K-ZO
K-ZO

K-ZO

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.k-zo.com/
  • Phone: (310) 202-8890
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 11:45am - 2:30pm / Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 11:00pm Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Keizo Ishiba
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: K-ZO offers catering for private party & special event. Depends on your needs, they will cater the food or provide chefs to cook on the site.
  • Private Party Facilities: There is one private table available for the party of 4 to 7 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Vicky Yamamoto 3102028890

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Venice
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: K-ZO is attached to the public parking structure. 2 hours free parking available without validation.
A word from K-ZO
Owner/Chef, Keizo Ishiba, is classically trained in both Japanese and French cuisine, Keizo has been honing his skills for over thirty years. From his training in Osaka to his acclaimed work in Kyoto, Hawaii, and Los Angeles, Keizo's creativity and innovation bring a fresh interpretation to classical cooking styles. His award-winning sushi is at the heart of his technique, but his repertoire extends into a full range of small plate selections, allowing him to create a unique and varied dining experience. Restaurant K-ZO is Keizo's premier venture as chef-owner and presents a true expression of his culinary vision. His knowledge of European cuisine fused with his traditional Japanese roots exalts passion straight from the kitchen to the table.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
K-ZO reviews from OpenTable diners
58 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (37)fit for foodies (36)great for lunch (17)special occasion (15)good for groups (13)hot spot (12)romantic (11)late-night find (6)great for outdoor dining (4)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Timeless
    Pete
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Always excellent, impeccable service and they treat you like VIPs every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A litte fishy....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Yeah, I know this is a sushi restaurant but they don't usually smell this fishy. Aside from that, the food was delicious. However, the service was not so great. Our server took a while to acknowledge us even though we made eye contact. And when she did take our orders, she was cold - not very friendly. The only time I saw her smile was when she was at the table of 6 next to us. We felt like an inconvenience to her. Cheers to the busser who took care of us.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This gem was great find with great food but too noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The food and service.......unbelievable!!! The subtle tastes were amazing. The service, so attentive. You have to try this place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The service and food was amazing. Everything tasted fresh and delish!! The service was fantastic. My favorite new sushi spot. Pricey but worth it. You have to pay for great sushi!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We live in the neighborhood and have wanted to check this place out for some time. It was a treat! Excellent fish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    NobsVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Creative small plates restaurant with innovative an traditional Japanese dishes. Fish dominates. All 14 tried were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    jedipeter
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Favorite sushi in Los Angeles. I eat here as often as my wallet allows.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi experience
    blackonblackVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Every time I have introduced a friend to K-ZO, they remark that is has been their best sushi experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    1Cnj
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Kzo never fails in delivering fresh and clean favors, with a modern spin on sushi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • biffVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    k-zo zoomed up my dining meter about 5 notches. it's always been good but a bit underwhelming the last few times. saturday nite, however, it was on its game with some of the best rolls and fresh sushi we've had anywhere for months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Experience
    markVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Had to wait for our table, which was strange - had a reservation, of course, on Opentable! The food was good. It was a crowded place and pretty loud. Service was fine. Food was good. The sake was outstanding!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best
    pricie88
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This was my 5th time at K-ZO. The Scallops with garlic & onions Delish... love the Crunchy Sushi. . You can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious--But Loud
    zilchikVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This visit to K-ZO we tried sushi; it was as wonderful as our earlier meals of salmon, tempura and donburi. This is a great place for fresh, delicious Japanese food but private conversation is impossible unless your group of 4-6 is lucky enough to sit at the one alcove table. Definitely visit K-ZO for the food but expect it to be busy and noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Kept Secret in W. Los Angeles!
    nwman
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is the best kept sushi secret in west LA. We've been coming here for years and here's the weird thing: contrary to almost every other restaurant i know, k-zo keeps getting better over time--the food, the service, this last visit was probably the best meal we've ever had there and that's saying alot. btw, the side dishes and specials are every bit as good as the sushi! for dinner, get there early before things get crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a favorite
    gnoxic
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    K-Zo is a great Japanese small-plate restaurant. My girlfriend and I love it for both the sushi as well as the outstanding warm plates like the suzuki (seabass glazed in a delicious sauce) and the ribeye sukiyaki. You will likely want to order two or three plates or rolls each. If you like beer or sake, there are tons of options. Unfortunately if you're more into wine or non-sake-based mixed drinks, you might have a harder time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite place.
    pricie88
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This place is never dissapointing. Crunchy sushi (shrimp tempura). The Garlic/Mushroom/Scallops is to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • K-Zo amazing
    RubySlippers
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. Convenient parking location as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • with travel friends
    SandyjkVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We all enjoyed the Don Buri choices and the presentation of the meal. It was quiet at noon and very energetic by 12:30pm. We were seated as requested in a quiet booth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, nice staff
    Allyn
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Lunch is a better value than dinner, but both are really good, standard Japanese fare but done and presented well. The wine special(s) are often tasty and good value.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food
    justoKVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Pricey but delicious! I'm very particular when it comes to dining in a Japanese Sushi Restaurant. Even though the small bites were pricey, it was totally worth it! The attention to flavor and unique ingredients, makes this restaurant worth going back! We tried many small bites and shared the meals. We even ordered more! The Hot Genmai Tea was delicious too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Amazing Meal
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is definitely not my 1st visit to K-Zo. I took a co worker who also is a super taster and she was very pleased. Always fresh and vibrant flavors with reliable consistency.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall decent expierence
    gdwilliams11
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was good but I've had better sushi from other places. Ambiance is really cool and staff was very responsive. Overall, the mrs. and I had a good time but the food experience kind of detracted from the overall experience. Again, the food wasn't bad by any means...just nothing to write home about.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, expected more ambiance
    Marco
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was great, but I was really expecting more ambiance and decor. If not for the food, I would have given this a lower rating. All our sushi was fresh and delicious. I think for a first date though, I would have opted for a place that was a little better decorated. I felt like it just a looked a little low budget. Third or fourth date place for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre + Overpriced
    JF90036VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My girlfriend and I are regulars at many of the better sushi restaurants in town. After reading OpenTable reviews, we were excited to try this highly rated restaurant. Unfortunately, nothing lived up to expectations. Not only was the quality of fish sub-par, it was actually rubbery. I can't remember the last time I had sashimi that required 60 seconds to chew before swallowing. After paying $175 for two people, my girlfriend and I went for a second meal at one of our regular spots.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 529 reviews are from the K-ZO reviews archive.
  • Great Sushi Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This will be on my list of good sushi restaurants. It's a little more pricey however the food quality and taste makes up for it. We actually dined here for DineLA and they had a very great deal. The sushi I had was very fresh and sweet and the appetizer was unique in presentation and flavors. And also the dessert- purple parfait was amazing - nothing like I have tasted before. The service was spectacular and I was very pleased with our friendly and helpful waitress. The restaurant was pretty small so make sure to make reservations on weekends. They have a very small outside patio seating - really literally have like only two-three tables and the inside capacity is about 40 at most. Overall I am coming back for more yummy sushi soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • avoid this place during dineLA
    littleorphannie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I'm a regular at K-ZO. I was surprised that the quality of the fish, and foods was sub par. My fish was warm. Flavors were, ehh. Was beyond disappointed. I felt not enough attention was given because it was dineLA. Coming here for lunch and dinner, on multiple occasions, the food has been consistent. I hope K-ZO can step up their game for the next dineLA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great sushi, small portions
    ilovelucy9
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The sushi is great, portions are very small. The 2 of us spent over $150 on sushi and still left hungry. Best reserved for special occasions or light meals.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Japanese dining experience
    zilchikVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Wonderful, fresh sashimi and crisp tempura. The DineLA menu was an excellent value.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fresh
    Enjoydiningout
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Nice, fresh sushi. Wish they had some discounted kids' options/meals. Very expensive family dinner compared with other sushi restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Below Average Sake Pairing
    Neko
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We tried DineLA Dinner and Sake Pairing. $25 sake pairing was really disappointed with 2 small glasses of average grade sake and green tea. We'd like a credit back!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fresh n Fresh
    la99VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My first stop of the Summer 2014 DineLA Restaurant Week. The serve staff was prompt but not necessarily friendly maybe because of the huge lunch crowd. I will have to go again to find out. I ordered a White Fish Yuzu and a Chirashi from the special DineLA menu while my sister had a crab avocado tower and sushi assortment. All the ingredients are super fresh and the seasoning was subtle but not dull the way we like. Overall, the value of the food met the $25 spent per person.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best sushi
    Shushim
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Each time I go to K-Zoning am astounded by how very good each item I order tastes. My grandson put it best when he told me the fish tastes so fresh he was sure it was swimming minutes before. The creative rolls and specialty dishes are so beautiful, you want to take a picture before you eat them.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JackVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Always many inventive specials. Very friendly and attentive chefs and staff. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    brandy2
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    K-Zo is the place I go to when I want fresh, well prepared and beautifully presented sushi. The range of offerings is something I appreciate, from esoteric sushi to more ordinary fare, especially for the non sushi lover. The service is always professional and the staff, pleasant. The only drawback for me is the noise level which can be overbearingly loud. It's difficult to hear oneself ( or a dining partner) talk once the restaurant begins to fill up.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in the WEST
    pricie88
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This is truly the best Japanese food I have ever eaten (I used to live in Tokyo). People are great and very friendly. But the food.. Amazing I loved every dish.. #1 for me is the Scallops Baked with Garlic butter and mushrooms. The Tempura Shrimp is so light - Delicious. Loved the freshness of the Salmon Shashimi. The Crunchy Tempura Sushi was also fab. This is NOW My number one desination.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    marina
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We have been to K-ZO before, and the food, service and ambiance is always great! very friendly waiters & staff. Very accommodating. From the outside you don't really see what's the restaurant is like. I have lived in Culver City for 20 years, and it's K-ZO is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Go try it, and you will love it!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, typical ambience
    Allyn
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We don't eat sushi, but the other food here is great, lunch a good value, excellent saki list
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PREMIUM
    CulverCuisine
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    K-ZO surprised me. I expected to find a good sushi bar-- that much I knew from previous reviews. What I did not expect to find is a sushi stop that puts unusual fish on the menu. For a foodie like me, this was a welcome bonus. I skipped all of the normal orders on this particular evening and tried fresh, Japanese sardine, barracuda, and kohada. I also treated myself to a seared piece of toro dressed in hollandaise with caviar and truffle slices. The clam miso soup was excellent as well. Some places flavor their soup with clam, some put clam meat in them, and this place put four in-shell steamers in the soup. Loved it. Everything at K-ZO is premium, but it was the specials list that really took it over the top for me.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good experience
    mickey12
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    My party and I only had the sushi, which was fresh and delicious! I'd definitely want to dine here again. The service was good and our server was attentive. My only complaint would be the noise level, tables are close to each other and it can get very loud at times which can make it hard to hold a conversation.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic