Niki Nakayama at N/Naka


Niki Nakayama is the chef/co-owner of N/Naka. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, she began her career at the renowned Takao restaurant in Brentwood, working under the guidance of esteemed chefs Takao Izumida and Morihiro Onodera. Committed to exploring new techniques, she embarked on a three-year working tour throughout Japan, sampling her way through different regional flavors and immersing herself in the essentials of Japanese cuisine, both traditional and cutting-edge.


  • 101 Best Restaurants 2014
    LA Times
  • Four Stars
    LA Weekly
  • LA's Best Sushi
    Food & Wine
  • Must-Try Tasting Menus in LA
  • Rising Star Chef 2014
    Star Chefs

My Restaurants

  • N/Naka
    3455 Overland Ave
    Los Angeles, CA

Where I Eat

Behind the Scenes

Chef Niki Nakayama reviews  at
"Sakizuke: Scallops with English peas, avocado purée, tiny turnip What do you think of our new ceramic bowls? Made by a talented local artist! #madewithlove"
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Chef Niki Nakayama reviews  at
"(Niki) Nakayama encourages all her workers to focus on their strengths, “to pull out that best part of ourselves and just contribute that all the time, without spending too much time trying to fix the weaknesses that we have,” she says. “It’s far more productive in a team environment. It’s knowing and respecting each other’s strengths and weaknesses that makes a great team.” — @entrepreneur | 📸: @giantrobotmedia"
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