It might be located inside one of the most chichi hotels in Santa Monica, but Soko’s heart is in Japan. Chef Masa Shimakawa draws inspiration from his native Hokkaido for the menu, which delves back thousands of years to the origins of sushi for a totally unique culinary experience. Translating to “storeroom,” Soko not only refers to what the restaurant space served as before it was transformed into an intimate, eight-seat sushi den, but also pays homage to the way fish was preserved in pre-refrigeration times. Pro tip: Ask for the off-menu secret roll for a gorgeous, gold-encrusted creation of toro, avocado, uni, salmon roe, and caviar.
How to book: Reservations recommended. Book online.