In Los Angeles, sushi recommendations are the kind of thing people get as pumped up about sharing as what secret streets to use during rush hour. Everyone swears by their spots and is firmly convinced theirs are the best. Don’t worry; this enthusiastic stubbornness will only spoil you with great options. Given the number of truly excellent sushi restaurants that call this town home, in this recommendation game, everyone is essentially right. Herewith, SIXTY Hotels throws their hat in the ring with this guide to the best sushi in Los Angeles—at least in our opinion.
If you come to Sushi Park, you’re getting the omakase, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Forget that this place is in a strip mall on Sunset Boulevard, just above a FedEx and a hair salon. You’ll be eating some of the best fish in town. (And you won’t have to get all dressed up, either.) The unagi and toro here get top marks.
8539 Sunset Blvd #20, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Chef Nobi Kusuhara’s Sushi Sasabune has long been a staple on LA’s “best of” sushi lists. And for good reason. The quality here is top-notch, and the omakase is divine. Little slivers of fish come out, one after another, pretty as a picture. It’s an experience not to be missed.
11917 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049
The restaurant formerly known as Hirozen now goes by the name Matsumoto, following a changing of the guard. As of last year, Naruki Matsumoto, head chef at Hirozen for years, has taken the reigns as owner, and the sushi is just as good as it was before. Don’t leave here without ordering the scallops.
8385 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
If you feel like venturing into the depths of the San Fernando Valley (and if you like great sushi, we urge you to do this, as some of the best sushi in town can be found on the other side of the Santa Monica Mountains ), head to Sushi Spot. The decor feels a little ‘90s 90210 cafeteria set piece, but the food here is killer. That, and the omakase will only run you less than $50. If you find a better deal in town (that isn’t Sugar Fish), let us know.
19658 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356
It all began in a nondescript Studio City strip mall, where, in 1997, Katsuya Uechi began making a name for himself as a master of his craft. Today, you can find the Katsu-Ya brand around the world and in various states of fanciness. Still, the Valley outpost remains a favorite, perhaps because of its no-frills approach to an incredible dining experience. Come early; the lines are usually long.
11680 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
While we will always stand by the appeal of LA’s delightfully unassuming strip mall sushi scene, sometimes it’s still nice to dine in a room that’s been designed with a little pizzaz–so long as the food stands up. And stand up it does at Q Sushi, an uber luxe addition to the Downtown LA dining scene. Chef Hiroyuki Naruke serves up an “premium” omakase that clocks in at $285. If you’re not feeling as spendy, head here at lunch, where you can get a comparative “deal” for much less.
521 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Fresh sushi served on a patio right next to the ocean? Sign us up. Nobu Malibu tops them all when it comes to both menu and environment. The yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño is a must-order, as is the rock shrimp tempura. When you’re not consumed with staring at the gorgeous snacks placed before you, you’ll be happy to ogle the gorgeous humans sitting at the tables nearby.
22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
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