Little Tokyo has always been known as one of the best places to get Japanese food. But with so many places to choose from, it’s almost impossible to decide. Of course people have their favorites, but who’s to say that they’re right?
With the help of Yelp.com, we will systematically choose the top 10 best places to eat in Little Tokyo with a formula that we’ve developed based on stars, number of ratings, and price range.
The restaurants will be score like so:
(Stars) x (number of ratings) x (price)
Price will be represented as follows: $-2.0; $$-1.75; $$$-1.5; $$$$-1.25.
So with this formula, we present to you the 10 best restaurants in Little Tokyo:
10. Restaurant Komasu
Stars: 4 Ratings: 918 Price: $$ Score: 6426
Known for its small family vibe, Restaurant Komasu offers some of the best sushi in Little Tokyo. Although the place is usually packed and the wait is long, customers are able to walk around and explore the area before enjoying great sushi. With so many great options, it’s hard to pinpoint a favorite.
- Honda Ya Izakaya
Stars: 4 Ratings: 920 Price: $$ Score: 6440
A great place to find traditional Japanese dishes, Honda Ya has a great variety allowing everyone to get what they crave. It’s also known for its great atmosphere even allowing customers the option of sitting on the floor in a traditional fashion.
- Hama Sushi
Stars: 4 Ratings: 956 Price: $$ Score: 6692
Being Little Tokyo, it’s no wonder it’s home to so many superb sushi places. With its cozy atmosphere and great quality, Hama Sushi has become the favorite of many people who frequent Little Tokyo.
- Spitz-Little Tokyo
Stars: 4 Ratings: 988 Price: $$ Score: 6916
If you’re not in the mood for Japanese food, Spitz is the place to go. With its delicious Mediterranean food and sandwiches, Spitz offers something unique to Little Tokyo’s line-up of restaurants.
Tip: Order the Street Cart Fries! A splurge, but so worth it.
- Shojin Downtown
Stars: 4.5 Ratings: 926 Price: $$ Score: 7292.25
Loved by vegans and regular people alike, Shojin Downtown’s vegan and gluten free menu offers items that everyone will enjoy. As one of the Top 10 Restaurants for Vegan Sushi, this restaurant has no problem mixing healthy with delicious.
- Shabu Shabu House
Stars: 4 Ratings: 1071 Price: $$ Score: 7497
Known for their quality of meat, vegetables, and ponzu sauce, Shabu Shabu House has become the most popular shabu shabu places in LA. Although the restaurant usually has long lines, reviews say that it is worth the wait.
- Hakata Ramen Shin-Sen-Gumi
Stars: 4 Ratings: 1100 Price: $$ Score: 7700
Known for being one of the best ramen places in Little Tokyo, Shin-Sen-Gumi has great service and good atmosphere. With the option to customize your ramen, customers will be able to get exactly what they want. Not to mention that extra noodles are just short of a dollar.
- Sushi Gen
Stars: 4.5 Ratings: 2375 Price: $$$ Score: 16031.25
As the best, or at least highest rated, sushi place in town, Sushi Gen offers customers the sushi they crave for. Although quality comes at a high price, customers still cannot stay away. Reservations are a must.
- Orochon Ramen
Stars: 3.5 Ratings: 2340 Price: $ Score: 16380
After being featured on Man vs. Food for its spicy ramen, its no wonder Orochon is one of the most popular spots in Little Tokyo. Customers can tackle the spiciest ramen at their own risk.
Stars: 4 Ratings: 5497 Price: $$ Score: 38479
As the number 1 restaurant in Little Tokyo, Daikokuya always has lines out the door. Fans of ramen have to come here before anywhere else in Little Tokyo. How many other restaurants have over 5000 reviews? Although the wait may be long, its pretty clear that it is worth the wait.
So there you have it. These are the top 10 restaurants in Little Tokyo. Agree? Disagree? Have suggestions for the formula? Comment below!!