AKASHA
AKASHA

AKASHA

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://akasharestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3108451700x
  • 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: Organic, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • 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 3108451700x
  • Entertainment: Music Monday, Live Jazz 6pm-9pm
  • Special Events: "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.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
AKASHA reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (107)neighborhood gem (103)special occasion (59)good for groups (56)great for lunch (51)vibrant bar scene (44)romantic (41)hot spot (40)notable wine list (33)great for brunch (33)great for outdoor dining (32)late-night find (17)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • Good Food, Limited Options
    beccat
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I visited Akasha for a family dinner Sunday night. The food and service were very good. The menu was fairly limited, and some family members felt they didn't have many choices. The kale caeser salad was way too garlicky - to the point my husband couldn't eat it. The offered wines by the glass were not very special. In general, we all had a nice time and enjoyed our meals. Not good for those who have dietary needs - they would not make substitutions on dishes.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anna V.
    blueheaven77
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We just had a dinner on occasion of my son's birthday. When made a reservation, I specifically asked for a cozy, perhaps corner table, and we got just that. Food was excellent, service attentive, but not obtrusive. All in all, it was a very pleasant experience and i would, without a doubt, recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    Delicious
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was great. The service was terrific. All around great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not up to par this time
    Yxthor
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My husband and I have always loved Akasha for food, atmosphere, value. This time, however, the dishes were disappointing - lacking the usual delicate balance of flavors. I hope the next time they get back to par. We drive a long way to dine at Akasha and this time is wasn't worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommended
    Casualdiner
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I hadn't been to Akasha in a few years, but suggested it as a place to meet some relatives I hadn't seen for a couple of years. We were not disappointed. Service -- including the very nice young lady at the reception desk -- was exceptional. One of my cousins uses a wheelchair and they set up a table where she could sit comfortably and not be an obstacle to Akasha staff or guests. Our server was friendly, attentive and informative. The brunch menu offers something for every taste -- whether you lean more towards breakfast type items or lunch type items, you will find something to make you happy. Put Akasha on your list of go-to places!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Love this place
    JeinSM
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had a great dining experience. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MarseVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The food and service were good. It's a very pretty restaurant; however, the chairs are extremely uncomfortable. It ruins the dining experience.
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  • Culver City Gem
    TVmxsup
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Akasha is my go-to restaurant in Culver City. The food is always top-notch and the new executive chef has been serving some new, adventurous plates, including some great baked goods for dessert. Staff is the best. The folks at the coffee bar are amazing serving coffee from Intelligensia. Added big bonus is their almond milk is homemade and the best I have ever had - that is no exaggeration. You will be spoiled, so be forewarned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch meetings
    TruewiseprinceVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Quiet enough to hold a group meeting with a great selection of food to match.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We eat at Akasha pretty regularly
    jackihollywood
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We've been coming to Akasha regularly for a year and always enjoy. We like the "boothy" feel; the ambiance and the eclectic menu options. We have the same waiter pretty regularly and he treats us well. What stood out particularly on Friday night was the banana cream pie! It was really good! Crust was flaky, right balance of sweetness. Hmm, hm, hm. Will keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Blah
    tshakalee
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Have been looking forward to trying this place after sampling food at the food and wine festival and was quite disappointed. The food was pretty pedestrian. Had carrot soup (special of the day); goat cheese salad; salmon; mushroom flatbread pizza; macaroni and cheese; and for dessert peach ice cream cake and some chocolate cake thing. All of the dishes were very uninspired. Won't be returning.
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  • Would not go back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    All of the servers were very nice. The wine list was good but overpriced. The food was meh. When the menu is that small they should do everything well. Pizza burnt and cold, steak overcooked and dry, mung bean dish inedible. The ribs were good. Salads were way over dressed. Banana cram pie was great, the special cherry tart had very little cherries in it but was tasty.
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  • Group fun
    Uclakicker
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    From the greeting to the end of our dinner everything was first class. Outstanding salads, appetizers and main dishes. The service was excellent too! Definitely will go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lg12VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Poor service from hostess to server affected overall experience. Would NOT return
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  • Always good!
    outolunch
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Akasha is my go to place for lunch in Culver City. I only wish I were closer in the evenings, so I could enjoy an adult beverage along with their delicious food!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food unremarkable, service OK
    CaitieVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The decor and ambiance in this space is really nice. Great for groups. I wouldn't return for the food or the service. Our server was rude and weird - he asked my sister if she wanted to order a drink, and when she said no thanks, he walked away without asking me - we called him back, I told him which glass of wine I wanted and he said flatly, "Can I see your ID?" Really? Not only am I 30 years old and don't look 21, usually when servers need to ask for ID they preface it with an apology or say they ask everyone. His demeanor was insulting - I almost cancelled my wine right there. When we asked him if he had steamed carrots, he replied "Well I don't have them on me.." Um.. The food was unremarkable and wasn't cheap. Won't return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • paul
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The guests were particularly happy with their salads.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast based on REVIEWS
    newfoodietoLA
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    My 21 year old son is adamant about his breakfast on the weekend - he wakes up EARLY to find the right breakfast place. After driving to one he had scoped out and seeing a line waiting for service, we ventured on and found this place on Open Table - Boy - best thing we did! Got there in time for brunch - it was amazing. I had the poached eggs over polenta - The eggs were done perfectly medium, the polenta was tender, the prosciutto delicious and mildly salty - the parmesan shavings - I ordered the hollandaise on the side and was glad I did - the dish did not need it! My son had the fried chicken sandwich with a side of maple syrup - his eyes rolled back - lol - this is a great place - service great - food delivered fast and hot-coolvibe
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wine Excellent; Food Very Good
    UpscalehealthynaturalVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Akasha was serving some pinot noirs from Oregon that were delicious. The food was very good and the standout was the lamb appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went for the Pinot weekend on Friday to taste some of the things Akasha brought back from her trip to Oregon. One of my absolute favorites. I know that I will always have a great meal with really good service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An evening to write home about
    zilchik
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Our anniversary dinner at Akasha was perfect. We sat on the quiet patio, had attentive but unobtrusive service from Brent and the other staff, and enjoyed innovative, delicious food. Even if we lived much farther away, this would be worth the drive for our celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Two times in a month
    Cybercooper
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    A great friend brought us to Akasha, we had such a good meal and time , that I did the same later in the month. Parking is convenient. menu was varied and delicious and our service was very very good. . .and thanks to open table, we didn't have to wait on a popular night. good experience all the way around, twice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • paul
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Dinner was excellent. Dessert was a little disappointing.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food
    RuthlasVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We always enjoy this place. The food items change frequently and are always delicious. The wait staff is very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great drinks, decent food
    missallen
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Their drinks are amazing. The food was okay - we had a beet salad, mac and cheese and margharita pizza. The pizza was okay. The waitress was a bit cold, she was pushy and mistook our order so the wrong items came to us. She was not very professional or kind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun
    Steve
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It's a very fun spot to have dinner. Parking right behind, a nice bar for any kind of drink. I did not find it terribly expensive. It's a nice area with things to do.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • shoulder to shoulder
    310Devil
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
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  • Great Wknd Nosh
    booboo
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Staff incompetence
    JHG1VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
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  • Amazing Food
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Amazing place for lunch, lots of choices on the menu, easy parking in public lots nearby. Always a pleasure.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    DiningnLAVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Foodie Heaven
    WineguyVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • A bit disappointing
    FoodieViv
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I returned to Akasha after a couple of years, my memory of their food was a lot better than the reality.
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  • Akasha
    ArlyVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was great-we had great service-many different selections to choose from
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • isobelLAVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yummy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • paul
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food and service were great. A true Culver City find.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    NancyVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I had requested cupcakes for 60th bday celebration. They were sold out earlier that day. Disappointing
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Akasha ~~~ Bad Service & Food
    SixFoodLovers
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
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