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Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was craving sushi the other day and our family decided to have dinner here. The sushi was so fresh and delicious. Each piece was like a little work of art! Even though it gets pretty busy, we never felt rushed, and the service was...spot on! will definitely come back soon!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed April 29, 2024

Our server made the experience perfect. She brought out the food all at the same time and brought us anything we asked for. Would definitely come back to this place!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed April 23, 2024 via mobile

Having enjoyed sushi and sashimi for almost 30 yrs, I have finally found my number one Japanese sushi restaurant!! Its high rating on TripAdvisor (and on my top lists) is no exaggeration, this place is legit and authentic! Located in a somewhat dated strip mall...setting in Little Tokyo, you’ll be advised to come early to avoid the long wait times (our party arrived at 4:40 and we were seated about 20-25 mins later). Our party of 4 specifically requested to sit at the long wraparound sushi bar manned by about 8-10 sushi chefs. Seated next to our wonderful friendly sushi chef/master, this was hands down the absolute best and most unique sushi experience as we placed our order directly with Toyo-San, ordering one or two nigiri at a time off the a la carte menu. Within minutes the nigiri was placed on our wooden geta plates, with coveted instructions on whether or not to eat with soy sauce or wasabi. Everything we savored was just the freshest quality and many simply melted in your mouth. Definite must-try’s include engawa (fin of halibut, which I’ve never seen), kanpachi, yellowtail and salmon belly, chutoro, amaebi (the shrimp heads were cooked and brought to us) and sea urchin. You’ll find unique assortments of sushi not normally available in most sushi places, like half beak, sea bream, gizzard shad, Japanese mackerel, scallops and herring roe. It was fun to pick and choose and walk up and down the a la carte menu, creating our own “omikase” meal. Though seated at the bar, the wait staff efficiently whisked in and out to refill drinks, bring hot fare like tempura and agedofu, and clear plates. The sushi certainly is not cheap but the unbeatable combination of the experience, customer service, and importantly the highest quality of sushi is priceless.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 20, 2024

Sushi Gen was recommended to us as the best place for sushi in the downtown area of Los Angeles. We arrived just prior to the 5PM opening and there was already a queue to get a table. Service was prompt and friendly and the restaurant...was very clean and quiet. The sushi was outstanding, especially the crab and tuna. I strongly recommend Sushi Gen.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 9, 2024

Me with my friend go for lunch. Great time we spend here, I had read and heard many good things about the place. Amazing food!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 18, 2024 via mobile

High quality fish cut perfectly served efficiently. Great value. Don’t be surprised if you find your favorite LA sushi chef sitting at the bar. No frills or fussy fusion. Is 5 orders of chutoro excessive for two people? Everything was amazing.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed January 21, 2024 via mobile

Sushi Gen has been in business since 1980 and i’ve been frequenting with my family for 25 years +. The quality is one of the top in LA and prices are shocking good considering the quality. The sushi chefs are always so polite and masters...at their craft. If you want to opt for the sashimi/ sushi dinners/ deluxe, you must sit at a table vs bar. It’s one of the best bargains you’ll find in the city. I like reading when people write that the staff is rude / abusive for having to wait in line. This place is run like an authentic Japanese restaurant. In Japan, ppl wait in line for hours even during lunch for good food. The bar does not have a breakdown prices on the menu. Having said that, prices are fair. I don’t imagine they would be in business for this long for gouging their guests. If you must know how the price of each item, don’t sit at the bar/ sit at the table.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed May 20, 2023

I was with a friend for dinner, at first they made us wait inside and then an arrogant waiter made us sit outside the room and wait our turn. We were given the menu without prices and only at my request was I given the...full menu with prices. We had dinner at the bar and I have to say the sushi is good. But the real problem is the rudeness of a waiter and the chef who served us at the bar. When we asked for the bill, it seemed to us that the bill was not correct and we asked for clarifications on the final bill ... the Chef who served us, with great rudeness, allowed himself to tell us "pay and go out!" with a sign of the hand, while the waiter with an annoyed air did not deign to greet us. In my opinion, there are better sushis and you will certainly be treated well. I recommend to stay away from this restaurant.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 5, 2023 via mobile

This is the classic LA sushi restaurant that has stayed true to its old self. Two pieces per order, fresh fish, typically served unseasoned, limited menu (has all the fish you would recognize). I have frequented since the late 80s and pretty much nothing has...changed. Quality has been maintained and the no reservations plus a very long queue remains the trademark of this restaurant. Don’t expect surprises - you come here for the freshest pieces served unseasoned. Service is fast and I pretentious. Prepare for a long wait though. If you come late and wait for sushi bar the wait is shorter.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed January 29, 2023 via mobile

Want a little abuse with your sushi? Then look no further than Sushi Gen. They don't take reservations, which is fine. So we arrived and put our name on waiting list. They said the wait would be 30 minutes. It turned out to be an...hour and a half and during that time standing in the parking lot of the strip mall they inhabit, many people who came well after us were seated well before us. We finally examined their wait list and realized there were two columns to it and that the two weren’t treated equally. Exactly what they based their segregation upon, I suspect, but can’t know for sure. Regardless, the sushi did not justify the long wait and the *rude* attitude of their two “hosts”. (What kind of sushi would justify such inhospitable treatment?) Yes: it’s really good sushi. But there are probably twenty other sushi restaurants in Los Angeles that are as good or better. So why eat where they treat you like they could not give a damn that you are there. (And maybe preferred you weren’t.)More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed October 17, 2022

Carry out only but it worth the wait, I love sushi and this place has the best one i have ever had, very fresh, high quality ingredients.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed September 4, 2022

This sushi restaurant was highly recommended to us by a friend who lives in the area as being someplace that's well worth the long wait. We got here right as the dinner period was picking up and put ourselves on the wait list, and ended...up waiting almost an hour in the parking lot. However, once our table was ready - wow! The sushi was some of the freshest and most delicious that we've ever had. We shared the plum roll, salmon belly, and tuna roll, as well as a beef teriyaki, and everything was utterly fantastic. The staff were super professional and polite, and the food came out in good time, which is a sign that they took great pains to serve food that was both delicious and aesthetically pleasing. The restaurant itself is pretty small, which might account for part of the long wait - this place can only accommodate so many people.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022 via mobile

Best sushi outside Japan. Be there in Good time Because it Usualy is a waiting list. But so worth it!! Fantastic stuff, fresch food and authentic japanese style on whole expirience

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed March 14, 2021 via mobile

Carry out only, but fresh and delicious as ever with the variety of offerings in it's lunch boxes 🍱 Best Japanese chirashi and sushi carry out lunch ever!

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed December 2, 2020

The best sushi I ever had I’m my life Everything was so fresh and delicious My girls and I had amazing time Fun place

Date of visit: December 2020
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Sushi Gen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4