AKASHA

4.5
3133 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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 direct 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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The waiter was amazing

DR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never had dinner at Akasha (I live in Italy) and I have to say that everything we ate was delicious and rafined. A real 5 stars restaurant

MG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

I ordered a burger to be medium and it was most definitely rare. I told the waiter, who said they would make a new one. By the time I received my food back, my companion was finished with her meal. I normally love Akasha, so this was quite disappointing.

SW
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 5

I might recommend meeting a friend here, or date night, because it's a beautiful place and the lighting is wonderful. Lighting and mood in restaurants really is a lost art. However, the food and drink is very lackluster. I order a $13 glass of sangria and it might as well have been juice with chunks of mushed fruit floating in it. When I order a sangria at others (and usually for half the price) I can taste the wine and there's usually nice, fresh fruit inside and a strawberry on the rim. Not here. My friend and I both ordered the mushroom soup (also expensive) and it was like gray gruel you'd find in a nursing home. Awful. However, if you order something that can't be messed up, like a bottle of beer and a salad, then Akasha is worth it because it's a pretty and nice place with good service.

D
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a fabulous Hibiscus Mezal Margarita - it was delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food in the city! And if you're vegan, gluten free, dairy free, carnivore, whatever......there is amazing food for everyone.

PS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere for lunch, lots of energy. Service is superb and friendly and makes Akasha one
of my favorite spots.

G
Los Angeles
312 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service especially when one of our food items wasn’t up to par. The waiter immediately removed it and said there would be no charge. The manager then came over to say the chef tasted the food and agreed with us. She then offered to give us two free glasses of wine. The potato pancakes with Lox was excellent as well as the steak. Delicious homemade ice cream. A class act

S
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Our waiter served us water at room temperature. We asked the bus boy for cold water to when we had a chance who was very nice. The mushroom omelet our son ordered was nothing special but my veggie burger was excellent and my husband enjoyed his lox and scrambled egg plate. Although I asked our waiter for a to go container, he never brought it. The bus boy was again very nice since he brought the container as soon as I asked for it and offered to package up my leftovers.

G
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with amazing food options. The coffee was spectacular!! Went for a business meeting and it was the perfect mix of casual and business. Great vibes. There are mulitple food options for everyone - vegan/vegetarian/meat/Gluten Free. Would highly recommend a reservation because they fill up quickly!

MR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

This place is an old favorite, I've been coming here with friends and family for 10 years. But its gotten stale. The restroom are dirty and grimy. It smells sour. The meal the other night was fine, the kitchen still does a good job, but the menu hasn't been updated in ages. The wine selection is good and the drinks are terrific. But the service was terrible, unwelcoming and perfunctory. The hostess wouldn't make eye contact with us and the server did everything but throw the menues at us. It wasn't busy, we were practically the only people there. Sorry to see an old favorite fall apart.

OT
San Francisco
239 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is creative, fresh, and varied. There is a comfortable and casual ambience. And the waitstaff is friendly and helpful. I had the potato pancakes with smoked salmon and the grilled shrimp. The rhubarb/berry cobbler was delicious. A fun evening.

MM
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Casual dining in a pleasant but rather dark interior. Friendly, knowledgeable and attentive service. Limited menu, reasonably priced.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Not many options on the menu

OT
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As Expected

RM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great- Akasha is a consistently great place to eat

AJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was for my birthday and we went with the dine la menu. Everything was delicious and the service was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Disappointing meal and feel like this place has gone down hill in last two years. Drinks (spicy citrus tequila, mezcal peach paloma) should have been great, but were terrible - watery, dull, and flavorless. Our waiter seemed oblivious when i changed to a glass of sancerre part way through and my colleague didn't even get through half of his throughout whole meal. The onion rings were extra crispy and great, rest of food was ok. Not worth the price, currently.

M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We were a group of 8 celebrating my sons 19th birthday. The food was delicious, the service was on point. They added the gratuity on our bill which we were ok about until we did the math and they had added the gratuity to the tax! When we told our waitress she ignored our finding. Culver City has a high tax so add your bill before you pay.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst service ever.

V
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was very good but wine prices are sky high. Good service but poor dessert

J
Miami
102 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food needs to be a improved a disappointment from my last visit

LA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Nice small table and great dinner with a long-time friend. Server was a little slow, but maybe bar was busy?

KF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service. Delicious food. Nice ambience. The fact that you have two entrances and the back one is in to the kitchen/Mgr area is a little weird but definitely would recommend this restaurant

c
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We visited during the beginning of DineLA week. Three had the DineLA specials and weren’t overjoyed. The shrimp appetizer was nice, but not special. The Moroccan meatball entree was not a favorite. The carne asada was a very small portion for a man. The bread pudding dessert was excellent. The walnut lemon torte was more walnut and less lemon, which disappointed the diner.
The burger was good and the kale salad was enjoyed. Coconut sorbet was excellent.

l
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Meal was delicious as usual. We’ll be back again!

JH
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Would be great if you expanded and varied your menu. We eat at AKASHA frequently, love the food, but variety would be best.

OT
Los Angeles
118 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very special birthday celebration for my mother. The musicians even played a jazzy version of “Happy Birthday.”

D
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing experience
Great food. The sev puri was amazing
The cocktails were great added cbd!
Great times. The manager, Pauline from Manchester, England took extremely good care of us and recommended phenomenal food

C
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Akasha is my favorite restaurant!! The food is ALWAYS on point. This is what restaurants are all about. Fresh tasty food, friendly people, and Ms. Akasha herself is fabulous.

JC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Curry has wonderful flavor but it was soupy vs saucy and the black rice doesn't absorb the liquid.

L
Los Angeles
221 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Interesting variety on a fairly small menu. Human but ample portions. Excellent collection of cocktails and wine. Just a very pleasant atmosphere with very good food. Could use a few healthier options. And maybe a tad overpriced. Did enjoy an excellent chocolate bread pudding with cherry compote for dessert.

M
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly service, got a table in front of the bar, food was delicious and pretty good amount, ambience was just perfect for us two since we had 25 years of stuff to catch up with. Will definitely visit here again.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Meeting up with an old friend

MB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is very fresh and tasty. I’m never disappointed here.

SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food prepared well. The portions are small. Ambiance was good and the staff acts in a professional manner.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great and the server was wonderful

BW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

First it took soo long to get our food, and when it finally came, they forgot three things. Also, I've often ordered the fried chicken sandwich and what came bore no resemblance to anything before. It was horrible.

DG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh tasty food served in a reasonable time, friendly professional staff, and great coffee

AA
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to visit Akasha for the entire experience - the ambience is great - the lighting and decor is memorable. Our server Steve was excellent - so helpful (I was trying to decide between three different red wines...and he brought me a taste of each! Was incredibly helpful and thoughtful, and I was very happy with the wine I selected with his help). The food as always was delicious and well prepared, with the right balance of flavors. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, and look forward to returning.

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