Food & Drink

The Valley's 10 Best Sushi Lunch Deals

Wilder Shaw Published On 03/19/2015 Published On 03/19/2015

We've told you about the best LA sushi according to sushi chefs, and we've told you about the best LA sushi in strip malls, but everyone knows that, if you want the freshest fish in town -- at the least expensive prices -- you've gotta hit the Valley at lunchtime. And that's why we're NOW telling you about the best sushi lunch deals in the Valley.

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Chiba

Sun Valley
What you’re getting: Bento box ($10) or Jyo Nigiri ($29)
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, & 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.

Ahi Sushi

Ahi Sushi

Sherman Oaks
What you’re getting: Lunch combo with albacore sashimi and crispy halibut roll ($13.50)
Ahi is frequently overlooked because it’s practically next door to Iroha, but STOP FREQUENTLY OVERLOOKING IT -- it’s got some really great fish and solid lunch specials. The two- or three-item combos have tons of options, including sashimi, baked green mussels, and scallop rolls.
 

Sushi Dan

Studio City
What you’re getting: Lunch combo with five-piece sushi and a salmon-scallop roll ($13.95)
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.

Matsuda Restaurant

Matsuda

Studio City
What you're getting: Three hand rolls, soup & salad ($10.80)
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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Iroha Sushi of Tokyo

Sherman Oaks
What you’re getting: Sashimi lunch box w/ soup, salad, rice, and fruit ($16)
Iroha is home to some of the best sushi in not only the Valley, but all of LA -- even the miso soup is better here, loaded with big chunks of tofu and seaweed.  The bento boasts thick-cut sashimi, and you can add some heavenly black cod for just $3. THREE BUCKS!

Octopus Japanese Fusion Restaurant

Octopus Japanese Restaurant

Encino
What you're getting: Chirashi ($13)
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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Sugarfish

Studio City
What you're getting: "Trust Me / Lite" ($17)
Blah blah Sugarfish is great blah blah blah. Yeah, we know sometimes it sounds like a broken record. But you know what? Sugarfish is great. So there. Also, get the "Trust Me / Lite": edamame, tuna sashimi, albacore sushi, salmon sushi, Nozawa shrimp sushi, and a toro hand roll.
 

Miya Sushi

Valley Village
What you're getting: Mix nigiri & soup ($15.50)
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.

Kiwami by Katsuya

Kiwami by Katsuya

Studio City
What you’re getting: The Kiwami Tray ($20)
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.

Sushi Spot Restaurant

Sushi Spot

Tarzana
What you’re getting:  Albacore bowl ($12)
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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Wilder Shaw is a writer and comedian who sometimes wonders why other food besides sushi even bothers to exist. Plan a trip to Jiro's restaurant with him on Twitter at @WilderShaw_ and Instagram at @WilderShaw.

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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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