Il Grano Restaurant

11363 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Critics' Pick
Il Grano Restaurant +

Photo: Anne Fishbein


  • Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m-2 p.m.; Mon.-Sat., 5:30-10:30 p.m.
  • $$$, $$$$
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Fish — raw fish — from Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market and jetted right to you, careful slabs of yellowtail, tuna, fluke, sprinkled with salt and drizzled with olive oil, Italian sashimi on a pretty glass plate. Il Grano’s crudo, Italian sashimi, hasn’t the pleasure in it that you’ll find at, say, David Pasternack’s Esca in midtown Manhattan — there isn’t the pinpoint marination, the balance of flavors, the grind of salt matched exactly to the texture of each fish — but the sourcing is careful and the presentation is true, and when you try Sal Marino’s squid ink pasta with sea urchin (also an Esca dish), the particular brininess of the uni rings clear.

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