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Taberu, Los Angeles, CA

Taberu

4.5
4.5
65 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
TABERU - ​TOKYO SHOKUTSU - EAT TO LIVE & LIVE TO EAT
Tokyo's top restaurateurs w/ a combined total of over 200 restaurants throughout Japan, team up to bring artisan dishes, tastes and flavors from the streets of Tokyo... and bring to you TABERU!
The name TABERU comes from the japanese terminology 三大欲求・"Sandaiyokkyu" the "three major desires" which are said to be indispensable and key for our lives, and the main one being 食欲・"shokuyoku" which means to eat.
Our chefs are direct from Tokyo and have created a menu never seen in LA before! Our signature dish being YASAI MAKI which are fresh veggies wrapped in pork, beef and vegan options as well!
Come join us for a great atmosphere, food & drinks, vibes and a completely new dining experience!
Experience the "Real Deal" Tokyo comfort food without the jetlag!
We are located on the Traction side next to Kreation and offer patio dining and valet parking as well.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Asian, Comfort Food
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 17:00–23:00
  • Phone number
    (213) 278-0198
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive Chef
    Takashi Furuta
  • Area
    Arts District
  • Cross Street
    We are located on the Traction side next to Kreation.
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Next to Metro Gold Line and Little Tokyo Center.
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 65 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Child-friendly

  • Downtown / South and East LA

    Japanese

65 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I was shocked to see that our waiter, I believe his name was Ken, took back one of the skewers on our table after we had already been touching everything. Kinda of unsanitary if you ask me. They accidentally gave us an extra set of skewers which I thought they’d just give to us on the house, NOPE. I assume they gave these already touched and handled skewers to someone else because what was the point of taking it back. I overall liked the concept and atmosphere of the restaurant, but not sure I’d go here again after that one mishap.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Love their bacon wrap grill!!!!! Best Japanese grill food

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time dining here. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable in the menu. The food is a unique Tokyo / Los Angeles fusion that did not disappoint. I ordered the Tokyo Laksa Noodles which was very delicious.

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  4. GordonC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place for an evening date. Don't bring if your date is not interested in expanding their palette.

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  5. NAMS

    New York City

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every course was excellent. All the drinks were excellent. Really creative skewers. Very impressed. I'll go again to try more things.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 October 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    One of those terrible experiences you have every 5-7 years. The service was extremely slow, the people sitting next to us just walked out after being unattended for 20min, and our food was served 15min apart for each of us (we were 4) so we each ate at a different time. The food is also very mediocre, and our bill was wrong, it had $15 in extra items we didnt order, I dont know how long this place has been up but I dont see a lot of future for it considering the competition. I definitely wont be eating here again.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    nice place, great service and delicious food,cute inside decoration.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Valerie was a wonderful server and the food was amazing!

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  9. WaylieT

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The experience is phenomenal! The food options, ambience and style remind me of a chic izakaya from Japan. Services are top notch. Definitely recommended!

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time at Taberu. Good experience. Our server was cool, energetic, nice. Food was bomb. 5/5 this time. Got to try way more of the menu than previously having dined with more people this go-around. Bravo Taberu for opening a concept in Arts District that’s fun, night out vibes, and open on Mondays & Tuesdays, too. Looking forward to visiting again but more so on a weekend to see how social it gets.
    TaberuResponded on 20 September 2023
    Hi Anonymous, Thank you so much for the detailed review and the five stars! Our weekends are pretty full, so we recommend a reservation. See you next weekend!

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  11. Pinktea

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was as good as Japan!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing! We had an awesome waiter who made sure we had everything we needed and gave good recommendations.

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  13. MisterStyles

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 2 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A new spot in the arts district, that puts a creative spin on traditional japanese food. It's a great way to try new foods by sharing tastes with friends. The service was prompt, and the food keeps rolling out. They did a very nice job with the space, and the communal table is a fun way to meet people. The outside patio also is great when the weather's permitting.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Got here a little late so the food was rushed out a bit but overall great new place for skewers & drinks

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  15. ZhannaO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was my best friend's birthday, and you guys did not disappoint. We loved everything about the place, and the food was awesome. I will recommend Taberu to all my friends. Thanks!

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  16. jtlos

    Los Angeles

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered from the entire menu, including plates for one member of our party who is pescatarian. Everything was delicious. Service was friendly, attentive, and precise. The mood was full on Tokyo summer night out, So Cal style. We had a blast and left fully satisfied, looking forward to the next time.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The interior of the restaurant was nice but the food and alcohol beverages were mediocre. Make sure you get your points because after we left, the staff cancelled my reservation.

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  18. Jeff

    New York City

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Really wanted to like it. Food itself overall pretty good; fried foods were really hot temperature wise; flavors were intense - fresh, but a bit heavy on both the salt and sugar - perhaps more izakaya style? Main disappointment was service. The server was very nice, but we had multiple multiple things ordered that were missed, and our water was not refilled despite being one of only two tables there. Would probably give Taberu another try sometime in the future

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  19. Foodssss

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Beware in the summer, AC is broken. Service was slow.

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  20. Momof2boys

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really a different experience and the food was delicious!

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  21. neochu1

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We visited Taberu for the first on a dinner date. Our waitress Valerie was very nice and sweet, prompt service for much of the night. We ordered food mainly from the yakitori small menu and everything was really delicious. We were slightly off put by the need to wrap all of the grilled vegetables in pork but the pork belly around the vegetables are sliced very thin and makes it less prominent and taking center stage. The vegetables - I think we tasted all of them - were incredible. The one roll we ordered was a letdown - super generic and low quality. I would recommend sticking to the grilled / cooked items and the cocktails.
    TaberuResponded on 9 July 2023
    Hi Neochu1, Thank you for the great review! Were glad you enjoyed your Taberu experience and will definitely take your opinions of the rolls into our next kitchen meeting. We are always trying to excel and make things better. We hope to see you again soon!

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  22. LaurenC

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    2nd time here. love the food, service, and ambiance.
    TaberuResponded on 9 July 2023
    Hi Lauren, Thank you for the 5 stars! We hope to see you again soon!

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  23. Jason

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Tabetai spareribs were excellent. Vegeterian rolls were fresh and the chicken ramen was light. Good ambiance!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 25 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated promptly with reservation for Saturday pre-dinner drinks and yasaimaki. We took the outdoor dining which is set up like beer garden fare, tuck in their private patio area away from sidewalk and streets. Our server was great with recommendations and getting our drinks to us all at the same time. The sochu Highs are very refreshing. The Wagyu is juicy and delicious and so flavorful with the chili crunch sauce. The chicken ball was a bit dry. I loved the oyster mushroom wrapped in pork belly. I wanted to try the salmon and ikura but we had to run to our next spot. So a rain check for next time! Oh, and the spa music in the restrooms is so soothing too. A+
    TaberuResponded on 14 July 2023
    Hi Anonymous, Thank you for the 5 stars! We strive for excellence in our food and service. We appreciate you’re notice to detail and hope to see you soon.

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  25. Nash

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Authentic but modern Japanese food. Real taste. Highly recommended. Staff are very professional and kind.

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  26. Happy

    Los Angeles

    67 reviews

    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was different and delicious especially the calamari tower appetizer. I never had the breading on the calamari so light and crispy, and coupled with a homemade tartar sauce, it was excellent. The only item that didn't wow me was the Cha Han (fried rice). It was kind of plain tasting to me although it had quite a few different things in it. But the skewers were all good, especially the mochi balls with nori. Service was good and the wait staff was attentive. The only snag we had was that they didn't know how to process a rewards card or the machine they used couldn't input a hand input.

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  27. ChaZ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Other than a hard place to find, this place is a jewel if you love modern Japanese cuisine. I recommend this place to everyone!

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  28. EnricaB

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, I was looking forward to it and it was way beyond my expectations! Loved the variety of the food options and quality superbe. Will come back for sure to try more

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We like Taberu very much - the Japanese cuisine at Taberu is very nice and unique. The service is wonderful, too. Everyone at Taberu, including Mr. Sawamura, Marcus, and Ken, is so nice, warm, and professional. Taberu is an all around great dining experience!

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  30. AyakoG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Actually service itself was good. There was Uncomfortable music and it was too loud. Food is good quality, but everything is too much fusion for me as japanese. I ordered "yakitori " and was expecting authentic yakitori. But it was indonesian sate. I think this spot is good for American. I won't come back.

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  31. Anon

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was under seasoned and missing umami. The service and ambience were good. Although I noted in the reservation notes that we were there for a birthday, no acknowledgement was made -- why bother asking when booking then? The jockeys of drinks were mainly ice so it was a bit deceptive.
    TaberuResponded on 14 July 2023
    Hi Anonymous, Thank you for the review. We strive for excellence in both our food and service. We will take note and talk about it with our chef and servers in our meetings. We hope to see you soon.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was impeccable and the small bites that we had were delicious!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Newly Opened ; Overall Very Good Food , The Skewers (Yaki Niku , Yakitori Satay Style) Very Very Good ! Smokin Sirloin Cooked In Japanese Style Is Excellent (Tasty Tender Juicy) !

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  34. IanM

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Jellied sake? It’s a different texture, for sure, but with a touch of yuzu, it’s yummy. We stuck to the grilled skewers, with the oyster mushroom and the ships being the standouts.

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  35. bevv

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had the TanTan ramen, Sirloin, and a few veggie skewers for 2 ppl. I'd get it all again and even more veggie skewers because they're all wrapped in pork belly. Pleasantly surprised by how good the food was, prices, and atmosphere. Definitely coming back.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good experience at least my wife liked it. I think the food was a bit simple and service needs some sharpening but it’s all very acceptable for a relatively new restaurant. Keep it up!

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  37. EvanH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is so great. Will come back here and recommend to friends often.

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  38. betty

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 25 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food! Super happy that there's finally a legit Japanese izakaya in LA. Very well balanced flavors, not overly seasoned. We really liked the sautéed oyster mushrooms, artichoke mochi tofu gratin, the spareribs, tan tan ramen, tonpei yaki, seafood salad, and chicken rice donabe.

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  39. DhairyaP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for a date night! Great, well-cooked, flavorful food and really sweet staff! Def. recommend and going again :)

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on 23 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A wonderful and terrific dining experience all around!!

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FAQs

Taberu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 278-0198.

Taberu is rated 4.5 stars by 65 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Taberu

806 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    We are located on the Traction side next to Kreation.
  • Area
    Arts District
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 17:00–23:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Asian, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    Next to Metro Gold Line and Little Tokyo Center.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander
  • Executive Chef
    Takashi Furuta
  • Additional
    Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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