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.
Food was outstanding. Great, attentive, pleasant servers. Looking forward to going back again.
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!
The place is charming, but three of our four dishes were tremendously over-salted.
We had a reservation and arrived early, but were seated 10 minutes late... and my wife is 7 months pregnant.
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.
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.
Excellent service & even more excellent food. 👌🏽
Restaurant is amazing but parking (even valet) is an actual nightmare especially if a Dodger game is happening. I would Uber.
We loved the place and were surprised at how crowded it was already at 6:00 pm. The food and service were great. We'd been there before several years ago as a result of watching Migrant Kitchen. I'm happy that Charles and Courtney are having such great success. They deserve it.
We ordered three rounds of dishes and were pleased by the order in which they were served. We also had three or four "carafes" of sake. All were excellent
On the downside, for our taste, (we're in our 60's and 70's), the music is a bit too loud.
Excellent food and sake selection.
An overall amazing gastronomic experience! My friend and I began our dinner escapade at OTOTO with a some sake, eggplant, and okonomiyaki, all of which were already great. We then proceeded with our dinner reservation at TSUBAKI and really appreciated how these two establishments really complemented each other and were so conveniently close together. The food at TSUBAKI was exceptionally flavorful and at just the right serving. Furthermore, the service was professional yet casual and friendly, and our seating situation by their front window really added to the ambiance. I was already itching to come back as soon as I had left!
When Tsubaki took over Kush it was still good but it went downhill recently. One out of 4 dishes was good. They've lost the essence of Japanese cooking. The waitress kindly took one dish off the bill, a Kimchi-like tomato appetizer but it was just raw tomatoes on what tasted like bland Tahini-dressing. And it's gotten a lot more expensive. I was disappointed as it used to be top notch and more Japanese. The new bar next door is cute.
A must do every time I’m in Los Angeles. Foodies take note, Cheers!
No one should ever make "avocado mousse". It's tasteless and an insult to avocados. The pork shu mai and sake were the highlights. The soft shell crab was great, but again on that mousse. I just felt that the sauces were lackluster. I've had better izakaya heart skewers using less soy sauce on them, they just didn't shine in any way. The dishes just felt flat and one dimensional. Nothing innovative, but not truly authentic either. I'm asian, so I think if you're not going to improve on a traditional dish that's already delicious than the spin off isn't worth it. The lamb chops were boring and I thought didn't justify sacrificing a beautiful, pure little animal. I have no idea what the gelatinous sauce was underneath and the greens tasted inedible. The music could have been better curated. All hype, sorry. My friend highly recommended it, but as the person I went with commented truly, the website presented the food more elegantly than the actual plates. The yam beer was delicious. I'd recommend perhaps going to their sake bar next door, but not the restaurant.
Tsubaki: Over rated and expensive for the quality of food offered. With small plates, the food should be bite size. The octopus was tough, too large and impossible to eat. The chicken wings were good but pricey. The fried rice was the best dish!
Food cold, but overall still very good
One of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. A must visit.
We’ve been here many times. It’s one of our favorite restaurants. The food quality is 5 stars. The preparation was perfect. Every dish we was delicious.
It was my daughters birthday. It’s her favorite restaurant. Although I pre-advised that it was a birthday they didn’t do anything special. That was a little disappointing.
However, I can’t wait to return soon.
CONSISTENTLY AMAZING! We have never left it disappointed. The new tomato salad with a white miso kimchi dressing is nothing short of outstanding. The black miso cod is delicious - but, then again, so is everything!
Tsubaki is the best restaurant in town right now. Period.
Staff was extremely helpful with dietary restrictions and created a welcoming experience. Food was FANTASTIC
Fun little spot with friendly service and lively vibe. Delicious take on Japanese Izakaya, excellent sake selection.
Great as Always!
Very good food per usual. A perfect restaurant from service to ambience to flavor. Love this place
Some of the best food I’ve had in awhile. Flavorful and delicious beyond expectations. Cute cozy restaurant. Sat at the bar and it still felt very intimate.
We had to wait more than 15 minutes past our reservation time. They sent us next door to an apparently related bar-restaurant, which wouldn't let us sit down even when they knew it would be for just a short time and they had plenty of open tables. So boo to them, and to the server at Tsubaki who sent us over there.
But the food at Tsubaki was good.
I feel that the servers at these restaurants need more knowledge of Japanese ingredients and techniques, even if the food isn't traditional.
Drove from OC to try this much talked about Izakaya. I was not disappointed! The food was amazing and pair with excellent hard to get sake’s
The offerings are styled after tapa. Food is good and on semi-creative side. The problem is the ambiance. Why does this place have to dim the light so much. I can barely read my menu.
The other problem is the price. I just came back from Spain. I can have food of equivalent quality and quantity in Barcelona, Bilbao, San Sebastien, or Madrid for half of the price. LA restaurant scene is too pretentious.
The staff was wonderful and the food is always great!
One of the consistently remarkable restaurants in LA. Outstanding, creative food and great friendly service.
The menu changes enough to always allow you to find something new and interesting while the old favorites are still there.
Overall it was a good meal, but the pacing of the meal was a little off. There was quite a bit of wait time between our first two dishes and the next few and then after the second round of dishes there was another wait until the next courses. If the pacing was more consistent, the meal would’ve been great. Also the music choice didn’t feel a good fit for the type of restaurant or vibe.
Service is outstanding. We have such amazing food in this city, expectation is high. The octopus was melt in your mouth delicious as was the duck fat, crab rice. The aged beef dish was tough and grizzled. Fried chicken was good. My dinner companions and I had a wonderful evening but the food, with the exception of items I mentioned, is average at best.
Amazing food, great service. Couldn’t be better. ❤️
So delicious !! and revelatory sake experience. every bite was yummy.
Love this place! Great food and sake and great service! My favorite restaurant in all of L.A.!
Fantastic food and service. We had to wait about 15-20 minutes for our table and were served complimentary drinks as an apology. Superb, creative food different from any other Japanese restaurant I’ve had outside Japan itself.
This was one of the tastiest meals I’ve had in a long time. Fresh, delicious and inventive!
A gem in Echo Park. Love the vibe of the place and neighborhood. Small space makes for less noisy, more initiate experience. Creative menu. On balance, my wife and I really enjoyed the restaurant and will doubt doubt be returning soon.