3719 Sunset Blvd, Silverlake, CA | Directions 9002634.090725 -118.278108
12noon-11pm 7 days a week
Neighborhoods: Silver Lake, East LA
Ick. – I have tried so hard to eat here and like it, but I've decided that I can't. I'm not a huge fan of sushi, but every so often I'll get a craving for it and want to go somewhere. I would love to stay closer to home and go to Koda, but I've given up. I've been 3 times, and each time, I was disappointed. To say that the wait staff is aloof is being kind, but I've come to expect similar service from parts of Silver Lake. However, I will deal with a little lack of hospitality if the food is good. But, it isn't. The fish has always been dry, flavorless, and slightly scary to me. Once, while sitting at the bar, when my friend ordered uni, the chef looked in the box at the uni, looked at us, shook his head, and threw it away. He then went back to finishing an order for some other table without asking if we wanted anything else, apologizing, or anything. I tried the Visalia roll (I grew up close to the city of Visalia and found it cute that they even knew where it was) and although it was a veggie roll, it too was kinda scary in an unfresh way. Plus, the sake list was underwhelming and I ended up not really eating or drinking anything. I know there's that whole saying about being my fault if I get tricked a second time, so I should be ashamed that I got it the third time. Oh well. I will not be going back to this place ever again, which is such a shame. I'll stick to Mia if I'm on a budget and Nobu if I'm feeling frisky.
Trendy Failure – Look, just drive downtown or up the street to Saito's. I was looking forward to the easy walk with my girlfriend, a neighborhood joint, cozy looking from the street. Starting with the only positive: the vegetable tempura was crisp, light, and cooked in fresh oil. Otherwise the food was mediocre at best. Sushi, boring and not so fresh, bland pickled ginger, edamame tasted like it was bought frozen at Trader Joe's, and some other items glazed in what they call "eel sauce" (hoison straight from the jar?). Service was a little clumsy .. one attempted plate removal underneath moving chopsticks, otherwise generally rushy in an uncomfortable, overly polite kind-of-way. And finally, the worst: Two guys jamming out on guitars. Same chords, over and over and over, a solo, repeat, the other guy's turn to solo, help me god, repeat, "what was that honey?" This was followed by a hippie-slop cover of Jimmy Hendrix. With Sushi rolls titled "Sunset Junction," along with local "live" music, this place is trying so hard, dearest Silverlake. What ever happened to good food, plain and simple? Not worth the fifty bucks.
Sushi, Music, People, HOT!!! – Finally, a hip, good, sushi bar. I usually have to go to the Westside or to Little Tokyo to find something decent. A side from tradition entees, they offer innovative items like the Jarkata roll which aMAZING!!! The live music was jazz'in, staff is great, a place worth checking out.
Editorial Review – Silverlake sushi bar and japanese restaurant with a boho vibe; serves Yakatori, Tempura Nabeyaki Soba and more.
This place is terrible – Do NOT go to this restaurant. I went twice, and both times the service was terrible. The food is okay, but not worth putting up with the service. The second time I went, a huge creepy crawly thing crawled onto the table of the people sitting next to me, and it took the staff ages to react to it. The waitress just ran away to get the owner, who took his time walking over. I was so grossed out I could barely eat my meal. I will never go to Koda again. There are so many good sushi restaurants in this town that this one is not worth your time.
Not a sushi person until I came to Koda – I am not your typical sushi eater, and then I came to Koda. I didn't know what to order, so I was asked some questions by Richard, the owner who was trying to help me find a good combination. He ordered something so delicious that I ordered something else. Don't remember what I ordered otherwise I'd recommend it to those out there that are skeptical to try sushi. What I do know is that I can now say that I've had sushi before, and if you asked me where to go for the best sushi in town, the best, cleanest service and even a little bit of music, I would say you definitely have to go to Koda. Ask Richard for a good recommendation. You'll be quite pleased.
Great food and great guitarist on tuesday nights! – Koda Sushi has a very cozy atmosphere, and a very friendly staff.
The appetizers are delicious and the sashimi is great! as good as any other quality sushi in L.A. Nothing wrong with the food at all. We had a very nice evening there. Not to mention the great music! They had a wonderful guitarist playing beautiful Brazilian music! Worth checking out on tuesday nights for the music, and any other night for the food!
The sushi here is TERRIBLE. Although the atmosphere is nice and the staff kind, the food was disgusting. We ordered two dishes of sashimi, took two bites, and left the rest remaining.
We spent 60 dollars on an inedible meal.
Food is better, service still lacking – This is the 3rd time we've eaten here. We keep coming back cuz it's in the neighborhood, convenient, and we like to support local business. The menu has changed for the better to a more traditional sushi selection and a good selection of beer and saki. The sushi this time was excellent. There are new sushi chefs and wait staff. The owner is the same. I place the blame for the poor service directly on his shoulders. We always sit at the sushi bar, and every time, we can't seem to find anyone to take drink or appetizer orders. All the wait staff seem to avoid eye contact as if no one has been given the responsibility to take care of patrons at the sushi bar. The owner is always perched at the same place at the bar. He does nothing to to help with service. While waving my arms to try to get attention to order drinks (we didn't even get water after 10 min on a slow night) he seems oblivious and spends his time chatting up the waitresses instead of telling them that a customer would like to order something, or God forbid, actually get off his butt and see what the customer wants. He also seems to make the staff tense and uncomfortable, because on the few occasions when he leaves his spot, the atmosphere changes appreciably and everyone is more relaxed. I'm sure he changed things up because the restaurant was on it's way to failing again.
There was a woman who seemed to be 2nd in command, and she was much more gracious than the previous employees but she has not been given the tools she needs by the owner. While adopting a more traditional sushi menu, there are no hot towels available to clean hands before eating. I went to wash in the bathroom, but it wasn't available as it's small and was occupied. I asked for hot towels so we could start eating, was told they weren't available because I assume the owner is too cheap or clueless to provide them, a major oversight in a place where you eat food with your hands. If this place fails again you'll know why.
This Place is Totally Redone! – yes i saw those chefs in the other review a while ago, and i didnt go back there for a while. but last friday i went back there just to give another try. what i found was a totally new restaurant!
the decor is the same, but the service was exellent (really knowledgeble staff!) and they seemed to have all new chefs in the front now.
the mator'd or the manager lady came to greed at our table and let us know that the new management recently took over and they were changing the menu and concept of the restaurant to something finer. she gave us sake tasting and some new menu item, and they were delicious!
nice jazz in background, good food and sake, i will defnetely go back there!
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