Don’t let the quiet exterior of Sakura Japanese Steak & Seafood House fool you. Inside, there’s a party going on. In fact, there are three parties going on. Let me explain.
With a seating area of more than 10,000 square feet, it’s probably the largest restaurant in La Cañada Flintridge. It’s divided into three distinct zones, so depending on who you talk to, Sakura could be considered an elegant sushi restaurant, a lively teppanyaki grill or a casual shabu shabu joint.
The first area one encounters is the beautiful wood-lined, three-story-high atrium. A sushi and cocktail bar bisects the circle with tables around the room’s perimeter. It’s a very nice place for a romantic date. At the opposite end is a huge room filled with 16 teppan grills and overhead fans. A teppanyaki chef stands at attention at each grill surrounded by a gaggle of chattering diners.