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Thousand Cranes - 14 Reviews - 120 S Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA - Pan-Asian & Pacific Rim Reviews - Phone (213) 687-0200

Thousand Cranes

120 S Los Angeles St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 687-0200
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The food at the Thousand Cranes Restaurant is excellent. We had the salmon and the cod. They have traditional western style dining as well...


So the teppanyaki was rather bland. While the food was of top quality, the chefs were listless and didn't provide any sort of show. When I go to teppanyaki, I expect a show from t...

expensive, boring 5/23/2009

Lichtsprecher Provided by Partner
So the teppanyaki was rather bland. While the food was of top quality, the chefs were listless and didn't provide any sort of show. When I go to teppanyaki, I expect a show from the chefs. These chefs don't introduce themselves, they don't talk to you, they just cook, the food for you. No pyrotechnics, no percussion using cooking utensils, no flipping food into your mouth. Boring and lame. On top of that, they charge ridiculous prices for small amounts of food. I would not return and recommend that no one else go. Pros: Top quality food Cons: Expensive, and lackluster more

Thousand Cranes Restaurant Provides a Japanese Fine Dining Experience 12/20/2008

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
The food at the Thousand Cranes Restaurant is excellent. We had the salmon and the cod. They have traditional western style dining as well... more

Thousand Cranes 12/7/2008

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
This Restaurant has a wonderful Sunday Brunch. The atmosphere is so tranquil with views of a Japanese garden. The service has always been ... more

yummy.. 11/9/2008

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
Good service? check. Good food? check. Fast service? Check. Fresh Sushi? check. Hot waiter? check. Yeah, I like this place. surely w... more

You'll feel like you've left LA 9/18/2008

Citysearch User Provided by Partner
The atmosphere here is very Japanese, and the food is really good. I couldn't say enough about the service. The waitresses serve your bento ... more

Great Atmosphere with overpriced food 6/30/2008

sink Provided by Partner
Compared with similar restaurants in Tokyo, Thousand Cranes is cheaper. However, with average set dinners at $85, I would expect better for the price in Los Angeles. As recommended by others in their reviews here and elsewhere, half of our party went with the premium sushi/sashimi dinner ($85) and half went with the Kaiseki dinner ($85). The premium sushi/sashimi dinner started with couple of raw oysters (yum), a plate of pickled veggie, 8 pieces of sashimi, 6 piece sushi plate, and small tempura plate (two shrimps and sweet potato). The sashimi was good, sushi was only decent. The toro was too grainy and did not melt in the mouth. The Kaiseki dinner was better in my opinion in terms of presentation and taste. The drawback was lack of description for each course. In Japan, the restaurant typically furnishes the diners with a description of each course. We had good service since I did approach the host and told him about the recent reviews about poor service. He informed me that he had seen it as well and the restaurant is addressing the problem by hiring and training experienced servers. We did enjoy our meal in tatami room; it was a delight to spend time with our closest friends. Pros: Ambience Cons: Price and food taste more

Change of ownership = Downhill quality and service 2/29/2008

TopCuisine Provided by Partner
I used to go here quite often for their Sunday Brunch. Ownership and Management changed recently around 2008. Geisha wearing, polite and attentive servers are now gone. Oysters are half their former size. They run out of food often and are slow to bring new dishes. You have to ask 2 or more times to get your drinks refilled. It no longer represents a traditional japanese restaurant, but rather only looks like one. They promised to take corrective action when I brought these issues to them. Two weeks later nothing had changed. I no longer go there, where as I used two at once or twice each month. more

A little disappointed 1/18/2008

toroishan Provided by Partner
After reading many reviews online i found out that the chef who does tempura bar for 27 years quit. Too bad i didn't have a chance to taste tempura omakase but i still enjoyed tempura at thousand cranes. For first timers, i would suggest king crab topan, sukiyaki or shrimp tempura. Kaiseki was okay, but not too impressive that i'd wanna order when i visit again. The grilled plates were a little disappointing since the steak were a little dry and definitely not worth the price. more

Special Occasion Place 5/9/2007

jrizal Provided by Partner
This is one of those places that you go to for Special Occasions AND, if you feel like conversing. It is a quiet place, elegant, beautiful oasis-type view (they created a lovely Japanese garden in the middle of downtown) and the service is generous and cordial. Oh, and the food is very good, too. Pros: Ambience, hospitable service and good food Cons: None more

The Most Excellent Traditional Japanese Service in Los Angeles! 1/4/2007

pascalarmstrong Provided by Partner
I just brought my girlfriend to A Thousand Cranes and it was really an amazing experience. We actually visited Japan a few years ago and fell in love with the polite, attentive service by the people. It was something that we really a treat. And we didn't think that we would find something like that in LA. We've been to really great sushi bars in LA like Nobu, Hirozen, Matsuhisa, but there is something so different about A Thousand Cranes - the service and atmosphere. The restaurant sits on top of a hotel and has a beautiful garden outside with the most captivating Downtown LA skyline view. It's really gorgeous at night! We were seated in one of the special private rooms with tatami mats. We sat on the floor with our legs crossed. The waitress, who was dressed in geisha clothing, couldn't have been more attentive, polite and helpful. She poured the tea for us and smiled throughout the entire evening when serving us. It felt like we were in Japan again! The food if good, but doesn't rival the other sushi bars. However, if you're looking for a REAL traditional Japanese experience without the 10 hour plane ride to Japan, go visit A Thousand Cranes. It's wonderful! more

Best sushi and tempura in town 11/6/2005

shamrem Provided by Partner
Talk about a hidden treasure. The fish was fresh, the tempura tempting and the service was excellent. I especially loved sitting in a private room that makes you feel like you're in another world. I highly highly recommend Thousand Cranes. Pros: Romantic, Amazing Food, Beautiful Views more

User review by asriyal 7/19/2005

asriyal Provided by Partner
The tempura bar is amazing for a quiet business lunch. It seems that you just have to know about it, as it's not mentioned on their website, and it's tucked away in a corner of the restaurant. The tempura chef keeps it coming in a well-paced stream of eggplant, shrimp, pumpkin, scallop, whitefish, sweet onion, etc. This definitely isn't one of those places where you get two wimpy pieces of tempura on top of a mound of rice. I was quite pleasantly full at the end of the meal, on just tempura. I've already decided to go back, and tell my friends. Pros: quiet, easy parking, unique Cons: somewhat pricey more

good ambience, too expensive 1/28/2005

gocelts Provided by Partner
the service was top notch as everyone from the host to our server was extremely accomodating. but i thought the food was average. i took my love interest and wanted to spoil her, so i ordered their most expensive dinner ($80 per). what we got was a series of disappointing meals that looked great, but tasted, eh. still, i recommend checking this place out once, only if you're in love and want to splurge. Pros: atmosphere, service Cons: price, price, price more

The One and Only Tempura Bar 2/23/2004

ytliu Provided by Partner
There are many restaurants inside of the Thousand Cranes. The one I like best is the tempura bar. As the name indicates, almost nothing but tempura is served. Tempura is not my favorite Japanese cuisine, but Yama-San's work is magical. It is not you ordinary tempura. After tasting his, it will change your perception of tempura forever. Sit only at the tempura bar, Yama does not cook for orders outside of his domain. Tempura served in the dining area are made from the kitchen, not by the master. When Yama is sick or on vacation, the bar is closed. One more thing: their miso soup is made of genuine fish stock, a difference you can taste. Pros: Heavenly tempura, Great miso soup more
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