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318 reviews
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$50 and over
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In the heart of downtown Los Angeles is n/naka. This is no ordinary dining establishment. Here you don't just get dinner, you get a whole dining experience unlike any other. Founded and run by Niki Nakayama, n/naka provides authentic modern Japanese kaiseki cuisine, formal Japanese seasonal dining served with many courses. Kaiseki dining includes the freshest ingredients possible presented in their most natural state.

Since being featured on "The Chef's Table," n/naka has become quite popular. The experience features 13 delicious courses, no ordering necessary. They can range from anything such as the chef's version of sashimi to an inspired, modern seafood dish. Just tell the staff about any food allergies or restrictions, and the menu is created for you.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 836-6252
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Niki Nakayama
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Private party facilities
n/naka is available for private parties and is happy to assist you in planning your event. For more information, please contact us at or 310.836.6252
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Cross street
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Parking details
Street parking is also available.
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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vipGoinOut (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2016

We went there a few months ago and will be going again August 25th. Expensive and worth it. It is not really a meal, it is an experience, a great time to spend with family and friends. The meal takes nearly 3 hours to work through. There are thirteen or more courses and although I cannot describe in detail each courses, I can tell you that two or three bites add up. I am not an expert in this style of Japanese cuisine, but I think any and all that enjoy a good meal should go...
Since there are no choices in what is placed before you, just go and enjoy. My sons and I had a wonderful time. So good, that we are going back with my wife as well....

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

Incredible! I had way high expectations and N/naka delivered. Service was exquisite and warm. The food was flat out art work. Plus it was delicious, not just for show. Wine list was good and we enjoyed the gruner veltliner. The best part was a visit from Niki and Carol. They were gracious and lovely. Thank you!

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 25, 2016

n'naka was a phenomenal dining experience my friends and I will never forget and will hopefully experience again. From the very moment you walk through the unassuming door until the moment you walk out the door and your car is waiting for you as you step on the sidewalk, Nikki and her outstanding team take care of every detail to make your time with them one you will never forget. The food blew my mind -- presentations were gorgeous, the flavors exploding, and everything is exceptionally explained to you by your waitstaff. We kept asking for more courses! The service was amazing. I left feeling like I made a slew of new friends. Definitely will be back.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 20, 2016

The best experience of my life every time I go to n/naka

vipOpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

This is, hands down, the best meal I have ever enjoyed. The service was impeccable, the ambiance romantic, and the food singular. The team at n/naka has perfected the art of dining, but their humility shines even brighter than their talent. This is not an experience to miss.

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2016

we completely enjoyed our experience at naka, down to the last drop of perfectly appointed wine, paired for our meal - (highly recommend). we absolutely adored our server, who is very near right in saying that the japanese can also make a very worthy italian style pasta! she was a joy and was the surprise to our evening.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2016

Absolutely amazing!!!! Would love to go back again and again. Thank you Chef Niki and the n/naka staff!

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2016

Consider this one of the best restaurants in LA and it feels Michelin Star worthy to me! Love the food and wine pairing and Chef Nakayama is amazing at her craft!!!

Stone (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

We intended to do it for our 35th anniversary; however, we couldn't get the date we want and with only two seats available. But the dinner turns out to be a wonderful experience for us: 13 courses of small but carefully prepared to gradually turning up our appetite pairing with 10 glasses of wine and/or sake... It's not hard to imagine how satisfied we were in the end.

vipeskargo (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2016

chef came out to meet our group at the end of the meal... nice touch.
also, you get a polaroid as a momento