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Yamashiro Restaurant Review

Yamashiro is the ultimate Hollywood landmark known for its unique architecture and romantic ambiance. Hailed as "the Most Romantic Restaurant in Los Angeles" by AOL CityGuide, Yamashiro has consistently offered superior service and excellent food for over 30 years.


The legendary atmosphere is rated as a 9.9 for "Date Spot" and a perfect 10 for "View" by Soft lighting and intimate table arrangements create warm, inviting, and friendly spaces to dine. Guests seem to feel most comfortable in business attire or nice casual.


YAMASHIRO This is the most breathtaking place for Sushi in Los Angeles. Yamashiro was created in 1911 as a private residence for two brothers to house their fabulous collection of treasures from the Far East. The building is an exact replica of a sately palace located high in the mountain near Kyoto, Japan. The brothers named this magnificent structure YAMASHIRO meaning “Mountain Palace”.Yamashiro strives to amaze each guest with cutting-edge CalAsian cuisine and personal, details –oriented service.


Here the dishes are classic with a new flair, Asian influences, and superb presentation.

The bar is located in the middle of the restaurant, and the view is extraordinary, everything is so perfect that you feel you truly are in the Mountain Place in Japan!

Ginger Margarita / Mojito                                                             

We had to start by trying Yamashiro’s signature cocktails. The service was great and the bartender magnific! There is a huge selection of drinks, martinis, margaritas, wines and beer. I wanted to try the Ginger Margarita, great taste and very refreshing, the Mojito, authentic and delicious, followed by the famous Long Island Ice Tea, excellent as well. The bar is so cozy and beautiful, that you can even eat there! I particularly enjoy it because you have a 360 degree view of the entire city, and also dress to impress, the crowd is very charming. For over 50 years, Yamashiro has provided a spectacular setting for dining, cocktails, weddings, and special events.

Long Island Ice Tea                                Our waitress Donna

There is a huge Japanese garden, where you can dine and enjoy your romantic dinner overseeing the most beautiful garden surrounded by typical Japanese trees and flowers. Absolutely outstanding atmosphere which will transform your dinner into a dream …

We could not wait to try Yahashiro’s famous Yama Rockin’ Rolls. Our fab waitress Donna was amazing, she guided us in every single request and suggested that we try our choices perfectly assembled into a boat, but it looked so gorgeous and perfectly decorated that we called it: TITANIC!


Our choices were truly superb, I must say that this was the best “boat” we ever had, That good-as-it-gets sushi includes specialties such as; the Darth Vader Roll; spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, black rice, black tobikko, on a spicy mayonnaise, neither of us are fans of mayonaise generally, but this dish was superb.   Hawaii-Five-O Roll; spicy yellowtail, mango, macadamia nuts, toasted coconut, soy paper, kaiware.

Hawaii-Five-O Roll (Left), Buddha Roll (Left Center), Darth Vader (Center)

Rock Lobster Roll; shiitake, asparagus, soy paper, red tobikko, citrus mayonnaise.  Reclining Buddha Roll; shrimp, chilis, cilantro, peanuts, cabbage, soy paper, spicy ponzu. Crunchy Roll; crab, avocado, shrimp tempura, cucumber, kaiware, yamagobo, tempura flakes.  Dragon Roll; crab, avocado, cucumber, unagi, and the night’s special, the Softshell Crab Roll with cucumber and lettuce. Every single roll was so beautiful and tasty that you did not know if you should just comtemplate or eat them. We of course did both, and it was a boat not to forget.

Dragon Roll (Top), Soft Shell Crab (Left), Cruchy Roll (Center), Lobster (Right)

These selections were basically enough for 4 people, so if you plan to have a party or to take your friends, I assure you that they will be truly satisfied by ordering a boat the way we did.
The resulting parade of culinary delights might include their famous signature salads. Donna, our fab waitress told us that the we should not miss the Miso Lobster Salad, grilled with avocado, figs, bacon, frisee, on a miso-date vinaigrette, and the Pomegranate-Tofu Salad with fennel, takuan, candied walnuts, ginger-goat cheese and accompanied by stuffed wontons! Both salads were a truly great and we all enjoyed them very much.

     Miso Lobster Salad                            Pomegranate-Tofu Salad  

The menu, with its dozens of specialties, can be overwhelming, so you might be better off  asking for suggestions and check the specials of the day. Our entrees were also amazing and the choices were excellent. We decided to try the Yamashiro Grilled Seafood, a superb choice; with lobster mahi mahi, calamari steak, shrimp, scallop, quinoa, Portobello, in a lemongrass-tarragon cream. A great fresh seafood fare beautifully presented.

Yamashiro Grilled Seafood

The winner was the Peper Filet Mignon & Australian Lobster Tail, which was absolutely perfect and the amazing tenderness of the meat along with the sweetness of the Lobster, made this dish incomparable and absolutely delicious.
Other menu items include the excellent sashimi and they also offer delectable tempura and a huge variety of appetizers like Yamashiro Crab Cakes, Filet Mignon Carpaccio, Ahi Tuna Capaccio, Curry Coconut Shrimp, Yamashiro Cripy Chicken, Calamari Tempura, Shiitake Dynamite, and more!

Peper Filet Mignon & Australian Lobster Tail

No, we are not done, then Donna came to our table and asked us: Are you guys ready for dessert?  Well… we were not really ready, but how can you refuse to taste a homemade dessert?  All desserts were absolutely incredible, ours was the homemade chocolate chip cookies with homemade peanut butter ice cream! Do I need to say we loved it ?

Homemade Cookies  w/Ice Cream                                                                

The main sushi chef; Jo Rodrigo came over to see how everything was, we certainly told him that he is a talent and his sushi’s abilities were unforgettable and that we had an amazing culinary experience. The dishes he engineers, feature a totally unorthodox, completely unique vision that is part Japanese, part Asian and entirely sophisticated. While his repertoire is always changing, Yamashiro epitomizes the energy of the city!

   Green Tea                                        Chef Jo Rodrigo

I would like to also give special thanks to David Comfort (Restaurant Manager)
and Aaron Smolinski (Dinning Room Manager)  who always make sure your dinner and entire experience at Yamashiro is as great as it can be!.

Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Cuisine: Asian, California

Price: $31 to $50



Location: Hollywood, CA

Hours of Operation:
Dining Room Hours Fri & Sat 5:30pm - 11:00pm Sun -Thur 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Bar & Lounge Hours Sun -Thur 5:00pm - 1:00am Fri & Sat 5:00pm - 2:00am

Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Additional information:

Executive Chef: Jason Park

Dress Code: Business Casual

Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Offers: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, View

Parking: Valet

Parking Details: Valet parking required ($6.00).

Private Party Facilities: Yamashiro is located in the Hollywood Hills above the Magic Castle Hotel. It is available for Corporate and Charity Events, Weddings, Meetings, and Personal Entertaining for events of 300 or more. The SkyView Room and Garden Court create a unique venue for private events. These rooms are available for lunches or dinners. The SkyView Room, with its panoramic view of Hollywood and Los Angeles, is an ideal space facilitating up to 80. Our tranquil Japanese Garden Court can accommodate up to 175 guests. Enjoy the exotic flavors of CalAsian cuisine and enjoy the breathtaking view. For more details, call Alana Ulloa at (323)466-5125 or email her at **Accommodations are available at the Magic Castle Hotel.

Article By: Mary Adams
Photos By: Chris Marx

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