Koda Sushi & Sake

★★★☆☆
Silverlake's premiere sushi bar and Japanese restaurant.
  • 3719 Sunset Blvd

    Silverlake, CA 90026

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  • 323-663-1048

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Great sushi and SAKE.
Found this when my car was in the shop which trapped me in my neighborhood. Thank you BMW. Visit this place often and save on gas too.
Staff is super friendly. Fair prices. Clean bathrooms (my gf has an issue).
A great local find.

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★★★★★

Great sushi and SAKE.
Found this when my car was in the shop which trapped me in my neighborhood. Thank you BMW. Visit this place often and save on gas too.
Staff is super friendly. Fair prices. Clean bathrooms (my gf has an issue).
A great local find.

Pros: great sushi

Cons: crowded at times

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I recently went to Koda Sushi in Silverlake for dinner. It's a casual place that does not feel pretentious as Silverlake establishments sometimes can be. Our sever recommended the the crispy rice cakes topped with spicy tuna, these were great. We had an oder of gyoza which were cooked perfectly. We then ventured on to the Koda Roll and the spicy ribbon roll...both of which were also topped with spicy tuna...i like my spicy tuna. There were a few other things on the menu I wanted to try, I guess next time when I go back for their sushi happy hour. $4 menu items! I am there.

2
★★★★★

I recently went to Koda Sushi in Silverlake for dinner. It's a casual place that does not feel pretentious as Silverlake establishments sometimes can be. Our sever recommended the the crispy rice cakes topped with spicy tuna, these were great. We had an oder of gyoza which were cooked perfectly. We then ventured on to the Koda Roll and the spicy ribbon roll...both of which were also topped with spicy tuna...i like my spicy tuna. There were a few other things on the menu I wanted to try, I guess next time when I go back for their sushi happy hour. $4 menu items! I am there.

Pros: Parking in the back. Sushi.

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Koda Sushi is a hip sushi restaurant, where you get to enjoy good food and check out cute people in a happening area of Los Feliz. This place has a calm vibe, dim lighting and play old movies on the large wall of the restaurant. Richard the owner is very hands on and friendly as well as his staff who are happy to recommend fan favorites. I highly recommend the Koda and Ribbon rolls.

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★★★★★

Koda Sushi is a hip sushi restaurant, where you get to enjoy good food and check out cute people in a happening area of Los Feliz. This place has a calm vibe, dim lighting and play old movies on the large wall of the restaurant. Richard the owner is very hands on and friendly as well as his staff who are happy to recommend fan favorites. I highly recommend the Koda and Ribbon rolls.

Pros: parking in back

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We used to love this place, but it has gone downhill. Tonight we had a hair in our food, a rubberband (no kidding) in our radish, and the fish smelled downright nasty. Not to mention, I'm not sure who you have to sleep with over there for them to get your order right. Also, they are rude when you call to report a problem. Do what you will, but we are done with this place.

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★☆☆☆☆

We used to love this place, but it has gone downhill. Tonight we had a hair in our food, a rubberband (no kidding) in our radish, and the fish smelled downright nasty. Not to mention, I'm not sure who you have to sleep with over there for them to get your order right. Also, they are rude when you call to report a problem. Do what you will, but we are done with this place.

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This is a great low key date spot but the sushi isn't the best in LA. I like their spicy tuna rolls...but its a nice romantic spot.

2
★★★★☆

This is a great low key date spot but the sushi isn't the best in LA. I like their spicy tuna rolls...but its a nice romantic spot.

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I don't know why this place has gotten such a bad rap. Most of the negative reviews are old, so maybe they've gotten their act together now.

We'd been meaning to check this place out for ages and were pleasantly surprised when we did. Nice vibe, good music (DJ Shadow-esque), friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, good food. We came in with our two little kids and the staff was very accommodating and friendly. The kids loved the music and art work. A live guitar duo showed up later that just thrilled the kids.

To my surprise, our fussy pre-schooler ate everything on his plate, exclaiming how delicious it was and our younger daughter couldn't stuff her face fast enough. Those of more adult palate were also very pleasantly surprised. The sushi was fresh. But the other "tavern style" offerings on the menu were the most exciting. The Mango Albacore salad was particularly delicious. We had no problem with speed of service, but with two kids, I'm used to taking the initiative when ordering.

We were also really happy to find a Japanese restaurant that serves traditional fare other than just sushi. We used to trek out to Little Tokyo or Itacho on Beverly for this style of food. But since we've had kids, we just don't make it out that far too often, so we're really happy to add this local spot to our list of regulars. And if you make it in before 7:00 they have a $4 happy hour menu not to be missed!

2
★★★★☆

I don't know why this place has gotten such a bad rap. Most of the negative reviews are old, so maybe they've gotten their act together now.

We'd been meaning to check this place out for ages and were pleasantly surprised when we did. Nice vibe, good music (DJ Shadow-esque), friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere, good food. We came in with our two little kids and the staff was very accommodating and friendly. The kids loved the music and art work. A live guitar duo showed up later that just thrilled the kids.

To my surprise, our fussy pre-schooler ate everything on his plate, exclaiming how delicious it was and our younger daughter couldn't stuff her face fast enough. Those of more adult palate were also very pleasantly surprised. The sushi was fresh. But the other "tavern style" offerings on the menu were the most exciting. The Mango Albacore salad was particularly delicious. We had no problem with speed of service, but with two kids, I'm used to taking the initiative when ordering.

We were also really happy to find a Japanese restaurant that serves traditional fare other than just sushi. We used to trek out to Little Tokyo or Itacho on Beverly for this style of food. But since we've had kids, we just don't make it out that far too often, so we're really happy to add this local spot to our list of regulars. And if you make it in before 7:00 they have a $4 happy hour menu not to be missed!

Pros: Ambiance, local, diverse menu, happy hour

Cons: The outside dining section is on busy Sunset

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You need to come here for the Baked Chilean Sea Bass and the Salmon Fusion Roll. It's best pair with Kurosawa Sake which was reccommended by the waiter.

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★★★★★

You need to come here for the Baked Chilean Sea Bass and the Salmon Fusion Roll. It's best pair with Kurosawa Sake which was reccommended by the waiter.

Pros: Food, Service, Ambience

Cons: Owner

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I have had a few dinners at Koda over the past year. All of which were ok. What stood out was the slow service of the staff. I can over look that. My last visit was horrible and sealed the deal that I will never eat there again. The dining room was very hot and had a strong fish smell. After waiting for a few minutes to be seated we than waited another 10 minutes before a member of the staff came to our table. 20 more minutes go by and nothing.....we decided to leave and on our way out I asked to see a manager at which point I was directed to the owner. He was rude and did not attempt to help the situation in any way. Fishy smell from a fishy owner.....thank but no thanks Koda

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★☆☆☆☆

I have had a few dinners at Koda over the past year. All of which were ok. What stood out was the slow service of the staff. I can over look that. My last visit was horrible and sealed the deal that I will never eat there again. The dining room was very hot and had a strong fish smell. After waiting for a few minutes to be seated we than waited another 10 minutes before a member of the staff came to our table. 20 more minutes go by and nothing.....we decided to leave and on our way out I asked to see a manager at which point I was directed to the owner. He was rude and did not attempt to help the situation in any way. Fishy smell from a fishy owner.....thank but no thanks Koda

Pros: location to home

Cons: service, management, ambience

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Was looking for a nice local low key place to relax with a friend and have some really good sushi.

Could have done better with some take out california rolls and a bottle of saki from any grocery store and taking it home.

Service and quality mediocre.

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★☆☆☆☆

Was looking for a nice local low key place to relax with a friend and have some really good sushi.

Could have done better with some take out california rolls and a bottle of saki from any grocery store and taking it home.

Service and quality mediocre.

Cons: parking, service, quality of food

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Well, I live around the corner and Koda was on my regular rotation, but I won't be going back. When they first opened they were good - nice staff, very tasty food - but it's gone downhill after they got a "C" grade from the county (which the owner hid behind the standing menu - look for the "A"). It's too bad, because I used to eat here 2-3 times a week.

The service is beyond slow - if you get the guy waiter, head to the counter; he's particularly terrible. Of the 20 or so times I've been, one waitperson has been good but the rest are indifferent, disinterested, forgetful, rude, or a combination of all of the above. The last time I was there - which really is the last time - my friend asked the waitress a question about the tea and was given an inaccurate answer and lots of attitude. My food took over 40 minutes (a party that came in after me got their food - also rolls - much sooner than I did) and wasn't very good when it arrived, which was disappointing as it was a dish I'd had before (the spicy tuna).

I'd really think about eating somewhere else on the block - there's Tantra, El Conquistador and Good (which isn't, really, but that's another review) all in the same block.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Well, I live around the corner and Koda was on my regular rotation, but I won't be going back. When they first opened they were good - nice staff, very tasty food - but it's gone downhill after they got a "C" grade from the county (which the owner hid behind the standing menu - look for the "A"). It's too bad, because I used to eat here 2-3 times a week.

The service is beyond slow - if you get the guy waiter, head to the counter; he's particularly terrible. Of the 20 or so times I've been, one waitperson has been good but the rest are indifferent, disinterested, forgetful, rude, or a combination of all of the above. The last time I was there - which really is the last time - my friend asked the waitress a question about the tea and was given an inaccurate answer and lots of attitude. My food took over 40 minutes (a party that came in after me got their food - also rolls - much sooner than I did) and wasn't very good when it arrived, which was disappointing as it was a dish I'd had before (the spicy tuna).

I'd really think about eating somewhere else on the block - there's Tantra, El Conquistador and Good (which isn't, really, but that's another review) all in the same block.

Pros: Ambience is lovely; attractive and welcoming vibe

Cons: Waitstaff are really disinterested

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I have tried so hard to eat here and like it, but I've decided that I can't. I'm not a huge fan of sushi, but every so often I'll get a craving for it and want to go somewhere. I would love to stay closer to home and go to Koda, but I've given up. I've been 3 times, and each time, I was disappointed. To say that the wait staff is aloof is being kind, but I've come to expect similar service from parts of Silver Lake. However, I will deal with a little lack of hospitality if the food is good. But, it isn't. The fish has always been dry, flavorless, and slightly scary to me. Once, while sitting at the bar, when my friend ordered uni, the chef looked in the box at the uni, looked at us, shook his head, and threw it away. He then went back to finishing an order for some other table without asking if we wanted anything else, apologizing, or anything. I tried the Visalia roll (I grew up close to the city of Visalia and found it cute that they even knew where it was) and although it was a veggie roll, it too was kinda scary in an unfresh way. Plus, the sake list was underwhelming and I ended up not really eating or drinking anything. I know there's that whole saying about being my fault if I get tricked a second time, so I should be ashamed that I got it the third time. Oh well. I will not be going back to this place ever again, which is such a shame. I'll stick to Mia if I'm on a budget and Nobu if I'm feeling frisky.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I have tried so hard to eat here and like it, but I've decided that I can't. I'm not a huge fan of sushi, but every so often I'll get a craving for it and want to go somewhere. I would love to stay closer to home and go to Koda, but I've given up. I've been 3 times, and each time, I was disappointed. To say that the wait staff is aloof is being kind, but I've come to expect similar service from parts of Silver Lake. However, I will deal with a little lack of hospitality if the food is good. But, it isn't. The fish has always been dry, flavorless, and slightly scary to me. Once, while sitting at the bar, when my friend ordered uni, the chef looked in the box at the uni, looked at us, shook his head, and threw it away. He then went back to finishing an order for some other table without asking if we wanted anything else, apologizing, or anything. I tried the Visalia roll (I grew up close to the city of Visalia and found it cute that they even knew where it was) and although it was a veggie roll, it too was kinda scary in an unfresh way. Plus, the sake list was underwhelming and I ended up not really eating or drinking anything. I know there's that whole saying about being my fault if I get tricked a second time, so I should be ashamed that I got it the third time. Oh well. I will not be going back to this place ever again, which is such a shame. I'll stick to Mia if I'm on a budget and Nobu if I'm feeling frisky.

Pros: Good location, acceptable "we sell sushi" decor.

Cons: Nothing seems fresh or appealing, which is scary when eating sushi

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Look, just drive downtown or up the street to Saito's. I was looking forward to the easy walk with my girlfriend, a neighborhood joint, cozy looking from the street. Starting with the only positive: the vegetable tempura was crisp, light, and cooked in fresh oil. Otherwise the food was mediocre at best. Sushi, boring and not so fresh, bland pickled ginger, edamame tasted like it was bought frozen at Trader Joe's, and some other items glazed in what they call "eel sauce" (hoison straight from the jar?). Service was a little clumsy .. one attempted plate removal underneath moving chopsticks, otherwise generally rushy in an uncomfortable, overly polite kind-of-way. And finally, the worst: Two guys jamming out on guitars. Same chords, over and over and over, a solo, repeat, the other guy's turn to solo, help me god, repeat, "what was that honey?" This was followed by a hippie-slop cover of Jimmy Hendrix. With Sushi rolls titled "Sunset Junction," along with local "live" music, this place is trying so hard, dearest Silverlake. What ever happened to good food, plain and simple? Not worth the fifty bucks.

1
★★☆☆☆

Look, just drive downtown or up the street to Saito's. I was looking forward to the easy walk with my girlfriend, a neighborhood joint, cozy looking from the street. Starting with the only positive: the vegetable tempura was crisp, light, and cooked in fresh oil. Otherwise the food was mediocre at best. Sushi, boring and not so fresh, bland pickled ginger, edamame tasted like it was bought frozen at Trader Joe's, and some other items glazed in what they call "eel sauce" (hoison straight from the jar?). Service was a little clumsy .. one attempted plate removal underneath moving chopsticks, otherwise generally rushy in an uncomfortable, overly polite kind-of-way. And finally, the worst: Two guys jamming out on guitars. Same chords, over and over and over, a solo, repeat, the other guy's turn to solo, help me god, repeat, "what was that honey?" This was followed by a hippie-slop cover of Jimmy Hendrix. With Sushi rolls titled "Sunset Junction," along with local "live" music, this place is trying so hard, dearest Silverlake. What ever happened to good food, plain and simple? Not worth the fifty bucks.

Pros: Lighting

Cons: Food, Service, Pho-Cool environment

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Finally, a hip, good, sushi bar. I usually have to go to the Westside or to Little Tokyo to find something decent. A side from tradition entees, they offer innovative items like the Jarkata roll which aMAZING!!! The live music was jazz'in, staff is great, a place worth checking out.

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★★★★★

Finally, a hip, good, sushi bar. I usually have to go to the Westside or to Little Tokyo to find something decent. A side from tradition entees, they offer innovative items like the Jarkata roll which aMAZING!!! The live music was jazz'in, staff is great, a place worth checking out.

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Do NOT go to this restaurant. I went twice, and both times the service was terrible. The food is okay, but not worth putting up with the service. The second time I went, a huge creepy crawly thing crawled onto the table of the people sitting next to me, and it took the staff ages to react to it. The waitress just ran away to get the owner, who took his time walking over. I was so grossed out I could barely eat my meal. I will never go to Koda again. There are so many good sushi restaurants in this town that this one is not worth your time.

1
★★★☆☆

Do NOT go to this restaurant. I went twice, and both times the service was terrible. The food is okay, but not worth putting up with the service. The second time I went, a huge creepy crawly thing crawled onto the table of the people sitting next to me, and it took the staff ages to react to it. The waitress just ran away to get the owner, who took his time walking over. I was so grossed out I could barely eat my meal. I will never go to Koda again. There are so many good sushi restaurants in this town that this one is not worth your time.

Pros: food is okay

Cons: bad service

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I am not your typical sushi eater, and then I came to Koda. I didn't know what to order, so I was asked some questions by Richard, the owner who was trying to help me find a good combination. He ordered something so delicious that I ordered something else. Don't remember what I ordered otherwise I'd recommend it to those out there that are skeptical to try sushi. What I do know is that I can now say that I've had sushi before, and if you asked me where to go for the best sushi in town, the best, cleanest service and even a little bit of music, I would say you definitely have to go to Koda. Ask Richard for a good recommendation. You'll be quite pleased.

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★★★★★

I am not your typical sushi eater, and then I came to Koda. I didn't know what to order, so I was asked some questions by Richard, the owner who was trying to help me find a good combination. He ordered something so delicious that I ordered something else. Don't remember what I ordered otherwise I'd recommend it to those out there that are skeptical to try sushi. What I do know is that I can now say that I've had sushi before, and if you asked me where to go for the best sushi in town, the best, cleanest service and even a little bit of music, I would say you definitely have to go to Koda. Ask Richard for a good recommendation. You'll be quite pleased.

Pros: Great Sushi! Great Service!

Cons: Not having found it sooner!

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Koda Sushi has a very cozy atmosphere, and a very friendly staff.
The appetizers are delicious and the sashimi is great! as good as any other quality sushi in L.A. Nothing wrong with the food at all. We had a very nice evening there. Not to mention the great music! They had a wonderful guitarist playing beautiful Brazilian music! Worth checking out on tuesday nights for the music, and any other night for the food!

2
★★★★★

Koda Sushi has a very cozy atmosphere, and a very friendly staff.
The appetizers are delicious and the sashimi is great! as good as any other quality sushi in L.A. Nothing wrong with the food at all. We had a very nice evening there. Not to mention the great music! They had a wonderful guitarist playing beautiful Brazilian music! Worth checking out on tuesday nights for the music, and any other night for the food!

Pros: Great food, great service, great music.

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The sushi here is TERRIBLE. Although the atmosphere is nice and the staff kind, the food was disgusting. We ordered two dishes of sashimi, took two bites, and left the rest remaining.
We spent 60 dollars on an inedible meal.

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★☆☆☆☆

The sushi here is TERRIBLE. Although the atmosphere is nice and the staff kind, the food was disgusting. We ordered two dishes of sashimi, took two bites, and left the rest remaining.
We spent 60 dollars on an inedible meal.

Pros: convenient location, nice staff

Cons: disgusting food

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This is the 3rd time we've eaten here. We keep coming back cuz it's in the neighborhood, convenient, and we like to support local business. The menu has changed for the better to a more traditional sushi selection and a good selection of beer and saki. The sushi this time was excellent. There are new sushi chefs and wait staff. The owner is the same. I place the blame for the poor service directly on his shoulders. We always sit at the sushi bar, and every time, we can't seem to find anyone to take drink or appetizer orders. All the wait staff seem to avoid eye contact as if no one has been given the responsibility to take care of patrons at the sushi bar. The owner is always perched at the same place at the bar. He does nothing to to help with service. While waving my arms to try to get attention to order drinks (we didn't even get water after 10 min on a slow night) he seems oblivious and spends his time chatting up the waitresses instead of telling them that a customer would like to order something, or God forbid, actually get off his butt and see what the customer wants. He also seems to make the staff tense and uncomfortable, because on the few occasions when he leaves his spot, the atmosphere changes appreciably and everyone is more relaxed. I'm sure he changed things up because the restaurant was on it's way to failing again.
There was a woman who seemed to be 2nd in command, and she was much more gracious than the previous employees but she has not been given the tools she needs by the owner. While adopting a more traditional sushi menu, there are no hot towels available to clean hands before eating. I went to wash in the bathroom, but it wasn't available as it's small and was occupied. I asked for hot towels so we could start eating, was told they weren't available because I assume the owner is too cheap or clueless to provide them, a major oversight in a place where you eat food with your hands. If this place fails again you'll know why.

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★★★☆☆

This is the 3rd time we've eaten here. We keep coming back cuz it's in the neighborhood, convenient, and we like to support local business. The menu has changed for the better to a more traditional sushi selection and a good selection of beer and saki. The sushi this time was excellent. There are new sushi chefs and wait staff. The owner is the same. I place the blame for the poor service directly on his shoulders. We always sit at the sushi bar, and every time, we can't seem to find anyone to take drink or appetizer orders. All the wait staff seem to avoid eye contact as if no one has been given the responsibility to take care of patrons at the sushi bar. The owner is always perched at the same place at the bar. He does nothing to to help with service. While waving my arms to try to get attention to order drinks (we didn't even get water after 10 min on a slow night) he seems oblivious and spends his time chatting up the waitresses instead of telling them that a customer would like to order something, or God forbid, actually get off his butt and see what the customer wants. He also seems to make the staff tense and uncomfortable, because on the few occasions when he leaves his spot, the atmosphere changes appreciably and everyone is more relaxed. I'm sure he changed things up because the restaurant was on it's way to failing again.
There was a woman who seemed to be 2nd in command, and she was much more gracious than the previous employees but she has not been given the tools she needs by the owner. While adopting a more traditional sushi menu, there are no hot towels available to clean hands before eating. I went to wash in the bathroom, but it wasn't available as it's small and was occupied. I asked for hot towels so we could start eating, was told they weren't available because I assume the owner is too cheap or clueless to provide them, a major oversight in a place where you eat food with your hands. If this place fails again you'll know why.

Pros: Food, location

Cons: management is clueless

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yes i saw those chefs in the other review a while ago, and i didnt go back there for a while. but last friday i went back there just to give another try. what i found was a totally new restaurant!
the decor is the same, but the service was exellent (really knowledgeble staff!) and they seemed to have all new chefs in the front now.

the mator'd or the manager lady came to greed at our table and let us know that the new management recently took over and they were changing the menu and concept of the restaurant to something finer. she gave us sake tasting and some new menu item, and they were delicious!

nice jazz in background, good food and sake, i will defnetely go back there!

2
★★★★★

yes i saw those chefs in the other review a while ago, and i didnt go back there for a while. but last friday i went back there just to give another try. what i found was a totally new restaurant!
the decor is the same, but the service was exellent (really knowledgeble staff!) and they seemed to have all new chefs in the front now.

the mator'd or the manager lady came to greed at our table and let us know that the new management recently took over and they were changing the menu and concept of the restaurant to something finer. she gave us sake tasting and some new menu item, and they were delicious!

nice jazz in background, good food and sake, i will defnetely go back there!

Pros: great food, great ambiance, great service!

Cons: sushi can take a bit to come out depends on the time

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This sleek sushi bar is dressed up in a hip palette of black, grey and blue. Locals huddle at black linen-topped tables in the modern art-filled dining room or on the rear patio, while purists take their chances at the sushi bar.…

 

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