Summer Eats: New Zealand Lamb Chops


Let’s work our way backwards from dessert and talk about our entree summer special!


This decadent dish pairs perfectly cooked New Zealand Lamb Chops marinated in soy, sesame, garlic, and onion with roasted fingerling potatoes, spaghetti squash, and cucumber salad with hoisin dressing. Add a sauce of balsamic reduction with ponzu and you have an entree that is bursting with flavor and texture in every bite! Wash it down with your favorite cocktail or wine for a meal you won’t soon forget.


Next, and last, our summer start special!

Summer Eats: Dessert


We have a few summer specials to share with you, but we’re big fans of having dessert first, so here we are with Summer Eats: Dessert!


This summer we are featuring this decadent Peach Almond Crumble that walks the line between food and art. This is one of those desserts where every bite offers something different – from the homemade brown sugar ice cream and sweet roasted peaches to the house-made peach sauce and vanilla almond cream, all the way to the sprig of mint to garnish – this dessert has it all. Different colors, textures, and even temperatures come together to make a crumble almost too pretty to eat…almost.



On your next summer evening at Yamashiro, save a little room for dessert and enjoy our Peach Almond Crumble as the sun goes down over Hollywood!

An evening at Yamashiro




As we’ve said before, we love our guests and the photos they share via social media! It’s always a treat to see Yamashiro through the unique perspective of people dining with us, and the photos they capture never cease to amaze us. This week, we had to share these stunning shots from Janette Martin (@mzjnette) that she shared via Instagram of her anniversary date at Yamashiro. From close-ups of the food to vibrant shots of the grounds and restaurant, her photos tell a story and perfectly convey the feeling of spending the evening at Yamashiro. Thanks for sharing, Janette, and don’t forget to tag your photos with #yamashiro so we can see them all!

Married at Yamashiro: onelove photography

Happy Friday, and welcome to the long weekend! This week, we wanted to share a photos from a recent wedding at Yamashiro. These photos were captured by onelove photography and we love how beautifully they captured this day and this couple! Every wedding at Yamashiro is unique, special, and an event to remember. We wish these two a lifetime of happiness, and hope they will join us for anniversaries to come.
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Pagoda Bar opens May 21st!

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Are you ready for summer to officially begin? In less than a week, Thursday the 21st, the Pagoda Bar opens for the season! Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays will be filled with cocktails, small bites, summer breezes, and the gorgeous view of Los Angeles from the mountaintop palace. Voted one of the Best Outdoor Bars in LA by LAist, this is a summer tradition that we love. Mark your calendars for May 21st, and we will see you then! Cheers! 11084027_10155465385590487_4723905674422263763_o

Dine & Ride to the Hollywood Bowl

Yamashiro Edit-2648Can you believe it is already May? Summer is coming, even though the May Gray has rolled in this week, and that means the Hollywood Bowl concerts are about to be in full swing! Whether you are attending a concert on a romantic date or with a group of friends, we recommend you make a night of it and start the evening off with dinner and drinks! And we’ll even make it easier on you and drive you to the concert and back – perfect.

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When you participate in our Dine & Ride program, we will park your car valet for you, and keep it secure as you eat at Yamashiro and then enjoy the concert. You will be on a shuttle to and from the show, the easiest way to go! Leave the hassle behind and enjoy a perfect Hollywood night. See details at and reserve today!


Summer Guest Blogger Series: Amanda

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We believe that the best reference comes from experience, so we’re excited to introduce a new guest blogger series this summer. Every other week we will be posting photos and words that have been submitted by our friends on Instagram or Facebook describing their experience at Yamashiro, and we hope you’ll enjoy reading as much as we have!
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This week, hear from Amanda about her night at Yamashiro! Thanks Amanda for submitting!
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“This is my dream restaurant!
I came here for my birthday and I’m so happy I did! The ambiance is lovely, the atmosphere is chill, the decor is modern, the service is outstanding, and the food was incredible! Plus the donuts and ice cream they serve is a great way to end your experience!”

Thanks Amanda! If you would like to submit a post, just email your photos and text to and we will notify you if you have been chosen!

Moscow Mules and the history of the Copper Mug

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Most people know that Moscow Mules, a cocktail comprised of vodka, ginger beer, and lime, are supposed to come in a copper mug. Some people don’t think it matters much what glass it comes in, and some people would consider it blasphemous to serve a mule in anything but! At Yamashiro, your Moscow Mule comes in an exclusive copper mug branded with the Yamashiro logo, and, like Yamashiro itself, the history of the cocktail is an interesting one.
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According to legend, the Moscow Mule was born out of a meeting of three people who had something to sell: John Martin, who recently purchased Smirnoff, needed to sell vodka; Jack Morgan, owner of the Cock n’ Bull pub on Sunset strip, was hoping to profit off of his side project of ginger beer; and a third unnamed friend mentioned her supply of copper mugs that she needed to discard. History says that at this meeting, the trio decided to put all three together with a squeeze of lime and subsequently launched a wildly successful campaign using photos of both celebrities and bartenders with the copper mugs. And a legend was born!
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The history notwithstanding, many say the copper mug is most practical to its cocktail pair. The copper quickly turns icy from the cold drink, maintaining a cool temperature for the chilled drink. Some even say the copper adds to the taste of the cocktail, but that is not widely agreed upon. Either way, we have to admit that the cocktail looks best in it’s famed glassware, and we won’t be challenging history any time soon! Join us at Yamashiro and try one for yourself. Want to add your opinion on the Moscow Mule and the copper mug phenomenon? Comment below!

We want to hear your stories!

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Calling all friends of Yamashiro!

This summer we are hosting a guest series on our blog, and that guest blogger is YOU. We love hearing your memories of weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, ladies nights, bachelor parties, and more–so much so that we want to know more. Do you have an unforgettable story that takes place at  Yamashiro? Do you have photos that you can’t help but want to share? From first kisses to 50th anniversaries, from embarrassing moments to the best moment of your life, we want to hear and see Yamashiro through the eyes of the people that make it all possible: you! Write it with a friend if you’d like, and feel free to get nostalgic on us. Long or short, funny or beautiful, we want to hear your story.

Send a write-up and your best photos to go along to and you might find yourself featured in our weekly blog series! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Favorite Instagrams this Month

It’s no secret that many people Instagram while at Yamashiro, but did you know that we were recently listed by Best Food LA as number 15 on their list of 50 most instagrammed restaurants? Whether it is photos of the view, the food, the cocktails, or of the loved ones they are dining with, our guests love to share their Yamashiro moments and we love seeing them all. This week, we’ve decided to share our favorite Instagram shots of the month, straight from all of you! Make sure to check out these Instagram users at the bottom of the page, and thanks for sharing your Yamashiro memories with the world. Keep sharing using #Yamashiro or tagging @yamashirola!

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Instagram photos, in order of appearance: @cdc.jpg, @dreamcatcher9,, @pursuepleasure, @scarletandgraceweddings, @xoxohungrygirl, @cindygromero, @decent.exposure, @ohdimi