Niki Nakayama

Niki Nakayama

Los Angeles

About Niki Nakayama

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.

My Venues

  • N/Naka
    3455 Overland Ave
    Los Angeles, CA


  • 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
  • Best Chef: West Nominee, 2018
    James Beard Foundation

Where I Go Out

Behind the Scenes

The inaugural MSG Club was a
"The inaugural MSG Club was a great success thanks to the amazing chef team of @gkstudio Glenn Kaino. #notmytaste"
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It’s the most wonderful time
"It’s the most wonderful time of the year... jenni.b.pix for another fun evening together."
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Thankful for kind neighbors
"Thankful for kind neighbors who take time out of their busy day to drop off amazing gifts from their garden. #kansha"
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Grateful to have started off
"Grateful to have started off Thanksgiving week with a soba making lesson with the lovely @#buckwheatnoodles"
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At My Venues