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Local Rockfish with Chili jam and shallots - Gunsmoke Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Gunsmoke Hollywood

4.6
4.6
67 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Chef Brandon Kida, best known as the executive chef at Hinoki & the Bird in Century City and more casual restaurant Go-Go Bird in Culver City, brings Japanese American cooking to Hollywood.

Gunsmoke is named after a western radio show that was recorded at CBS Radio studio where the restaurant is now housed.

While Kida’s previous restaurants incorporated some of the chef’s Japanese heritage, Gunsmoke is the first one fully dedicated to serving dishes inspired by Kida’s second-generation Nikkei experience. A dish of local raw tuna layered with country ham and green strawberry best encapsulates the chef’s culinary point of view at Gunsmoke.

Rhino Williams, proprietor of Lost Property Bar in Hollywood, is charged with the beverage menu. Gunsmoke’s signature cocktail — a Kyoto ice tea — comes with vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and house made cantaloupe soda.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Creative Japanese, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (323) 396-9400

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Brandon Kida

  • Neighborhood

    Hollywood

  • Cross street

    Selma Avenue

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Hollywood & Vine metro station is 1 block away

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 67 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hollywood

    Innovative

  • Hollywood

    Good for groups

  • Hollywood

    Romantic

  • Hollywood

    American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and a huge wine collection. We had a great time sharing plates and our vegetarian friend had so many wonderful options and got to join in on the fun :-) Yum! Highly recommend for before a show at the Pantages (an easy walk to the theatre)— or to do the chef’s tasting menu if you’re just coming with no plans afterwards.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Not fond of restaurants self tipping 20%, especially when they’re not even a year old and serve decent, but nothing incredibly special on the menu.
  3. GJ

    GeorgeJ

    Los Angeles

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall the experience at Gunsmoke was very good. We ordered 5 different dishes - oysters, sweet potatoes, cabbage salad, shitake mushrooms and lamb. All 5 dishes were good; the only one that I would say was exceptional/memorable were the mushrooms, which were served similar to French escargots with heavy garlic, butter and a warm baguette - unique and delicious. The chocolate cake dessert was also delicious. Their wine list is limited and pricey. We ordered cocktails - both were delicious but represented 2 ends of the spectrum in terms of portion size. A martini was generous, with great presentation that included a separate shotglass of olives, olive juice and a small carafe of additional martini. The mezcal cocktail I ordered barely measured 1/2" in the glass. It was delicious but they could have served the entire cocktail in a shotglass.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks were great and the food was delicious. They asked us what our evening plans were and were sure to make recommendations for our menu and get us out on time to make our show after.
  5. CA

    CarloA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was attentive and friendly. Very inviting atmosphere with a dining room that is casual yet LA refined. Food quality was very good. It will be interesting to see how the menu evolves over time.
  6. JS

    JS00

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals we’ve ever had.
  7. KK

    KeithK

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ordered four dishes, the warm cabbage salad, fritter, fish and lamb and every dish was outstanding. Great cocktails. Warm, comfortable room. Cool vibe. Fantastic service. And no sticker shock when the check came at the end! All around, a great evening!
  8. BJ

    BonnieJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful meal! Service was fabulous! Each dish was so flavorful & unique!
  9. S

    Seamyrrh

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem of a restaurant! We started with the peanuts and anchovies, which went along fabulously with our cocktails. The Smoking Monk drink was a fireplace in a glass, and the Almost Famous cocktail was fun and refreshing. The Local Tuna was up first, and the bread was to die for, and of course, paired perfectly with the tuna! So good! Next, the warm cabbage salad was so pretty and delicious! The shitake mushrooms dish was my favorite -- warm, buttery, and comforting! The California rockfish was also yummy. (Of note, the restaurant was out of the rockfish this evening and so it was done with branzino instead. I would have to try it with the rockfish to know which I would prefer). As we were running late for a show, we took the dessert to go, and I have to say the strawberry cake once we got to it at the end of our evening made me tear up. It reminded me of an elevated version of those Good Humor strawberry shortcake bars you would get from the ice cream truck as a kid. I hadn’t had one of those in ages and brought back a flood of good memories. I hope that this was the chef’s aim. We don’t get over to the Hollywood area very often, but when we do, we will certainly come back to try more. Excellent! More than 5 stars!
  10. HM

    HarleyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    great food, hidden little gem of a place, lovely staff, would go again for sure!
  11. CL

    ChrisL

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    service is spotty at best even for a slow night. Noticed that a lot of the plates have chips in them. Strange for a place that is relatively new. Food is good, I ordered the oysters, the foccacia bread, the warm cabbage salad it's napa cabbage), the ribs and the fish. Everything is really nicely presented, good balance. Except for the ribs in daikon, which was really salty for me. The chocolate cake is delicious! it's not too sweet. I wish the service I received was better so I could have given it higher ratings.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Fantastic food. Terrible service.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    One of us got sick after eating here, but can't pinpoint the cause. The squash blossom dish needs re-thinking, it was more of a noodle bed with a shriveled flower on top that burns your tongue than an actual squash blossom dish, and the quail should really be roasted, not breaded and fried.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous all around!
  15. d

    donnerl

    Los Angeles

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was quite good but some dishes were too sauced so that main ingredients were overwhelmed. The staff were fairly attentive and very nice.
  16. AD

    AriD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. Strongly recommend the shiitake mushroom which is served in an escargot style. Seating is not very spaced out so you may have to befriend your table neighbors.
  17. E

    Eddie

    Los Angeles

    143 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    143 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was very good and very unique and service was excellent.
  18. YK

    YoungKim

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Exquisite food and excellent service! This is my second time at the restaurant and everything we had has always been good. Even the Taro chips!!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food coupled with knowledgeable and attentive staff. One of the best meals we’ve had in recent memory.
  20. DD

    DeeD

    Minneapolis

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The selling point of Gunsmoke is elevated, refined food that is elegantly prepared and presented. They were understaffed since the bar was backed up, so it took a while for the drinks to arrive at our table. But the manager made it up by not charging us for the drinks.
  21. SS

    SandraS

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really creative cuisine, small focused menu and great (but a bit expensive) cocktails. Bring friends and you can eat through the entire menu. Staff was super friendly.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every dish was really good, drinks were tasty, definitely planning a return visit for the cabbage salad and to try other things.
  23. RM

    RickM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is creatively conceived and prepared with outstanding attention to detail. Staff members are friendly, knowledgable and helpful. I highly recommend this great addition to the Hollywood dining scene.
  24. MM

    MarkM

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a quick stay in Hollywood and saw this new restaurant on Yelp. Food is served in courses and most dishes are meant to be shared. I loved the eclectic menu options and the fusion/fun the chef showed in each prep. My favorite s were the Whitefish crudo, Sweet Potato, and fantastic shitake mushrooms. It's worth a visit, you won't be disappointed.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service - great flavors
  26. AK

    AKinNYC

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Very good food but the timing of courses was totally off - first they brought 4 dishes almost together, then we had to wait forever for the remaining 2 ones after telling them to slow down a little
  27. SH

    SueH

    San Diego

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is excellent. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant. Everything we had was prepared to perfection. The scallion focaccia was genius with whipped ricotta. The crispy quail is excellent - not your usual fried chicken! To have a restaurant the caliber of Gunsmoke in this area is really badly needed. The one word that comes to mind is genius. The chef truly knows his craft. We will be coming here often!
  28. LM

    LisaM

    New Orleans

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmo was great. Nice outdoor patio. Every dish was amazing and the bar program was excellent. We will visit again.
  29. n

    nomics

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here before a show at the palladium. Excellent concept. The food and drinks were top notch and unique. Would return for sure.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    great service , food-meh
  31. GW

    GraceW

    Sacramento

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great first date location! Good atmosphere and service.
  32. MG

    MeganG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The menu could be more extensive. The Server didn’t explain how the courses would come out…in addition…the menu seemed too eclectic & not friendly to a wider audience. The Host was lovely & personable. The food runner was prompt & professional.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t say enough amazing things about GunSmoke. Food is original and exciting and so so delicious. Service is even better if you can believe it. The people there just make you feel so welcome and it’s appreciated! I’ll be back again and again. Truly a hidden gem in Hollywood!
  34. BA

    BenA

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved everything we had - Crudo, Mushrooms, Qual, Short Rib, Squash Blossom, and Focaccia. The menu is broken down into 3 sections and for 2 people are waiter suggested we order 2 items from each section - that was a bit too much food for us so just keep that in mind.
  35. A

    Anamendoza

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    absolutely deliciously! every dish is unique and an incredible mix of interesting and complex flavors. The service is fantastic and the atmosphere of the restaurant is the perfect mix of beautiful and relaxed. A must visit restaurant!!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All the staff were friendly and welcoming. When I ordered the mezcal drink called Yippee-ki-yay I couldn’t help but add under my breathe, mutherf*cker! Haha! The food is small plates and each bite amazing. Had the tuna with the most delightful gnocco fritto (bread), sweet potatoes,shiitake mushrooms and short ribs. Felt full but not stuffed which was perfect. It is expensive. But good food and good service always is.
  37. l

    lishka

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gunsmoke was a revelation - the attention to flavor and detail of the beautiful food and cocktails, the friendly and attentive service, the lovely ambience on the patio. Highly recommend. Especially the warm cabbage salad and the crudo, but every dish was sensational.
  38. t

    trish

    Los Angeles

    71 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    71 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, interesting delicious food. Presentation was great. Waitstaff was very attentive and nice. Prices were reasonable. Absolutely will go back.
  39. CB

    CraigB

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spectacular food and service, we would 100% go back
  40. H

    Hungrygirl

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    An amazing menu with seemingly simple items elevated to a uniqueness you could only inspire to create yourself! Definitely a winner!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Gunsmoke Hollywood offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 396-9400.

Gunsmoke Hollywood is rated 4.6 stars by 67 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Gunsmoke Hollywood

1550 N El Centro Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Selma Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Hollywood

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–9:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Creative Japanese, Californian

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    Hollywood & Vine metro station is 1 block away

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+

  • Executive chef

    Brandon Kida

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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