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TENSHO, Los Angeles, CA

TENSHO

4.8
4.8
50 Reviews
$50 and over
Shabu-shabu
Even if seats are full, we may still have availability. Also, special requests or inquiries would be welcome. Please do not hesitate to reach us by phone (213-617-1016).

5.3.2022 Tue
NEW OPEN in Little Tokyo
[TENSHO]

Right in the heart of Little Tokyo, “Kagaya” has established itself a top tier shabu shabu restaurant. Now, the torches have been handed to a new head chef and owner, the next generation to carry the torches of tradition and exquisite flavor, with the new name of TENSHO.

Trained in traditional Japanese cookery, this 23 year veteran chef is on his way to introducing a new wave of Japanese delicacies to the States. As close as you can get to Japan itself, this chef brings his revisioned menu, with patron favorites, and extensive sake list. The desert and a la carte menu is designed by their French trained chef. 

The wagyu beef is of A5 rank.  The seafood, carefully selected to be of highest quality. Food that is not only delicious but also good for the health. 

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Shabu-shabu, Seafood, Kaiseki
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (213) 617-1016
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Mr. Tetsuhiro Watanabe

Experiences

  • Deluxe A5 WAGYU & Live King Crab & Seafood

    $188.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    This is TENSHO's Best combination shabu-shabu. highly recommended. Tax may apply at payment.
    Deluxe A5 WAGYU & Live King Crab & Seafood Photo
  • Today's Seafood

    $128.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    From the sea, we choose the best seafood every day, basically, we provide Sashimi grade scallop (from Hokkaido Japan), Freshly shucked oysters, Shrimp, King crab. Tax may apply at payment.
    Today's Seafood Photo
  • USDA Prime Beef

    $93.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Prime beef is produced from young, well-fed beef cattle. It has abundant marbling (the amount of fat interspersed with lean meat). Tax may apply at payment.
    USDA Prime Beef Photo

Offers

  • [50%OFF] COME JOIN OUR HAPPY HOUR (5-7 PM TUE-SUN)

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM,Tue - Sat - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    From Tuesday to Sunday, between 5 PM and 7 PM, we offer draft beer for $5 (regularly $10) and oysters for $2.5 (regularly $4.5) for those who order during our happy hour. Tax may apply at payment.

What 50 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Overall

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Food

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Best Service

50 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience like everyone said amazing service! All my friends said they are going to come back again!

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  2. MrMM

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shabu Shabu at its finest in LA with fresh ingredients and well-balanced appetizer courses.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great service and a good meal from start to finish. From appetizers to Shabu Shabu to the soup rice/udon and dessert.

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  4. SamanthaP

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is amazing as usual. The service was great! The staff is very attentive and friendly. My favorite is the appetizer and dessert!

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  5. AnnieW

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tensho has thoughtful service, high quality food and pleasant atmosphere. It is a reliable place to visit all the time.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience overall. It gets pricey than before. It was called Kagaya before covid. I was told that owner has changed. As well as the menu changed quite a bit too. At lease they didn’t charge for a desert before. As a conclusion, if you want a fine finding this is the place. However, if you are short on cash, go somewhere else. Spending over 200 dollar per person is an easy thing to do.

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  7. QiweiL

    Tucson

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food quality is amazing, service is no doubt. Will be back for sure!

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  8. chap

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! Always very fresh and high quality ingredient and we enjoy eating here

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  9. Hackford

    Los Angeles

    58 reviews

    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Incredible service and beautifully served food. Warm atmosphere, and great selection of Sake.

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  10. JimP

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding. The Best Shabu Shabu experience in Southern California. Don’t miss it.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious appetizers and Every staff are very nice to customers.

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  12. Hotelzen

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food. Good service. Pricy but worth it. I would definitely recommend.

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  13. MartaT

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food' presentation and service was excelent! The care and attention we received was outstanding!. Sitting at the bar was a must have always experience! Overall was a mesl to repeat and remember!
    TENSHOResponded on November 28, 2023
    Hi Marta! Thank you for your excellent review and for highlighting our food presentation, service, and bar experience. We're thrilled to hear that you found the care and attention outstanding. Looking forward to your next visit for another memorable meal!

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  14. JeffreyR

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A friend of mine suggested Tensho to me. Let me start by saying, the A5 almost melts. Came with a few other items, and all were fantastic. Even the homemade strawberry sorbet at the end, was very refreshing. Staff was extremely polite, and even though we were a bit late for our reservation, I was seated almost immediately. It’s a small place, so showing up without a reservation would not be ideal. 100% would recommend giving a try. Prices are high, so keep that in mind. Great for casual dining. Presentation of food was also very beautiful.
    TENSHOResponded on November 26, 2023
    Hi, Jeffrey, Thank you for your kind review and recommendation of Tensho. We're delighted you enjoyed our A5 Wagyu and the homemade strawberry sorbet. Glad to hear our staff made a great impression. We appreciate your note on our pricing and look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    After this meal, my husband feels ill in the middle of the night.
    TENSHOResponded on November 26, 2023
    We're very sorry to hear about your husband's experience. The well-being of our guests is our top priority. So, please contact us directly so we can learn more and take appropriate actions. Your feedback is crucial to us.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite shabu shabu place in LA. I came here so many times cause not only the food is amazing, the service is top notch as well. I told all my friends about this place. For the price, you get 3 appetizers in addition to the shabu shabu and rice/udon soup and dessert! What a great value! Can’t wait to come back!
    TENSHOResponded on November 26, 2023
    Thank you for your enthusiastic review and for recommending us to your friends. We're thrilled to be your favorite shabu shabu spot in LA! Looking forward to serving you again soon!

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  17. Happygolucky

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best shabu shabu in the world. And I grew up in Japan.
    TENSHOResponded on November 26, 2023
    We're incredibly honored by your high praise, especially considering your background in Japan. It's wonderful to hear that we've met such a distinguished standard with our shabu shabu. Thank you for sharing your experience, and we look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It is very rare for me to leave a review like this but I have eaten Shabu Shabu all over the world including most of the restaurants in LA. I feel l have an obligation to warn people about this restaurant. Their food is good. I would call it above average. But the portion sizes are very small and the prices are completely outrageous. I am used to spending a lot because we always upgrade to include the A5 Wagyu, but the prices they are charging are 2-3 times what I have seen anywhere. For the A5 they charge $193 for 8 oz, which works out to $386 a lb. That is almost a 400% markup on the cost of A5. It is definitely not worth it. And for what? The ambience is decent but not great. Also, WATCH YOUR FEET AT THE TABLES WHEN YOU STAND UP!!! They have the power cords for the tables running loose under the tables. If you catch your feet on one you could trip and possibly knock the table with boiling broth over on yourself or someone else. I will say that the staff is really nice and an overall nice experience but there are several places in LA where you can have just as nice an experience, eat the exact same quality beef and seafood and not feel like you were absolutely robbed.
    TENSHOResponded on October 6, 2023
    First, let us extend sincere gratitude for choosing us. It is through feedback that we can continue to improve our dining experience. Deluxe A5 Wagyu ($193) is the price of a course including 3 appetizers, vegetables, rice, and dessert. It's NOT $193 for Wagyu alone. Let us explain to avoid misunderstanding. We deeply value the authenticity and quality of the ingredients. Also, we pride ourselves in sourcing the most selective Miyazaki A5 Wagyu from Japan. We believe that the unparalleled quality & taste justify the price, ensuring our customers receive a genuine shabu-shabu experience. As for power cords, we appreciate your valuable insights, it's under internal discussion. We recognize it as an improvement area. Safety & comfort are of utmost importance. Thank you for your candid review.

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  19. CindyL

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Quality of the food was good, portion was big, service was 5 stars.
    TENSHOResponded on November 26, 2023
    Thank you for your positive review! We're delighted to hear that you were satisfied with the quality and portion of our food, as well as our service. We strive to provide a 5-star experience, and it's great to know we achieved this with your visit. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  20. Reviewer

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff was extremely accommodating for our various food allergies.
    TENSHOResponded on November 26, 2023
    Thank you for positive review with our team's efforts in accommodating your food allergies. We take pride in providing a safe and enjoyable dining experience for all our guests. We're delighted we could meet your needs and look forward to your next visit!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, amazing and helpful staff. Will be booking for next weekend again!
    TENSHOResponded on November 26, 2023
    Thank you for your wonderful review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our food and found our staff amazing and helpful. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  22. JimP

    Los Angeles

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Top notch authentic Shabu Shabu. Service is excellent.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing authentic Japanese shabu shabu, with a multi course kaiseki service. Food and service are impeccable. Probably the best shabu shabu this side of Japan. I’d recommend!

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  24. Lucky

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Atmosphere is great! Not too crowed. Food were excellent and servers were very friendly as always. Main chef is very kind!

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  25. chap

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, fresh and high quality, and excellent service! This is the second time we visited the restaurant and we really enjoyed the course meal. We also tasted the Wagyu beef sushi which was very tender and flavorful.

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  26. Lucky

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service. Staffs were friendly, quick respond.

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  27. yuejiaz

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    loveeeee, recommend to everyone. would definitely return.

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  28. Lucky

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, friendly staffs, chef is so nice!

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  29. rolanh

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    wonderful shabu shabu course, with some delicious side dishes--pricey, tho!

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  30. Lucky

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service. Portion of the meal's big. Friendly staff and very clean.

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  31. Yossi70

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome A5 Wagyu beer and Crab Seafood full course dinner. Nice selection of Drinks Friendly service. Highly recommend

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  32. Ding

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very gold. Will come back in the future. Recommend.

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  33. SimoneS

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, most likely the best Shabu Shabu in the LA area. The staff were very attentive and provided very good service.

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  34. ginal

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious and authentic shabu shabu. We used to patron Kagaya and were very pleased to see that Tensho carried on the same quality and service. A must for shabu shabu lovers!

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  35. Christine

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent quality prime rib Shabu Shabu neat. Not your typical all you can eat. A dining experience. Pre fixe. Started with omakase chefs choice appetizers. Blue fin tuna appetizer, then shrimp clear broth and a steamed grouper. Then had the Shabu Shabu. Then had udon noodles in the broth. Finished with a small and tasty dessert. A bit pricey but worth it!

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  36. GeKo

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best shabu shabu in the Western hemisphere. If you want the real Japan experience, go here. There is no runner up that comes close to Tensho.

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  37. KLam

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite meals ever. The fish was so fresh and the service was impeccable. This was our first time having shabu shabu so we needed help and the servers were so terrific. The desserts were phenomenal. Very expensive but worth the cost.

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  38. Lucky

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staffs were friendly, chef is excellent. Meal portion is large.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    81 reviews

    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What an amazing experience! High quality product, fresh. Amazing flavors, little bit expensive, but worth it. Customer service was incredible and attentive. We will be back. You must try!

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  40. Will

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Still the same as the old spot, Wagyu is great and price went up a bit, but still within reach, great service, already book for next trip.

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FAQs

TENSHO is rated 4.8 stars by 50 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for TENSHO

418 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012-4209

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Little Tokyo
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Shabu-shabu, Seafood, Kaiseki
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive chef
    Mr. Tetsuhiro Watanabe
  • Additional
    Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wine
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