fan of sushi restaurants in LA and the San Fernando Valley, Lee took his love of great sushi and decided to create his own style. Traditionalists would balk at Lee’s undertaking, but the fans continue to show up in droves. Prices for a meal here start at $145.

16101 Ventura Blvd #242
Encino, CA 91436

5. Sushi Note

13447 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
A glass of wine and sushi platter at Sherman Oaks’ Sushi Note
Sushi Note
Courtesy of Bread & Butter PR

One of the Valley’s best new sushi entrants, Sushi Note takes the mastery of chef Kiminobu Saito’s excellent omakase and combines it with a fantastic wine pairing menu. Throw in a rather nice midcentury modern space and it adds up to a very good reasonably priced sushi experience with pristine fish, moderately seasoned rice, and great service.

13447 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

6. Morihiro

3133 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039
Japanese bowls hold fine foods during daylight hours atop a wooden table.
Morihiro
Morihiro

Sushi chef Morihiro Onodera founded the celebrated Mori in West LA before helming the counters at Inn Ann and Shiki over the past few years. Onodera has finally opened his own high-end omakase restaurant in Atwater Village, with masterful preparations and stunning world-class sushi. The price to see Onodera in action is equally sky-high.

3133 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039

7. Sushi Park

8539 Sunset Blvd #20, West Hollywood, CA 90069

A purist sushi destination in a most unlikely West Hollywood location. Head here for the blue crab hand roll, unagi, toro, and uni — and don’t be surprised if you see an in-the-know celebrity dining across the way. If price is no option, Sushi Park is certainly one of the top places in West Hollywood.

8539 Sunset Blvd #20
West Hollywood, CA 90069

8. Matsumoto

8385 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

A longtime Beverly Grove sushi spot, this all-around restaurant has everything from rolls to high-end omakase tucked into a strip mall. Chef Naruki Matsumoto hails from Osaka and trained at Nozawa before working at Hirozen for many years.

8385 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

9. Sushi Tama

116 N Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
A collection of fresh sushi and nigiri in a simple box.
Sushi Tama
Matthew Kang

Sushi Tama opened in August 2020 in a chic part of West Hollywood/Beverly Grove, with a sleek counter and fresh nigiri with fish sourced from Japan. Chef Hideyuki Yoshimoto worked for years in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market before partnering with Showa Hospitality at this stylish new sushi destination.

116 N Robertson Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90048

10. Nozawa Bar

212 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Chef Osamu Fujita of Nozawa Bar working with other chefs at the counter.
Chef Osamu Fujita of Nozawa Bar working with other chefs at the counter
Matthew Kang

The spirit of Nozawa lives on at this intimate sushi bar located behind the Sugarfish in Beverly Hills. With fewer than ten seats, this rarified experience feels very much like a top-level place in Tokyo, with theatrical service and a hushed counter dining experience. The $195 per person meal comes with twenty-some courses.

212 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

11. Yasu Beverly Hills

265 S Robertson Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Sushi from Yasu Beverly Hills.
Sushi from Yasu Beverly Hills
Yasu

Located along Robertson Boulevard on a less flashy part of Beverly Hills, Yasu serves a traditional $150 per person, 18-course omakase with pristine fish sourced Japan. Chef Yasuhisa Ouchi first opened a sushi restaurant in Canada before debuting this second location in LA.

265 S Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

12. Sushi Hide

123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #307, Los Angeles, CA 90012

With two levels of omakase, from $120 to $250, this new high-end omakase restaurant comes into Little Tokyo, joining another new player in Kaneyoshi. Sourcing fish from California and Toyosu Market in Tokyo, chef Hide Takeda’s intimate omakase experience is already one of the best new-ish sushi dinners in town.

123 Astronaut Ellison S Onizuka St #307
Los Angeles, CA 90012

13. Sushi Kaneyoshi

250 E 1st St B1, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Jewelrybox chirashi from Kaneyoshi
Jewelrybox chirashi from Kaneyoshi
Kaneyoshi

One of the newer stars in LA’s high-end sushi scene, Kaneyoshi marks a new era for Little Tokyo, which earned this upscale, counter-only restaurant that costs a whopping $250 a person (though some more affordable takeout nigiri options are also available). Expect nothing but a truly spectacular sushi dinner comparable to the best around the world.

250 E 1st St B1
Los Angeles, CA 90012

14. Zo

334 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

This popular West LA spot gets a second location in the heart of Downtown’s Historic Core where Keizo Seki serves his ultra-fresh sushi from an omakase-style counter. In the past few years, Zo has expanded to Bangkok, Tokyo, and Hong Kong, a testament to the stellar quality of the meals here. Reservations are required and prices run $200 a person.

334 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013

15. Masakazu

1911 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

With a full omakase dinner and a sushi-only option, this somewhat under-the-radar restaurant along Westwood Boulevard from chef Shinichi Akazawa is one of the best upscale sushi places in West LA.

1911 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025

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16. Q

521 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
Oyster from Q Sushi
Q Sushi
Cathy Chaplin

The quality of the fish speaks for itself at this refined sushi den in the heart of Downtown’s Financial District. While dinner will cost a pretty penny, lunch might be a worthy splurge for those working in the area.

521 W 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

17. Sushi Gen

422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

This iconic sushi restaurant in Little Tokyo is constantly packed at the bar and in the dining room. Most come for the unbelievably priced lunch sashimi special, but order directly from the menu or at the bar for an even better experience. The expansive selection of nigiri sushi and sashimi is sure to satisfy.

422 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

18. Sushi Inaba Manhattan Beach

1300 Highland Ave STE 107, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Sushi from Sushi Inaba
Sushi from Sushi Inaba
Sushi Inaba website

This tiny but stellar restaurant specializes in serving aged fish, with pricey takeout chirashi as well as refined omakase for lunch and dinner. Reservations are required, and diners should expect to pay handsomely for the experience.

1300 Highland Ave STE 107
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

19. Fukuno Restaurant

15915 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90247

This casual mom-and-pop restaurant has been serving approachably priced Kappo-style fare in a Gardena strip mall since 1994. Mitsuo Fukazawa and his wife serve bento and pressed oshi sushi that reflects the more traditional, slightly fermented style that preceded Edo-style nigiri that is more common around town. There’s also terrific chirashi too. The restaurant offers takeout only for lunch, with indoor dining for dinner.

15915 S Western Ave
Gardena, CA 90247

20. Kumi Ko

1300 S Long Beach Blvd, Compton, CA 90221

This family-run sushi restaurant in Compton has a wide menu of reasonably-priced rolls and sushi boats from chef Bruce Lee. The chirashi in particular is a gorgeous array of fresh sashimi over sushi rice at just over $21.

1300 S Long Beach Blvd
Compton, CA 90221

21. Sushi Chitose

402 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Priced at just $50 dollars (or $65 for the higher tier with pricier cuts), the omakase from Hirofumi Sakamoto offers one of the best deals in town. Settle in to 15 pieces of terrific sushi that is sure to impress even the snobbiest of sushi-goers. The varieties of fish range from familiar cuts to more obscure ones.

402 S Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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