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Tama Sushi - 13 Reviews - 11920 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (818) 760-4585

Tama Sushi

11920 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 760-4585
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I have the honor of always having TAKESHI serve me when I go here. It is my favorite place to eat sushi. They have impeccable service. Have memorized what drinks my gf and I or...


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fresh fish without the drama 11/29/2007

famousblueraincoat Provided by Partner
if you like fresh fish, but don't need the drama of dining at the notorious place up the street, this is a good bet. i feel like prices are reasonable. there are diff levels of omakase. parking is easy. service is nice. more

Can't understand all the five star reviews! 9/25/2007

tommeeboy Provided by Partner
I chose Tama based on the 5 star reviews on citysearch. At first I was very pleased, they took my reservation over the phone and were extremely professional and courteous. When we arrived, we were immediately greeted and seated. Two gentlemen came over to our table to make sure we had our drink order in. So far so good. But then came the wait for the food. Not sure if he spotted me watching others sit and start eating or he was simply embarrassed, but our very kind waiter came over with an apology and a dish of edamame to keep our hunger at bay. Then the wait continued. I watched as a table who came in after us, stood up and left. Once again, the waiter with another apology, something I didn't quite understand about the sushi chef mixing up orders. More people around us finished their meals. Finally, the sushi arrived. The cuts were small and jagged. The fish was mediocre. It wasn't worth the wait & admittedly we might have been a little more critical as we waited for a while to get it, raising our expectations. So overall, friendly and considerate staff. Too long of a wait for the meal (please see other reviews on this matter too) and small cuts of 'okay' fish. You will be better served by making a reservation down the street at Sushi Katsu-ya where I had eaten a few weeks earlier and was very pleased (except for the crowds there - but now I know why they are packed and Tama is never quite full.) Pros: Easy - albeit paid - parking, friendly and professional staff, nice environment inside Cons: Long, long wait for food, small cuts of fish, obviously distracted sushi chefs more


hayato619 Provided by Partner
I have the honor of always having TAKESHI serve me when I go here. It is my favorite place to eat sushi. They have impeccable service. Have memorized what drinks my gf and I order, and all of the sushi is top notch. If you have a problem selecting what you wanna eat, eat it all because its all good. I normally get omakase.... anyway, if you come here you will not be disappointed. I used to frequent Asanebo but ever since i went here, I have become a believer. Pros: Good Food, Great Service, Intimate and Cozy Cons: lack of street parking, Better Service at the bar more

Superb! 5/3/2007

creamygoodness Provided by Partner
This places is just wonderful. Friendly staff, good and attentive yet non-intrusive service at the sushi bar. The fish is supreme. It's traditional sushi with very subtle, artful touches on some items. The giant scallops with artisan black salt and a squeeze of lime juice is heavenly. The albacore belly simply melted in your mouth, garnished with the perfect amount of fresh uzu and a hint of soy sauce. Everything in the omakase was excellent. The place is cozy and inviting, never seems overly packed. If you're looking for overly dressed up rolls, go elsewhere. This is purist sushi Thank you chef Katsu! Pros: Best quality fish, generous and skillful cuts Cons: I want to go there every day but it will make me broke. more

Best Sushi in the Valley 3/22/2007

bjg3467 Provided by Partner
I have to say I was previously a loyal customer of another sushi joint and I?ve been to 15 or so in and around LA. However I've been going to Tama the last few months and it B L O W S everything I?ve had in LA out of the water except for Sushi Gen. I do believe Gen and Tama have similar cuts of fish. Katsu is an incredible chef and a very kind man. I still have not been able to figure out why katsuya down the street is always packed with a line out the door and tama is never that busy. The only thing I can figure is Tama is much more of a traditional Japanese sushi bar where katsuya is more about the rolls. Not that Katsu will give you a hard time if you order a roll, as Katsu says the customer is always right. Outstanding large extremely fresh cuts. I love it when he has live shrimp. Pros: Superbly Fresh Fish great sushi chef Cons: No outdoor patio......... not that they say they have one but it would be nice more

slow service, but worth the wait 1/5/2007

mr_bokees Provided by Partner
although the place is never a full house. The wait to get your food for some reason takes a while.The miso soup was missing a little bit more liquid to mellow out the seaweed taste. The people were kind and the chef did make rounds to visit certain people, except for us, was a good touch to the whole experience. The sushi was good. The spicy tuna had just a hint of sesame oil to give it that smoky flavor and the caterpillar roll melted in your mouth. The price was a bit more than your regular sushi place. But i guess when you remodel the place some one has to pay for it. Pros: Fresh sushi,friendly people & high selection of combinations Cons: street parking limitations, slow service, meal price a bit higher than usual more

Great food. Terrific service. 8/22/2006

seanxy Provided by Partner
Wow. This place has style. The food is delicious and fresh. The service is top of the line. We are their regulare customer for years and they never disappoint us. The parking is easy. Lunch is quick. Overall, it is a perfect place to enjoy the day. more

great experience, ONCE 11/6/2005

margie2265 Provided by Partner
we've become so disenchanted with Tama, and it's really a shame. the first time we went it was fantastic, Tama himself served us and concocted many delicious and unusual things that we hadn't even tried before. in our minds we even compared him to Nozawa, but with a lower price tag. we went two more times after that, bringing friends with us. the next two times were SUCH a disappointment. Tama was inattentive, the sushi was mediocre at best, and the service was 10 times slower than usual. i usually like to finish with ikura depending on where i go, and was served salty, soft eggs instead of the firm ones i was expecting. NO reputable sushi "chef" would ever serve you something that's not fresh. that was it for us. too bad. Pros: reasonable prices Cons: slow service, undependable quality more

Highly Underrated 8/22/2005

huskyduck Provided by Partner
Tama is a great, traditional styled sushi bar, excelling in traditional nigiri sushi. Many of LA's top sushi chefs have worked at Tama at one time or another. Perhaps the best value on sushi row is the 14 piece omakase for $50 that also includes an appetizer and soup. The soup I received was not your basic miso soup but a conk shell filled with shiitake mushroom broth and diced fresh conk... in a word amazing. Any LA sushi connoiseur must pay a visit to Tama at least once. Pros: omakase , sushi, sashimi more

Freshest Fish, Funnest Chef 7/22/2005

jjporvida1 Provided by Partner
Katsu, the veritable Japanese guru of sushi, owns and operates this establishment. He has been serving some of the freshest fish to the Valley for almost thirty years. I highly recommend sitting at the sushi bar to get the full flavor of this amazing place, where you will be served by Katsu himself or one of the other chefs, Ken or Takesh. The omikase in $30, $40 or $50 plates is by far the most interesting and satisfying experience at Tama. I always go for the $30 plate, as that's filling enough for me (along with a delicious plate of albacore sashimi)...I never thought I'd eat a sweet shrimp, but after just enough sake, Ken managed to talk me into it - fabulous. Go, keep coming back, drive if you have to - this place is worth it. more

Sushi for Purists 2/15/2005

brigidblock Provided by Partner
The fish here is fresh and fantastic - the spanish mackeral just melts in your mouth. We just asked the chef to surprise us and everything he made was delicious, including several things I would never have thought to order. The lighting is a little too bright, the room is a little too big, cold, and not very intimate. However, the quality of the food is worth it. Pros: Quality, Creativity Cons: Ambiance more

omakase is the best 7/22/2003

aymnesia Provided by Partner
this place was the highlight of my weekend trip to LA...the owner/chef was extremely friendly and adept at unexpected, but yummy sushi creations...i will definitely go back when i'm in town and suggest it to any of my friends. Pros: affordable more

The Real deal 7/22/2002

stinkerbell Provided by Partner
Even if you live on the Westside like us the drive is worth it. Amazing sushi whether you order off the menu or leave it up to the chef behind the counter. Beautiful decor, friendly staff and great sake! This is a must for sushi and Japanese cuisine lovers. We had an amzing coch soup served right in the shell. It was almost too beautiful and artistic to eat but too tasty not to! more
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