Tsubaki

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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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LL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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
248 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

T
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! This was our first visit to Tsubaki and really enjoyed it.

We had 5 different glasses of sake and all were good. Three were spectacular. And the food was just as impressive. Between two of us, we split 5 items from the menu—for us, that ended up being just the right amount.
Started off with the wagyu tataki. (Which was fine, maybe a little overwhelmed by the really delicious fermented chili and broth. Probably wouldn't order this again, but it was nice to try a different take on wagyu).
Next up came the Chawanmushi, steamed off custard. That was amazing! Definitely a must next time we go.
Then in tandem came the tako-ten (fried octopus) and a special of grilled diver scallops. Yes and yes!
To finish, the 48-hour short ribs were perfect.
Really, what a lovely place. Service was just the right balance of friendly-to-professional and dishes came out and the perfect pace.
Highly recommended and look forward to returning.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding. Great, attentive, pleasant servers. Looking forward to going back again.

DM
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Tsubaki is a beautiful experience on so many levels! The food is a fresh spin on traditional Japanese flavors, it's complex yet effortlessly delicious. The ambiance is cozy NYC restaurant meets sophisticated Japanese design. Every time I dine here I marvel at something whether it's the perfect water glasses or the insanely cute chopstick rests, you'll love the elegant plating of each dish. Did I mention the wine and sake list? It's delightful and so is Tsubaki!

O
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The place is charming, but three of our four dishes were tremendously over-salted.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and sake selection! Waitstaff was so sweet and hospitable.

DH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a reservation and arrived early, but were seated 10 minutes late... and my wife is 7 months pregnant.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The cuisine was amazing! Some of the best yakitori and izakaya to memory. Prices were a little high but quality made up for it. We would definitely return! Highlights: tofu salad!! Grilled Squid special, & Chicken Oysters. Great sake and wine selections...Valet available “on the street” but parking difficult otherwise.

R
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must try! Allow the server to guide you a bit. We got sake afterward at OTOTO, which I very much recommend. Sorry for closing it out.

AV
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & even more excellent food. 👌🏽

RM
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant is amazing but parking (even valet) is an actual nightmare especially if a Dodger game is happening. I would Uber.