Wokcano Santa Monica Wokano Wockano Wokcano
1413 5th St. (Santa Monica Blvd.)
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Cuisine: Pan-Asian / Sushi
A large outdoor patio makes this a popular late-night destination for sushi and pan-Asian dishes.
Openings: Lunch & Dinner daily


Wokcano, Santa Monica, CA

Wokcano Restaurant Review:

Wokcano has evolved from a single Los Angeles location to a six-restaurant Southern California chain serving pan-Asian cuisine and sushi. Just two blocks from the Promenade, the prime space features a sushi bar downstairs, and a large, multi-level patio perfect for drinking, dining and star-gazing. Sadly, the hip décor and layout is more memorable than the food, which tends to be sushi, fried or fried sushi. Spicy tuna tornado dip subjects the fish and chunks of avocado to the indignity of being spread on corn chips, and hamachi is drowning in spicy ponzu sauce. Highlights include a sweet and crunchy execution of honey walnut shrimp, and there is an extensive list of rolls such as the peacock (tempura-fried spicy tuna and avocado topped with spicy garlic sauce). But it may be more enjoyable to visit during one of the bar's frequent happy hours, or for an after-dinner specialty martini on one of the outdoor couches near the fountain.

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