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Mayura Restaurant

4.1
89 reviews
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$30 and under
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South Indian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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For traditional Indian fare served in portions large enough for the whole table to enjoy, visit Mayura Restaurant in Culver City, California. The chefs at Mayura Restaurant prepare each menu item using a variety of traditional ingredients and spices to give guests an authentic taste. On the menu can be found such items as dosas, uthappam, chicken tandoori, seafood curry, garlic naan bread and more.

A specialty vegetarian menu is available at Mayura Restaurant, and the chefs take special care to prepare each vegetarian dish in a separate kitchen with separate equipment as to avoid contamination. The comprehensive vegetarian menu hosts such items as chana masala, aloo gobi, vegetable korma, paneer masala, chana palak and curry tofu.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
South Indian, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Mondays: Closed
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Phone number
(310) 559-9644
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.1

Mayura in Culver City is one of LA’s best Indian restaurants.

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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3.9
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3.2
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4.4
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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Delicious! The menu has lots of options, the food is authentic and phenomenal and the service is excellent !

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3.0Dined on July 20, 2017

Overall good experience
Decor has improved
Food is good
Service is fine

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2017

The food and staff were wonderful. Fast service and so yummy. Looking forward to trying it again.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

The staff was very friendly and I enjoyed the food even though Indian cuisine is not my favorite. The menu has many choices and I look forward to returning to try something different.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Mayura delivered once again - great food, enormous (almost intimidating!) variety of Southern Indian food. Reasonable prices and excellent value. A family run business that knows how to do it!

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2017

We were disappointed. This was reviewed and recommended by Jonathan Gold and we were not fans of what we ordered. The venpongal was like a porridge; we thought it was going to be more like a rice.

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Great Indian food. No wonder they are on the LA Times Top 100 restaurants year after year!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Delicious as always. Staff is always super friendly.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

MAYURA is always great. Great food and a nice neighborhood atmosphere. The particular style of Indian Cuisine is quite good and impressively prepared. Only problem is sometimes the communication with the wait staff; that bring out the food in a disorderly manner. The food is great and we always go back!!!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2017

Wonderful family-run restaurantserving Indian food from the Kerala region. The mixed vegetable pakora is better than popcorn.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2017

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2017

excellent Indian restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was friendly. The food was seasoned well- none of the dishes we had were greasy. We did not have any dishes with meat, so can't speak to that. The Dosa was great- so was the Bhel Puri, Saag Paneer, and awesome cauliflower- they called it Gobi Manchurian.

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2.0Dined on January 12, 2017

seriously underwhelmed. considering giving it another go, but so many other restaurants to eat at why retrace my steps....?

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4.0Dined on December 30, 2016

Excellent Indian food! Thanks to Jonathan Gold for recommending Mayura.

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4.0Dined on December 18, 2016

Authentic South Indian food. Great service.
Menu had extensive vegetarian and meat dishes.
Sides and chutneys were tasty.
Hot dosas served

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5.0Dined on December 3, 2016

All the food was very delicious. The only problem is both my friends and myself cannot eat spicy food. When I asked the server if the dishes that we selected were spicy he said no.

They were very good at replacing our dishes for something less spicy but even when the new dish came it still was spicy.

With all that said, I would go back for sure.

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2016

I was looking for an Indian restaurant near Culver City. I saw that this was one of Jonathan Golds recommendations. I was surprised by the plain décor and the casual dress of the staff, however I observed the food on some tables and I knew this was going to be good, and it was delicious!

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2.0Dined on November 4, 2016

Decided to check it out based on inclusion in Jonathan Gold's 101 list, and was disappointed that the food was only mediocre in my opinion. I know that Indian food encompasses many many regions and styles and tastes, but this was not to my taste. The vegetable korma was watery and coconut-y, which I didn't like. The vegetable biriyani was heavy and dull tasting. On the plus side the lamb vindaloo was quite tasty, as was the bhel puri. The utthapam with onion and chile was just okay. Service was adequate and there was no wait time even on a Friday night.

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4.0Dined on October 30, 2016

I really like Mayura. I have eaten their lunch buffet many times and keep coming back for more. I went there for the Diwali (Indian New Year) feast. I was expecting really great. The curry fish was delicious, as was a potato dish redolent with little surprise tastes, and the little milky sweet square for dessert. Their papadums never go out of favor. Otherwise, sadly, I was a bit disappointed.

I always try everything. There were some dishes I had not seen or tried before, they were less to my taste than the aforementioned. The biryani was a bit gummy. The buffet included a beverage and I was delighted with a very good German black lager.

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1.0Dined on October 29, 2016

The experience was dreadful.. Service was awful, food was average

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4.0Dined on October 29, 2016

Great choice for dinner before a play at the "Kirk"! Wide ranging menu of Indian food with interesting dishes from South India.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2016

Flavorful southern Indian food -- flavorful and various levels of spiciness. We didn't care for the mixed vegetable pakora - tiny scraps of vegetables deep fried in a crumbly and bland chickpea coating. But everything else tasted great and did not disappoint. We liked the goat palak (in spinach gravy with spices) and chicken tikka. Also, the mango lassi beverage tasted fresh. The restaurant is brightly lit and spotlessly clean and is comfortably furnished with booths and with tables that can accommodate larger groups.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2016

Superb Indian food - Very friendly & attentive staff .

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2015

Awesome Food!this is a must visit for any foodie. The Buffett is lovely and comes with dosa, idly , and appam.. A good selection of curries - mutton, chicken and fish. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on September 3, 2015

Mayura may be my new favorite Indian restaurant in LA. It is owned by a family from Kerala, south India, where the food is spicier and healthier. Not the typical creamy, buttery food you find in most Indian restaurants (although you can still find that on the menu such as Butter Chicken which was Delish!) that are owned by people of the North. I highly recommend it! The Mixed kabob plate, chicken tandoori rolls, spicy shrimp curry, yum yum! Oh and a $5 corkage fee!

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2015

Awesome restaurant, food was good, will recommend more friends

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5.0Dined on August 29, 2015

The only South Indian restaurant in Southern California, Mayura is truly a must-go for anyone who loves Indian food or just good food. The buffet has an incredible variety, which includes staples and foods that someone unfamiliar with South Indian food will love trying. Very vegetarian friendly, but my date was an omnivore, and he was happy, too. The proprietor is gracious: despite how busy it was because of Onam, she greeted us and came and checked in on us. The photos dotting the walls of her with politicians and celebrities alike who have visited Mayura speak for themselves: everyone leaves this place happy.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2015

Authentic and kind service.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2015

As I mentioned eating at Mayura is like eating at home. You are greeted like family and then seated at your table. The food is served fast and tastes like a home cooked meal. The spices are fresh and blend so perfectly.

I go for dinner at least once a week. The menu is perfect for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans. I can go with any of my friends and there is always something new to try. My favorites on the menu are the dosa and the vegetable korma.

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4.0Dined on June 19, 2015

Food is good. No idea why it takes so long to add Open Table points though. I have to email or call every time to get them added!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2015

I went for the Vegetarian Thali which was divine--so many choices. My husband always orders Lamb Vindaloo when we go out for Indian food. He declared their version THE BEST! Many many things on the menu that you don't see in every restaurant. Friendly staff.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2015

Mayura offers the tastiest selection of regional Indian fare that is both authentic and reasonably priced. They raise the bar on customer service with their polite and courteous staff.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2015

I wasn't sure about this restaurant because it was in a strip mall. On arriving, it was very nicely decorated and did not feel like a strip mall restaurant. The service was very good. The prices where very moderate and the food was fabulous. I would definitely eat there again, and I would very highly recommend it to my friends. Good indian food restaurants are hard to find, I loved this one!!!

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2015

Delicious food. Excellent service. Reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2014

Mayura, just a block from the studios in Culver City, is the only place in the Los Angeles area to specialize in the complex cooking of Kerala, a largely vegetarian region on India's south coast, and if you are adventurous enough to try the buttery cashew rice called ven pongal instead of biryani, fermented-rice appam instead of roti, and the coconut-zapped avial instead of almost anything, you will be deliriously happy here. The dosas are pretty great too. Mayura has a separate kitchen preparing halal meat dishes in the north Indian mode, so if you're craving tandoori chicken or Pakistani-style nehari, you'll be fine.

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4.0Dined on November 7, 2014

This strip mall restaurant has really delicious Kerala style food - we had a spinach dosa and rasam, both of which are delicious; my guest had chicken tikka which was also lovely, (though not from Kerala). We skipped the buffet - though I would say it looked a bit skimpy by the time we got there after 1 pm, although the dishes offered looked interested.

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4.0Dined on October 23, 2014

Although it is in a nondescript strip mall, the inside of the restaurant is much nicer. It has an extensive menu and all of us enjoyed our meal. We'll definitely return.

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3.0Dined on October 16, 2014

I booked a group event here for about 30 people. The service was outstanding. We preordered the food for the table and shared everything family style. The portions were enormous, especially for the price ($15/per) with out 8 different dishes. But the food was just ok. I chose the place based on J.guould's review in LA times, and it did not meet expectations for best Indian food in LA.

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2.0Dined on October 8, 2014

Don't let the location or exterior lead you astray... this nice family owned restaurant serves good food in a very casual atmosphere.

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2.0Dined on September 13, 2014

We normally like this place for its homey atmosphere and friendly service. On this last visit (Sunday evening) the restaurant was overrun with Indian tour groups and there was a buffet for dinner and the entire atmosphere was quite disappointing, noisy and disorganized.

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