AKASHA

4.7
2930 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.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 2930 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my women's group out for dinner here last night. Everything worked out great. Comfortable table, not too noisy, excellent service, great choice of food for people with different palettes, delicious food, and yummy desserts. We were there on Wednesday so were able to buy a bottle of wine for 1/2 price, after getting a chance to test a few bottles up front. All in all, it was a great meal and everyone loved it.

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O
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Akasha is a gem, festive space, beautifully prepared food, fresh ingredients, and lovely wait staff.

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t
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food and service..

I'd advice the busboys to slow their roll .. A bit too quick to clear our plates.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Birthday celebration! Salads were fantastic! Delicious desserts!

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LR
Los Angeles
94 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. We have been here a number of times, and are always very happy with the food and service. Highly recommended!

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b
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was good and the design of the restaurant interesting.

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SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent and the service was very good! Definitely worth the drive from Long Beach!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Unhappily, I'm writing to complain (and sounding like a bore) about a place I like.
My wife and I have previously enjoyed dinners at Akasha and, but for the bad acoustics, would probably go more often because it's nearby, a very attractive space, and offers quite good food at reasonable prices. We went early for brunch on Saturday with another couple and had reserved a table in the corner which we knew to be quiet, and would give us the chance to talk privately. It's a huge room and we were the only ones there at 9:45am. Then the percussive music went on. When we asked the waiter if it might be turned off or, at least, turned way down, he said he'd take care of it - and he did. When our food arrived there were only three of our four orders delivered. As the waiter walked away, we assumed the fourth order was to follow - and we were distracted because, with the food, the music was turned back on, louder and more percussive. We were still the only ones in the room. I went to the bar to ask the bartender if he could comply and he said he didn't have the controls. When I asked who did, I was told the manager. I then had to ask where I might find the manager. When I found her and asked about the music, she replied, "well, I have reservations." I pointed out "we are your reservations and currently the only people in the room." She seemed bothered by my response, but not looking at me said she'd turn it down. Eventually, she did, and when I returned to the table and my meal I discovered my wife's meal was still undelivered. I went and found the waiter who said he'd take care of it. Her meal was served later - and, without my asking, he took her order off the bill which I told him I much appreciated. Mistakes happen. People have bad days. But in a good well-run restaurant I think it's unprofessional when the manager and others not only lose track of you, (especially if you're their only customers), but act displeased when you have a reasonable request. I'm just sayin...

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WB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Tasty Greek salad but chairs were very uncomfortable.

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LR
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been frequenting Akasha for many years now. It's great farm to table food, delicious and consistent. The menu changes with seasonal ingredients. The dishes are varied and interesting with enough choices even for the pickiest eater. The atmosphere is perfect, enough of a buzzy vibe without being too much. One can talk and enjoy each others company. Service is always stellar. This is my go to neighborhood restaurant. Akasha and Alan know how to run a restaurant!

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HS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

I've been going to Akasha for years so I was shocked by the how bad the food was this time. Everything had no flavor. Also, it took almost 20 min to get one scoop of ice cream not to mention they were out of numerous items that we had wanted to order. Terrible experience. So disappointing.

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RN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The service this past time was not on par with my past visits although I have normally gone to Akasha for lunch, not dinner. Our waitress was not all that attentive and she purposefully switched the wine she served one of my friends without notifying her ...

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AKASHA is a great restaurant. A great assortment of food that will rock every taste palette. I love coming here. Great spot for meetings and connecting with friends/family. All the staff are friendly, service is efficient, and food is always flawless.

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y
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

sorry but we didn't enjoy the food ! my guest didn't want to complain but if i was by myself I would
we will not come back
you need to work on your dishes !

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MM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place, they always have great specials - this time we tried the Eggplant Fries with Kung Pao sauce, they were delicious. Also, their Rice-Flour Onion Rings are sooo crunchy and satisfying.

I got the Veggie Burger with salad as my entree and my boyfriend got the Turkey Burger, both were good but those starters stole the show.
Nice ambiance, attentive staff, very good overall.

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JC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our server let us taste 3 wines. The cauliflower is amazing, would absolutely come back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Such slow service. Maybe they were short staffed.

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MR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

The host was a complete disaster. There was literally no one at the front desk for 10min. When he did arrive, he was completely frazzled, had no menus, took forever to work his way through the line of guests waiting. When we did finally make it to him, there was no greeting, no smile, no welcome. Made us feel like we were a burden for him. Almost left that instant.

When he did seat us, he disappeared saying he would try to find us menus. Never returned. At some point a waiter approached us and ask if we had seated ourselves! Another charming introduction.

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b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The hostess was very disconnected emotionally, apathetic.
The waiter was gruff and unaccommodating.
The restaurant seemed dirty and noisy.

I asked the waiter for the Bali Seafood Curry dish, but without scallops. He indicated that it was ok to order the dish without the scallops. I then asked him if they would just give me a few more shrimp in place of the scallops and he said no, they would not. The plates have portioned ingredients.

When I received the dish, it was mostly leafy vegetables, overall a small portion, and the curry was thin but tasted good. The dish was overpriced for the content and the size.

I went there for a special occasion and felt cheated.

This was my third time in this establishment and will be my last.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Perfect brunch spot. Now overly crowded. Definitely will come again :)

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A
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We were here for Sunday brunch. The space is nice, the atmosphere was lively, the service was attentive, the food was fine. Our table of six agreed that the only truly outstanding dish was the shakshouka; the chilaquiles were disappointing--bland. We asked for hot sauce and were brought bottled hot sauce.

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i
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to Akashas about every other month. The food, drinks, and service are consistently good!

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MH
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice place and close to work. The food was good and the service was wonderful. Our server was knowledgeable and knew the menu well. I would recommend AKASHA to my co-workers and friends.

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LH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great surprise with the Jazz trio! Food and service were great!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was not good. We waited for 15 min before anyone came to take out order.

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JM
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Didn’t get the wine I ordered at the beginning of the meal until midway through the main course. Food was very mediocre, portions small. Won’t go back.

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JH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend from out of town. Ran into another there!

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RL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and fun place. Did not appreciate getting an additional $4.95 charge on the bill for 'kitchen appreciation'. We were all surprised and left a negative feeling at the end as we tip well anyway.

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IR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was good nothing to write home about, Branzini fish came without any kind of accompaniment and was around $37. No bread offered like most restaurants complement. My biggest complaint is that our server did not mention the “half bottle of any wine” special they had the night we were there as my daughter and I debated which wine to start with. A glass starts at $15 -17 .Would def had ordered a bottle had she mentioned it!

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s
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is truly a neighborhood gem. Always good food and good service. On Wednesday they have 1/2 off any wine on the menu and they are always updating the menu but still have the excellent old stand by's.

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TE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
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 on September 16, 2018
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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LR
Central Coast
3 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
32 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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