Asuka

4.7
63 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
We adhere to the craftsmanship of traditional Japanese cuisine. Chef Kenkichi Yamamoto handpicks the freshest ingredients of the season, using them to inspire the creation of all his dishes. Our kaiseki prix fixe menu has traditional Japanese flavors mixed with french elements featuring shun (seasonal) ingredients. The 9 courses range from the chef's interpretation of sashimi to unique steamed, boiled and grilled dishes. We have seasonal fish and fish offerings traditionally found in Japanese cuisine as well as other dishes to order a la carte. The menu is set for you to experience a dinning experience like no other. Feast with your eyes and stomach! Enjoy!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Kaiseki
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
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Phone number
(424) 832-7284
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kenkichi Yamamoto
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Ohio st
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Parking details
Street parking behind the restaurant in the alley behind bristol farms on the cross streets of ohio/westwood blvd.
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
What 63 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
244 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

This gourmet Japanese restaurant is excellent. Not much in the way of usual Japanese dining but what there is is unusual and delicious. Well prepared and tasty. A bit on the pricey side but worth it.

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A
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

When arriving to the restaurant, the hostesses advised they did not accept reservations. I said I booked on Opentable and they said they would put us on the waiting list. They couldn’t have cared less. Service was sub-par.

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m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an outstanding evening. Delicious sushi and great service.

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MJ
Orange County
64 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the Prix fix dinner for $80 per person. This was the middle option. The lowest was $65 and the highest was $150 each. It had an appetizer, sashimi, sushi and dessert. While the food was fresh and delicious, although it sounds like a lot, we were still a little bit hungry when we left. The portions were small. I think one more cut sushi roll or one more small entre would be great. Or even a bowl of rice may have made a difference. I will probably comeback and try lunch but I will order ala carte. The owner was nice. He came and said hello.

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NS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 1

The lighting was terrible. The noise was unbearable. But the food was fantastic. I would want to try sitting at the sushi bar if I went back. I would never sit in the dining room again. A shame as the food was pretty good.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best sushi I’ve had in my life. Authentic, simple, absolutely fantastic. The owner Vincent is truly incredible.

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SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Came here to celebrate my husband's 30th birthday and was very impressed with everything! We decided to do the most expensive Kaiseki prix fixe meal, which was AMAZING and delicious, but soon much food for us. We should have done the less expensive prix fixe, but we were still happy with everything. The service was exceptional and the food was so fresh and delicious. Will definitely be going back!

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I always kaiseki for our anniversary. This was our first time to Asuka and it will not be our last. The rest of the menu looks fantastic as well, and I can't wait to go again!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We ordered the oma

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c
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a hidden joy. The fish is superb!! Other dishes are wonderful as well. Will be going back many times in the future.

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d
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Traditional Japanese and the freshest sashimi ever. Very close to UCLA and easy parking. Great find.

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KT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service here was amazing. I love sushi and this place was just such a nice experience. The food was awesome, and I would definitely recommend this place to friends.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go to place for some of the new sushi in LA.

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AK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot! Great food, great ambience. Owner pays attention to detail. Feels very authentic.

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DW
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here now at least 4 times and doesn't disappoint. Great sushi/sashimi options thanks to an excellent sushi chef who somehow finds the best fish to serve. Hamachi and blue fin tuna sashimi are my go to's here! Go!

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DJ
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fresh sushi selection, excellent black cod! Surprising gem in Westwood.

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HG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Omakase sushi was super exceptional last year. This year it rose to very good. The older chef was not present, and I believe he is the one who takes great pride in the resplendent combination of flavors in omakase sushi.

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SK
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious! They had many specialty items. I never order eel when I go out for sushi but it was AMAZING at Asuka! They grill it and the flavor was great! Chef Taka was a pure delight! He made great recommendations and it was a lot of fun chatting with him throughout the dinner. Can’t believe I’ve waited so long to try this place! I will definitely go back and have already told several friends!

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P
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. Excellent in every category. Can’t wait to come back again.

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g
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was prompt and attentive. The fish tasted very fresh and flavorful. The sushi set was a good value.

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DB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best bento box value in town...they really do the details well

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Omakase- Sushi was fresh and rice was well balanced. For 65 dollars it was definitely a good deal

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is the real deal. We sat at the counter and were awed course to course. This place has been around since the late 1970s. The owner meticulously checks on you to make sure you’re happy with everything. Unreal sushi experience!

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DW
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. Bluefin sashimi to die for. Hamachi sashimi great. Service was highly attentative catering to everything we needed. Finally great sushi again in Westwood (I miss Tengu!)

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b
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a real sushi restaurant. The fish is curated with pride and the service is fantastic.

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BF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Can I give them 6 stars? We had the Kaiseki menu and the food was brilliant. Flavors were wonderful and pacing was great. We never felt rushed from course to course, nor did we feel a lull in between courses. The star of the evening was the owner/manager. He was extremely friendly and full of great stories that captivated our group. Even if the food had not been as great as it was, I'd be back just to hopefully hear more stories!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was A+ and the service was first rate!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful all around

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OT
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good sushi and Japanese food. I am a Japanese and love Sushi. This is one of the best with reasonable price but a very good Japanese restaurants in LA. Highly recomended.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food

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M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food and service good.
But ambiance not good. Too light / bright. And too “ordinary” looking. This place could do a lot better.

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K
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Finally a good and pleasant Japanese restaurant in Westwood

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JH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had the best dinner there! It was great to get out and find a wonderful keiseke place. The courses where delicious and not what you would typically find. We wanted to find a place that was quiet with good food and we did. I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a new dining experience. The courses were well paced and tasted wonderful. The staff was great and explained what each dish was when they were brought out.

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IL
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant surpassed our expectations. It was a Wednesday evening, but I was still surprised that it wasn't packed with people. The only reason I can think of is that it's a bit on the pricey side. We ordered a sushi platter for $65 (which came with some authentic miso soup) as well as the eggplant appetizer, shrimp tempura (very delicate), and also the mango mochi and green tea tiramisu. Sounds like a lot of food, but if I'm being completely honest, we weren't stuffed.

I would definitely return when I'm in the mood for some high quality, fresh sushi in a peaceful, friendly, attentive restaurant.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I used to go to the ASUKA down the street at least 2 times a week and i loved it. This is a new & improved version of that. Nice job re doing the business but the food is as yummy as always.

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l
London
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently brilliant all aspects. 4.9 rating well-deserved. Chefs are welcoming and helpful. Owner same. Run don’t walk to this gem!

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MT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The kaiseki omakase was outstanding, as was the service. It's pretty spendy, but worth it for a special occasion. The prices also probably explain the pleasantly quiet atmosphere - no kids or young partyers. The chawan mushi was the best I've ever had - with a surprising but much-enjoyed touch of wasabi. The Hokkaido uni was a revelation, served on ika. Black snapper served two different ways - both nice. Even the miso soup was terrific - lots of seafood in there. Very short wine list, but good and not too marked up. Beer list was for people who don't like beer (Sapporo, Asahi, and Kirin - the Japanese equivalents of Bud, Miller, and Coors). The sake list was more impressive (and suitably so). The pacing of the courses was just right. Dessert was a green tea custard. They called it a tiramisu, but that's probably wrong. We'll go back, but we'll have to save up first!

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KY
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing omakase experience. 5 stars all around. Great food, friendly and well balanced service, good value too.

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OT
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the kaiseki omakase and it was absolutely unbelievable. A very special treat. So ridiculously delicious. Sit down and let the chef do his thing. Finished with a fois gras handroll-are you serious!?

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