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Izakaya Fu-Ga

4.3
219 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Japanese Fusion Izakaya & Bar.
Modern Izakaya style dining. Serving variety of small plate dishes from steaks, appetizers, salads, seafood and also traditional izakaya dishes. Refreshing house cocktails, great selection of beers, wine and sake. And if that's not enough, we also have full bar.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30AM - 2:00PM



Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 2:00PM - 6:00PM



Dinner: Monday - Friday: 2:00PM - 12:00AM

Saturday: 5:00PM - 12:00AM


Late Night Happy Hour : Friday, Saturday 10:00pm-12:00am
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Phone number
(213) 625-1722
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kenjiro Taka
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Private party facilities
Private Dining room adjacent to the restaurant. Ideal for private parties, meetings. Equipped with sound system and PA system.
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Private party contact
Mamoru Tokuda: (213) 625-1722
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Catering
Modern Izakaya Fusion style.
Small plates. Steaks, Salads, Appetizers, Traditional Japanese Izakaya Foods,
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E 1st Street
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Parking details
Free with Validation
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Public transit
Union Station
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour 2pm - 6pm (Mon - Thu)
Ladies Night - All desserts 50% off, Selected Cocktails $2 off on Tuesday Night
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
4.3based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Outstanding quality, reasonable prices, great service - absolutely wonderful experience!

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2.0Dined on August 12, 2017

The food and service were good, but the elevator was broken and I am disabled!!! It was very difficult to walk from the 3RD floor to the basement. Going up was almost impossible.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Probably for Happy hour, regular dinning is below average (pricing & food)

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2017

Another great night with a friend at Fuga! We ate ad much as we wanted and drank with reasonably priced menus :)

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2017

Really fresh fish, great variety of vegetable dishes, and good sake list. The service was fast and pleasant--wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

It was lit.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Really nice fish, beef, pork, poultry and vegetable dishes. Everything is served tapas style so you can enjoy many great flavors. The only knock was that our server kept ignoring us even though we wanted to order more dishes. The saving grace is that we were able to flag down other servers to place our orders.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Enjoyed Saturday night outing with a friend at Fuga. Always great food with nice atmosphere with reasonably priced drinks :)

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Everything about this restaurant was wonderful, other than the food portions, which were quite small, for the price paid. Expect to pay between $120 to $160, including one cocktail and a median bottle of wine, plus tax and tip, for a "couples date".

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2017

Great food, service and ambiance! Highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

This was a new food experience, hadn't tried the Izakaya "tapas" style Japanese cuisine. Everything was very good, and the atmosphere was both modern and very comfortable. Would definitely return when in downtown LA/Little Tokyo.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

Lunch was great, salmon was fantastic, loved the spicy tuna roll. Overall experience was great, I'd recommend this to friends, colleagues and co-workers. I expect nothing but the best when I dine and Fu-ga and they never let me down. Thank you for the great wait-staff, they're always super-courteous and efficient.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2017

Its hidden in the basement with no signage to show where it is. But when you go down the stairs its a relief. Good ambience and great food. Must try the dessert.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Visited for the first time and liked it. Food was great although the service was a little spotty and not really helpful for us especially since it was our first time.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2017

Food is great. Beer is fresh. Ambiance is nice.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Bachelorette party dinner

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

I always love going to Fu-ga. Great atmosphere with nice food, and servers are all nice and helpful!

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3.0Dined on March 16, 2017

First time I've visited this restaurant in 6 - years that I have a complaint. The spinach/artichoke dip was flavorless and was watery and the fried calamari was old and tough to chew.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2017

This restaurant has been a very reliable place to eat lunch in the Little Tokyo area.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2017

Wonderful find in Little Tokyo.
Tip: You can park in the building for $6 at dinner time. The restaurant validates your ticket and then the attendant refunds your $6.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2017

Wow! Great sashimi salad! This was incredible end to a great day!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

Had a get-together with a few friends and initially made a reservation for four. More friends decided to show up and our party grew to seven, and the wait staff were extremely gracious and accommodating with our last minute additions. The food and service were excellent. I highly recommend this place for dinner with friends or for a nice date night.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Slow service

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2017

My husband and I went there for the first time on Saturday 2/18. Food, service and ambiance were on point! Can't wait to dine there again!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Really fun wth good food and ambiance

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4.0Dined on February 11, 2017

Reservation for a birthday, they do birthday ice cream at the end. We ordered a ton of dishes and all were executed well. However, since we were a party of 8, the plating was a bit of a problem, given our table size. For izakaya portion dishes, the plates were much too large to be practical. We scrambled every time a new dish would come out. However, the dishes came out quickly, service was on top of everything and very helpful. We were able to nab one of the more "private" booth rooms, which was nice, so we could focus on conversation without being surrounded by the rest of the patrons. Had a lovely evening! Thanks.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2017

Food was good, especially the miso sea bass. Servers were polite but not very warm. Overall good place for Japanese Izakaya cuisine.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2017

Fast,very accommodating service. Excellent wait staff.

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5.0Dined on January 14, 2017

A very enjoyable location close and convenient. The food is great.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2016

Excellent experience. I thoroughly enjoyed the small plates format; it allows you to sample many things and still keep the budget in check. The restaurant is underground and has a very "chillax" vibe. I was in a group of 5 and they seated us in a C-shape banquette with closable curtains. The menu standout for me was the 6oz ribeye steak -- it's served on a hot plate with hot stones to keep it warm. Excellent flavor and texture. As an added bonus, they validate two hours of free parking in the accompanying parking garage so it's a great place to start your DTLA adventure.

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5.0Dined on December 23, 2016

Great food and service! Always a favorite. The lunch bento is a great deal!

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3.0Dined on December 21, 2016

If customers are expected to order only from the lunch menu during lunch time, there should be more food choices, instead of just 1 bento box and 1 steak plate.

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3.0Dined on October 25, 2016

Food came out cold.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2016

Absolutely delightful traditional Japanese restaurant in downtown L.A. perfect miso glazed sea bass. Perfect short grain brown rice. Exceptionally efficient and friendly hostess. Fun place.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2016

Took my coworkers and boss' for Boss' Day and we had a great time! Was local/walking distance, great ambiance, food and service. Would recommend for all occasions. Thank you for impressing my coworkers :-)

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2016

Food is great ! Nice ambiance and friendly staff! Great happy hour, this venue is becoming one of my go to spots.

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2.0Dined on October 1, 2016

The service was VERY slow and the entire wait staff was not very attentive. Everyone was moving like a robot. It took forever for our waitress to take our order.

Overall the food was good. But due to the poor service I'm not sure I will return.

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5.0Dined on August 20, 2016

The food is always delicious but the standouts are the spicy cod roe spaghetti, the sashimi salad and the brown rice risotto. I love that they offer yuzu sake.

This is one of my favorite restaurants in L.A. -- I love the small plates, designed for sharing, and the service is always wonderful. In particular, the waitress, K.K. is delightful. I look forward to returning.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2016

My husband and I have dined at Fu-Ga around 6 or 7 times and the food is consistently good. We had a reservation for 3 people for 8:15 p.m. on a Saturday night (made via Open Table) and ended up waiting at the bar for about 25 minutes before our table was available. The kitchen was backed up so it took a while for the food to come out this time. Also, the waitresses were not as attentive as usual and it took about 20 minutes before my second glass of wine arrived. Normally, service is a lot better. Our friend was new to Fu-Ga that evening and enjoyed the food and ambiance.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2016

Pleasant place with friendly waitresses, quick seating, and really fresh fish - the yellowtail was spectacular

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