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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.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Hours of Operation:
$31 to $50
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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.
Validation is offered for two hours of self-parking at L.A. LIVE.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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