Sakana Sushi Lounge DTLA

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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.
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Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

We went on a Sunday for an early dinner. It was quiet. Food was good. Drinks were good. Service was a little slow, but the actual servers were great when we interacted with them. I'd definitely go again.

u
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding !

NE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

I was a little disappointed with ordering a mojito drink and you didn't have mint. Should of told me that while I was ordering it.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

It wasn’t very busy so they pushed us out quickly. I think it would be more enjoyable on a weekend.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vegan tourist review:

In LA for a Saturday concert and mom and I wanted veggie sushi.

Sakana popped up thanks to yelp. At first we wanted to eat earlier in the day as we were hungry. But after seeing Sakana opens up at 5pm on Saturdays, we decided to go shopping at fig & 7th. It all works out great and we walked over after shopping.

We made a reservation on open table, but it wasn't really needed.

We ordered the edamame and seaweed salad to start. Just there we were won over by how fresh it all was.

Our avocado roll, cucumber roll and vegetable roll were all so FRESH and light.

My mom (not vegan) ordered shrimp tempura and she loved that it was not oily or heavy either.

The ambiance is so nice and pleasant. It seems like it was getting busier and louder as we were leaving, which made us happy to know they're doing well.

This spot is super affordable and such a good option for fresh veggie sushi.

RY
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Sushi

Steve provides great service. All of his recommendations were spot on. We will definitely go back.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and good service

c
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great experience and a great time. The service was great and the food was really good.

MZ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and my girlfriend was pleasantly surprised by our Valentine's Day dinner.

CB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grate food. Fast service.

CK
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience! Food is delicious! Highly recommend the Sashimi and Japanese Mojito!

OT
Savannah
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was just ok. Not anything I have to have again. Service was good. Dinner before Elton John concert.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter and host was attentive and nice. Ambience was good for small or large parties.

OT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch with friend visiting! Everything was top notch! Incredible sushi, rolls and seaweed salad

W
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Better than other well known places I've been to..in DTLA for sushi.

M
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

To be fair, our reservation was on the later side - 9 pm - but it was a Saturday and the place was empty and the ambiance felt very sterile. The TV was on in the bar area and most of the staff, including our server, spent most of the time huddled watching it. The food was just okay. We had wished we had gone somewhere else when we sat down - and still felt that way as we were leaving. I wouldn't go back.

SK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find in DTLA. Very satisfied with just about everything, especially how tasty the sushi and other dishes were. Definitely will frequent this sushi lounge.

NR
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great birthday dinner here, fast service, delicious sushi. Not much else I can say other than it's a great spot for a modern sushi restaurant.

G
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

it would be nice if the restaurant also offers oyster shooter.

G
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to place. The food is always fresh, and employees are courteous.

GV
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 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

AM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

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

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

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

s
Los Angeles
6 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!

WC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 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.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 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!

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.

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

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

MJ
10 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.

PK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 14, 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.

M
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious!! Great happy hour ☺️

JS
1 review
Dined on March 1, 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.

l
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MJ
10 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.

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

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

s
London
41 reviews
Dined on November 29, 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.

JF
Los Angeles
83 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.

OT
New York Area
7 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.