Manpuku Tokyo BBQ West Los Angeles

4.7
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52 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese

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Traditional Japanese style BBQ Dining from Tokyo Japan.

Manpuku, which means “to be happy with a full stomach” in Japanese, opened its doors to hungry customers in Tokyo more than 60 years ago.
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VP
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A must try when in the LA area. Great ambiance for a date. Impeccable service. And delicious, tender meats.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food5Service3Ambience3

Even I have reservation, I still wait there for over 20mins cuz they let the walk-in customers have our table

K
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The food is very interesting and tasty. The waiter was wonderful with us: charming and helpful. There was a lot of food served, in fact, we took food home. The food is very much like Korean BBQ, with higher quality meat served in Manpuku. The soup is especially delicious and the wine offerings were varied. I had a cold sake that was expensive but really exceptional. The only issue I have with the restaurant is the speed with which they serve you. You barely finish one course when the next course is delivered. Still, we had a great time and enjoyed our meal.

A
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

Not a place to relax. You cook your own food in a noisy, smoky small space. They push you out before you are ready to go-even before you have a chance to have desert-claiming that “people are waiting “. Tonight we got pushed out for this reason but no one was waiting to get in! Not very nice.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience4

Consistent quality throughout the years, best Japanese BBQ in town.

SM
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience3

We checked in with the host with our reservation and saw at least three parties who came after us get seated before us. It was frustrating.

A
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place has an exceptional experience and wonderful service that we keep coming back!

BS
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, good food, nice price. Easy to make a reservation as well

A
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was as very busy and we felt we were kicked out from the restaurant after 90 min. I wish we could have more time after desert. We needed to stay at least for 2 hours.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Fast, attentive, friendly service.

C
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Service was good very helpful and attentive! The price for the food was pretty steep. Quality was good but would I spend that kind of money there again probably not. Would of liked more options in our course. Overall still a good experience.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

We were rushed to finish up our meal. $200 bill between two people. Come here often. Disappointed by lack of professionalism.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I don’t write many reviews but wow! So good! Everything is perfect.

AS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2019
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience4

This place is sooooo overpriced for the amount you get. I like the taste but the price is what killed it for me.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service

K
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my boyfriend’s first Japanese bbq experience, and he loved it!!
Every piece of meat tasted great, service attentive, beers ice-cold. We had a great time.
Some things to note - it has a rather intimate feel - it worked wonderfully for me and my bf, but I don’t think it works great for large parties. Also music was quite loud, although with good taste, which made us think twice about bringing back our parents in their 70s.

AP
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food

w
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was wonderful. Foods are good. It Lunch menu is very reasonable.

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing experience at Manpuku! The restaurant was clean. The foods were delicious. The service was great! Thank you for a memorable night.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

Our waitress was very helpful and patient with our group. Food was delicious! I now know to order the larger platters of meat for next time. Those suckers go fast when with a group.

FM
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

This is my son's favorite spot! If you are in the market for Japanese BBQ, this is your spot. Nestled in a little strip mall in the trendy Sawtelle neighborhood, this could easily be missed. You are best off to get a reservation (lunch and dinner), but the great news is valet parking is free right in front of the restaurant (a rarity on Sawtelle). Try the lunch specials- the beef is delicious, but so are the shrimp and veggies. We recommend the Rosu which is the thinly sliced ribeye. So delicious. Ask for bowls of steamed rice if you are not on the lunch combo, and they are happy to bring you ponzu sauce, lemon, or soy as needed. It's simple and delicious and you will definitely leave satisfied!!

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is excellent. services as amazing.
Here is NO.1 Japanese BBQ place in LA.
I’ll be back soon.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience5

Nice atmosphere. Prompt seating with reservation. Food smelled amazing. Too bad we never got to eat. As I do when making any reservation at a restaurant. I check the menu to see if it’s something we’d enjoy. The menu posted on Open Table looked like something we’d enjoy and the prices were comparable to that of our favorite Asian style BBQ, Gyu-Kaku. Once seated and looking over the menu I noticed a MAJOR discrepancy. The prices on the in store menu were in most cases doubled what was posted on Open Table. The price ranges we thought were $6.50-$15 for 3.5oz portions (similar to Gyu-Kaku) were really $12-$23 per 3.5oz portions. When I showed the waitress this major discrepancy she said she couldn’t explain why such a drastic difference. She spoke with the manager, neither could he. We decided to go to another BBQ place instead.

I frequent places like Fleming’s, Mastro’s, Del Frisco, etc... While I don’t mind spending money on good food. I didn’t like the blatant difference in prices. A couple dollars might have been ok. Doubled prices, no thanks.

Probably won’t ever return.

A
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience1

They pushed me out 75 min even nobody is waiting for the table. No time to enjoy to relax.

A
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Manpuku staff are wonderful! I highly recommend this restaurant!

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

went here for a double date with friends. i was from out of town and my friend recommended this restaurant. the food was great! we ordered the set menu and it was plenty of food for the four of us!

YC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience4

booked via opentable but didn’t the ⭐️ 100 points

TK
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional experience.

JW
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience1

The food is not that good for the price. Everything was over marinated and the garlic rice was just awful.
There's a grill spot in downtown Tokyo for half the price with a restaurant kid (child of the owners I presume) running around but I'd rather eat there. They don't over marinate their meat.

SS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I've been going to Manpuku since they opened. It is by far one of the better Yakiniku places on the Westside.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Eat here a lot, great service, easy complementary valet parking, good food, well priced. Super casual quick meal

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience, awesome service, great food!

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing experience as usual!

a
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Limited options on menu especially for vegetarians. Bibimbop was good, vegetarian only. Some beef cuts were great. Gyu Kaku a little better because of more and tastier sauces and more options on the menu.

JG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

Amazing food! One of my new favorite restaurants in LA

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Excellent Japanese bbq experience. Enjoyed the variety in the course meals. The grill was too hot and was cooking the meats too fast, felt rushed the entire time with the waitress trying to take away plates that we were not finished with

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Just good. Still nice. That’s all

SW
Austin
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been coming here for years and it is hands down my favorite Japan BBQ

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

It was a good/ different experience