RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen

4.5
2906 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Asian
RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen showcases the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Unlike fusion cuisine, each dish on RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen’s extensive menu is authentic to its country of origin. From the mouth-watering Indian Samosas to the savory Vietnamese Shaking Beef, the entire menu will transport you to a spice-filled, welcoming corner of the globe. No visit to RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen is complete without trying one of the signature desserts prepared in our in-house bakery including our Caramelized Banana Custard Cake and Warm Coconut Doughnuts. Taking our name from an essential ingredient used in Asian cooking, RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen was created by restaurateur David Overton and Singapore-raised, New York-trained chef Mohan Ismail.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian, Southeast Asian, Thai
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 552-9988
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mohan Ismail
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Parking is located in the Westfield parking structure and is complimentary for the first 3 hours with validation.
Valet is also available and is located on Santa Monica Boulevard.
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Entertainment
Happy Hour is every day from 4-6:30PM in the courtyard and bar areas.
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Special events & promotions
RockSugar has multiple spaces available for private parties and large party bookings. Please contact the Event Coordinator at PrivateEvents@RockSugarKitchen.com or call 310.552.9988.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our private dining room is perfect for a smaller, gathering and can accommodate up to 12 people for a truly intimate dining experience. Featuring a secluded patio with a tranquil water wall and comprehensive presentation equipment provides an ideal setting for a wide range of occasions.

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CG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place checks all the boxes (except one!) of an excellent dining experience... the food, service and ambiance is incredible. The decor is so lavish, yet zen. My only complaint was the hostess. When asked if we could sit in the patio, (after she started walking to a table) she was incredibly annoyed. She walked us back to the hostess stand and copped a bit more of an attitude before agreeing to let us sit in patio area. Mind you, we had reservations and the place was not packed. I am baffled with the elitist hostess attitude these days, especially since they set the tone of your first impression. Other than the rude hostess, the wait staff were exceptionally good!

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JG
1 review
1.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Atmosphere and service was good. The food was honestly horrendous and tasted like something had been poorly heated in the microwave from a previously frozen box. Will not return here again.

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QG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
5.0Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. Food is always good and the service is impeccable! Beautifully decorated restaurant! I highly recommend it!

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M
Los Angeles
43 reviews
4.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

love this restuarnt but very disappointed that they recently changed the menu and removed many of my favorite items...bring them back !!

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S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
4.0Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first time, and it will not be our last!

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OT
Miami
1 review
5.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfull

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
4.0Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Quality service and food, the bartender was very helpful.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
2.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was very slow. I've come here for lunch many times during lunch - it was far better service and food. I think the kitchen and staff were overwhelmed - but that is not excuse for cold food arriving late to the table. It took more than 20 minutes to even take our order down once we were seated.

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SL
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to restaurant for special occasions in addition to always a nice place to stop for lunch or light meal after shopping. We love everything about Rock Sugar, the fresh menu, the top-notch staff, and the gorgeous decor.

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JM
San Francisco
3 reviews
4.0Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We loved the pork belly tacos, the green Thai curry, and the butter chicken. The service was friendly and prompt.

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MM
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The RockSugar Butter Cake and Lychee Mules were really good. Vegetarian Samosas that looked like egg rolls were super crunchy and hot.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can never go wrong with Rock Sugar no matter what time of the day. The Cucumber Lemonade sets the tone for the meal. GREAT AMBIANCE!!!

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SK
1 review
4.0Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Upon entrance, I very pleased by the ambiance, as I was greeted by the soundtrack of birds and other tropical noises. The vibe was nice for an evening with friends, a romantic date, or a casual meal, after some shopping at the mall! The food was nothing spectacular, but it satisfied. With that being said, I’m not sure I would go again. I’d prefer to go to Eataly, in the same plaza!

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SA
1 review
2.0Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We had eaten at RockSugar previously and really enjoyed the entire experience. When my son had come home for the holidays we decided to treat ourselves to a family dinner. Our waiters were unhelpful, the brown rice was not cooked and we had to spit it out. Also items appeared in random order. The appetizers, curry and noodles was fantastic. Moreover the restaurant was not even busy to explain the lack of attention from our waiters.

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AL
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, food menu and customer services for happy hour or dining

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PS
Los Angeles
1 review
3.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

I have gone there many times and also introduced the restaurant to friends of mine. I always order the Jicama Grapefruit salad, this time though, and this is the first time, the kitchen forgot to add the caramelized walnuts to the salad. My friends who were there for the first time, may be didn't care that much. What made matters worse, I told the waiter and he literally brings us 3 walnuts??? We ordered two of those salads? And there are usually at least 10 of those caramelized walnuts in one salad. Company cut back comes to mind? LOL Disappointing - because the sour and bitter grapefruits dressing was perfectly balanced with the sweet caramelized Walnuts. Will I go back there? Possibly, but only if they give me in writing that I will get the walnuts!

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d
Los Angeles
4 reviews
5.0Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great selection. Knowledgeable service.

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AD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
5.0Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was couples’ date night. We choose this restaurant at random and it exceeded our expectations! Food was great so were the drinks!!

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G
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We never had a complaint, doesn’t matter how many times we order a plate, the taste is always the same... and if select a new dish, it’s also delicious. Great place!!

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JC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
5.0Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Food was great and the atmosphere was awesome. Most restuarants have one or the other but this one had both. The entire staff was very friendly. Our waitress Jessica was the best! She answered all of questions in regards to healthy food choices and knew the menu inside and out. We had a great experience and we will definitely be going back for dinner in the near future.

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ES
New York Area
6 reviews
5.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wait staff. We eat here often-it never disappoints!

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T
Los Angeles
80 reviews
5.0Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a beautiful space and the food is delicious Our waitress was very helpful in suggesting dishes and what quantity would be right for our group. They validate parking in century city and they do a great job of packing up leftovers, giving you a "hat check" and holding them at the exit.Unfortunately the acoustics make for a very loud atmosphere.

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N
1 review
2.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

It was very decevant
The food wasnt so good
No tasty
Thé service wasnt professionnal

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
5.0Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. I have been here about 5 times and everyone I come I try something new. Have not been disappointed at all

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SM
Palm Springs
12 reviews
5.0Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

This is a terrific restaurant if you like Asian food. Every order was brought hot and quick.

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D
Los Angeles
29 reviews
3.0Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Portions are too large for two people. Food was just OK. I might return but only with a large group.

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s
Sacramento
1 review
4.0Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall great food. I highly recommend the princess chicken and ginger rice. The take on porkbuns as tacos for the appetizer was amazing. Overall had great ambience and decor, and delicious food. The only thing was that it did get a little loud on a Sunday night, but they were fairly busy.

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SF
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exquisite. The staff was super helpful and courteous. I have been before and everything has been wonderful each time. Highly recommend!!!

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Raleigh
1 review
5.0Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great!

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DD
Los Angeles
1 review
2.0Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Decor of the restaurant is nice. Someone put a lot of effort into finishes and decorating.
All food items are a la carte which add up fast on final bill.
I had the grilled shrimp. The shrimp were ok but a bit mushy. They were on a bed of peas, corn and ???, which sounded good in the description but was a bit blah and non-creative in reality. The chef needs to come up with a new presentation for this menu item. My table mate had the carmelized shrimp which she said was delicious.
Green papaya salad was a B-; the dressing was tasty.
Food is very overrated IMO.
Service was adequate but it felt lack-luster, as they wanted minimal contact with the patrons.
I have no desire to eat here again.

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DM
Los Angeles
28 reviews
5.0Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food at Rock Sugar! The chicken lettuce cups were incredible and my long favorite the fried eggplant was delicious as well. Generous portions for the bowls

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
5.0Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot in LA!

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w
Los Angeles
43 reviews
5.0Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had an ideal table, inside in air conditioning, but looking out on the patio. Our food was very flavorful and 4 appetizers served 3 of us amply for dinner. Service was friendly and efficient.
We’ve eaten here several times and enjoyed it, but this was definitely our best meal here yet.

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PM
Los Angeles
178 reviews
5.0Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time! Great food and service. Thank you!

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V
Los Angeles
11 reviews
4.0Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I was disappointed that they did not remind/ask us to validate our parking tickets. Since parking is free with validation we had to go back to the restaurant to get our tickets stamped. This was the second tina that it happened!

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MK
1 review
3.0Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I have been a customer at Rock Sugar since 2010. I am always enthusiastic about coming and sharing my experiences with others. Unfortunately it was not what I had expected it to be. They didn’t bring the usual warm hand towels, I had to ask 3 times before they brought them freezing cold. The rice was also served significantly before the food and was slightly undercooked— making it cold while we waited for the rest of our food and ended up being tasteless.

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CC
Los Angeles
175 reviews
4.0Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

2 for lunch- very disappointed the spicy cauliflower dish was removed from menu . We tried Brussel sprouts which were awful- nasty oil taste . salmon and festive rice were very good as were the cocktails.

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JA
Los Angeles
1 review
5.0Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had the tasting menu and there was so much food. If you try that please go STARVING not hungry. The food was delicious.

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B
1 review
2.0Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

The hostess was friendly but could not find my registration, she insisted I didn't have reservations. She finally got it straight. The restuarant was empty so didn't understand why it matter. I ordered ginger rice with shrimps and it didn't have any shrimp in it! Very disappointed

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LM
Los Angeles
38 reviews
5.0Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb from beginning to end! An explosion of amazing flavors with each dish! Each dish is perfection on a plate! Service is top notch!

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