Unlike the new, more modern izakayas around town (Tsubaki, Mtn), Osen Izakaya in Silver Lake is as traditional as it gets. With an interior entirely covered in wood paneling and smoke from the yakitori grills permeating your clothes as the night wears on, Osen feels like a real Japanese tavern. The food is good and affordable (concentrate on the yakitori skewers), and though the place is already quite crowded, it never takes too long to get a seat.
Search by Perfect For
More spots in Silver LakeSee more
Spoon & Pork
Spoon & Pork is a former food truck turned casual Filipino comfort food spot in Silver Lake that’s preparing pork belly all kinds of excellent ways.
Tartine Silver Lake
Tartine’s Silver Lake location has the breads and pastries you know and love, plus one more awesome offering: Pizza.
Eszett is an Austrian-ish spot on Sunset in Silver Lake, and an ideal place when you want to do date night a little differently.
More Japanese spotsSee more
Jinya Ramen Bar
Jinya is a bonafide chain with locations across the country, but still makes a very solid tonkotsu ramen.
Suggested by our writers
The omakase at Kiriko on Sawtelle is expensive but excellent. They also do more affordable lunch specials.
If you’re looking for bar food on Sawtelle, Furaibo - a dark, rowdy Izakaya - is a good option.
Joon Shabu Shabu
Joon is a very good shabu shabu joint in Glendale, and your move when you feeling like cooking meat yourself tonight.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more