BEST SUSHI DINING EXPERIENCE EVER
Service was great. attentive to filling my water and removing dishes. The fish was so good. I could tell alot of prep went into making the fish taste so fresh.. none to minimal fishness. Im not a fan of the rice though due to personal preference for sweeter vinegar rice. I think the price was reasonable for the well prepared courses. comparable to Japan
Food was good, variety could have been better for the price of $200. Only 15 dishes & no additions offered by chef after the 15th piece of nigiri served. Service was abrupt and waitress was rude, with 1 Michelin star & a mandatory 20% service charge.
Top notch. You have be a pure sushi fan. Best sushi experience in my life. Hands down.
This was an amazing experience. The sushi was fantastic and the service was incredible. This place is expensive, but worth every penny.
Q is the best! The service and food are outstanding.
The food - outstanding as most diners write. I appreciated the classic nigiri and the quality of the fish.
But a meal is a wholistic experience and on that level my meal was miserable. I arrived a few minutes before my 8pm reservation. I was seated at the bar, and the waitress gave me a beverage menu. After a few minutes, she walked by and took the drinks menu. Didn't ask me if I wanted anything, just took it and seemed kind of hostile about it. I waited patiently as my food started arriving then told her I wanted to order sake, and pointed out the one I wanted, Dassai 50, a sake I have had many times. She said, that's very sweet and we do not recommend, we recommend this and pointed to something twice the price. Why offer a total of six sake choices and have one be something you do not recommend? So, I ordered a sake in between prices.
Meanwhile, all the other tables paid their check and left. They had all been there since the beginning of the 6 pm seating and extolled how wonderful their lengthy meal was. Since I was the lone diner my courses came back to back, sometimes I still had food in my mouth when another piece was set down in front of me. There was only the most perfunctory explanation of what I was served, I was never asked what I like and do not like, the chef seemed on autopilot to serve me a set menu of choices. I felt like they could not wait for me to leave so they could close up.
By 8:44 I had paid my check and was out the door. For a meal that cost over $350, this was a painful, disappointing and utterly unacceptable experience. However, since there is a mandatory tip included I "had to" give a $50+ tip! There are so many great sushi restaurants in LA, avoid this one like the plague.
Q is the best sushi restaurant in Downtown LA. It is a completely different scene from Sugarfish, but it depends what you want. If you want a romantic quiet restaurant that is all about food and service, then go to Q. If you want a buzzy and noisy scene, go to Sugarfish.
This is an aesthetic experience of the highest order. The chef is a master. Every course is a balance of taste, heat, sweet, texture and visual design. The fish is so fresh. Some selections are from our coast, some from Japan, etc. Everything is so elegantly complex and simple at the same time. And the interior of the restaurant is exquisite. i can't wait to return
fish was very mediocre for the price. Definitely a one time shop type of experience. Will not be dining here for at least a year or tow
This was one of the worse Sushi meals we have ever had. It compares unfavorably to many of the middle of the road sushi restaurants around LA, let alone amongst the several other popular high end prix-fix “omakase” only Sushi restaurants.
The rice was dry and a little chewy. Most of the fishes were tough and smelly. My first dish, was an oyster with a broken shell inside that I had to spit out. The food was prepared in an assembly like fashion for the 10 or so customers at the counter all at once rather than custom for each customer like it is customary for “omakase” meals. We kept waiting for the next dish to wow us but that moment never arrived. There was no personal interaction with the chef except at the moment he dropped the food in front of us and told us what each dish was. The meal ended abruptly with a steamed egg cake. Super average. Nothing was special about this experience. It felt like an absolute scam aimed at young tourists primarily. I certainly wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to anyone. We spent $720 in two people including the extremely average and overprized sake. I can think of at least 10 sushi restaurants around LA where my wife and I coukd have had a 10 times better meal for under $150. I’m not sure how this place is surviving. I should have known better based on how easy it was to get a reservation at the last minute.
Don’t waste the money. This is not the restaurant that supposedly had a Michelin star. It doesn’t even come close.
Love sushi. I don't think there's a way to describe how good this was.
Birthday dinner a week before
Master class in sushi flown in fresh from Japan. While on the pricey side, sushi snobs will gladly pay the $200pp for such high end fare.
Was good experience overall. But waited too long between courses after a group of people joined the table. And chef needs more time to take care of other guests.
I love sushi, and have eaten it all over the world, also in Tokyo (1 star). This was the best I have ever had, and chef Hiro was such a humble and lovable persona.
Overall amazing experience. Dinning room is intimate and tasteful. The only critique I would say is that while the variety and overall quality of fish was great, for $500+ for 2 people, I was underwhelmed by some of the fish courses served. Some fish seemed like they were fairly ordinary especially for high end sushi (i.e. I would have expected to be served at a $60 dinner, not a $200 per person omakase dinner). They did serve multiple courses of blue fin tuna (otoro, chutoro, and maguro), and opening dishes were nontraditional and unique. Overall outstanding meal and worth a visit if you are big sushi fan. Note, pace of dinner is slow 2 hours, but watching the chef is a show in itself, viewing a master in action.
The sushi was fresh but nothing spectacular. The service was great but felt rushed. 20% service fee charged automatically which is fine but the service charge was also taxed. I’m sure it is legal but I didn’t think it was right. Overall, it was not worth the price and disappointing.
I read the description, and my expectation was really a Japanese style restaurant. Do not get me wrong: the food is superb quality, but ir misses in how you are treated im Japan when you have a meal. Reception was cold. Service was cold and without a soul. And the price is real high just for that. I have paid a higher price for an Omakase, but with a top service which leaves you totally satisfied. The description is not accurate in saying you feel like in Tokyo. I do miss that feeling.
Extraordinary sushi / sashimi ... extraordinary saki
phenomenal. divine quality of ingredients and preparation
Wow. One of the most memorable meals of my life. Best toro and best uni I’ve ever had. Expensive but worth it.
Great atmosphere. Excellent sushi. I can't wait to go back.
As always, Chef Hiro is the best! Great experience! Excellent!
Fish quality and diversity was excellent. The fish to rice ratio on the sushi was lacking. Service was excellent. Price was a little steep for quantity of fish. Ambiance was decent but could have been a little better.
It was good but don’t think it was $200 worth
Wonderful. Expensive but worth it for a special occasion.
We went there for lunch, they have two lunch sets. They charged 20% service fee, so each person is around $165.
Don’t go there too early, they open right on the time.
The sushi is okay, but I prefer to have sashimi rather than sushi. They don’t allow to take photos there.
My husband & I had an amazing experience at Q! It truly lives up to its Michelin star accolade! The quality of the fish was wonderful,& the setup of the ambience was pleasant as well. We will definitely revisit in the future.
Fantastic eats, with cuisine that ensnares the senses and truly is something to be experienced, not simply eaten.
We went for lunch and ordered $75 omakase. Everything is over seasoned and very salty,they put soy sauce on almost every piece all the way through and serve everything in 30 min. Waitress wasn't friendly either. Btw 20% tip will be added on ur bill so we ended up paying $200 total for two person. Honestly I'd rather spend more money going to Sushi Zo than coming back here. Idk why they even got a Michelin star.
I've eaten omakase 25+ times at several different places in several different cities. My frustration at Q motivated me to write this as my first food review ever.
I felt like the overall meal was rushed. This is mostly due to the sole chef serving 10 people at once (with no assistants). Although the ingredients were top-notch, this resulted in poor attention to detail in terms of the amount of wasabi applied, soy sauce that was put on and the overall construction of each piece. Multiple times, there were pieces that fell over when he went to rush putting it on someone's plate. Fish to rice ratio was inconsistent from person to person. He used a single brush of soy sauce for 10 pieces, resulting in the first piece getting most of it, and the last piece almost getting none. The wasabi was also smeared to 10 pieces in a straight line that was very inconsistently distributed.
The reality is, this is very good sushi. There is no doubt that the chef is great at what he does and all of these issues can easily be solved by having an assistant. But I have had much better attention to detail (due to having multiple people), equal quality fish and more attentive service all for much lower of a price point. For what comes out to be $260+ after tax and a service charge, I think it is reasonable to expect above-average food and service.
Rice too salty. Stingy with fish, very small and thin fish piece on top of rice. Measly tiny piece of uni. Rude service. Did not refill tea until 30 minutes later. Does not allow photos (probably because they don't want proof of their small sushi). Several pieces were not fresh and had bad aftertaste and stringy texture.
Q is an amazing place and most likely will only be viewed as special if one truly appreciates an authentic Japanese Omakase experience. The seafood is the best quality and the chef prepares each dish enhancing and bringing out the best of each type of sushi he prepares. My favorite was the very first course, a single raw oyster prepared so perfectly with a delicate sauce; the flavors of the sea and the delicious sauce still linger on in my memory. Oh and the Uni and salmon roe sushi had a similar effect not only on myself but my boyfriend who has a very discerning palate. We were so pleased with our experience here. The ambiance at Q is simple and elegant, and the sushi is heavenly.
I ate Omakase in Tokyo 2 months before eating at Q and found this meal to be of higher quality and better taste.
It is by no means cheap but is the best sushi meal I’ve ever eaten anywhere.
A masterful experience. The chef’s dedication is artful.
Everything you would expect from a true omotenashi experience. Setting was very intimate and chef Naruke was informative and engaging. It is expensive but no more so than any other traditional edo-style sushi service. They admire and expect proper sushi etiquette.
All in all one of my better experiences
Not worth for one star