1333 Third St Promenade, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.016315 -118.496786
Neighborhoods: West LA, Downtown
Cheap sushi on the promenade – I always stop at Yangtze whenever I'm at the 3rd st. promenade. If you sit at the sushi bar, most rolls are half price. Every tastes great and the staff is very attentive.
Fresh fish served by attentive waiting staff – I have been there with a Sushi-maven and in his opinion the fish was
exceptionally fresh. The inventive sushi creations were sublime--tender
taste, though a firm texture. Ginger and water was served by attentive service
as much as we liked alongside. A versed servant told us that "Yangatze"
is the name of a river in China. There was also a discount on our meal for
eating at the bar.
Third Street shoppers take a break at this lively Chinese, Thai and Japanese restaurant with half-priced sushi at the bar. – In Short
A menu-bearing hostess invites Third Street Promenade shoppers to have a seat at one of the many sidewalk tables at this bustling Chinese restaurant and sushi bar. Beyond the glass doors is the spacious main dining room where families order dishes like kung pao chicken, lo mein and mushu among vaulted ceilings and colorful walls. Beyond the narrow kitchen hall is a smaller room and the sushi bar, which is the only spot where sushi can be had at half-price.
Hits: The location--smack dab in the center of Third Street Promenade-can't be beat.
Misses: Because of heavy foot traffic, service can be slow.
OK sushi for people who don't know any better – A few weeks ago my fiance & I were looking for a quick bite before a movie and decided to give this place a try -- we figured it couldn't be that bad if they got an "A" grade and we were really in the mood for sushi. This place is huge -- we walked past the front outdoor patio and then thru the main dining area before being led to another eating area and then the far-back sushi bar (we later learned that sushi is 1/2 off when you eat at the sushi bar and good thing we did cos it totally was not worth full price). The fish was fresh but certainly far from the most buttery, flavorful sushi i've had -- the albacore nigiri was pretty tasteless and looked really boring -- no scallions, no nothing to make it look somewhat artful. The rainbow roll and shrimp tempura rolls were OK but nothing to write home about. I think what i remember most about that place is the customers next to us who kept sucking on their teeth -- when the clientele is gross, it kinda ruins the whole experience. Needless to say, we won't be back.
This place has went downhill... – I live four blocks from Yangtze and work less than 2 miles away. Yangtze used to be my favorite sushi spot and I ordered food from there at least 3 to 4 times a week, but I don't think I will ever eat there again. I ordered food online for lunch one day for myself and some coworkers. After an hour and a half when it did not arrive, I called and was told the food was on its way. After another 30 minutes with no delivery, I called again and was told again my food was on its way. This time I asked for the manager because that wasn't possible since my office is less than a 10 minute drive from the restaurant. When the manager got on the phone, he told me they never received our order because the fax machine was broken. This is after I had been told twice that it was on its way! By now, the whole office is hungry. After I told the manager what happened, he did not offer anything except to redo our order. It was ridiculous! Instead of apologizing and giving us the food for free as any respectable restaurant would do after such a mishap on their part, he sent the delivery guy over with two free 50cent sodas. I can't believe this is how they would treat someone who is such a loyal customer to them.
And also, the last couple of times I ate at the restaurant, my boyfriend and I experienced horrible service. We sat in the back sushi bar area. Our waitress was horrible and it took her forever to bring us our check. I'm so over Yangtze and am looking for a new sushi spot in Santa Monica if anyone has any recommendations.
Good for Promenade People Viewing - Can they charge for that? – My first time to CA and my husband's maiden return after 9 years. To sum it up...poor service, horrible food, over priced, below quality sushi. I love sushi and expected better from a coastal area. I also expected better prices than what we pay for it in Chicago. Boy, was I disappointed! My husband had the basil chicken. Is this dish REALLY supposed to be sweet? We've never had it on the sweeter side of the palette before, so that was a disappointment!
Sitting out on the street eating our lunch was about the only tout we can give this Promenade restaurant.
DON'T BOTHER. SHODDY SERVICE, ZERO AMBIENCE, MEDIOCRE FOOD. – I signed up for Citysearch just so I could express my frustration with Yangtze. Despite living a block away, we have determined never to return. What bothers me most is not the horrible service itself, but rather how unapologetic everybody who works there is about the horrible service. "Only one guy back there," we were told after waiting a half hour for sushi rolls that were not in fact the rolls we ordered. (The restaurant was virtually empty.) Another time, a busboy piled too many plates onto his arms, and spilled soy sauce over my dress, there was no attempt to make amends; he didn't even seem sorry.
Not once in our multiple visits has the meal gone off smoothly. We routinely waited more than fifteen minutes for a waiter to make an initial visit to our table, waited half an hour for food, hot dishes were brought out unevenly, busboys tried to clear plates out from under us even as we were very obviously still eating off them, we waited god knows how long for the check. We finally wondered why we were doing this to ourselves. Not worth it. Shoddy, shoddy, shoddy service. No ambience. Take-it-or-leave-it food.
Nice presentation, Crappy service, Ho-hum food – So my wife and I decided to go out for Christmas; we're remodeling so it was a good idea to get out. We headed out to Santa Monica to walk on the beach for a little, and decided to stop by this little restaurant that we've heard some decent things about.
The seating was prompt. The waiter, while friendly, was barely competent from the beginning. My wife asked for a glass of water, and he brought her an iced tea. When we ordered appetizers, he apparently put them in with the main course order, and we ended up waiting a long time, only to get our table filled with everything all at once.
The Tom Ka soup was mediocre at best, the yangtze sampler was ok, and of course by the time we got to our entrees, they were well on the way to being cold.
I ordered the honeyed duck, and my wife the jade curry. As far as I can tell, the kitchen got an old green curry, an old yellow curry, mixed them together, and called it jade. It was tasty, but only in a shopping mall thai place kind of way.
My honeyed duck was dry dry dry. I'll give it to them that the skin was mostly crispy, but overall the duck was way overdone. Also the sweetpotato in the dish was intrigueingly grilled, but grilled a little too long; it started to taste a little of mold.
I had to basically beg to get the check, and we sat there for nearly a half hour with my card in the check portfolio....finally I just got up and walked up to the innappropriately busy hallway between the sushi bar and the restaurant and made them take my card. A person slightly less honest would have just skipped on the check. Frankly I wish I had done, because I am now $45 poorer for a crappy meal. Having worked at restaurants myself, I looked at the wait staff with an informed eye; some people would say they are busy, I say they are terribly disorganized.
Essentially: Mediocre food, pathetic service (largely due to incompetence) but lovely location. On the way back to the car, we saw two or three better restaurants.
Editorial Review – Contemporary Asian cuisine, including Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Korean foods. Order online for takeout or delivery.
Public service announcement: half price sushi in the back of the restaurant – If you sit in the back, where the sushi chef is, sushi will cost you half as much as if you sit in the front (where you get to people watch on 3rd street). It's just OK sushi, but great price.
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