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Upmarket restaurant

Mon–Thu 11:00am–2:30pm
Mon–Thu 5:00pm–10:00pm
Fri 11:00am–2:30pm
Fri 5:00pm–11:00pm
Sat 11:00am–11:00pm
Sun 5:00pm–10:00pm

Features Date-friendly, outdoor dining, Wi-Fi
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


4527 Travis St.
Dallas, Texas
(214) 443-9600
Little Katana
Take the tower-of-ahi challenge at this swanky Japanese joint

Call this twisted Asian with a steak brogue. Asian-fusion ‘n’ beef with a killer sushi bar with raw fish that’s fresher than a Chris Rock quip. Dig the exposed brick walls, the cherry-stained burl wood, the Texas hardwoods, the brushed steel fixtures, and the industrial accents that hearken back to that wholesome era of warehouse chic.

Take in the astute selection of Asian decorative motifs (stuff like little wooden boats that most likely float) that give the place that West Coast contemporary-Asian-rim-hip vibe we all strive for. Sip the Asian-influenced cocktails or slam back a swig from Little Katana’s extensive selection of more than 45 distinct sakes. Or swirl from the wine list that can actually mesh effectively with the Asian dishes instead of being stripped into epicurean road-kill by their laser-like flavors (hence the Rieslings and Alabariños).

Then pinch and bite: live scallops, clams, and uni, plus steaks (Kobe beef tenderloin) seared with traditional Korean grill wizardry. Do the “Ahi Tower” to prove your human-hood—a cylindrical spire of ahi tuna, crab, rice, avocado, three caviars, and wasabi sauce. Good parlor game: bets on who can do the tower in one bite. Use uni for wagering chips.

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