Shojin - Downtown LA

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Little Tokyo Shopping Center, 333 S Alameda St Unit 310, Los Angeles, California, USA, 90013

Vegan Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles Little Tokyo whose menu features a variety of vegetable sushi rolls plus salads, ramen, seitan entrees, and other creations. Intimate setting, on the 3rd floor of Little Tokyo Square shopping mall with parking in the plaza lot. Busy on weekend evenings so reserve ahead. Open Mon-Fri 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sat 12:00pm-10:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-10:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Japanese, Macrobiotic, Organic, Take-out, Fusion, Gourmet

75 Reviews

First Review by button

Amazing! - Edit

High class restaurant for that special dinner. Along with Crossroads this is one of my favorite LA restaurants. The sushi rolls were unbelievable and the stuffed mushrooms appetizer was my favorite. The staff was attentive and so nice.

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Good but be aware of fried stuff - Edit

We had the tasting menu for 2 and everything was yummy and creative, but I was surprised at how much was deep fried. If we had it to do again we'd order more carefully.

In terms of simulating fish sushi, I was spoiled living in NYC when Soy and Sake was around (closed a few years ago). Shojin's sushi won't "fool" a carnivore--but I don't think it's meant to. Instead it's just their own creations.

The place is located on the 3rd floor of a mall, which is odd for a NYer but I guess in LA that's not unusual. They do a good job hiding the mall environment away with curtains, but the interior of the restaurant, while pleasant, isn't particularly special. I understand there is another location as well, but we didn't go there on this trip.

It's *not* cheap. The meal for the two of us with 1.5 beers each was $106 with tip. The staff was super-attentive and nice. There was a line outside when we left, so I guess it's popular!

Pros: Creative ingredients, Treat to have all-vegan Japanese

Cons: Pricey, Oddball location in mall

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Most unique and flavorful dishes! - Edit

Shojin absolutely blew me away. My boyfriend took me here for our anniversary dinner and we were extremely spoiled! Everything is organic and packed with flavor. We ordered the tasting menu. This included three appetizers, one salad, and three sushi rolls. This was A LOT of food but also just right to get a taste of everything. My favorite appetizers were the spicy "tuna" on crispy rice and the freshly made gyoza (no explanation can justify how amazing these are -- try them yourself!)
For the sushi rolls -- the crunchy tiger and kiss of the spiderman blew me away. I never knew vegan sushi could be this fun and flavor packed!
After our meal we ordered a lovely caramelized banana desert and they brought it with a candle for us to celebrate. They even took out picture and printed it out for us, writing HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
Overall the experience was wonderful and the service amazing. There are two locations in lA -- downtown and culver city. I highly recommend hitting one of these up if you are visiting / live here for a delicious evening!

Pros: Amazing Service , Unique, Flavorful Food , Good Value

Cons: Higher price point , Downtown location is in shopping mall

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Good atuff - Edit

Glad we went and experienced this place. Service was friendly and attentive with good descriptions and clarification of menu items. The rolls are different in flavor and texture which I liked but my husband is still on the fence. It is a bit pricey if you try a lot of different things but you could have one roll and it wouldn't be bad

Updated from previous review on 2017-08-14

Pros: New flavors, textures and uses of plants

Cons: Maybe the price if you're waiting for payday

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So yummy - Edit

Went to this place 3 years ago and hope to go back again. The food was filling and tasty

Pros: wonderful food, beautiful place, great service

Cons: no cons

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Sushi Was Awesome but Pricey - Edit

The hostess was awesome. Our waiter was a tad pushy. Maybe it was because they were closing the kitchen soon. Very expensive and compared to many other vegan or vegan-option restaurants I've been to or could have gone to that night, the portions were much smaller. I do think the sushi is great! If you're looking for a spot for a special occasion and love sushi then this is your place!😁







Updated from previous review on 2017-08-05

Pros: classy, upscale, great for a sushi craving vegan!

Cons: way too expensive

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fresh and top quality ingredients - Edit

I really enjoyed my dinner at Shojin. This place is a real Japanese eatery and the service you get is truly genuine. The food is fresh, light and top quality. I tried a couple of rolls and a spoonful of my friends ramen. My favourite dish was the black widow tempura roll by far, finding the rest ok but not special.
I also had the gf matcha cake dessert and it was nice but a bit too heavy and dense for my taste.

Pros: real Japanese eatery, wonderful service, top quality food

Cons: nothing truly special

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You will love this place! - Edit

Shojin makes art with food and it is not just looking amazing but also tasting delicious!
Considering that you get the atmosphere and service of a high class restaurant I wouldn't even consider it to be too pricey but this restaurant is definitely more of a pick for special occasions.

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vegan sushi!! - Edit

I love Shojin. It's pricey but exquisite. The service is always exceptional and the dishes and desserts are creative and tasty.

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Creative Rolls, Intimate Space - Edit

I had learned about this restaurant on HappyCow when it had first opened (2007?) and have eaten here numerous times since. Was here again in Dec 2016, here's my Shojin review update.

It seems that Shojin is constantly evolving, changing its menus, and adding new things. The current menu features a range of contemporary vegan Japanese cuisine: veggie sushi rolls, salads, soups and ramen noodle, and a couple of hot plates with seitan. Also on the menu are a range of beverages. The desserts always change, so you have to ask about it.

The space is rather small and intimate with very dim lights. The food is always well-prepared and presented.

I like the ramen noodle options as well the assorted vegetable sushi rolls. For the rolls, the sauce can get too salty, so I ask them to put the sauce on the side instead of a pour over.

Dessert-wise, I like their baked cakes.

The service is very good. Can get pricey, though. To me Shojin feels more like a special occasion outing, or a date night place, or if you have lots of money and enjoy spending it on yummy food, then definitely enjoy it here.

Pros: creative rolls, good service, nice space

Cons: i prefer less salt

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Amazing rolls! - Edit

Their rolls are amazing. My friend had one of their ramen bowls and it was great too. The only con is that it's a bit pricey. I know a lot of vegans are looking for good sushi so I think if they lowered the prices a bit it might be more appealing. Also the rolls are a little small for 14 bucks. Other than that would've been a 5 star review.

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remarkable - Edit

The food, ambiance, and stylish decor all make for a remarkable dining experience. The best vegan sushi I have ever had and the BBQ appetizer was amazing. The meat substitute on the BBQ was delicate but incredible flavor-able. A do not miss for vegan Japanese food!

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Best vegan restaurant in LA - Edit

The food here is very creative and delicious. I keep falling in love with this restaurant every single time that I've been back. The new menu kept the right items and introduced new ones. The multi-course fixed price dinners for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's day are excellent and creative. Service is as friendly as usual.

Pros: The quality of the food, Attentive customer service, Decor and location

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best vegan sushi! - Edit

This place has fantastic creative vegan sushi creations! They also give you a tea that taste like vanilla.
Amazing experience!

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Excellent! - Edit

This is a wonderful restaurant. The food was great, the service was great. Try the special for two people.

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Most formal vegan restaurant experience.. - Edit

We had just arrived in L.A. and saw that the only vegan restaurant open was Shojin. We were incredibly thankful to have found somewhere to eat after travelling. I had never been to Little Tokyo and I absolutely loved it. You are immediately greeted and treated like a guest in a Japanese home, very respectfully. My chair was pulled out for me and my coat was taken. I had the best vegan sushi I had ever had. The pot stickers were delicious to start our meal.

Pros: Formal Dining Experience, Friendly Staff, Large Menu

Cons: Pricey

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Pricey but Tastey - Edit

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Los Angeles area. The food is consistently good. As much as the location is very inconvenient, it is a destination well worth the drive. This is in contrast to their Culver City location, which is lousy in both the service and quality of the food.

Pros: Flavorful, Beautiful Presentation, Knowledgable wait staff

Cons: Downtown in a shopping center, Expensive

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fabulous - Edit

Shojin has it all for vegan diners. The food was delicious and inventive. Service was impeccable. We enjoyed the the sushi rolls, especially the Crunchy Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the Yellow Magic Orchestra. The desserts were great - we had the Orange Chocolate Cake and the Sweet Potato Mochi. The evening was thoroughly enjoyable.

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delicious and romantic! - Edit

I went on a first date here. My date knew I was vegan and we found this little gem. Staff is so friendly. They definitely help give you a good experience. And the vibe is just so nice.
They have vegan cocktails! I tried the matcha Russian. Wow. So yummy!
Vegan sushi!! So good! Even my date liked it. Go here. It's great!

Pros: good service , friendly staff

Cons: pricey

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They get it - Edit

Everything I always wanted in Japanese fusion vegan style is here. It is phenomenal. I paid 65 and my daughter and I tried 6 things u see in pics. Great service great ambience. I can't wait to go back. The peach drink was amazing. I. We bought a 3 bags of their special cookies and they were yum. You have to try it for yourself. Southern CA rocks for vegans. the plum tart dessert tasted just right not to sweet not to tardy, my 5yr old approves. Great experience cor treating my 5yr old out as a reward for doing extra well in 1st grade.

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SO DELICIOUS!! - Edit

This place is amazing.. Service was exceptional and all of the food had amazing depth in flavor, fresh, beautifully presented. Really amazing.

Pros: Amazing food, Wonderful service, Very clean

Cons: Decor

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Very Special Veg Japanes dining in Little Tokyo LA - Edit

Because there are so many vegan places arounded LA we missed almost this one.
A owner from a nice small shop in Little Tokyo told us that we had to go to Shojin. She isn't vegan but this she loved too.
And she didn't dissappointed us! I took miso soup and seitan dish with orange. Was great. But the sushi's they look so so nice. They even flambé some.
The atmosphere is great. Cosy but real dining.
Funny thing about the location, it is in a shopping centre(3rd floor) and you wouldn't expect such a nice place here. We were lucky that we could come here because the place was full and we didn't reserve a table. Next time we go to LA we def. come back!

Pros: Great food, Vegan, Friendly staff

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Can't say enough about this place - Edit

One of my favorite restaurants IN THE WORLD. Delicious food, romantic atmosphere, beautiful presentation, and typically Japanese service. I absolutely love this place. Every veg*n should eat here once in their lives!

Pros: Very creative sushi, Delicious food, Romantic atmosphere

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amazing ! ! ! - Edit

It was the best food I've ever have! It was just perfect, subtle and beautiful.

Pros: organic, Nice staff, lovely place

Cons: expensive..but it worth the chef's cuisi

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Yummmmmmy - Edit

The restaurant is ok a bit expensive but not so much when we see what we have, but it was really magic. Every plates were so beautiful and so tasty. Perfect.

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An instant favorite! - Edit

We finally made it to Shojin and, wow...

Nearly everything about this place is first class. A warm welcome, a tastefully designed space, great service, and some of the most delicious, creative, and salubrious Japanese food we've had anywhere (including Japan) — and organic ingredients to boot.

Ordering was a challenge because i wanted to eat the whole menu. But we eventually narrowed it down to two appetizers and three sushi rolls. We love everything, but our favorites were these:

- Spicy rock shiitake tempura
- Shishito peppers and crispy tofu
- Spicy baked scallop roll

Also good: Daikonic roll, and Crunchy Tiger, Hidden Dragon

For dessert, we had the best green tea ice cream (vegan) we've ever had.

All the food was well presented, and some of the dishes are culinary art. Service was perfect: warm and very attentive without being obtrusive. The place isn't cheap, but it's a bargain considering the stellar quality of the organic ingredients, haute-cuisine preparation, and excellent service.

The canned music wasn't to our taste, but everything else certainly was, so it's a solid 5 very Happy Cows.

They validate parking in the Little Tokyo Shopping Center for up to 2 hours, which is a big plus in this area. Park on the 4th level for convenience (there's a bridge that crosses directly to the top floor of the mall, where Shojin is located).

Enjoy!

Pros: Exquisite and creative dishes, organic ingredients, great service

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Best Vegan Sushi - Edit

I went to shojin about a year ago with my family and it was delicious! I had their dynamite sushi, and two others one was made from eggplant and the other was imitation crab. I didn't like the eggplant too much because of the texture. The crab was yummy but so filling I couldn't finish all of the rolls. The dynamite sushi rolls were my favorite by far. Even better was the soup there. My family tried a little of everything and they were very impressed. The food is wonderful but it is expensive. So make sure you plan your budget accordingly. I would come here again on very special occasions. The restaurant is elegant and classy definitely a place I would go to on a date or with close friends. Its also a little bit small but that is not an issue at all! This is still one of the best restaurants I've been to, especially for the sushi. Not to mention the staff gave me a complimentary peach tea that was also wonderful.

Pros: Delicious, Friendly Staff, Customer Servicr

Cons: Expensive , Dim

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