HelpiOS AppAndroid AppWindows Phone AppWindows 8 App

Make a reservation

Party Size
For 2
Date
Today
Time
7:00 PM
icon/ic_social_proofCreated with Sketch.
Booked 20 times today

Tsubaki

4.8
128 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$31 to $50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Japanese
Top Tags:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Cuisines
Japanese
icon/ic_clockCreated with Sketch.
Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday; Tuesday - Thursday; 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM; Friday & Saturday; 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM;
icon/ic_phoneCreated with Sketch.
Phone number
(213) 900-4900
icon/ic_new_windowCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_paymentCreated with Sketch.
Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
icon/ic_dress_codeCreated with Sketch.
Dress code
Business Casual
icon/ic_chefCreated with Sketch.
Executive chef
Charles Toshio Namba
icon/ic_locationCreated with Sketch.
icon/ic_neighborhoodCreated with Sketch.
Neighborhood
icon/ic_cross_streetCreated with Sketch.
Cross street
Sunset Boulevard
icon/ic_parking_detailsCreated with Sketch.
Parking details
We offer valet on Allison Avenue directly in front of the restaurant. $5 per car.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 128 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8  based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
97% of people would recommend it to a friend
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Amazing... food was outstanding !!!
Service was great and the sake we had was the best..:
Will be back soon! JP

Report
Helpful
TomerR 
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

Had a great date night with my wife, will be back again!

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing as always! We got super lucky and their was a reservation that opened up on Valentines!!! It's my Wife and I's favorite place to eat. Excellent sake menu with seasonal sakes!!!!

Report
Helpful
vipJimD (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Always consistently good to great! Neighborhood gem.

Report
Helpful
Nancyt (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

This was our first visit and the 4 of us really enjoyed the entire experience. The food, the service, the serving dishes, and just the authentic Japanese style. We'll be back!

Report
Helpful
vipDelicious (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

First time at Tsubaki, but definitely not the last! The food is delicious, the saki was really good, and the wait staff were helpful and friendly. I highly recommend a visit to Tsubaki for fresh fish, and delicious vegetarian options.

Report
Helpful
Bill (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

I had seen the restaurant on KCET's "The Migrant Kitchen" and wanted to try it. The owners were featured on the TV show, and the came across as down-to-earth, very nice people. They came across the same way in person. The Izakaya food was exceptionally creative and exquisitely prepared. The atmosphere was great and so was the service. Our Japanese guest from Tokyo was impressed. I loved the place and look forward to returning.

Report
Helpful
slimbuttons (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

I like izakaya very much; I thought that Tsubaki did a lovely job distinguishing itself. Service was solicitous and detailed without being overbearing -- you can feel casual here, drinking your sake and snacking your food. And the food, while not big (and--therefore--not cheap) is very good; a tasty selection of what you'd expect from a nice izakaya, with a foodier-than-usual ingredient set, presentation, etc.

This is a lovely spot, and I'd happily come back to chill / eat / drink with friends.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

It’s amazing

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food with a family style of serving. Standouts include the karaage chicken, chicken meatball and wing yakitori, and the green tea ice cream was the best! The ice cream was soft serve with a subtle taste of matcha. Would definitely go again!

Report
Helpful
DanS (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Delicious food and a great sake selection in a chill little spot. The dineLA deal had great choices and enough food for two for $39. I got the beer, crudo, skewers, soba, and ice cream, and wish I had time to go back and have the same meal again before the dineLA deal is done.

Report
Helpful
vipHideaki (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised they were able to sit us so quickly in a packed restaurant, albeit at the bar. The restaurant is clean and welcoming, with staff in casual attire, but appropriate for a typical bar. The menu has plenty of meals to share, but we were here for DineLA, so were able to share the variations of DIneLA on a larger scale. I enjoyed the free sake or beer element, as this was a bar, and a pretty cool vibe to the place. No pressure ordering, and the staff pour heavy, if that means anything to you. The food was right from a Japanese bar, and it felt for a moment as if we crossed the Pacific. I totally enjoyed coming here, although parking is few and far between. I could not see coming here during a Dodger game though, unless you got in right when it opens...

Report
Helpful
vipTopher (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

We went for dineLA and had a really wonderful meal! We each chose differently from the dineLA menu so we could try more dishes. I’ve never traveled to Japan, so a lot of these dishes were things I’ve never experienced. My boyfriend spent a year in Japan and said that the dishes reminded him of his time there. We both really enjoyed the food. We’ve already recommended Tsubaki to friends. It is a great little find!

Report
Helpful
viplovetoeat (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Went for DineLA with friends last night. Had the trout crudo and the bróccolini and Chinese long beans to start, both had good flavor. Beans had a good snap! Next came the sweet potato, chestnut, mushroom croquettes with sesame BBQ sauce and the skewers. The croquette had great texture and went well with the bbq sauce. The skewers were our least favorite of the night. Our next dishes were the potato & beef stew and the buckwheat curry noodles. The stew was good, but I could have eaten a whole pot of the curry, delicious! For dessert the brought a roasted green tea soft serve and we tried the same with yuzu. I put a bit of the yuzu sake on the soft serve and it was like a new version of affogato, the soft serve was also good on its own.
Really enjoyed our dinner, wish Tsubaki was closer to the Westside. We’ll be back!

Report
Helpful
vipJesseya1 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Great DineLA menu and my third time at Tsubaki! Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Thank you!

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

We tried this spot during Dine LA and ate off the special menu which was all items from the normal menu. Everything was really tasty. Favorites were the pork shumai, the Goma-ae (Green beans and broccoli rabe I think in a creamy sesame dressing) and eggplant yakitori. Green tea soft serve was also delicious. They have a really elaborate and interesting sake list and servers provided great recommendations. The place was really crowded. My only complaint was they had us stand for 15 min past our reservation time with empty tables after being told “we just need to clear your table”. My husband had to go find the hostess for an explanation after being completely ignored for the next 15 min but we had a nice time despite this. Probably overwhelmed due to Dine LA.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

This space reminded me so much of an upscale izakaya in Japan. The food is excellent and the space is gorgeous. The only disappointing dish was the chicken karage which was not bad, but just a little bland. Everything else was exquisite. Bonus points for the healthy size carafe of top notch sake. I can't wait to go back.

Report
Helpful
OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Loved this spot for a casual date! Small bites for a fun, flavorful, and not too-too heavy meal. Would absolutely return and recommend this to others!

Report
Helpful
Joeldlh3 (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

excellent all around. Will definitely be back hopefully sooner than later!

Report
Helpful
Michael (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on January 3, 2018

Value was terrible. Portion sizes were way too small. Our meal was over 100$ and we still were full. I have never spent 100$ somewhere and not been satisfied in terms of being full its astonishing really i didnt think its possible to buy 100$ worth of food and drink and not be fufilled 😂👎🏻

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
7