Tsubaki

4.7
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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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4.7
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4.7
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AH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sea bream grilled over charcoal was delicious, as was the yaki-onigiri.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible. Can’t wait to go back. The black sesame balls, pork dumplings, sake selection, green tea soft serve and ambience were amazing! Love this place

e
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and presentation. My partner and I went here for valentine's day, the ambiance was intimate yet lively in this small brick and mortar spot in LA. Although we have tried better versions of some of the Japanese dishes we ordered, I would go back to try other dishes and drinks. The Japanese IPA beer I tried was delicious. I already started to recommend to friends. Queer-friendly.

A
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic. I brought a friend and he loved it. I will be back soon!

Y
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Inventive, beautiful food. Outstanding sake menu. Amazing, kind service. They were so accommodating and understanding of a gluten intolerance we had at the table. Highlight dish was the kinoko mushroom dish, the sashimi (can't remember if it was from the menu or a special but it was incredible), and kani chahan (duck fat fried rice). Nothing was too heavy / over-bearing. Definitely on the lighter side. Would definitely go back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Definitely worth more than a couple visits. Wonderful menu. Best yakatori I tried in LA.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was exceptional.

AS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was very good . I’m glad I found this gem right in my neighborhood .

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated 30 minutes late, despite a reservation, but the staff was very gracious and brought us a few free dishes. Overall, the food was excellent and we were very happy with the service.

U
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing especially with the sake. I recommend the abalone that was my favorite.

LS
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I live on the westside and hate traffic. So even though I am a foodie, if I didn’t have to be in Echo Park for an event, I probably would not have tried it. I enjoyed my meal for the most part. The sea bream appetizer was good. The croquettes were delicious. I was not wowed by the rice balls in the soup. And the meat in the NY steak uni special was so tough,both my friend and I had to gnaw with our teeth for what seemed like minutes to bite through it. And the toast was so buttery, it tasted greasy. We did point this out to the server seeing as it was $28 for two teeny pieces. And they did take it off the check. All in all, the meal was good but not great.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice

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s
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT PLACE.
Super friendly and the food is so nice

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food. Disappointed we had to sit at the bar. Service good. A bit loud. Very expensive.

b
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Food was excellent but the portions were too small, even for a tapas style. The service was also slow.
The worse part was how bluntly they skimped on the alcohol: we ordered a $48- half bottle of sake. It was served in a pretty clay pot that only afforded two small shots. When we complained to the waitress, she said that she served what was left in the bottle, and that they only serve 1/3 of bottles not halves.
The two shots were not even a 1/3 of a bottle-We left her 10% tip, we should have left her even less.

CE
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow what a great restaurant. A lovey place to enjoy an authentic and approachable Japanese meal. The ambiance is fantastic, and service was on point. Started the night next door at Ototo for a glass of sake and snacky snacks (same ownership) which I recommend, then we went to our reservation for dinner. Everything was delicious. No misses. Especially loved the duck fat garlic fried rice and the chicken thigh oyster skewers. So good!

JL
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this might be the best restaurant in LA, but definitely the best on the east side. their attention to detail, service and of course the food was incredible. the dungeoness crab custard was a stand out, in addition to the braised short rib. great sake selection. everything was absolutely perfect.

i'll also add, that while dining there, an A++++ list celebrity tried to get a table without a reservation in the already fully-packed restaurant, and to my surprise, the restaurant did not punt a reservation to make it happen. the celeb very politely demurred and the restaurant kept their reservation.

more places should in los angeles have this much integrity. couldn't have loved it more.

b
Los Angeles
212 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I liked the short rib, turnips and steamed egg very much. The tuna, spanish octopus, beef/uni toast, crab fried rice were ok

p
London
88 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of the great restaurants in LA at the moment. Everything we ordered was delicious and there is wide variety on the menu.

k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was delicious and special!

PS
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Way too expensive ; friendly staff and nice interior.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Third time at least as good as the first! Avoid the rice dishes and definitely get the short ribs.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is absolutely delicious! Enjoyed my visit and excited to come back again and try other dishes!

JG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Every bite was extremely cared for and delicious. Why a thoughtful experience

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a joy eating here.

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

just delicious and so interesting. I loved the sake menu, and I can hardly wait go back and try more dishes on the menu.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was our wedding anniversary dinner. The food was delicious, but the service made the experience less than enjoyable.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
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
30 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.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Over price food specially the pork belly. Rude Asian waitress

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
60 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
5 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.