Average like beige.
We got there at about 7:00, and the small (10 seats?) sushi bar was full, mostly with a single family. We got a table and looked at the menu. Nothing special jumped out. We ordered the octopus with cucumber, seaweed and sprouts (tako su?). The Octopus was sliced to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness. There were about 8 slices interspersed with thin lemon wedges. It was unclear whether to eat the lemon wedges or not, as they still had the skin, but were thin enough to eat, however some of the wedges still had some seeds. We ate a few, and passed on the ones with seeds. The dish would have been much better if the lemon was sliced thinner or skinned, and seeded.
We also ordered the baked cod. It came out and I thought I was looking at a piece of tilapia. It was a filet not much bigger than a dollar bill, and about ¼ inch thick. It was very tender and delicious.
Obviously, sitting at a table instead of the sushi bar handicaps you as to what is fresh. We didnt want to order anything out of the mainstream, as we couldnt converse with the sushi chef. We had about 9 orders of sushi (2 pieces each order), and spicy tuna hand rolls. The sushi was overall uninteresting. It was a little sticky, and didnt seem as fresh as it could have been. It wasnt bad, but it wasnt outstanding either. I chalk it up to not sitting at the bar.
The servers were very nice. One seemed to be new, and the other knew the drill. Both were very attentive and made the experience good.
The whole meal, including a large bottle of Kirin was $60 before tip. Theres a B rating on the door. Next time I want sushi in the area I think Ill go to Noshi for the price or Saito for the quality.
Sushi Ryo is on Santa Monica and Highland in Hollywood.