AKASHA

4.7
2898 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Organic, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 8:00 am–11:30 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(310) 845-1700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Akasha Richmond
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Catering
AKASHA dishes, desserts, cocktails and more work beautifully at the next event in your home, or ours. Whether an intimate sit down dinner for 20 guests, or a cocktail reception for 1,000, our experienced team will work to create the perfect menu, and coordinate staffing, rentals, entertainment and more with minimal effort.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Watseka
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Parking details
There are several public lots within the area, one immediately behind the restaurant on Watseka.
It is one hour free and $2 an hour after, max $12. We are not able to provide validation.
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Public transit
Close to several bus lines on Culver Blvd & the Metro from Downtown.
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Entertainment
Music Monday, Live Jazz 6pm-9pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

AKASHA offers private dining in our Café Space and our covered & 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).

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for Thanksgiving Dinner at AKASHA! We are offering a prix fixe menu with choices (including vegan & gluten-free), plus family style sides. Dessert is our annual Pie Buffet! Adults are $80, children under 12, $35, plus tax & service charge. Reservations 1pm to 8pm. Credit card required.

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What 2898 People Are Saying
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TE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Such a good brunch
Love the cafe side with bakery goodies
Happy hr is a great time too

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service.

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AR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great hip spot for lunch or dinner. I love going there and introducing people to it.

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p
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish I lived in Culver City so I could eat at Akasha more often! Great food, interesting without being weird, and totally delicious. Service was spot-on -- personable and professional. Always a fine evening when I go here, can't recommend it enough.

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j
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I was hungry an hour after i ate here. I am not a big person or a big eater. I ordered Shakshouka for brunch. It was not a baked egg dish, as the menu discribed. I got a frying pan full of stewed tomatoes with a tiny fried egg on top, a tiny amount of goat cheese, and some arugula on top of that. Grilled bread on the side, which i wanted to avoid, but ended up eating just to get some food in my stomach. Coffee is marginal, at best.
3rd time here. I keep thinking it should be better than it is, but it never is. Last time, i got 1 unimpressive waffle with a small amount of compote on top. There won’t be a next time for me.

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G
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was awesome. Accommodating and attentive. Worked with a smile. Great experience

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Love.

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely evening. The live music was a nice bonus. Service was good.
My only issue is that the restaurant cancelled my reservation about 30 mins before it was to take place and then told my companion that I cancelled it. (He arrived first)

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MH
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Akasha is a solid. Always great food, handcrafted cocktails, quality ingredients, buzzy atmosphere.

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CP
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scallops were wonderful. Great food and wonderful atmosphere.

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OT
Los Angeles
223 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Kind of funky, yet not, in that the place looks as if it's not kept up. But the food
is tops! New addition to the bill is a charge for "Kitchen" workers, but only told
it's optional if you ask. That's a turnoff! Downtown Culver City, so you know what
that means about parking!

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OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was the star of the show. My friends ordered burgers, one with a gluten free "bun," and I ordered the ribs, and we were all VERY happy with the results. For my ribs, the meat fell off the bone and the sauce was sweet and spicy. Indoors was loud with a jazz band, but the outdoor option served us wonderfully. The service was excellent, altho the food was very slow to arrive. That said, it was well worth the wait!!

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VL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been there several times. The food is good; the only complaint I've had is that it's really noisy. But we ate in the patio this time and it was wonderful.

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SL
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food is always good at Akasha. Our reservation could not be fulfilled outside as we requested because "we just had to seat a large party" though our reservations were made 4 days before. We sat inside and the service was initially nonexistent. No one came to take our drink order or take our order. Finally we got up and said something, got a waiter and things were smooth and the service was just great after that. Our waiter was attentive, familiar with the wine list and pleasant.

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b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Akasha a number of times, and it's always been very good. This time, I put together a group of veteran TV writers to share our experiences with a young, aspiring writer. Our waitress, Desiree, was a gem from start to finish. Each time a new person arrived at the table, she was there in a flash to take their drink orders. She made several great food recommendations, accommodated our special requests (and there were a lot of them), and came around the table often to see if there was anything else we needed, fill our water glasses and take away empty plates. We were there for almost three hours, but she never gave us the sense that we'd outstayed our welcome. She made a memorable gathering even more special.

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DH
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd time at the Restaurant and I loved it. The ambiance is great (although a little noisy), the food is superb and the waiter was very attentive and accommodating. I highly recommend the Restaurant and can’t wait to go back again. Also, it is located in a hip part of downtown Culver City.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

I normally love this place but i booked an opentable rea for 8:45 pm and we arrived at 8:55. We were told kitchen closed at 8:30???? Not sure if opentable goofed or alasha did :(

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L
Baltimore
67 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

After sitting for 15 min. Waitress took drink order. One dish some other tables, one bland and unappetizing one ribs all fat. Took 10 min to find anyone to reorder, finally after another 20 min order right. They did not charge for 2 dinners but this restaurant was terrible. Given the choice a PB&J at home would have been better.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks were amazing, the food was awesome and the service was awesome!

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K
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is always good, and the service was excellent. The disaster came in the form of the bill - a surcharge for "kitchen appreciation." AKASHA - IF YOUR KITCHEN STAFF NEEDS / DESERVES MORE MONEY, THEN PAY THEM A LIVING WAGE. DON'T TACK MISLEADING AND LIKELY ILLEGAL SURCHARGES ON THE BILL. I will NOT be returning until this is corrected, and I urge others to do the same.

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JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Beautiful inside and nice outside as well. Pricy but great

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L
Los Angeles
207 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great meal started with terrific cocktails, the namesake being particularly outstanding with its refreshing cucumber. Fried chicken sliders split among the three of us at the table (1 each) was an excellent treat. Menu offered many healthy and decadent options. The macaroni and cheese falling on the latter. The quinoa bowl and plum & arugula salad for the former. Everything was great. Service was pleasant and timely. May have a been a bit more expensive for what we are getting, but with everything being so good, it is hard to complain about it.

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BC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The ambiance is very good but noisy inside. Sit outside when it's a nice day. Small dishes were very good and beautiful to look at. My hamburger was overcooked a rock hard so I could not give them a 5 star otherwise everything else was good.

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M
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite.

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RH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

A negative experience on almost every level. We came to celebrate our anniversary, and I now regret that I did not check all of the reviews first. Portion sizes are very small, the presentation is subpar, and the flavors are one dimensional. The service was not what one expects when paying this much. The server needed to be reminded about a beverage, and then completely forgot one of the side dishes that we ordered. The hostess lacks experience in how to speak to customers. We will not return.

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LT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and atmosphere were great! Can't wait to come back!

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T
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first visit to Akasha and it did not disappoint. The restaurant itself is very attractive. The service was excellent. We decided to go with the Dine LA menu and since each course had 3 choices and there were 3 of us we had everything to share. Excellent!

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DS
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of most enjoyable meals I've had in Los Angeles in the last few months, particularly when I didn't feel like I was ripped off. In other words, we had a nice meal when the food was exceptionally well-conceived and perfectly executed, when the wine list was impressive, the service attentive but not effusive, and the tables were comfortable in settings where conversation was possible. I hear the place has been open a while, but I was new to Akasha. I loved it. Highly recommended.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food great service. Even got a candle on my desert plate for my birthday

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience! Vegan options are on point 👌 and bottomless brunch is the bomb 💖

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MM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited Akasha during dineLA. Their prix-fixe menu options were delicious. I especially enjoyed their yellowtail ceviche and mango cheesecake. Read my full review on my blog: https://livelovelosangeles.blog/2018/07/24/dinela-akasha/

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f
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was good but the seats were very uncomfortable for my elderly friend. We asked for a cushion which was denied first but later (30 minutes) our waiter brought it . It was too noisy for elderly people.
Our waiter was very kind and good.

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m
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Everything was great except the noise level, which made my party ask each other to repeat what was said at least twice. It completely ruined the dinner. I expect Akasha to be busy and bustling with voices audible but this was something else entirely. I have had dinner at Akasha at least once a month, but this is the last time.

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MH
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always excellent here. Great vibe, beautiful room, great food.

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n
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Literally the best happy hour around. 2:30-7 every day (yes, even weekends!) half off all glasses of wine, draught beers, and house cocktails. They have a really nice wine selection, so you can get a $16-20 glass for a reasonable price on happy hour. It's great!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal and experience!

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DY
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a bit crunched for time and let our server know. He was great. Got our orders in quickly and accurately. We got out of there in time for our next event of the evening.

Everything was delish!
Thank you!

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JM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a great meal at Akasha! Friendly, efficient service!

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DN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were excellent and it was the first time we went. We will go again to try other menu items. My husband is a vegetarian, but there were limited vegetarian entrees.

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FS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met an old friend for brunch. Delicious! Excellent service and we never felt rushed to leave. Will definitely go again.

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