Tsubaki

4.7
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389 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Tsubaki is a contemporary California version of a classic Japanese izakaya in Echo Park, Los Angeles. The food, paired with sake, wine, and beer, complemented by the warm, genuine hospitality that Japan is famous for, offers guests a peek into modern Japan through the lens of Los Angeles. Tsubaki’s little brother, OTOTO is now open next door.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
Food
4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.3
Value
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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b
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience4

Food was excellent but the portions were too small, even for a tapas style. The service was also slow.
The worse part was how bluntly they skimped on the alcohol: we ordered a $48- half bottle of sake. It was served in a pretty clay pot that only afforded two small shots. When we complained to the waitress, she said that she served what was left in the bottle, and that they only serve 1/3 of bottles not halves.
The two shots were not even a 1/3 of a bottle-We left her 10% tip, we should have left her even less.

CE
Los Angeles
78 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow what a great restaurant. A lovey place to enjoy an authentic and approachable Japanese meal. The ambiance is fantastic, and service was on point. Started the night next door at Ototo for a glass of sake and snacky snacks (same ownership) which I recommend, then we went to our reservation for dinner. Everything was delicious. No misses. Especially loved the duck fat garlic fried rice and the chicken thigh oyster skewers. So good!

JL
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

this might be the best restaurant in LA, but definitely the best on the east side. their attention to detail, service and of course the food was incredible. the dungeoness crab custard was a stand out, in addition to the braised short rib. great sake selection. everything was absolutely perfect.

i'll also add, that while dining there, an A++++ list celebrity tried to get a table without a reservation in the already fully-packed restaurant, and to my surprise, the restaurant did not punt a reservation to make it happen. the celeb very politely demurred and the restaurant kept their reservation.

more places should in los angeles have this much integrity. couldn't have loved it more.

b
Los Angeles
209 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

I liked the short rib, turnips and steamed egg very much. The tuna, spanish octopus, beef/uni toast, crab fried rice were ok

p
London
88 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

One of the great restaurants in LA at the moment. Everything we ordered was delicious and there is wide variety on the menu.

k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was delicious and special!

PS
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Way too expensive ; friendly staff and nice interior.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Third time at least as good as the first! Avoid the rice dishes and definitely get the short ribs.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is absolutely delicious! Enjoyed my visit and excited to come back again and try other dishes!

JG
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Every bite was extremely cared for and delicious. Why a thoughtful experience

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a joy eating here.

SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

just delicious and so interesting. I loved the sake menu, and I can hardly wait go back and try more dishes on the menu.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

It was our wedding anniversary dinner. The food was delicious, but the service made the experience less than enjoyable.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best food, exquisite

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tsubaki is my favorite restaurant in LA! Amazing food, amazing service, amazing ambiance. A must!!

R
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing coursed out dinner! Fried octopus was truly amazing and cooked to perfection. Awesome staff & service, we had a great date night here.

BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambiance is perfect for a date night. The food was delicious, especially the octopus tempura and the Uni toast. Great service and amazing food. I will definitely be going back.

S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food is always outstanding. The short ribs are out of this world.

s
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

always my go to place for great food and sake/beverage and Courtney is the best

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and sake! Super impressed.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

The rumors were right; it is a true gem in L A. The ONLY complaint I have is that the lighting is TOO DARK to see the menu and the food.

KD
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

The food was fine. But there are far better Asian restaurants in LA for less of a cost. Not worth the hype.

D
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We came here for dinner on our honeymoon and it was an amazing experience. We felt so special and taken care of by the entire staff. The food is incredible — you must get the whole fish and the madai sashimi. We wanted to try everything, every dish was better than the last.

LL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food and drinks were delicious and the service was top notch! Definitely coming back!

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service was great! Thank you for the anniversary dessert after our meal.

f
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is such a great spot! Everything was perfect from the food to the service. I will definitely be back!

AM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Great plates to share, great selections of sake and great atmosphere! I'll definitely be back!

M
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Food and Sake List👍✨

F
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good food but would appreciate more new dishes that are not deep fried.

LB
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb, strikingly imaginative twists on Japanese classics. A gem.

SC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

one of our own very favorite restaurants anywhere in the city and in the country.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Had to wait 30 minutes for our table
Croquets were amazing
Short ribs were tough
Tofu was utterly flavorless
Hard to read menus, small print and dark room

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exactly what I was looking for. Japanese cuisine at it’s finest near Silver Lake. The staff was great, the ambiance perfect for the occasion, the Sake among the best, and the food was the star of the show. Definitely worth another visit.

DK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A 5-star experience in every respect! Seated promptly, superb service, and food, sake and Japanese beers on draft that are all terrific.

IL
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Parking: Street parking, which can be tough in LA area, good thing they provide valet parking.
The restaurant is a gem, tiny yet cozy. It's great for party of 2-4. The food is just absolutely bravo. Love the combination of flavor. Might be a bit on the pricey side if you want to fill up the tummy, make sure you order rice dish. will definitely go back again.

f
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

come as you are, as a friend as you want me to be, as a friend

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the food was insane!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely meal. Every bite was delicious.

S
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Fantastic. New tastes and flavors, but never overcomplicated. Staff is incredibly helpful with both food and drink selections.

N
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

This is a charming establishment with wonderfully original cuisine served by a charming stuff. Truly a find.