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The Valley's 10 Best Sushi Lunch Deals

Published On 03/19/2015 Published On 03/19/2015
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Ahi Sushi
Matsuda Restaurant
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Octopus Japanese Fusion Restaurant
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Kiwami by Katsuya
Sushi Spot Restaurant
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1. Chiba Japanese Restaurant 7515 Lankershim Blv., North Hollywood, CA 91605

Many people consider Chiba to be the best sushi in the Valley, and many people are probably right. If you're really watching your wallet, you can get a $10 bento that features sashimi, shrimp, vegetable tempura, salad, rice, and miso soup. But if you're just tossing your wallet in the air, for $29, you can get yourself the Jyo Nigiri -- a 10-piece, chef’s-choice plate featuring toro, sweet shrimp, and maybe the best uni in LA. The new location features an extended parking area and a patio. They've also upgraded to a full liquor license which is a win for everyone.

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2. Ahi Sushi 12915 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Ahi Sushi is ideal for a quick bite. But if you're feeling adventurous, the restaurant also has one-of-a-kind dishes that puts it above the average lunch or takeout spot.

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3. Sushi Dan 11056 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 (East Valley)

It’s hard to argue with the seemingly limitless options that Sushi Dan gives you. So, like, don't argue, okay? The standard lunch special includes five pieces of chef’s-choice sushi, along with everything from sashimi salad to mango-salmon rolls.

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4. Matsuda 11837 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 (East Valley)

Matsuda’s lunch specials are insanely cheap for the quality it's dishing out. Outside of the insane three-hand-rolls-soup-salad deal for $10.80, you can also get bento boxes, chirashi bowls, and even an assortment of chef’s-choice dishes (like yellowtail-jalapeño sashimi and spicy tuna crackers), all for $15.

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5. Iroha Sushi of Tokyo 12953 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Located in a converted house on Ventura Blvd, this sushi-war survivor’s been holding it down for decades. Offering both trendy dishes (yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño) and Japanese standards (such as bento and tempura), it's no wonder that Iroha has stood the test of time. Be sure to try spicy miso and spicy tuna on crispy spice. The nigiri, too, is highly praised.

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6. Octopus Japanese Restaurant 16733 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91436

Yes, it's a chain, but also yes, skilled chefs and lots of bento options make Octopus one of the best lunch spots around. Encino location bonus: Parking lot. PARKING LOT.

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7. SUGARFISH 11288 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

This back-to-basics spot from Kazunori "Sushi Nazi" Nozawa takes the food he perfected at his namesake restaurant and makes it more accessible to the masses without sacrificing one iota of quality. This sushi spot forgoes flashy rolls and fusion dishes in favor of pure ingredients and simple preparations -- you choose from three set menus ranging from small to large-ish, and while a la carte items can be ordered on top of that, if you pick the right size and trust the master, you really won't need them.

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8. Miya Sushi 5215 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607

If you can get past the unappealing “JAPANESE SUSHI CUISINE” sign that adorns the entrance, you’ll find tons of under-$10 lunch combos as well as a nuts-good seafood ceviche.

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9. Kiwami by Katsuya 11920 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604 (East Valley)

This little-brother-to-the-original, down-the-street Katsuya cranks out food that's arguably even better than the OG location, including the totally reasonable, totally loaded-up Kiwami Tray featuring seared albacore w/ crispy onions, yellowtail sashimi w/ jalapeño, salmon sashimi w/ chopped avocado and onion, a baked crab roll, and spicy tuna on crispy rice.

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10. Sushi Spot 19658 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Though Kushiyu isn’t far, Aziz Ansari-fave Sushi Spot has the better lunch deals, with nothing over $12. EVER. Well, until dinner.

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