Los Angeles has a plethora of culinary strong suits, like regional Chinese fare and tacos of all stripes, but almost none are as impressive as the city’s sushi offerings. Nearly every corner of the city — the Valley, the Westside, the San Gabriel Valley, and everywhere in between — lays claim to an incredible sushi counter with a veritable master at the helm. Featuring upscale omakase menus and enduring mom-and-pop classics, here now are 20 of Los Angeles’s essential sushi restaurants.Read More
The 20 Essential Sushi Restaurants in Los Angeles
Where to indulge in the most pristine nigiri and sashimi
The Brothers Sushi
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 chef Mark Okuda take care of the meal with an omakase. While the more-creative menu costs $200, the $140 menu offers many of the same stellar sushi. Brothers has a second location in Santa Monica.
Shin Sushi brings a refined omakase experience from chef Taketoshi Azumi, whom patrons refer to as Take-san. The Michelin-starred omakase includes an appetizer, miso soup, and 14 pieces of sushi.
Sushi by Scratch Restaurants
A longtime fan of LA’s sushi restaurants, chef Phillip Frankland Lee took his appreciation to the next level by creating his own style with Sushi by Scratch Restaurants (formerly known as Sushi Bar). Traditionalists might balk at Lee’s undertaking, but fans continue to show up in droves. Prices for a meal here start at $165.
Shunji Japanese Cuisine
Longtime West LA chef Shunji Nakao moved his upscale omakase restaurant to Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica, with an intimate counter starting at $280 per person to sit in front of Shunji, and $250 to get one of seven seats in front of chef Miki Takahiro. Expect near-perfect quality nigiri and Nakao’s careful construction and proper balance between fish and rice at these prices.
While Hamasaku has always courted more of a saucy sushi roll crowd — even President Obama made a visit in 2022 — those in the know snag a seat in front of chef Ei Hiroyoshi (formerly of Sasabune in Beverly Hills) for a sub-$100 omakase that delivers a lot of bang for one’s bucks.
Sushi Note combines the mastery of chef Kiminobu Saito with fantastic wine pairings. The highest-end $140 omakase includes pristine fish, moderately seasoned rice, and great service. The $75 wine pairing takes the omakase to the next level.
The spirit of Nozawa lives on at this intimate sushi bar located behind the Sugarfish in Beverly Hills. With fewer than 10 seats, this rarified experience feels very much like a top-level place in Tokyo, with theatrical service and a hushed counter dining experience. The $225 per person meal comes with 20-some courses.
Priced at just $75 per person, the omakase from Hirofumi “Gen” Sakamoto offers one of the best deals in town. Settle into 15 pieces of terrific sushi that impress even the snobbiest of sushi-goers — the varieties of fish range from familiar cuts to more obscure ones.
Sushi Tama opened in August 2020 with a sleek counter and impeccable nigiri using Japanese-sourced fish. Chef Hideyuki Yoshimoto worked for years in Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market before partnering with Showa Hospitality at this stylish sushi destination in a chic part of West Hollywood/Beverly Grove.
Head to Michelin-starred Inaba for chef Yasuhiro Hirano’s impeccable array of sushi served at a six-seat counter within I-naba. For those who can’t snag one of the half-dozen seatsa, the “chef’s choice nigiri sushi” priced at just $60 is a good bet and comes with a salad, miso soup, chawanmushi, and ice cream for dessert.
Sushi Sonagi in Gardena is the most exciting sushi spot to open in LA this year. Korean American chef Daniel Son serves a $175, 20-course omakase that includes a trio of tsumami, a dozen or so nigiri, and a Korean-inspired sizzling hot plate of rice and abalone to finish. Reservations are available 30 days out with rolling reservations released at midnight.
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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 finally has his own omakase restaurant in Atwater Village, with masterful preparations and world-class sushi. The price tag to see Onodera in action is $400 per person.
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 is a worthy splurge for those working in the area. The dinner omakase is priced at $300, while lunch is $150.
With multiple omakase options — from a $110 menu at lunch to a $280 menu for dinner and a nigiri-only menu for $140 — this intimate omakase experience is one of the most talked-about sushi dinners in town. Chef Hide Takeda sources fish from California and Toyosu Market in Tokyo.
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Kaneyoshi is one of the newer stars in LA’s high-end sushi scene. This counter-only restaurant in Little Tokyo costs a hefty $300 a person and serves a truly spectacular dinner comparable to the best around the world. Sister restaurant Bar Sawa offers a more affordable omakase next door with cocktail pairings to boot.
Little Tokyo’s Hama Sushi is best known for its no-nonsense approach. Plastered on the front door is a sign that lays out the ground rules: Only sushi and sashimi. No tempura, teriyaki, noodles, or “rice alone.” Those who find the approach agreeable will be treated to some of the finest sushi in town. Grab a seat at the horseshoe-shaped bar and order a la carte from a list of fairly standard fish prepared exceptionally well.
This iconic sushi restaurant in Little Tokyo is consistently 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 never fails to please.
Awarded a Michelin star within a few months of opening, this rarefied omakase counter from chef Seigo Tamura is one of the top sushi restaurants to open in Los Angeles in the past few years. The 20-course tastings include a proper mix of prepared dishes, including ankimo (monkfish liver) and Japanese hairy crab, and sushi, like umami-rich kohada (gizzard shad) and seared anago (sea eel).
Chefs Fumio Azumi and Kwan-san have brought a phenomenal destination-worthy sushi place to Alhambra, with a hefty $300 per person dinner menu served at the bar and a more reasonable $120 lunch on weekdays. Quality is top-tier, with two kinds of rice and all the freshest fish available.
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This unassuming spot in Arcadia has a versatile lunch sushi set from chef Hiro Yamada (Sushi Gen, Shiki). The sub-$40 lunch special comes with nine pieces of nigiri, a cut roll, miso soup, and a few small bites. The price jumps up at dinner, where most opt for the more elaborate, Edomae-style omakase.
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