Kiwami
Kiwami

Kiwami

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.katsu-yagroup.com/
  • Phone: 818-763-3910
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:30pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Katsuya Uechi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Carpenter Ave
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Free valet parking at lunch hour.
A word from Kiwami
Sushi, sashimi, tempura and other traditional Japanese favorites are joined by new signature dishes such as halibut wrapped with uni, calamari with pasta, Kobe beef in bamboo leaf, and Kobe-style filet with foie gras.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
Kiwami reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (39)neighborhood gem (34)great for lunch (25)great for outdoor dining (22)special occasion (20)hot spot (15)good for groups (13)kid-friendly (12)romantic (9)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • A party in your mouth!
    DiSav
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Food is amazing. Fish is very fresh. All dishes are prepared with true amazingness. The Kiwami tray is to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner - meh!
    pasadenafoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My husband and I came to Kiwami for our anniversary dinner on Saturday night. We've dined here before and our memory was that the ambiance was of a much nicer place. However, when we walked into the restaurant it was very bright, loud, kids all around and people in t-shirts and flip flops. I felt like we walked into a beach cafe. Very disappointing because we were expecting more of a fine dining experience and we were dressed as such. They dimmed the lights a bit right at 7pm, which helped, but the loud kid running around behind us didn't. The food was spectacular, the service was pretty good, but for the price I would hope for more of a 360 degree experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top-Notch
    Tom88cat
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Really good. Pricey, but worth it. The menu has many options and I would recommend the lunch specials for the best value. Lots of delicious food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Linda E
    Officialtaster1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Fabulous! Sushi brought to the highest levell of freshness,seasoning , elegance and pure delight. Worth any travel you have to do to dine at this special restaurant .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friday lunch treat
    808eatzVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The place was packed at 1:30pm on Friday. Service was wonderful, sushi amazing as expected. The bill for 2 with tip came up to $65, and we didn't have drinks other than water! But we left satisfied and happy. Great treat to start off a romantic weekend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best sushi in town
    luvmysushi
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The sushi is sooooo delicious!!! We had popcorn shrimp, albacore sushi, anago sushi, baked crab hand rolls, albacore with crispy onion, spicy tuna on crispy rice and the new mini version and more.... everything was absolutely perfect. The only slight fault with this restaurant is that the light is very bright! The rest is the best!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kiwami doesn't cut it
    Juf94nyrVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been to Kiwami a number of times over the past few months and have noticed a steady decline. This last visit was the final straw for me. The fish was on the warm side. The special summer roll was far special. It was very bland. We also overheard the couple next to us say the same. With so many other quality sushi places in the area, Kiwami just doesn't cut it.
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  • Best sushi bar on sushi row
    BandiVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Great ingredients, wonderful chef(ette). Beautiful cuts, rice is the correct temperature. Everything properly seasoned. Pricey,but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Slow service. Took 45 minutes for simple sushi order to come out. Had to order drinks multiple times as they forgot to being them. Didn't get order correct. Told they were out of special but then when we complained about service fish was mysteriously now avail? Won't ever return. Was a regular but no more. Also not welcoming to children.
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  • JackVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Enjoyable meal with exception service. Thank you!
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  • GREAT SUSHI
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I have always enjoyed the quality of sushi at Kiwami. The specials are also aways consistant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too Big & Expensive
    DbrookmaVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This place is too big, and the kitchen & sushi bar cant keep up with the indoor space and outdoor patio. Food takes too long to come out compared to other sister locations, like Katsuya encino. Also the prices for the same stuff are higher than other locations. Not to forget to mention the outdoor patio is in the parking lot, and you get to watch headlights in your face all night.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kiwami
    Dona
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Kiwami was for sure one of the best sushi restaurants we have been to. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best sushi you can find
    GuccaVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Service is great, food is incredible testy and fresh. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 53 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 409 reviews are from the Kiwami reviews archive.
  • HORRIBLE -- HORRIBLE -- HORRIBLE!!!
    VEEEEVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I have always Enjoyed Katsuya (Studio City), and Kiwami. Apparently they have made some changes and my experience there on my last was pathetic! The manager was UNPROFESSIONAL, CONFUSED, and spoken horrible English. I can truly say i will not be dining at this establishment anytime in the near future.
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  • Quality sushi
    GuccaVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Food really good best sushi, great service small but worth it.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We enjoyed dinner again.
    mikesfinedineVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Prices were little hight, but preparation of the food and sushi were good. Soft shell crab did not taste well, I think needed to be fried longer, but sushi rolls were good. We are planing to coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kiwami
    KatandRichVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Since it first opened, Kiwami (Chef Katsu)was amazing, we came in the first few weeks and got to sit with the Chef, he is an amazing man and the sushi (Omakase) what a wonderful experience, best quote "Soy Sauce is Japanese ketchup!" My recent visit was quote different, the crowd was mixed, there were some quickly printed menu add-ons, and it just didn't seem to have the same sheen. Out table was next to a dusty broom and jammed next to a make shift waiter station. there seems to be ,more focus on the rowdy crow on the patio. I think the mission has changed, rather than super high end sushi, special occasion, they are now just going for the middle ground, I barely recognized the menu and it really isn't the same.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Superb!
    suberbdining
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Kiwami is such a wonderful place. The food and the staff are both always superb! I always have a wonderful experience at this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Katsu-ya Menu, Nicer Surroundings
    ScottVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Solid menu, great dishes. This place is just like the original Katsu-ya down the street, but with a more upscale feel, and they don't rush you out the door like they do at Katsu-ya. You can sit, relax, talk and eat. The prices are a little steep for some things, but hey, it's Japanese food, and it's going to be expensive. The Valet parking is convenient and not too expensive, or you can park around the corner if you want. This place gets crowded, and a bit loud. And there are a lot of families and a lot of kids, so if you don't like that, don't go there. Overall, very good.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Where have I been?
    Kenny
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I can't believe I live less than a mile from Kawami and I have not been there since it opened.....and I do love sushi. Bottom line: Almost everything was terrific....and prices were VERY fair. Beer and wine only was strange, but the ice cold $5 draft Kirin made it worth it. Best Crunch roll EVER!!!!! Finished off our dinner with the duck breast----6-small slices of the most tender, tasty duck you have ever eaten. Didn't like the Tuna and Avocado....a bit too slimy. All in all, we will be back next week.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food
    hydraulic42
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Very Katsu-ya-esque in terms of the food (talking about the Studio City Katsu-ya here, much better than the other branches). Not packed and noisy like the Studio City Katsu-ya. A little noisy inside but they have a nice covered patio outside that is quiet. Drinks are very good -- creative use of soju and sake. Definitely a highlight among the crowded Ventura Blvd sushi scene.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I read that Katsuya will prepare the omakase and have to pre-order so I had some expectations when I went to this restaurant. the server does not really know about the omakase and kept saying it's what I want it to be. Whem I made the reservation, they told me very clearly that the omakase will be in 3 courses and it's specials from chef Katsuya himself. the sushi pieces and sashimi pieces were average that I could have just ordered a la carte and pick my own favorites. we ordered a lot of individual dishes and server never explained what the specials were until we saw it on the table next to us that it was a great deal but too late for us. The cooked food was definitely on the salty side and the fish quality is just average.
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  • No privacy
    ShelbymasVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Don't pick this place if you don't want your neighbors to hear everything you're saying.
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  • Service was not great
    Cuatrokids
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Service was OFF last night! It felt as if there were not enough servers. The one server we had was inattentive when we needed her, and attentive when we didn't. We asked for wasabi 3 times before they remembered to give it to us. The food is always good here (that's why we go) and the service is usually good, but boy was it terrible last night. Hopefully that was just an aberration.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delectable!
    rhonachka
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    Once again, a delicious, beautifully presented lunch at Kiwami. Ttruly a neighborhood gem! I`ve never been a great fan of sushi but oh, my!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Finest sushi
    alhatVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Went twice on my last visit to LA with son and our wives. The fish were fantastic and this has now become my favorite sushi experience in LA. Only places better were Sushi Nozawa (Sugarfish is very good, but pales in comparison) and The Hump before they served endangered species. I feel that Kiwami is superior to Katsu-ya (though same owner and slightly cheaper) and the more expensive Asenabo, Nobu, and Matsuhisa.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Katsuya Gem
    Alex
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    So, Kiwami is not as fun and energetic as Katsuya but the quality of the fish is really amazing and the menu has most of the same specialties as all of chef Katsuya's restaurants. I would suggest going at happy hour, sitting out on the patio is nice. The only downfall is the atmosphere of the restaurant, very bland and way way too bright, it's like dining in a cafeteria. Not a good date spot....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chairs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    The food and service were wonderful as usual. We actually sat for along time and the chairs were pretty uncomfortable. We love the restaurant but this is the only negative.
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  • better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Best experience here so far - the staff is friendlier. Food is always good - would prefer less emphasis on crab on the menu, but you can substitute - unfortunately they charge for the change, which is like being penalized for your crab allergy
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kiwami is Great
    Marly
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    I love Kiwami and it has become our go to place in Studio City for sushi. I think it's better (and less crowded) than Katsu-ya in Studio City. Also Katsuya at Americana, LA Live, and Hollywood do not stand up to Kiwami. It's not cheap, but it's far better for the money than if you go to the Katsuya locations outside Studio City. I love the rakamuri - but they have limited supplies. This is a good go to item that covers a lot of flavors. Here are some other go-to favorites: Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice] Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno Salmon Sashimi with Caviar Miso Cod Corn Tempura BSC Honey Roll Unagi
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi and much more
    DavisFoodLover
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    This is a perfect place to take a person who thinks he or she does not like sushi. There are other things they can order, but if they are willing to give the sushi a try they may become a convert. The service was fast and friendly. I appreciated the reasonable priced valet parking. Go early, as others have said, they do run out of the happy tray for two, which is a great deal. Give this place a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality sushi
    GuccaVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    From the house of katuzya similar menu many of the items Rae the se Quit, great service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • Upscale sushi & celebrities
    Garbo
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    They accomodated our party of 8 on a busy Saturday night, and kept the drinks and food coming. Food was comparable to other places in the Katsu-ya empire (good, with some interesting specials as well as omakase tasting menus available). Enjoyed the carpaccio with truffles. The room is nice and apparently draws valley-dwelling celebrities, if you are into that kind of thing.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and delicious sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Always hits the spot. Clean and yummy sushi. Great spicy tuna. Can't go wrong.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ah, Kiwami
    rhonachka
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    always fun, always tasty -- a reaneighborhood gem!
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    neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    John
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Great Sushi, imaginative menu, fresh fish. One of our favorite places.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An alternative if Katsuya is full
    Scott
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    If Katsu-ya were not a stone's throw down the street this restaurant might have scored higher points. The classics on the menu are all there. None of the items were particularly disappointing & fairly similar to expected. The main issue we had was with the service, which I feel has a bad impact on my enjoyment of the food. Kiwami has a far nicer decor than Katsu-ya, but the service is far worse. Our waiter, while sweet, gave contradictory answers to all our questions. Our food took forever to arrive & several times we were brought someone else's dish, regrettably having to send the server back to their search for the correct table. This seemed to be happening with several other diners. They clearly have some kinks to iron out.
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  • Good food
    LizV
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    The food was delicious but the scene was a little busy. Also the service seemed hectic. Otherwise delicious and staff was very courteous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • Outstanding fresh food @ Kiwami
    kitgirlVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    My girlfriends and I had lunch yesterday @ Kiwami and were thoroughly surprised by the quality of food. We have been taking Japanese cooking lessons and were delighted by the light and feathery tempura, very fresh sashimi, excellent miso soup and the variety offered in the bento lunch. The bento lunch was very filling and delicious with a wide variety of dishes such as chicken meatballs, tempura fried shrimp and vegetables, a cucumber salad and miso soup. The vegetables were perfectly cooked, the chicken meatballs were delicious with their light teriyaki sauce, The service was impeccable and I can't wait to come back again to try more items on their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.