Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.43mi
  2. Distance: 0.64mi
  3. Distance: 0.65mi
  4. Distance: 0.93mi
  1. Distance: 0.43mi
  2. Distance: 0.64mi
  3. Distance: 0.65mi
  4. Distance: 0.93mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.43mi
  2. Distance: 0.64mi
  3. Distance: 0.65mi
  4. Distance: 0.93mi
  1. Distance: 0.43mi
  2. Distance: 0.64mi
  3. Distance: 0.65mi
  4. Distance: 0.93mi

About Hamasaku

Hamasaku is a sophisticated harmony of Japanese cuisine and Californian exuberance. Sincere and succinct, Hamasaku's literal translation is one who creates food from the sea. Celebrated for its whimsical reverence for sushi and understated elegance, warmth in hospitality and modern sensibilities underscore a quintessential dining experience.

11043 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025-3523
View Larger Map

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm.
DInner: Sunday 5:30-9:30

Cross Street:
Sepulveda Blvd

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 479-7636

Website:
http://hamasakula.com/

Parking Details:
There is valet and street parking available.

Executive Chef:
Wonny Lee

Private Party Contact:
Jesse Duron: (310) 479-7636

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Hamasaku Ratings and Reviews

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (12)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Good for a Date (11)
See All
Fit for Foodies (11)
Special Occasion (10)
Business Meals (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Healthy (6)
Casual (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Bar Seating (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Fun (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Romantic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Sort by
S
292 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Good food.We has Sushi Omakase and it was very good.
Recommend this restaurant

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

 
·Dined on November 11, 2017

great food

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

We had a great lunch here - the sushi was excellent and we had good service.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Stay away - incomprehensible service at these prices. Too many sushi options in this city for arrogance from a sushi chef

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service1
value2

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We always enjoy this Japanese restaurant. We liked our waitress, Kaitin.
We plan to return soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Service was courteous and prompt. The variety of nigiri and sashimi was overlapped. Overall the lunch tasting menu was good.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This was one of the worst dining experiences I have had in quite sometime. I had gone to Hamasuku two weeks ago and it was very good. However, this time when I returned with my girlfriend it was simply awful. We always sit at the bar when going to sushi restaurants. It's a great way to see how chef's prepare their dishes and to make a human connection with them. On this occasion, we were starving and looking forward to eating a LOT of sushi. However, the bar staff were all so busy doing prep-work, they wouldn't even make eye contact with us. We got two orders...then they went back to prepping. After 20 minutes of being ignored, we paid for our bottle of sake and went to another sushi restaurant. I don't think I will ever go back. They do good work, but there are too many places in LA that treat you better.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service1
value2

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We had a delightful experience and our server, Abraham was incredible. He helped guide us through the menu and it was a delicious evening with our visiting NYC friend.....amazing.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

This is our favorite Japanese/Sushi restaurant.
The cut rolls are amazing and so delicious.
We have spent special evenings there and we've been dining there for years.

Tags: Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The omakase was okay. The server warned us against ordering it if we wanted to eat sushi but we went ahead and ordered it anyway. It was alright but definitely not worth $75 plus taxes. The server was also kind of sassy and annoying.

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service1
value2

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Good value considering the quality of the food. Make sure you have a reservation. Only draw back is the noise environment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2017

From start to finish the service was incredibly rushed, even thought the restaurant was not busy. We had hardly put the last bite of food in our mouths before one of 3 different people appeared to whisk away the plate, whether or not the other person was finished. Food was delicious and imaginative, but no time to savor it.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service1
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

We love this place , the food is very good . Tasty , fresh and always a good service.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (México)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great find. Quality and freshness of ingredients are key. Excellent combinations!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

 
·Dined on September 2, 2017

Interior could use better layout. Food is good and well prepared. I

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We love this place the food is amazing, we never were disappointed always outstanding.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Healthy, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 23, 2017

We literally had to ask for water 4 times over the course of an hour before receiving any.

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service2
value2

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Phenomenal service and exceptional quality.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Some of the best sushi in LA. Everything was fantastic and really enjoyed the experience.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Food was fantastic. Sushi chef was sttentive and helpful until his part was done. Then they all forgot about us, leaving us without refilled water, included dessert, or even the bill. It took a half hour and several requests before our omakase meal could be finalized

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service3

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 6, 2017

I love Hamasaku, although I confess that I kind of miss the way it was before the remodel. The Charlize Tacos are still my favorite. Last time there, Abraham took such great care of us and got me to expand my sushi repertoire. Highly recommend this spot.

Tags: Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Service was exceptionally friendly and attentive. Food was good for the most part although I felt the sushi rice was a little gluey. Still--fish was fresh, flavors were on point, and servers were lovely. I would definitely go a second time.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Hamasaku is one of my favorite sushi restaurants. It is in a mini mall, so the location can fool you - The food is really delicious and innovative and they have great service. It is an exceptional restaurant!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Amazing sushi! One of the best in the Westside. I recommend the Ceviche Roll!

Tags: Tasting Menu
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on June 21, 2017

I found this on Eater 38 LA and the review was great. I made a reservation and sat at the Sushi Bar. Everybody was friendly and helpful. I ordered the Omakase sushi option with a sashimi starter. Every course was outstanding. The rice was fresh and warm. I ordered a japanese rice lager, which was very good as well. All-in-all it was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Quiet Conversation
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I am a true snob for traditional sushi, I don't do California rolls or spicy tuna rolls. And for God's sake, NEVER EVER, do I touch, a sushi roll with some kind of sloppy goo on it!!! I'm saddened by the poor souls that believe that crap is sushi.

For an excellent sushi experience, as this was, I'm also ready to shell out a 100 bucks per person. This experience actually set me back 50% more than that, with tax and tip. But we really ate a lot, and the quality of the sushi, and the friendly service, was beyond compare, a truly wonderful and enjoyable (3-hour) meal.

I don't get to West LA all that often, having some great sushi options in my South Bay neighborhood. The main reason I chose this venue is because it's one of the few quality places in that area that are open on Sunday (to meet out-of town guests staying in Hollywood), based on some internet reviews. I do remember being here perhaps 25 years ago, and while it may have been good then, the place now seems quite upgraded, almost deserving of a Michelin Star :-). OK, perhaps that's a bit overkill!

But I will definitely make this hour journey again soon, perhaps ordering a bit less so that I can afford to come more often!

1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Over rated in all categories
Food -service-atmosphere

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience2
service3
value2

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The host was the best part of the evening- he was friendly and attentive to make up for the late seating (and apologetic as we left). We were seated 30-40 min after our reservation. We got our first course 20-30 min later. It was barely edible. The tofu tasted like it was prepared a week ago. We waited another 20 min until the waitress reappeared. That was all I had patience for. I understand it was a busy Saturday night but they were ill prepared and the food was not worth going for. The ambience was frenetic and the waitstaff looked stressed. We will not return.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience1
service1

 
 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 10, 2017

My husband and I chose to celebrate our 25th anniversary at Hamasaku, and I was really looking forward to it. We both chose the omakase - or chef's choice of 7 courses. The food was truly outstanding. However, the courses were rushed and the wait staff hardly took the time to explain each course. A Japanese omakase should be relaxed, unhurried and an experience. Instead, we felt like the waitstaff couldn't get us out of there fast enough. If you love sushi, sashimi, Japanese cuisine, the food is exceptional. But perhaps try to go on a week night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience2
service2
value2

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 7, 2017

The food at Hamasaku is extraordinary. Always.

Take a deep breath before the bill comes and remind yourself that you came for a special meal. 😉

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The food is always terrific. Unfortunately, a new sushi chef started that night, and the service suffered because of it. However, given my past experiences (all of which have been excellent), I'm sure that the service will soon return to its exceptional level

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service2
value4

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Food and service were fine. Did not like the tuna tartare. Hated the extremely low sushi bar stools as we like to see the chefs at work.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service3
value2

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Quick and quality. The sweet spot. Make sure to order the mushrooms, and all of the rolls (all of them!) are on point.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (México)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Amazing!! The Omakase was simply SPECTACULAR.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 16, 2017

This is a really great sushi restaurant with a range of crazy rolls to super traditional sushi and sashimi options. The appetizers are also delicious. The sushi/sashimi options are amazing and the fish is very, very fresh. There were some really interesting, adventurous fish to choose from, in addition to your regular selection.

Tags: Casual, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Exceptional food and service. Highlights were the Toro, gyoza, and the grouper--a fish you don't see that often and it was wonderfully prepared. Gracious and helpful service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Killer Omikase - world class Value. Yoya is the man!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Very fine, in fact one of the very best sushi restaurants in L.A. It is rather expensive but well worth it. My only objection aside from the defining noise level is the seating. The chairs are beautiful to look at but very hard wood and most importantly they are too low for the tables. Be sure to ask for a 'booster seat'. You will be much more comfortable and you will not feel as though the table is up to your shoulders.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value2

vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2017

Love this place - it has served the highest quality food since it opened!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 4, 2017

When the other person in my party was late, the staff was very understanding. When he did arrive, we had a very nice, unhurried lunch.

Tags: Great for Lunch
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.