West Los Angeles restaurant Totoraku is supposed to be a well-kept secret, but its unique and thrilling dining experience is well known to local food lovers. Located under the guise of “The Pico Teriyaki House,” the restaurant is owned by chef Kaz Oyama, and in order to gain access to this elite eatery, you must gain “invitation privileges” by becoming friends with and receiving a business card from him. There’s a whole secret process one must follow to gain entry to Totoraku, but it pays off. Totoraku specializes in beef, showcasing its flavors in every imaginable form—both raw and cooked—from filet mignon to beef tartare. The amuse platter is also lauded, along with the fine wine collection, and it’s rounded out by impressive presentation, a casual, intimate atmosphere, and friendly service. If you’ve got the determination, securing a seat at this exclusive spot means a truly magical meal experience.  

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Foursquare Tips

  • Don't be fooled by the shady outside. The food here is amazingly sensation.
  • Where's the A5 beef? Prepare to be underwhelmed.
  • There are plenty of parking on the streets. Look for the "teriyaki house pico" sign outside the restaurant. Note, there is no Totoruku sign.
  • When dessert comes you can ask to have 2 scoops instead of just one.
  • Try the Appetizers
  • Try the Beef Tartare With Pears And Quail Egg
  • Make friends with someone who has been or you may never get in...