Tsubaki

4.8
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376 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. Tsubaki’s little brother, OTOTO is now open next door.
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.7
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4.4
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food, exquisite

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tsubaki is my favorite restaurant in LA! Amazing food, amazing service, amazing ambiance. A must!!

R
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing coursed out dinner! Fried octopus was truly amazing and cooked to perfection. Awesome staff & service, we had a great date night here.

BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance is perfect for a date night. The food was delicious, especially the octopus tempura and the Uni toast. Great service and amazing food. I will definitely be going back.

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always outstanding. The short ribs are out of this world.

s
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always my go to place for great food and sake/beverage and Courtney is the best

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and sake! Super impressed.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The rumors were right; it is a true gem in L A. The ONLY complaint I have is that the lighting is TOO DARK to see the menu and the food.

KD
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The food was fine. But there are far better Asian restaurants in LA for less of a cost. Not worth the hype.

D
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for dinner on our honeymoon and it was an amazing experience. We felt so special and taken care of by the entire staff. The food is incredible — you must get the whole fish and the madai sashimi. We wanted to try everything, every dish was better than the last.

LL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food and drinks were delicious and the service was top notch! Definitely coming back!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great! Thank you for the anniversary dessert after our meal.

f
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a great spot! Everything was perfect from the food to the service. I will definitely be back!

AM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great plates to share, great selections of sake and great atmosphere! I'll definitely be back!

M
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Food and Sake List👍✨

F
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food but would appreciate more new dishes that are not deep fried.

LB
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb, strikingly imaginative twists on Japanese classics. A gem.

SC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of our own very favorite restaurants anywhere in the city and in the country.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had to wait 30 minutes for our table
Croquets were amazing
Short ribs were tough
Tofu was utterly flavorless
Hard to read menus, small print and dark room

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what I was looking for. Japanese cuisine at it’s finest near Silver Lake. The staff was great, the ambiance perfect for the occasion, the Sake among the best, and the food was the star of the show. Definitely worth another visit.

DK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A 5-star experience in every respect! Seated promptly, superb service, and food, sake and Japanese beers on draft that are all terrific.

IL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking: Street parking, which can be tough in LA area, good thing they provide valet parking.
The restaurant is a gem, tiny yet cozy. It's great for party of 2-4. The food is just absolutely bravo. Love the combination of flavor. Might be a bit on the pricey side if you want to fill up the tummy, make sure you order rice dish. will definitely go back again.

f
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

come as you are, as a friend as you want me to be, as a friend

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was insane!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal. Every bite was delicious.

S
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Fantastic. New tastes and flavors, but never overcomplicated. Staff is incredibly helpful with both food and drink selections.

N
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a charming establishment with wonderfully original cuisine served by a charming stuff. Truly a find.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it here

K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Sake list is incredible. Pricey but worth it.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Super cute
Fried octopus was the best
Great sake and our server was very sweet

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Delicious bites and great service in a lively yet serene atmosphere.

JO
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food and sake

JS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect, except waitress over charged us 150$...

JH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as ever. Tsubaki is without a doubt the best restaurant I have been to in LA.

H
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience to show off for out of town guests.

R
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Tsubaki went out of their way to accommodate us and make our meal special. Can’t wait to eat here again.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food always amazing but the service was very slow. Some items only had 2/3 pieces (and we were a party of 4) and the waitress didn’t inform us about the shortage/to order more than one plate, etc.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Lovely environment

C
Los Angeles
250 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic array of Japanese delicacies and great place to enjoy nibbles before a trek to Dodger Stadium

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Took a really long time waiting to be seated for a reservation