11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA | Directions 9160434.143400 -118.392400
Daily, lunch, 11am - 3pm; dinner, 4pm - 11pm
Delicious fresh sushi – We read about Asanebo in Zagats 2006 edition and just HAD to try it. Having gone to some of the best sushi restaurants all over L.A., we wanted to see if this place lived up to the review written in there. It did just that and MORE!! We always sit at the sushi bar, and Chef Koji is the greatest chef out there. The waitstaff and hosts/hostesses are friendly and completely on the ball at all times. Your drink is refilled before asking & if you drop a chopstick new ones are brought to you in seconds. We especially love their Spanish Mackerel sushi, unagi, and spicy tuna rolls (I actually DISLIKE spicy tuna rolls at most other places). Oh, and the soft shell crab roll is to die for! Their wasabi is fresh & seems better than most. It doesn't leave your soy sauce murky. Oh, and if you happen to be from out of town or have guests in town, they will love the celebrity sightings! You MUST try this place, don't believe the other reviews. We go weekly, despite the prices. It is well worth every penny.
Expensive but worth it! – No prices on the menu board.
Be prepared to have 'melt in your mouth' Japanese food Kaiseki style.
It's hard to make a mistake here.
It's all good!
Bad Sushi, overpriced!!! rude hostess!! – We looked for sushi place on the internet, and this place got good ratings, upon arrival the hostess asked if we had reservations, we said no, than he said "u can leave", after a few seconds he said yes a table opened up, (we saw there were many open tables), anyway upon sitting they bring u the specialty menu with no prices, we ordered the Toro and california roll, salmon etc... The food portions were SMALL, dry, not tastefull at all, even the toro was like chewing on rubber (ligament of the fish), then we get the bill which was high, toro was 30 and very small portions, I would think the food we ordered was maybe worth 5 bucks but we paid much much much more. BEWARE!!!
Disgraceful – Upon arrival we were greeted by an rude host. 5 min. later she arrived at our table to remind us that we needed to be finished by 8:00 because she had the table reserved for another party,it was 6:30. We ordered from their highly recommended special menu(no prices listed) and a bottle of sparkling water with lemmon. The bottle arrived shortly after with no lemmon. Keeping this short, I will tell you that the 3 specials and the 2 sushi rolls that we had were extremely disappointing. The sushi was not only mediocre in quality and taste but after spending $140(w/o tip) I was still hungry. As I looked around I thought to myself that the owner of this restaurant must own an island in the tropics, because he certainly doesn't spend it on grade one sushi or elaborate decor. Do yourself and your finances a favor, venture somewhere else.
Absolutely Fabulous! – This was by far the best sushi we have had since we moved to LA from New York! The sashimi was the freshest we have ever had...just melts in your mouth! The service was fabulous! Extremely friendly wait staff and very attentive!! Just a wonderful dining experience...loved it!!! We are recommending it to everyone...and we can't wait to go back! Definitely make reservations...the place gets packed!
Not so hot. – I would rather have gone across the street to katsu-ya.
very pleasantly surprised – read an article in l.a. mag recently that was talking about the "best" sushi places in the city and this was in it. while a few places on that list shouldn't have been and a few that should've weren't, they were definitively right about this restaurant. the service was very nice, from the owner who was serving us to the waitstaff. the sushi was extremely fresh and soft, especially the yellowtail. many unique food combinations were served, from halibut sashimi with truffles to the albacore with ponzu gelee. the pear geleto at the end was a very refreshing touch. prices aren't low, but well worth the quality and presentation.
there is much better sushi out there – they seem to have had a great review and then let it slide or something... we tried it twice, and the sushi was dry, the atmosphere so so... if you want non sushi then you might like it. I suggest going to Sushi Nozawa or Sushi Dan ... better bang for your money and tummy. :)
Hugely disappointing – I was looking for a decent Japanese restaurant in the area when I came across this 'little gem' as other reviewers have called Asanebo. From the miniscule portion size to the unbelievably oily grilled dishes it was a disappointment all around. All I could think of as the waiter brought out each dish one by one was where we could go afterwards to finish our dinner. On a positive note the staff was friendly and service punctual.
The best place for sushi! – I've had plenty of sushi in Los Angeles but Asanebo is the best. My boyfriend and I were so surprised at the knowledgeable, kind and attentive wait staff. The sushi is out of this world, and trust me if they recommend a daily special get it. We tried mostly everything on the board and we couldn't believe how great everything tasted. It's a little pricey but worth it
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