AKASHA
AKASHA

AKASHA

  • 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: 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
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
AKASHA reviews from OpenTable diners
171 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (104)neighborhood gem (100)good for groups (61)special occasion (47)hot spot (47)great for lunch (46)notable wine list (41)vibrant bar scene (39)great for outdoor dining (33)romantic (30)great for brunch (18)late-night find (10)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Service Was Off
    PaulVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    We've happily dined here many times, but on this particular night the service was so terrible it made us wish we'd gone elsewhere. Our particular waiter was so slow and inattentive that we were embarrassed we'd brought an out-of-town guest with us. If we see him there again, we'll ask to be seated at someone else's station.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • booboo
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Server was had no personality, wasn't very nice, but was mostly attentive, except for a snafu or two. I won't let them give him to my table again tho. Drink took over 20 mins to get, I was pretty much done with my meal before my drink came out, so that was the one bad thing. Hamburger buns (wheat) are dry, crumbly and tasteless. They need to get a new bread venfor for those for sure. Food mostly fab, other than that. The guests I brought said it was the best egg hash they'd ever had before.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Before the show in Culver City
    SandyjkVIP
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    There are many good/great restaurants on Culver Blvd in Culver City. This is one of the best! It is a huge "industrial" open ceiling room that can get noisy. The food is interesting, delicious and abundant. We shared soup, veggie and entree and it was plenty for us seniors. It is a short walk to Actor's Studio and Trader Joe's. What more can one ask for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downhill
    CriticA
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Used to better. Unfortunately the food has taken a turn. Salmon salad was not up to quality or taste and the hummus tasted sour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good restaurant
    Sonofanumber1chef
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Te macaroni and cheese was really tasty, however I expected more flavor from the fried chicken sliders (and the bun could've been softer) their beer selection is great and service is too notch as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EVERYONE WENT HOME HAPPY!
    310lak
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We had a delicious dinner celebrating a birthday. i love the avocado and beet salad. Others enjoyed the burgers the punjabi mung bean, and red pilaf with tofu. There was barely crumb on anyone's plate Besides that, our server was excellent, on top of refills and constantly checking in on us. Very nice experience as a whole. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    It was Halloween night. We were seated at a table close to the bar when a group of three dressed-up people suddenly stood next to us. We noticed that about 1o or so others had built a circle around the tables throughout the restaurant. Then the music changed and on the video screen Michael Jackson's Thriller was shown. In tune with the music the folks that had poszioned themselves around the tables started dancing with a lot of joy and energy. What a nice surprise. What a great show. As soon as the music stopped the dancers disappeared and delighted we returned to our dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Reneeray1
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Everything about our dinner there was thoroughly enjoyable. We had a blast on Halloween.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great spot.
    Lad50VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Akasha just continues to be consistently great. Super service, great food, and a nice environment. Service was really outstanding. Had the short ribs and they were terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unexpected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    That this was great place for everything we ate! The chef has great creations,service was excellent form the waitress to all the different people that would clear the plates!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Dinner
    fandangofoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Food was great although it could have used a little less salt, however the overall experience was great, fine food and great staff. will definitely take other friends here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    SBfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Great service. Great food. Tremendous service. Very nice place for a birthday dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I've never had a bad meal at Akasha--always fresh and interesting recipes there are always delicious. I can't say enough about my favorite cocktail named for chef Akasha. If you are a party of two definitely sit at the bar. The service is perfect in every way. With larger parties you will be seated in a stylish restaurant and very cool leather and still chairs that I find very uncomfortable. I would say the discomfort level of the chairs is the only downfall in the entire restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great restaurant
    terrisfun
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The restaurant was in a great location in the middle of downtown Culver City. Started the meal off with a Jalapeño margarita, wow it was an amazing drink. 3 of us ordered the flat iron steak, nice sliced and cooked to perfection with an amazing sauce. Another person had the curry seafood and loved that as well. Wednesdays are half-off wine night which made it nice too, just wish when we got the bill the waiter would have remembered to discount it. Don't like it when I have extra stuff added to my bill and need to check it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great food and atmosphere
    blou
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    We go to Akasha frequently, it's great food, service, fun, good atmosphere...we live in the neighborhood so it's our go to place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I've been to Akasha numerous times. The food and service are consistently great. The wines are usually unknowns, but also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yummytimes
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great menu with a lot of variety & really delicious food! A beautiful setting for dinner or lunch. Love the high ceilings. And wanna go back for the pumpkin cheesecake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really good dinner
    rockrocks1
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    terrific service - really good food..a bit on the noisy side for us older folks...convenient to the kirk douglas theatre and parking...overall, very, very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just great overall
    thefoodscout
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The offerings were original and had their own taset which was excellent. The vibe was great. Nice wine, beer and cocktail offerings as well. You could tell people really enjoyed being there, not a quiet place. People are alive here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    Terrier
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We were celebrating my daughter's birthday. We had a great experience at Akasha and would definitely recommend to anyone loving organic, healthy food.
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  • Great place
    GrandmaD
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Wonderful food, nice vibe, excellent service and live music. We had a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible hostess...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We stopped prior to a Forum concert with reservations. No hello, no welcome, no greeting...just a growled question and no smile/eye contact: do you have a reservation? (yes we do) On leaving she (and two others standing with her) still had no smile, no goodbye and a poor attitude--- Ambience and atmosphere is upscale casual and quite attractive. Food server was personable, professional and knowledgable. Food: Salmon, kale salad and chicken sliders were simply OK--nothing special and neither of us would order those items again. Three stars is probably too many...but food server was really good. We probably won't return.
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  • Just OK, middle of the road
    peterb
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Very nice seared scallops. Good burrata salad, but that's not exactly a culinary challenge. Mediocre salmon main course, lacking flavor, lacking interest. Wednesday night half-priced wine bottles had the pricing about where it should be every night. I'd go back for the sake of convenience, or for cocktails. The seared scallops were very good, but overall the food was not compelling.
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  • Great food
    bandbVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Been here twice now and have not been disappointed. One night I tried their wild boar ragu special and it was so flavorful and delicious. The portion was just right -- not too much, not too little. Filling and no leftovers. The other night I had a the spicy turkey burger. Very tasty and enjoyable. It's a medium to high price point.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delisious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Aksha is a wonderful restaurant. Great drinks, fresh ingredients, original, tasty, and YUMMY desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Beautiful space, great service, great cocktails (beautiful to look at and crafted with care) and good (not great) food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Akasha Richmond is the BEST!
    ElegantVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Three of us had the trout salad, a daily special. Would never have ordered it except that I know the food here is the best. And it was. Soup of the day is always excellent. And they moved all right along for a short business lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fish was delicious as usual
    UpscalehealthynaturalVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The cod was really good and so were the chicken wings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food!
    localfoodie
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was soooo good, and their citrus / jalapeno drink was amazing! The service was very good, our waiter was spot-on!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visitor
    gwgwVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Worth the trip. Good food, service and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great
    Foodluv
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Been coming here for many years and Akasha has evolved and changed in smart ways over that time. Food is always wholesome, fresh, and tasty. Pastries are fantastic. Ambience hip and energetic. Service excellent. This is the kind of place where you just want to keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVED IT
    ThanksVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Drinks were delicious - food super tasty. I recommend Akasha for a small group and its great for a casual weeknight dinner
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Holiday dinner
    FoodmavenVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Went to celebrate Jewish New Year. Special dishes--- chopped liver and soup-- were just OK Tandoori wings, which are usually very good , were smaller, less tasty. Burger was served too well done. Only great thing was lemon ice box pie Service was slow. They weren't at the top of their game
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    good for groups
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  • Delicious and healthful
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Not only is the menu wonderful and the food delicious, but I love that Akasha uses organic ingredients and locally grown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Akasha New Year
    afinedinebyML2day
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    we started the Jewish New Year at Akasha. the food was great and the intimate setting made it feel sweet and cozy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect fit
    EnjoyedAkasha
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    For a double date dinner, and we found the bar side to be quaint and quiet so we could really enjoy the table conversation. Food was great, rivaled by the outstanding service as well. And the dessert kicked serious a@$! so make sure to order a few.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local spot
    4barrygVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    not your usual dining experience. what a pleasant surprise. Although different, I think there is enough variety for most. Kind of "funky upscale".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The greatest!
    CeleryVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    If there is a go to place on Culver Blvd's restaurant row, it's Akasha. The food is creative, wine list hand picked by the Wine manager and many locally sourced items in the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Adventure
    MsLBLeeVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Picked Akasha because of its proximity to the Kirk Douglas Theater and the consistently high reviews on Open Table, and was not disappointed. We were fortunate enough to arrive on a Wednesday 1/2 price for drinks and the 3 of us sampled and shared several dishes. Each was unique and tasty. Will definitely go again when in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.