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About Shibumi

Traditional. Seasonal. Japanese.

Shibumi is an intimate 40 seat Japanese restaurant and bar located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Guests are invited to enjoy a unique and rare selection of beverages paired with seasonal offerings. The program begins with a quest for the highest quality local, organic, and sustainable ingredients. And it finishes with skillful arrangement on handmade ceramics atop a 400-year old cypress counter. Omakase now available!

815 South Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Japanese Speciality, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Sunday: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Cross Street:
Hill St./8th St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(323) 484-8915

Website:
http://www.shibumidtla.com/

Catering:
Please contact restaurant directly for further catering information.

Parking Details:
Joes Car Park
808 S Olive
Enter from Olive or Hill
$5 validation for 2.5hrs

Public Transit:
Metro Bus 4, 2

Executive Chef:
David Schlosser

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Special Event announcements are made via email and social media.

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Shibumi Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

service

4.0

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4.0

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3.5

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Moderate

66% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Healthy (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Seasonal (4)
Business Meals (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
People Watching (2)
Tapas (2)
Fun (2)
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Comfort Food (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Great food - do the omakase with the kobe option. you won't regret it.
Sit at the counter. Rare that you'll want to be there.
Great service
Great cocktails
Great beer (asahi especially)

Tags: Romantic, Great Beer, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I’ve heard a few good things about this place from friends. I should’ve went with instinct to check the reviews. I was expected some exciting dishes, but I got was an Omikase dinner that was not up to par. If I wanted to eat a slab of Salmon I would’ve gone to a super market.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Quite possibly the best restaurant in LA!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 4, 2018

This is a unique dining experience. They use Japanese recipes from the 16th century -- everything is made from scratch. Each morsel melts in your mouth. And, the staff/service were the very best. Very attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Will never return. The food was quite simply: bad. Ordered the scallop “special” which consisted of a jerky style scallop that I would classify as “kibble and bits”. The waiter then recommended the pork dish which he stated “tastes like pork”. Indeed, the pork dish tasted like pork and tasted like nothing else. I don’t think it was seasoned, just cooked. Sorely disappointed given all the hype. I just ask for good food that pleases my palate, definitely not found here—

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

had an amazing time here. the omakase was delicious and so fun.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Romantic, Cozy, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Unfortunately the party before us took a long time so we were not seated until 40 minutes past our reservations. We both had the the most expensive omakase dinner along with the $40 beverage omakase. The first several dishes were good, but very small portions so my husband was worried he was going to go home hungry. As the meal progressed the portions were bigger and towards the end we couldn't finish the meal so we had them boxed up to go. Due to the delay in starting our meal 1/2 way thru we felt rushed thru the dinner. We had several dishes served at the same time. The omakase beverage pairing was great. It was totally worth the price. Our server took time to understand what we preferred to drink and served us accordingly. Overall it was a great experience just wished we didn't feel so rushed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Everything is good except the rice. They should improve more on how to cook the rice or the type of grain.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Terrific tasting menu. Flavorful. Attractive. Creative. Worth the $90. Had this with friends and will do it again as a couple next time as every dish was a hit. Love the Negroni cocktail too. So hard to pick between interesting cocktails and many good sakes.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Amazing. Music got a bit loud. Service and food was spectacular

Tags: Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fantastic. Best in LA.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This is one of the worst dining experiences my wife and I have had in Los Angeles and we eat out regularly. In fact, we left in the middle of our tasting menu the experience was so bad. This was truly sad for us given that we were celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary.

The whole evening started off badly. We had made our reservation (well in advance) to sit at the bar so we could be near the food prep. We were shown to two seats very close to the entrance and away from the chef. I asked to sit closer and we were about to be seated and the chef said these seats were taken. No sorry, no hello. In fact, we were then ignored by him the entire evening. However, siting next to us was a group of four VIPs, who were constantly doted upon by chef. The final straw was when food, that was rushed, was thrown down in front of us. When my wife asked for an explanation of the dish, the server seemed truly annoyed to talk to us.

I have never been made to feel like such second class citizen in a restaurant. I found it unacceptable.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 26, 2017

great food, friendly svc, great music tracks by staff. food with a flare and different with a great taste.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Shibumi was the most disappointing dining experience I've had in a long time. It was incredibly easy to get a reservation on a Friday night at the last minute, which should have tipped me off. The seafood I had was lovely, but every other dish was terrible. Bland, came out at odd times and unevenly paced. We received our rice about 30 minutes after the rest of our food was finished. The food was incredibly overpriced as well.

I hate to leave this review - I came in expecting to be blown away, and was reluctant to admit to my date that my restaurant recommendation was a bust. I was searching hard for proof that my disappointment was MY fault, but we were both thoroughly disappointed.

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 (London)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Over priced. All the non sushi dishes in omakase were mediocre at best.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on December 13, 2017

Never write reviews. This experience was a couple months ago, but it was so exceptionally bad that while on my opentable just now I felt I should complete a review. This restaurants completely lacks humanity. Plus the service is very bad.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 12, 2017

25 th wedding anniversary was excellent. Other than the homeless woman who walked in and gave a massage to a guest, it was great. Highly recommend it.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

They were out of the special prix-fixe Oita-ken promotional menu, so we ordered off the regular menu instead. Glad we did - we got a much wider variety of dishes. All were terrific. Standouts were the yellowtail and sea bream sashimi dishes, the salmon smoked with cherry bark, the California beef dish, and both of the fresh tofu dishes. Good and knowledgeable service and first-class food. Food, sake, tax and service came to @ $100 per person, and it was worth it.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

First, the bad news. We were looking forward to the special Shibumi + Oita menu. However, no where does it say to claim that menu with the table reservation. There's no such instruction on the Shibumi site, nor here on Open Table, so I simply reserved our table a week prior and thought nothing more of it. Lo and behold on the night of, when we asked for that menu, there server said it was sold out and that "you should have reserved it with the table", in not so many words. So, lesson learned; special menus at Shibumi REQUIRES a reservation for it, in addition to one's table. Don't know whether making a note on Open Table is enough, so better to call, I suppose.

On the bright side, the regular menu was tasty and intriguing. Winning items include the house-made tofu (served hot and has a pristine seafoodiness), sashimi (not the market price Seafood of the Moment, but the priced item with accoutrements), salmon trout (rich and just cooked), and the steamed iron pot rice with beef shin (comfort food that I'd be happy to order every time). Also worth it is the beverage omakase. It starts at $40 per person, and that was all that was needed for our dinner. It provided five different tastes as our meal progressed, and four of them were excellent pairings. (The off one was still good, though it didn't sing with the food like the others did.) That's $40 well spent.

Finally, must mention the convenience of the restaurant at the foot of a parking garage. Indeed, the entrance ramp is right next to the restaurant, so you can't miss either. With validation, parking is only $5, which is cheap and convenient for DTLA. However, there wasn't an obvious way to get back into the garage, so we had to follow the ramp to return to the car.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

My fiance and I decided to do the 6 course Bungo Wagyu tasting menu for our date night. We haven't had one in awhile so we were pretty excited. The dinner started off well with a nice pieces of yellowtail sashimi. Then our dinner made a turn for the bad and then for the worse. There was a 25 minute lag between our first course and the second course. The second course came and it was the grilled Bungo Wagyu. It was delicious. Then came another lag before they brought us the sukiyaki and rice. This is the first time I've ever seen plain, white rice listed as a course. Ok, fine the Bungo sukiyaki was also very good but I realized we never got our 4th dish which were pickles. We asked where it was (after we finished the rice and sukiyaki) and our server looked confused and said it was suppose to be served with the rice and sukiyaki. Then another server came by gave us our pickles and ran off. What am I suppose to do with this? No apology no explanation. Ok, fine I'm over it. Let's just the dessert and leave. They bring the dessert (they didn't ask us which one we wanted but brought us both desserts anyways). We get the bill to find that 18% gratuity was already added. How you can forget a dish in a 6 course tasting menu? And then charge me for 18% gratuity like you deserve that? No way. Never again.

All in all, our experience with Shibumi was probably one of the worst dining experiences of the year. It wasn't a cheap meal after account for the rice being a course as well the neglected side of pickles being another course. The menu really is a 4 course menu not 6. We felt a bit cheated for what we had to pay and we should not have to be forced to pay 18% gratuity for lackluster service. To top it off, the meal took forever! Our reservation was for 7:15 and we arrive early. We left the restaurant at 9:30 pm. I want my time and money back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Dined here for a special pre-fixe connected to the Oita Prefecture. The food was amazing, especially the Bungo Wagyu with the vibrant housemade yuzu kosho (the best I’ve ever had).
Unfortunately, the $40 wine pairing was not good at all.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The location was very difficult to find. We drove passed by it several times and did not see the restaurant or signage. However, the hostess was very accommodating and friendly even we arrived quite late from our reservation. We enjoyed our food very much and had a excellent dinning experience.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I made a reservation for their special Holiday tasting menu and although it was delicious, I felt like they could have added another dish. Japanese food tends to be smaller in portion size, but it was still too expensive for what I ordered for dinner from the menu provided. We also sat in a seat that had a draft and the front area was quite crowded.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Business Meals, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Off the chart delicious! Not your run of the mill Japanese food. Innovative and complex using the best of ingredients.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food was too experimental and the music was too loud. We went for the meat special but by 8:30 they were already sold out completely

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We went for a pre fix menu but it was only until we got there that we were told they were out of the items. We wouldn't have been as disappointed had we gone on a whim, but we had made reservations specifically for this purpose. The host called us prior to the day and they could have told us to make any special requests but they didn't.

Basically they have horrible insight as to the requests of their customers.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Very poor service. Our primary waiter was very detached, perhaps intoxicated. 3 people for a business dinner that had the food total at $430 not including beverages. Some items lacked flavor but then others seemed to be overly soaked in sauce. I would not recommend for a business meal as all items are prepared to share and some are very awkward for sharing.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We did the tasting menu with the wine and saki pairing. Both were fabulous. A lot of food- all of it delicious.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We greatly enjoyed our visit but having ordered the omekase, did not then allow enough time to enjoy it. ( 1 hr 45 min not enough!!). We will know better next time. The service was good and the food memorable.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Crude, know it all, out of touch chef
Staff trying their best
Copying Japanese food will only get you so far

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We were very disappointed with our meal and service. To start with, when we were seated we had to ask for whisky list several times. Several appetizers we ordered were overly salty and not interesting or tasty. The main dishes didn't arrive after we were there for over an hour. We asked about them after waiting for exactly an hour. Another 15 minutes went buy. We asked again. They said they are putting it on the grill. We had less than 5 minutes to try to digest the food after it arrived as we had theater tickets. The only tasty dish was steak. It is very expensive and not worth it! If you are looking for authentic Japanese place, you should go to Little Tokyo near by and enjoy many excellent places.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was good as always. Although it is on the pricer end. Desserts came with a surprisingly large portion (compared to other dishes).

Tags: Cozy, Tapas
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Beautiful intimate setting. Good for sophisticated palates.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great original cooking.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It's a nice looking restaurant, but many of the servers just seem uninterested helping you. And the food, while fairly good, is nothing special, and costs WAY more than many comparable restaurants. May the indifferent service costs extra?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Blah. Slow service. Lower than mediocre experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The food and atmosphere were terrific, I was somewhat taken aback by the initial addition of service fee and then no mention on the final bill.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Late-night Find, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I was really excited to try this place but it just didn't impress me. I loved that you get to chose your sake cup and that they served saki by the glass but the food we tried was a little too strange and not very good in my opinion. The sea bream seemed extremely fresh which was good but the way they prepared the sushi dish made it taste way to salty.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Absolutely phenomenal. Been to Japan twice. We've tried Kappo places in Osaka. Food was spot on with regards to authenticity. The price was not bad at approx $250/person, especially with all the alcohol we got, but I was surprised at the size of portions for a 4 person omakase. I can see two people maybe splitting the amount we ate, but not four. I didn't want to mention it, but since I was asked my opinion thought I'd be honest. It was almost comical sometimes the four of us having to resist the impulse the rip apart one piece of meat with our little spoons that we had to split four ways. We've been to a lot of places around the world as well as many three star places in Japan, so my perspective is not coming from an inexperienced position either. I have nothing bad to say about the food though. The A5 slices raw, were heavenly. The sake pairing and bartender skills out of this world, the salted ice cream was to die for. I really want this place to succeed for a long time. Rare to find this caliber of food in LA. It's seriously only the portion size that bothered me a bit, but don't let that stop you from going. Maybe just eat a big lunch before you go that night?

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I went to SHibumi expecting more sushi and sashimi options, based on the website and reviews I had read. What they called Omikase was really what they call in Japan Kaiseki. If I had known that, I would not have gone.

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