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Aburiya Toranoko
Aburiya Toranoko

Aburiya Toranoko Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.toranokola.com
  • Phone: (213) 621-9500
  • 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: Japanese, Sushi, 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.Continued

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Diner Reviews
  • "sushi is very good, but sumiyaki is so-so. it was busy the night we went."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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)."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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"
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Very warm and friendly -- there are two booths which are very comfortable and we got one. Parking is around the corner."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "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 ****"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "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!!!!!"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Very friendly place! No barrier between customers and sushi chefs makes for wonderful chatter about beautiful food. Excellent service!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
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