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Yamashiro
Yamashiro

Yamashiro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.YamashiroHollywood.com
  • Phone: (323) 466-5125
  • Hours of Operation: Dining Room Hours:
    Sunday- Thursday 5:30pm-9:30pm
    Friday 5:30pm-10:30pm
    Saturday 5pm-10:30pm

    Lounge Hours:
    5pm until close

    Full Lounge Menu:
    Sunday- Thursday 5:00pm 9:30pm
    Friday and Saturday 5:00pm 10:30pm

    Light Fare:
    Sunday- Thursday until 10:30pm
    Friday and Saturday until 11:30pm

    2014 Yamashiro Farmers Market:
    May 22nd to September 4th
    Thursdays, 5pm until 9pm

    Pagoda Bar:
    Weather permitting May to September
    Thursday, Friday, Saturday 5pm until 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Asian, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Brock Kleweno
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Contact Sales & Marketing at ext. 222 or email JohnB@YamashiroHollywood.com for more information regarding private events, weddings, or filmings.

  • Entertainment: YAMASHIRO FARMERS MARKET: Outdoor Farmers Market every THURSDAY NIGHT, MAY 22nd through SEPTEMBER 4th from 5PM to 9PM. Come enjoy our landmark location while shopping for the best local and organic produce. Stay and have a drink at our outdoor Pagoda Bar, while listening to live music. And don't miss Chef Brock's cuisine from the Farmers Market Grill. See website for more details.

  • Special Events & Promotions: YAMASHIRO Farmers Market, every Thursday night (5 to 9pm) from May 22nd through September 4th. Sample chef Brock's newest culinary creations and several fantastic wines, all while enjoying our breathtaking view!

    Dine & Ride Hollywood Bowl Shuttle. Skip stack parking and join YAMASHIRO instead! www.dineandride.com for reservations. Dinner and shuttle reservations must be made through Dine & Ride.

    Looking for a hideaway in Hollywood during the Summer? Come to the Pagoda Bar at YAMASHIRO. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from April through September enjoy cocktails and light fare al fresco next to the oldest structure in California--the Yamashiro Pagoda. The Pagoda Bar is the best kept secret in town. Start the night off with a sunset cocktail overlooking Los Angeles from atop the Hollywood Hills!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Franklin Avenue
  • Public Transit: Metro Red Line to Hollywood & Highland. Walk west down Hollywood Blvd turn right on Orange and cross at the light on Franklin. Once you cross at the light go left and turn right at sycamore going up the hill. It is a very steep hill so walking in dress shoes or in the dark are not recommended. We suggest calling a cab at the bottom of the hill.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is $8.00 per vehicle.

A word from Yamashiro
Perhaps the most romantic venue in Southern California, Yamashiro’s unique ambiance of historic tranquility and unparalleled views offer guests a place of serenity high above Los Angeles. Executive chef Brock Kleweno leads a dynamic culinary team in creating Asian-inspired Californian fare. From favorites including American wagyu and truffle hamachi to our newest menu items, such as pistachio salmon, guests experience Hollywood in all of its splendor.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Went here for the first time. Had to wait 20 minutes longer than my reservation time. Food was ok at best. I'm guessing they charge so much because of the view. Seems more like a tourist trap. If you're going for the view and people watching then this is the place."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Atmosphere is really great. A little expensive for what u get, but its worth a visit for a special occasion or a special date."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I had been to this restaurant decades ago and returned for the breathtaking views. This time the food was fantastic and worthy of the setting. Try the scallops and shrimp and any of the sushi roll appetizers. This was my favorite experience in L.A. If you can, come early ( 7:30) and get a table next to the window and watch the sunset light up downtown."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we were both blown away. It's tucked away on a hill in a quiet residential neighborhood above Hollywood and the window tables have great city views. The food was even was even better, we both stuck with the seafood and were not disappointed, quality fish cooked perfectly with great presentation and excellent wait staff. Definitely on the pricey side but well worth it. And the cocktails we awesome too!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I have always loved yamashiro for their vast menu. However, this time around I found the menu smaller and less choices. The seafood dinner they use to have is no longer and I was looking forward to that. Overall great spot for dining, and great service. A possible restoration or small update might be due for the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Awesome food, service and scenic view from the table next to the window in the corner. Made our anniversary dinning out a perfect memory for us."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Caveat everything with the fact that we dined early on a Sunday evening. Dining room doesn't open until 5:30pm. The bar had limited open seating, but was empty, so it wasn't a problem. $25 for a Mai Tai and a glass of Pinot. The pager buzzed right at 5:30. Server was excellent until the restaurant was getting packed, then there were longer waits. The portions were correctly sized, but others may think them skimpy. Ordered Crabcakes, steak, Salmon for my wife. Both excellent. For dessert, Molten Chocolate Cake and S'Mores Brownie. Dinner was $125. Most customers were clearly tourists--dressed and behaved accordingly. This clashed with the price and style they are trying to present. It damaged the ambiance of a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I took my wife here for our 2nd year wedding anniversary. The food was great, and they even had a very romantic table saved for us with an amazing view of the city. At the end of the evening we were even surprised with a special dessert with candle. Great service!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I came the first time 20 years ago and it is still so romantic to spend some time in the garden. It is also the best scenic view of LA. 180 degree view from Hollywood sign to the Ocean, just perfect! I live back in Switzerland, near Geneva and come to LA twice a year with a must stop at the Moutain Palace, Yamashiro."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "pleasant service and good food but its worse too loud, very beautiful view."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We came here for dining after the farmers market and I had the kids with us. This is a great place for dates and special occasions. Fantastic views with excellent food."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Yamashiro is always fun. Great food. Awesome service!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "I'm struck by the level of service at Yamashiro's. From the valet, to the host/hostesses and the servers. Always top notched and only surpassed by the delicious food! Definitely a 20% (tip) establishment!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Everything about the experience was good, not great. The waiter was a little busy and I had to remind him to tell us about the specials, but the other waitstaff was very attentive. The food was good, just not exceptional. The view was very good and it seemed there were not too many seats that could not get a part of the view. After paying $40 for a dish, it seemed strange to still have to pay $8 for parking - but I guess that is an L.A. thing that natives are used to - I would have thought parking would be free and then I would have tipped the valet nicely; they did have their own parking spaces afterall."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Everything was good. I just personally appreciate it if the food is brought out by someone other than the waiter that the waiter comes and check to see if the order is correct. In this case the waiter didn’t and in fact the food was not – my mistake not theirs – and I was going to place another order (paying for the other disk of course). But other than that everything was really good."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "It would have been nice if the waiters knew more about gluten free options. They thought some of the items were gluten free. We had to change our order three times because it wasn't gluten free. My husband has a high allergy to gluten."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I've never been to a restaurant as fancy as Yamashiro. I wanted to go some place classy for my girlfriend's birthday and Yamashiro was awesome or that."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had a group of 11. Our waiter was unbelievable awful. The prices are not cheap at yamishiro so when you are paying an average of $40-$50 per entree you expect a certain level of service. Everything was extremely slow so we ended up being there for about 2.5 hours. During that time I personally only received 2 cocktails in the whole time we were there. The worst part was that after dinner we waited 15 minutes just to receive dessert menus. At that time half of our party left because they were so frustrated. While the other half waited an additional 10 minutes to try and order dessert. At that time the waiter had not come back so I went to the manager and just asked for the bill. This was a very unfortunate event at Yamashiro."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I came here for my 25th Birthday with my family. The view was incredible, the good magnificent and the service spectacular. I want to come back to have a romantic dinner with my significant other."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Beautiful View from Restaurant! Go walk around and see the Buddha Statue"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I had this planed out for my girl friend to surprise here when she landed at lax . It worked out great she love everything about the place it was really nice and sweet thank you for giving us a great time I'll bring coming back again"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We drove up from San Diego to see a concert at the Hollywood Bowl and found this gem nearby. Incredible views and wonderful food."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Amazing food wigh a killer view. The only downfall was that the tables and chairs have seen better days. It downplays the atmosphere and gret cuisine."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "So my boyfriend and I were really excited to try out this restaurant, it seriously want not anything what we expected. At first we had to wait while we had a reservation then got the littlest table you can imagine. So I went back up front to get another table instead, when we got there we wait for 10 minutes before a waiter came to greet us and all he said was "you ready" no welcome introduction or anything. The only time I saw my waiter was in the very beginning and when he came to deliver the check. The food was alright, I was expecting the food not to be so fishy, and lemony. I guess you can say I was really disappointed because we had such a wonderful day and we thought going here would make it even better. oh well. But the host"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Went for birthday. It was flawless. Great ambience. Food much better than I anticipated. Very surprised how good everything was."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Yamashiro sits above Los Angeles and we had a table at the window. The view was amazing! Dinner was artfully prepared and delicious."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "We were celebrating a "50" birthday celebration and chose Yamashiro because it had been about 10 years since we had been there. We remembered it as a very special place with great food! We were not disappointed. The black cod with wasabi mashed potatoes were just scrumptious! The asian ribs were great as well. Service was prompt and courteous! Definitely a place to keep in mind to visit sooner rather than later. Definitely a must visit!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Overall a good experience. A bit pricey. The mango cocktail with heat, had zero heat. Server never inquired about our cocktail satisfaction, he did ask how we liked our food though. Definitely try the cerviche it was yummy."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "On our last visit we ordered the same dishes as on a prior visit. They were good but not over-the-top amazing like our last few visits. I really hope that the usual chef was just out for the night because Yamashiro is one of our favs! One exception- the Spicy Tuna Roll was to die for as usual!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I haven't been to Yamashiro in over 10 years and I was worried that my memory may not serve me well when recalling past experiences at this historic restaurant. My concern was unfounded and me and my party had a delightful dining experience at Yamashiro. Scott, our server was most friendly, helpful and accommodating. I'm vegan and Scott was able to recommend from the menu as well as order off-menu for me as well. The food is above average but it's really all about the whole experience. The ambiance is romantic and comfortable whether you dine in the Japanese garden or in the dining room but the stellar views from the dining room is what makes this place special. You owe it to yourself to visit Yamashiro at least once in your life."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We have enjoyed Yamashiro's for the second time now, and it was wonderful. Our server was excellent and very thorough and explained everything in detail, offering excellent suggestions for our dinners and appetizers. At first we were discouraged by the table selection, (too close to the exit and partial view of the entrance at the stairs. Since we have only dined here on special occasions, we wanted something more scenic.), but it turned out nicely as we were uninterrupted by patrons either being seated or leaving the restaurant and we were able to enjoy our own conversations without difficulty. We brought a cake in celebration and our server stored it for us and brought it out with birthday candles. It was lovely-food was excellent!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Outstanding services and amazing food! Yamashiro is definitely an amazing restaurant with great views. Perfect for special occasions and romantic dinning."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated her birthday at Yamashiro's this past Saturday and had a great time. Everything was perfect- the view, the food, the service. We would go back again and will certainly recommend this fantastic find to others. Thanks for a memorable evening!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Food was great. Had the black cod and it was lovely"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The hostess was rude and ill mannered, apart from that the food and ambiance was delightful"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The place has a beautiful view. I would not eat there in the future. Managment should consider changing its menu and chef. Other than the food, everything else was great."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We went to Yamashiro's in hopes of having a view of the city so that we could enjoy watching fireworks throughout the city on the 4th of July. We mentioned that to the hostess, but still ended up in the center courtyard, where we only had a view of the beautiful Japanese garden and Koi pond. We ended up skipping dessert so that we could walk out to the front of the restaurant to watch fireworks. The food and service were excellent, as always!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We came here on July 4th to see the fireworks over Los Angeles, and had our dinner around 7:30. We came here for dinner, but changed to starters of sushi instead. The crunchy roll was the best, along with the black forbidden rice (formerly Darth Vader) which has a rich taste. If you like sushi slightly spicy, the spicy lobster is the way to go, with a taste of pork and lobster and mild sauce. I like fish and the fresher the better. I had the truffle hamachi, which is one of the best pieces of fish I've had in a long time. For dessert, I would recommend the strawberry doughnuts, which has a dipping sauce and ice cream."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "It's a must visit restaurant, either for the view or the environment. The view of LA is amazing. The surrounding is full with greenery. The restaurant designs is unique. There is even a small open air garden inside the restaurant. The japanese culture was clearly reflection on the building itself and the surrounding. Food is ok."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food is over priced and over cooked. Service was not good either."
    Dined on 7/4/2014