Perhaps the most romantic venue in Southern California, Yamashiro's unique ambiance of historic tranquility and unparalleled views offer guests a ... More
Perhaps the most romantic venue in Southern California, Yamashiro's unique ambiance of historic tranquility and unparalleled views offer guests a place of serenity high above Los Angeles. Executive chef Brock Kleweno leads a dynamic culinary team in creating Asian-inspired Californian fare. From favorites including American wagyu and truffle hamachi to our newest menu items, such as pistachio salmon, guests experience Hollywood in all of its splendor.
I have been to Yamashiro countless times, and every time it was very special. The location up on a hill as well as the soft lighting and overall ambiance make this place fantastic. Great for dates, meeting your girlfriends, or even taking your mom out for once!
There have been some negative reviews about this place in the past, but the times we have gone, it has been to die for. Their miso salmon is heaven in your mouth, the ribs are addictive, and the kobe beef just melts into your stomach. Decent wine list. Their sushi is not the best though. Ambience is incredibly romantic and if its a clear day, the view is spectacular. It's a bit on the pricy side for normal folk, but if you want to splurge, this is a great place to do it. My husband and I will go back there again and again.
Ordered the Yamashiro Grilled Seafood Plate which is lobster, mahi mahi, calamari steak, one shrimp, and one scallop served with a lemongrass-tarragon cream sauce. The seafood had little to no taste and the sauce added very little in the way of flavour. As seafood is usually subtle, this was forgivable. However, the texture of the various pieces was awful due to overcooking/bad cuts. For instance, the mahi mahi took quite a bit chewing and swallowing in order to get it down. It was not enjoyable in the least.
The lobster was served in a half shell and was easily the best piece on the plate, however, it was no standout performer and thus, could not save the overall dish.
The other people I ate with reported mediocre dishes and were very disappointed with the value of the food.
If you are looking for a great scene/aura/location and nothing else, this would be a great place to go. If price/value or food quality is your objective, I would stay far away.
My first time at Yamashiros was a year ago when my boyfriend took me to dinner for Valentine's Day. We sat in the middle where the garden was located. It was serene and romantic. I loved how the restaurant is up on a hill and you can see such a beautiful view of the city. The restaurant is like an old-fashioned japanese house.