When in doubt, Omakase!
Katsuya is smack in the middle of LA Live so the place is always busy and often frequented by celebrities. Don’t worry too much about some of the negative reviews you’ll find on social media and Yelp about this restaurant; it honestly IS possible to have a positive experience here, if you dine knowing the following:
-Service will be a bit spotty
-They will be busy
-Place will be loud
-Some patrons will be inebriated
-Food will be pretty good; not amazing
Dining at Katsuya:
Dining here is all about the overall experience of being in the heart of Los Angeles at LA Live just a few steps away from Staples Center.
Keeping the aforementioned in mind, I dragged my husband here. We were in the area to watch the show Absinthe, and there was no wait on a Wednesday night around 9:00 pm when we found ourselves starving after watching the 90 minute show.
I like ordering Omakase every chance I get, and their price didn’t seem too steep at $75.00 per person. Service was up and down all night, but I was on a hot date so wasn’t too bothered. Some dishes were explained to us and some weren’t. We had to ask for wasabi and drink refills. We didn’t let the inconsistency ruin our night and just enjoyed our surroundings, our food, and each other.
Overall, honestly the food exceeded my expectations. Sure it wasn’t authentic sushi – lots of stuff was soy-sauced up and sweet sauce ladened, but everything still tasted fresh and looked really pretty 🙂
They have seating inside and outside and its always fun to people watch as this locations] is in a prime touristy spot. I would love to return and try other items from their menu. Fun time overall!
Los Angeles, CA 90015