Gonpachi
Gonpachi

Gonpachi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://gonpachi.us/
  • Phone: 3103206700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Sunday: 6:00am - 11:00am
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Dinner: Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Tomoyuki Jounten
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carson
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Gonpachi
Gonpachi introduces its guests to a new level of contemporary Japanese cuisine, served in a fabulously authentic setting. From hand-pounded buckwheat soba noodles, to delicacies from the charcoal grill and of course sushi and rolls. You’ll embark on a culinary excursion that will excite your palate. We feature seating at our "Omakase" sushi bar as well as at our Sumi-Yaki bar, where your dinner is cooked over and open charcoal flame.
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Gonpachi reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (10)neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (5)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (5)romantic (4)special occasion (3)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Fabulous Food but very poor service
    sauceking
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Gonpachi has the best Japanese food I have ever had. Too bad the service was so bad that I doubt if we will go back. I do recommend the food but only if you are not hungry when you get there, waiting an hour for appetizers is too long when the restaurant is not busy.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once Again, GREAT GONPACHI!!!!!!!!!
    SusanBVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We love this restaurant -- keep returning. We had the $55 combo dinner -- it was fabulous!!!!!!!!!! Great wines and great Service!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • laser
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My table was "reserved" but I was seated on the "couch" - I really don't understand why one would like to sit on the "couch" since 1) it's too soft and low; 2) you are sitting next to another person. The next time I make a reservation, I will make it for a booth or table.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great
    Venezia
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We have had great big parties at the Hotel. Lunch here is just a little bit nicer than other places so great for a birthday or a business meeting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Lunch
    sbdiner
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I have been to Gonpachi many times so I know that they changed their menu. The chicken katsu is very good -- white meat chicken with a tasty katsu sauce . They used to offer a lunch sized teriyaki salmon, but it is no longer on the menu. The regular salmon isn't as good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUCH GREAT FOOD!
    SusanBVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We had the L.A. Food Week Menu and the food was different than the regular menu and it was great!!!! Igor waited on us and was so helpful in explaining all the different tastes. Once again, a great experience at Gonpachi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointment for Dinela
    themariVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We were very disappointed with the choices for dinela and the wait time was horrible. First, they ran out of wagyu beef which left only two other selections. We askes if they can substitute something else for the meat and they said no. They were not accommodating at all. Next, they were out of a Riesling wine and then suggested a Rose chandon instead which not similar. Then the wait time for the meal was about 30-35 minutes. The food was good but we will not be returning any time soon.
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  • Lovely quiet dinner
    MaryamVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great place. dineLA made us a dinner offer we couldn't refuse. The wagyu beef was amazing. The tuna and crispy rice definitely worth mentioning. So glad we finally tried this local gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • PSILoveFoodVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Very disappointing. Not authentic at all... Felt like a bit "Americanized".
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  • PSILoveFoodVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Great Japanese restaurant with a great history related to the original "Gonpachi" in Japan.
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  • early lunch
    MonMon
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Get there at 11:45- it's empty - noon-1:30 is PACKED.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 12 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 175 reviews are from the Gonpachi reviews archive.
  • Simple yet delectable
    IslandasianVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    This place has a fabulous decor. Love the chic feel to the restaurant and the food is prepared and presented in a beautiful manner. One thing that did lack was quick service. Food came out slowly so if you go to Gonpachi, expect a long dinner. But because the food was fabulous, I did not deduct any stars. Love all their dishes. Never have a bad meal here.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT GONPACHI!!!!!!!
    SusanBVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Once again, Gonpachi was a great dining experience! The food was intricate and delicious. Our server, Igor was exceptional -- explaining every course and very personable. We all loved it and had a great time!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service
    Rachel
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    The dining experience is a great one. Your customer service is pleasurable and the food is excellent. Thank you for always being consistent in taking care of the customers. I always recommend Gonpachi to guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT place for Torrence!
    AdSmithVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Very clean, great food/service and authentic for America.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Changes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    I wasn't as happy with my lunch experience this time. I've noticed a lot of the items that used to be in the salad bar are no longer offered. I thought it was a fluke the last few times I've been there. I really do miss the pickled vegetables. Also...the miso soup although much tastier this time, had no tofu. This has happened several times. Half way through the pot, and the tofu is wiped out. I think they should monitor this more often. The salmon was cooked perfectly, but I thought that it was strange that they now serve a scoop of mashed potatoes along with a bowl of rice. They should maybe add a steamed vegetable instead to keep it healthy/balanced. They used to serve potato salad which was very good, but still a lot of starch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Valentine ’s Day savior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This restaurant mad it the best valentine’s day ever
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite top Japanese restaurant
    Lobatosan
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Best sushi in town! Top quality fish that melts in the mouth!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So so
    Gogo
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Service is not so good at front. They seem robots.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dineLA
    jenn
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Tried Gonpachi out during restaurant week. Fantastic! I'm kicking myself for not going sooner.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Super fresh fish, melt in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Super fresh fish, melt in your mouth sushi, and other tasty creative dishes. Highly recommend the yellowtail jalapeno, buta kakuni, caterpillar roll and rainbow roll. Specialty cocktail list is short, but ALL are delicious, Golden Delicious and Ginger Mojito were both excellent. Ice cold draft beer too. Service is prompt, polite, and very nice. Only complaint is that they close so early on a weekend night. We got there at 8pm and it was relatively crowded by 9pm almost no one left, and by 10pm we were the last ones there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inexperienced staff
    KCkc
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The maitre d' & manager are inexperienced in handling the influx of patrons brought on by DINE LA. The receptionist asked usto wait, a waiter tried to be friendly & got nervous that we're waiting (15 secs.). He brought us into the dining area where we had to stand in the middle of the dining area listening to the staff indiscreetly discuss where to sit us. I was upset & told them I'd wait in the lobby until they figured it out. Then the manager announced loudly in British/Commonwealth accent that it was the only table they had. If we did not like it, there are none available. WAIT A MINUTE, THEY'RE trying to get us a table & now we're humiliated for their incompentency! NO APOLOGIES FROM ANYONE!!! VERY SAD FOR A REGULAR!
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DineLA 2014
    MattQVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Disappointed with the "Chef's Choice" for the sushi DineLA Option. Yellow tail, Tuna, Shrimp, Salmon....two pieces spicy tuna and two pieces california roll...you can find these at a buffet and the quality and cut size were similar to anywhere. I was expecting at least one or two true Omakase "special" sushi offerings. Maybe I should not have opted for Chef's Choice because my wife's Salmon was tasty. The appetizer choices (with the exception of the dumpling) were also a bit bland. Service was superb and attentive however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant Sushi Bar
    Dave
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The appetizers were good and unusual and not that typical of most sushi bars. I enjoy hot sake but their only choice was not that good. It was served not hot enough and the taste left something to be desired - kind of weedy/fruity and not like any sake I have tasted. The regular sushi and rolls were typical and nothing special
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  • It was a bit expensive but
    JohnnyB
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    It was a bit expensive but the food and service were great. Perfect for a business meeting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a very tasty and delicious
    reviewVIP
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Had a very tasty and delicious meal at Gonpachi. We were there to try their DineLA menu and enjoyed the selections both visually and the taste. Appreciated the chef''s creativity of the tasting menu. Our service was excellent that evening, made for a wonderful and relaxing meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good!
    Provoker
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I arrived at the area the night before my GMAT exam, foreign to the area. I looked up the app for any Japanese Restaurant with no real expectation. Fast forward to leaving. Any expectation that i would have had were completely destroyed. Just from the first look of the appetizer, i knew the rest of the dinner is going to be fantastic. I was wrong. It was MORE THAN fantastic. I was still thinking of the food 3 days after that dinner. that's how good they were. you can't go wrong with this place.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • many times - always solid
    jbjbjbTOKYOdudeVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    I've eaten here MANY times and always a good product and decent service. Never exceptional service, but almost.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went for a special New
    MickieVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    We went for a special New Year buffet (Japanese style) for the first time and it was excellent. We were seated outdoor - normally January weather is not a great time to sit out in the patio area, but the weather was beautiful and lunch was delicious! My mother who is almost 80 years old loved it. Service was great too. I recommend this restaurant to anybody who enjoys Japanese cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Japanese Food
    HappyLocavoreVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Best overall Japanese food in South Bay. Excellent Soba, made on site. Excellent sashimi/sushi. Salad and soup bar are Japanese style, very fresh, and all you can eat. I have not had their burger but friends tell me it is pretty impressive. Service is top notch. This is our go to spot for Japanese food.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table was given away despite
    BrkrDaveVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Table was given away despite the reservation and we were seated at the sushi bar. There were many tables available but they were hoping for some large groups that didn't arrive while we were there. Refills of the hot tea were hard to come by and the empty plates were not taken away promptly. Sushi was very fresh but the slice of fish was small. Roles were a better option.
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  • Good but puzzling
    MTSMVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Very nicely prepared food and attentive personable service. Puzzling item: Why is silverware substantial and beautiful, but chopsticks are the crummiest and most splintery?
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing return
    Finerdiner
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    We have been at Gonpachi for at least ten times. The restaurant seems to be losing luster. Hyde dinner was not up to par. The dragon sushi plate and the pork chop were fair to bad. The service was good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My go to lunch spot
    SherieVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    I love introducing my friends to Gonpachi. Most are surprised that the restaurant is in the hotel due to lack of a sign outside the hotel. The restaurant is the most beautiful Japanese restaurant in the Torrance. Today we felt like sushi and shared the edomae and temptation plate. Both were visually stunning and very generous. The maguro, Uni and ikura sushi were delicious. My friend loved the hamachi, salmon and snapper sushi. Our server took awhile to greet us but was attentive and friendly with a smile throughout our lunch. I will continue to keep coming back to Gonpachi
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Lunch Place
    Gina
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Delicious food, ambience is a feast for the eyes & awesome staff
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traditional Japanese in a hotel
    Annabanana
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    This hotel is aimed at Japanese traveling on business. In an area with a dearth of fine restaurants, if offers beautifully presented, fresh Japanese food. Service attentive and formal. The atmosphere is a bit sterile; large room, high ceilings. The salad bar and self-serve miso are nice touches. Good for entertaining business clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • GB
    Gina
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Went back to try the Gonpachi Burger and was glad I did.. delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Atmosphere but Slow serve
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    I had luch with client & ordered $28 lunch box. The food was not worth to the price & portion is small. The server was very frendly but I needed to ask other servers 2 times for service (request for box and bill). It took mabe 20 minutes to have the food. Only I like this restrant is the atmoshere. After going back to office, I found they charged $6 appetizer by mistake. I called them immediately and they said they will email me the revised receipt, but I have not received it yet. Next time I will take other restaurant to my clients. There are many other nice Japanese restaurants in Torrance.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale, trendy, with good food
    openmind
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    Nice place with a good menu. Mostly Japanese food, but the do have a good burger and fries for your picky friend.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner in Torrance
    Penelope
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    Food was great and ambiance is awesome. Modern decor, clean lines. Nice patio area for outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.