I've been to the one in Tokyo and it was by far my best meal in Japan, so I was excited to hear about Gonpachi LA. I called late on Friday for a reservation (I admit poor planning on that part) and was told there was nothing available until 9:15 for a table of 2. I asked what I could expect if I just showedd up and was told they had a sushi bar and a robata bar (I can't remember what they call it). So we got there about 7:45 and went to the non-sushi bar because I don't eat much sushi. There were several tables empty in this section - including a table for two that sat empty the entire time we were there. I couldn't see if the prime mezzanine booths were full -- if you go there ask for one of these. The food was good but not hot, even though we saw them take it off the grill and bring it right over to us. While we were waiting for our bill, my husband noticed that a cook was burning two corn on the cobs. When he took it up to the pass, they just turned it over so that the burnt sides were on the bottom. We watched the two unsuspecting diners and we could clearly see from our vantage point the burnt parts but obviously they didn't notice. Gordon Ramsay would not have been pleased.
I think I'll just stick with the Tokyo Gonpachi.