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Mitsuru Cafe

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117 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3908
+1 213-613-1028
Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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24 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was here in the afternoon on a saturday. I ordered the special menu 1 Teriyaki Beef & Sashimi. You get a soup first and then the meal. I ate it all. And now I'm super full. the portion was huge! The old ladies running this place are super nice. if you don't want to sit down, you could just... More 

Thank Andreas R
Seattle, WA
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

You really must wait in line here. Order the potato croquette and a half-dozen imagawayaki! And whatever else looks tasty. It's all delish! Great people too!

Thank Chocolatour
Garden Grove, California
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

So AAA Westways magazine was doing some articles on Little Tokyo in Los Angeles and they mentioned some shops that had been there for a long time. Two of those shops caught my attention: Fugetsu-do (which I found to be a heavenly place of mochi cornucopia) and Mitsuru Cafe which makes those griddle cakes filled with red bean paste. It's... More 

Thank valentinanat
Los Angeles, California
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108 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I stopped by Mitsuru Cafe for lunch on a Sunday. It is a small, casual Japanese restaurant that also serves American food like pastrami sandwiches and fries. They have a small sushi bar as well. We dine at many of the Japanese restaurants here in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles. This is one of the... More 

Thank Mspeppers
Los Angeles, California
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672 reviews
355 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I think they make the most money off of their window spectacle the Red Bean Cakes, which are really delicious. We sat down inside this time to order lunch, and it was really good. We ordered a variety of different things from the menu and everything we tried tasted very good, and we didn't have to wait long to get... More 

Thank Creeping_Death_LA
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206 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Delicious Japanese food on a budget! The red bean cakes are a must try - the sweet fI'll inside that pacake type dough is delicious. The employees are so much fun. It's a true Japanese experience in the middle of LA. And you can't go wrong with the teriyaki.

Thank AH1999
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

After visiting the Japanese American National Museum, we walked around the Japanese Plaza and found this place. It is very simple. You can see two ladies making dango through the window. There are little booths for 4 and a counter. It smells very yummy inside. My daughters agreed. They have simple sashimi but since the girls don't like sashimi or... More 

Thank Wendymiasofia
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

I think mitsuru café might be the most popular snack spot in the Little Tokyo Area, the long line can tell. We had a mitarashi dango, 4 red bean cakes, and a green tea macroon ice-cream. I like their red bean cakes, and you can watch how they make those red bean cakes through the window, The red bean inside... More 

Thank Tian Q
Sherman Oaks
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

Anytime I am near the restaraunt I NEED to pick up at least two Imagawayaki treats - think pancake type donut with Azuki bean filling. I could eat one every day if I lived closer.

Thank Magictraveler0709
Los Angeles, California
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303 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

I love the ice cream sandwiches. I've tried the Strawberry and Green Tea. I've also had their red bean cake which is okay. I don't know what it is about their ice cream sandwiches, but the macaron part of it is hard and not chewy at all. Not the same consistency of a macaron. It only looks good but it... More 

Thank kisssmee

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 Japanese Village Plaza Mall, Los Angeles, CA 90012-3908
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 213-613-1028

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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