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Perhaps the most romantic venue in Southern California, Yamashiro’s unique ambiance of historic tranquility and unparalleled views offer guests a place of serenity high above Los Angeles. Our dynamic, culinary team is skilled in creating Asian-inspired Californian fare. From favorites including American wagyu and truffle hamachi to our newest menu items, such as pistachio salmon, guests experience Hollywood in all of its splendor.
Hollywood, CA 90068
Californian, Asian, Contemporary Asian
Hours of Operation:
Dining Room Hours:
Sunday- Thursday 5pm-11pm
5pm until close
Weather permitting late May to early September
Thursday-Sunday 5pm until 10pm
$31 to $50
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Contact Sales & Marketing at ext. 220 or email BrittanyB@YamashiroHollywood.com for more information regarding private events, weddings, or filmings.
Valet is $10.00 per vehicle.
Metro Red Line to Hollywood & Highland. Walk west down Hollywood Blvd turn right on Orange and cross at the light on Franklin. Once you cross at the light go left and turn right at sycamore going up the hill. It is a very steep hill so walking in dress shoes or in the dark are not recommended. We suggest calling a cab at the bottom of the hill.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Weddings, Rehearsals, Showers, Social and Corporate Events, and Filmings
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Yamashiro's history as a 100-year old home-turned-restaurant has offered a picturesque backdrop for weddings, special events, and filmings/photoshoots for decades.
Yamashiro Ratings and Reviews
Beautiful grounds and view. The sampler platter was greasy, wish it had something grilled vs all fried, sea bass delicious, the mussels were dry with a thick curry sauce which was not as luscious as a broth. The mussels got cold & congealed in that thick Coconut sauce would have preferred a lemongrass broth to keep them moist & warm. Sashimi tako was very good as was the Sashimi Hamachi w/ truffle. The Lychee martinis were very tasty but we had to have the second round remade since they were too sweet. The ambiance can’t be beat but I think some of the food needs improvement. And I never understand when food comes out before drinks if drinks are ordered first.
While you can't deny the ambiance and views that Yamashiro has to offer, our night was inexplicably ruined by our very rude and curt server. I don't think I have issues with servers in general, and having friends who work in this industry, I am empathetic when nights are busy. Unfortunately, this night was not very busy at all, and my girlfriend, whose Valentine's day we were celebrating and who is also Vegan, wanted to start with the sample platter as it had both vegan and non-vegan options. When it came out, we saw the spring vegetarian rolls were missing and wanted to ask our server if it was missing. We waited around 10 minutes before our server came back who finally told us that they were out - this seems like something you could'e mentioned beforehand and we would've ordered something that would allow her diet. Also, we had to ask other servers to get our server because she would take 10-15 minutes to come back to our table and not refill our water at all. Honestly, I don't mind if you're busy, but there was only 3 other tables around us with people. I really didn't feel welcome. In the end, when I went to pay the bill, the server brought my card back saying it was declined. I've had this happen with my card before and asked her to manually enter it, but she didn't take my check and instead went off for another 5-10 minutes before coming back, going back to manually enter my card (shocker it worked!), and coming back. I really want to give this place another chance as the hosts, the valet, and the general food and ambiance were mildly great, but I don't think I've ever felt uncomfortable from a server until this experience.
Our waitress Stephanie provided us with excellent service. The sushi boat was exquisite as well as the ambience. We were seated in the garden area as requested. The staff greeted us immediately and seated us upon arrival. My girlfriend and I couldn't have been happier with the overall experience, except we will be skipping the cocktails next time as they contained too much alcohol.
We arrived two hours early for our 9:30 reservation. The Host was MOST gracious in setting us up in the bar, offering first drink gratis, since it was a birthday celebration.
The female bartender was fabulous, with a perfect amount of attention and friendliness, while leaving us to enjoy each other and the surrounding authentic decor.
At our own pace, we finally decided to move on to dinner, at the sushi bar, and were delighted with everything offered by Sushi Chef Extraordinaire' "Kenny." He also kept a perfect demeanor of friendliness and professionalism, while letting us be, as well.
Then, the staff gathered to sing a very soft low-volume "Happy Birthday" to my Sweetheart, who had announced "no birthday songs" at our arrival.
So, our evening was PERFECT ... and Yamashiro has won our hearts! Thank you!
We weren’t happy with the quality of the food the California Tempura Roll taste like nasty old cooking oil seems the oil they used to cook it very OLD. They probably keep on repeating using the oil every day and same thing with the Calamari. The steak taste very plain and the Asian ribs smelled like very sour we didn’t even eat it. I lost my appetite just smelling it. Not worth it for paying too much for it. I hope we get refunded for being un satisfied customer plus this is our first time there we should at least enjoy our meal.
Yamashiro is always a favorite of ours to celebrate special occasions. The view is simply amazing and the food consistently good. What really makes it for us too is the service. The servers are friendly, knowledgeable, and really create a fun, upbeat atmosphere!
Average food quality. You go there for the LA night scene so don't expect quality food. Ordered sashimi but we have to specially request for ginger. (hmm??)
Ordered a dessert with ginger ice-cream but we were only served with a vanilla ice-cream instead. The waitress did not even inform us that they ran out of ginger ice-cream (???). Only when we made additional queries and then she revealed the vanilla ice-cream. Well, we felt kind of being 'cheated' in a high end restaurant.. Very disappointed instead.. This should be my first and my last visit.
From parking entrance to restaurant took about 20 mins. The menu itself was not that great but the price was rediciously high. 120 per person. I know it was Valentine day ,but that price was nonsense. It is symbolic place in LA but I think I would never visit again. one time is far beyond enough.
I've dined here for Valentine's Day before, but this year it was terrible. For $125 set price, you would expect some kind of steak choice, but nothing. I had a carrot based appetizer, salad, a few shrimps, an ahi tuna entree, and a red velvet dessert. That is not a value of $125. Previous years were better, and included a delicious and valued steak choice. Somebody in management made a terrible decision this time. And waiting at the valet was an unclassy experience, hearing everyone from customers to actual staff cursing aloud about the slow situation. Highly vulgar environment full of anxiety. Some cars took 2 hours to come back to their owners. Yes, 2 hours. And mine was dreadfully close to that. What happened, Yamashiro? You're better than this. Still, the in-house staff is friendly and efficient, no complaints there. Clearly, they have all the right people working inside, but all the wrong brains making decisions above.
Waited hour and half for valet to bring my car. I don’t believe in leaving reviews like I’m some critique, but this genuinely sucked. My girlfriend missed work the next day because we left so late.
I won’t leave a yelp review to tarnish your business, but Jesus Christ this sucked. Figure that stuff out, don’t make a logistical nightmare just for revenue. Short term decisions have ruined any future opportunity for me and many others.
Don’t go there for valentines!!!!!! The portion sizes are ridiculously small, preset menu, overpriced, and food was horrible. The service was bad. We waited forever for our food and car. They were severely understaffed, both in the restaurant and the valet. Plus, no one mentioned to us about the preset $125 per person menu before we actually got there.... and we left hungry!
We went for the special Valentine's Day dinner. Had a great time, because we love each other and aren't snobs, but like, you should know -- for $125/person pre-fix, the sushi was supermarket-grade and the service was frankly embarrassing. We ordered a bottle of a unfiltered, nigori sake, they brought us a different bottle of a different kind of sake, and when we asked about it, they said they were out of the one we'd ordered, then brought us a new bottle of a different type of nigori -- when the bill came they charged us for the bottle we didn't order, which was more expensive than the bottle we did order. It was just very slapdash and unprofessional for a $350 dollar dinner. The food was crap and we both felt sick afterwards. Would not recommend.
Food is great for Asian food lovers, miss the old oyster shooters etc. this is a japanese place not french. The service was great. Only bad thing was the Valet, horrible waited 2 hours, got my valet fee back but not worth it. Next time I either park myself or not go at all. The restaurant managers helped to get my car and that was the only reason I got it.
Nobody from Open Table to the lady at Yamashiro that called to get my cc info explained how it was a valentine menu that you could not divert from. My date and I hated everything offered that night. I came for the tempura and babyback ribs, not this boozgy small plates at $125 a person. Waiter told me it was several other tables going thru the same thing. Now we are stuck and not happy. My night sucked!!! Bring the old Yamashiro back!!!!
The sushi was good but everything else was burned! Shrimp was overcooked and the Ahi Tuna with sesami seeds was super dry. The waiter did apologize but they didn't attempt to offer us a new dish or to remake it. Considering the $280 i spent that night, the dinner was definitely was not worth it.
If it wasn't for the environment, I would rate my experience 1 star.
We were straight up lied to for Valentine's Day. They called me a few weeks prior and the girl said "it's going to be $125 for Omakase". I had a feeling it would be too good to be true. We showed up and a pre-set menu costing $125 per person. We started with a shot of soup (literally thicksoup in a shot glass), three sad pieces of deep fried shrimp, and a spinach salad heavily drenched in dressing. For the main course we were served 2 rolls of 4 pieces each and 4 pieces of sashimi. For dessert, I had a chocolate flan and my girlfriend chocolate cake (??). Not even sure what it was. It was the only thing that was somewhat tasty. The whole meal might have cost the restaurant $15-20? The sushi rolls tasted like the same ones you would buy at Pavilions or Ralph's. It was sad. And expensive. With a few cocktails, I literally paid $400 for a crappy meal and a nice view.
Yamashiro’s food and service are totally solid, but it’s really all about the views and dining in the heated garden. Such cool ambiance and so much history in this hollywood gem. Don’t rush through dinner here, roam the building, walk the garden, take in the view and check out the historical photos.
Sitting within the "inside" dining area allows for outstanding views of L.A. The Wagyu Beef Nigiri appetizer arrived quickly after ordering, was perfectly tender, and melts like butter when eaten. Our drinks were refilled regularly, and our main courses took about 30 to arrive after their order. My wife enjoyed the Orange soy glaze Seabass. It was light and had good flavor. The pork tenders I ordered, while tender, suffered from an excessive amount of the duck demi-glaze reduction, and made the overall dish a bit too bitter for my tastes. I would not order that entree again.
Excellent service. Filet mignon was ordered medium rare and was more like medium well, dry, burnt a little outside. Double baked potato had wasabi? Nothing to write home about. Sprinkle of green tasteless shoots on steak. Companions said sushi was OK. Tourist place, nice view, gardens. Kiddies running wild. Forgettable compared to 70s era.
Beautiful setting. Have been there before, but service not as sharp this time. Also lacked good vegetarian options. Had to order a chicken and vegetable dish without the chicken and was charged for the entree as well.
Server was inexperienced. Had to request refills on tea twice.
Heard other patrons complain about issues also.
About twenty years ago, I used to frequent Yamashiro's about once a month, but I haven't been back in quite some time. I was very excited to take my husband there for a date night, but it didn't go as I'd hoped.
For starters, the place just feels run down. Patched paint, floors that aren't taken care of, that kind of thing. It just looks old and poorly maintained in some spots. I ordered an appetizer and it wasn't avaiable, so I took the alternative, vegetable tempura, which was flavorless to say the least. I ordered the filet mignon for my meal, my husband ordered the chicken thighs. Beautiful presentation when the food came. My steak was fine, but my husband's chicken was poorly prepared. The chicken was undercooked and rubbery, so we sent it back and he ended up eating half of my steak. For what we paid for the meal, it simply wasn't worth it, unfortunately. But the view, as always, was beautiful, so that was some consolation.
I was disappointed and my husband will never go back, so it's a sad ending to what used to be one of my favorite restaurants.
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