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Yamashiro

1999 N. Sycamore Ave. (Franklin Ave.) Send to Phone
323-466-5125 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
This romantic replica of a Japanese palace in the Hollywood Hills provides a spectacular city view along with sushi and Cal-Asian fare.
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Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Fri. 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Sat. 5:00 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; Lounge daily 5:00 p.m. until close; Pagoda Bar: May 22nd-Sept. 4th weather permitting Thurs.-Sat. 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
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Dining room at Yamashiro, Hollywood, CA

Yamashiro Restaurant Review

: From its hilltop perch, Yamashiro offers sweeping views from the world-famous Hollywood Sign to downtown to the ocean. This romantic replica of a Japanese palace was originally built in 1914 to house the Asian artifacts collection of the Bernheimer brothers. (The extravagant edifice, which has been designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #921, supposedly inspired a local fascination with the Far East that led to the creation of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.) Stroll through the Japanese gardens and admire the large Buddha statue. The Pagoda Bar, which overlooks its namesake structure and a pool, serves appetizers and cocktails from late May through early September. The two-story restaurant encompasses another bar area, private events space upstairs, and a garden courtyard that provides outdoor dining (unless it's serving as a wedding venue). Tables by the windows are highly sought-after, but the tiered dining room has some comfortable booths farther back that still get a glimpse of the view. When ordering from executive chef Brock Kleweno's menu of Cal-Asian fare, skip the Kurobuta pork carnitas and go for the crab cakes or hamachi with truffle-infused ponzu. We tend to be more impressed by the appetizers than the entrées. For example, we could have gone without the extra soy daikon sauce accompanying the shoyu glazed black cod. American Wagyu steak can be specially presented on a Himalayan salt plate heated to over 400 degrees. There is also an à la carte menu of sushi and sashimi, plus unique rolls like the black forbidden rice roll. Ginger ice cream brings a touch of interest to the molten chocolate cake. While not comprehensive, the selection of beer, wine and saké should please a variety of palates. Among the cocktails, you'll find a Moscow Mule with homemade ginger beer served in a custom Yamashiro copper mug. Out-of-towners flock here, but the restaurant is also popular among locals for birthdays and other special occasions. Surprisingly, the prices aren't all that exorbitant considering the immersive environs and extraordinary views.

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5 Star View! Excellent Wine.
by Rikki90046 on Sat Jan 22, 2011 10:02 am
 
This restaurant is so beautiful and the view is amazing. A must visit for locals and tourists alike. The service is excellent as is the sushi.

They have a nice selection of wines by the glass and the server was very knowledgable when making suggestions.

While the sushi was excellent, the entree was disappointing. We ordered the Spicy & Sweet Shrimp with snow peas, baby corn, and bok choy over steamed rice. If we had ordered it without the sauce, it would have been very good. The sauce was "off". Bitter with a little spice, it was bland, "off" is the only way to describe it. To save the dinner we asked for some Teriyaki sauce to pick up the flavor and give it the sweet, tanginess that the menu description promised.

With the experience over $100 we decided that the view was worth $60 and the dinner $40.

We'll go back. We love the view!!
 
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