Amazing... food was outstanding !!!
Service was great and the sake we had was the best..:
Will be back soon! JP
Had a great date night with my wife, will be back again!
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!!!!
Always consistently good to great! Neighborhood gem.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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...
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!
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!
Great DineLA menu and my third time at Tsubaki! Can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Thank you!
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.
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.
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!
excellent all around. Will definitely be back hopefully sooner than later!
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 😂👎🏻