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The staff at Yamashiro were amazing for the entire 10 month planning period. They were eager to answer any questions and fantastic on the day of the event. The whole evening when off without a hitch and I absolutely attribute that to Yamashiro's skilled and kind staff. Couldn't have asked for a bOur coordinator, Bridget, was absolutely fantastic. She was prompt when answering emails and phone calls, and always made us feel like a priority, even while coordinating dozens of other events for Yamashiro at the same time. Our wedding day was perfect. All of our guests had a great time, and we wouldn't have done a thing differently. We hope Yamashiro sticks around for years to come so that we can celebrate our anniversaries at your venue. Who knows, maybe we even have a bar mitzvah in our future. Thank you to the entire staff for making our lives worry free during what could've been an overwhelming occasion! Alysia and Ben Weintraub (SourceThe name Yamashiro translates as “Mountain Palace” in Japanese. In 1911, the Bernheimer brothers began construction of the hilltop mansion to house their priceless collection of Asian treasures. Located just 15 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles in the iconic Hollywood neighborhood, Yamashiro has set the stage of Japan in movies and TV since the 1920s. The peaceful ambience of Japanese-inspired tranquility and unparalleled views of the city make this a perfect venue for your special day. The Garden Courtyard houses your magical ceremony in a unique, open-air experience. You’ll say your vows near a koi pond and well-manicured gardens, sprinkled with romantic lighting. Your guests are comfortable year round, with built in heaters and a canopy covering the space in colder months. The Koi Room hosts a charming cocktail hour, just next to the Garden Courtyard. Later, you’ll enjoy dramatic views of the infamous Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory and downtown Los Angeles as your reception celebration unfolds in the Sky View Room. The biggest day of your life will be remembered forever at the serene and iconic Yamashiro. (Source::etter About the restaurant: From its hilltop perch, Yamashiro offers sweeping views from the world-famous Hollywood Sign to downtown and the ocean. This romantic representation of a Japanese palace was originally built in 1914 to house the Asian artifacts collection of the Bernheimer brothers. (The extravagant edifice, which has been designated as Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #921, supposedly inspired a local fascination with the Far East that led to the creation of Grauman's Chinese Theatre.) Stroll through the Japanese gardens and admire the large Buddha statue. The two-story restaurant encompasses a bar area, private events spaces, and a striking garden courtyard with outdoor dining (unless it's serving as a wedding venue). Tables by the windows are highly sought-after, but the tiered dining room has some comfortable booths farther back that still get a glimpse of the view. Reservations are a must, and celebrity sightings are frequent.
We were intrigued by the history and ambiance of Yamashiro Hollywood that we finally found time to drive 250 feet above Hollywood Boulevard to satisfy our curiosity. The place only serves dinner from 5pm to 11pm so we basked at the splendor of sunset slowly shadowing half of Hollywood Hills. Phone camera clicking on different directions. Romantic, cozy, zen-like vibe meets you upon entering the 100 year old entrance. The receptionists were courteous as they pulled out our reservation. We waited to be seated. It wasn't long til Chris, the restaurant manager ushered us to our requested spot - cliffside table overlooking the panoramic view of LA skyline. He was gracious and welcoming. Our server Jaclyn was warm, friendly and receptive to our dining needs. She brought our orders:- Crispy Duck Salad, which was not crispy at all, Soy Ginger Pork Ribs, which was nice and tender, Yellowtail Serrano, Layered Chocolate Cake, Coffee and my Japanese Hot Toddy. Overall the food and dessert were exquisitely plated and savory. We requested another server to light the heating lamp beside us as the evening was drawing in cold air all over. Two things though. FIRST: I didn't notice my receipt til we arrived home - I was billed 1 Makers Mark at $14 instead of the Japanese Hot Toddy I ordered and received at $12. SECOND: Our bill was handed to us before we even requested for it as we were still enjoying the Layered Chocolate Cake. Was there a dining time limit we were not made aware of? I found it rather impolite. I mean what if we were still thinking of ordering but were just suddenly turned off and that would have been a lost revenue for Yamashiro. We met the Executive Chef Valerie and just like the manager, she was accommodating and friendly. The restaurant observed safety protocols and has valet parking for $12.