Haru-Ulala

★★★★☆
  • 368 E 2nd St

    Los Angeles, CA 90012

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  • 213-620-0977

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We love Haru Ulala. They have great "tapas:" Japanese style, the coldest draft beer in town, and fresh ingredients. Order the baked potato, the Spanish mackrel, the uni, the grilled garlic, tempura lotus root, and the fried squid lips. We have visited numerous times and we consider it a sure thing. The decor is wanting. A-1 spot in charming Little Tokyo. Feels authentic and we hope it continues to thrive.

2
★★★★☆

We love Haru Ulala. They have great "tapas:" Japanese style, the coldest draft beer in town, and fresh ingredients. Order the baked potato, the Spanish mackrel, the uni, the grilled garlic, tempura lotus root, and the fried squid lips. We have visited numerous times and we consider it a sure thing. The decor is wanting. A-1 spot in charming Little Tokyo. Feels authentic and we hope it continues to thrive.

Pros: Fresh ingredients; cold beer on tap

Cons: Decor lacking

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Not impressed at all. You're better off at Musha and even Honda-ya. The fact that they have alot of rolls on their menu shows that they cater to crowd that well, isn't really there for true Japanese bar food. Don't bother trying this place unless you really like to eat california rolls along with yakitori.

1
★★☆☆☆

Not impressed at all. You're better off at Musha and even Honda-ya. The fact that they have alot of rolls on their menu shows that they cater to crowd that well, isn't really there for true Japanese bar food. Don't bother trying this place unless you really like to eat california rolls along with yakitori.

Pros: WIde selection of food

Cons: Quality not so great

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This is literally my favorite restaurant in town.
Yes, sure, they make the best spicy tuna roll in town. But if you like good Japanese tavern food, this is the place. They've got a great sake selection- not premium, but affordable and delicious- beer on draft, and cocktails. Some menu stand outs: Japanese peppers stuffed with spicy tuna and deep fried, Braised short rib with radish, Grilled Yellow Tail Collar. The more adventurous may enjoy grilled octopus, beef tongue, pork belly, yummy.
Pros: incredible food, open late, friendly service, great prices
Cons: not so much English spoken by the servers means you need to leave your special orders at home.

5
★★★★★

This is literally my favorite restaurant in town.
Yes, sure, they make the best spicy tuna roll in town. But if you like good Japanese tavern food, this is the place. They've got a great sake selection- not premium, but affordable and delicious- beer on draft, and cocktails. Some menu stand outs: Japanese peppers stuffed with spicy tuna and deep fried, Braised short rib with radish, Grilled Yellow Tail Collar. The more adventurous may enjoy grilled octopus, beef tongue, pork belly, yummy.
Pros: incredible food, open late, friendly service, great prices
Cons: not so much English spoken by the servers means you need to leave your special orders at home.

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This Little Tokyo gem is unlike most Japanese restaurants in their fare. It's not a noodle house, nor is it strictly sushi. Instead Haru Ulala offers a wide range of delicious small plates from mushrooms to fish to chicken. If you're somewhat adventurous it's definitely worth checking out.

It's also worth checking out for its sushi. We only had the spicy tuna roll, but that was amazing.

The only downside was the service. What is it with Los Angeles restaurants and their inexplicably slow service?

4
★★★★☆

This Little Tokyo gem is unlike most Japanese restaurants in their fare. It's not a noodle house, nor is it strictly sushi. Instead Haru Ulala offers a wide range of delicious small plates from mushrooms to fish to chicken. If you're somewhat adventurous it's definitely worth checking out.

It's also worth checking out for its sushi. We only had the spicy tuna roll, but that was amazing.

The only downside was the service. What is it with Los Angeles restaurants and their inexplicably slow service?

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If you like Izakaya restaurant ( Japanese Tapas), than I would recommend people to come to this restaurant. They have a nice quality of small appitizer that can be very tasty that will match with any kinds of beer(s) you drink. Just try it and you will know the difference between a meal and tapas.

2
★★★★★

If you like Izakaya restaurant ( Japanese Tapas), than I would recommend people to come to this restaurant. They have a nice quality of small appitizer that can be very tasty that will match with any kinds of beer(s) you drink. Just try it and you will know the difference between a meal and tapas.

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I've gone to this place with large groups many times, and the only talking we do is "mmm"s between sake sips and food bites. If you have problems choosing what to eat, this is the place to go. You can get anything fried garlic, fried camembert, sushi, ribs, miso. It's all good! The best dish isn't even on the menu--okonomyaki. It's almost like a little pie, very rich, and they'll even make it vegetarian for you! The only danger is getting too many little dishes and spending a lot of money.

2
★★★★★

I've gone to this place with large groups many times, and the only talking we do is "mmm"s between sake sips and food bites. If you have problems choosing what to eat, this is the place to go. You can get anything fried garlic, fried camembert, sushi, ribs, miso. It's all good! The best dish isn't even on the menu--okonomyaki. It's almost like a little pie, very rich, and they'll even make it vegetarian for you! The only danger is getting too many little dishes and spending a lot of money.

Pros: Okonomyaki, everything

Cons: Can accidentally spend a lot

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We went to Haru Ulala and just started ordering random things off the menu. Half the time we we're even sure which item we were eating, but it was all delicious! The highlight of the meal was the potato in miso ... and the fried cheese was a nice suprise too. It was great to eat Japanese cuisine that WAS NOT sushi; though they also have the sushi for all you sushi obsessed!

2
★★★★☆

We went to Haru Ulala and just started ordering random things off the menu. Half the time we we're even sure which item we were eating, but it was all delicious! The highlight of the meal was the potato in miso ... and the fried cheese was a nice suprise too. It was great to eat Japanese cuisine that WAS NOT sushi; though they also have the sushi for all you sushi obsessed!

Pros: Service, price, variety

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If you think Japanese food only means sushi, think again! Izakaya is a great alternative. Don't get me wrong, I love good sushi (and I eat it all) but these little plates are to die for. This is a really nice, down to earth place to meet up with friends too. Lots of fried and steamed veggies, seafood (like marinated black cod and tuna collar, king crab, etc.), and other fun things to try.

2
★★★★☆

If you think Japanese food only means sushi, think again! Izakaya is a great alternative. Don't get me wrong, I love good sushi (and I eat it all) but these little plates are to die for. This is a really nice, down to earth place to meet up with friends too. Lots of fried and steamed veggies, seafood (like marinated black cod and tuna collar, king crab, etc.), and other fun things to try.

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It was Mon. night in Little Tokyo and Hamakawa was closed, so our group of six went around the corner to Izakaya Haru Ulala based on a few good reviews here on CitySearch. We loved it! The sushi and sashimi were very good -- maguro and salmon were fresh and in generous portions. Salmon in miso, grilled hamachi, grilled short rib, and steamed clams were outstanding small plates. A couple of pitchers of Kirin draft ($10 each) and a few bottles of sake and we were in heaven. Service was fast and friendly. One person in our group ended up liking this place better than Hamakawa, which is quite a testament. We will definitely return in the future!

2
★★★★★

It was Mon. night in Little Tokyo and Hamakawa was closed, so our group of six went around the corner to Izakaya Haru Ulala based on a few good reviews here on CitySearch. We loved it! The sushi and sashimi were very good -- maguro and salmon were fresh and in generous portions. Salmon in miso, grilled hamachi, grilled short rib, and steamed clams were outstanding small plates. A couple of pitchers of Kirin draft ($10 each) and a few bottles of sake and we were in heaven. Service was fast and friendly. One person in our group ended up liking this place better than Hamakawa, which is quite a testament. We will definitely return in the future!

Pros: Delicious food, friendly service, good sake selection

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The menu is great with so much to offer. Your stupid if you only go there for sushi.

2
★★★★★

The menu is great with so much to offer. Your stupid if you only go there for sushi.

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Haru Ulala is just like the Izakayas I've been to in Japan. So many different small dishes to choose from.

The grilled oysters are tasty. Fresh sashimi. I love the skewered items. The deep fried Camembert cheese is to die for!

Fun atmosphere for a place to drink and eat Japanese style tapas.

2
★★★★★

Haru Ulala is just like the Izakayas I've been to in Japan. So many different small dishes to choose from.

The grilled oysters are tasty. Fresh sashimi. I love the skewered items. The deep fried Camembert cheese is to die for!

Fun atmosphere for a place to drink and eat Japanese style tapas.

Pros: Open late., Great Selection, Food

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went here for the first time tonight and was very pleasantly surprised. the food was great. the menu was really extensive and had something for everyone. my mother is japanese and very picky about her food-- she loved this place! we agreed that we had to take my dad here, too, for the great draft beer. the service was really friendly as well. portions are small (as one would expect with tapas-style food) so don't be shy about ordering lots of stuff. the price is very reasonable. the atmosphere is nothing special, but a great place to bring friends and family for a casual night out.

2
★★★★★

went here for the first time tonight and was very pleasantly surprised. the food was great. the menu was really extensive and had something for everyone. my mother is japanese and very picky about her food-- she loved this place! we agreed that we had to take my dad here, too, for the great draft beer. the service was really friendly as well. portions are small (as one would expect with tapas-style food) so don't be shy about ordering lots of stuff. the price is very reasonable. the atmosphere is nothing special, but a great place to bring friends and family for a casual night out.

Pros: big menu, authentic food, price

Cons: limited street parkin

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Unpretentious but charming, this family-owned Little Tokyo eatery dishes inventive and inexpensive izakaya--Japanese tavern fare--along with icy Kirin and hot sake. Amber-toned wood tables and chairs, linoleum floors,…

 

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