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Kiwami

4.4
539 reviews
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$30 and under
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Sushi
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion

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About

Kiwami in Studio City, CA is a favorite place to head for those seeking quality Japanese fare in the area. The restaurant features high-quality food that covers a wide range of tastes. Some of the options that might interest you include the seafood ceviche, yellowtail sashimi, grilled eggplant with albacore miso and the Maine lobster salad.

The soft-shell crab, rare garlic tuna steak and the shrimp and vegetable tempura are popular options at Kiwami, as well. Some of the dinner options at Kiwami that you might like include the chicken teriyaki and the beef teriyaki. Everyone should find something to enjoy.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm -10:30pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(818) 763-3910
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Katsuya Uechi
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carpenter Ave
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Parking details
Free valet parking at lunch hour.
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 539 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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WineTraveler (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2015

Very good people and place. Very pleased with service and meal.

I would return. Only issue. Very LOUD!

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vipFateoptional (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on October 22, 2015

Kiwami closes in the afternoon so you get a "last call" for food... which kind of spoiled our lunch (why accept reservations if they're going to run up against this time-frame?). Other than that the food was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 22, 2015

One of my favorite sushi restaurants in the valley! Creative dishes and drinks. Keep up the good work. Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff.

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PSDebs (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 21, 2015

Great menu- lots of lunch specials, and a special bento box that is great value. The menu is also very interesting- Can't wait to go back and try the foie gras with apples. What!? I know, crazy!

The sashimi itself was melt-in-your-mouth.

My aunt has gone here for years with a friend. Now it's my new favorite neighborhood gem.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

Always great service and a comfortable climate controlled patio.

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Chocolate11 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

I have been going to Kiwami ever since it opened. It's just one of those sushi places you think about when you think of sushi. Everything on their menue is great. Great ambiance, amazing service. I have always encountered a celebrity there. Good food, never rushed, great service.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2015

Great place!

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vipJanza (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2015

Kiwami never lets us down! The food is divine and the service is always amazing.

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SHEShops (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2015

Never disappoints. Fresh and innovative sushi. Always incredible and delicious. Try the specials.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2015

This place is incredible! Some of the best fish I've ever had.

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vipLauraJ (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 15, 2015

Kiwame's fish is always fresh and I swear the spicy tuna roll melts in my mouth!

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vipWarrenC (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 9, 2015

Always amazing. I have dined here well over 100 times and just keep coming back for amazing food and service!! Just go and end the night with dessert which would be a Baked Crab Hand Roll...the Best!

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vipfoody (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on September 7, 2015

We loved this place! Our server was delightful...well informed and very attentive. The food was excellent. We love sushi...so we know what we are talking about. Everything was fresh and delicious. The "snowy" saki was a perfect accompaniment as well. We will go back soon!

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vipDawn (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 7, 2015

Every experience at Kiwami is a good one - provided you have a reservation! Fun, unique cocktails and the crispy rice, yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and honey hand rolls are to die for.

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ShermanOaks512 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on September 7, 2015

Not sure if this was just a bad night or common practice. The service was beyond comical. The food server got our order wrong, forgot to bring things we did order, didn't bring water when we asked, didn't follow up when we received our incorrect order and continually brought other diners their orders before ours. The kitchen clearly didn't have their timing right and the busboys would bring over dishes but not know what the dishes were when we asked. Luckily the sushi chefs are incredible and the fish quality was high. Not sure if you can look away at the substandard service experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on September 6, 2015

Service wasn't that good, but the sushi was fine

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vipwildrice (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2015

Kiwami is definitely one of our absolute favorite sushi places in the Valley. The prices are cheap, but the food is so worthy! We have never been disappointed in a meal, yet. The fish is fresh and perfectly prepared. Their special dishes are always interesting and delicious. If it's very busy, which it usually is, the service can be a little spotty. But, still - we return, over and over again.

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DLinLA (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2015

I love Kiwame. I try to eat there at least several times a month. Quality fish and a unique, original menu -- which is really not that easy these days for a sushi restaurant to do. From the Katsu-ya family of restaurants so you know it's going to be good.

Among My Favorite Dishes:
Seared Garlic Albacore with Black Burgundy Truffle
Foie Gras with Sauteed Apple in Plum Wine Reduction
Warm Crab Roll
Spicy Tuna Roll with Warm Crab
Honey Roll

The Place is always packed but it's easy to get in if you make reservations and there always seem to be a few spots open at the sushi bar.

Service is excellent. Everyone is nice and attentive. Zero attitude.

Small but nice cocktail list and great saki options.

Ambience is not so much. Lighting on the bright side and the indoors room is not that big but big enough. There's a basic outdoors seating area that's tented to keep the parking lot from intruding on your meal.

Have a great time!

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DeeDee9 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2015

Everything we ordered was absolutely fresh, exquisitely crafted and promptly served. All servers were excellent. Hostess was gracious and helpful (we were running a little late and she still saved our table). It was a lovely dining experience.

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vipgbs12345 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

The food and service at Kiwami are always excellent. You can't go wrong with the Katsu-ya inspired menu.

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vipFilmartist (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 20, 2015

This is by far my favorite restaurant in the world. I've been to over 60 countries and nothing comes close. The service this time was average, because they were training new staff, but it's usually spot on. I'd still be back, because one bad service experience out of over a hundred is not bad!

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vipWonderful (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2015

Whether you are a sushi fan or not, the food at Kiwami is stellar. I tend to go for the specials on the white board (where else would you find salmon sashimi with truffle salt?), but everything is wonderful. Excellent staff. Can't wait to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on August 10, 2015

Amazing waitress and the best food!

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vipBaseballlady (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2015

Little place with great sushi. Good service . Bar area is nice place to watch the chefs.

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vipWonderful (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 25, 2015

So love this place. Great food and great service. Never ever disappoints.

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vipRosenthaljc (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 20, 2015

Amazing as always.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 8, 2015

Katsu ya gets way too busy so we come here! Food as just as good a bit more of a romantic spot but no big deal. Great food great service.

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vipJared (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 14, 2015

The food here is always amazing! Sometimes it is difficult to get a table for uncommon numbers (3, 5, 6, and 7) at peak times. The best thing to do is make a reservation for 4 people and call to request a change and they will almost always gladly change it -- so you still get your open table points. Usually the service is great but occasionally there will be an off night where they are much slower. The food, etc. is the exact same is it is at Katsu-ya down the block (and in Encino/Northridge) but the atmosphere is a lot more calm, relaxed, and quiet.

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jenbirdistheword (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 13, 2015

The great food of Katsu-ya with much better ambiance and not such a mad house.

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UnhappyDiner (New England)
2.0  Dined on May 29, 2015

I had been to Kiwami a couple of times a few years back when it first opened. Back then, the service was great and the food was excellent. Since it had been a while, I decided to check it out again and was greeted with a very disappointing experience.

I had made my reservation through OpenTable for 9:00 p.m. After checking in on time, and being told it would be a couple of minutes, my party of two wasn't seated until 9:30. As soon as we sat, we asked for water. Despite asking three times, the water never came.

Wish I could say the food was amazing, but the fish was unremarkable and the sushi rice was just plain soggy and overcooked, ruining each dish it was served with.

At the end of the night, feeling frustrated and still hungry, a $100+ bill was dropped in front of us for two lite beers and four small dishes.

Needless to say, I will never be going back to this restaurant.

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