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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.
Los Angeles, CA 90025-3523
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
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
There is valet and street parking available.
Private Party Contact:
Jesse Duron: (310) 479-7636
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
Hamasaku Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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