Discover the Best New Izakayas in Los Angeles

Japanese pub fare with a modern twist

Sake-marinated foie gras terrine at Tsubaki
Sake-marinated foie gras terrine at Tsubaki | Photo by Karen Young

Small, sharing plates are a modern dining trend—and depending on the culture of origin, this tradition is called mezze, tapas, antipasti, or banchan. Now, the newest craze is izakaya, which translates to "stay sake shop" in Japanese. A traditional izakaya in Japan is a casual, reasonably priced gastropub or tavern, centered around drinks first, then small plates such as yakitori skewers, tofu, vegetables, rice balls, soba noodles, and more drinks.

Los Angeles restaurateurs are now putting their personal stamp on the izakaya concept with regards to style, menus and cost. Discover unique izakaya destinations that have opened in the last couple of years, plus one that's opening soon. 

Zuma, an epic izakaya concept with locations in New York, Las Vegas, and Miami, is building out an 8,000 square foot space next to Manuela/Hauser & Wirth Gallery in the Downtown L.A. Arts District.

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