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 WinnerSushi
Izaka-ya by Katsuy-ya in Manhattan Beach reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.6
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (42)fit for foodies (35)hot spot (27)great for lunch (24)kid-friendly (16)good for groups (14)special occasion (13)great for brunch (3)romantic (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Solid sushi
    Yumyum
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Took my niece when I was in town for a conference. We didn't taste anything extraordinary; still, the quality is very good. I especially enjoyed one of the specials, spicy tuna on small cakes of crispy rice. The taste and texture were delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ChefMagazineEditorVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    For years, Sushi Katsu-Ya in Studio City was my favorite sushi restaurant -- and for more than just sushi. I called it a "poor man's Matsuhisa," because Chef Katsu and his team consistently provided delicious, beautiful, creative dishes. With the memories of those meals in my mind, I was sorely disappointed by the adequate food at this corporate outpost of the Katsu-Ya empire. Especially sad: The warm King crab hand roll at Sushi Katsu-Ya is transcendent. Here, it was not made from a beautiful crab leg; it was made with a sad mix of real crab and fake Krab. Sigh. The only dish that lived up to the original restaurant was the seared tuna with crispy onion. Otherwise, skip this place...
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  • Best place ever
    vacayeatin
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We've been to every sushi restaurant in a 20 minute radius and this is the best place. It has reasonable items and special delicious more pricey items. The service is awesome and the food is great! what else could you ask for?!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • East meets West
    AnaW
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great sushi, rolls and even for those who enjoy wine. It feels modern Asian; great sushi, fabulousesserts Japanes ice cream and Cree brûlée! I say it is a eastern food meeting with a Western flare . A perfect marriage .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Thursday date night
    Birthday
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    This is our Thursday date night restaurant! Always delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    shardarVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Go for the izakaya plate lunch special. It's the best in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    jbdbVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Celebrated my husbands '70' Birthday. Fun place to socialize, in addition to super food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uncharacteristically Slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My wife and I tend to eat here at least once a month for the past couple of years and service has always been great. For whatever reason, last Wednesday, our service was horrible. Food was served out of order, our main dish took forever to be delivered to our table and our waiter was a mess. The food as always was top notch and delicious. I hope this was an anomaly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi, below average service
    NotaFoodie
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I think this restaurant has the best sushi in MB and the atmosphere is nice, but the service could be improved. It's just a little off. For example, when I sat down for dinner with one friend at 7:30 pm on a Tuesday they asked that I not stay longer than 1 to 1.5 hours because they needed the table. Just was not very inviting, plus it was unnecessary, as when I left about 1 hour later, there seemed to be plenty of tables. I keep coming back for the food, but just wish they would improve the service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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
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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
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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.
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    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
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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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  • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 46 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 118 reviews are from the Izaka-ya by Katsuy-ya in Manhattan Beach reviews archive.
  • 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
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    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
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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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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.