Electric Karma

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$30 and under
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Indian
In the heart of West Hollywood, California, upscale Indian restaurant Electric Karma is popular with both celebrities and neighborhood locals, who praise the authentic Punjabi cuisine prepared with unconventional flair by owner and chef Paramjit Singh. The management and staff are on a first-name basis with regular customers, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere to match the backdrop of Electric Karma’s romantic, open-air courtyard and candle-lit dining room. At night, films of Indian beauty Ashwariya Rai and other Bollywood stars are projected silently above the main dining room to the ambient sounds of world or house music, giving the restaurant a Hollywood hipster air. Electric Karma’s heated courtyard is ideal year-round for both intimate, private gatherings and special business occasions. Appetizers include traditional vegetarian samosas seasoned with tamarind and sweet tomato chutney, pakoras fritters, sambar soup and cheese naan with mango chutney.
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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience3

It was very cold inside and the portions were tiny but the food was delicious

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always a great experience.

G
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We love the food and ambiance here and usually the service is fine. For some reason this time, both servers could barely bother taking our order/ bringing our food and one dish never did arrive. When I finally told them to please cancel it, the waiter gave me major attitude. There were six of us, but when we arrived for our early 6pm rez there was only one other family party who were basically done, so no reason for the bad service. Disappointing, tho our friends loved the food.

HC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went out on a limb and surprised my partner with dinner here. It was refered to me by open table and it was a success. The place has an authentic Indian feel to it. The food was absolutly mind blowing. I am gluten free and they have endless gluten free options along with vegitarian options. There is also a back patio that you sit on the floor to dine at the table. There are cushions for your back so they make it very comfortable. I highly recommend this place for great Indian food.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was great. Service was snail paced & the server a bit rude. Restaurant was very cold. Still, I’ll go back because the food was so good. I’ll just be prepared next tume

NS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Indian food i've ever had in LA. Great service, great atmosphere!

c
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Great location, cute place, polite service. Food was tasty, but the Mattar paneer left something to be desired. Was shocked on the way out to notice they had a B rating from the health department. That’s not good and should be fixed immediately. Would return if they go back to an A.

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Very attentive service!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went on a Thursday night and there wasn’t too many people there. Food was good, but could have been more spicy. Service was great and prices were on point.

Electric Karma
Responded on October 5, 2019

Thank you for the great feedback. We are glad to see that you enjoyed your experience. We will take your points into consideration and attempt to create the best possible experience in the future. We hope to serve you again soon!

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JE
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an amazing dining experience. The ambiance and food is just so great

MA
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience! Always be my favorite Indian place!!!It was my husband’s first time here and we both Loved everything we had! Wish we could eat more but our stomach were already full from eggplant salad, shrimp biryani and chicken tikka masala. Oh well, we can always come back and tried the garlic naan, tandoori , kabab etc!

RM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Having spent 18 days in states
Was nice to have a change to usual fare
And the curry hit the spot
Not as hot in uk standards , but great taste and would recommend to anyone

t
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing.
Ambience awesome. Loved that they offer traditional Indian seating!
Great service!
See you next month

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Likes the food and ambience

OT
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, fast and friendly service and a good price

F
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I'm sorry to say it but this is a typical Indian restaurant in LA. >>> Dumbed down for americans. We asked for spicy and the food was bland. The tonic in the gin and tonic was the old stale kind at a cheap bar. The atmosphere is dark and the decor very uninteresting. Would not go back.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The restaurant was preparing for a large party, which I didn’t know when I made my reservation. Since the main dining room was reserved, I took a table in the back—which is floor seating. The seats weren’t very comfortable and the carpet was dirty. The servers and staff were all preoccupied with prepping for the large party, so service was slow. I ordered tandoori chicken, rice, and garlic naan. The chicken was OK; the rice and naan were dry. When I asked for my check, it took more than 10 minutes to finally get it. I watched the server run about helping the large party, which had just arrived. Getting out of the restaurant was a bit tight, as the large party filled the front room and the space itself was not ideal for moving about with so many people and a buffet set up. There were guests crowded into the entryway, waiting to be seated. It felt as though the restaurant should’ve closed to accommodate such a large party, rather than other guests being impacted by the slow service and low quality of the food.

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We enjoyed our time at Electric Karma. The ambiance was great - it was romantic, intimate, and cozy, but it also had a festive vibe. The food was good - I would definitely recommend the chicken tikka masala, as it had a sweetness in the sauce that was delicious. Some of the other dishes lacked a little bit of flavor, it all together, it was great. We liked the combo platters - a good amount of food for a fair price. We especially liked the chutneys/sauces with the samosas.

F
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Was a little disappointed. I ordered a chicken Korma and was served a chicken Mango korma. They took the dish back to the kitchen and returned with supposedly a chicken Korma. Strangely all I could taste was Mango...

l
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

The owner was very courteous and there's a nice ambiance; however it was the owner who admitted, when we asked, that he forgot to ask us for the spice level of our dishes. We ordered lamb vindaloo and chicken curry. The dishes may have been better perhaps if we were consulted & informed about what level of heat we prefer. Our dishes ended up being VERY bland as no level of heat was added of course. The value was NOT there for the lamb vindaloo. There were at best 6 pieces of actual meat (amd the pieces were not good sized) and there were chunks of boiled potato in the dish. Since I don't eat lamb often I was looking forward to actually eating lamb, but felt cheated. Finally, the garlic naan was not garlicky and not very tasty. Plain. Hopefully other people have better luck with this place. We will not be back.

G
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Lovely neighborhoody Indian. Very attentive service and delicious food. We had one person who couldn't tolerate hot spice and they were very accommodating. The food is always good and made with very fresh ingredients.

BR
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Indian restaurant in LA. I’m sure I’ve reviewed before. We always go there.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a go-to. Best Indian food in town.

FH
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you!!! The food the vibe everything was great and authentic!

A
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and atmosphere

BR
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Indian food in LA, period! Been going here nearly since they opened and the quality has never waned even a bit. That's all I can say. Amazing every time!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Kind waiters! Will definitely come back!

N
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter recommended an excellent dish ... you can’t go wrong with anything you order, the food and service is always excellent. The owner is a very humble man who cares very much about his Resturants and satisfaction of his customers and is always around to make sure guests are happy! Highly recommend this place for its excellent food, service and an amazing set up !!!! Very beautiful Resturant ... specially with the fountain outside ... love this place!

BR
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Electric Karma is hands-down the best Indian food in LA. I first went there when they had just opened years ago under different ownership and was concerned when they changed that ownership a number of years back. But not only did the menu remain exactly the same, but they kept the entire ambience, including the Bollywood films that roll on a drop-down screen at all times.
Pretty much the only place I eat Indian in LA and the only one at this level. That's coming from a New Yorker where we have far more Indian options.
Highly recommended!

CC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super cute spot and delicious food. I’m a vegetarian and there are lots of choices. I really enjoyed the decor as well it was nice to have all the Indian touch it. The staff were very helpful and attentive. I don’t live in the area but would go there again when in Hollywood highly recommend it

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

food was perfect. one plate is good for two. Only complain. The service was too fast. No finished our appetizer that our main course was already served.

g
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is amazing. The food was delicious. The restaurant had amazing vibes overall. The service was fantastic. It was vegetarian friendly.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Electric Karma never disappoints. We've tried other Indian restaurants over the years and are constantly disappointed and return to Electric Karma. The service and food are top notch. The chef takes great pride and creating flavorful, delightful dishes with fresh, natural ingredients. This is our go-to spot for delicious Indian cuisine. Accept no substitute.

t
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this place! Food is delicious and service is good! Decor is fun and festive to make for a complete package!

CH
London
21 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Service was very attentive and the food was delicious!

G
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really love this place – the food and ambience and service are always wonderful. The only problem this time is one of our number really cannot tolerate spicy food, so we ordered everything very mild and those among us who like spice could add sauces to taste. Unfortunately, two of the main dishes came a little spicy. Other than that, everything was delicious.

MR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The service was terrible. The waiter took our order and then left + forgot that he took our order. He did this when we were order water upon seating, he did this when we ordered our meal, he did this when we ordered wine and then finally when we ordered desert...

The food wasnt really worth the headache and it was off. When I say off, I mean that it tasted inconsistent than other places though its the same thing

BG
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food. Worth s try.

BD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place! Their staff was wonderful, very helpful and even accommodating. The food was delicious!
The place is beautiful as well.

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent, the vibe and decor of the restaurant really gave that authentic feel!
Will definitely go back!