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Map & Directions 11941 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
  • Japanese, Sushi
  • Sun 6pm-10pm, Tue-Fri 12pm-2pm, Tue-Sat 6pm-10:30pm
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Beer/Wine
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
  • Valet Parking


LA Weekly's Description

In the heart of Studio City's sushi district, Asanebo is a second home for the hairy music-industry guys, the sophisticated expats and the tourists from Osaka that make up the clientele of so many of L.A.'s best Japanese restaurants. But Asanebo is no sushi bar - it specializes in the sashimi, the delicate pub food and the tiny portions of proto-Japanese cooked dishes that go so well with good sake. And while it became famous as the Valley's answer to Matsuhisa, these days it is a much more pleasant destination. Perhaps there will be a flashing, vivid Spanish mackerel, bright as steel, reduced to six incandescent slivers, or Santa Barbara spot prawns served before they quite know what has happened to them, or slabs of kanpachi, a tiny coldwater tuna imported from Japan, laid into a small marine Stonehenge. Because the only displeasure to be found at Asanebo (unless you happen to be a prawn) comes with the check, which will be high.

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  • Bravo on 01/27/10

    Ventura Boulevard is wall-to-wall with sushi bars but the most unique, one-of-a-kind sushi experience is Asanebo. Don't ask…just enjoy. -David Applebaum, Launch My Line

  • Baum on 08/15/11

    No reservations at the counter. If possible, sit at the longer side of the counter. Omakase for first timers, but go for the nigiri--it's Edomae style. Best in Los Angeles.

  • Noelle K. on 11/30/10

    Amazing kanpachi. Halibut + black truffle. Everything is amazballs. I thought I had been to the best sushi places in the valley until I came here.

  • Margaret TOTO Jean W. on 08/22/10

    ざるそばは必須。うずらの卵を入れてね。レンコン揚げは小さな蟹のまるごと揚げがついてくるよ。translation: order the cold soba noodle it comes w a cute little quail egg. Also the fried lotus roots comes w little baby grabs w faces you eat!

  • Marie F. on 04/13/10

    Halibut carpaccio with black truffles to begin, then, have absolutely everything else.

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