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Japanese (?) Food on Redondo Beach Pier??

Several months ago, I was browsing the L.A. boards (I'm in Oakland) and saw a bunch of posts about a tiny restaurant on the Redondo Beach Pier. I think it was Japanese, but I'm not sure.

Does anybody know what I'm talking about? Is it still there?

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  1. Sure, it is Izakaya Bincho.

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    Izakaya Bincho
    112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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      1. re: oakjoan

        We were there a couple of months ago, and it's still game-on. Check out their website or call to get specifics on their operating hours.

        http://izakayabincho.com/contact.html

          1. re: ns1

            The last time we were there, I think one table was just wrapping it up and the bar had a three or four folks. But we were the only table for a while until a few more folks came in as we were close to leaving around 8:30PM. I hope they can find a more appropriate location some time soon...

            1. re: bulavinaka

              amazing that we were saying that what, a year, almost 2 years ago?

              It's just too damn far from Burbank/NoHo

              1. re: ns1

                Truly, they could be the Kings of Little Tokyo if they wanted...

                Mr Taster

                1. re: Mr Taster

                  it's that good.

                  damn, my assumptions, on it being a tourist trap along with the overpriced candy store and the churros stands that people that area.

                  1. re: kevin

                    Hi kevin,

                    Izakaya Bincho is amazing. My favorite Izakaya in So Cal. :) Give it a try one of these days (if you check the Chow Place link, you can find my pics and thoughts from all the Hounds on this place). :)

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                    Izakaya Bincho
                    112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                    1. re: exilekiss

                      cool, you know i pass by this place frequently on my way to naja's (the joint with 88 beers on tap).

                  2. re: Mr Taster

                    DUDE

                    They should open a pop-up restaurant inside Far East Cafe.

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                    Far East Cafe
                    347 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA

                2. re: bulavinaka

                  wow, i always pass this joint on the way to naja's, is it supposed to be a really great izakaya, i had assumed it was a tourist trap??? my bad.

                  1. re: kevin

                    I wouldn't call it an izakaya really cuz it doesn't have the ambiance... (ie not loud/rowdy)

                    More like japanese small plates lol

                    1. re: ns1

                      I STILL cannot get through to Izakaya Bincho! I've called at least 15 times in the past 3 hours. Just rings and rings.

                      As I said in another post we're driving from Burbank airport to Santa Monica to pick up a friend and then on to Redondo Beach. We don't want to drive all that way only to find the place is closed or too crowded for the 5 of us.

                      Should we give it a try even though we can't get through to them?

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                      Izakaya Bincho
                      112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                      1. re: oakjoan

                        Hi oakjoan,

                        I feel your pain. Normally I'd say "go ahead," but I'd feel bad if you drove that far for nothing. However you might consider this plan:

                        1. Go ahead and drive over to Izakaya Bincho tomorrow.
                        2. If, for some reason they are closed (I'd be really sad if that happened), you can go to Torihei.

                        FYI: Torihei is a pretty amazing Yakitori and Kyoto-style Oden Specialist (with some good Small Plates as well :), that's about ~12 minutes from Bincho. (You literally exit out of Redondo Beach Pier and take Torrance Blvd. east until you hit Western Avenue, and make a Right and it's 1 block down. (See the Chow Place Link for address).

                        While Torihei isn't an Izakaya it has an excellent Sake Menu and some of the best Yakitori (Grilled Chicken Skewers) and Kushiyaki (Grilled Meats and Vegetable Skewers) in So Cal. :) And their Oden and other items are... great. :) (Do a search on the LA Board for reviews about Torihei).

                        3. Make a backup reservation for Torihei now (tonight) and cancel it if Bincho is open.

                        That way your drive to the South Bay isn't wasted. :)

                        4. As an FYI, if you're a big Karaoke fan, you can even belt out some tunes next door to Torihei (at Max Karaoke :).

                        Enjoy~ :)

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                        Torihei
                        1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501