Think back to before you lived in Los Angeles, to what you imagined it would be. Were you dating a movie star? Shopping on Rodeo? Idling at a red light next to Hugh Hefner, who gave you one of those “life is good” nods from his identical convertible?

Whatever. You’re here now and you’re past-due on parking tickets, you force yourself to Hollywood for movies at the Arclight, and the only celeb you’ve got a shot with is Pauly Shore. But all of sudden, there’s a real, palatable reason to brave Sunset. Yes, Yellowtail Sunset Strip may be reminiscent of your former impression of LA, and yes, the gold-leafed ceilings are suggestive of a Vegas nightclub (LORE Group of Pearl’s and Rock & Reilly’s and The Light Group of 1OAK and Light are partners) but when it comes down to it, Chef Akira Back’s modern Japanese fare is… irrefutably delicious.

Yellowtail Sunset is the new, sister restaurant to Back’s original location in the Bellagio on the Vegas Strip… But the Lobster Carpaccio served with sweet shaved onion, cilantro and Amazu ponzu is mouthwatering. And the Big Eye Tuna Pizza garnished with micro sisho and truffle oil sort of makes you crazy. Not to mention the Duck Prosciutto, which tastes illegal, and the Lychee Martinis, which may actually knock you out. Plus, there’s a small, outdoor patio with views of the city, an upstairs dining room available for private parties, a large, fun bar, and dark, plush booths – good for sinking into.

Pick an occasion and go. And if you or Boss can expense a meal, definitely go. Afterwards, once a bottle of Back’s very own, private label premium sake has been drained, Boss will close a deal. And if you’re the one who drained it, you’ll get the high of a trip to Vegas, without the hellish drive back.


8768 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
 Hours: Mon-Sun // 6:00pm – Closing

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Outdoor patio.
Lower, main dining room.
Upstairs dining room.
Lychee Martini.  Ciroc Coconut, Murai Family Nigori Genshu, Vita Coco Coconut Water, Lychee, Fresh Lemon. Deadly.
 Big Eye Tuna Pizza with micro shiso & truffle oil.
Yellowtail Jalapeño with micro cilantro & blood orange sauce
Duck Prosciutto with pickles & micro beef.
Kobe Beef Tataki with spicy daikon, garlic & maidon sea salt
Rock Shrimp with Korean chili aioli


  • Reply December 11, 2014

    kelly teacher

    Missing the LA sushi scene, even if it is “so LA”

    • Reply December 11, 2014


      It’s hard to beat.

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