218 N. Rodeo Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Critics' Pick


  • Mon.-Sat., 6-9 p.m.
  • $$$$
  • Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Private Party, Prix Fixe
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Required, Reservations Accepted
This tiny, luxurious sushi bar is famously the most expensive restaurant in California, and most nights it is also the best, with fish unseen anywhere else in the country. Other sushi restaurants display fish triple-wrapped behind glass in a refrigerated case; at Urasawa, the fish is out in the open, lighted as carefully as the tomatoes in a Carl's Jr. ad, all glistening pinks and glowing translucence. If a particular leaf or species of clam is in its Japanese two-week season, it will certainly be on your plate. Waitresses refill your glass with sake, replace hot towels and remove plates so efficiently that you are barely aware of them at all. And Urasawa's artistry with a fillet is surpassed in the United States only by that of his mentor, Masa Takayama — there is, one senses, an enormous effort to keep the customers in a bubble of serenity, an uninterrupted flow of bliss.

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