Tsubaki

4.8
320 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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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Western NC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must do every time I’m in Los Angeles. Foodies take note, Cheers!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food cold, but overall still very good

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles. A must visit.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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K
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tsubaki is the best restaurant in town right now. Period.

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SB
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was extremely helpful with dietary restrictions and created a welcoming experience. Food was FANTASTIC

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NW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun little spot with friendly service and lively vibe. Delicious take on Japanese Izakaya, excellent sake selection.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as Always!

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LL
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food per usual. A perfect restaurant from service to ambience to flavor. Love this place

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Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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j
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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.

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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b
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was wonderful and the food is always great!

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K
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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DW
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

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Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service. Couldn’t be better. ❤️

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So delicious !! and revelatory sake experience. every bite was yummy.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Great food and sake and great service! My favorite restaurant in all of L.A.!

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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o
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the tastiest meals I’ve had in a long time. Fresh, delicious and inventive!

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MS
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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JP
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food. Attentive, helpful staff. LOVE the Sake School happy hour flight!

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HS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is more than a meal; it’s a full experience. Go to Sake School to enjoy it to the fullest.

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Y
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Overall the food was okay. nothing too crazy compared to their price. I wish they can bring out the food a lot faster. By the time we were done with one dish, we would wait for a while and then the next dish came out. I was a bit disappointed overall.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great! My current favorite!

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c
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Sake flights didn't disappoint. Food was extraordinary. Noise level too high. Utilitarian decor but, with food like that, who cares?! I'd go again in a heartbeat; early evening recommended. Quieter and attentive service.

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JM
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a very exciting place with a great buzz. It is very small (around 30 seats) and intimate.

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BE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

I went here for my birthday and we sat at the bar, which looks out at the street. That was nice. The sake was good (and huge) but honestly, the food was just ok. We ordered four dishes and the only one that was tasty and totally edible was the sashimi. No point in returning.

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JY
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tsubaki hits the nail on the head. Fantastic food with excellent preparation and incredible flavor profiles! Highly recommend to take a friend and WOW them.

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RY
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Tsubaki was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. It was a packed Friday night and service didn't suffer because it was busy. One of the dishes was so good we had to order another one at the end. It was too good. Great restaurant. Eat here.

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DK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kaycee is an awesome server, adding to everything else that my wife and I about Tsubaki.

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JB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the food; chicken meatballs, fried chicken, yellowtail sashimi, berries and cream. Japanese IPAs always on point.

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1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambience are superb! Courtney was so sweet and knowledgeable about their sake program and helped select a delicious sake paired with what we ordered. And great music! I we most certainly return!

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SA
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed Tsubaki when they first opened, but now their menu has evolved considerably and the level is even higher than when they first began. Each dish was simply incredible. That's all good news because the team is obviously oriented to upping their skill level. May the Force be with them.

The staff is warm and friendly, the atmosphere is post-industrial wabi-sabi, and I can't wait to go back!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here for my gf and I’s anniversary! Loved it. Great food. And I mean GREAT.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never let me down. 😎👍🏻

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