Tsubaki

4.8
176 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Authentic
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.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday; Tuesday - Thursday; 5:30 PM - 10:00 PM; Friday & Saturday; 5:30 PM - 11:00 PM;
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Phone number
(213) 900-4900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Charles Toshio Namba
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Sunset Boulevard
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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 176 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MG
5.0Dined 2 days ago

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.

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NS
4.0Dined 2 days ago

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...

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j
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

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.

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TB
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

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.

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OT
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Amazing food...will definitely be back!! Love all of the details and portions are perfect for 2 to share.

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VT
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

One of my new favorites. Authentic and creative Japanese cuisine with an extensive sake menu.

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W
3.0Dined on July 2, 2018

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.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

It’s always great there. Not sure why we got a no show. We were seated, per our reservation plan.

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H
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

This is my 3rd visit in 2 months. A great treat. I will keep returning. Menu changes since my last visit. Wonderful selection.

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OT
3.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Food was amazing. Service was dodgy and unreceptive. We were expecting an experience that we didn’t receive.

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AR
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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.

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m
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

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

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OT
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

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!

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C
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

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

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BK
5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

This restaurant is perfect in every way and the food, ambiance, decor, and service are all impeccable.

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JL
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Good selection of Sake. Attentive servers. Tasty and creative dishes

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OT
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Love this place!

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CY
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

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.

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EI
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

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!

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DL
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Absolutely amazing food! Enjoyed dining at Tsubaki every time!

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j
5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Delish!!! This is our 3rd time eating here and we really enjoyed the food, atmosphere, and service. Hope to make it back again soon.

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P
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

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.

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CW
5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

After seeing them featured on Migrant Chef - food did not disappoint. Great service too!

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n
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

Amazing. Service and food was great. Only complaint is that it’s chilly inside.

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SS
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

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!

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M
5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

this place is a class act!!! LOVE IT!..............................................................!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

This izakaya never let me down. 👍🏻

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OT
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

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!

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OT
4.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Fun times!!! Chicken wing is unreal

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OT
5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Best place in LA.

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LL
5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

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.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

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...

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MM
5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Stop reading this and go, it’s way more enjoyable than reading reviews on Open Table, I promise.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Wonderful experience, food was great (some dishes more than others), we felt a bit rushed but overall loved the place, food and ambience.

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H
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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.

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GT
5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

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.

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OT
5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Everything was Amazing!!!

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GG
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

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!

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LF
5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

I love this restaurant. The food is very refined and delicious. The space is cozy and warm.

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CC
5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Stunning food. Wonderful service. Was introduced to a very special sake. Love this place.

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