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LA's 9 best sushi lunch deals

Published On 10/07/2014 Published On 10/07/2014

It's lunchtime. You're hungry. You need sushi. But here's the thing: there are, like, a billion sushi places, and some of them are actually good, and some of them aren't, and some of them have lunch deals, and some of them don't. We're here to help -- here are the best sushi lunch deals in LA:

Sushi Tsujita

West LA
As we mentioned last week, the ramen kings of Sawtelle are looking to become the sushi kings of Sawtelle with their newest concept. At dinner, expect to shell out two to three bills for a sublime omakase, but at lunch you can get a $15 chirashi bowl that might be in the running for best in the city. The one catch? They only make 15 a day at that price, so you gotta get there early.

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Sasabune

Beverly Hills/Brentwood
You may be put off by this usually-expensive spot's reputation, but they fill up for lunch by offering super-legit deals, like a $25 omakase and a $35 special that includes hand rolls, seven pieces of nigiri, salad, soup, and dessert.

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Murakami

Hollywood
Even though the prices went up when this classic Hollywood chirashi bowl specialist moved to Melrose last year, it's still one of the best deals in town. Build your own or choose one of their pre-made combos -- either way you're not spending more than $20.

Kiriko

Kiriko

West LA
Just because Sushi Tsujita is our new favorite Sawtelle hangout doesn't mean this old favorite doesn't deserve some love. They have a number of sushi combos, as well as a $40 omakase, but you can always count on there being a great $15 lunch special of the day, which usually includes five pieces of sushi and some sort of cooked dish. If it's fried chicken, DEFINITELY get it.

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A-Won

Koreatown
If you've never had the Korean sushi bowl known as hwedupbap, stop reading this immediately and go right to A-Won in Koreatown... you there? OK, now start reading again: for $15 you get a massive salad (don't let that stop you) topped with little cubes of raw fish. Stir in some of the included rice and the sweet and hot red chili paste that goes into bibimbap, and you've got one of the best raw fish lunches in all of LA.

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Sushi Gen

Downtown
The insanely thick-cut $15 sashimi platter at this Little Tokyo sushi spot is so legendary, you have to get there before noon if you don't want to wait (or end up eating at the Hawaiian joint next door). It's worth it, though. Just make sure you sit at a table -- the sushi bar is reserved for the high rollers.

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Kula Revolving Sushi Bar

Downtown
Conveyor belt sushi can easily end up becoming a case of "that's how they getcha". The food never stops coming, and who can keep track of which plate corresponds to which price? Thankfully, at Kula, that all goes out the window because every single plate costs $2.25. Is it the best fish you've ever eaten? Of course not. But it's good enough, and if you like crazy fried rolls covered in mayo-based spicy sauces, you'll find yourself completely satisfied for under $20.

Shunji

Shunji

West LA
When is a $40 sushi lunch a great deal? When dinner will run you $120+ at the same restaurant, that's when. At lunch, you won't get any of the cooked dishes that this place is known for at night, but the quality of the raw fish more than makes up for it. $23 gets you seven pieces plus a hand roll and miso soup, but you'll want to shell out the extra $17 for the 12-piece premium/stomach-filling level.

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The Izaka-Ya by Katsu-Ya

Sherman Oaks/Mid-Wilshire/Manhattan Beach
This popular mini-chain stocks their under-$20 lunch specials not just with the usual suspects (tuna, albacore, etc.), but also with premium suspects like uni and salmon eggs, as well as blackened cod.

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Midtown Lunch founder Zach Brooks and Thrillist LA Editor Jeff Miller can often be found co-podcasting Food Is The New Rock, and are probably having sushi for lunch right at this very moment. You can find Zach on Instagram at @foodisthenewrock and Jeff at @jeffmillerla.

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1. Sushi Tsujita 2057 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

The people behind ramen powerhouses Tsujita and Tsujita Annex bring you Sushi Tsujita, which focuses on top-caliber sashimi that tastes just-caught fresh. Go here if you’ve got money to burn or a date to impress, since the omakase-style menu can set you back $120.

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2. Sushi Sasabune 11917 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 (Beverly Hills)

This Westside mainstay serves up a game-changing and belly-filling omakase for minimal green, with fish that compares to some of the priciest establishments in town.

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3. Murakami Sushi 7160 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (Hollywood)

This chirashi bowl specialist has one of the best lunch deals in town. Build your own or choose one of their pre-made combos -- either way you're not spending more than $20.

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4. Kiriko Sushi 11301 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

This Little Osaka spot delivers much-lauded sushi dishes with standouts that include shirako, mackerel, and in-season sea snail. And as if the interior decor weren't convincing enough, all seafood dishes are freshly cut by chefs skilled in traditional techniques, so you'll be able to confirm the authenticity by taste as well.

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5. A-Won Japanese Restaurant 913 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006 (Koreatown)

If you've never had the Korean sushi bowl known as hwedupbap, it's time: for $15 you get a massive salad (don't let that stop you) topped with little cubes of raw fish. Stir in some of the included rice and the sweet and hot red chili paste that goes into bibimbap, and you've got one of the best raw fish lunches in all of LA.

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6. Sushi Gen 422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Downtown)

The insanely thick-cut $15 sashimi platter at this Little Tokyo sushi spot is so legendary, you have to get there before noon if you don't want to wait. It's worth it, though. Just make sure you sit at a table -- the sushi bar is reserved for the high rollers.

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7. Kula Revolving Sushi Bar 333 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Downtown)

Conveyor belt sushi can easily end up becoming a case of "that's how they getcha" -- the food never stops coming, and who can keep track of which plate corresponds to which price? Thankfully, at Kula, that all goes out the window because every single lunch plate costs $2.25.

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8. Shunji Japanese Cuisine 12244 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 (West La)

One of the most exciting developments to ever hit LA's Japanese cuisine scene, Shunji's blackboard menu proffers unique eats like a martini glass filled with noodles made from ground snapper and purple mashed potatoes. "Bottoms Up" isn't just for drinking anymore.

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