Izakaya Fu-Ga
Izakaya Fu-Ga

Izakaya Fu-Ga

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.izakayafu-ga.com/
  • Phone: 2136251722x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM



    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 2:00PM - 6:00PM



    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 2:00PM - 11:00PM

    Saturday, Sunday: 5:00PM - 11:00PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Kenjiro Taka
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Modern Izakaya Fusion style.
    Small plates. Steaks, Salads, Appetizers, Traditional Japanese Izakaya Foods,
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining room adjacent to the restaurant. Ideal for private parties, meetings. Equipped with sound system and PA system.
  • Private Party Contact: Mamoru Tokuda 2136251722x
  • Special Events: Happy Hour 2pm - 6pm (Mon - Thu)
    Ladies Night - All desserts 50% off, Selected Cocktails $2 off on Tuesday Night

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E 1st Street
  • Public Transit: Union Station
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free with Validation
A word from Izakaya Fu-Ga
Japanese Fusion Izakaya & Bar.
Modern Izakaya style dining. Serving variety of small plate dishes from steaks, appetizers, salads, seafood and also traditional izakaya dishes. Refreshing house cocktails, great selection of beers, wine and sake. And if that's not enough, we also have full bar.
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Izakaya Fu-Ga reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (10)fit for foodies (9)neighborhood gem (9)special occasion (7)great for lunch (7)good for groups (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • not as expected
    crazytamago
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Food is mediocre, they were mostly too salty. I think it's good for people drinking beers, not really to satisfy your stomach. 21days beef was salty, beef tongue was worse. Serve was great, atmosphere was not too bad. I feel like it was more of bar food than a restaurant style food. oh well, good try.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birkingirl1
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I love this restaurant and its very warm, friendly waiters and waitresses. I always take my co-workers here for a treat! My favorite restaurant close to City Hall, Los Angeles!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    LauraC
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    First going in an "underground" (literally) restaurant might be scary but the ambiance is good, quiet enough to have a conversation but there's enough customers to make it lively. The food is good and the servers are really nice...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place
    May05
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The place is good and the food is delicious. The price is affordable. However, when we checked out, no one come to serve.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Fweido
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Nice neighborhood restaurant. Staff is attentive, food is good and reasonably priced. 'Trendy' decor and upbeat vibe.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Review
    SlickJames
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I came here on a first date. It was nice! We ordered a few things, I had a beer, she had wine, we ate until relatively full. The check came out to about 70, which isn't bad at all for the quality and taste of everything.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 122 reviews are from the Izakaya Fu-Ga reviews archive.
  • too poor food taste
    KyongVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    this is a place for drinking beer with some small dishes which taste like Japanes food, not Japanese. I do not want to go there for eating.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for groups/banquets
    foodie
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    My husband and I ordered several dishes highly recommended which were just okay, and not delivered at the right temperature. Prices are very good for a trendy atmosphere with full bar, but there are many other choices in Little Tokyo.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tapas Style Japaneese dining
    LuisVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Good location with easy parking. Located in the basement level of bank building. Service was great especially for a large eating group. Great variety of food and sushi was clean and flavorful. Large bar with large drink menu and sake variety.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Underground Spot
    MrsMillVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I used to love this place. Cool hidden gem in little Tokyo. But this last time, the service was so slow and the food came out even slower. Under staffed and the food was ok this time. I really hope it was just an off night for them but not so sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Online reservation was a bust
    Nanny
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I made my reservation online w/Open Table. Triple checked my reservation for accuracy and it was fine. Upon arriving at Izakaya Fu-ga, the manager, Nilton, couldn't find my reservation. I showed him the e-mail confirmation I received but he reiterated that no reservation was present in his system and warned me that my party wouldn't be able to dine there. Thankfully, Nilton accommodated my entire party for the night which was fortunate because I was celebrating my birthday. If it wasn't for Nilton, my birthday would have been ruined. Nilton informed me later that he DID find my reservation but it was for 9:45 p.m. which was odd because the e-mail confirmation I had showed 8:00 p.m. I won't be trusting anymore Open Table reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We've eaten here several times
    pjplaugerVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We've eaten here several times over the past few months, when visiting LA. It's a quiet downstairs place with soothing environmental videos lining the walls. I guess you'd call the food Asian fusion; I'll call it tasty and usually just the kind of light evening meal I'm looking for. Good bar for cocktails, nontrivial sake list. Pleasant staff. We'll be back on future visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • i love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    will definitely go again, but they can work on their service. they served the main entree first before the appetizer! other than that, a very good experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome eats
    Foodie
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    In addition to the awesome eats, this restaurant has the best service! Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food at a reasonable
    EvilDeva
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great food at a reasonable price. We ended up running late to get there in time for our reservation and we were able to re-schedule the time and they had a table waiting for us when we arrived. That was a great surprise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    Foodie
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We thought all the dishes we had were really tasty and reasonably priced and would highly recommend this restaurant. Our fare: fire cracker shrimp, pork belly-wrapped asparagus, bacon-wrapped scallops, Shichimi grilled squid, aged rib eye, cheese risotto and a house salad. Their menu is rather extensive and we will return to try more. All the employees we encountered were pleasant, courteous and attentive, starting with the young man who immediately acknowledged us when we entered (a simple act, but very important to me). We had an early dinner, but by the time we left, it was getting filled, with more people coming, so make reservations. I would rate this restaurant between "Very Good" and "Outstanding" - 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little Like Being in Tokyo!
    UplandJoe
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    With the screens on the wall showing scenes from Japan, it is almost like being there! The food here is good and it is a good, quiet place for lunch. They used to have great lunch specials, which I wish the still had. About a year ago they changed the menu and the specials went away. Still a good place but we just need to be a little more creative on how to order and still get a good value!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very interesting food. Very
    TomB
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Very interesting food. Very affable and attentive server
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fu-Ga is Awesome
    mbritt
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Fu-ga is one of those places I walked by all the time without really noticing. Going down the steps to this below street level restaurant feels familiar in a New York subterranean kind of way. The bar glows through onyx counter tops and the interior is warm and inviting with Jazz music playing over muted Japanese music videos on the wall TV's. The wait staff is friendly and knowledgable and I've been introduced to several nice Sake's by our regular waitress who has tattoo's and a Bow-Wow-Wow mohawk. The food is great and fresh. Favorites include Short ribs and Ahi Tuna Roll. I even tried tongue for the first time and liked it. A great neighborhood place that can also be a destination dinner out in Little Tokyo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Food at Great Prices
    HappyFoodie
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    My friends and I really enjoyed our dinner here. The food was awesome and so was the sake!!! We have decided to make this one of our spots to frequent...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The wait staff has always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    The wait staff has always been attentive and courteous. Our group goes for a monthly dinner meeting, and they try to accommodate us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great fish in a basement
    YummyGuyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    The Hamachi sashimi was superior the night we went. The other sushi rolls and Ankimo were very good. My companions enjoyed their beer & sake flights. I would go back here, but the experience is somewhat marred by the odd parking situation and convoluted and access to the restaurant. You pay $5 for parking, which is refunded on validation. One is told to park anywhere in the adjacent garage, but all of the spots say "Reserved for {specific name}." When you finally do find the elevator bank to the restaurant, which you assume will be on level one, there is no sign next to the Basement button to let you know where to go,. Besides, only one of the three elevators will go to the basement. So, apart from the signage, very good and recommended....
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Distinguished spot in Little Tokyo
    NaiveDiner
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    This place is quite unique among Little Tokyo options. It's somewhat set apart from most of Little Tokyo, in a basement on San Pedro. Upon entering, you are immediately greeted by a dark but warm ambience and a friendly staff. We had a reservation, but there was no problem being seated at 6:30 pm on Saturday night. We had the aonori flavored garlic fries and crispy rice with spicy tuna. Both were among our favorites. We also had the spider roll (rice was overcooked), agedashi tofu (unusually, they used a firm tofu), spicy tofu (fried and bathed in a sweet and spicy sauce), yakisoba (nice flavor but too salty), and miso scallops, which were delicious. All told, not bad. Might come back for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Tried Fu-ga based on pretty good reviews. Food was so-so. We ordered 10 dishes and 3 were good (rib eye, sea bass, monkfish liver), the rest were insipid. It was an expensive and unsatisfying meal and we ended up going out for a "real" dinner afterwards. I had high hopes for Fu-ga but it didn't approach living up to my expectations.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wondeful
    chikalin
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    Loved the place, its very intimate. It's a bit pricey so I would just come here for drinks appetizers, grab lunch/dinner somewhere else. They do have some neat looking desserts, half off on Tuesday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and service....lobster
    GeffVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    great food and service....lobster roll is outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Date Location, Little Tokyo
    EWoz
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Outstanding experience at Fu-Ga! The food was excellent and the staff was wonderful. Parking is easy, if you can hold off and avoid the after-work crowd. Do visit their website before you go. The stairs down from the street are rather steep, so ladies be careful in those heels! It is located just around the corner from Weller Court which has great new venue for live jazz called The Blue Whale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience!
    onehappynurse
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Nephew leaving to graduate/docturate program, had an amazing dinner (again)... Love this place, from manager, to servers, to bartenders, drinks, appetizers, entrees, rolls and desserts, a must come back to each time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Excellent
    Charlie
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    Food was excellent, just about everything we ordered tasted great! Private rooms were nice with its own TV, but the bar-like seating was a little uncomfortable for eating. Overall, a good experience. This place is definitely on the list of good Japanese Izakaya places to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Rubenvilla7
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Good food, good service...overall experience was amazing will definitely be back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Tokyo basement restaurant
    kayjVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Loved it. Small dishes Japanese style. Very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice izakaya. Services
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Very nice izakaya. Services and ambiance was very good, and food was mostly very good. A little bit on the salty side but overall very nice...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Little Tokyo basement gem
    LAStevieVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Delicious menu with a variety of Japanese dishes--sushi as well as cooked dishes. Decor is not fancy, but stylish with a very comfortable vibe. All the staff were friendly. The bar is well stocked with some interesting Japanese whiskeys (I'll try those next time--I had a Sapphire gin/sake cocktail that was very nice as well as a $5 IPA that was delicious).And on top of all this, 2 hours free parking with validation! [in the building's lot--you pay $5, take a ticket, get the ticket validated by the restaurant, get your $5 back]. Of course, it's a short walk from the Gold Line station so if you're going to hit the cocktails heavy (and the ambiance inspires that!), let MTA do your driving for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have been a fan of Fu-Ga for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    Have been a fan of Fu-Ga for a ocuple of years, still love the place. Nilton, and team do an excellent job in creating a good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was very good. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The food was very good. The Service was friendly but slow.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Less delectable than some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Less delectable than some similar types of spots -- but when the bill comes there is a pleasant surprise,earning them the extra star. Music and decor rather missing the mark. Beer, saki, and Japanese whiskey selection also helps earn that 4th star.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Although the happy hour menu
    halfpint
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Although the happy hour menu has been cut down to a minimal list, the regular menu items are still very comparable in price. Great variety of food. Their new hot pots are delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great modern Izakaya tucked
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Great modern Izakaya tucked underground in the heart of Little Tokyo. Highly recommended, will definitely frequent again!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best food, best drinks, best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Best food, best drinks, best waiter and best staff. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The kitchen was a little slow
    live2dine
    Dined on 3/12/2013
    The kitchen was a little slow that night. but the food was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate