Very good food
Lots of tasty small dishes, but the rice — yaki onigiri and ochazuke — stands out. Happy hour also excellent.
Delicious, delicate Japanese cuisine with a twist.
Great sake list and food that pairs wells with it. Small, cozy, intimate space for great conversation.
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.
Enjoyed the food very much .Fresh and super interesting
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.
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.
So tasty. Great wines and sake too.
One of the best places in LA
One of the best meals we've ever had -- perfect japanese "comfort food"! And outstanding service.
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.
Super tasty, creative food, great staff, excellent service, great sake selection.
Amazing as always!
Refined and delicious modern Japanese food. A hidden gem. A little on the pricey side, but worth it for a special occasion.
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!
They ran out of almost half the menu
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.
Incredible cuisine. Great obscure Sake and Japanese Beers. I loved the abalone
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.
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.
Delicious, authentic Japanese cooking with California ingredients
Fabulous as always
$165 two people sharing
Excellent food and friendly service. Have dined here many times and enjoy its changing menu.
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.
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.
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.
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
... Best Japanese food in LA! Amazing dishes OISHII!!
my favorite place for itzakaya and the sake menu is the best in L A or just about anywhere. Courtney really knows her sake
My experience has been that Tsubaki is consistantly excellent--creative, perfectly prepared food and good service.
I love hitachino beer and they have it on tap!! Happy hour chicken sando!
As always, Tsubaki has unique and flavorful dishes which maintain the interest level. Ingredients utilized are top notch, and the servers are engaging.
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.
love the sake list but it's the food that brings me back all the time( without a doubt)
Always amazing. Every course was beautiful, service was wonderful.
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
Everything was delicious!!
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.