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Izaka-ya by Katsuy-ya in Manhattan Beach

4.4
186 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Hot Spot

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In a relaxing setting filled with dark wood furnishings, The Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya serves modern and elegant Japanese fare with fresh, quality ingredients. The ten-musu, shrimp tempura rice balls and the miso soup with nameko mushrooms are excellent choices for starting your meal. Popular seafood entrees include the creamy popcorn shrimp tempura, the lobster cooked with mushrooms and shrimp and topped with spicy dynamite sauce and the baked orange roughy shiogama with truffle. House specialties, such as the Okinawa style spare ribs and the Kobe tender loin with wasabi sauce, speak to Izaka-ya's inventive and refreshing take on modern Japanese cuisine.

Additional creations that set Izaka-ya apart from the crowd include its playful small dishes, like the herb-crusted tuna with mustard sauce, the luscious kiwi scallop and the Cajun seared tuna sashimi with sautéed spinach.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:30pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 2:30pm.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
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(310) 796-1888
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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4.4based on all time ratings
4.5
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4.1
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3.8
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4.5
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5.0Dined on September 6, 2015

Can't go wrong with any choice you make! Everything is fresh and lots of great menu selections. Just delicious. Great lunch values too.

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3.0Dined on September 4, 2015

We were here for the first time on a Friday evening. The sushi is excellent and very fairly priced, but the service was slow. It took about 20 minutes to get an extra order of sushi roll. Eventually the manager noticed us sitting there and asked if we needed anything. about 5 minutes later the order showed up. It was also very noisy, lots of kids running around. Next time we'll do take out.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2015

The service was amazing, very helpful, being informative and patient. Enriching that was recommended was perfect, I wanted to go again the next day.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2015

Overall this place is good. Not great. Been to better sushi places. It's in the middle of "Manhattan Row" so it's considered a hot spot. The sushi is good. Fresh, presented well and tasty. For two the bill was $85 with tip for 5 rolls and 4 alcoholic drinks. Not bad at all. The Proscutto roll (spelling) was bomb. The izikaya roll was bomb too. Only knock was that the waitress would continually just walk up and interrupt us while in conversation. No excuse me just "want dessert", "want another drink" boom! Place wasn't that crowded for a hot summer Friday night but we sat down at 8:45. We also made reservations. This is a must here because you never know when it'll be super crowded. Have to pay metered parking but only until 9pm then it's free. Worth trying once then make a decision for a second time around.

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2015

Manhattan Beach has a burgeoning restaurant scene. Finally. Yet this place never disappoints and with all the noise about MB Post, Simzeys, The Arthur J...if I had one meal to eat in my hometown...this would be it.

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4.0Dined on August 18, 2015

Great spot for lunch. Can see it getting a bit noisy, but the quality of the sushi was excellent. Try the Spanish Mackerel....Yum! All our rolls were delicious. Service was fine. Great spot overall

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2015

outstanding!! best spot in town....don't hesitate to even consider anywhere else for sushi in Manhattan Beach or LBC...

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2015

Restaurant itself was fine and I would go back again. However, went there during lunch time and spent 30 minutes looking for parking.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2015

Went for lunch with my husband and son. We were seated promptly. We all had the sushi lunch and shared the spicy tuna on crispy rice. That dish was delicious. We all enjoyed our lunches. My son and I chose the tempura and my husband had the udon. The tempura was perfectly light. The udon was fantastic. Service was friendly and fast.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2015

We celebrated my teenage daughter's 16th birthday recently with 5 teenagers and 2 adults. It's a tiny restaurant but they accommodated us nicely. The wait staff was great at making suggestion for a comprehensive order that provided a nice amount of food, without going over the top and met everyone's tastes for various types of sushi. They finished off the meal with a birthday dessert. I love the neighborhood, friendly feel of this place and all of it's staff!

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3.0Dined on July 31, 2015

Good food good service but realy really too noisy...

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1.0Dined on July 26, 2015

I will start by saying the fish dishes were well prepared and used very high quality ingredients. Unfortunately there must a trick that locals know to ordering here. We came in with a reservation, sat down, waited a while as the place was pretty busy but ultimately ordered an appetizer for my wife and me, entrees for the two of us and an entree for our daughter. My wife's appetizer came (beef potstickers) and it was OK. My appetizer did not arrive which I will detail below. My daughter's entree (soba noodles and chicken - again was OK.) My wife's entree arrived as well and it was a pretty good whitefish dish. My appetizer had not arrived nor did my entree. When my wife was done with her entree and our daughter almost so, my entree arrived. It was a cerviche that was very good fish. After I finished that, what I thought was my appetizer arrived which was another very good fish dish whose name escapes me - long after my wife and daughter were done eating. Why I say there is a locals secret is that a family of locals sat next us, ordered several things and got their food relatively quickly and in what appears to be the correct order. The server was modestly apologetic and said they discounted one of the dishes. This may or may not have been true as I did not see any discount on the bill. In any case, while the fish was very good the other dishes were ok but it is not a place to which I would return.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2015

Perfect sushi dinner. Great service (thank you Bruno),delicious food and quick. During one night layover in Manhattan Beach, we were almost too tired for dinner. This spot was perfect. Made our evening. Server recommendations were wonderful. Wish we were locals so could be regulars!

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2015

Great sushi and a variety of Japanese food. Wonderful lunch value menu. A gem.

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4.0Dined on June 9, 2015

Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya is a great little restaurant near the pier in Manhattan Beach, but you pay for it. The food is varied and tasty. The ambiance is lovely, bit it's a little hard to enjoy because the place is loud because of all the other people enjoying their meals and drinks.

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2015

The restaurant serves the best Sushi in the Southbay area. The service is typically very good, and the ambiance is nice. A reservation is always recommended.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2015

I've enjoyed other Katsuya locations and didn't have high expectations for this one. That opinion was was based on the tired looking décor and fierce competition in the area. BUT, after enjoying dinner there, I've changed my mind. The service was excellent, as was every dish we ordered. The quality of the food and presentation were perfection. Even though it was a very lively (noisy) crowd, we were so pleased with the food that the noise won't affect my decision to go back -- which I will. Wish I hadn't waited to so long to give it a go!

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2015

Great local Japanese restaurant in the heart of downtown. Reasonable prices, friendly staff, and very fresh food. This restaurant is not fancy and pretentious. It's just got good food.

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2.0Dined on May 10, 2015

Took my wife here for her birthday a few months ago and although the food was good the service was very lacking. Went there for Mothers Day to try it again and the service was even worse.

We go out for sushi a lot but haven't come here because of the wait typically and it's a little pricy for the portion size but we don't mind paying for high quality food. Well this time we had a few servers come around after a couple minutes to start off our order. It was busy but nothing crazy so it shouldn't take forever to get plates out.

Our crispy tuna took about 20 minutes to come out and was cold by the time it arrived. The sashimi apps were delicious but we ordered a spring roll too and it took about 45 minutes to get out to us despite us asking our server and others working there over and over to see what the holdup was. After a while the server wouldn't even make eye contact with us as we kept asking them if we ever get our dish. Frustrating to say the least, especially with having a baby there with us we would have liked to get in and out of there in under an hour and a half. Not joking we asked 3-4 different people to check on it for us and nobody could help get us a stat order of it.

You'd think that when the bill came and they saw how frustrated we were they would have at least comped that roll but no. My wife actually ended up voicing her displeasure and suggested it and he eventually did but only after we brought it to their attention.

Too many other places around with good sushi for us to want to come back here which is a shame because the quality of sushi is really good.

Regretfully,
DR

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2015

Great food, very delicious; really good for the price. It gets really busy due to the demand of really great food so save yourself the wait and book a table via their website, now for the food; the lunch box and sushi lunch specials are a must. It gets a little crowded and noisy so just a heads up. Other than that it is great for when you want to stop by for some sushi with your significant other, friend, family member etc. Most definitely coming back here again soon.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2015

Totally worth the wait and drive here. The service is spot on. All the staff were very welling to help. The food quality was amazing. I'll definitely come back again and again for their hand rolls.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2015

Amazing lunch deal. Great selection and prices. Quite crowded beginning at 11:30 when they open.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2015

I enjoyed the food, but unfortunately my overall dining experience was subpar due to the rude and unprofessional waitstaff (except for one server who was exceptionally attentive and personable). Everyone from the hostess to the servers created an uncomfortable atmosphere during the quiet lunch hour. This restaurant may have the Katsuya brand attached to it, but be forewarned that it does not live up to the standards of other Katsuya restaurants . In the future I will be enjoying my miso cod and crispy rice spicy tuna at another location.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2015

Great Sushi in downtown Manhattan Beach. Late lunch works well too.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2015

My wife and I always love going to Izaka-ya by Katsuy-ya! Try the new style salmon sashimi - amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2015

Some of the best (if not THE best?) sushi we've ever had. The specials were all incredible, artfully cut, and balanced in flavor & texture. We had a dungeness crab roll that blew our minds. Also, our server--a young fellow named Bruno--was tremendous. Speedy but well-paced when necessary, kind and upbeat. Last note is that when we walked in the door we were mildly surprised that the somewhat modest space would live up to the reviews we'd read online & heard from friends... but the food & service were undeniably top-notch. Could not recommend this place more.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2015

The sushi is always high quality and delicious. Tends to have high turnover so it's noisy but a great place for quality sushi in a trendy area without paying trendy prices

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1.0Dined on February 27, 2015

Having been to original Katsuya in the valley many times I expected that at least the dishes they have become known for would be good. I was wrong ! The crispy rice spicy tuna was soggy and barely cooked on the bottom. This was very surprising.

Next was the seared tuna with mustard. The mustard should have accented the flavor and not been a huge amount to over power the dish. We could eat it and left it uneaten

We finally had to get the bill and go across the street to eat the rest of our dinner

This must be where katsuya trains its chefs before they can go to one of their real restaurants

I would sincerely say stay away

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2015

The food was delicious, the service was great, but it I was on a date with my boyfriend and it seemed more family/ friend, group oriented than for a couples night. That's okay though. Next time I'll being a group. Thanks!

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2014

The sushi and sashimi here is amazing. The beef dishes are good too. It's often crowded but worth the wait. The sliders are good but quite large, with an order of two - I would prefer just one to save room for more fish! Great neighborhood place.

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2.0Dined on November 29, 2014

The food delivery was spaced out over 30 minutes. Food delivery came about every 5 minutes with someone's meal. No one in my party of 4 ate at the same time. Then rice was delivered about 10 minutes after we finished our meal. The waiter never checked in to ask if we needed additional drinks or if all was ok. The food was great and the service nice but may have been overworked.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2014

Two long tables of Japanese business men. You know the sushi is good! Heather terrific waitress. Entire staff very welcoming and helpful.

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5.0Dined on November 20, 2014

One of my local favorites and I'm sad when I have to go to another sushi spot. The creamy Shrimp tempura on Spicy Tuna roll is the best roll ever. Sushi is always fresh and top grade compare to other sushi restaurants. Make sure you book a reservation in advance as it does get packed.

Favorite Dishes: spicy Tuna on crispy rice, miso cod, tuna with crispy onions, toro tasting

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2014

The best sushi in the South Bay and beyond! Try the new style salmon sashimi it will blow your mind

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5.0Dined on November 3, 2014

Good food and ambiance, their passion fruit martini was delicious

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2.0Dined on November 1, 2014

Izakaya is a true favorite of mine in the South Bay for sushi. The fish is always really fresh, and the dishes are usually amazing!!
I had the worst service there Saturday night however. We waited so long for every dish we ordered. And then each time the server came back to our table, he brought back with the wrong dishes or drinks.
Also, more than half of our order was forgotten along the way. We sat down at 8:30 pm and didn't really eat until 10pm. We were hungry and really annoyed.
When I mentioned all of this to management they acted like there was nothing they could do. Very disappointing for such a high end restaurant.

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4.0Dined on October 23, 2014

Took my niece when I was in town for a conference. We didn't taste anything extraordinary; still, the quality is very good. I especially enjoyed one of the specials, spicy tuna on small cakes of crispy rice. The taste and texture were delicious!

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2.0Dined on October 23, 2014

For years, Sushi Katsu-Ya in Studio City was my favorite sushi restaurant -- and for more than just sushi. I called it a "poor man's Matsuhisa," because Chef Katsu and his team consistently provided delicious, beautiful, creative dishes. With the memories of those meals in my mind, I was sorely disappointed by the adequate food at this corporate outpost of the Katsu-Ya empire. Especially sad: The warm King crab hand roll at Sushi Katsu-Ya is transcendent. Here, it was not made from a beautiful crab leg; it was made with a sad mix of real crab and fake Krab. Sigh. The only dish that lived up to the original restaurant was the seared tuna with crispy onion. Otherwise, skip this place...

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2014

We've been to every sushi restaurant in a 20 minute radius and this is the best place. It has reasonable items and special delicious more pricey items. The service is awesome and the food is great! what else could you ask for?!

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2014

Great sushi, rolls and even for those who enjoy wine. It feels modern Asian; great sushi, fabulousesserts Japanes ice cream and Cree brûlée! I say it is a eastern food meeting with a Western flare . A perfect marriage .

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