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R-23 Japanese Cuisine and Art Gallery

923 E 2nd St Ste 109 (at Vignes Street)
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 687-7178
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R-23 Japanese Cuisine and Art Gallery - Los Angeles, CA
R-23 Japanese Cuisine and Art Gallery - Los Angeles, CA
R-23 Japanese Cuisine and Art Gallery - Los Angeles, CA
R-23 Japanese Cuisine and Art Gallery - Los Angeles, CA


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Best food in town Food is amazing. Every time I come here, I feel like I never want to leave. Very chic atmosphere with a relaxing mood. The service is great and the staff reall...


I was shocked when I ate here. I have frequented many sushi bars here in Los Angeles, and I'm simply can not believe how anyone can find this place to be good. The pieces, size-wi...

Best food in town 7/7/2011

Best food in town Food is amazing. Every time I come here, I feel like I never want to leave. Very chic atmosphere with a relaxing mood. The service is great and the staff really does a terrific job at taking care of you. The appetizers are delicious. Theres plenty of places to park: theres a parking lot across the street and a parkin garage up the street within walking distance. Most of the time I find myself looking at my watch waiting for the food to come, but here I was so entertained with the fun atmosphere that I was pleasantly surprised when my food arrived more

Excellent Sushi near Little Tokyo 7/23/2009

What an excellent place for sushi! We went there for lunch. We ordered omokase and we were treated to... more

Interesting venue, good food. 5/29/2009

Once you are inside R-23 it's a nice venue, but the ambiance outside leaves a bit to be desired--it's in an industrial complex in what used to be railroad warehouses. This probably isn't an issue on a busy night with lots of other diners, but when we went late night the entire area was deserted and doesn't exactly inspire confidence walking from your car. Having said that though, R-23 does offer some very tasty food and sake. We'll definitely go back there and give it another go. Pros: Nice venue, generally good food Cons: Not in a very nice area more

Don't come here expecting great sushi 4/12/2009

Yeah, yeah, so the chairs are made out of cardboard but who gives a flying uni's arse? I came for the... more

Best sushi in Downtown LA. Hard to find but well worth it once you do! 12/23/2008

We went there for the first time on Friday, December 20th. My wife and I were so pleased with the service and food. We first thought to keep this little place a secret from all our friends. We wanted to surprise them all for each of their b-days and bring them there ourselves. But we decided to to be selfish. WE LOVE IT and would recommend it to those who are serious about their sushi :) Love it! Pros: Great place Cons: Hard to find more

Great date place, awesome dining experience 8/22/2008

This is one of my favorite restaurants, period. It's fantastic for a date, as it's very much out of the way but very classy and high-quality. I've also had business lunches and dinners here, and taken out-of-town guests here. The decor just oozes coolness without feeling pretentious at all. The sushi chefs are all the real deal and know what they're doing. I equally enjoy sitting at the counter or at a table, each has its own benefits. Their cooked dishes are great, as is their yellowtail carpaccio. It's not cheap, but for a special occasion or a date, it's definitely worth it. MAKE SURE you make a reservation, it's always packed. Pros: Amazing sushi, authentic and knowledgeable staff, excellent service Cons: Must have a reservation, not walking distance to anything more

Great sushi in hard to find olace 3/27/2008

Love the atmosphere and the food. Make sure you try the crab salad as it is out of this world. If you can find it that is ;-) more

Try the fresh water eel and the non-sushi items. 10/27/2007

Let's see, we ordered steak with ponzu sauce, soft shell crab, black cod, and 26 pieces of sushi for $116.\r \r Make sure you ask the prices on the items without prices. The lobster tempura was $55 so we passed.\r \r The fresh water eel is some of the best around. The other sushi is very good, maybe not the best in LA, but definitely excellent. \r \r Yup, the location is not the best, but I have been coming here for years and have not had any problems.\r \r \r \r more

One of my favorite sushi restaurants!!! Love... 9/1/2007

One of my favorite sushi restaurants!!! Love to go there before a show or an opening... It feels like Soho. more

Top notch sushi...helpful staff...great... 8/31/2007

Top notch sushi...helpful staff...great chefs...nice atmosphere... Cooked dishes are tops also...try the... more

Fresh but not Spectacular Sashimi--Awesome Fusion-ish Cooked Japanese Food! 4/27/2007

I've been a semi-regular here for several years. Yes, it is overpriced and yes the sashimi and sushi is fresh, but not spectacular, but it's still worth going. I especially enjoy the cooked kitchen food, which is less Japanese and more fusion--there is beautiful presentation AND it is something special and out of the ordinary. I've never had a problem with the service--even when I went with a friend and clearly we were ""out-of-towners"" and non-LA people at that point. They've always been quite friendly and helpful--the owner once even came out to greet a party I had there and chatted up our table! So it's worth going if you've got the bucks to fund your sushi craving here! :-D Pros: Fresh sashimi, and awesome cooked kitchen food Cons: Overpriced! more

Beautiful place, expensive sushi 2/18/2007

sushi is good and fresh but all the food seems overpriced for what you get, and not outstanding. We asked for omakase but they didn't really seem to understand what we wanted. The kitchen dishes are beautifully presented. The restaurant has a beautiful interior. But not the best sushi in LA. Pros: beautiful place and food Cons: too expensive more

Best Japanese food in LA hands-down 2/16/2007

The tempura was delectable (even though our waiter initially told us that they would not serve my vegetarian girlfriend a veggie only version. After several pleas, the manager helped us out). Beware that even the few dishes marked ""veggie"" contain fish stock. If you are fine with that, then you will love this place! I sure did. The rolls were excellent and the dishes were extremely tasty. Even the wasabi was particularly potent! Pros: Amazing food, cool chairs/atmos. Cons: The wait staff were hesitant to make alterations to their menu even to fit dietary needs more

Awesome Sushi, spooky alley 12/22/2006

I first visited R-23 four years ago and was amazed. I've been back regularly since then and love it every time. I think i've covered practically all the items on the chef's menu, from the dungeoness crab salad, lobster tempura, fried sawa crabs, even to the ginko nuts(yum). We go primarily for the sushi, which are fresh, and of generous cuts... even the finicky uni is unfailingly fresh. The gallery is attached next door, and i didn't even know about it until one friday night when we showed up without reservations and we were seated out back amidst the artwork. It was a private gallery style dinner. Pros: great food, ambience, furniture Cons: scary alley, limited seating more

Good atmosphere 10/26/2006

The atmosphere is good. I wasn't too impressed with the sushi - it was fresh and declious, but nothing special. more

cool environment but went home hungry~ 9/26/2006

I read some reviews before I went and i was confused cuz some reviews rated it as fantastic and other's disliked the place. I went with several friends for a bachelorette dinner and I found the place really pretty and clean; however, the most important thing, THE FOOD, took soooo long to come out AND they forgot my order. But the waiters were so nice and apologetic about it that I coudln't really get upset. And it was strange cuz when we ordered the waiter indicated to us that particular dishes could serve up to 4 people. So~ we ordered those dishes thinking it could feed us comfortably~ BUT these dishes come out and it was clear that just one of us could finish the whole dish and not even be very full. To make this short, the food was good but not GREAT! You can totally just go to Little Tokyo and get better food and spend less money. Yes, it was quite expensive ~ It's supposed to be a gallery/restaurant and i DID see some art there.. but the lighting was a bit dark so i didn't really get the impact that it functioned as a gallery as well. I don't recommend it unless you want to spend a lot of money in a cool environment wid ok food. more

Eh--not that special.. 9/2/2006

If you're looking to impress a date or out-of-town guests with how much cash you can drop on small and artistically arranged plates--this is the joint. Yes--there's a pleasant ambience--cool furniture & paintings--smooth service--but the food? Just doesn't justify the unusually high prices. It's a shame--if they simply priced everything more reasonably--I'd rate this place as an interesting find--and I'd go back. But because it was too expensive for the menu items--I walked away thinking I was duped--particularly since the fare itself was fairly conventional and standard. Overall, I'd say go once just to experience it--since it is always worth it to try something new. But it isn't going to be that one great Japanese restaurant that gets your repeat business--you'll have to look elswhere for that. Pros: pleasant ambience, courteous and attentive service Cons: difficult location, overpriced menu, mediocre fare more

Beautiful Presentation 8/31/2006

OK so... my Brahm and I disagree on this one. I thought it was great, but he thinks way too expensive... Let me explain why... I (and he) ordered appetizers from the (Price NOT listed) specials list. not a good idea. my shrimp tempura was 24.00!!!!! what~?~ and His Beef something-or-other ws 18... so with 4 people ordering ridiculous appetizers and (splurging) $40.oo on a bottle of sake our bill was $200... However, we usually eat at amazing but ridiculously low priced sushi places. Zip, Sushi Go 55... and I wanted to go somewhere new...\r NOW for the rest of the night. Sake=some of the best I've ever had... Sushi= great cuts, and super fresh, and also normally priced per serving, not that expensive...\r The presentation was cool and slightly shocking. ALL our sushi came out on one long platter, like an eel carrying our pieces on its back. I managed to eat 90% of mine allowing Brahm to steal a few.\r The Decor is cool it's an art gallery and all the chairs are made of corrugated Cardboard but were surprisingly comfortable.\r My suggestion? Splurge on the Sake, but keep the rest to your usual sushi fare, stray from the specials menu! :) (although my shrimp tempura was tasty and HUGE :) ) Pros: Atmosphere, Sake, Perfume in the bathroom :) Cons: Not looking before I leaped! into the specials... more

Sushi and service without the ""scene"". 8/8/2006

From the moment you arrive, you have the highest attention from Kato, the chefs, and servers. I have been a monthly regular for nearly five years. While I patronize other great sushi spots, this is the one keeper I come to again and again... never disappointed. Say hello to Toshio, one of the chefs. My favorite is their seared salmon; ask them to put some yuzu on it, and you'll be transported to an astral plane. The location is great and if you go in the early evening, you'll catch a phenomenal view looking westward towards the downtown skyline. Cheers! \r \r more

Ambience yes. Sushi, No. 6/2/2006

This place is so overrated. The place is definitely gorgeous, but the sushi is very much below average. I am someone who eats Japanese food at least 3 times a week, so trust me, I know Japanese food. Their crab salad is good, I will give them that, but the sushi is simply disappointing. Pros: Ambience Cons: very average food more
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Once a railroad loading dock, now a hip downtown hideaway for those who like it raw.


  • The Scene
    Tucked away in a low-slung brick building just east of Little Tokyo, this chic spot is clean and stylish, with exposed brick and painted white walls, a high ceiling and cool...

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  • Hours:

    Mon-Fri 11:30pm-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Sat 5:30pm-10pm
  • Payments:

    Diner's Club, Master Card, American Express, Visa, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Central LA, Downtown, Civic Center / Little Tokyo

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