The new outpost will be a part of the West Harbor LA Waterfront development, slated to open in 2023.
Yamashiro, the ornate, Asian-inspired palace perched in the hills, has long been the go-to spot for date nights and special occasions. Its sweeping views of the city, gorgeous Japanese gardens and incredible sushi have turned it into an L.A. icon. Now, the historic eatery will be opening up a second outpost along the water in San Pedro.
It will be a part of the upcoming $150 Million West Harbor development project that will see the 1960’s Ports O’ Call Village replaced with an industrial-style complex filled with restaurants, retailers, gardens and dynamic playgrounds for kids. While the old village may have been in need of a makeover, the transformation has been met with some backlash after evicting a number of veteran tenants in favor of new ones.
Its beachfront Yamashiro will take over the space previously occupied by the San Pedro Fish Market & Restaurant, which has taken the throne as the best seafood restaurant in the state, according to Yelp. It’s also one of America’s top-selling restaurants making around $30 million annually. Although, the 65-year-old institution won’t be moving far. It will be moving further down the waterfront with plans to build a supersize fish market.
While guests won’t be seeing another Kyoto palace replica like the 1911 landmark Yamashiro in Hollywood, there will be Japanese design influences woven into the new warehouse-style space. The owners also have plans to expand the Yamashiro brand further by opening restaurants in other locations such as Miami and Saudi Arabia.