Tsubaki

4.8
237 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Tsubaki is a contemporary California version of a classic Japanese izakaya in Echo Park, Los Angeles. The food, paired with sake, wine, and beer, complemented by the warm, genuine hospitality that Japan is famous for, offers guests a peek into modern Japan through the lens of Los Angeles.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday; Tuesday - Thursday; 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM; Friday & Saturday; 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM;
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Phone number
(213) 900-4900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Charles Toshio Namba
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sunset Boulevard
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Parking details
We offer valet on Allison Avenue directly in front of the restaurant. $5 per car.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 237 People Are Saying
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lots of tasty small dishes, but the rice — yaki onigiri and ochazuke — stands out. Happy hour also excellent.

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EB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious, delicate Japanese cuisine with a twist.
Great sake list and food that pairs wells with it. Small, cozy, intimate space for great conversation.

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VV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars, as an avant/apres for shows at the Music Center. The sake list is stellar, the food is on the mark every time, and I order dishes with ingredients that I normally don't love - and I am never disappointed. Courtney's hosting skills are fit for International Diplomats, and we feel very well taken care of, every single visit.

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AG
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food very much .Fresh and super interesting

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j
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It never never disappoints. The service is amazing!! An excellent choice of music is playing and enjoyed without being to loud so you can have conversation. Each and every dish is yummy.

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A
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent culinary experience! From the salmon tartar to the sake-marinated foie gras to the 48-hour short ribs, it was an amazing meal. A cute, tiny restaurant with excellent service and a nice ambiance.

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FJ
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

just great.
So tasty. Great wines and sake too.
One of the best places in LA

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BB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we've ever had -- perfect japanese "comfort food"! And outstanding service.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tsubaki is my favorite restaurant in LA. I almost don’t want to write a review because I’d love to keep it secret, but the word is already getting out. The atmosphere is cozy and romantically lit. The owners are incredibly invested which is reflected throughout your dining experience; it doesn’t hurt that they’re also genuinely lovely people. The food is PHENOMENAL. Tsubaki offer a unique take on skillfully prepared Japanese classics with local California influence. The staff’s sake knowledge and the selection are unparalleled. All menu items are reasonably priced for the quality. Tsubaki is much less expensive and has better food than most of the better known Japanese restaurants in town. I wouldn’t come here with more than 6 people as it may feel a bit tight, but it’s perfect for a date or night out with friends. Bar seating is an option (which is my favorite spot) and can be selected during booking. With an adjoining bar soon opening next door (Ototo), there will be even more to enjoy, including added space. Reservations are recommended as it is quickly becoming a hot spot. If you’re going to eat at one place in LA, this is it.

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KA
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super tasty, creative food, great staff, excellent service, great sake selection.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Refined and delicious modern Japanese food. A hidden gem. A little on the pricey side, but worth it for a special occasion.

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K
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tsubaki is consistently excellent - with creative, delicious and authentic Japanese food served by
helpful and friendly servers in a cozy, minimalist setting.
Love their tempura, sautéed mushrooms, rice balls, jidori chicken terrine, yakitory and pretty much everything. One cannot go wrong in this restaurant. They also offer flights of sake and wine by the glass.
Hojicha ice cream dessert is spectacular!

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Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

They ran out of almost half the menu

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RS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The proprietors and employees are all so gracious, the ambience of the restaurant so enchanting, I would recommend this place if they served up paper plates of cat food. Fortunately, each dish is beautifully conceived and is downright transportive. Sitting at the bar is definitely the way to go because the window into the kitchen allows the diners to see the staff working together amicably- and even breaking their focus to admire an exceptional plating of the most flavorful lamb chops anyone has ever created. The fried octopus with pistachio puree and chili agrodolce was my favorite because it harkened to the greasy decadence of junk food, but when the numerous flavors married in my mouth, it was like a joyous riot that I will always remember with a smile and a pat on the belly. I cannot recommend this izakaya enough.

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NK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible cuisine. Great obscure Sake and Japanese Beers. I loved the abalone

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Tsubaki is a GEM. The food is very original and delicious. The service lovely. It's a little loud, and a little pricey, but worth the cost.

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VH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! Very innovative menu and Courtney recommended some terrific saki options. Overall a terrific place. I'm afraid to post this and then it gets so busy I can't go back.

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JJ
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience.

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N
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Delicious, authentic Japanese cooking with California ingredients

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

$165 two people sharing

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Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and friendly service. Have dined here many times and enjoy its changing menu.

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AG
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food but be aware portions are small. It is tapas style which I love but the price point is too high for a meal that requires at least 3 plates per person.

If you are prepared for the price and size offering, the food is very tasty.

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SY
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I don’t know what took me so long to try this place. The food was fantastic. Everything was super fresh and the quality was top notch.

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LS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Tsubaki is a great addition to the LA Japanese food scene. It's authentic and many of the dishes are Japanese comfort foods to those who know it. So glad I went and I would definitely recommend it to my friends.

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Japanese food isn’t just sushi or ramen. Tsubaki reminds how creative use of fresh ingredients can make this cuisine vibrant, intriguing, fun and oh so tasty

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SW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

... Best Japanese food in LA! Amazing dishes OISHII!!

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r
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good friends

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s
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my favorite place for itzakaya and the sake menu is the best in L A or just about anywhere. Courtney really knows her sake

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CP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience has been that Tsubaki is consistantly excellent--creative, perfectly prepared food and good service.

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LT
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I love hitachino beer and they have it on tap!! Happy hour chicken sando!

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W
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Tsubaki has unique and flavorful dishes which maintain the interest level. Ingredients utilized are top notch, and the servers are engaging.

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MA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tsubaki is consistently EXCELLECT! Never a moment when I'm not surprised at the creativity and quality of the food and the high standards of service/hospitality.

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s
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

love the sake list but it's the food that brings me back all the time( without a doubt)

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LL
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing. Every course was beautiful, service was wonderful.

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M
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top ten restaurants in Los Angeles. Every time we go it just gets better. They understand hospitality here, and so much more. Love this place

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was pretty poor. Our dinner took about 2.5 hours, mostly spent trying to flag staff down. It took 30 mins for them to pour a single glass of wine. Sad, because food was great.

We left hungry because we wanted to order more but didn't want to spend another hour there waiting for our order.

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