Sweetfin Poke

Restaurants, Hawaiian Santa Monica
4 out of 5 stars
(10user reviews)
Sweetfin Poke
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman Spicy yuzu salmon with kelp noodles, wasabi toasted coconut and crispy onions at Sweetfin Poke

Artisanal coastal decor (curated by Studio Collective) and artistic, enticing bowls combine for an experience that can only be defined as poke chic. Culinary wiz Dakota Weiss (former contestant on “Top Chef”) has reinvented the traditional poke bowl. Unlike the usual white or brown rice fare, you’ll choose from an uplifted base selection of green bamboo rice (same sushi rice texture but healthier), fresh kelp noodles and cucumber slaw, or a citrus kale salad. Top off your poke experience with a build-your-own bowl ($7.95-$12.95) or choose from a myriad of zesty signature dishes ($8.95-$13.95) like the mango albacore with ponzu-lime, macadamia nuts and ginger or the spicy yuzu salmon tossed with yuzu koshu sauce, edamame and fresh lime. Nothing imitation about Sweetfin. Standouts from the toppings selection include wasabi-toasted coconut flakes, pickled shitake mushroom, and fiery jalapeños. Complement your bowl with thin-cut taro chips, house-crafted iced teas and matcha popcorn (white chocolate, matcha, black sesame and coconut) for a heavenly mid-day treat.

By: Danielle DiMeglio

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Venue name: Sweetfin Poke
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Address: 829 Broadway
Los Angeles
90401
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am-9pm
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Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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tastemaker

I'll preface this review by mentioning I eat poke more than any other food. Not a joke- ask my wallet. Sweetfin is good but it's not the best. The ahi is cut evenly and well but the crispy onions are lacking. Build your own bowl is the way to go! 

tastemaker

Out of all the poke spots that I have gone to, this one has to be my favorite. I personally enjoy the location at Larchmont, but either one stands out. They really do bring something to the table with the options in your BYOB (build your own bowl). I've been sticking to the freshness of the veggie bowls lately and mixing it up with fruits.

tastemaker

In a sea of poke places taking over LA, Sweetfin is definitely my favorite. It has all of the basics of a great poke place down--fresh fish, filling portions and innovative toppings. I love getting creative with the sauce and topping combos--there are so many to choose from! They're also pretty flexible with letting you go half and half on the fish, base and sauce. The taro chips are delicious and the rotating drinks are always refreshing. I love Sweetfin and am glad I can enjoy it without some of the guilt that typically comes with take out. 


Delicious poke! Though they may be a little pricey, they're quite delicious. I prefer to build my own bow. You can choose up to two fish (albacore is my favorite), a sauce (Sriracha ponzu is my favorite), a base (I always go with rice because it's filling) and then up to five toppings.

tastemaker

With the plethora of poke restaurants in L.A. lately, it's hard to imagine how any one place can differentiate iteself. One of the places that really stood out for me in terms of exciting choices and well seasoned ingredients, it is Sweetfin Poke. The menu for this place was developed by former Top Chef contestant Dakota Weiss. It is very gourmet and very Californian.


One of the things I really enjoyed was the ability to easily build a paleo (also vegan or gluten free)  or low carb bowl with something other than mixed greens. They have their own signature bowls and also the option to "build your own bowl" which they've made into a fairly simple step by step process.


Bases are bamboo rice, kelp noodles with cucumber slaw or a citrus kale salad. Fish choices include yellowfin tuna, salmon, red snapper, albacore, all which are sustainably caught. You can also choose tofu or chopped vegetables. The sauces provide a jolt of flavor with choices like creamy togorashi, yuzu kosho, sriracha ponzu., ponzu lime, avo coco or classic shoyu with sesame oil.


Finally, the add-on choices add the texture and flavor variety. You can add avocado, seaweed salad, jalapeño, wasabi-toasted coconut flakes, carrots, pickled shitake mushrooms, tobiko, macadamia nuts, blistered shisito peppers, bean sprouts, crispy garlic, crispy onions, wasabe peas, habanero, serrano chili, chili oil, cilantro, fresno chili, shiso, chili marinated oranges, edamame, cucumbers, mango, napa cabbage, ginger, pineapple, red onion, snow peas.


They offer a couple of sides such as very crunchy wasabi coated taro chips, matcha or sriracha chocolate popcorn and a variety of infused teas.


The bowl portions are on the light side, but the quality and flavor more than make up for that.

tastemaker

Really fresh and delicious. A little pricey but this poke is quite addictive! Busy during lunch but line moves pretty fast. Recommended! 


Sweetfin Poke is seriously addictive! Their ingredients are so fresh and satisfying! I love building my own poke bowl... I have yet to find a combination of their ingredients that don't go amazing together. Super big fan!

tastemaker

Quick & casual dining. Great for a quick bite to eat before the bar (if you can stomach fish before you drink) or for lunch.

If you Build Your Own Bowl, have a brief idea of what you want in it so you’re not holding up the line (the people behind you and the workers might get upset). They whip these bowls out pretty fast. Also good to note: The fish is pretty fresh but they won’t let you combine 2 different types of fish at the same price point.

The place is clean & seating is limited.