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06/29/2009Provided by Citysearch
I needed my fix of sushi today, and my favorite sushi joint (kiriko on Sawtelle and Olympic) is closed on mondays. So, I thought I's give K-Zo a try, since it's the closest sushi place to my work. I wasn't expecting much more than a ""quick lunch""-quality sushi, and I have to admit that I'm kind of a snob when it comes to raw fish. Well, I have to admit that I was positively surprisedat K-Zo. I sat at the bar, where I asked the chef what was his recommendations were for today, and from that point on, he sensed that he couldn't get away with the basic rolls and salmon, so he took me on a mini oma-kase trip, feeding me with a very wide range of his best fish cuts... Some of them which I had never tried before, like sardine or that special kind of yellowtail which I can't remember the name. He also offered to give me one piece of each (where sushi usually comes in pairs), so I could taste as much as possible. My lunch went up to 55$ with sake and tip, which I must admit is a lot for just lunch, but it was a bargain for the quality, quantity (around 10 pcs, including Toro), and variety of the fish I ate, especially when you consider how pricy very good sushi can be. NB, you could get away with a much lower check and still get your fill if you stick to the mainstream fare, which also looks very high quality.
I will definitely go back. Soon.... maybe tomorrow. I'm hooked.
01/19/2009Provided by Citysearch
I live in south OC and drive up almost every weekend just to see Keizo and eat the best sushi ever! My boyfriend's sis is one of their favorite customers and eats there 3-4 times a week. Advice: Let Keizo pick what you eat. We never order for ourselves and always love what he provides. The price is high, but definitely worth even the drive! No sushi even compares.
04/30/2008Provided by Citysearch
With all the new restaurants budding in Culver City, it is nice to have a great japanese sushi restaurant. Kzo had a rocky start, but it is doing better than ever. The octopus dish is unbelievable. If you didn't like it the first time, give it another try...
04/16/2008Provided by Citysearch
I am not sure how this place got voted the ""Best Sticky Rice"" over others. It was good, but nowhere near as good as Katsuya or Koi. I ordered a few things off the menu - less than impressed with each. The black Cod was extremely fishy tasting which usually is not the case. The scallops were less than par and did not come as described on the menu. All in all, I left hungry.
03/31/2008Provided by Citysearch
I was happy/satisfied with every aspect of this restaurant. Highlights of my visit:
1. Goma Wild Chicken
2. Whitefish Yuzu
5. Lychee martini
6. Fresh sashimi
7. The best buta no kakuni (simmered pork) I've had in LA. The flavor, the texture, and the meat melted in my mouth.
Great place for 2-6 people, pleasant & modern ambience, great service as well.
02/27/2008Provided by Citysearch
A coworker of mine told me about K-Zo about a year and I still had not been. We decided to make an office/girls' night out of it and all my expectations were more than surpassed. We were seated immediately (without reservations - it was a Wednesday evening) by a very friendly hostess and our waiter arrived promptly with water and took drink orders (I definitely recommend the ""Brass Fields"" white wine). We let a co-worker who was familiar with the menu do the ordering and each dish was better than the last. They are known for their Spicy Tuna Crispy dish which combines crunchy warm rice with soft chilled spicy tuna in a way that is completely unexpected and delicious. Another item that we tried was the Spicy Jalape?o Shrimp Handroll which we ordered in soy paper rather than seaweed. It was incredible and definitely left me wanting more! Of the sushi, my favorites were the albacore, halibut, and the yellowtail, all of which were sliced generously and were artfully presented on a long serving plank. This is a perfect restaurant for sushi lovers and haters alike because of the extensive, non-sushi menu.
02/02/2008Provided by Citysearch
So my friends and I decided to go here on a Saturday night. We made a reservation beforehand. They seat us right away and the staff was friendly. However the items on the menu were quite expensive. None of us wanted to order the pre-fixe dinner so we have to choose from their small bites item, sushi and rolls. I had two of the rolls, and they were okay, nothing spectacular. The small bites were quite small and pricey for what they were. So not worth it.
01/04/2008Provided by Citysearch
We have been to K-Zo 9 times and are always eager to return. K-Zo, his wife, and the rest of the staff are very friendly and accommodating. The portions of sushi are large and very fresh, with lots of innovative ideas without going over the top. I am not fond of designer sushi, but do love the spicy tuna on crispy rice, and the ""baby"" fresh fish of the day. I especially like the fact that you can make a reservation for the sushi bar and your favorite sushi chef. There is an extensive sake selection and shochu (sp) as well. This is definitely a keeper restaurant, and a jewel for Culver City!
11/16/2007Provided by Citysearch
My girlfriend and I have been on a mission since we started dating to find LA's best sushi, and I think we finally found it. We've been to K-ZO four times, and it's been consistently spectacular every time. If you're a little adventurous, try the raw octopus. It is THE BEST SUSHI I'VE EVER HAD!!! Don't go for the rolls (which are good, but a tragic waste of awesome fish).
On a side note, I think Nobu Matsuhisa (owner of Sushi Nobu and Matsuhisa) should be ashamed because K-ZO so completely kicks his restaurants' asses. Better service, (much) better food, and friendlier patrons are all reasons why K-ZO is unparalleled.
10/01/2007Provided by Citysearch
I flat out love this place and make it a point to give my friends gift certificates here whenever possible. The one downside is that Culver City isn't the easiest place to get to if you don't already live in the area. The restaurant is somewhat small so not ideal for large parties (though they have one table which can fit a large party), but for 2-4 people, it's a great place to get creative dishes, fresh fish and nice service. I almost always get the pre-set menu because it allows the chef to give us his best. You get a lot of food for the money too. What I like best is that the owner and the staff are very nice and always friendly. Definitely highly recommended.
05/18/2007Provided by Citysearch
An amazing sushi restaurant but so much more. The prix fixe dinners are amazing.
Loved the tender rib eye and the fish of the day. Wonderful, richly flavored sauces and provocative combinations. Chef Kei is truly gifted. Wonderful service and atmosphere in the newly developed area of Culver City near Sony Studios. Sushi is very fresh with some innovative creations as well. Highly recommend. A hidden gem, but not for long!
04/03/2007Provided by Citysearch
Without a doubt the best sushi in Los Angeles. Order from the chefs special menu - you're guaranteed the freshest, finest creations made from Keizo himself. This is Japanese cuisine at its best: creative, progressive & traditional at the same time, efficient, friendly - exactly what you'd find in Japan. Keizo comes from Roku, and thankfully left the Roku ""scene"" back on 3rd Street. Unparalleled!!!!
03/31/2007Provided by Citysearch
the place is nice and fairly popular so it is best to make reservations. i tried the albacore, yellowtail and salmon sashimi. they came with 4 pieces each but they are huge servings. i thought they tasted fresh and buttery. yum! i also tried the monk fish liver sushi, which i thought was just ok (echigo's is better). i tried the white shrimp and i was not impressed (sushi zo's is better). i tried the blue crab hand roll and i definitely was not impressed - echigo's and sasabune's are better. i would probably still come back because the sashimi is pretty good and come in big sized servings. plus, the service is pretty friendly and quick. the price is not cheap but not that expensive. they also have other items on the menu, i.e., they more than just sushi, sashimi and rolls.
Phone: (310) 202-8890
Address: 9240 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
- General Info
- Classically trained in both Japanese and French cuisine, Keizo Ishiba has been honing his skills for over thirty years. From his training in Osaka Tsuji Cooking School to his acclaimed work in Kyoto and Los Angeles, Keizo’s creativity and innovation bring a fresh interpretation to classical cooking styles. His award-winning sushi is at the heart of his technique, but his repertoire extends into a full range of small plate selections, allowing him to create a unique and varied dining experience. Restaurant K-ZO is Keizo’s premier venture as chef-owner and presents a true expression of his culinary vision. His knowledge of European cuisine fused with his traditional Japanese roots exalts passion straight from the kitchen to the table.Classically trained in both Japanese and French cuisine, Keizo Ishiba has been honing his skills for over thirty years. From his training in Osaka Tsuji Cooking School to his acclaimed work in Kyoto and Los Angeles, Keizo’s creativity and innovation bring a fresh interpretation to classical cooking styles. His award-winning sushi is at the heart of his technique, but his repertoire extends into a full range of small plate selections, allowing him to create a unique and varied dining experience. Restaurant K-ZO is Keizo’s premier venture as chef-owner and presents a true expression of his culinary vision. His knowledge of European cuisine fused with his traditional Japanese roots exalts passion straight from the kitchen to the table.
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- Payment method
- all major credit cards, discover
- Price Range
- Downtown Culver City, Washington Culver, Palms, West Los Angeles
K-ZO Japanese Restaurant
- Other Information
Parking: Street, Lot, On Site
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Caterers, Take Out, Sushi, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Beer, Yes, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
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