After reading the recommendations of a number of LA Chowhounders, I took my wife to Shibucho on Beverly for her birthday a few days ago. She's a real sushi lover, having move to the states from Tokyo about 8 years ago. To get to the point, we both thought it was quite overpriced for the quality of the sushi. We ended up paying around $200, after tax and tip. My wife had 3 glasses of what she described as mid-level sake, and I, since I unfortunately couldn't afford a $50++ bottle of Italian or French wine (of which he has a great collection) for myself alone, had 3 glasses of his "red" wines, the first of which was apparently stored improperly or opened too long ago and should not have been served.
The fish was overall pretty good, but definitely not as good as I'd expected. A few of my pieces actually had noticeable chunks of connective tissue/scale on them, and the rice was a somewhat gummy. I can't complain about the food - it *was* good - but to pay that much doesn't make sense to me at all. There were two other parties there while we were, and both received each dish from the chef with near awe - "Ohhhh, thank you." And after trying each dish - "this is EXcellent! Wow!" Hollywood people who don't have the mind to see what else is out there? Got me.
I've had better meals at Sushi Wasabi in Tustin for *half* the price and Saito in Silverlake for 2/3 the price.