Hamasaku
Hamasaku

Hamasaku

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://hamasakula.com/
  • Phone: 3104797636
  • 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 3104797636

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
Hamasaku reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)neighborhood gem (30)special occasion (21)great for lunch (13)romantic (9)good for groups (8)hot spot (6)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Overrated
    Sushi4lifeVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Really expensive for the rolls that are not satisfying, twice the price for half the size of others, could get better quality fish at Hide on sawtelle. Kitchen forgot at least one of our items, very long slow lunch. Wouldn't see any reason to ever go back.
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  • One of my favorites for sushi
    FoodieVivVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Excellent quality, creative rolls and you can actually have a conversation. What's not to like
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a relative disappointment
    biffVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    this has long been one of our favorite japanese spots but a breakdown in service rendered the last visit less than satisfactory. while the rolls are still sensational, the enjoyment is tempered when the orders don't roll out (pun intended) smoothly and smartly so there aren't long gaps between dishes. nobody cleared the table, filled water glasses or any of the basics one expects at a place like this. it wasn't because of the crush of business; i've seen it busier.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a treat
    happy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food, as always, was terrific. They have a really nice selection of sake. The ones we tried were delicious and very smooth. Service was just right. All in all, it was as expected.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Wonderful as always!
    VeniceeatsVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The chef's choice sashimi plate - fish so tender and flavorful, melted in mouth. Charleze Tacos - made with crispy rice, fresh, crunchy, delish. The Blondie Roll - with asparagus, shrimp tempura, crab, spicy tuna, avocado. Need I say more - lovely blend of textures and flavors. I have never been disappointed in the food or the service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Better than I've been told
    Charlie44
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food here is incredible. Everything I ordered was fresh and delicious. The service was impeccable and I can't wait to go back.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Foodie
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This is my second time at Hamasaku. I ordered one roll last time that had three types of sushi, stuck with that again and still yummy. I did try their spicy tuna on crispy rice that was very good. The menu has so many interesting choices and everyone at our table ordered something different, great food! I look forward to coming back and trying something new!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    SASSYVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    One of the best kale salads I have ever had! Delicious miso soup and excellent quality fish, including the tricky uni (sea urchin). Great place, though pricey. But worth it!
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi and Service
    JazKat
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a great time and great sushi at Hamasaku! Can't say enough about the food it was fantastic! The service was so friendly and the atmosphere was very nice, we even got to see a few celebs while we dined. Had a great time will go back again!
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    fit for foodies
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Excellent as always! Never miss the chance to have dinner here. The black cod was incredibly delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good, but not as good as last time
    jr2231
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had to go here again after it was so good the week prior. The omakase was not quite as good, but we still left feeling content. Will continue to come back.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Excellent, creative sushi
    LADinerVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple, elegant ambiance, $$$$
    lalaeatingout
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best sushi experience
    jr2231
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We come here pretty often but this was the first time we tried the Omakase. It was outstanding. We eat a lot of sushi, but I rarely pay over 150 bucks for two people and leave feeling like a got a good deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • A+ Sushi Experience
    TiffasniffasVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • mcandlassVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
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  • Friendly and delicious
    Gregclectic
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    JenForTheNguyen
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem!
    cakeo
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • reviewVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Not to be missed!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and not worth it
    notmyfirstrodeoVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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
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  • Good eats
    Wonbuck
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not live up to all the reviews
    santamonicagirl
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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….
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  • buckle up
    gringoloco
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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+
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing find
    KrisDubai
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 64 reviews are from the Hamasaku reviews archive.
  • Not worth the $, not for foodies
    Katie
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
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    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • Best Sushi Rolls
    Schincat
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    A real gourmet delight. Very unusual sushi rolls with wonderful flavors and textures.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Authentic & creative!
    GlobetrottingfoodloverVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best rolls ever
    hunterskis
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    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.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get Away from Sawtelle
    DaveandRick
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Great sushi
    Shastadog
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    My husband and went here and then the next day to Nobu in Malibu . The sushi at Hamasaku was much better then Nobu.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We ordered the sushi chef's
    Nicky
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    zewing77
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Very good sushi and creative flavor combinations for sure. At the price point however ($100pp without going crazy) there are better places in LA.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rolls, rolls, rolls
    Janie2N
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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  • food's great; service needs work
    biffVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • DineLA = different fish?
    BrianL
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
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  • Haven't been in years, wont be back
    tlalaVIP
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    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.
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  • Toro did not taste like real
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    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...
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  • Hidden Gem with amazing sushi
    VikingVIP
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    One of the most innovative and talented sushi menus in LA. Must try!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.