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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!
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Japanese, Japanese Speciality, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Sunday: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Hill St./8th St
$50 and over
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Joes Car Park
808 S Olive
Enter from Olive or Hill
$5 validation for 2.5hrs
Metro Bus 4, 2
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
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Shibumi Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
I had been once right after it opened. Didn't have a great experience but thought "growing pains". Decided to come back only after seeing it listed in BA. Ordered the omakase course for 4 people at $90 each. The chinmi (amuse) was served as two small plates for 4 to share. As the meal progressed, it was clear that each course was being served to share what seemed like 1-2 servings for 4 people - i.e. The salad was one bowl for 4 to share. The eggplant was one plate for 4 to share. The beef was one plate for 4 to share. And so on and so on. The only two dishes where all 4 of us got their own serving was soup and rice. And of all the courses, seven of the ten were cold dishes. Had I known that the $90 pp omakase would be served family style, I would've ordered alacarte. We were disappointed that they ran out of sashimi to which the waiter replied that "Japanese food isn't all about sashimi". True, but not something a diner spending $90 each wants to hear, especially when 2 of the 4 diners are Japanese.
We love Shibumi - its a very special place where you will find culinary delights and a good time. Our server Brian is the best and he is usually there on Sundays and he is just so knowledgeable, friendly and suggests wonderful ways to make your night even more special and the food is incredible
The server, Chris, was incredibly knowledgeable and shared all kinds of interesting tidbits with us about what we were eating, how the restaurant cooks in special ways and was friendly to boot!
The food was delicious, particularly the Miyazaki Wagyu. If we weren't visiting from San Francisco, we'd definitely be regulars!
Highly recommend Shibumi . I sat at the bar by myself on a Sunday night and enjoyed the atmosphere along with the unique food and presentation. Watching Chef Schlosser prepare the food 2 feet in front of me was incredible. Fresh (real) Wasabi .
My server Brian was awesome, very knowledgeable, friendly and made me feel special. 5 Star service . The 400 year old wood bar was spectacular. The dessert was delicious as well. Highly recommend to experience Shibumi it truly is a unique, special place.
The BF heard about this restaurant and wanted to try it so we made reservations for his birthday. The front is very unassuming, a gray facade with a uniquely shaped window and a small sign outside with the name of the restaurant. The interior was very very simple, minimal and so cozy: wooden live edge tables, dim lighting along the walls and a beautiful wooden bar counter. We decided to go with the omakase option and definitely did not regret it. It turned out to be 9 courses and everything was great. My favorite was the salmon trout, so tender and slightly smokey. The sea snail was definitely a surprise since it was served in the giant shell, and the little mushroom pieces and the broth was so good. Our server asked if we were there for a special occasion and I mentioned it was for a birthday and they brought out a bowl of ice cream with a candle. =) It's really nice & definitely appreciated when people think of the small things like that. =)=)
Best things to try is the Sea-Bream Sashimi, Silken tofu and grilled heritage pork.
Worst dishes of the night was the California Rice - litterally you are paying $20 for steamed rice and 2 pan-chan sized meat and veggies, the poo-poo chilled greens, chinmi wtf, and the salmon.
Everything else was not good and service was horrible, the presentation of explaining each dish was unprofessional and needs work, overpriced food, right when we walked in we were greeted by a grumpy hostess and she didn't explain the whisky menu. How did this place receive such high praise by JGold and Bon Appetit for best restaurant 2017????? Don't understand this at all.
Chef David's creativity is world class. The ambience is uniquely simple and refined by the minimalist woodworks. Cocktails were just as delicious. Unfortunately, our server was rude from the time we arrived to the time we left. Bad server ruined our experience.
I go to the top restaurants in town and this was a huge disappointment. We ordered 5 plates and only 3 of the 5 were edible, 1 of the 5 "good."
I don't know why this place gets such great reviews. I couldn't wait to get out of there and get some real food. The service was not that great either.
Will never go back.
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