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1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068-3782 (Franklin Avenue)
+1 323-466-5125
17:00 - 00:00
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Fri - Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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La Mesa, CA.
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159 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2014

Located high in the Hollywood Hills this updated 1919 mansion has a commanding view of the Los Angeles basin, you can see the down town, watch planes come into LAX and everything in between. The building is restored, originally a private mansion built by two brothers in 1919 for $2,000,000 when an average day's pay was $2.50. It has been... More 

Thank Ted C
Los Angeles, California
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86 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2014

This is a great place to go and have some great cali asian food and watch the view of hollywood! Great ambience and food, a little expensive..

Thank Vindens S
London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2014

On the recommendation of The Magic Castle hotel below and at very short notice we were whisked up the hill by complimentary limo to a table with an extraordinary Imax view of Hollywood.From a fairly limited menu we chose a bunch of starters including ribs, crab cakes, popcorn chicken and a 10 piece sushi selection ($34) and and a cheapo... More 

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Burlingame, California
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83 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014

I ate here as a guest as part of a business dinner for 8 of us starting shortly before sunset midweek. Although the restaurant became busy during the evening, it never seemed loud or hectic. Service was excellent and surprisingly efficient as items were delivered and empty plates removed unobtrusively. The scallops were cooked perfectly, and arrived with all the... More 

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Porto Alegre, RS
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198 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2014

Yamishiro restaurant is located in one of the hills of Hollywood, so you have a beautiful view, despíte of tasting very good fusion Asian food.

Thank 90Carla
Los angeles
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612 reviews
332 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2014

We only had drinks and nice appetizers, but we went on purpose for the astonishing Hollywood view. From here, especially if you go at sunset, you will have the most fantastic view of Hollywood and Los Angeles you can imagine. It's right above the magic castle, not to be missed! Great pictures!

Thank ManuLLosangeles
Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

for anyone trying to find a perfect moment to capture Hollywood/los angeles views at night or early evening this is a great place to enjoy that moment. the appetizers and cocktails are superb as are the views you will enjoy and the coziness of the place itself. the dinners are just fine and dandy and you will walk away with... More 

Thank Laurence A
Los Angeles, California
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117 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

The food is always fresh and yummy and located on the hills of Hollywood the view is spectacular. This is a great place for dates and special occasions with a group. The food is bit overpriced but I think you're contributing to the amazing view! Best time to enjoy the view is for dinner.

Thank NilooG
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

By far, the best view of Hollywood on spectacular property….but…the food is just slightly above average…and for the cost….the waiters should be much more gracious and well kemp. We spent over $200 for my husband's and my birthday (yes we do have the same birthday!) with no alcohol…with my daughter. I love it there….but it ridiculously expensive….prices have gone way... More 

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Los Angeles, CA
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190 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 504 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

Yamashiro's still is appealing as a special occasion restaurant. For a party of two with drinks, appetizers and main course, expect to pay about $65/person. With a nice view of the City, as well as a very nice Japanese garden, the long time Los Angeles landmark is worth a visit. Food is good, service is good, and makes for a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 50
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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
View, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 00:00
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
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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