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1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782 (Franklin Avenue)
+1 323-466-5125
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17:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 17:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Cavan, Ireland
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133 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great views of city or the garden is nice too if seated in there. Food is delicious! We just got a selection of 5 starters and 2cocktails, a champagne and a Lucky Buddha beer (would recommend this!!) It was quite expensive, totalling $140, but the views, food and service are top notch. Valet Parking isn't optional and costs $10 plus... More 

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Breckenridge, Colorado
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344 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! We loved this restaurant. It has it all...history, lovely Japanese garden that the tables are arranged around, views over LA and excellent food and service! This was our favorite dinner on a ten day trip. The sushi was delicious and the hamburger with sweet potato fries was amazing too! It was so peaceful looking at the Japanese garden while... More 

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Laguna Beach, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been coming to Yamashiro for years. A true gem of Old Hollywood. We feared the change in ownership would be a bad thing, but it seems that Yamashiro is unaffected by this and remains one of the absolute best overall dining experiences in California. It will take a few more visits to fully confirm this. One thing I... More 

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Boston
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Make no mistake - this is a Chinese shop, with all of the attendant indelicacies. For some, the astounding panorama and airy ambiance more than compensate for the weak generic Asian cuisine. This is something of a scene, and worth a trip for a drink or something, but don't confuse this is any way with Japanese fare.

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Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Their Darth Vader Roll was my absolute favorite sushi of all time however, they are trying to pawn off the Black Forbidden Rice Roll as its replacement and it's NOT the same. Their views are beautiful, the ambiance is great, and the food/drinks are remain upscale in both taste and price but, no Darth Vader Roll, no dice for me.... More 

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Virginia
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261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 266 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No more magical place with a view than this in metro LA and I would go back in the right circumstances, BUT the food is just okay, the menu is limited and the prices are very high, and then add $10 to park. And avoid the teriyaki chicken.

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Davie, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We definitely wanted to try this Restaurant based on our son's recommendation.The views were fantastic as the ambience and decor inside. The menu was fairly extensive, with a Japanese twist. The cost is right for this high quality restaurant and well worth a visit. It is better to visit on week days and make reservations in advance. We had a... More 

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Houston, Texas
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84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

First time in LA Wife picked up the restaurant from a search "restaurants with view" Definitely a fantastic location with amazing view on a nice California evening. A large Pagoda. Parking only valet. Wanted Japanese menu.It was not The staff was nice and courteous The food was below average. The cost was over the top for the quality of food.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

We definitely wanted to try this Restaurant. The views from outside are excellent and the ambience and decor inside were exceptional The menu was fairly extensive, however no as Japanese as you would expect. The cost are about right for this high quality restaurant and well worth a visit. As always your best to visit on week day's and to... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

This restaurant on Franklin Ave is right next to the Highland Gardens Hotel. I was recommended by our hotel staff. Drive up the hill and have drinks. Beautiful Japanese Gardens with a fantastic view of the city. We drove up during the day and you get a fantastic view of the HOLLYWOOD sign,downtown LA and the rest of the city... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 50
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
17:00 - 23:00
Monday
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
17:00 - 00:00
Saturday
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782
    (Franklin Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Metro Red Line to Hollywood & Highland. Walk west down Hollywood Blvd turn right on Orange and cross at the light on Franklin. Once you cross at the light go left and turn right at sycamore going up the hill. It is a very steep hill so walking in dress shoes or in the dark are not recommended. We suggest calling a cab at the bottom of the hill.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles
  • Phone Number: +1 323-466-5125
Description
Yamashiro - translated to "mountain palace" - broke ground in 1911 and was completed in 1914 as a residence for the Bernheimer brothers. Housing a priceless collection of Asian treasures, the building was designed as a replica of a palace located in the mountains near Kyoto, Japan. During the "Golden Age" of Hollywood, Yamashiro served as the ultra-exclusive hang-out for the "Club of the Four Hundred": the era's most famous and influential stars and movie moguls. The structure and its grounds served as a boy's military school and later apartments before being acquired in 1948 by the Thomas O. Glover, who discovered the beauty beneath the disrepair and refurbished the space. Currently owned by Thomas Y. Glover, Yamashiro is still flourishing over 60 years later as an Asian-inspired Los Angeles institution.

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