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Yatai Asian Tapas Bar

Map & Directions 8535 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
  • Asian
  • Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, Mon-Thu 6pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-11:30pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express
  • Business Dining, Fireplace, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
  • Parking Lot Available


LA Weekly's Description

The similarity between the Spanish tapas bar and the Japanese izakaya has been long noted — both are places where the cooking is subsidiary to the drinking, where immoderate consumption is both encouraged and facilitated, and where the portions are just big enough to get you through to the next glass. Yatai, a pleasantly sleek patio restaurant tucked away off the Sunset Strip, is a Japanese izakaya pretending to be an American joint pretending to be an izakaya, if you know what I mean, although the putative concept is Asian street food. (The only “street foods” you’ll find here are the sticks of satay and the deep-fried Japanese potato balls stuffed with bits of octopus tentacle.) The customers, most of whom seem to be Japanese-speaking hipsters, groove on the Indonesian gado-gado, the chicken dumplings with Thai curry, the samosas and the gooey, apple-spiked “Korean-style” sashimi as much as they do on the soy-paper sushi rolls and tempura. Yatai has the usual shortlist of soju cocktails and Pacific Rim wines, but there is also a nicely edited selection of cold sakes. I liked the Tomoju, which had a faint but distinct aftertaste of the wax lips you probably used to chew on as a kid.

Member Reviews

  • digB wrote a review for Yatai Asian Tapas Bar
    on 10/04/10

    awesome japanese, hard to find, small room, but it does have an outside patio

  • on 09/28/10

    Ok so this is my new favorite place...and I don't want anyone else to know about it (besides everyone on this website). Great prices. Great Sushi and Asian Tapas. Great for a date/ANYTHING. They have this cool little trick when they pour their bamboo sake- I won't spoil the surprise :) things to eat: albacore sashimi w/ crispy onions, crispy rice spicy tuna, popcorn shrimp, SAKE... More >>

  • claire85 wrote a review for Yatai Asian Tapas Bar
    on 08/30/08

    Really reasonably priced Asian tapas that spans Japanese, Chinese, sushi, Thai and Indian to make everyone happy. Although it's on Sunset, it is on a strip of the strip that isn't crazy busy at night, so street parking is usually easy to find even on a weekend. They serve the spicy tuna on crispy rice that made the Katsuya franchises and Koi famous - as well as some great raw... More >>

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  • Showtime Network on 05/31/11

    Japanese tapas. Good for dates. Cold sake is poured table side through a long bamboo shoot. -Francine, The Real L Word

  • Amelia L. on 10/08/13

    Pumpkin tempura is a must. Spicy yellowtail hand roll is legit too.

  • Adam F. on 01/16/13

    Happy Hour menu til 9pm on weekdays for food and drink!

  • manya on 02/28/12

    Great happy hour menu! Definitely get the Crispy Rice w/ Spicy Tuna and Kara-Age.

  • JennyJenny on 06/29/11

    I love the house sake

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