The Essential Los Angeles Sushi Restaurants

The Essential Los Angeles Sushi Restaurants

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There are classic omakase experiences, experimental takes on sushi with non-traditional ingredients, and beautiful kaiseki menus that highlight pristine fish and seasonal produce. Here now, LA's essential sushi restaurants.

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    The original Sushi Nazi, Nozawa, has created a mini-empire of top-notch sushi restaurants that strip away some of the common elements of a sushi experience and encapsulate them in a simple multi-course meal, depending on how much you "trust" Nozawa. The rice is seasoned perfectly and the fish, hand-selected by Nozawa, might be as good could be at this price point. [Photo: Yelp]
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    This popular West LA spot gets a second location in the heart of Downtown's Historic Core, where sushi chef Keizo Seki brings his ultra-fresh sushi in an omakase-style counter. [Photo: Yelp]
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    A refined sushi den in the heart of Downtown's Financial District, this ambitious new player in the L.A. sushi scene is out there to conquer it all, and the quality of fish speaks for itself. The price is quite high, but the more affordable lunch might be a worthy splurge for those working in the area. [Photo: Yelp]
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    "Trust Me," declares chef Nobi Kushuhara, at Sasabune, a West LA institution where quality trumps all, including the bland decor. The omakase menu includes classic nigiri pieces such as maguro and toro, in addition to butterfish, albacore and yellowtail. Prices are high to match the quality, upwards of $200 a person. [Photo: Yelp]
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    Arguably the best value omakase in town, for around $45 dollars, you get 15 pieces of terrific sushi that'll impress anyone. The varieties range from the familiar cuts to things you won't likely see at your local roll shop. It's a bit of a hike from L.A., but it's well worth it for price.
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    Easily one of the best spots in this part of town, the relatively affordable, but high quality sushi at this enduring sushi bar makes it a little bit of an insider's secret. If you have time before flying out of LAX, this might be the pre-flight meal to make.
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    This no-frills spot in Hollywood eschews some of the more off-the-wall rolls and such in this area and stay true to simple nigiri, basic rolls, and sashimi. Friendly service, and a rotating selection of seasonal fish. [Photo: Yelp]
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    Perhaps the sushi bar with the best overall design in L.A., this Abbot Kinney restaurant does its best to cater to the "locals" by offering brown rice with its sushi. In addition to the sushi, there are specials like live clam in ponzu, lobster ceviche, and steamed black cod to complement the menu. High prices go along with the style and quality of the food. [Photo: Yelp]
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    Though it's just opened, Blue Ribbon has already become the best place to eat at the Grove. With an extensive set of tasting menus, which draw fish and seafood from both coasts, Blue Ribbon is the kind of New York transplant that L.A. could use more of. Oh, and the refined interior certainly helps with the experience.
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    Most diners opt for the epic kaiseki meals here, where the appetizer plate alone features uni, snow crab wonton, cucumber with bottarga, and halibut carpaccio. Next is a parade of fresh fish including kanpachi, spanish mackerel, toro, and wild scallop, served with freshly grated wasabi, presented beautifully, if slowly. [Photo: Yelp]
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    Sometimes all you need is a cheap bite, and this affordable chirashi bowl spot on Melrose has lunch offerings for around $15 a person.
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    The newest high-end spot to open in West L.A., Sushi Tsujita has some intense fans, and some that aren't really into the exorbitant prices. Either way, it's an ambitious, if delicious, undertaking that is just beginning to establish itself on Sawtelle.
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