Katsuya - LA LIVE
Katsuya - LA LIVE

Katsuya - LA LIVE

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.katsuyarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2138058797x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sun-Thurs 5-10pm
    Fri-Sat 5-10:30pm
    Tues-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Katsuya Uechi
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: sbe Catering offers Katsuya's award-winning Japanese cuisine by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi at any location, for intimate dinners at home, meetings at the office or elaborate parties just about anywhere. Customize your event with tray-passed service, seated dinners or chef’s stations. sbe Catering can do it all! Visit www.katsuyarestaurant.com or call 323.525.2400 to plan your event today.
  • Special Events: From intimate to grand, let sbe Events + Catering plan your perfect event at Katsuya. Katsuya L.A. LIVE accommodates up to 400 guests with design by Philippe Starck, on-site and off-site catering, custom menus by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi, and premium mixology and specialty cocktails. Visit www.katsuyarestaurant.com or call 323.525.2400 to plan your event today.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Figueroa St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Validation is offered for two hours of self-parking at L.A. LIVE.
A word from Katsuya - LA LIVE
Katsuya is the Los Angeles Times Readers’ Choice "Best Sushi Restaurant" in Southern California and one of OpenTable's "50 Hottest Restaurants in the U.S." Featuring the dynamic pairing of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi and design impresario Philippe Starck, Katsuya by Starck is truly a feast for the senses. With specialty cocktails, unique rolls and spectacular sushi and sashimi platters, Chef Uechi skillfully translates Japanese flavors to the American palate.

Signature dishes include Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Miso-Marinated Black Cod. With superb talent and exacting precision, Katsuya by Starck is changing the face of Japanese cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Katsuya - LA LIVE reviews from OpenTable diners
110 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
70% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (38)hot spot (38)good for groups (34)fit for foodies (33)great for outdoor dining (31)vibrant bar scene (20)romantic (18)late-night find (17)great for lunch (10)neighborhood gem (6)scenic view (5)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Even though the waitresses were friendly, the service was slow. We waited quite a while to get our check and in fact we were the last ones to leave the restaurant during their lunch hour. I had also mentioned during the open table reservation that we were celebrating a birthday but unfortunately no one at the restaurant knew- I'm not sure if they forgot or if they did not care to read the reservation request. We waited hoping they would acknowledge the birthday request but finally we had to remind them in front of the person we were celebrating and essentially ruined the surprise. By the time they came around with the birthday dessert, the birthday girl had to return to work completing missing it.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome!
    JMcNeil
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We went here after an event at Staples Center, having eaten at another Katsuya previously. It was just as good the second time - great service, great food. Try the watermelon mojito - yum! I don't eat sushi, but my husband does and said it was the best. I had a steak and mushroom entree that was fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Sushi
    Cancunqroo
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Love Sushi and this place always satisfies my need for the freshest and creative rolls they offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Katsuya
    Diningduo
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food was outstanding but pricey. We were sat upon checking in but ignored for 1st 10 min. Table sat close to us 7 min after us was taken care of right away. After order taken service improved. We love coming here but dinner for 2 is $100+ w/o drinks.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service!
    hipMama
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Excellent food and excellent service! Server was knowledgable and friendly. Outdoor dining is awesome at this location but if you don't like an outdoor furniture vibe request an actual patio table for you outdoor dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • what a disappointment
    overpricedVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I have dined at many Katsuya locations and this one by far was the worst. The yellowtail with jalapenos did not taste fresh, the recommended "albacore tuna roll" had an after taste I couldn't pin point, the Panna Cotta dessert was tasteless, and the lamb chops were super fatty. This entire dining experience set my date back upwards of $220. So not worth the money. The server clearly saw we were unhappy with the food and she ignored it as though it were a normal phenomena. I would recommend Katana any day of the week over Katsuya. This is the last time I will be dining there.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the money
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Besides the food not being worth the money we paid we had the most un attentive hard to find unhelpful waitress. I had to ask three times for a drink menu. When I asked what she recommended since it was our first time she couldn't directly give me a straight answer. There were five of us vas we paid 350 for the smallest sushi rolls I've ever seen. The hot food was flavorless. Very disappointed
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  • Mid-week dinner
    DiningDude
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Early dinner mid-week on a non-event nite at LALive. No crowd. Easy seating, good service. Lots of space for busy times but seems empty when nothing's going on at Staples/LALive. Food was good, sushi presentation - great
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    skdoc1
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Katsuya (all of them) is consistently excellent in its food and service. The crab hand roll is to die for. I do wish they'd get rid of the couches which make one sit so low as to have difficulty reaching the table
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming
    missobliviousVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had reservations for 8pm. Waiting in line at the hostess table for 10-15mins. She said our table would be ready in 5mins. So glad we had reservations because the walk in wait time was 60-90mins. Funny, since half the restaurant had empty tables and there were a few outside (probably reserved). 5mins became 15mins. Our party of 3 was seats at a 6 person table. lol! How illogical and wasteful. One half of the table was a booth/bench. Don't ever sit there. The cushions are soft and VERY LOW to the ground. Maybe that's japanese style, but your friends in the chair will be higher than you! Food came out quick, beer came out last! Tried to move to one of the open 4 person tables to no avail. There are better places!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DTLA Dark Nights visit
    katsuyafan
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    My friend and I went here for the 1st DTLA Dark Nights Happy Hour and could not have been more pleased. I made reservations just in case it got too crowded and good thing I did because they ended up not taking anymore walk ins around 9:00pm due to the crowd. The food was great, the drinks were great, the services was even fantastic. My friend and I both said we would be back with our husbands. No complaints
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Found no reason to return...
    GlobetrotterVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Both the servers and quality of dishes were highly lacking. I'm a loyal Katsuya patron but this particular location was really disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi and Sashimi is tasty
    OAT2OVERDRIVE
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Sushi and Sashimi is tasty but the Steak and Grilled is too salty. It would fit US Style dinner in the dark and music but it would fit with real japanese ambient
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown gem
    MJSuci
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Excellent meal, creative entrees, great service and ambience. Can eat inside or out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't come hungry or in a hurry
    backseatcritic
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I was expecting fancy, expensive Japanese food, and in that respect Katsuya certainly delivers. The problem is you get about half the amount you expect, so you need to order twice as much! Come with a thick wallet. The service did not match the food at all. We ordered tea, but no one brought any. I finally asked someone (not our waiter), and then tea emerged. Our waiter made a point of asking when we ordered when we wanted to receive our side bowls of rice. We said, with our entrees. But we didn't get our rice with our entrees at all; rather, after we had finished our entrees. By then, it didn't matter. The slow service, hefty pricetag, and booming bass music that made it hard to talk with my companions.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissappointed with Sushi Hotspot?
    GlendaleFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    OMG - so disappointed with this Katsuya. I am Katsuya fan but this restaurant needs to perk up. We were seated in a 1/2 booth 1/2 table so half high; half low. So awkward. The drinks came after all the food came out - which was too fast for a calm evening. One drink horrible - had to change. Some of the fish was questionable in taste. Scary. Friday Night - restaurant not even half full. Hint - you are on the verge of going under. But Nickolas was great. I have eaten in Hollywood, Glendale, etc and they were all great. LA Live - strange experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Solid
    foodie007VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Katsuya is always a solid choice. Food and service are always consistent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - long wait!
    KatsuYasushilover
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Katsu Ya at LA Live is wonderful but expect to wait to be seated considering that you aren't the only clever person to have chosen this delicious sushi gem for a bite before a show. We went before the JT concert andhad to wait at about 40 minutes, even though we made a reservation over a month in advance. We grabbed a drink at the bar and it all worked out. We made it in time for JT but had to rush a little. Food was great so was the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RJO
    diapointed123
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very bad experience. We reconfirmed the reservation directly with them about two hours before. We got there 5 minutes before and had to wait 30 minutes to get seated. This caused us to rush our dinner because we had a concert to go to. also for the money the food was just "blaa"
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  • Not a great experience
    SDGirlVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I had made reservations about 3 months in advance for a 6:30 p.m. reservation because we were going to dinner before a show at Staples Center. Upon check-in we were told to wait until our table was ready. We waited for about 15-20 minutes and were seated outside on the patio. I told the hostess we preferred to be seated inside but she said they would send over some complimentary appetizers until our table was ready. Unfortunately, that was not going to happen and we just sat outside at a "table" that was really meant for happy hour (patio furniture/low sofa) and not a nice dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best place for sushi!
    Loves2eat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I have been eating at this location for 3 years now and the service and food continues to be A+!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shoeprincess
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I can always come to Katsuya and know I'll be getting my delicious crisy spicy tuna, albacore sashimi, yellowtail sashimi with jalapenos, rock shrimp, crispy brussel sprouts. Every dish is awesome. Great atmosphere and it's fun to be there with friends. A very hip place. I would come back again and again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Expensive for the Experience
    Delicious
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I had a sushi craving. That's the only thing that sent me to Katsuya, as it'd been rumored to be overpriced. The outside lounges would have been best, but running short on time, we didn't have the time to wait. So we were seated inside, and a VERY soft-spoken server attended us with a smile. She had to keep repeating things because it was LOUD in the restaurant and she had a very soft voice. Orders came out like molasses in the wintertime. Things were SO slow, we ended up cancelling dessert. The sushis were fresh, although not as tasty as first imagined--and they were tiny to boot? Been here (three times now), done that, don't need to do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Simply amazing.
    AshCraftVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We had an array of appetizers and sushi rolls and it was all delicious! Our bartender, Rodney was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. I will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loud and the kitchen very slow
    GBTAATTENDEE
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a group meeting at this location. The waitstaff was very good. However, it took more than 50 minutes from the time we placed our order until the food came out. We were a business group and the meals all come out at different times. Very awkward when you have a business meeting.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TERRIBLE
    GKSSVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I love the original, and most of the SBE versions are fine, but this location is AWFUL. food is not fresh, no flavor. A year ago I swore I'd never go back. Gave it another shot, and worse than I remember. If you are considering sushi before visiting LA Live, go elsewhere (like Sugar Fish!). This is convenient, but not worth it. WORST ever.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOUD!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    on a concert night it was insanely loud. We were at a 2 top sitting across from each other and we had to yell to hear each other. It was probably the loudest I've ever seen any restaurant. if its busy, sit outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GOIRISH
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Great Location and interior. Staff very friendly, food was delicious but spending. Way to loud when full of people. I will come back because we did have a nice experience
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisy but tasty
    JandRbeforeGaga
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    The hostess staff recognized our reservation and we were immediately taken to our table. We opted for an inside table thinking it might be less noisy, but we were VERY wrong. We had trouble hearing each other at our small table. The food was great! We have been to 3 Katsuya restaurants, and love the food at all.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cave like bathroom
    Fabmomslm
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My only complaint is that your bathrooms are like a CAVE!! I appreciate the noirish decor and the sinks were great, but it was so dark! Anyone with something other than corrected perfectly vision would have a hard time navigating. It made me think of my mom, who sees fine but has poor night vision. That would have been an issue. My experience was otherwise amazing!!! The food, service, drinks Nd atmosphere were top notch! Hostess was a doll!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time at L.A Live
    GeLi
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I have to say it was pretty good. The decor was great. We sat in the patio and it was a really nice warm day. My favorite sushi it Katsuya Itzakaya in Manhattan Beach, but this was a good spot. I enjoyed it and my kids did as well. I am sure when we go back to L.A. Live we will eat here again.
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  • enjoyed everything
    sluke1
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Service was outstanding! DJ Sims was a wonderful server! Also enjoyed Craigs help and hospitality! :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Katsyu-So So
    HeartOpenTable
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    I loved how quickly we were able to get in. The Hosting staff was amazing, the Wait staff was Amazing and on top of it all. They pack people in. BE careful as you are running to the restroom as it can be a literal dodging match trying to navigate the amount of staff as you swerve around the compactly placed tables and staff on a mission. We were in a hurry, they got us in and out with time to spare. The food was fine...if it was cheaper... but kind of disappointed in the overall taste that resulted in our $100 bill for 2. Crispy rice (2 orders) was wonderful and the Special Albacore Tuna with the sauce was delicious however the Yellowtail roll was bland and tasteless which we washed down with a Martini. Fine for pre-show. Make RSVP!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unlike most other Katsuyas
    MegaSushiVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The only reason to eat at this branch of Katsuya is because it's conveniently located in the center of L.A. Live if you have an event at one of the venues--and, like the other Katsuyas, it is good quality sushi, good menu. However it's seriously noisy and even though the servers are always friendly, the service is always slow (possibly because they can't hear you over the room noise).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Pre-Show Choice
    HyperJJ
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Great service, super food and speedy service. Really high energy atmosphere! The Brussels sprouts appetizer was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service Let Down
    RidgeWalker
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    There were four of us for dinner, including a major client and his wife. Waiter brought three meals. Everyone was served EXCEPT my client! His meal was delayed at least 15 minutes. How awkward. First everyone's staring at their food not wanting to be rude and start eating. After about 10 minutes we begin giving my client portions off of our plates so that we can all at least begin eating. Embarrassing and awkward. Thanks a lot Katsuya.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Fantastic quality sushi, friendly atmosphere, great service! Drinks are amazing, make form fresh fruits.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sushi!!
    FoodieThatsMe
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food and the cocktails are excellent!!! The service was a bit slow but worth it for the great sushi!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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  • Love this place
    Shanimack1
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The food was majneficent and it was easy to book a reservation! I can't wait to go back!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TerBear
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Went here with family after my daughters graduation at the Staples Center. It was good food with a great atmosphere and we had great service too! Very enjoyable evening for everyone!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic