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Soko, A New Santa Monica Sushi Experience

Chef Masasuke Shimakawa Soko Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows
Chef Masasuke Shimakawa

Everyone loves sushi, but few know the culinary delight dates back almost 2000 years. Well before refrigeration, Japanese fisherfolk preserved fish by wrapping it in fermented rice and salt, calling it “Narezushi.” Kept in darkened storerooms, Narezushi was perfected over the centuries until now, when modern sushi has been elevated to an art form. Soko, the latest sushi restaurant at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, is a literal tribute to the origins of sushi. The name “Soko” means “storeroom,” and Soko is, in fact, set in a simple storeroom on our main-floor lobby.

Born and raised in Hakodate, Hokkaido Japan, Sushi Chef Masa Shimakawa delivers a Master Class in refined technique, presentation, and quality. The playful paintings on Soko’s walls portray two brothers, both fishermen, dating back to the days of Narezushi. Our Soko logo, with its infinity symbol, pays homage to the timeless art of making and enjoying sushi.

The venue

The 8-seat venue is tucked away in a secluded corner of the Fairmont Miramar hotel lobby. Serving nigiri, rolls, appetizers and shareable plates of seasonal fish, Chef Masa Shimakawa offers a fully a la carte menu that can be tailored to one’s tastes.

Reserve all 8 seats for a business dinner, special event or evening out with friends. To reserve the space, please email us at

*Menu subject to change.


Read what the media are saying about Soko Sushi.

Eater Los Angeles (January 2022) – 18 Hottest Restaurants in Los Angeles

Thrillist L.A. (January 2022) – The 28 Best Sushi Spots in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times (August 2021) – Soko sushi pop-up

LAist (August 2021) – Fabulous Events Happening This Weekend In LA And SoCal: Aug. 6 – 8

Forbes (July 2021) – The Best Los Angeles Staycations Just Got Even Better

Eater Los Angeles (July 2021) – Sushi Bar From Veteran Chef Masa Shimakawa Pops Up at Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar

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