Mainland Poke Shop

Restaurants, Hawaiian Central LA
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Mainland Poke Shop
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So Cali Bowl at Mainland Poke Shop

There's no need to reserve a five-star restaurant for sushi-grade bites. Nestled amidst 3rd street’s burgeoning boutiques and eateries, Mainland Poke serves up some of the highest quality fish around. Unlike traditional saturated poke, these seafood buffs choose to spotlight the freshness of their proteins sans marinade and instead top off the bowl with a drizzled sauce. Choose from a deli-case of manicured ahi, albacore, octopus and more, served on a bed of rice or salad, and amp it up with fresh garnishes of your choosing at $8.45 for small bowl and $10.95 for a large (aloha bowls without a base go up to $14.95). Savor house favorites like the “Ichiban” made with albacore, pickled ginger, green onions, tobiko and topped with wasabi cream. For a fiery twist, order the “That fire!” made with tuna, furikake, chili flakes, jalapeño, siracha and wasabi cream—a sweat-inducing, tantalizing concoction that you can guzzle down with sweet housemade lemonades. You pay a pretty penny for the small portion size, but for combinations and quality this grandiose, it’s so worth it.

By: Danielle DiMeglio


Venue name: Mainland Poke Shop
Address: 8312 1/2 West Third St
Los Angeles
Opening hours: Daily 11am-10pm
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It's hard to stand out with poke in L.A. because there are so many poke places in town. However, I recently picked up a bowl from Mainland Poke, one of the places that started it all with the poke craze in Southern California. Their focus is serving the freshest, sashimi grade seafood, flown in from all over the world.

The fish I ordered had a buttery texture, and I went in at the end of the night, about 15 minutes before they closed! They do not pre-marinate anything, in an effort to let the fish speak for itself. The selection of toppings is not huge, but they cover all the basics and most choices are quite flavorful.


This poke shop does not mix their fish and toppings with the sauces. As a result, the fish lacks flavor. It's hard to describe but the toppings could also be improved. The seaweed salad tastes like it has been sitting there for a while. The mango pieces are cut a little too big.