The 8oz Poke Restaurant located at 8871 Santa Monica Boulevard, by the northeast corner of Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevard, has permanently closed during the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. According to their Instagram account they opened in late December of 2016.
The restaurant known for their build your own poke bowls and hot ramen soup has been empty in the heart of West Hollywood’s LGBT Rainbow District for several months. It was open for takeout, delivery and curbside pickup during the early months of the pandemic. A call to the restaurants says the number has been changed and the new number is unknown. The empty eatery has two signs at the front door confirms the restaurant’s closure. Both posted signs read:
“To Our valued customers, this location is now CLOSED. Thank you for your business! Please visit our other locations.”
8oz. Poke has two other locations. One is located in Sherman Oaks at 15030 Ventura Boulevard, and the other is in Studio City at 11273 Ventura Boulevard.
8oz Poke in West Hollywood was popular with its regular customers for their affordable pricing. Popular dishes included the Poke Bowl, Spicy Tuna Bowl, Yellowtail Salad and Chicken Ramen. Their yelp page has a modest 4 stars with a 184 reviews.
Patron Phil H gave the place a 1-star Yelp rating after he found a band-aid in his meal. “Ordered for delivery from this location and was initially enjoying the meal but straight up found a band-aid in between bites in my meal,” he posted. “This should be reported to city health inspector.”
Most reviews favored the restaurant and raved about the food and service, while others stated that the place is hit and miss.
News that 8oz Poke in West Hollywood has closed, is making headlines the same week it was reported Taste on Melrose was also closing its doors permanently due to being shut down during the coronavirus pandemic.