Aburiya Toranoko
Aburiya Toranoko

Aburiya Toranoko

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.toranokola.com/
  • Phone: 2136219500
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Hisaharu Kawabe
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We cater large food events, company parties, private parties, community events, etc. We can provide anything from bento boxes to custom designed meals from our extensive menu by Chef Hisa.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2nd or 3rd Street
  • Public Transit: Metro Link, Gold Line, Union Station
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available on street and in public parking lot at the corner of San Pedro and 2nd St.
A word from Aburiya Toranoko
A prolific DTLA Japanese izakaya(tapas) and sushi bar nestled in the heart of Little Tokyo, Aburiya Toranoko is known for their eclectic mix of fresh seasonal ingredients along with market fresh seafood and meats creatively prepared by executive chef Hisa Kawabe(Nobu Malibu, Nobu NY, Nobu Miami). See how chef Hisa adapts traditional Japanese fare with creativity by calling on his past culinary experiences to give the guest the ultimate dining experience in Japanese cuisine. To complete the meal, there is a full bar featuring specialty cocktails along with an extensive sake and esoteric wine/beer list.

Come in to try what the NY Post stated as the #1 dish you must try while in LA, Toranoko's own homemade Uni Goma Tofu or more adventurous and trusting diners can opt for chef Hisa's omakase menu. Check out all the artwork behind the sushi bar, mural brick wall, and on the bar top to add even more flavor to your dining experience.

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Aburiya Toranoko reviews from OpenTable diners
1 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating2
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  • It was closed.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I wish there had been better communication between the restaurant and OpenTable. We had multiple confirmations of our reservation but when we arrived at the restaurant it was closed for two days. Have a real bummer. Don't know if I will trust OpenTable again.
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  • paulVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Service not existing. Had to find a menu ourselves. Sushi "chefs in training" missed some ingrediences, food was so-so.
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  • WILL RETURN
    TinaVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    WE ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVE RESTAURANTS, WE CAN RETURN TO, AND ALWAYS GREETED WITH A SMILE FOOD ALWAYS IS FRESH AND LOOKS LIKE IT SHOULD BE IN A MAGAZINE COVER , THANK YOU I SHALL RETURN SOON
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • reviewVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner here. First we had the somen salad, very tasty and refreshing on a very hot evening. The special raw seafood for the day selection was excellent, we tried the oysters and albacore with Japanese salsa. Incredibly fresh and tasty. The sushi assortment was was delicious and fresh also. Tried the rib eye sukiyaki, great dashi the only thing i wished for was a little more vegetables but it was great. We had a very interesting dessert of sesame ice cream with orange jello. Very clever how the jello was in the orange shell. Overall it was a great dinner, we will have to return again soon.
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    fit for foodies
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  • good sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    sushi is very good, but sumiyaki is so-so. it was busy the night we went.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mama Musubi pop-up.
    Lorena
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Efficient and excellent service, food and atmosphere. Mid-range price point perfect for happy hour and business meetings. The Mama Musubi pop-up added to the menu without drawing away from the fresh assortment offered on main menu. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality Modern Sushi Restaurant
    Yumyum
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Toranoko is our new favorite sushi restaurant. The sushi is delicious and rich and they offer a nice selection with different specials available every week. We sat at the sushi bar and ordered straight from the chefs, who will play around with the sushi (add a little yuzu kosho here, some tasty sauce there, etc) and make it unique and interesting. Their egg custard appetizer is SO GOOD. This is a hip, modern kind of restaurant so it's great for a group of friends to visit (I've seen them put a bunch of tables together so large groups can fit).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi with a bit of edge
    jmgrace
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    There are a ton of great sushi spots in Little Tokyo, but this is one of the few with a bit of edgie ambiance. They also have a bunch of breat apps and tapas items in addition to sushi.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Crazy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I will start off with saying that we went on Valentine's Day and it was very busy, and it was a little crazy. The staff was great, it was just a little slow and they kept getting our table mixed up with another so we kept getting food we didn't order. That being said, we would ABSOLUTELY come back again and plan too. The staff was great, the restaurant had a really great vibe about it and the food was really, really good. It is hard to find Nasu Miso done well, but theirs was perfection and the chicken meatballs are a must try. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor service spoils Valentines
    Lifeform86
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went in with minimal expectations, but a decent dinner for two on Valentines. The spot was clearly mismanaged and as a higher-end modernized Japanese fusion restaurant plus being where it is in Little Tokyo I thought it would be able to handle a med. packed night. To be clear to food from the scallop appetizer to sushi rolls, the overall food was decent, but with no greeter in front to acknoledge us and the lack to organized management our food quality was overshadowed by one of the worst services I have experiened in years. I even had my last roll come out 30 mins. after our previous dish. Not worth the wait. I think I will stick to the more traditional Japanese restaurants down the street from here.
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  • Heavenly delicious
    Foodie4eva
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I want to announce that I have broken up with my previous sushi spot. Delicious food and sexy drinks. All the elements set the pace for a perfect night. This place is great for dates with its romantic urban chic ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing First Time Experience
    ColbyVIP
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    Everything from the service, food, drinks, and location was perfect. We had such a good night. Thank you to the entire staff for making it an awesome night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I SHALL BE BACK
    TinaVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    ENJOYED AND OUTSTANDING FOOD SERVICE OUTSTANDING FOOD AMAZING I WAS SUPER IMPRESSED FRESH SUSHI WAS SERVED WITH A EXPAINATION FROM ALL THAT CAME WITH A SMILE THANK YOU I SHALL RETURN ****
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very warm and friendly --
    TomBVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Very warm and friendly -- there are two booths which are very comfortable and we got one. Parking is around the corner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was in LA and wanted to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    I was in LA and wanted to take my son out for sushi. I thought Little Tokyo would be the best location and was very impressed by your restaurant. We had a great server Thursday evening and especially loved the presentation of the Salmon Egg Sashimi. The squid ink risotto with clams was a creative asian fusion dish and we loved it. Also one of the best Saketinis I've ever had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The young man with all the
    Texas
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    The young man with all the Tattoos. He was great and had great conversation we came from Houston,TX my two best friends and I and we just had a ball with him....matter of fact it was our first day in LA so that set your week off right Thank You!!!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Izakaya!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    Angelinos: make this great izakaya on the outskirts of Little Tokyo your next go to downtown Japanese spot. Great menu (love the buta kakuni) and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very friendly place!
    Sylsal
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Very friendly place! No barrier between customers and sushi chefs makes for wonderful chatter about beautiful food. Excellent service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great Service
    anahannah
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Went with a group of four and ordered the chirashi bowl, sashimi plate, kobe corn dogs. miso marinated cod, seared yellowtail and shrimp ceviche. Everything was really tasty. The only negative comment is that the ceviche was a bit oily and a very small portion for $5. it was listed on the happy hour menu, although it's the same price as on the regular menu. It was a bit slow for a Saturday night but we ended up getting great service from the wait staff. I've already recommended it to a friend and will go again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Fresh Fish
    SadiaSato
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    We did an Omakasi with head chef Seiji and it was wonderful. Everything was so fresh and tasty. Our first time here and will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food
    il2eVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The food is out of this world. Service at the table was spotty and inconsistent. Waiter forgot several orders and would disappear although the restaurant was almost empty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food!
    il2eVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    The food is amazing. I sat at the sushi bar and Chef Seiji Nakano himself prepared the food. It was a truly wonderful experience. Chef Seiji Nakano is very detailed and has a great sense of humor. Loved every minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi happiness!!!!
    CJ0722
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    First let me just note that they have Supporo on tap case (awesome)! I went there on a date and the environment was claim and the advice was above my expectations. I would recommend this place for meet and greets and couples dates.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great place with syrprises
    akragness
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    This restaurant is one that I consider a treat to go to. I have been there twice each time with very different specials than the previous. The seafood is wonderful and has a great quality to it. They have different dishes everyday and during seasons which makes the food really fresh. The service was amazing in both cases. The servers were very polite and helpful with advice on what is the unique thing to get that day. We met the owner our first time and he took care of most the decisions for our food. He did an amazing job with ordering for us. My girlfriend and I know our seafood and are very picky, but he was able to enlighten us with what was special to his restaurant that day which made our experience better than what we were thinking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent sushi
    Weipang
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    We sat at the sushi bar and asked chef Seiji for the omakase (chef's choice). The ingredients were amazingly delicious an fresh, probably one of the best sushi experiences I've had. Chef Seiji served sushi with homemade soy sauce, and just the right rice/fish ratio, it was perfect. Service was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden secret
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Small establishment, but not that small. Perfect evening with our group. Very quiet inside. Not crowded at all, quality of the sushi was very good. Prices are moderate. Overall I was pleasantly surprised.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot. The food is very
    SantianaVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    Great spot. The food is very good with some Peruvian influences. Great flavors!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Interesting Fusion Cooked Foods
    JennyVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    I would recommend staying away from their traditional raw sushi items and stick with their fusion creations. Their raw items are a bit fishy. I had their sushi and carpaccio, and the sushi was pretty horrid. The carpaccio was ok, drenched in olive oil though. They might have been trying to hide the fishiness of the fish with olive oil. But onto their fusion food, their uni tofu is amazing if you love uni. The salsa that they put on the salmon skewers are pretty tasty. And their spicy salmon was addicting. Stick to fusion and you're good to go. Ambiance is worth a visit.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • had a great tasting dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    had a great tasting dinner with Travelzoo certificate. The food was great, first time tasting homemade tofu, good and creamy, didn't recognized it as tofu. Service was attendive.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Izakaya
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Really enjoyed our dinner at Toranoko. The fish was very good and the small plates for happy hour also. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Funky, Urban Japanese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    I purchased a certificate on TravelZoo for a 5 course meal for two. This was an AMAZING deal. The food is DELICIOUS, flavorful, fresh, vibrant and it was a VERY generous portion. The staff was super friendly and attentive. It's also has super funky urban vibe but is pleasantly not too loud. I will be back and would DEFINITELY recommend it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    I went to this place using a Travelzoo deal, $58 for a supposedly $158 dinner for two and i find that the dinner is worth more like $58 than $158. The quality of the fish/meat were very ordinary. The cooking was not special either. I don't think i like to go back.
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  • a delightful find
    eatforfour
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    the assorted fish carpaccio is so fresh and tasty we are coming back every week just for it:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious bento box lunch
    JackVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    Delicious bento box lunch special. Lunch special was terrific deal for the price. Service was attentive. Thank you!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed the Chef's Choice
    Joey
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    We enjoyed the Chef's Choice five course dinner at Aburiya Toranoko. The food was imaginative, fresh and impressive. The service was exceptional.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japanese style
    kobebomb
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    Very good. Went for lunch. I like the fact that Toranoko is bringing high Japanese standards of great food, knowledge, service, and atmosphere. I'll be back to try dinner and more drinks next time. I did not give it 5 stars just because there is always room and desire to improve.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A mixed bag
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    While there were some standout flavors — an especially fresh shrimp ceviche, and decent cocktails — on balance our meal just wasn't anything special. Being big fans of the Lazy Ox next door, we we had high expectations, but were rather disappointed. The idea of the restaurant is fantastic, but the food was pretty bland and uninspired. If they can improve the level of cuisine, it'll be a fantastic spot...
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    good for groups
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  • Great food, service
    Barchell
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Fish carpaccio was our favorite, but everything was very good.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the BEST deals ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    One of the BEST deals ever for TravelZoo in Los Angeles. Apparently Wed nights are 50% off. Worth the trip downtown. Food amazing and prepared with care. Sashimi delish. Happy hour delights might be enough for those need early evening food and libations! Parking is metered until 8pm.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another gem from Cardenas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/14/2013
    What can I say that hasn't been said? Thank you for creating a great casual but fancy enough sushi spot without the over the top little Tokyo cookie cutter atmosphere. It's a sweet little spot for a date, friends, and neighborhood spot. Prices are decent, foods is fantastic and chefs are top rate. And above all they've got options!!! So you can bring the sushi shy person and they won't starve in fact they will be very happy o know there are plenty of meats on sticks that are yummy! Thanks again MC you rock my man
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.