Sawtelle's Tsujita does the best tsukemen-style ramen this side of the Pacific and some of the best overall ramen in Los Angeles.
One of my favorite places to enjoy sushi. For dinner, there are 3 options of omakase ($120, $150, $200) that includes cooked dishes as well as sushi. Definitely a special occasion place. Reminds me of being in Japan. Beautiful presentation! Excellent service!
Sushi Tsujita is one of the highest-rated omakase experiences in Los Angeles, and so I wanted to try it for a special occasion to celebrate my wife's birthday. Overall the experience was good, not great, unique but exceedingly expensive for what it was and not as good as several other omakase experiences we have enjoyed in LA for considerably less money.
Definitely call for a reservation...they only take reservations for dinner on the hour (6, 7, 8pm) and the place is tiny, but quaint and comfortable. Located on Sawtelle, surrounded by many other restaurants and many sushi restaurants...the decor is simple, minimal and elegant.
Service was good...attentive, friendly and helpful, but disappointed that twice (ahead of time and at the restaurant) I informed them it was my wife's birthday and they did not do anything to celebrate or mention it (despite a $450+ total bill), including omakase, beer and a glass of sake.
You have three choices for omakase (price point based and quantity of food and division between appetizers and pieces of sushi). Prices range from $125 to $200 per person.
The quality and presentation of the food is excellent. Very good sushi, creative appetizers, unique tastes and presentations. We tasted totally different foods and textures that we never had before. The sushi was sourced from all over the world.
Overall the value was questionable...while it was a unique experience, the service was good (not great) and the price was significantly higher than many other excellent omakase experiences we have enjoyed in LA...so it was a fun visit, but we will not be back.
new chefs, innovative, overall improvement
Great food a bit pricey for what u get but the quality of the food is up there
Good sushi and presented in a different style ... but it was way too pricey. I'd go back only if prices were more reasonable -- the food was good.
Best sushi I’ve ever had by an extremely wide margin. A must try
The fish was very high quality and clearly well made. The appetizers did not wow me (the quality was nice but a few felt more like casual snacks rather than fully composed dishes), but this was a minor point for me. The main issue for us was unrelated to the food quality/taste. The pacing was off, with long inconsistent stretches between a couple of the courses (and about 30 minutes between dessert and the final palate cleanser, which we didn’t even realize was coming because so much time had passed after the dessert). Also, our servers got confused and served us the same dish twice in a row (with the obligatory dish/ingredient explanation and all) before we had to stop her and point out that we had already *just* eaten this dish. Very odd they didn’t realize this considering there were only 3 or 4 tables at the restaurant in total, hence not much of an excuse for any confusion. We were also incorrectly charged for a more expensive omakase dinner set and had to ask the server to void/re-charge our cards. Again, not sure why this happened with so few diners in the restaurant. I do think the sushi was beautifully done - no complaints there - but for the price, their service needs improvement, especially given that an omakase meal is not only about the food but also the overall experience.
Every detail was perfectly attended to, each dish was so meticulously composed, and each piece of fish so perfectly cared for as to seem like a special present from a thoughtful lover.
Remains the best, most authentic traditional sushi restaurant in Los Angeles
Tsujita provides an exceptional Omakase experience for connoisseurs of sushi style cuisine. It is one of the best examples of this style that I have experienced in the United States, though its unassuming decor belies its remarkable quality. The chefs and staff are all Japanese and have been expertly trained in preparing and serving the finest Japanese foods in the best way possible. It is an expensive experience, but worth the high prices ranging from $120 tp $200 per person as any gourmet meal is worth its price. Each piece of sushi is expertly prepared to the highest standard and contains only the freshest fish of the best kinds available at that time. The server explains the nature of each piece individually and notes any special qualities or characteristics of the dish one should know. A smoked mackerel dish was presented in a glass bubble which the diner removes to release the smoke contained within to preserve the full flavor of the smoking until the moment it is consumed. The flavors of virtually all the offerings are subtle, but possess the magic that only the freshest seafood provides. Correctly made sushi can be inverted with chopsticks without the rice crumbling or losing its structural integrity. Each piece served here is perfectly made with the rice formed in the most exacting way and the pieces handling very easily compared to lesser sushi restaurants. For those who can appreciate the subtlety and refinement of the best sushi experience, I would recommend Tsujita highly.
I consider myself a sushi snob. This place is legit. Definitely top 5 in LA. Very authentic and an incredible experience. Not cheap though. Expect to pay $400-$500 per couple. I'll go again for sure.
It was very good meal as usual but health department makes them destroy and I felt very very sorry for them
It’s was my mom’s birthday dinner and the food was amazing. The service was very professional and prompt. I love this restaurant. The food is always satisfying. The staff and the food made my mom immensely happy.
The food was absolutely amazing! The servers were always there to answer any questions.
The food is creative and delicious. Very much like high-end sushi in Tokyo. They even have the full service Toto toilet.
Save up your pennies, it’s a worthy splurge.
Overpriced and underwhelmed. There are so many better sushi options in LA at much better prices.
I love the dinner, but this time I went for the chirashi. It's a great lunch deal, but I wasn't as impressed with it overall, though to be fair, I went on a Monday (I try never to eat sashimi on Mondays).
The food was creative, flavorful...sublime! At $120-200/person plus drinks and tip the omikase menu is not for the faint of heart but worth it for the experience!
Genuinely delectable, The staff is fantastic, the chefs know exactly what there doing, they deserve a standing ovation. The food is just sublime. Magic in one bite.
Fresh and quality sushi but at a price. Omakase portion was perfect for us but I could imagine some heavy eaters would complain. Nice ambiance and great service from our executive chief Hide. He gave us detailed origins and type of fish to accompany our every taste. All in all, a must try for sushi lovers.
A little bit pricy.
I know they serve too quality but not worse to charge all over.
But every one works there is so 👍 nice.
I was extremely disappointed in the quality of the sushi. For over a hundred dollars per meal I should be getting the highest quality creme de la creme of sushi fish. Instead I was given several pieces of cheaper fish (big eye tuna for example), I work with sushi so I know what these fish cost. Even the expensive stuff was mostly disappointing, the fatty tuna was really underwhelming. I did enjoy the kinmadai(golden eye snapper) but mostly because it was loaded up with sauce and garnish.The rice was also very disappointing, one would assume that at a restaurant that claims to serve edomae style sushi, the rice would have that acidity that you find in edomae style places in Tokyo. Instead the rice was very bland and flavorless, and to make it even worse it was slightly under room temp and tasted like it was sitting there all day. Typically you judge the skill of the chef based on how good their kohada is (gizzard shad) because every chef has a different secret vinegar recipe as kohada is almost always a vinegared fish. Their kohada was by far the worst piece I was given, it was so fishy I couldn't bring myself to swallow it. And finally the service was very good from the waiters but the chef was not friendly at all. He acted like he didn't speak English when I tried to conversate with him, then later I heard him speak perfect English to a waiter. The evening concluded with normally one of my favorite pieces, the tamago which I always look forward to. The chef goes over to the tamago pan and picks up a tiny corner piece that was 75 percent crust, and hands it to me with a grin on his face and thank you have a good night! It's common knowledge among sushi nerds that the corners and ends of the tamago are typically thrown away.
Sushi Tsujita is a high-end sushi restaurant on Sawtelle. A number of other options are readily available and provide comparably excellent sushi. The difference is that Sushi Tsujita's omakase menu, which is required for any reservations, provides a creative and interesting array of appetizer and sushi options.
However, some of the pieces did not meet expectations. They were tougher and chewier than I've had at other exclusive sushi restaurants.
I would return to the restaurant in the future, but I would not make a reservation and would order a la carte.
Place is a 5 star experience
Went here for my wife's birthday and dropped $350+. Totally not worth it.
- Service was very good and people were nice but that's where good things stop...
- Food was good but not great... definitely not worth the super premium they charge
- Interior had more of a diner kind of a feel than a ultra premium restaurant
- No sign on the restaurant? Seriously? I had to drive around 3 times plus walk past it 4 times to figure where it was... Similarly named noodle place exists 4-5 doors down which throws things off as well..
Conclusion: Simple sushi place that sources fish from far and charges significant premium. AVOID!
Amazing food, great service.. best omikase for lunch I've had in a while in a lovely atmosphere. Make sure to get the house smoked trout
Quality of the sushi alone, best sushi in LA. Have Omakase in front of Hide San
Without a doubt, one of the very best sushi restaurants in LA!
Omakase only, three different menus. A lot more than just sushi-- waygu A5 beef, an amazing croquette, and several other items in addition to an excellent sushi experience with a wide variety of imported fish. Something as ordinary as miso soup was a cut above the ordinary.
That said, at least in the top line omakase, it's pricey, and it's hard to say if it's really worth it or not. The uni atop ikura and rice, for example, is superb, but not quite mind-blowing. If they offered a pure sushi experience I might be a little more interested, mostly because the selection of fish is very international-- not that Japanese waygu isn't amazing-- but the sushi selection seems to be what is definitely a cut above most of their competitors here.
I think the Chirashi is fantastic. The Omakase is worth the price, but it was too rich for me.
Lunch menu is definitely worth to go, I got the omakase which is quite expensive but worth (80-150 USD), lunch is between (15-45 USD.)
Horrible service and experience. The sushi is good not great - best sushi in LA is still found at Shunji, Zo and Q. And the price is ridiculous for the quality. Worse yet, the chefs are completely rude, unaccommodating and made us feel unwelcome. Will not ever be returning.
It was a perfect sushi I ever had there is doing very good sushi.
I've been to many of the so called best sushi restaurants but this was something really special. The Omakase is the best I've ever had. If you're a Sushi foodie then I highly recommend. Excellent service and great experience.
amazing food! all I want to say is that I am constantly searching for the best sushi regardless of the price and ... Sushi Tsujita was definitely one of the best I've tried ever!
Omakase. My willingness to venture in this direction is unstoppable. And Sushi Tsujita had all the signs of a great spot: recommended by friends, amazing Yelp reviews, and situated on sawtelle (the west sides mecca for all things Japanese).
That being said, the best way I could put it is that Sushi Tsujita felt like an amateur reaching way out of its league. Filling the menu with truffles and wagyu, showy presentations of courses, all to fall short in the worst way...the actual experience sub par at best.
From bones, connective tissue, fish scales, and pieces of hay (yes the kind you find on a farm), each of our delicately crafted courses had a different surprise for us to find. Each time the server said "I'm so sorry I will let the chef know" over and over until they got to awkward point where asking "how's the meal so far?" wouldn't be asked.
The use of smoke in various dishes to enhance flavors felt forced and did not compliment anything. The tuna used for sashimi tasted on the fishy side.
In the end the chef came out and said sorry, please accept a $20pp discount (our omakase was $200pp). While I paid my bill like an honest patron, the meal and experience was not worth the value. There are far better omakase to empty your wallet at.
You haven't had sushi till you've dined (2 hours) at Tsujita. Perfect flavors, gentle and discreet tastes that also explode with character, tang, etc.
Your palate is gonna love you for this experience while your wallet will hate ya! $$$
Not cheap: omakase is $120, 150 or 180 per person.
Don't drink so you can savor.
Gotta have reservations.
Casual and relaxed. Upscale but not pretentious.
We sat in a booth and surprisingly glad for it. Booth allowed us to relax and talk excitedly about our meal.
The wooden counter at the sushi bar kinda hides the chef/artist as they prepare dishes from the guests. It seemed to prevent conversations between chefs and eaters/guests.
Tsujita takes flavors and makes them gently explode.
Can't afford to be a regular---but I surely will return when I save up more money.