Many people think of Japanese food as sushi only, but it's more than that. The Sawtelle kitchen offers great dinners. Don't bring the kids, though as it's a small restaurant without a lot of wiggle room. I prefer the salmon a wasabi-flavored mashed potatoes. I think they had some nice desserts, too. I don't think they take reservations. it's first come, first serve. also, if you had your heart set on Japanese food and get there only to find out the line is too long, there's a whole bunch of other Japanese restaurants within walking distance on Sawtelle.