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1999 N. Sycamore Ave. (Franklin Ave.) Send to Phone
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Iconic destination in the Hollywood Hills with a spectacular city view and Cal-Asian cuisine.
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Yamashiro, Hollywood, CA

Yamashiro Restaurant Review

: Yamashiro nearly faced demise, but new owners not only rescued this beloved LA icon but also have realized its full potential. The restaurant’s formerly pedestrian California-inspired Asian menu has been transformed by executive chef Christophe Bonnegrace. Fresh fish is sourced daily, along with premium meats and seasonal items like Hokkaido scallops flown in from Japan. Look for a medley of albacore and fatty toro prepared as sashimi, tartare and lightly seared, or silky yellowtail with serrano, Japanese mint, yuzu tobiko and shiso sauce. Salt and pepper calamari made with jasmine rice flour are light as a cloud; baby-back ribs are slow braised in duck fat for hours with sambal, saké and ginger. Sushi and sashimi are prepared by Bonnegrace’s longtime colleague, chef Masato Nakabayashi. For a fun-to-the-table entrée, experience the American Wagyu steak carved tableside on a sizzling pink Himalayan salt plate (heated to more than 400 degrees). For dessert, try the jam-filled beignets with buttermilk ice cream. Giant, eye-popping tiki cocktails are a festive way to start; however the wine list is full of fine French and California choices that complement the food. From its hilltop perch, Yamashiro offers sweeping views from the world-famous Hollywood Sign to downtown and the ocean. This romantic representation 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 two-story restaurant encompasses a bar area, private events space upstairs, and a striking garden courtyard with 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. Reservations are a must, and celebrity sightings are frequent. The restaurant is much in need of renovations that are underway, including a new dedicated sushi bar and revamped bar program with a large selection of high-end sakés and Japanese whiskies.

User Ratings & Reviews for Yamashiro
Average rating    3
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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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