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Sushi Gen

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422 E 2nd St, Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012-4209
+1 213-617-0552
Tue - Fri 11:15 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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New York City
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136 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a chance to eat at Sushi Gen tonight. What a wonderful meal. Everything was super fresh, tasty, prepared professionally and enjoyable. Chef Masa was excellent, as were his colleagues. Nothing was less than excellent. Will go back again and again. If you are looking for sushi in LA, this is the place. Prepare to wait for a table, sushi... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Well I guess you could if there was no wait! Amazing deal for lunch if you can try to beat the wait. Parking lot is validated for a few dollars. Service is always speedy.

Thank seamles
Cincinnati, Ohio
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74 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're looking for a very authentic sushi spot in DTLA-Sushi Gen is the place. Don't expect fusion or a bunch of specialty rolls. Do expect a real sushi experience at a spot who gets some of the first picks at local fish market. Sashimi deluxe is a great sampler to get some variety. They do have a few basic... More 

Thank ChadS303
Los Angeles, California
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60 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I started eating at Sushi Gen shortly after if first opened, probably 20 years ago. The restaurant uses the freshest, highest quality fish I've ever tasted. I have never had a bad meal at Sushi Gen, and I suspect I've eaten there at least 100 times. There is a large sushi bar if you want to sit at the counter.... More 

Thank sculptor-for-fun
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is probably the best sushi in downtown. It's not cheap, but it's good. Make a reservation, because there will be a wait. But it's worth it.

Thank Kayla B
Los Angeles
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110 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They open at 11:15 am, but you'll need to get in line by 10:45 am to assure yourself of seating. And, get seated because the sushi special plate is absolutely the sushi at the best price anywhere in Little Tokyo. Hey, that's why the line starts to form at 10:30 am.

Thank lolocola
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We sat in the bar, and first of all, the menu that they offered do not have any price announced. We finally paid 178$ for 2 people. I recognize that quality of the fish was good enough, but prices are overrated. They must show the prices at the time you choose from the menu, that way you are ordering blind.... More 

Thank Mariasdpe
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place certainly on of the best in town when you in sushi mind. For us it is true at least for past ten years. Keep going please!

Thank ScottLiz495
Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Little Tokyo institution that is worth waiting for. While you wait you have the option of sitting at the sushi bar or at a table in the restaurant. Restaurant has reasonably priced non sushi lunches and also gives you the option to order sushi. Sushi is always top quality and there are many choices. Sushi bar chefs are friendly and... More 

Thank celia c
Los Angeles, CA
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is the place to have sushi in Los Angeles. No cell phone use allowed once you enter its hallowed doors. There's a sense of reverence for food here and for the experience of eating. It's an oasis of sensory delight!

Thank Aronaki

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:15 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:15 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:15 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
11:15 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 422 E 2nd St, Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012-4209
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Los Angeles>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 213-617-0552

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Downtown Los Angeles is a busy metropolis of towering buildings, bustling streets, and industrial warehouses. There is a distinct multiplicity of cultures here with a growing influx of business professionals and hipsters. Many call the evolution of Downtown over recent years gentrification. New lofts, bars, hotels and restaurants are popping up regularly. Downtown is home to some of the very best restaurants in the city leading the LA foodie scene, plus it is the location of cultural and sports venues including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Staples Center, and the Coliseum at the University of Southern California.
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