Sakana Sushi Lounge DTLA

4.2
33 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Sakana Sushi Lounge is the culmination of hand selected fish and creative Japanese cuisine in an elegant yet comfortable space in Downtown Los Angeles. We'll be the first to admit it; quality is not what it used to be. Our restaurant's focus is on using the highest quality ingredients which may be a paradigm shift in an our fast paced world. Our team hand selects real fish on a daily basis as a ritual and deep commitment to those who allow us the pleasure of serving them. Our restaurant's recipes and methods are rich in decades of experience, while our dining area commands a stylish contemporary edge. Our expert staff isn't just here to serve, but really to be a guide into a unique, Japanese experience through a menu of thoughtful and flavorful selections.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday
Mon–Thu 11:30 am–10:00 pm
Friday
Fri 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Saturday
Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sunday
Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(213) 683-0008
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Olive Ave at Level
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Parking details
Valet parking at Level
Enter on Olive Ave
$5 for two hours
$7 for three hours
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
What 33 People Are Saying
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4.3
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3.9
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4.2
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GV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve been eating at Sakana, mainly for lunch, for a while now, but this weekend was different. I brought my whole family there to celebrate my nieces birthday. There were eight of us. We had a nice Table and the food couldn’t have been better. There was something for everyone…even those who don’t eat fish. It was a total success

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AM
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food and ambiance were good, but the service was slow and not attentive.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

It was dead!! No one else there, kind of nice, kind of disturbing

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Sushi was very fresh and generously portioned. Cooked appetizers and bowls were very delicious.

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s
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After a long time, my friend and I got together for a sushi lunch, which has always been our tradition. She has to drive from Orange Country and downtown is easy for her, so I found your restaurant. We are thrilled with the quality, service, convenience and cleanliness, and will be back often. Thank you for being there!

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WC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was decent and they have some good daily specials. But the service was terrible. We wanted to order more food and alcohol but our server never came back to check on us in over 25 mins. Additionally, we had to get up to get our check so we could leave. Would never recommend this place to anyone.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a reservation for 15 people for my sister’s 50th birthday. Two days before the dinner, I had to change the reservation from 15 to 20. I called the restaurant directly. They said they had no problem accommodating us. When we arrived, I figured out why. The restaurant was almost empty. What I can’t figure out is why it wasn’t packed. The sushi is high quality. Albacore, yellowtail, and salmon melts in your mouth. They have a wide variety of starters, like crispy spicy tuna (a crispy ball filled with spicy tuna), jalapeño tempura, and squash croquettes. The spider roll has extra pieces of mouthwatering soft shell crab on the side. The service was prompt and friendly. The decor is clean and classy, perfect for hosting an event like ours. I will be returning soon to Sakana Sushi Lounge. Thank you for a great night!

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I booked a reservation for 15 people at Sakana Sushi Lounge to celebrate my daughter's graduation. The graduation events lasted longer than I expected, so we arrived at the restaurant half an hour late. Of course, I did call to let the restaurant know we were coming in later, to which they replied "no problem". There shouldn't have been a problem anyway, as we were THE ONLY clients in the restaurant; it was otherwise EMPTY.

At 3pm, as my guests regarded the menu, they were asked to hand back that menu and were given another menu instead, which offered the same food, except the prices were higher. The waiter explained that it was now considered dinnertime (3pm!) and thus we had to pay for dinnertime prices.

When my daughter (the graduate we were celebrating) asked about the contents of Ponzu sauce, our assigned server ANNE told her that, if she had never had it before, that perhaps she should order something else. My daughter pressed for information about the contents of the sauce, explaining that she is severely allergic to gluten and needed to know the contents of the sauce to ascertain whether she could have it or not. To this, ANNE flatly responded that ALL sauces at the restaurant had gluten. When she saw my expression of clear discontent (I was about to take my entire party somewhere else), she finally offered to ask the chef for options.

The food itself was good, but the service was simply atrocious. The servers seemed angry and unhelpful, and clearly did not deserve the 18% tip they added to the bill, saying that they always requiere this gratuity for large groups.

Simply put, DO NOT EAT HERE IF YOU ARE GLUTEN INTOLERANT. In fact, if you want sushi, I am sure you can find other places with the same quality food that also treat your party with the respect and appreciation you deserve. I will not be eating here again.

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GS
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place for a casual lunch - Tuna and salmon are fantastic!

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MJ
9 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a great spot for very high-quality sushi and sashimi. The fish is impeccably fresh. The menu is varied but remains true to tradition. Best dishes: scallop carpaccio, uni, toro, spicy crab roll with seared tuna, eel and avocado roll. Can eat inside or out. Staff very attentive, chef pays personal attention to customers. We have been several times and never disappointed.

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PK
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like the decor but dislike the TV's, kinda ruins a little bit of the ambiance. Sushi and rolls were pretty good overall and I enjoyed their sake flight. Nice spot for a date.

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M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious!! Great happy hour ☺️

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal. The atmosphere was refined and very nice. I would go back for a birthday or anniversary in addition to business or social meetings.

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l
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Great quality and freshness in every dish they serve. Good ambiance and attentive service.

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MJ
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very fresh high quality sushi and sashimi, great variety. Unique rolls with new flavor combinations. Beautiful presentation, attentive service.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice attention / service, cleanliness, and food. Price was affordable.

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s
London
41 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

I went to Sakana for an impromptu dinner with some friends in LA. It was a pretty quiet evening so the atmosphere wasn't great but the food more than made up for it. We had a feast of sushi and sashimi with a few beers. It was reasonably priced, delicious and the service was very good.

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JF
Los Angeles
81 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Sakana and hope they get busier because they deserve it. So happy they're in our neighborhood. Sushi is fresh, delicious, and creatively prepared. However, I like their prepared dishes even more. Servers and bartenders are great and remember you on your second visit. Can't recommend it enough.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Some of the worst most leathery pieces of sushi I’ve ever had the misfortune to eat.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good was really good and this place is a hidden gem. It just opened a month ago but the sushi was awesome & fresh.
I would highly recommend this place to anyone in the DTLA area if you want some really good sushi.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

The menu, food and ambiance were great! The service needs to be worked on, server was polite but was not attentive even though the restaurant was not busy!

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CS
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful new Japanese restaurant in DTLA with indoor/outdoor seating.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

FOOD WAS GREAT. CLOSE TO THE ACE THEATRE. GOOD STREET PARKING. LOVED IT.

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a new restaurant in Downtown LA and by far it is one of our favorite spots for sushi. Food is absolutely amazing here. Staff is very polite and friendly and the happy hour deal on Sundays is a great deal. I highly recommend this place. Give it a try!

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MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The sushi creations are very creative and extremely tasty. They have a 2 for 1 roll special when you buy a drink AND you don't sit at the sushi bar. The downside is there is no alcohol and sometimes sake is what the doctor ordered when you eat sushi. Sunday night was very quiet and relaxing.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My reservation was at 9:30pm. Kitchen was closed when I arrived

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Dont love this kind of overwhelming sushi

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TM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The sushi was fresh and well presented. We ordered the Sashimi platter that had 28 pieces, chef's choice. It was wonderful! Fresh, great presentation and our server explained what was what on the platter. The service was great and everyone was friendly. Mind you, they don't have their liquor license yet so it wasn't crowded but I expect then they do it will be a busy place no matter what day or time of the week.

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PK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant just recently opened. The décor is very good.
The place is fairly quiet. They do not have a liquor license yet but should have it within a month or so. This did not detract from the experience. Service was excellent. The sashimi sampler platter, which we split, was very good, very fresh. Would definitely recommend this as a new place near DTLA.

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l
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Spectacular top-notch food with attention to details, preparation and presentation. The fish is served at just the right temperature, and a few times I've visited was very fresh.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant highly recommended, food is delish, staff is friendly, good ambience

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food but they've been open for 3 months and don't have a liquor license yet and didn't bother to tell us until we sat down.

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PO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time dining at Sakana and the restaurant made a great impression on both occasions. The first experience was a date night with the wife and the second a business dinner. Through both visits I've been able to experience several menu options. Everything I've eaten there has been excellent. The quality of fish has been fantastic and the service excellent. As a DTLA local I've been to other new restaurants (like Cleo) and not been impressed with the service. In fact, friendly polite service in DTLA can be hard to come by. But Sakana was great! My only concern is that people will catch on and it will get busy.

I'm looking forward to trying brunch soon!

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