12217 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA | Directions 9002534.039911 -118.464779
Neighborhoods: West LA, West Los Angeles
THE BEST SUSHI IN LOS ANGELES – ITS TRULY LAUGHABLE THAT THE SOME REVIEWERS COMPLAIN THAT THE CHEF IS CHEAP BECAUSE THE PIECES ARE TOO SMALL FOR THEM. IF HE WAS CHEAP HE WOULD BUY SUB PAR FISH AND SERVE YOU BIG SHOVEL FULLS OF IT. HE IS NOT CHEAP, HE BUYS THE BEST DAMN FISH $ CAN BUY. IF YOU ARE HUNGRY, DO WHAT I DO, EAT MORE!!! DUH!! SUSHI IS NOT ABOUT BIG PIECES, NOR IS IT IN FINE CUISINE WHERE THE PORTIONS ARE TRULY SMALL. ITS ABOUT THE QUALITY, BUT THE TRULY UNSOPHISTICATED WILL HAVE TROUBLE DISCERNING IT ( see below )
Are you kidding?? – This is the worse sushi place I have ever been to. This place was highly recommended, but I don't see why. The pieces were the smallest and thinnest pieces I have ever been served. I couldn't even savor the fish itself because of the amount of rice that each piece had. To be fair maybe this WAS a great place at one time- but the chef is definitely cheap on the cut/amount of fish that he serves. I would say not worth the price at all or go there when you're not hungry or after you've had a full meal.
WAY OVERATED!!!! – I initally read about this place on this website and it seemed like a good place to try. My wife and I love trying new sushi spots so we ventured over the hill from Studio City to try it out. When we got our first piece of single piece of sushi we almost laughed at the size of the cut, dont get me wrong the quality of the fish was top-notch but the cut was a joke. For the amount of money you spend on 2 pieces of sushi you can go to many sushi spots all over LA and get the same quality but a normal cut. Then we got out so called "large" sake to our table and it was undersized. I understand the ambience they are trying to create at Echigo but the place just does not fit with barren ugly walls and no atmosphere. By the end of our dinner we hade spent over $100 on sushi and were still hungry!! That has never happened to me in 15 years of eating sushi!! THe one positive was the service and the $34 cold sake we got which was amazing!! I do not recommed this place to anyone unless you are prepared to overspend on small cuts but quality fish. Instead try Brothers Sushi in Woodland Hills- same quality but decent sized cuts.
Best sushi in LA!! – I've been to Echigo three times, and each time I think it just gets better. The fish is phenomenal -- the best I've had in LA. It's unbelievably fresh, and the preparation is fantastic. (Not just plain fish and rice, but simple sauces, or little bits of pepper or sesame seeds.) I love the warm, slightly vinegary rice. They bring the dishes out one at a time, which is great, since it forces you to slow down, and taste each piece of fish. The red snapper, benito, and toro are all spectacular. Only downside is that the ambiance is a bit cold and dingy. But honestly, you'll be so fixated on your sushi, you'll hardly notice.
Real Sushi.... – The best sushi in LA. try the monk fish liver, unless you're morally opposed because of the claims of overfishing. The decor and ambiance is so so, but you're there to eat, not look at the walls. don't bring any friends who don't like authentic sushi and Sashimi. They'll be sneered at by the waitress if they ask for a California roll or tempura, because they don't serve it. the sign at the entrance clearly states, "NO CALIFORNIA ROLL". Warning: No kids are allowed either, only adults.
best quality sushi! – i think this is one the of the best sushirestaurants out there! they don't even serve anything else but sushi! so don't expect any appetizers soups or salads or any sideorders whatsoever. they don't have anything cooked! but it's definitely the highest quality fish i have ever had. unfortuantely it's not cheap, but all the dollars you spend here are really worth it! if you are looking for sushi and not fancy sushi, here is the deal!
Amazing fish quality and the best rice in town – One of my favorite places in all of LA, definitely my favorite sushi place! Only for sushi purists - you can't get rolls with cream cheese here, or even miso soup. It's just about high quality fish on top of amazing rice (the sushi rice here is warm and flavored - you will never want to go back to cold rice again). If you go here looking for trendy atmosphere or creative rolls you will be dissapointed, but if you love sushi you will find a new Shangri-la.
Way Over Rated – I went to this place after hearing good things from culinary trustworthy friends, and after learning that the chef was a student of the head chef from Sasabune. I can honestly say that the teacher bested the student. Before factoring in price, the restaurant is mediocre at best...after factoring in price, the restaruant fails. I paid $10 less to get 1/2 the sushi I could get at Sasabune. The service was well below average. The cuts of fish were small, and inconsistent within each piece. The sushi chefs did not say one word to us, and when we asked what kind of fish and where it was from that we just got, they got frusturated and spoke to us like we were idiots for not knowing what we were eating. Overall I would not waste my money here, I would check out Sasabune for upper echelon sushi.
awesome sushi! – been going to this place for years -- back when the only diners were my friends and i. boy, have things changed. sometimes, we have to actually wait to be seated. on to the food: i strongly recommend the blue crab rolls. it is true that echigo usually does not have rolls and serves traditional sushi. but, the blue crab roll is excellent! i also recommend the stuffed squid, which is squid stuffed with blue crab. again, excellent! as for the actual fish, you can't go wrong by odering the salmon, kanpachi, hamachi, monk fish liver. this place is actually one of my favorite sushi places. service could be spotty depending on your server. but, that should not stop you from going to echigo to enjoy food that would make any sushi lover's mouth water.
REALLY SLOW SERVICE/SOME MEDIOCRE SUSHI – I'd say mediocre at best and the only way I ould come back would be to order a la carte. The chefs tasting was not worth the $100 (for two) price tag.
After all the rave reveiws, I was quite disappointed in the experience at Echigo. The chefs tasting menu was mixed. Of 10 courses, I enjoyed maybe three of them. The sushi cuts were small and not particularly tasty. We went on a wed night, came in and sat down and had to wait 40 minutes for anyone to come over to acknowledge us. Also, the two gentleman who sat next to us and came in after us, were served before we were. We stayed only because we had heard great things about the restaurant. In theend we were quite disapoointed.
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