9824 National Blvd #C, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9003434.030415 -118.402412
Neighborhoods: Cheviot Hills, West LA
Best Sushi in LA! – My husband and I like to consider ourselves sushi connoisseurs, and to say that Sushi Zo has the best sushi in LA is no joke. I promise you, if you go for omakase, you will taste some of the freshest, most tender, impeccably cut and flavorful sushi of your life! Ever morsel will melt in your mouth! And trust me, we've been to some of what most would consider "the best" in LA, and it simply doesn't compare. While it is a little on the expensive side, the experience will prove to be well worth your time AND money. But you must know that it's not your average sushi restaurant, where California rolls are a staple, so don't even bother if you're looking for that kind of typical American-style sushi. Sushi Zo serves up very traditional sushi, so you definitely have to be adventurous and respect the art and the culture behind it, because this is what you'll get there! And while some go as far as saying the chef is rude, I disagree completely. I believe these people don't understand the way sushi is done in Japan, where it's all about the freshness of the seafood and respecting the chef for his craft, not having the chef go out of his way to please greedy and impatient customers, who think that shouting out multiple orders for cut rolls and sushi all at once should command respect for THEM. It's absolutely absurd, and only reaffirms the stereotype of Americans as being arrogant, entitled a$$holes. Besides, there are rules provided for eating omakase at the bar, so if you can't handle it, beat it!
Sushi with a large side of Rude! – Sushi is good and expensive! I am told Omikasa is now the only option. You eat what he wants to serve you. That can be fun. The owner is always rude! He makes it look as though Nozawa is running a charm school. I am sorry, but when you spend $250 for lunch, I do not think a simple "good bye" or "thank you" is out of order. I have been to Sushi Zo about 10 times. Today was my last. This type of behavior should not be condoned or supported. I have learned my lesson. Having sushi is not just about the food, it is also about the experience.
Hidden gem, an amazing sushi restaurant! – So I lived in Japan for 14 years and I definitely consider myself a die hard sushi snob and this is my favorite restaurant in town hands down! I am so impressed with the quality of each piece of sushi plus the only thing TO order in a great SUSHI restaurant is OMAKASE and Zo knows how to do it right. The literal translation of omakase is "entrust" or "protect" and with each and every bite of amazing sushi that melts in my mouth, I feel like the chefs are delivering an amazing work of art! This is not the place for the first timers or someone who might like tuna. Well done, I finally feel like I can bring Japan to me while living here in LA.
Sushi Zo is what true traditional sushi is all about. – Sushi Zo is not a place to go if you're looking for something fusion such as teriyaki bowl and dragon roll. Each piece of shshi is made with passion and each time spent there is just pure satisfaction.
Best/Overpriced Sushi – I?m glad I tried it, but I probably won?t go again cuz Once is enough. We had 2x $20 glasses sake and 1 bottle sake, 2 miso soups, 2 pieces each clam on a half shell, abalone, yellowtail amberjack sashimi, tuna, spanish mackerel, giant clam, toro, sweet shrimp, scallops, uni & salmon roe, egg, baby tuna, monkfish liver, albacore, halibut, salmon, red snapper, a hand roll (I forgot what kind of fish). Actually, I?m not totally sure about the last few pieces since I was already a little buzzed. they were all simple sushi pieces, fresh fish, perfect cut size of fish, perfect amount of rice, perfect amount of sauce, however they served it and however they said to eat it made the taste and experience it?s best possible. Even though they were simple sushi pieces, each piece was still amazing. it could be a little more romantic setting but the room was pretty bright. For 2?.$311 pre tip
Best Sushi in Town!!!! – The people that have given Sushi Zo bad ratings are idiots. You obviously didn't read the card on each table explaining the proper way to eat sushi and sushi etiquette. It states that sushi should be eaten right away to ensure the best flavor and freshness of the fish. If it sits out too long the fish oils will dry out and the fish will not taste as good as it should. That is why they serve one piece at a time. It is for your eating pleasure. So plan on being there for a while, it is not a fast food place by any measure. Read the card and learn something new.
The Japanese culture is very big on respect. It is a way with their culture. If you are disrespectful, they will be disrespectful. However, if you are respectful and open to the ways of their culture, the sushi chef is actually very nice and even jokes with you. Order Omakase and you will not be displeased. When you order you can tell the chef certain things that you don't like or are allergic to and he will not serve it to you. He will however serve you fantastic sushi with more variety and sauces then you would find off the a la cart menu. Oh, and the reason they tell you no sauce or soy sauce OK is because a lot of the sushi served already has sauce on it. It doesn't need anymore. Or the soy sauce will not match the flavor of the sauce that is already on it. Again it's for your eating pleasure.
So, if you are open minded and capable of being respectful, please go to Sushi Zo. Expect to be there for a while and to pay a lot of money, but also expect to have some of the best sushi you have had in town.
There are only two negative things I can say about Sushi Zo.
1. It has ruined almost every other sushi restaurant for me. It has really set the bar high.
2. It is too pricey to go there every day.
Soooooo TERRIBLE!!!! Don't EVER give these people your business!! – Easily the most rude, snobby and obnoxious place in the city. They serve ONE small, boring, tasteless piece of fish at a time, SLOWLY (i'm talking 30 minutes between each piece...is THAT how they do it in "Japan???"), it's NOT that good and then when they serve it to you, they TELL you how you should eat it. I ordered a piece of yellowtail, chewy, grisly, and NOT soft (think: OPPOSITE of matsuhisa), and when I got served my tiny portion of Hamachi, the waitress actually looked me in the eye and said "do NOT put soy sauce on that." Um....excuse me? I paid YOU to wait 30 minutes to bring me 1 piece of fish, and you want to order me how I should consume it??? On top of that, actually tried to give the place ONE more shot a few weeks later, walked in on an EMPTY wednesday night at 7pm (I am literally, not exagerrating, there were TWO ppl in the ENTIRE place.) and the "head chef rude master sushi san" told me and my wife if we didn't EACH order 10 orders of food, we would not be seated. First off, I understand a minimum on a Fri or Sat night, MAYBE. On a Wed night, when your restaurant is EMPTY...give me a break! I actually said to the chef, "Excuse me? That's a little excessive don't you think? 10 plates per person??" He said "HEY! I am trying to run a business!!" I gestured to the empty restaurant, smiled and said "well, you're sure doing a great job of that."
These people have egos that are BEYOND inflated -- they are no top-notch restaurant in this city, their service is GOD AWFUL and their food is ABSOLUTELY MEDIOCRE...Go to Matsuhisa or Koi if you want a FINE japanese dining experience. BOO THIS RESTAURANT. DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!
StupidMonkey must be staff at Sushi Zo. Respectful and accommodating? My wife is a vegetarian and they wouldn't even make her a cucumber roll! Their culture is about respect? Screaming at guests to order 10 pieces min on an empty WED. night or get out is not what I call respect. This place is awful.
obnoxious, overrated, snobby - horrendous – the most snobby and obnoxious place in the city. these people have egos that are inflated based on zero substance. this restaurant is no matsuhisa or koi, they do not have the clout to be treating customers with such disrespect. they look down upon people and critique the way you eat their food. they do not allow people to enjoy eating sushi in the way they want to eat it, they tell you what to eat, how much to spend and it's not worth it.
i would NEVER recommend this place in a million years. not when there are actual quality sushi restaurants nearby with staff and management who actually care about customers.
?SERVICE 101? – So I took a business associate here for lunch on a recommendation. It is a small space in a strip mall. We ordered lunch and were chatting away. We realized after a while that we had not been getting any food. When we tried to get the watresses attention, she ignored us, literally. We shrugged it off and figured she was overwhelmed. We hoped she got the point and we got a dish or two over the next while. A couple were okay and one was foul. No other food ever came and we had to go back to work hungry. The service was terrible and my experience was the worst I have ever had in any restaurant in LA. LET THE BUYER BEWARE!
good but unaccommodating – My fiance and I decided to try Sushi Zo after reading some of the great reviews that it received, especially one that indicated the chef was very accommodating to someone's food allergy since my fiance also has a food allergy. When we arrived, we were prepared for the "we have NO rolls" and "order is ONE piece" speech. That was all fine and dandy, until we sat down to order and asked for no sauce on our sushi because of my fiance's gluten allergy. We were informed that everything had some sort of sauce on it! I said you must be kidding, because the chef adds the sauce after he slices and prepares the sushi. The waitress said no, and repeated the all sushi has sauce on it bit. Sounds fishy to me. The sushi was fresh and I was the only one able to eat it, but their unaccommodating nature had already left a bad taste in our mouths. My favorite sushi place is still Kazu in Studio City.
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