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High on a hill above Hollywood, overlooking Los Angeles, sits Yamashiro.  A storied restaurant, meaning “Mountain Palace” in Japanese, it serves Cal-Asian fare.  While its roots as a restaurant only reach back mid-century, its long and varied history in Los Angeles dates to 1914.

Yamashiro RestaurantOriginally a mansion built between 1911 and 1914, it resembles a palace near Kyoto, Japan.  During the 1920s, its conversion into the “400 Club” marked it as a highlight for Hollywood movers and shakers.  During World War II, with anti-Japanese sentiment at its height, Japanese-Americans were sent to internment camps. Disguised and converted into a boys’ military school, Yamashiro languished.  Post-war, it converted into apartment units.

Falling in to disrepair, the estate again entered the real estate market.  Once sold, upon discovering the boarded-up beauty behind the plywood, Yamashiro, the restaurant, emerged anew.  The unique gardens feature heavily in its beauty, with a 600 year old pagoda playing a featured role.  In addition, a laughing Buddha smiles upon visitors dropping by.

Yamashiro Restaurant
Yamashiro Restaurant
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A beautiful, romantic gem, it serves delicious fare and elegant cocktails.  I’ve dined here twice, a treat each time.   The restaurant occasionally serves as the backdrop for the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles’s Cocktails in Historic Places.  Without a doubt, take any opportunity presented to visit this gorgeous gem in Hollywood.

Yamashiro RestaurantYamashiro Restaurant

1999 N. Sycamore Avenue
Hollywood, CA


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  1. Mr. Tiny says:

    I've always wanted to go here butbhavebyet to find the occasion! I heard that it is currently for sale; hopefully, it stays this beautiful. Thanks for the pictures!

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