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
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.
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
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 beer (asahi especially)
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.
Quite possibly the best restaurant in LA!
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.
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—
had an amazing time here. the omakase was delicious and so fun.
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.
Everything is good except the rice. They should improve more on how to cook the rice or the type of grain.
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.
Amazing. Music got a bit loud. Service and food was spectacular
Fantastic. Best in LA.
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.