Japanese owned and operated family business. Owned by Morishita family, been in restaurant business in Little Tokyo for over 60 years. Prior to WWII, ran various food establishments in the early 1900's. Family moved back to Japan during WWII to avoid persecution. Started Eigiku restaurant in Little Tokyo in the 1950's and served the area thru 1987. In 1966, Eigiku restaurant opened the 2nd sushi bar in America. ( Kawafuku being the first ) During the 1980's, opened Seafood-Sushi Eigiku in Santa Monica Place across the street from the now Promenade. Currently we have two restaurants. Sushi Go 55 and Izakaya Haru Ulala ( a Japanese style tavern/pub where people eat small dishes and drink ) on 2nd Street near Central in Little Tokyo. Our highly skilled chefs all come from Japan with over 80 years of combined experience. They take pride in serving you real authentic sushi. We've taken the best chefs from top sushi restaurants and put them in Little Tokyo. Sushi chefs from Best of Citysearch winner Sushi Tenn and the former local favorite Hamakawa are now part of the Sushi Go 55 family.
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mpr86
mpr86

01/04/2008

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Low key, fresh fish, interesting dining spot.

Sushi Go-55 is a low key sushi joint located in the little Toyko district of Downtown. Fish here as been good quality, although last time the toro didn't seem too fresh (was way too cold and hard). They offer freshly grated wasabi, though at $6. The red snapper is excellent, and most of the other rolls and sushi are as well. The prices are moderately higher than other places, and expect to spend about $60 a person not including drinks. Parking is easy, reservations would be recommended

ukgrad04
ukgrad04

12/19/2007

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Horrible!

If this is the best Sushi place downtown L.A., then I'm SCARED! The seaweed salad was nothing I've ever had before...it wasn't bad, but definitely not good. The rolls we had were on the same level as the refridgerated rolls you buy at the grocery store. I should have figured the place wasn't as good as people have reviewed, since the place was dead. Even though service was pretty good and the people were nice, I will never go back.

maisully
maisully

11/10/2007

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Quality fish and real sushi

Considering how many people say that they like sushi, it's interesting how many don't really like fish. The important thing is the flavor of the fish, and some of the oilier types smell ""fishy"" even when they are fresh because that's how they taste and smell. Maybe there was something wrong with the ventilation for the earlier reviews, but I didn't notice the smell. I was also glad to see a board with daily specials based on the best FISH available for the day. Some places can make any wasabi-loaded, chili-sauce sprayed concoction your heart desires; I'm just glad that if you actually order American sushi like a California roll, you get crab instead of Krab in it. It was nice to have amaebi so fresh the tail twitched when I picked it up with my chopsticks. (I also got the shrimp heads returned to me in a fresh bowl of miso soup.) It was nice to have otorou that was perfectly marbled with fat instead of striped with gristle. I liked being able to go with the chef's judgement on the daily catch for my sushi- half the battle is picking the best fresh fish. (Unless it's flown in from Tokyo or frozen, all sushi places from the westside to San Diego get their fish from the fish market downtown- or so I heard from the owner of a great sushi place down in Solana Beach.) II agree with the other reviewer that Hamakawa is sorely missed, and Sushi Gen is great. But for a omakase of real nigiri sushi and sashimi washed down with some sake and beer under $120 for two people, this is my new neighborhood place.

sirbarton
sirbarton

10/19/2007

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Simply Great Sushi and Pleasant Service

Not a bad thing to say about Sushi Go 55. Great Sushi, incredible service, and easy to get a table. I go at least once a month and I have never been disappointed.

silveroakbob
silveroakbob

09/28/2007

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Top 10%

Head and shoulders above most all sushi bars having unique fresh selections. You don't come here to order California rolls, catepillars,krunch, or salmon skin handrolls (Chevrolet stuff). Try the flying fish, Kumamoto oysters, tai, mirugai, or saba with shiso leaf or kazunoko as otsumami (appetizers) or as sushi. Drink with Otokoyama sake (this is where the good stuff begins, never order house sake, headache stuff). Tomo-chan, owner and mgr, is most congenial and sushi masters are very skilled in their craft

mochamoto
mochamoto

09/14/2007

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Same as Star Rating - Average

I've read all the rave review regarding Sushi Go 55, and finally decided to try it. I did notice the small fishy smell in the restaurant, but it could be due to poor air circulation. The wait staff was nice and attentive, but when it gets busy it could be hard to get their attention. I ordered variety of dishes to get a broad perspective on the restaurant. The tempura was excellent, grilled eggplant was average, and pickled cold dish was average. Now down to the heart of the meal. The variety of fish is excellent, freshness is good, price is reasonable. I ordered a Toro sashimi, and assorted sushi. The sashimi was good, but the sushi was average. What I felt was missing was the skill level in making the sushi. I felt like I was eating sushi from floating boats or trains. Ingredients to sushi are not very complex, but the art is the skill level and technique of the sushi chef, and how a sushi is constructed. I had better sushi at Sushi Gen and Hamakawa (Now Closed). Therefore Sushi Go 55 did not impress me to return soon, and I rated ?Average?.

thezone
thezone

09/10/2007

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The place smelled fishy, not a good sign for a sushi place that is rated 5 stars!!

I will start by saying that I have eaten in over 100 sushi places all over the world in the last 30 years. I consider my self a sushi expert. And for that matter a very picky eater. I am also very health conscious. I have a rule, never eat in a place that smells fishy. When my wife and I walked in we smelt fish, but since she is Asian, it didn't bother her. So she convinced me that since it was so highly rated in citysearch, we should give it a try. So, we sat down and ordered a California roll, yellowtail sashimi, 1 small beer and 1 7up. I had one piece of California roll and realized where the fish smell was coming from. I spat it into a napkin and tried one of the 4 tiny pieces of yellow tail. It was ok, but not as good as everyone seems to say. I asked for the check and it was $28.36!!! Holy 100-dollar bills batman, what if I would have eaten the normal amount of sushi? I would have had to have my visa titanium!!!! The place is a rip off. I would not recommend it to my cat, much less any human being. We headed back to Tokyo town and ate at Komasa. Had to wait but it sure was good. And by the way we had at a Teriyaki Salmon dinner, 2 8 Piece Yellow tail sashimi, 2 yellowtail sushi, spicy tuna roll, regular tuna roll, those Japanese soybeans, California roll, 2 miso soups, 1 large beer and 1 7up and a couple of other orders of sushi I can?t remember right now. Anyway, the total bill was 68 bucks (I could actually afford to pay cash!!), and I left an 11 dollar and change tip! I tried to get them entered into city search but it never happened. Don't know why. In conclusion, I have to say that I have depended on city search to show me the best places in the LA area. This is the first time the site failed. I really hope it doesn't happen again.

omnamaste
omnamaste

08/18/2007

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Best Sushi in LA

My Boyfriend and I Love this place enough to go three times in one week. The sushi chefs are great.. and the waitresses are sweet... The sushi is very fresh melts in your mouth and especially love the sweet shrimp.....I definitly give five stars to this place......when you go there make sure you buy the sushi chefs a beer they deserve it......

uchan111
uchan111

07/18/2007

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great service, quality, and a scrumptous menu selection!!!!

I really like the Sushi restaurant and ""Sushi Go 55"" is the best place for me.
Sushi quality is very good!!! The place's owner is kind and give me a great service. I always feel as a home.
Comfortable, good food!! Please try!

punky1127
punky1127

06/22/2007

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great selection

i took my boyfriend to sushigo55 for his birthday. the sushi bar was full but we had a table reservation. the lighting was a little too bright, there is no romantic ambiance in the place, but the food was excellent. we had the stuffed eggplant appetizer, edamame and miso, plus the blue crab roll, the spicy scallop roll, and a few other sushi and rolls. the waitress was very helpfull in recommending the specials. since it was a birthday, they brought out a plate of tempura ice cream with fresh strawberries and a candle. the waitresses came over to sing Happy Birthday to him. i was surprised, since i had only mentioned it was his birthday the day before when i made the reservation. very nice touch. there was a large party (also a birthday) next to us that sang along too. we will definietely go there again. the parking was easy, they validated our ticket, so it was free, and getting there was a snap. park on the 4th level of the parking garage, then go into the mall, where you will then be on the 3rd level of the mall.

ashleyc526
ashleyc526

05/10/2007

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Best Sushi in LA

I've been going here for a few years now, and this is my favorite sushi place in LA by far. The servers are really nice and sweet, and the fish is always fresh. The portion-sizes are great, and you definitely get your money's worth. I highly recommend the blue crab hand rolls! The chef also makes a spicy scallop roll which is very yummy.

tbo60
tbo60

05/07/2007

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Excellent Sushi

Fresh sushi, free parking, great service, great prices...I love this place! I'm very picky about my sushi and this place has not yet failed me. The waitresses are very sweet and the service is wonderful. I work downtown L.A. and am able to drive to the restaurant (where parking is easy, plentiful and free--a boon on the weekends!) and eat in just over an hour. The prices are reasonable, and so my lunch pal and I can always plan on a delicious weekly sushi lunch.

marcia_in_la
marcia_in_la

05/03/2007

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Always good!

Fresh Fresh Fresh!!! Excellent service. I tend to always sit at the bar. The chef gives helpful reccomendations there and with a smile. My friends and I choose this restaurant for special occasions and savour each and every moment of it. I reccomend the Spanish Mackeral as well as the Red Snapper. Mmmm, so delicious!!

pacific213
pacific213

04/26/2007

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Best sushi in Los Angeles. No fluff, just good fish. Awesome!

First time I ate at Sushi Go 55, I went nuts over the amazing food that I went looking for an apartment nearby so that I can eat there everyday. The sushi is solid. The fish is so fresh that it melts in your mouth like butter. I highly recommend the Spanish mackerel, salmon, red snapper, tuna, amberjack, and hama hama oysters. The regulars go here because it's all about the sushi. No people watching, no drama, no gimmicks, and no fluff. If you appreciate good sushi, Sushi Go 55 is the place for you. Sitting at the bar is also recommended. One has to appreciate the skills that their chefs have day in and day out.

neobenx2
neobenx2

04/09/2007

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Bad Service, Good Sushi, Awesome Chef

So it was Thursday night around 7:30pm, expected the restaurant to be some what crowded since it's dinner time after work and it was. restaurant was clean and majority of the tables were for 2 or 4 people. i must say the presentation of sushi was great and the portions were generous, no doubt that chef is good, but the eel bento box wasn't so great, i had such a hard time trying to break eel into smaller pieces, i think it was one of those frozen eel that was reheated... usually eel is very soft and it melts in your mouth. anyway, one of the older waitress who should have years of experience serving didn't have much common sense and service was awful. would i go again? maybe... someday...

nomo_fan
nomo_fan

03/26/2007

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Reconciliation with excellent sushi.

I went to Sushi Go 55 off of the rave reviews from Citysearch. After a great night with my girlfriend at the Getty, we decided to have some sushi. We made reservations for 8:30. We arrived promptly but waited 15 minutes after we arrived for a table. The waitress took our order shortly afterward. At 10 pm (around 70 minutes after the waitress took our order) the sushi chefs had still not started our order and were told that it might take a while longer. i was upset to say the least. One sushi chef looked our way and started snickering. I am Japanese, and I was appalled by what was being said (to me and behind our backs) and done, so we got up and left. The hostess said, ""One sushi chef is sick. Please come back soon, we will try to serve you."" Never will I go back. There was no monetary nor food compensation while we waited, and for a Japanese restaurant owned by Japanese people, I was disgusted by this lack of manners.

On 12/15/2007, we went back to Sushi Go 55. the son of the owners, who is the website manager, called us. On behalf of his parents, he apologized for the service and offered us 2 omokase as a peace offering. My fiance and I took advantage of this omokase tonight, and it was great!!! I understand now why many rave about this place because it was some of the best sushi that I have ever had in my life. Furthermore, I think that there was a change in staff in terms of sushi chefs. i will be going back to this establishment.

sushi_professor
sushi_professor

03/21/2007

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Quality Dropping

I've been going to this place for past 2 years, almost once every 2 weeks. In the beginning, fish was fresh with various live choices certain days. Now, quality and also service is really dropping. Sushi chefs seem to be changing every few months. What's going on? New chefs are so slow. Don't go here on weekends. You'll wait forever getting your food. Also, the daily specials, although same in most days, are getting shorter. Selection is going down. Hate to see this happening to my favorite sushi restaurant. But if this downfall continue, I must now move on to my other choices.

misterzuniga
misterzuniga

02/16/2007

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Sushi Go Faster than ""55""

Valentine's Day '07, My beatiful wife and I check this place out and right away I see how authentic the layout is (My first duty station was Okinawa). From the first bite I was literally blown away by the Chef's choice. Sitting at the bar gave us the opprotunity to expand out pallate like never before and experience amazing flavors that in other places would have only been alien print to us. We've been to many a sushi place but it was uninanimous: by far the best we've ever had and the staff was cool.

taste_bud
taste_bud

02/15/2007

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Double Stack Chirashi

Most of the places I go I order the Chirashi so I can get a sample of the sushi. So I got the Chirashi and two bento's came stacked on one another. One for the vegatable and one for the fish. Both extremely fresh. I also ordered the blue crab roll which was awesome. Needless to say with the Chirashi and the blue crab roll I was really stuffed. I've recommended the restuarant to a few friends as well and they all really like it. Very authetic and in the heart of little tokyo. I had lunch there and we were surround by japanese business men. It was alittle hard communicating with the waitress because the first one we had only spoke japanese so I would recommend this restuarant to people who know there sushi and novices.

multi
multi

02/09/2007

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Good Quality and Good Deal

The best time to come to this place is during lunch on the weekday. They have a lunch special for only $10!!! If I remember correctly there are about 8 pieces of sushi!. It also includes miso and some cold apetizer dishes. It is really more than enough for lunch. The quality of the sushi is actually very good for a price like that.

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Hours
Regular Hours
Mon - Fri:
Sat - Sun:
Extra Phones

TollFree: 877-571-9887

Payment method
amex, all major credit cards, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
$$
Location
Yaohan Plz
Neighborhoods
Historic Cultural, Little Tokyo, Central LA
Categories
Sushi Bars, Asian Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Japanese Restaurants, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Validated

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Take Out, Sushi, Bar & Grills

Alcohol: Beer, Yes, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

Pets Allowed: No

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