The price point is moderate/high but the food quality definitely went beyond that. The portions, although tapas style, where generous. The flavors were not delicate but vibrant and delicous. The duck broth was rich, the salmon tartare was fresh and inventive and very well seasoned. The chicken oysters where strong in flavor, soft juicy and chicken like, in a rich soy type sauce. I am not one for strong punchy flavor, but I acknowledge the skilled hands at work in terms of seasoning and sauces. The serving style is also well thought out in terms of proportion. The tartare was accompanied by sweet potato chips in an excelent ratio, and the duck broth to soba ratio was on point. The ice cream was too sweet for me, but then again I don't have much of a sweet tooth. Overall I left with my money's worth plus good conversation. I would strongly recommend this for a date or a nice dinner with friends.
love the care and pride this restaurant takes in their dishes, everything was delicious. I would just only like to see a few more vegan options ;) but I realize the world has a ways to go until this becomes more of a norm at restaurants...
We LOVE everything about it. We've only come on our own 1 time, and every time after that, we bring others to introduce them to this gem.
The service was wonderful, the food was exceptional. I would eat there every day if I could. Such high quality flavours and tastes. You can really tell the menu has been crafted with such excellence.
Amazing food...will definitely be back!! Love all of the details and portions are perfect for 2 to share.
One of my new favorites. Authentic and creative Japanese cuisine with an extensive sake menu.
This was my first visit. It was a Sunday night at 7 and packed. There is very little room between tables which made it quite difficult for the wait staff to manoeuvre the space. As a result one of the staff knocked food off our plate of spot prawns onto the floor without even noticing as she passed by. We ordered 5 things, the spot prawn special with lovely crunchy fried heads and sweet raw flesh, the Kinoko Kombu-Mushi or so called forest mushrooms, tasty but very tiny portion and never seen a forest, the Tako or Spanish octopus, tender and tasty little bites and the Ochazuke a yummy rice dish in a genmai-cha broth with ikura and yellowtail bits and a very oily artichoke tempura served with a mayonnaise. Our server was friendly and smiling but frankly, the noise in that room made it quite difficult to have a good conversation, making you feel like you wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible. Next time i would go alone and sit at the counter.
It’s always great there. Not sure why we got a no show. We were seated, per our reservation plan.
This is my 3rd visit in 2 months. A great treat. I will keep returning. Menu changes since my last visit. Wonderful selection.
Food was amazing. Service was dodgy and unreceptive. We were expecting an experience that we didn’t receive.
What a great neighborhood gem. Had a lovely dinner there and the dishes were unique and flavorful. Sake selection is good yet not overwhelming. I loved how intimate it was - felt like a little NY eatery. For sure to return.
Food was really good
some of dish were small portion for the price
service was average
had to ask couple of time for water
restaurant is small and not many tables but they need more servers
Great dinner service for my guest and I. Booked somewhat late but service and food was impeccable. They let us stay a bit after closing so I definitely appreciate them keeping the doors open for us. Will be back!
Tsubaki is going to be our go-to for an amazing meal before heading to Dodger Stadium. Every dish in this small-plate restaurant was a winner
This restaurant is perfect in every way and the food, ambiance, decor, and service are all impeccable.
Good selection of Sake. Attentive servers. Tasty and creative dishes
Love this place!
tsubaki is always an exceptional experience because of the care they put into sourcing quality ingredients. a chef with a fine sense of balance. you’ll never have a dish where you think “i like the individual components but,as a whole, they don’t do anything for each other”. classic dishes are elevated while staying true to the spirit of the dish.
Everything was delicious!! They forgot one dish but it was not a problem. I wish they could bring the food a tad faster but that’s only because we were so hungry. Been there 4 times now. Would go again!
Absolutely amazing food! Enjoyed dining at Tsubaki every time!
Delish!!! This is our 3rd time eating here and we really enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and service. Hope to make it back again soon.
What a wonderful meal. We had heard great things yet it exceeded our expectations. We tried a large number of their dishes and all were unique and tasty. My personal favorites were the green beans with broccolini, the salmon tartar, steak, roasted eggplant, and very surprisingly the cabbage braised with butter, which we would not have tried if not encouraged. It elevated cabbage to a new level. We had wine and beer and also did the sake sampler which was an education in the vast differences in rices and sake.
We were celebrating a birthday with a daughter who is a foodie. This was a perfect choice for her--special and relaxed.
Dessert parfait was also a hit.
The service was excellent and the sommelier/co-owner is a knowledgeable sake guide if you want to expand your sake horizon.
After seeing them featured on Migrant Chef - food did not disappoint. Great service too!
Amazing. Service and food was great. Only complaint is that it’s chilly inside.
This is my third time at Tsubaki and I am more impressed each time. The food is exquisite and the sake list is impeccable. It's not an inexpensive option, but it beats out many other restaurants in the same price range for quality of ingredients and flavor. I love this place!
this place is a class act!!! LOVE IT!..............................................................!
This izakaya never let me down. 👍🏻
Always a treat. The food is amazing and rotates often with seasonal specials. Tsubaki have the most unique (and delicious) sake options that I’ve found in LA. Smaller space that is excellent for a date or small dinner gathering. There are both bar and table options. Highly recommended!
Fun times!!! Chicken wing is unreal
Best place in LA.
Love this place, they just keep getting better. Wish I could eat here once a week. High quality food, great sake menu, and you won't break the bank.
Just stumbled onto Tsubaki by accident. Really LOVED it but a bit embarrassed that it apparently took a year after opening for us to notice it. Every dish we ordered was creative, unique and expertly presented. Our server was well versed in the chef's preparations and even obscure Japanese spices and flavorings. Particularly notable were the delicious Kara-age which was made with shichimi togarashi -- light, crispy and super flavorful -- and the special toro served in tiny cubes with lemon and daikon. Broad sake and shochu selection for a small restaurant. The space is tight but intimate. Eclectic crowd. Definite recommend...
Stop reading this and go, it’s way more enjoyable than reading reviews on Open Table, I promise.
Wonderful experience, food was great (some dishes more than others), we felt a bit rushed but overall loved the place, food and ambience.
2nd visit for dinner in 4 weeks. Outstanding Japanese food. This a tapas like motif. Be sure to order at least 4-5 things to share between 2 people. You always order more after trying the initial plates and seeing what others are ordering. Consistent food delivery and attentive service.
Excellent izakaya cuisine with original touches to usual comfort food. Love the Bincho-grilled items not limited to kushi-yaki items. Try the grilled cabbage with miso butter, or grilled onigiri (rice balls) as examples. The Dodger game night teishoku was a delightful and filling deal for $20. Added with the gem lettuce salad with handmade tofu, it was a a home-run. Nice vibes. Definitely plan to go again, and again.
Everything was Amazing!!!
We absolutely loved all the dishes we ordered. My favorite was the Sake Marinaded Foie Gras with Asian Pear, sublime! The Sakes were a big hit also. We can’t wait to return!
I love this restaurant. The food is very refined and delicious. The space is cozy and warm.
Stunning food. Wonderful service. Was introduced to a very special sake. Love this place.