Our Critics' Picks



17302 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, California 91316
Critics' Pick
Okumura +

Anne Fishbein Santa Barbara sea urchin and Alaskan salmon egg, with nikiri sauce


  • Daily, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-10 p.m.; Sun., 5:30-9 p.m.
Ryota Okumura, the head chef and owner, trained at Hattori culinary academy in Japan (best known for supplying culinary students as assistants to the cooking show Iron Chef) and later worked at Sushi Zo in Culver City. At his eponymous restaurant, he's able to coax a deeper savoriness out of fish you might not otherwise find exciting. Salmon belly has the richness of good Nova lox, while miniature firefly squid are marinated just long enough to make their briny flavor pop on the tongue. It's unlikely that Okumura will find its way to the top of any best-sushi lists, but that's OK. The restaurant boasts quality fish, properly seasoned rice, skillful knifework and an omakase that's affordable enough to be a once-a-month indulgence rather than a once-a-year one. And you'll still leave with a reminder of why you became so obsessed with sushi in the first place. - Garrett Snyder

Read our full review.

Related Stories (1)


View All

More Sushi Restaurants in San Fernando Valley

  • Asanebo
    Critics' Pick

    It looks like a million other sushi restaurants in any other strip mall anywhere in America, but ...

  • Go's Mart
    Critics' Pick

    The particularly Los Angeles tenet that some of the best food is found in crappy strip malls is n...

View All

More Sushi Restaurants in Los Angeles

  • Kiriko Sushi
    Critics' Pick

    Kiriko is the place to come if you’re in the mood, say, for kelp-cured barramundi sashimi or Hokk...

  • A'Float Sushi
    Best Of

    Looking to keep your checkbook afloat? A'Float Sushi is known as much for its fresh sushi selecti...

  • Matsuhisa
    Critics' Pick

    If Nobu Matsuhisa were nothing more than a gifted sushi master, running his successful restaurant...

  • Hide Sushi is one of the most popular restaurants for cheap, safe, and reliable sushi on the west...

  • You might first stumble upon this sushi restaurant simply because you can shop (and park) in the ...

  • Nobu Malibu
    Critics' Pick

    In the almost 20 years since the flagship Nobu opened in Tribeca, the Nobu restaurants have remai...



All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories