Izaka-ya by Katsuy-ya in Manhattan Beach

Izaka-ya by Katsuy-ya in Manhattan Beach

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.katsu-yagroup.com/izakaya_manhattanbeach.html
  • Phone: 3107961888
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from Izaka-ya by Katsuy-ya in Manhattan Beach
The Katsu-Ya group has 5 locations in Southern California and growing. Our founder and executive chef Katsuya Uechi tied for #1 ranking for Top Food 2006 Zagat Los Angeles guide. In addition, chef Katsuya has KATSUYA by Starck restaurants with SBE Entertainment in Brentwood, Hollywood, Glendale, L.A. Live and Laguna Beach. There are plans to open more restaurants outside of Southern California. A cool celebrity hang out Hyde Lounge on Sunset Blvd's menu was also produced by no other than our chef Katsuya. With partnership with Mutual Trading Company, the premier Japanese food supplier opened Sushi Institute of American (SIA) in downtown Los Angeles to train future culinary and sushi chefs. We are committed to bring fresh quality foods to all our locations.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Izaka-ya by Katsuy-ya in Manhattan Beach reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (36)great for lunch (26)hot spot (24)kid-friendly (20)good for groups (14)special occasion (12)great for brunch (3)late-night find (2)romantic (2)Show More
  • Great time!
    southbayfoodie
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Awesome food, and great service. Everyone was really great, and super prompt. Food is excellent and surprisingly economical for the quality! My new spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just Perfect!
    courtlynnVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I just love this place! It is always delish, the service is great, and the atmosphere is casual yet trendy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BEST izakaya in south bay!
    lapinlapin
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    authentic and creative, amazing quality food. nobody else in the south bay does izakaya as well as they do. i've been a long time fan. we were late to our reservation and we called to ask them to hold the table knowing that's be a lot to ask on a saturday evening, but when we arrived, the hostess (as always) was very kind and accommodated us right away. we really really enjoyed our dinner and appreciated all the attentive wait staff and management. musts: crispy rice + spicy tuna; seared albacore and friend onions; steamed mushrooms (forgot the name but it's cooked in tin foil, indescribable, light and AMAZING flavor); seaweed cucumber salad (imagine all the delicate varieties of seaweed in various textures and colors).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good sushi but ok service
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Sushi quality was fine but smaller pieces than most, price is reasonable but service was ok. Server forgot my alcohol but at least I wasn't charged.
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  • Best sushi
    Eikasurf
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Delicious, Clean, Friendly little place with super high quality food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great neighborhood spot
    GHinMBVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We live in walking distance to Izakaya and love it. The classic neighborhood spot where everyone knows somebody and the restaurant staff treats you like a guest in their home. Food is solid too.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible
    EspanolaVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The food was fresh, tasty, plenty of food for you money. The rolls, the tempura and the dessert were all made to perfection. Truly loved it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • California Sushi Experience
    Rolento
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Being that we were touring California, we had to try California sushi since we are from the east coast. After researching yelp and Open Table, this restaurant came highly rated. We were able to make a reservation on the same night for a table for two but I recommend making the reservation earlier as the place never died down. The crispy rice tuna appetizer was amazing but only came with 4 pieces. Prices were decent but specials seemed a little higher. Service was good but the restaurant is a little on the noisy side. Some tables were close together. Nevertheless, we had a great time and we sampled some delicious rolls. If you are in the Manhattan Beach area, give this restaurant a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fix the Service
    RichardFoodMaven
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I have eaten here many times. The food is very good, although sometimes a bit heavy with the oil. But this time the service was awful, very disconnected, nobody appeared at our table (after the initial drink order) unless we asked at least twice.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    sailorjenny
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We love coming to Izaka-ya and could eat a million Crispy Rice with Tuna servings! The fish here is excellent and very fresh. Everything we ate was delightful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!! Excellent service!
    southbaymike
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Love to take out of towners here cause food excellent, it's in sexy Manhattan Beach, and I know I'm going to eat well and be taken care of by the staff (hostess and waitress Sue get extra stars from me)..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Both Amazing: Sushi & Service!
    TastefulDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    From the amazing cuts of sushi/sashimi to the attentive, lively and positive service from Bruce and Susie, we had an amazing time. I was in town for business and had the opportunity to take a business associate out who also is a huge sushi fan - we were not only not disappointed, we were in awe! This place is a must for anyone with a discerning palate! My compliments to the Sushi Chef, the management and of course the two best wait staff in all of LA, Bruce and Susie, they couldn't have been more hospitable, attentive and kind!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    szenVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    the spicy crunchy tuna rolls were great! fantastic place all around
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Value!
    Samurai6VIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Their lunch combo's are great deals and extremely reasonable. Sushi/sashimi top notch. All kinds of fusion small plates. Service is good and friendly. Not a beach scene place but it is Manhattan Beach so you can dress like for the beach dude!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only Average - Maybe Just This Once
    nmwhitebird
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    We ordered the chef's special tray. Very average and uninteresting. Stick with sushi. Many items had no prices and the waitress gave us a price "range". Only Average service this time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Sushi in Manhattan Beach
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I have always had the best fresh sushi and good time at this location.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great sushi
    torre21VIP
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Traditional and original options. Great flavors! Try all the special rolls and the appetizers sampler.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delish sushi delivered quickly
    aokay
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Enjoyed a delicious meal here with my 15 year old daughter. We especially loved the crispy rice with spicy tuna and seared tuna with fried onions. The 4 1/2 roll was also fantastic but rich as was a similar roll topped with fried shrimp in a creamy sauce. Would be a regular if I lived in the area!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great sushi!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Special items sushi were excellent. Beef...not so great
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 日本にはよくある居酒屋
    caesar
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    日本人の方向けに日本語で書きます。 料理はおいしいですが、ここでなければ食べられない、もう一度食べたいと強烈な印象が残るほどではありません。 雰囲気はキルビルのように、アメリカ人がポジティブに思う日本という感じです。
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, noisy
    Richard
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Food was excellent, but noise level required yelling across the table and lip reading. Particularly liked the salmon, miso cod, and tempura in the box lunches. Nice decor.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum yum!
    SushiGeek
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I am somewhat of a sushi snob and my daughter wanted to go here because she loves to go there with friends. I was hesitant since she really doesn't like sushi and I tried to get to go to Nobu. She said "no Nobu gotta go here". I succumbed and WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED! Excellent sushi, fresh softshell crab to die for, Nigri Sake perfect, and the Unagi was so fresh. With good there is a little bad, the scallop roll had a little too much sesame oil but other than that great food. Close tables, friendly people, fun atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Live scallops
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Get the live scallops....velvety and full of lemon. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 47 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 110 reviews are from the Izaka-ya by Katsuy-ya in Manhattan Beach reviews archive.
  • Popular with young people
    DiningDocsVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    This restaurant is basically standard Japanese sushi fare but has the "izakaya" name and the brand/chain behind it, which seems to put it on the radar screen of the younger (under 45) crowd. Their sushi platter is a good deal. Their noodle dishes are good. We miss our non-chain local sushi place that used to be on the same site as this restaurant as this one lacks personal touch. But they do a decent job.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is always great
    GeLi
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We come here every couple of weeks now. The food is always delicious. The only thing I didn't like about this go around, is the service was a little awkwardly slow. They are always on top of things and we don't leave without spending over $150. I have been here many of times and this is the only time it was slower than normal. Also my two kids love it! 4 and 7, and they love the baked hand crab roles.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reliably good!
    DBHBCAVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Always good, our go to sushi spot in the So.Bay period. Love it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Converted Me to Love Sushi
    GeLi
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    My boyfriend loves sushi, and me not at all. And he introduced me to here, and I fell in love. Crispy fried rice with spicy tuna, is awesome, and baked hand crab rolls are amazing.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy Birthday dinner
    Mike
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Took our Sushi loving son out for a birthday celebration meal. Great food, lively happy place, will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Southbay Sushi
    MBfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    ***Location*** ***Quality*** ***Service*** ***Value***
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Izaka-ya! The sushi
    birthdaydinner
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I love Izaka-ya! The sushi is absolutely amazing! The crispy rice & spicy tuna roll is to die for! The only issue I had was the length of time it took for the food to come out. This time, we had to wait quite a long time between sushi coming out. We were in the restaurant for over 90 minutes. We also had to wave down our server a lot or another server would jump in and help us. Our server really only checked on us when we had food and our mouths were full - we obviously didn't need anything then. But when we were sitting around, waiting for food for at least 10-15 minutes between dishes, she was no where to be found. Overall, I still love this restaurant and the food is incredible but the service this time around was definitely below par.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service vs. Food
    RebekahVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    If you can overlook the poor service and the loudness the FOOD was fantastic!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good
    Jeri
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Took them 20 min to seat us after our reservation time but otherwise great food and service
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • way too crowded-long wait
    seracinVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    I must say, we love Katsu ya. We have been going ever since they first opened up their tiny little location in Studio City, and since then, they have opened many other locations over the years, and each one of them gets filled up quick. The food is amazing, the price is $$, but the wait is tough to stick out, and it is frustrating even when you have a reservation. We came in with a reservation, and waited at least another 30 minutes on top of it. I also do think that they should treat their loyal customers a little bit more specially. We come their every week with our two little babies in tow, EVERY WEEK FOR YEARS….. It would be nice to be treated like a VIC.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Third Date
    MBFoodie
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Everything was really great, just felt a little rushed by the server.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best sushi
    Helena
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The sushi here is amazing!!! It's very busy and sometimes the service is a little aloof (maybe because so busy), but the sushi is well worth it!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Kathy
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    The sushi was good, not great. Portions were on the small side. The service was also good, not great. It was very loud.
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  • Great service mediocre food
    PCHound
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    So disappointed. We had really looked forward to going here. However, the quality just wasn't there. The fish was fine, nothing special. The tuna wasn't firm. Aji was okay, but definitely not the best we've had. Some unique rolls, but used so much mayo you couldn't taste the fish! Japonica in redondo is far better and Naka in redondo has the best quality of fish around. Our server Heather was delightful and I would say on the whole the Denice was extraordinary!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing. From start
    dhbmdVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Disappointing. From start to finish. We wanted to have a great experience with our Valentines dinner but the restaurant failed us at every turn. We were seated 30 minutes late for a 9PM reservation which was confirmed and finally seated at a small, uncomfortable, poorly placed table facing a wall after waiting packed like sardines. Our waitress was rude. Service was slow. The two special rolls we ordered were inedible with an overwhelming amount of what might have been mayonnaise. These were cleared largely uneaten but no one asked why.
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  • Love this place
    fthead9
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    This is my favorite sushi restaurant in the South Bay. The albacore jalapeno sashimi is a must have. The rolls are excellent and the miso cod is always outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant and food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Great restaurant and food. Love to go there for lunch and dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.