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Hamasaku Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://hamasakula.com
  • Phone: (310) 479-7636
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Wonny Lee
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Contact: Jesse Duron (310) 479-7636

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sepulveda Blvd
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Hamasaku
Hamasaku is a sophisticated harmony of Japanese cuisine and Californian exuberance. Sincere and succinct, Hamasaku's literal translation is one who creates food from the sea. Celebrated for its whimsical reverence for sushi and understated elegance, warmth in hospitality and modern sensibilities underscore a quintessential dining experience.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
Diner Reviews
  • "We had excellent, friendly service, with food servers who would explain (or remind us) about the contents of each of the imaginative, creative sushi rolls that we had ordered. Those rolls were just excellent."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Quiet ambiance at 5:30 upon opening, perfect date night spot for us, tab exceeded $100 which was the only downside for our lovely dinner for two with one drink each - no appetizers, no desserts."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "This place is such a special treat! We always get the Beacon, DJ Spider Roll (my favorite), Burn 60 (off the old menu), and the spicy tuna crispy rice. SO GOOD!!!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "just not the restaurant it used to be. the food just doesn't have the same exciting taste and we were so disappointed in some of the sushi we tasted."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We went for an early dinner with our 6-year old - and the staff was so friendly to her, bringing kids utensils, suggesting a fun Japanese soda and good food options. The fish was tasty and rolls imaginative."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I've had lunch here multiple times but this was my first time for dinner and couldn't have asked for a better experience. The vibe definitely changes in the evening, but the fish/food quality does not... It's incredible at all times."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It's a pricy authentic sushi place, but with Dine LA, I get to experience the sweet deal. Just $45 pre-fixed course, we had 4 appetizers (2 of us shared) and the entrée was a set of 10 nigiri sushi (miso soup came much after, I think it was forgotten...) and the dessert. (I recommend to pick different dishes with your company). They use Haiga rice (rice with germ), but it is pretty good in taste. I would definitely do it again with Dine LA!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We had a very fabulous dinner here. We took advantage of the DineLA menu. The best thing was the chef choice nigiri special. Chef Yoya is a master at sushi making. We definitely need to return to enjoy him again and what he prepares for you. Need to do the sushi omakase meal which the chef will again give you the best selections of sushi. Glad we had a chance to try this place."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "As I'm flying here from NY all I am thinking about is dinner at Hamasaku. The sushi is incredible & the restaurant is fun. Enjoy this it is a real California showplace!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Hamasaku has never been inexpensive, but last week set a new record. Truly Tiny (3) small slices of sashimi for $18 and it wasn't Toro? I hosted a business lunch where no one drank anything but ice tea and water, and the bill for 8 people was $500 AND we were still hungry. To boot, the fish tasted very average and the sauces were not delicate. Punch line: keep driving"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is a really good sushi-house. Wish I were able to eat here more often. I hear people always complain about the prices. If price is an issue for you, well, go elsewhere!!! Brought two friends here for their first time and they gave big thumbs up to this sushi house."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Some of the food had a nice taste, some of it very ordinary. Quite expensive for what you got. The robota grill was over rated and not very good. The crispy rolls were tasty. Slow service but pleasant. Sushi, which my husband ordered was ok, but not up to the hype of being the best Japanese restaurant in West Los Angeles. If the price were less, with not so much hype, it would be a decent restaurant. But the rating were sooo over the top. Disappointing…."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It is that good. Worth the splurge. Great service. Tucked into corner of strip mall. Tastefully decorated. The sushi is as good as it gets. A+"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "A bit hidden amongst other restaurants but once inside it is a neat little place. The food we samples was simply amazing, some of the tastiest Japanese I've had in a long time. The soy-garlic edamame are yum and the rolls are melt-in-your-mouth A must-visit!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We came here for our 12th wedding anniversary and was greatly disappointed. The waiter although nice was not informed of the menu, gave no in-depth information about anything even when asked. We could have been ordering at a Denny's that was how it was set up. All our food came at once, not little by little. Our table was crammed with plates. We rolled in and were out of there in an hour and a half, we spent over 300.00 and the food was mediocre at best. If you love to celebrate food, and you want it be more then just sustenance, but a memorable experience, don't go here."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "A real gourmet delight. Very unusual sushi rolls with wonderful flavors and textures."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "I've eaten some of the very best sushi Tokyo has to offer and the Omakase dinner here just blew me away! Executive sushi chef Takahashi-san takes you through authentic, yet creative arrays of fresh seafood, full of flavors, both familiar and with surprising twists. This one is a real thing."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Been to quite a few high end sushi restaurants and can say the rolls at Hamasaku are some of the best I have ever had. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "What a great hidden gem Hamasaku is! I hesitate to tell everyone as I don't want it to become yet another trendy hot spot to which you must plan 3 months in advance to have a meal. I also don't want to discuss the two dcelebrities in disguise noshing with delight on too many rolls to track. But it is a special room - the quality and presentation of the food is excellent, and the rather small restaurant is quietly elegant. It is not inexpensive nor is it over the top. I would say that it is a very fair value."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "My husband and went here and then the next day to Nobu in Malibu . The sushi at Hamasaku was much better then Nobu."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We ordered the sushi chef's tasting menu where they brought out sushi, sashimi and rolls. We tried some new fish, all of which was excellent."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Very good sushi and creative flavor combinations for sure. At the price point however ($100pp without going crazy) there are better places in LA."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This is a Japanese restaurant specializing in California rolls, some traditional and some imaginative (i.e. with pesto or fresh basil, etc.) Interesting and delicious!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "we were delighted as usual with the succulent, creative rolls and the fresh seamless sushi. however, for the first time the service disappointed. yes, we were given the best table in a semi private area and the attention was fine at first. but it got so slow after a while, i had to seek out our waitress. such lapses need to be corrected (attention mr. ovitz). we'll return to make certain it has returned to its usual pristine level."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "So here's the thing. I'm not one of those cheapo Groupon chasers who just goes after the deal (although there's nothing wrong with that). I have been here before, and as I recall, the food was great. However, on DineLA night, it was if I was eating at the generic mall across america sushi. Fish felt low quality, some not so great odor. Couldn't even finish it. Here's what I suggest, Hamasaku. If you don't want to put forth the same quality food on DineLA menu, then just don't do DineLA. Don't do us favors - we aren't cheapo Grouponers, we're just looking to expand our horizons. Cheers, and let the sushi be with you."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Food was good. Service was horrible, we had to ask for everything twice if not more than twice. Then they rushed us out of the restaurant when it wasn't even late. They should never take a 7:45 reservation if we can't stay and enjoy our meal leisurely... especially at their prices."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Toro did not taste like real toro... for $18 per order. Some items are really good here. The hand rolls are the best. But it's just as expensive as Nobu..."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "One of the most innovative and talented sushi menus in LA. Must try!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "I travel to LA often and was looking for a great Sushi restaurant. Fish was incredible fresh, rolls were creative and flavorful. Must have the edamame sautéd in sesame soy-unreal."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Delicious lunch...Kale salad, tofu, sushi...barracuda...miso soup and mochi ice cream. Service hurried, not very attentive. Would definitely be back for the food!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Sushi chef is fun, service is good, but the fish was only okay. For a higher-end sushi place (based on the price), this was not worth it. I will not be back."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "Fish is so fresh, and there are a great variety of sushi rolls. Love the toro here, sea urchin is sweet and fresh. Don't like the brown rice for sushi roll, not sticky. Black cod with rice makes a good lunch combo."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "we chose the tasting menu. i think, in retrospect, i would have liked to try some of the specialty rolls as well. the tofu was fabulous. i will go back. please change my name back to susie friedman, not toby horn....that is my friend . i have made this request before."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "The quality of the food at Hamasaku is outstanding. The portions are a bit small for the price, but it's worth it, plus it makes for more variety when ordering. I highly recommend."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We're 3 foodies that dine out 7-10 times a week on average. Ordered 3 appetizers and 5 rolls and we all love every single one of it, which has never happened that we unanimously love every single thing we ordered at any restaurant. Hands down one of the top 5 Japanese restaurant we've been in LA."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "This restaurant has been open for a long time, but I have never been. I was very pleased with a quality and inventive menu. The fish is fresh and exquisite--such a pleasure. No concerns."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "the sushi here was very very good. the atmosphere is typical upscale west la but not particularly trendy or fashionable, just a lowkey neighborhood kind of place."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "The food was good, but there are a lot of good places to eat in LA. I was chased down by a valet guy who I had to pay, even though I had already parked my OWN car! It's in a strip mall for heaven's sake. The waitress really didn't listen to what we were telling her, and was always rushing off. When the bill came we almost died. I was still starving, and so was my wallet! Will never go there again. Wasn't that good for the price."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "We were 4 and ordered from all categories in the menu. Flawless execution of well designed items, a really wonderful experience."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We had to ask the hostess to take our order. They seemed very overwhelmed by this busy Thursday. Sushi was good but unremarkable."
    Dined on 10/24/2013