From the valley with its multitude of sushi restaurants to the city with some of the most expensive sushi around, Los Angeles is a city in love with the Japanese specialty which found its way to America in the 1960’s. With a myriad of sushi restaurants throughout the city, it can be tough to find the best but we’ve scoured the city to find the best sushi in Los Angeles in honor of national sushi day.
218 N Rodeo Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Located in Beverly Hills, Urasawa was dubbed the 2nd most expensive sushi restaurant in the country recently. And, for good reason. The sushi here is as authentic as it comes. And, while the sushi bar only has enough room for just 10 diners, patrons flock to try to get a seat and taste the nearly 30-course omakase menu which changes daily. If you’re looking to get sushi on a budget though or pick and choose what you want, this is not the place as your bill at the end of the night could come close to $1000/person and the chef picks what you’ll be eating.
11640 W San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Highly regarded as the freshest sushi in L.A., Sugarfish definitely lives up to its name. The sushi sensation has taken over the city with locations in Brentwood, Studio City, Beverly Hills, Downtown and Marina Del Rey. You won’t find any spicy tuna with crispy rice here though. Sugarfish strips down its sushi and creates an experience with each and every bite with simple concoctions. Popular sushi creations here include just fish on perfectly seasoned rice which make for the perfect bite. In addition to dining at one of their locations, the sushi restaurant by Nozawa (formerly of Sushi Nozawa) has created the perfect take-out menu featuring specially designed Sugarfish experiences in a box.
903 North La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
The beautifully designed Nobu Los Angeles Restaurant boasts not only a bar and lounge with amazing sushi happy hour specials, but also a full service, refined service in their main dining room, atrium, and terrace. Guests enjoy their signature dishes including local specials like Wagyu Tacos, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, and Kanpachi Sashimi with Baby Artichoke and Yuzu Dressing, all starting at about $25 for two pieces. Reservations are recommended.
9824 National Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
If you’re looking for crunch rolls, tempura or any other type of specialty roll, you’ll be better off at another one of the thousands of sushi restaurants in the city. You would be smart to stick around though. While Sushi Zo is omakase only (which means you will eat at the mercy of the chef), they are exceptionally good at what they do. And, despite its less than hospitable setting in a Cheviot Hills strip mall, regulars will praise Sushi Zo for its delicious fresh fish served as sashimi and nigiri.
11500 W Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Reservations are recommended at Mori Sushi, where you will encounter a great variety of specialty dishes and sushi served in their omakase style dinners. Prices for sushi only omakase start at just over $100 and sushi and entree style begins at $180. The restaurant is famous for its unique dishes, so we recommend trying the latter for a full review of the restaurant’s offerings. The sushi selections are diverse and offer a wide variety of subtle and unique flavors; you’ll be able to experience each one as the meal is paced beautifully. Reservations recommended.
8539 Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
While this Sunset Blvd. sushi spot in West Hollywood isn’t cheap, it serves up an excellent array of fish that will leave you satisfied. You won’t find all of the Americanized rolls you’ll find at the various other sushi restaurants around this location, but Sushi Park like’s to think of themselves as a traditionalist of sorts. Favorites here include the toro and blue crab hand roll.
347 E 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
With the look and feel of a classic Japanese restaurant, this Little Tokyo spot serves up sushi with a lot of variety. Most patrons agree that Hama Sushi serves up real and authentic sushi fare with none of the Americanized sushi welcome. Our favorites? Try the spicy tuna hand roll which is a favorite among all that go.
101 North Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
Additional Locations: West L.A., Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades
With two Los Angeles locations to serve you, Sushi Sasabune serves up an amazing set of omakase style dinners, always ending with their specialty blue crab hand roll, an intensely flavored dish served without both rice or nori. Individual roll prices are very economical, but the omakase menu starts at about $85/person. Be sure to sit close to the chef, this is the best way to experience the great food you will enjoy.
The Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya
8420 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
While Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya can be difficult to get reservations and always jam-packed with people, there’s a reason why. Offering a myriad of specialty items, the sushi here is simply delicious. And, while sushi snobs may label this outpost as a place that can’t compete with a traditional sushi restaurant, regulars and patrons will wholeheartedly disagree. Its most popular dish has to be the spicy tuna with crispy rice which is a definite must if you visit. Other favorites include the baked crab hand roll, the seared albacore with crispy onion dish and the yellowtail with jalapeno entree.