About Katsuya - L.A. Live

Katsuya is the Los Angeles Times Readers’ Choice "Best Sushi Restaurant" in Southern California and one of OpenTable's "50 Hottest Restaurants in the U.S." Featuring the dynamic pairing of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi and design impresario Philippe Starck, Katsuya by Starck is truly a feast for the senses. With specialty cocktails, unique rolls and spectacular sushi and sashimi platters, Chef Uechi skillfully translates Japanese flavors to the American palate.

Signature dishes include Crispy Rice with Spicy Tuna, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño and Miso-Marinated Black Cod. With superb talent and exacting precision, Katsuya by Starck is changing the face of Japanese cuisine.

800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thurs 5-10pm
Fri-Sat 5-10:30pm
Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm

Cross Street:
Figueroa St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 747-9797

Website:
http://www.katsuyarestaurant.com/

Catering:
sbe Catering offers Katsuya's award-winning Japanese cuisine by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi at any location, for intimate dinners at home, meetings at the office or elaborate parties just about anywhere. Customize your event with tray-passed service, seated dinners or chef’s stations. sbe Catering can do it all! Visit www.katsuyarestaurant.com or call 323.525.2400 to plan your event today.

Parking Details:
Validation is offered for two hours of self-parking at L.A. LIVE.

Executive Chef:
Katsuya Uechi

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
From intimate to grand, let sbe Events + Catering plan your perfect event at Katsuya. Katsuya L.A. LIVE accommodates up to 400 guests with design by Philippe Starck, on-site and off-site catering, custom menus by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi, and premium mixology and specialty cocktails. Visit www.katsuyarestaurant.com or call 323.525.2400 to plan your event today.

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Mon - Thu 9:00PM - 11:00PM

Private Dining

From intimate to grand, let sbe Events & Catering plan your perfect event at Katsuya. Katsuya L.A. LIVE accommodates up to 400 guests with design by Philippe Starck, on-site and off-site catering, custom menus by Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi, and premium mixology and specialty cocktails.

Katsuya - L.A. Live Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

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food

4.4

service

3.9

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4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

82% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (20)
Good for a Date (19)
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Hot Spot (16)
People Watching (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Great for Outdoor Dining (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Casual (12)
Fun (12)
Business Meals (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Romantic (10)
Healthy (10)
Authentic (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Great for Lunch (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Cozy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Live Sports (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Amazing food. Great service! Cannot wait to go back.

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·Dined 7 days ago

food was good as usual... was crowded but nobody greeted us at our patio table for 20 minutes finally had to get the manager who took our order

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Do not recommend eating here before a show/game or if you’re on a time crunch! Had a reservation and waited 15 minutes to be seated. Bar was slow (40ish minutes for a drink!), food service came in waves, had to ask for more water multiple times. The food is excellent but service was terrible during a busy time. Under staffed/not prepared to accommodate the rush.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Too Much Noise, Too Little Flavor — One would think that a ”chic” Japanese restaurant jam packed on a Friday night in downtown LA live would deliver great tempura and sushi, reasonable ambience, and wine that reached the table before the entrees were fully consumed. One would be wrong. The shrimp tempura (appetizer) was adequate but not amazing, the sushi (rainbow, yellowtail) was mediocre with too much cucumber and not enough fish (less expensive to prepare that way I suppose). The Philippe Starck-designed space may be the “epitome of Japanese cool” but it was apparently designed with little or no attention to noise suppression. Packed as it was on a Friday night, Katsuya was quite possibly the loudest restaurant that I have ever had the displeasure to experience. We were surrounded by patrons yelling just to be heard. And the wine? The first bottle we ordered (a Wolfgang Grüner Veltliner, which is generally a good wine with Japanese food) hadn't been chilled (why put in on the menu then?). By the time the bar had chilled it and it had arrived (only somewhat chilled) we were well into our entrees. Unfortunately, it was also corked (this can sometimes happen so this is not a critique of the restaurant) and we had to send it back in exchange for a Martin Codax Albariño (a safe choice since Katsuya also offers it by the glass and we knew that they therefore had to have it chilled). Unfortunately the overworked (and constantly racing) waitress took so long to order it for us (what she should have done was get it immediately) that we had finished dinner without the wine having arrived so we had to cancel the order. A mediocre dinner consumed without wine immersed in a constant din? Not what we expected!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The service was terrible. It took at least 20 monies before we could get a drink or order anything. Nobody ever came by to check on us. None of the dishes were bused.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

When booking this restaurant for a pre Staples Concert, I expected an upscale experience. What we got was loud, very crowded, and terrible service. I would think that a venue in this location would be prepared for before theater rush. They weren’t at all. Our server tried his best was was horribly over worked. Getting a cup of coffee alone took 20 minutes.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Been here several times. Whether or not you have a reservation the hostess will make you wait once you arrive. Pretty sure they think it adds to the exclusive vibe they hope to give off. Service is hit and miss. If the restaurant gets slammed it takes 30 minutes to get one roll. Last night the server said they ran out of sushi rice. For a sushi restaurant to run out of rice an hour in to its night is just stupid. The people watching is quite fun and we’ve seen a few people that are actors. The food is mostly good but I wouldn’t say that it’s amazing. For above average sushi, in a convenient location close to Staples center, that has good people watching go for it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Absolutely one of the best restaurants in LA!!

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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We chose this restaurant for Japanese Cuisine in the LA downtown area near our hotel. The presentation and design of the restaurant was nice and attractive. However service was a little slow and meals were not served in order meaning hot main courses were received before cold starters/appetizers. Our Waiter mentioned the 3 kitchens in the restaurant however management should consider ways to streamline the timing/delivery of orders.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Service was a little rushed but

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Good cocktails, rolls and tempura. We were very happy with the quality.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Terrible food. Awful service. We didn’t finish our food because it was so bad. They try to give everyone $10 Evian waters when you sit down. Beware. It’s Japanese food that tastes like it was made I️n a high school cafeteria with TERRIBLE waitresses and an extremely loud restaurant. It was awful - you’d be better off at a Panda Express. Trust me.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

We made this the dinner stop before a concert at Staples. Very convenient, being across the street. They have a nice selection on their menu. My friend and I were running late, due to traffic, and they held our table for us, which was incredibly nice. We arrived and seated. The waiter was friendly with good recommendations and knowledge on the drinks and food. We had the corn crunch, which was amazing, the Katsuya Special roll and the dipping sauce was delicious and we started with the Crispy Rice app, which was such a nice flavor and crunch. That was the perfect amount for the two of us and a wonderful combination of different flavors and textures. The service was speedy, but we didn't feel rushed, but if you need a meal to come quickly to make your event, they definitely fit the need. Great restaurant and will definitely go again.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 8, 2017

FABULOUS!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Too noisy
Forgot to bring one dish, and the waiter disappeared on us. Food was excellent, but service disappointed.

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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Second time here. Really enjoy the shrimp rolls as well as the outside vibe at Katsuya. Was disappointed on how bad our waitress was as far as paying attention to us, especially considering we ate there right when they opened, and there were only a few other tables with people. She left us abandoned for the longest before taking our order. Then once the food arrived she didn’t bother to check on us once. One of us needed a fork and the other requested chili powder for the soup. We finally got these items once the food was cold. Also, our waitress disregarded the fact that we had mentioned we were celebrating a birthday. Pretty disappointed.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Scenic View, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Was totally looking forward to a first class experience, and that really didn't happen at all! We were seated right away and didn't get service for close to 10 minutes. We enjoyed the time just chatting and visioting, but would have enjoyed it much better with a cold drink in hand.

The portions were very small and really not what I expected from something so fancy and high end. The Edamame was cold and undersalted, which we asked for more salt and never received it. Our waiter was very nice, but very spacey and completely forgot many items we asked him for. I don't care for repeating myself 3 times to a waiter/waitress. It was very busy in the restaurant...but its LA Live I am sure its ALWAYS busy on a Saturday night.

The food was good, but nothing new or fancy or anything I can't get right here at my local sushi shop at the mall! The salmon sushi was pathetically small and I almost sent it back! I could not believe the tiny piece of fish they wanted to give me for this price.

Really wanted to leave a great review and have had a wonderful experience, but we just didn't get it! Which is such a bummer because I picked the place and we only had one night to enjoy all of what LA had to offer. We should have gone somewhere else!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Talin was very nice and gave us great suggestions on food. Great server which a great personality and attitude towards her clients.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Went with 3 kids and my hubby and food was very good and service was very good. It's a pretty lively place with good people watching. The sashimi was very good and my teriyaki steak was excellent. They had a good sake list and drinks were good. It's a go-to for good sushi...you can never go wrong with Katsuya!

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was average, not worth it. Waitress got my order wrong, but she was very nice and attentive, especially considering how busy they were. However, this is not a place you can expect great food. Thumbs down on value. Finally, the restroom was inexcusably disgusting like a public restroom. Considering it was 5pm and they were briefly closed, no one bothered to tend to the rest room. Trash everywhere, no soap, absolutely poor management. Not coming back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food took way too long to arrive considering it wasn’t a busy night.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Mexican Japanese
The worst experience ever
I ordered a hand roll with salmon and tuna
It came with unidentified fisg
I asked the waiter
He said you have fish
Heartburn central

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was a

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Was good, dinner before the game, server was very nice and knew we were going to the game so had everything out promptly, the food quality was not what we usually expected, we always love the popcorn shrimp though the other dishes were ok...

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Made an RSVP of 8 for my wife’s B-Day Dinner yesterday . The service was really bad. Huge disappointment. Our server literally only came to check on us like 4 times, we had to wave him down for our order instead of him coming to check on us. I expected a lot better service at this high-end sushi place@ LA Live. I’m an LA native, just can’t believe we had that kind of service. I assuming he didn’t care since tip was going to be included in our bill. Keep in mind my bill wasn’t cheap at all. I will definitely not come back here again. They lost my business after last night this place deserves 1 star rating.

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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Toilet paper needed a good and long refill, besides that the food was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

My friend and I went here for a casual dinner on Wednesday. We were seated outside at a lovely table, but after 15 minutes of not being helped or even served water, a manager came and greeted us. Our waiter showed up 5 mins later and told us he didn't know he'd been assigned to our table, even though it seemed like he was the only waiter for outside seating. He barely waited on us, I had to ask for things multiple times, and overall the service staff seemed nowhere to be found the entirety of our meal. The crispy rice was really good, brussel sprouts were just fried leaves with sauce, I've had better.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Ive been to the other Katsuya restaurants and had good experiences but this one was terrible. Terrible service and food came late and it generally felt like no one cared.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Vert fresh!! Hamachi Jalapeño was delicious!!! Service quick and friendly....

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Awesome place, great vibe and ambiance, highly recommended!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Food great. Services great. Interiors are looking worn and should be updated.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 24, 2017

This place has terrible service, never going back. They don’t care about the customer. I’m so disappointed.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Great overall experience, sushi was great and waiter was on point!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Our waiter never came to check to see how everything was. We wanted wasabi and actually had ask 2 other people for it before we got any.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food is outstanding! The only problem is that this restaurant has a multiplicity of kitchens with absolutely no coordination among them. So, food is served when it is ready without any regard for the restaurant patrons. Hot food can be severed and become cold while those persons wait for others at the table to be served. The worst part is that the restaurant could not care less! But, if this is not important to you the ambiance is nice and the food is excellent.

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Our server, Joseph, was very attentive. The food was excellent. We sat outside, and the noise level was not bad. Lots of tv screens and good people watching.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, great service...Mahina was an excellent server! A bit pricey, but that’s to be expected at a place like that. Definitely not as nice of an atmosphere as their Hollywood location—that spot is top notch.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Outside very nice, easy to talk. Grilled crab and dip my favorite before an NBA game.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Service was very good. Portions of sushi were small for the price. Decor white and a bit strange. Overall, excellent food but very pricey with so so decor/ambience.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We had a great dinner at Katsuya while visiting our daughter at USC for family weekend. We had a large party, with several of her friends and their parents. The restaurant was gracious with our frequently shifting number of people coming as plans changed. We had a table in by itself in an alcove, which was great for catching up and meeting the new people in the group.
The food was good, service was quick and unobtrusive. Plates are small, good for sharing, and the fish was fresh and tasty.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Tapas
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