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AKASHA Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://akasharestaurant.com
  • Phone: (310) 845-1700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30-9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday - 5:00pm - 9pm
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10:30am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Organic, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Akasha Richmond
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Our catering company can accomodate all your catering and party needs ranging from small dinner parties to full coordinated events for over 1000. We offer custom menus, complete staffing and provide all aspects of event coordination - rentals, valet parking, entertainment and more. Our experienced catering staff is available to meet with you to discuss a custom menu for your next event or party.
  • Private Party Facilities: AKASHA offers private dining in our Café Room and our heated patio for sit down dinners up to 30 guests, and cocktail parties for up to 45 guests. Complete buyouts of the entire restaurant are available for sit down dinners (up to 80 guests) or cocktail/buffet parties (up to 300 guests).
  • Private Party Contact: Alan Schulman (310) 845-1700
  • Entertainment: Music Monday, Live Jazz 6pm-9pm
  • Special Events & Promotions: "Wine Wednesday" 50% off our entire wine list every Wednesday! Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 2:30pm -7pm at the bar offering 50% off our specialty cocktails, wine by the glass and beers.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Watseka
  • Public Transit: Close to several bus lines on Culver Blvd.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are several public lots within the area, one immediately behind the restaurant on Watseka.
A word from AKASHA
AKASHA restaurant/bar/cafe features New American cuisine offering comfort food with big flavors and sustainable ingredients, for carnivores and herbivores alike. Chef/Caterer Akasha Richmond brings visionary cuisine to her own neighborhood eatery located in the historic Hull Building in downtown Culver City. Keeping the principles of sustainability in mind, the building's original steel, wood, concrete and brick arches were restored while the design materials pair with a seventies modernity to exude an inviting and lively atmosphere. The artisan bakery has both sweet and savory selections, as well as locally roasted fair trade coffee. The 20-seat bar highlights fresh juice cocktails, organic and premium spirits, beer and wine. The entire menu is available for catering or to go.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Diner Reviews
  • "Another Culver City hot spot that's too hot. They pack people in like sardines to the point where I'm closer to the people at the next table than to my date across the table. We couldn't hear each other. This trend of fine dining establishments packing people to code has to stop. Seriously, there is more space and intimacy at a lunch counter."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Service was fantastic & food was mostly excellent. Would prob not order the fried chix sandwich again tho, it was mostly fried flour pieces and very little chix within the sandwich and was slightly over done, too hard and crunchy, instead of succulent and moist. Which is too bad, b/c when you did get a little bit of chix, it was excellent. The pancakes are the best I've ever had tho. Really good ginger beer and menu choices are lots of my favorite things. I've had other things and they are all delicious, so the chix sand thumbs down doesn't scare me off a bit. Best service around in all of Culver City. Except for the screaming baby at the table near us, it was a near perfect meal."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Have been here many times - consistently good food and service. After this visit I received a no show notice from the restaurant and open table. I was there, challenged the no show notice and it was corrected. This is an inconvenience and the restaurant should know better. Don't think I will be back."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Amazing place for lunch, lots of choices on the menu, easy parking in public lots nearby. Always a pleasure."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Everything was tasty, well-prepared and fresh. Unexpectedly delicious and reasonably priced. Service was excellent other than the hostess referring to my infant daughter as "this" (she was sleeping in her car seat at the time). Would definitely go back for the food."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "What is not to love here? We just attended our 3rd Dine LA last night and would go back again this evening just to have the trout and the cauliflower pakoras. Top notch food, excellent service, fabulous drinks selection. We will keep going back."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I returned to Akasha after a couple of years, my memory of their food was a lot better than the reality."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was great-we had great service-many different selections to choose from"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "My husband and I love it! It's our go to neighborhood restaurant. Perfect before going to the movies….Great food, really yummy, clean and tasty, wonderful cocktails and delicious desserts!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Good variety of food. Cool little jazz band playing in the corner. Tastey dinner & dessert. Would recommend for a date, or with a small group of friends."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Food and service were great. A true Culver City find."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Usually I enjoy eating at Akasha but my visit was disappointing. The service was really slow and my husband's burger was dry and the waitress forgot to add the cheese he requested. We had to ask her several times for service while she raced around serving other people. Every thing was slow to come out of the kitchen and even the dessert was off."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I had requested cupcakes for 60th bday celebration. They were sold out earlier that day. Disappointing"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The lunch menu wasn't impressive at all and seeing & tasting food was even worst! Drinks lacked taste & basic presentation. Service was completely unacceptable, except for waiter's help that almost saved it. Maybe the waiter lacked language skills in English and that's why he couldn't serve better, but all of it at our own expense. Our waiter even answered to one of us that the food was prepared with GMO products!  We told our friend the waiter must have not understood English or even what GMO stands for. The real experience made it 'unreal' (in the bad sense of the term) for all of us, easy-going 6 good eaters!  We won't eat at Akasha ever & discourage others to waste their time & money! Actually, this place needs supervision."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Took clients to dinner here and my fault I didn't check exactly how the steak was prepared. My client took a bite of her steak and said "strange taste" , I had the same experience. Realized there was a pile of olive tapenade all over the steak which totally overwhelmed the flavor of the meat., even when I scraped the tapenade off. The lighting is dim so read the menu carefully and check with your your waiter."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "We were seated at a fairly quiet table, which I appreciated, - The food was wonderful. Our waiter, David was very helpful in recommendations. The portions were just right. We can't wait to come back again!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This place has a nice ambiance, but the food and drinks are subpar. The bar is one of those new-age ones that insists in using high fructose agave nectar in all it's drinks, including classics that require sugar (e.g. Mint Julio's, caipirinhas, monitos). The food was a bit hit and miss. The salads and pasta were fine, but the fish was way overlooked and the shrimp were not fresh. The service was pleasant but not efficient and the waiter didn't know the menu well."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Excellent service! The food was great food and outstanding ambience. I will be back"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Great Food, great Wine Lost Grest Service and try the homemade Ice Cream."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "I loved the atmosphere & service, & I would definitely go again. Learn the menu & know what to order/what not to order. Veggie burger (patty made of quinoa and sunflower seeds) was delicious. Yummy mac & cheese and french toast. I was dissapointed with the chilaquiles. Not bad, but needed a bit more flavor. A good salsa would have been a big help. All they had was a hot sauce & something they called chile verde that was more like a pesto, so it didn't pair well with the chilaquiles. My daughter loves salmon, but all they had was a salmon salad not really geared towards kids. Hubby had flat iron steak, but again it was a salad w/too much arugula and not enough meat. Loved the ginger lemonade & other varieties of lemonade on the menu."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Had the misfortune to be seated near a table of drunken loudmouths which was slightly offset by a great server doing his best to attend to our table of four."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I started with a refreshing fruity cocktail, had a wedge Caesar salad, chicken breast over creamy corn polenta, and ended with blueberry skillet pie. It was delicious. The waitress was helpful and efficient. A good time was had by all."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Akasha remains one of my go to restaurants in downtown Culver City. The food is great. The service is great. I highly recommend Akasha."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I've been there before and always love it. My favorite is the Lavender Lemonade. I could drink 5 of them. But only have one a visit. :)"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Second time we've dined here. First with group of friends, second time my husband and me. Both were pre-concert. Food was great both times, and service very good. If we could, we would give a rating of 4.5, reserving 5 for the ultimate dining spot. This place is VERY high up there. Has a vibe, but not too noisy to hear each other. Menu items are creative, portions good and flavors very interesting and satisfying. Husband had beef Tagliata and I a green salad with crackled quinoa and light citrus (?) dressing and a fig/proscuito flat bread pizza. Mine was great and my husband also cleaned his plate. Nice wine list with adequate by/glass options. Also convenient to Kirk Douglas theater. Dinner at Akasha was the start of a very nice evening!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Local gem. Fantastic food. Love this place. Must try this place! I love it."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I like this place. The atmosphere is actually the best thing. It is a big open place but it also has charming corners and tables that are perfect for intimate conversations. Also, it is great that the have a great cafe attached to the restaurant so that you can carry on a conversation without taking up table space. I mean why don't more restaurants do that."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "AKKASHA is a good option if you want to upgrade a little. Its not a swanky restaurant such as Lucques or The Ivy but a suitable for a good dinner at a reasonable price. Dislike their unconventional martini glasses!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Always an inventive menu with many farm fresh and sustainable ingredients that make each visit a new experience."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We have been coming here for years with no issues, but this particular evening everything went wrong. Reservation was not honored and we had to sit in the bar, which I hated. We were told that "our table" had been given earlier to people who just kept drinking all afternoon into the evening, so they of course wanted to please them rather than us. It really sets the tone when you walk in and there is nothing but a terrible table offered. Might we suggest that if people overstay at a reserved table drinking that they be directed to the bar table in a future similar situation? Our guests both disliked their food ~said they would not be back. Service was slow, and server barely had a moment to take our order; he was plain overloaded."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Convenient before a play at the Kirk Douglas. Open design, street side patio. Interesting decor, relaxed ambiance in the restaurant section, even when busy at the bar. Very good food and service. Apricot and gorgonzola salad was delicious, small plates menu nicely varied. Wine per glass list is limited, didn't look at the full list. "
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food was ok but not great. There weren't a lot of choices on the menu. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We loved this restaurant and enjoyed the food. The emphasis is on locally grown ingredients and the quality is exceptional. I would definately recommend."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "really nice space located in downtown culver city. we like the notion of using organic/local grown foods. we love their coffee. we love their bar. nice ambiance. the food? a bit on the bland side. items not cooked CORRECTLY. a bit on the pricey side for what it is. the service? they are trying. they can't help that the kitchen is a bit slow. would we go back? i'd say akasha doesn't quite make the cut unless we are swayed by some fantastic yelp/open table reviews."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Excellent avocado salad with especially good dressing and ample avocado. No problem for me to have two appetizers as my meal - the pea soup was creamy and not heavy. My friend's sea bass was perfectly done. Everyone ate every bite. And we could hear ourselves talk with no problem, which is a rarity in restaurants these days. Really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The drinks were some of the best I've had in the area fresh and creative. The menu felt modern and new without feeling unapproachable. I loved the variety seafood risotto was fantastic and the goat cheese ice cream pie was a great interpretation on a classic cheese cake. Great neighborhood find!!!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Took my bff here for her belated bday treat and was impressed. I was in the same neighborhood a week before and dined at Wallace. Interesting menu and okay service ( must be becuase it was Friday night that service people were very occupied)."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Not as good as the other times I've been there. Fried chicken sandwich was mushy. Fries were too. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Good food. Good wine. Good date night. Wasn't disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Service, food, atmosphere and environment all great"
    Dined on 5/8/2014