Matsuhisa

★★★★☆
  • 129 N La Cienega Blvd

    Beverly Hills, CA 90211

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  • 310-659-9639

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If your idea of sushi is a California roll swimming in soy sauce, as is frequently the case for Americans, then the quality of Matsuhisa will go by you. In fact there are only three other restaurants in all of Los Angeles which have the quality of sushi offered by Matsuhisa, and none have the creative dishes that make them a ""must try while in Los Angeles"" for anyone that wants to explore something new in Japanese cuisine. Yes, the prices are higher than average, but still reasonable when compared with most restaurants of such quality.

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★★★★☆

If your idea of sushi is a California roll swimming in soy sauce, as is frequently the case for Americans, then the quality of Matsuhisa will go by you. In fact there are only three other restaurants in all of Los Angeles which have the quality of sushi offered by Matsuhisa, and none have the creative dishes that make them a ""must try while in Los Angeles"" for anyone that wants to explore something new in Japanese cuisine. Yes, the prices are higher than average, but still reasonable when compared with most restaurants of such quality.

Pros: Quality, Variety

Cons: , Low key decor

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The ingredients are superior, but I found the my overall dining experience underwhelming. Maybe I was expecting too much. The restaurant lacks atmosphere altogether, which probably made me expect more from the food. Our server was to-the-point and prompt. It's definitely not the place for simply sushi (especially rolls, which are miniscule). Of all the cold and hot dishes that my friend and I tried, none really stood out. The yellowtail with jalapeno is fresh tasting, but nothing impressive, and the rock shrimp tempura is okay. The black cod in miso, perhaps their most popular dish, was nothing exceptional either. The warm banana cake is good, though.

1
★★★☆☆

The ingredients are superior, but I found the my overall dining experience underwhelming. Maybe I was expecting too much. The restaurant lacks atmosphere altogether, which probably made me expect more from the food. Our server was to-the-point and prompt. It's definitely not the place for simply sushi (especially rolls, which are miniscule). Of all the cold and hot dishes that my friend and I tried, none really stood out. The yellowtail with jalapeno is fresh tasting, but nothing impressive, and the rock shrimp tempura is okay. The black cod in miso, perhaps their most popular dish, was nothing exceptional either. The warm banana cake is good, though.

Pros: fresh ingredients, dessert, straightforward

Cons: , mostly mediocre food

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I always make it a point to take out-of-town guests to Matsuhisa for one of the greatest experiences in LA dining. The sushi here is excellent, however you can find sushi of the same caliber at other places in town such as Takao or Hamakawa. The reason you come here is for Nobu's masterful appetizers. I'd highly recommend the Blackened Cod with Mizo, which is considered the signiture dish here. Also, some of my other favorites are the New Style Sashimi, Toro Tartare, and the Rock Shrimp. Basically, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Service is excellent as well. On one occasion, I had made reservations for a date. However, when we arrived, the table wasn't ready. The staff was very apologetic and kindly offered a couple of round of drinks while we waited!

2
★★★★★

I always make it a point to take out-of-town guests to Matsuhisa for one of the greatest experiences in LA dining. The sushi here is excellent, however you can find sushi of the same caliber at other places in town such as Takao or Hamakawa. The reason you come here is for Nobu's masterful appetizers. I'd highly recommend the Blackened Cod with Mizo, which is considered the signiture dish here. Also, some of my other favorites are the New Style Sashimi, Toro Tartare, and the Rock Shrimp. Basically, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Service is excellent as well. On one occasion, I had made reservations for a date. However, when we arrived, the table wasn't ready. The staff was very apologetic and kindly offered a couple of round of drinks while we waited!

Pros: Culinary Delight, Service

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The best sushi I had in LA!! (of course the most expensive though.. :-) )
I have visited many nice Sushi restaurants in Tokyo but I think it's even better than some of the nicest ones. Also, all dishes are beautiful, creative and tasty.
Interior design is very simple and not gorgeous but that makes cozy atmosphere. If you like more romantic mood, Nobu Malibu is recommended. They serve almost same dishes.

2
★★★★★

The best sushi I had in LA!! (of course the most expensive though.. :-) )
I have visited many nice Sushi restaurants in Tokyo but I think it's even better than some of the nicest ones. Also, all dishes are beautiful, creative and tasty.
Interior design is very simple and not gorgeous but that makes cozy atmosphere. If you like more romantic mood, Nobu Malibu is recommended. They serve almost same dishes.

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I have to start with the cod in miso. This is the first time I tried miso with fish. The sweetness is amazing. The fish was so tender and looked perfect. Got some tempura after that and had to ask for some more of the miso sauce. The food was decent overall, but an order of the cod. New style sashimi is good for the novice. I don't think this place is as pricey as its reputation. Our bill was $90 for two out the door. The dishes come al a carte, steakhouse style for about $15, so you can get a variety. Its not the best LA has too offer as Zagat ignorants suggest, but its up there.

2
★★★★☆

I have to start with the cod in miso. This is the first time I tried miso with fish. The sweetness is amazing. The fish was so tender and looked perfect. Got some tempura after that and had to ask for some more of the miso sauce. The food was decent overall, but an order of the cod. New style sashimi is good for the novice. I don't think this place is as pricey as its reputation. Our bill was $90 for two out the door. The dishes come al a carte, steakhouse style for about $15, so you can get a variety. Its not the best LA has too offer as Zagat ignorants suggest, but its up there.

Pros: Cod in miso, Service

Cons: , Some bland dishes

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I went to this place because someone told me it was the best sushi they ever had..........It's clear this person new nothing about sushi. The food was average at best, very limited menu and for 4 of us to eat it cost $260. People in LA love to spend money to show out, even if the place is no good. Just because someone famous was seen there (like sheep following the flock)
If you want great sushi and a good price go to pasadeana (sushi of napoles) no that is the best sushi I've ever had!

1
★★☆☆☆

I went to this place because someone told me it was the best sushi they ever had..........It's clear this person new nothing about sushi. The food was average at best, very limited menu and for 4 of us to eat it cost $260. People in LA love to spend money to show out, even if the place is no good. Just because someone famous was seen there (like sheep following the flock)
If you want great sushi and a good price go to pasadeana (sushi of napoles) no that is the best sushi I've ever had!

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I used to loooove Matsuhisa. But after trying many other places, I finally have to come to the conclusion that it's become mediocre. The past couple of tomes, my sushi has been rubbery. I know, eat the cooked food, but even that was ok.
Time to say bye, bye to Matsuhisa.
For the best sushi in LA please try Hamasaku. It melts in your mouth, great service, fun rolls...

1
★★☆☆☆

I used to loooove Matsuhisa. But after trying many other places, I finally have to come to the conclusion that it's become mediocre. The past couple of tomes, my sushi has been rubbery. I know, eat the cooked food, but even that was ok.
Time to say bye, bye to Matsuhisa.
For the best sushi in LA please try Hamasaku. It melts in your mouth, great service, fun rolls...

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I get so frustrated whenever I go to Matsuhisa that I've stopped going altogether. The sushi is not the star here, in my opinion. The quality of the sushi is good, but its not jaw-dropping like at rival places like Sasabune or Nozawa. However, the price for the sushi IS jaw-dropping. And the pieces of nigiri sushi are small, even by japanese standards. No wonder you don't see many japanese people eating here. It's just not a marvelous place to get top flight sushi. The ""hot"" food, however, is quite good...better than almost any other place I've been too. But ""hot"" japanese food should never be as expensive as good sushi (except for kaiseki), and hot food here is very expensive. In short, not a good place for sushi, but great for ""hot"" food (if you can afford it). Of course, if you care more about people-watching then the food...

2
★★★★☆

I get so frustrated whenever I go to Matsuhisa that I've stopped going altogether. The sushi is not the star here, in my opinion. The quality of the sushi is good, but its not jaw-dropping like at rival places like Sasabune or Nozawa. However, the price for the sushi IS jaw-dropping. And the pieces of nigiri sushi are small, even by japanese standards. No wonder you don't see many japanese people eating here. It's just not a marvelous place to get top flight sushi. The ""hot"" food, however, is quite good...better than almost any other place I've been too. But ""hot"" japanese food should never be as expensive as good sushi (except for kaiseki), and hot food here is very expensive. In short, not a good place for sushi, but great for ""hot"" food (if you can afford it). Of course, if you care more about people-watching then the food...

Pros: great hot food, people-watching, good staff

Cons: sushi not up to par, overpriced, overpriced!!

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the food itself isnt heavenly especially considering the hefty price you are paying. service is marvelous and the crowd is pretentious. desserts and drinks are orgasmic though...i would highly recommend the pineapple sake.

2
★★★★☆

the food itself isnt heavenly especially considering the hefty price you are paying. service is marvelous and the crowd is pretentious. desserts and drinks are orgasmic though...i would highly recommend the pineapple sake.

Pros: great service, dessert and drinks, friendly trendy crowd

Cons: inflated prices, crowded, reservations

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The food at Matsuhisa is perfectly done and beautifully presented. The real problem is in the overall value of the meal. We tried the omakase and were delighted by the look and taste of the food, but MUCH less so by the portion size and price. $120 a person and we left hungry--seriously. It is a bit tight, but feels like a Sushi place should and the servers do as good a job as is possible in the cramped maze of tables. I would definitely go back and would recommend Matsuhisa to anybody that enjoys good sushi and Japanese food, but stay away from the omakase menu if you're hungry.

2
★★★★☆

The food at Matsuhisa is perfectly done and beautifully presented. The real problem is in the overall value of the meal. We tried the omakase and were delighted by the look and taste of the food, but MUCH less so by the portion size and price. $120 a person and we left hungry--seriously. It is a bit tight, but feels like a Sushi place should and the servers do as good a job as is possible in the cramped maze of tables. I would definitely go back and would recommend Matsuhisa to anybody that enjoys good sushi and Japanese food, but stay away from the omakase menu if you're hungry.

Pros: Delicious food, Beautifully presented

Cons: Small and cramped, La Cienega Blvd., Price

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A friend and I found Matsuhisa by chance. We were surprised we were politely seated and pleasantly served without a reservation at this trendy, busy restaurant. The sushi was some of the freshest ever. And, we saw Mark Wahlberg... what a treat!

2
★★★★★

A friend and I found Matsuhisa by chance. We were surprised we were politely seated and pleasantly served without a reservation at this trendy, busy restaurant. The sushi was some of the freshest ever. And, we saw Mark Wahlberg... what a treat!

Pros: Inventive

Cons: Tables Too Close

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The reason why people have rated this restaurant 5 and under is because they only ate sushi! Try out the better at the omakase room! Most people don't even know this room exsists. After the omakase room, you'll definitely rate this restaurant higher!

2
★★★★★

The reason why people have rated this restaurant 5 and under is because they only ate sushi! Try out the better at the omakase room! Most people don't even know this room exsists. After the omakase room, you'll definitely rate this restaurant higher!

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The very first time I dined at Matsuhisa was back in 1997. Since then, I went back numerous times. If you don't like crowded place, then you might not be so fond of this place. I highly recommend their cold house sake, which taste very smooth, but it's the whole package. You'll know what I mean when you order. It could get a bit pricey if you are digging in for those special dish, but it is truly worth every penny. Offer a bottle of cold beer to your chef...just a nice, friendly gesture. Enjoy!

2
★★★★★

The very first time I dined at Matsuhisa was back in 1997. Since then, I went back numerous times. If you don't like crowded place, then you might not be so fond of this place. I highly recommend their cold house sake, which taste very smooth, but it's the whole package. You'll know what I mean when you order. It could get a bit pricey if you are digging in for those special dish, but it is truly worth every penny. Offer a bottle of cold beer to your chef...just a nice, friendly gesture. Enjoy!

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This place is unbelievable. I have ate at all the great sushirestaurants and this one tops them all by far. Just be prepared to drop a pretty penny or two

2
★★★★★

This place is unbelievable. I have ate at all the great sushirestaurants and this one tops them all by far. Just be prepared to drop a pretty penny or two

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We've been avoiding this place - but finally gave it a try - and it was every bit as good as the positive ratings give it. I've had better toro (but that varies everywhere) - but the seared tuna salad to start, and the black cod!!, and the sweet shrimp, and the black cod, and the uni, and oh, did I mention the black cod with miso - melt in your mouth!! Just wonderful. The service was great - and the atmosphere - but those shadows on the wall are a little bit spooky, aren't they?

2
★★★★★

We've been avoiding this place - but finally gave it a try - and it was every bit as good as the positive ratings give it. I've had better toro (but that varies everywhere) - but the seared tuna salad to start, and the black cod!!, and the sweet shrimp, and the black cod, and the uni, and oh, did I mention the black cod with miso - melt in your mouth!! Just wonderful. The service was great - and the atmosphere - but those shadows on the wall are a little bit spooky, aren't they?

Pros: fresh fish, valet parking

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Sushi chefs with an attitude problem. The sushi is very good but there are plenty of restaurants in LA with great tasting fresh sushi without the inflated price and the inconvenience of waiting only to be treated poorly.
Note to sushi chefs: keep in mind that you are nothing more than a mediocre sushi chef so enough with the attitude.

1
★★★☆☆

Sushi chefs with an attitude problem. The sushi is very good but there are plenty of restaurants in LA with great tasting fresh sushi without the inflated price and the inconvenience of waiting only to be treated poorly.
Note to sushi chefs: keep in mind that you are nothing more than a mediocre sushi chef so enough with the attitude.

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Wendy and I have enjoyed Sushi and Sashimi all over the world, always trying to match the finest Japanese restaurants of San Francisco. Matsuhisa is as fine as they come. The highest quality of sashimi, and a willingness to prepare dishes not on the menu.

Also, desserts at Matsuhisa are unique and fabulous. Not a cheap meal, but worth every penny for those of us who enjoy the best.

2
★★★★★

Wendy and I have enjoyed Sushi and Sashimi all over the world, always trying to match the finest Japanese restaurants of San Francisco. Matsuhisa is as fine as they come. The highest quality of sashimi, and a willingness to prepare dishes not on the menu.

Also, desserts at Matsuhisa are unique and fabulous. Not a cheap meal, but worth every penny for those of us who enjoy the best.

Pros: Best sushi, knowledgeable staff, High end sake

Cons: Small, busy, worth it!

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Had a really good time here. I love that, though the food is extremely good and the chef is reknown, it's not a food chapel--it's loud, it's crazy busy, and some terrific food comes out of the kitchen.
The sushi chefs are having a good time---if I get to eat here again, I'll definitely sit at the sushi bar. But, our omakase menus were stunningly done. A surprising standout was the hot chocolate cake (which I usually roll my eyes at) served with green tea ice cream. A complete surprise, yet one of the best I've ever had. Oh, and the kobe beef was pretty great too...

2
★★★★★

Had a really good time here. I love that, though the food is extremely good and the chef is reknown, it's not a food chapel--it's loud, it's crazy busy, and some terrific food comes out of the kitchen.
The sushi chefs are having a good time---if I get to eat here again, I'll definitely sit at the sushi bar. But, our omakase menus were stunningly done. A surprising standout was the hot chocolate cake (which I usually roll my eyes at) served with green tea ice cream. A complete surprise, yet one of the best I've ever had. Oh, and the kobe beef was pretty great too...

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Always the best palce in town for a huge selection of sushi delicacies and nuvo fru fru dishes... but the cost is absurd and the service only passable. The freshness is occasionally suspect but usually good.

2
★★★★☆

Always the best palce in town for a huge selection of sushi delicacies and nuvo fru fru dishes... but the cost is absurd and the service only passable. The freshness is occasionally suspect but usually good.

Pros: selection

Cons: cost, service

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I've been going to this joint forever and it's always good. I try other places but i always end up coming back to nobu's la cienega location every time. Aside from the usual sushi and sashimi, black cod w/ miso is yummy too.

2
★★★★★

I've been going to this joint forever and it's always good. I try other places but i always end up coming back to nobu's la cienega location every time. Aside from the usual sushi and sashimi, black cod w/ miso is yummy too.

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This moves straight to the top of my sushi list. My wife and I had the omakase--eight courses, every one a winner, and with a lot more variety than your typical old-school sushi spot too. The vegetables and other ingredients are as fresh as the fish--I don't think I've ever lingered over a peppercorn before, but I did here. The decor is not particularly impressive, but it has a sceney atmosphere without being oppressive and you really might sit next to a movie star. Plus, it's good value: expensive, yes, but not as stratospheric as you might fear.

2
★★★★★

This moves straight to the top of my sushi list. My wife and I had the omakase--eight courses, every one a winner, and with a lot more variety than your typical old-school sushi spot too. The vegetables and other ingredients are as fresh as the fish--I don't think I've ever lingered over a peppercorn before, but I did here. The decor is not particularly impressive, but it has a sceney atmosphere without being oppressive and you really might sit next to a movie star. Plus, it's good value: expensive, yes, but not as stratospheric as you might fear.

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I just love sushi and have probably tried dozens of japanese restauarants, but this one beats them all. All ingredients are fresh and you can really taste the difference. Though it has a name it can boast of, the service was great and the staff and waiters totally unpretentious. If you're on a budget, go there for lunch. I couldn't possibly think of anything negative to say about this place!

2
★★★★★

I just love sushi and have probably tried dozens of japanese restauarants, but this one beats them all. All ingredients are fresh and you can really taste the difference. Though it has a name it can boast of, the service was great and the staff and waiters totally unpretentious. If you're on a budget, go there for lunch. I couldn't possibly think of anything negative to say about this place!

Pros: Best Sushi, exceptional service

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Worth the price. The best sushi in town and the by far the best restaurant.

2
★★★★★

Worth the price. The best sushi in town and the by far the best restaurant.

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The angles of the dining room allow for a number of tables big enough and in a perfect locations for private business meetings. I asked that the chef present some of the signature plates and was not disappointed at all. I would highly recommend this location for a buisness lunch, especially for out of town or Far East customers. However, I would not take more than a group of six people there. We had five in our group and were well situated to talk while we dined.

2
★★★★★

The angles of the dining room allow for a number of tables big enough and in a perfect locations for private business meetings. I asked that the chef present some of the signature plates and was not disappointed at all. I would highly recommend this location for a buisness lunch, especially for out of town or Far East customers. However, I would not take more than a group of six people there. We had five in our group and were well situated to talk while we dined.

Pros: Dining area, Variety, Unique

Cons: Parking, No Valet at Lunch

 

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