Tsubaki

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358 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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SC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food was insane!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. Every bite was delicious.

S
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it here

K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great atmosphere. Sake list is incredible. Pricey but worth it.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Super cute
Fried octopus was the best
Great sake and our server was very sweet

MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Delicious bites and great service in a lively yet serene atmosphere.

JO
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food and sake

JS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect, except waitress over charged us 150$...

JH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as ever. Tsubaki is without a doubt the best restaurant I have been to in LA.

H
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience to show off for out of town guests.

R
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff at Tsubaki went out of their way to accommodate us and make our meal special. Can’t wait to eat here again.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food always amazing but the service was very slow. Some items only had 2/3 pieces (and we were a party of 4) and the waitress didn’t inform us about the shortage/to order more than one plate, etc.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely environment

C
Los Angeles
248 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic array of Japanese delicacies and great place to enjoy nibbles before a trek to Dodger Stadium

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Took a really long time waiting to be seated for a reservation

T
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! This was our first visit to Tsubaki and really enjoyed it.

We had 5 different glasses of sake and all were good. Three were spectacular. And the food was just as impressive. Between two of us, we split 5 items from the menu—for us, that ended up being just the right amount.
Started off with the wagyu tataki. (Which was fine, maybe a little overwhelmed by the really delicious fermented chili and broth. Probably wouldn't order this again, but it was nice to try a different take on wagyu).
Next up came the Chawanmushi, steamed off custard. That was amazing! Definitely a must next time we go.
Then in tandem came the tako-ten (fried octopus) and a special of grilled diver scallops. Yes and yes!
To finish, the 48-hour short ribs were perfect.
Really, what a lovely place. Service was just the right balance of friendly-to-professional and dishes came out and the perfect pace.
Highly recommended and look forward to returning.

OT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was outstanding. Great, attentive, pleasant servers. Looking forward to going back again.

DM
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Tsubaki is a beautiful experience on so many levels! The food is a fresh spin on traditional Japanese flavors, it's complex yet effortlessly delicious. The ambiance is cozy NYC restaurant meets sophisticated Japanese design. Every time I dine here I marvel at something whether it's the perfect water glasses or the insanely cute chopstick rests, you'll love the elegant plating of each dish. Did I mention the wine and sake list? It's delightful and so is Tsubaki!

O
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

The place is charming, but three of our four dishes were tremendously over-salted.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and sake selection! Waitstaff was so sweet and hospitable.

DH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We had a reservation and arrived early, but were seated 10 minutes late... and my wife is 7 months pregnant.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cuisine was amazing! Some of the best yakitori and izakaya to memory. Prices were a little high but quality made up for it. We would definitely return! Highlights: tofu salad!! Grilled Squid special, & Chicken Oysters. Great sake and wine selections...Valet available “on the street” but parking difficult otherwise.

R
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must try! Allow the server to guide you a bit. We got sake afterward at OTOTO, which I very much recommend. Sorry for closing it out.

AV
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & even more excellent food. 👌🏽

RM
1 review
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurant is amazing but parking (even valet) is an actual nightmare especially if a Dodger game is happening. I would Uber.

B
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the place and were surprised at how crowded it was already at 6:00 pm. The food and service were great. We'd been there before several years ago as a result of watching Migrant Kitchen. I'm happy that Charles and Courtney are having such great success. They deserve it.

We ordered three rounds of dishes and were pleased by the order in which they were served. We also had three or four "carafes" of sake. All were excellent

On the downside, for our taste, (we're in our 60's and 70's), the music is a bit too loud.

P
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and sake selection.

a
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

An overall amazing gastronomic experience! My friend and I began our dinner escapade at OTOTO with a some sake, eggplant, and okonomiyaki, all of which were already great. We then proceeded with our dinner reservation at TSUBAKI and really appreciated how these two establishments really complemented each other and were so conveniently close together. The food at TSUBAKI was exceptionally flavorful and at just the right serving. Furthermore, the service was professional yet casual and friendly, and our seating situation by their front window really added to the ambiance. I was already itching to come back as soon as I had left!

AE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

When Tsubaki took over Kush it was still good but it went downhill recently. One out of 4 dishes was good. They've lost the essence of Japanese cooking. The waitress kindly took one dish off the bill, a Kimchi-like tomato appetizer but it was just raw tomatoes on what tasted like bland Tahini-dressing. And it's gotten a lot more expensive. I was disappointed as it used to be top notch and more Japanese. The new bar next door is cute.

G
Western NC
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must do every time I’m in Los Angeles. Foodies take note, Cheers!

b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

No one should ever make "avocado mousse". It's tasteless and an insult to avocados. The pork shu mai and sake were the highlights. The soft shell crab was great, but again on that mousse. I just felt that the sauces were lackluster. I've had better izakaya heart skewers using less soy sauce on them, they just didn't shine in any way. The dishes just felt flat and one dimensional. Nothing innovative, but not truly authentic either. I'm asian, so I think if you're not going to improve on a traditional dish that's already delicious than the spin off isn't worth it. The lamb chops were boring and I thought didn't justify sacrificing a beautiful, pure little animal. I have no idea what the gelatinous sauce was underneath and the greens tasted inedible. The music could have been better curated. All hype, sorry. My friend highly recommended it, but as the person I went with commented truly, the website presented the food more elegantly than the actual plates. The yam beer was delicious. I'd recommend perhaps going to their sake bar next door, but not the restaurant.

WF
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Tsubaki: Over rated and expensive for the quality of food offered. With small plates, the food should be bite size. The octopus was tough, too large and impossible to eat. The chicken wings were good but pricey. The fried rice was the best dish!

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