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Fun, casual Japanese birthday restaurant in LA (like Musha)

tried to make reservations at Musha santa monica but they are booked. Any ideas for about 10 people?

Japanese preferred but not necessary.

thanks!!

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Musha
424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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  1. Raku on Olympic? Or Bar Hayama on Sawtelle?

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    Raku Restaurant
    11678 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Bar Hayama
    11300 Nebraska Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

    1. FuRaiBo (on Sawtelle).
      Honda Ya (in Little Tokyo, corner of 3rd & Alameda).

      1. You didn't mention a specific area in LA, so I'm taking some license here and assuming you mean just around the LA area. Have you tried calling the Musha in Torrance? This location is bigger and IMHO better. Also in the same shopping center - right across the parking lot - is Torihei. You could also reserve a tatami room for your group at Sanuki no Sato in Gardena.

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        Musha
        1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

        Torihei
        1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

        1. thanks for the help

          I was thinking Bar Hayama but that fire table is awkward to sit and talk around

          Never been to Raku tho Furaibo is a good place.

          I am trying to stay in the santa monica, brentwood, west la, bev hills, weHo region.

          What about Wa Sushi?

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          Raku Restaurant
          11678 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

          Bar Hayama
          11300 Nebraska Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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          1. re: DReborn

            Haven't been to Wa. What about Robata Ya?

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            Robata Ya
            2004 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

            1. re: DReborn

              Wa is a good choice! Intimate, with fun chefs, and good food. As long as you don't mind that it's on the second floor of a mini-mall.

            2. I've revisited Sasaya a couple of times recently after seeing several naysayers on this board and found the food, drink, atmosphere, and service to be better than I remembered (and I have always liked this place).

              Izakaya Sasaya
              11613 Santa Monica Blvd
              West Los Angeles, CA 90025
              (310) 477-4404
              www.izakaya-sasaya.com

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              Sasaya Japanese Restaurant
              11613 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025