Shibumi

4.5
188 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
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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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Japanese Speciality, Californian
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Hours of operation
Tuesday-Sunday: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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(323) 484-8915
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
David Schlosser
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Catering
Please contact restaurant directly for further catering information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hill St./8th St
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Parking details
Joes Car Park
808 S Olive
Enter from Olive or Hill
$5 validation for 2.5hrs
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Public transit
Metro Bus 4, 2
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Special events & promotions
Special Event announcements are made via email and social media.
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

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.9

Shibumi is a Japanese restaurant in DTLA that's unlike any other Japanese spot in town.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
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LN
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We dined with friends who are foodies. We ordered 2 - $90 and 2-$120 Omakase and enjoyed the meal very much. Every course was different and special. We especially enjoyed the cedar planked salmon. Very moist, tasty and delicious. The steamed rice was exceptional. The only course that we all weren't crazy about was the gelatin dish for dessert.

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ST
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

I ordered the Okamase which costs 90 per head but there are no sashimi included at all. it's not even worth for 90 bucks. They just give you grill or tempura food or Veggies. The tempura fish is not fresh and it doesnt have any taste, i can even tell that is just a frozen fish tempura. the portion is so little and at the end they just give to big bowl of stream rice which make you full. I will never go to this restaurant again. NEVER.

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JC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Well. I have to say the food is mediocre, but the chefs are very cute.

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KL
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the omakase options (both food and drink) at Shibumi, which I feel are pretty generous portion-wise. Go here! It's one of my favorite restaurants in LA.

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

Ordered the tasting menu and it was phenomenal. No one in LA is cooking like this. Everything so carefully thought out. Bamboo with miso and shiso is one of the best things I have eaten in a very long time. Can't wait to go back to see what else I can try.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Unique & Adventurous dining experience.
If you are fussy & not up for trying a completely different palate of flavors. This is not your spot. I've taught my son (as I was taught) at least try something once. If you don't like it, fine, but you need to at least try it. Shibumi was an exploration of food. Our server was very warm & friendly - she explained each dish to us. We let the chef be our guide via the omakase option.
Be ready for some very strong flavors & textures. Everything was beautifully served. Our favorites were the grilled meats & the ice cream with candied apricots. The overall dining experience took you away to Japan without leaving the LA vibe behind. If you are up for an adventure I recommend the experience.

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D
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved it always very special and the drinks are so good

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AF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing- will go again and again

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T
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Most of the food from the omakase were really good. We were expecting an uni dish for the next price level of the omakase but was disappointed to find out it was not being served that night. Overall, it was a good experience.

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YM
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I had high hopes for this place since it is difficult to find authentic Japanese food in the states (not overly flavored simple food). The food was good except for the rice. The rice itself wasn’t that good (not good enough to have a separate section in the menu) and it was just cooked rice in a pot with stuff on the side. I expected takikomi-gohan or something.

The other thing that bothered us was the order in which the food came out. In Japanese cuisine, carbs always comes out at the very end of the meal but they served it before our main dish (steak and pork). We were kind of full by the time we got to the main dish and it would have been nice to eat the rice with the main dish. It was nice that you can do half size of the main dish to taste different flavors.

The music did not go well with the atmosphere at all (old rock music?!) and it was way too loud. We couldn’t hear a word the waitress was saying over the counter. Lastly, we asked to be seated at the counter because we thought that we could see the chefs cooking. But the entire counter space in the dining area is just a bar (could be nice but basically it’s where things are stored) no cooking actions to be intrigued by.

Coming from Japan I find them expensive for what they are but we’re in LA so that’s how it goes.

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

This is a traditional Kyoto Kappo style restaurant NOT sushi, not ramen, not an izakaya. The chef /owner Chef David Schlosser is a master of this style of cuisine. The care he takes in selecting and preparing the freshest, most seasonal ingredients for his menu, he also pays to the personal relationships he has forged with the pottery makers of Japan who provide the restaurants dinnerware. I’ve been to Shibumi a number of times and it never fails to impress. Because this time was a special occasion, I chose the food and beverage omakase menus. If you can spring for it, this is the way to go. Each dish with the appropriate beverage selection harmonizes and flows like a beautiful song. Nothing short of exquisite. Thank you.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent collaboration dinner, food was outstanding. Can’t wait to come back for regular menu.

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

Mind blowing food with Shuko

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s
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

About 10 other random people and I had reservations for 830pm on a Saturday. By about 9pm they were able to start seating some of us. Some people just left out of disgust and a regard for the value of their time which this establishment wasted. Completely unacceptable for any restaurant that's been open more than a month. Also the prices are a bit ridiculous. The food is good, but not that good. I cost $26 for a pint of hard cider to give you an idea.

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AH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great food! I love that kind of experience of full service dining, like almost fine dining, very attentive staff that is focused on finding something that the consumer likes or accommodating them. The place was loud I’ll say that but it was busy Friday night

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

My friend and I were referred to Shibumi with rave reviews. We were so disappointed. From the microscopic portions on the starter to the tasteless sweet potato rice bowl we were sorely underwhelmed. I did enjoy the grilled pork as it was very tasty. The off the menu tuna was also very good. Overall, the general motif of the meal was not integrated, but rather disjointed and not pleasing. I have eaten in Japan and am a huge fan of Japanese food - this was not pleasurable at all. The pricing was outrageous for the quality of meal. The waitstaff were moderately accommodating but somewhat disdainful. Hipster angst is old news. Skip this pseudo-Japanese joint for better fare elsewhere.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Omakese shld be everyone got their own dish, but omakase in shibumi was everyone digging into one plate which ia quite unacceptable for that price and that is not japanese omakase style

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

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)

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

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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FL
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite possibly the best restaurant in LA!

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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S
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

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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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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H
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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L
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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s
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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TB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Best in LA.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

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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RL
Miami
53 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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AB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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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H
London
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

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

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NA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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TA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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JK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

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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SK
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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DH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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