11288 Ventura Blvd Ste C, Studio City, CA | Directions 9160434.140311 -118.375613
Lunch: Mon - Fri, noon - 2pm. Dinner: Mon - Fri, 5:30pm - 10pm; Sat, Sun, closed
Great rice with fresh fish – The rice is one of kind. It is usually overlooked in most sushi eater's description of a sushi experience.
The fish is great but they lose a point (or more) for a lack of ambience and the ample unfriendliness
Best food in town – Food is amazing. Every time I come here, I feel like I never want to leave. Very chic atmosphere with a relaxing mood.
The service is great and the staff really does a terrific job at taking care of you.
The appetizers are delicious.
Theres plenty of places to park: theres a parking lot across the street and a parkin garage up the street within walking distance.
Most of the time I find myself looking at my watch waiting for the food to come, but here I was so entertained with the fun atmosphere that I was pleasantly surprised when my food arrived
Don't go there – It is a little difficult to write a bad review about a restaurant where the food quality is pretty high. However, considering the century and the place we are living in, other factors such as professionalism, customer service, etc are not only preferred but also required. I have heard many stories about the "Hitler" and "Nazi" owner of the place, but recently, after being a loyal customer to ?Nozawa?, I had my own experience from which I understood one think: no matter how good the food is, one has to respect himself/herself by not obeying to some nonsense rules created by some fish cutter and allowing that person to be rude with his customers, who yells at his guests by forgetting that these same customers are the source of the money that goes into his pocket every month. There are other good sushi places in LA, such as Iroha or Katsuya, where you feel that you are welcomed, which is not the case in Nozawa, depending on the chef?s ?mood of the day?. The owner is mentally misbalanced, rude and simply unhappy with his life. I prefer staying away from people like that and would suggest the same to those who had similar encounters with him. I respect myself enough to spend that $40.00 of lunch money in a restaurant where the customer service and the price range are on the same level.
take a pass – I'm not sure where people are drinking the cool aid here. The sushi was remarkably average, while unbelievable over priced. The only thing I may trust this guy about is his investments, it is definitely not his food.
Simple and the Best – Skip ordering a la carte, and instead, put your taste buds in the hands of Nozawa's head chef/owner, Nozawa-san, aka the "Sushi Nazi" himself. By ordering omakase (Japanese for chef's choice), your sushi is personally hand-picked. From toro and yellowtail, to uni and albacore, every fish chosen is fresh and the quality is truly unbeatable.
Absolutely Brilliant – Christmas Eve, my son was invited to a friends home and we didn't want to cook so we decided to look for a place in the neighborhood. Both my husband and I love sushi and we were driving down the street and Sushi Nozawa was open. Never been there before but I thought I heard it was good. If there is ever a chef's special I get it because it's usually great. This was no exception. First of all, we were very hungry. The size of the fish - the quantity, was enormous, but not only that it was delicious, very tasty, with wonderful light sauces (ponzu, or whatever). I was so surprised. The rolls were the best I've ever had in my life. Do they make their own wraps? Anyone know? I never use soy sauce unless I taste first, and I didn't use soy sauce on any of the sushi here. There was no need. The red snapper melted in your mouth. The cuddle fish was good, but best of all was the second fish they served - the one with thinly slice scallions. What the hell was it? AMAZING. I may just move to Japan. All the fish just melted away. Sad, really, because I ate more than I've ever eaten in my life. The service was perfect. This nice woman came by and told my husband not to use soy sauce on a specific dish - which was not intrusive at all but very helpful because soy sauce spoiled the taste. I don't understand how the fish could be so tender. I can't wait to bring my family, from NJ here when they come out.
Best Sushi in LA - Hands Down – I used to be a regular at Sassabone back at its old location. When we discovered a place that also did a "Trust the Chef" about 30 minutes closer to our home, my family decided to try Nozawa. Over the course of the past 2 years, Nozawa has easily surpassed Sassabone in food quality, service, decor & general vibe.
The fish is always perfect - fresh, melt in your mouth, not the least bit "fishy" or tough, as most sushi is when prepared in a mediocre way aka most everywhere else. The fish itself it so fresh and delicious that Nozawa doesn't need to drench it in spicy mayos or add crazy ingredients. If that's what you're looking for, go somewhere else.
Nozawa is about the fish, the homemade wasabi, and the ponsu sauce. Once you go Nozawa, you never go back. I can't eat other sushi now. I've been spoiled!
These Reviews are Hysterical – If one takes the time to notice, all Japanese fine art is essentially minimalistic. Be it poetry, music, calligraphy or food, the Japanese aesthetic involves a minimal structure, rigidly defined, where the subtlest deviation from the norm speaks tomes.The Art of Sushi is to approach impossibly high standards which can never be realized; a meal can be evaluated only by how close it comes to the theoretical perfection. Sushi is pickled rice, just sticky enough to barely hold itself together (if you are one to dip the rice in soy sauce, stop reading and buy at Von's), and sushi (rice) must be served immediately (yes, warm). As for rolls, the only rolls served traditionally at a BAR are tekka and kappa, unless the chef decides to serve you something to sample in a hand roll. That being said, Sushi Nozawa is church for eating raw fish. LA is a huge market for sashimi grade fish, tons of GREAT fish to choose from every day, but Nozawa-san gets to pick first. So if what you want is a roll filled with three kinds of seafood with five different pieces of fish wrapped around the outside, covered in sauce, DON'T EAT HERE. On the other hand, if you want to eat mindblowing fish in an environment designed not to distract your senses, this is the place to go. Jay Patterson
To my surprise, Nozawa was a failure in my book – As to the citysearch review, my girlfriend and I went to Sushi Nozawa last night and were completely surprised when we walked in. First off, the second you walk in you witness a packed house that was DEAD silent. Everyone was whispering and it was extremely uncomfortable. We sat down at a table and ordered (minimum of 4 dishes per person). After about 3-5 minutes the waiter came back with a large dish with all of our sushi looking anything but interesting. So QUIETELY we ate, and the fish was fresh, maybe even the freshest I've had. But, it was nothing special, nothing to enhance the taste of the fish. I ordered the house cold sake and when we got the bill it was $90, I realized their house sake is $25 a bit much and that they forgot to give us something we ordered. We were still very hungry and headed over to iWata for more. Check out iWata if you want a great experience for a great price.
Don't be intimidated - BEST. SUSHI. EVER. – Like many, I had always heard the rumors about Nozawa - the chef is mean and crazy, the place is small and cramped - well all those may be true....although I found the staff quite plesant. But then again, we sat at a table and didn't have to interact with the chef. The place is kind of non-descript, with chairs you'd find in a church basement or a pizza parlor, but...... this is the BEST sushi I have ever had in my life! I have been fortunate to have dined at some of the best sushi restaurants in the world, but never has sushi been as fresh as this. It literally melts in your mouth. Go do your tastebuds a favor and get to Sushi Nozawa. The only downside is that it any place else will seem inferior.
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