Design and food battle for attention, much like the starlets, producers and publicists who strut through the doors of Brentwood’s Katsuya. Master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi’s artistic plating of delicately crafted sushi, precision-charred robatayaki and tastefully complex Japanese entrées faces off with Philippe Starck’s Tokyo-meets-the-starship-Enterprise design, resulting in one of LA’s most elaborate dining experiences. And though a paparazzi-worthy parade of see-and-be-seen diners flock to this colorful scene, don’t let the restaurant’s good looks fool you—this place knows food. The warm and savory baked-crab handrolls might very well be the best in town.

sweet seats

The small collection of partially enclosed booths in the main dining room makes for a more intimate experience in an atmosphere that is otherwise raucously social. But don’t fret if they’re predictably full. Starck’s design is so vivacious and pervasive that nearly every seat brings a posh and playful vibe.

chew on this

Katsuya may be known for its robata bar and sushi bar, but don’t neglect its third and possibly most inventive bar—the, well, bar—where the meticulous mixologists take tremendous pride in their concoctions. Join them in toasting the town nightly with such signature cocktails as the tangy, chile-infused Burning Mandarin and the cucumber-crisped Katsuya Fresh.


lunch: Mon.–Sat. 11:30 AM–2:30 PM
dinner: Sun.–Thurs. 5 PM–11 PM; Fri.–Sat. 5 PM–12 AM
*for Brentwood only; check other locations for hours

price range

$12 (grilled yellowtail collar) to $55 (Szechuan striped bass)