Cassia

4.5
554 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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About

Cassia is a partnership between husband-and-wife duos Bryant & Kim Ng and Josh Loeb & Zoe Nathan.

Taking its roots from Bryant and Kim’s culinary heritage and experiences, Cassia celebrates the fresh, vibrant flavors of Southeast Asia influenced by the brasseries of France, striking a unique balance of soulful, ancestral cuisine and a California sensibility, utilizing the best quality ingredients from local farmers.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Californian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm;
Friday-Saturday 5:00pm - 11:00 pm
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Phone number
(310) 393-6699
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bryant Ng
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Arizona
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

The South East Asian food at Cassia is an unexpected reprieve for those tired of the generic Santa Monica standbys (AKA everyone).

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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4.3
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
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4.0Dined on April 19, 2017

Enjoy dinner out in Santa Monica. Service was great and the meal excellent

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Cassia is a terrific Asian restaurant in Santa Monica. The flavors just burst with life. It's like I'm eating fine dining in Southeast Asia. I drove 20 miles from the Eastside to try this place and it didn't disappoint. The ambiance is spectacular, with a gorgeous bar. Great people watching. The dishes are creative, my favorites being the Chickpea Curry, the Mizuno salad, and the Cod. The desserts are spectacular, especially the Tangerine pudding. Everything about this place is wonderful. I'll be making the trek from Silver Lake again soon!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Everything was excellent. Best food ever. But we would appreciate a much lower volume of noise--music was much too loud!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Excellent dinner on Friday night. Good crowd-all ages under the roof. Friendly and diverse staff. We enjoyed oysters, the kaya toast, sea bass and chickpea curry. The Negroni was perfect for the end of a ling work week too.

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2.0Dined on April 12, 2017

Food quality poor. Very fatty meat dish. Very spicy or peppery sauces.
Menu selection limited.
Sauces have limited flavor. They are just hot and spicy.
Would not go back

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2017

The Laksa is a must, very spicy though

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3.0Dined on April 9, 2017

Cocktails - creative, fresh, fun

Salads - green papaya very fresh, great

Entrees- beef dish& rice, where's the beef! Lots of rice...expensive $32 for the portion...

Service- food did not come out in timely fashion around mid-meal. Item was taken off invoice because of lateness.

Dessert- pudding cup & cookie great

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2017

This was second visit to CASSIA and perhaps my last. The food suffered from too much of everything -- fat and spice especially. Perhaps the kitchen has changed and the new crew is lazy.
The oysters were good but not all great, in fact a few should not have been served. The Pig Tail was a mash of way too much fat and too little flavor and a bit gross. Dumplings were overspiced and under filled and the charcuterie fried rice based like spam and bologna flavored .

This is not an inexpensive restaurant and I think perhaps, the founding chefs should get back into the kitchen.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Cassia is consistently outstanding. Really creative, delicious food rooted in SE Asian traditions, good cocktails, and outstanding service to match. I wish the tables weren't so close and the noise levels so high, but alas. It's really, really good.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2017

Great restaurant. Service was very good: attentive but not intrusive. Menu suggestions were right on. Food was excellent and inventive. A bit pricey but worth it. Only issue is that it's loud and group sitting next to us were shouting to hear each other. I would definitely recommend this as a very good choice for dinner.

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3.0Dined on April 5, 2017

Pot Au Feu was bland.

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1.0Dined on April 3, 2017

We were very disappointed with our dinner at Cassia. Most of the dishes served were burnt, except the Pot au Feau. Requested unburnt and non-spicy dishes but were served them anyways. Our order was immediately forgotten and the excuse given by our server outlandish, and condescending. Despite high expectations, a terrible experience at this fusion confusion spot.

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1.0Dined on April 3, 2017

Terrible. Terrible servers. Overrated. Nasty. Mayb the worst west side place yet. Terrible and overrated. Did I say terrible ?

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2017

Went here while on vacation. Went here for our date night while on vacation and left impressed. Good food with unique flavors. Awesome cocktails. And a wine list to match the best.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2017

I found the restaurant extremely noisy and expensive.
We also were advised to order 4 to 7 meals for 3 adults be a child. We ordered four and had so much left over food it was a waste of both money and food.
The staff were friendly and some dishes were good whilst others were fairly average.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2017

Good food. Some dishes more impressive than others. Fairly pricey for the the type of food.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

My waitress Carol was a huge ambassador for the restaurant, such a sweetheart and so on it... and I had never met her before, so this isn't a friend doing a plug.
Carol recommended the Grilled sea bass with turmeric and lime-- it was the best piece of fish I've had since Le Bernadin in NYC.
Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2017

My husband and I tried Cassia after a few recommendations from friends. The sea bass was delicious and the coffee pudding was fantastic but the food was too spicy overall. It was very expensive too. 2 people without alcohol and before tip was $140!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2017

This is a top 1% restaurant. It's not every month that food makes you stop and say "holy sh**"

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2017

Cassia is one of Los Angeles' most exciting restaurants. Consistently warm and gracious hospitality, outstanding food and smart service. Our experience the other night was nothing short of exciting and rewarding. Very happy to see what we experienced at the beginning is in place nearly a year later (or is it more now?).

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2017

Had a birthday they. It was a fun scene. Service was great. The food was great too.

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2.0Dined on March 28, 2017

Overpriced!!!! Less than thrilling mains. Chick pea curry and eggplant very yummy. Overpriced!!!!

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2017

Fascinating "takes" on Asian themes, such as a charcuterie plate consisting of various salumi done in Chinese, Viet, etc, styles. Beef rendang is typically made with chopped meat; here it was done with a full piece of short rib. All excellent, if pricey. Fortunately, we ate outside, because the inside was unbearably noisy as we left.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2017

Fun to try since it's a popular name right now. Food is good, service is ok.

Would recommend trying once for the creative food dishes and modern atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2017

Sensational food, service, wine list and cocktails

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2017

Absolutely, an amazing evening. Much thanks to the team that took care of us.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2017

came here expecting a vietnamese inspired menu and was pleasantly found an inspiring cuisine that is not typical of what is in orange county

i would recommend this to anyone wanting to explore the new boundaries of vietnamese food

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Cassia is a do not miss restaurant, especially for those for whom our restaurants are tending to seem too similar. The food is spicy, but the staff is great and knows their food and will help you find the low/non spicy dishes.

We fear we will have to repeat our favorites as they are so good and not try other dishes: Grilled sea bass that is 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick, fried cauliflower, eggplant, lime custard, though more a mousse than a custard, chocolate banana tart. The green papaya salad is very good but way too spicy for us. We are resolved to try their special lobster next time due to all the positive reports about it. These wines are good: Red zin (classic), Sean Thackeray, Folkway

Special commendation to Cassia's exceptional manager, Lia Meiselman.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Not worth the price at all.
Ordered the eggplant which was quite tasty but very small portion. The grilled sea bass was quite tasty as well, but again pricey.
Pot au Feu was disappointing, more like a soup. Definitely not worth the price.
Overall the food is underwhelming, nothing special.

We specifically requested to have the fish served first then eggplant and pot au feu; instead they served everything all at once in the tiny table (for 2) we had.

Dessert was standard, nothing special(coffee?cake) but tea was very good.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Thought that we should try Cassia. Good reviews and interesting dishes. We got there early which is good because when it is busy it's hard to get attention from the staff. The ambience is Ok. The cuisine is sort of Fusion asian with an emphasis on Vietnamese and Singaporean. I've been to both places and had better dishes. In terms of the food, some dishes were good (Spicy Lamb) but others were meh (pork belly vermicelli). It's a bit too pricy for food of this type and the cramped tables and noisy environment didn't make it relaxing at all. Overall I would say it's over priced for what you get and the service is OK, but I couldn't feel that my $150 was well spent. Probably the location and costs for staff ( they charge 3% for the staff health insurance). I probably won't repeat.

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Tables so close together. Food not very good. Waitress couldn't care less. Way way overpriced.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

incredible food and service, exceptional night out

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2017

Never disappoints. Love the whole fish, chickpea curry, beef randang and grilled Chinese broccoli. We prefer ti dine on the patio for conversation. Very loud inside.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2017

Really expensive for bad food. Service was not good either. Restaurant is very beautiful.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2017

Truly a wonderful evening. Food and ambiance were exceptional, service was attentive. Recommendations from our server were received exactly as described, tasted phenomenal. It was our anniversary dinner and the evening will be remembered in part by the meal we enjoyed.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

The green papaya salad is a must. The spiced/candied walnuts in this salad made for a surprisingly unexpected experience that was memorable and enjoyble.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2017

love this place but not everything on their menu. menu needs a summer refresh.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2017

Cassia was what we always expected it to be, a very special treat which is like nothing else. The food was spectacular as was the setting, the service and the ambience. We will never forget our dining experience at Cassia.

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3.0Dined on March 12, 2017

Nice Place serving creative Asian.
Way overopriced.
As comparison, it would get a 7 while Lukshon would get a 9.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2017

Very tasty imaginative menu with attentive service.

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