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129 N. Cienega Blvd. (Beverly Hills)
Beverly Hills, CA
(1) 310-659-9639 | www.nobumatsuhisa.com
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 11:45am-2:15pm, 5:45pm-10:15pm; Sat.-Sun.: 5:45pm-10:15pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner
PRICE (SUSHI; MATSUHISA SPECIAL DISHES; OMAKASE)USD 7-13; USD 5-44; USD 75-150
FAMOUS PLATESOmakase; sushi
DRINKS AND WINESake; wine; beer
# OF SEATS50-100
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's original restaurant and the one that kicked off the fusion Japanese craze. Sticking to its rather humble roots, it’s remained remarkably low key and casual, even as the crowd and prices have gone distinctly up-market. The space is still solidly no-frills (be prepared for harsh lighting, cramped quarters, and basic furnishings), though signed celeb artifacts tacked up on the walls (and real live celebs squished into the tables) attest to Matsuhisa’s success.
Despite the fairly humble surrounds, this is a celeb favorite–you’ll spot them (literally) squeezed in among the generally well-heeled and discerning crowd of “normal” people.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Surprisingly casual for such an upscale venue–a cute skirt, hip top, and flats will do the trick (you can do jeans and a casual top here too, no problem).
GO HERE WITH
Sushi lovers; friends
WHY WE LIKE IT
Matsuhisa is the original when it comes to fusion Japanese fare, and they still do it best. We like how laidback it’s remained after all these years (and all the hype)–good spot for a relaxed but tantalizingly yum dinner.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
More space between tables, and we would suggest an update on the “décor,” but then it would lose part of its charm.
GOOD TO KNOW
Chef Matsuhisa often makes an appearance here, trotting out in his surfer-themed chef outfit for a friendly chat with diners. If you dig the eats, sister chain Nobu has locations around LA and worldwide.
Aspen; Athens; Mykonos
Nobu Malibu (Los Angeles)
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