More than a century of movie history has been squeezed into Culver City, a five-mile area nestled between Venice Beach and Hollywood. The pedestrianized downtown area has become an exciting food hub. There is plenty of seating on the patio for typical Southern California outdoor dining.
Culver City is the perfect blend of modern and classic. Where else can you dine just steps away from where Gone With the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were filmed? And, with today’s hottest tech and media companies (including Apple) moving into the area, there’s a growing demand for innovative cuisine and fast casual. In addition, the diverse restaurant mixes flavors from around the globe, so that diners’ taste buds will never tire. Here are a few of the best restaurants in Culver City with a global flair.
Since opening in 2008, Akasha has gained a reputation for combining New American cuisine with international cuisine in Culver City. Prior to becoming Executive Chef, Akasha Richmond was a personal chef for high-ranking clients, including Michael Jackson.Akasha’s café and main dining room are housed in a historic 1925 building that retains the building’s original steel, wood, concrete and brick arches. This cafe is ideal for a hearty breakfast or a casual lunch, like avocado toast with smoked salmon. The baked goods and pastries are made daily in-house by the restaurant. The main dining room has an extensive lunch and dinner menu to satisfy meat eaters and herbivores alike. At Akasha’s happy hour, the bar’s menu also features a platter of Mumbai Street snacks and Skillet Mac and Cheese.
9543 Culver Blvd.
Culver City’s Main Street is only one block long, but it has a great Buenos Aires feel thanks to the Grand Casino bakery and café. The Grand Casino is one of the few places in Los Angeles where you can find the traditional Mate, an Argentine national treasure, and a very coffee-flavored drink. The homemade quesadillas here are a must-try treat, including meatless options like eggplant or spinach and cheese. The main dining area is a festive space for families and groups to gather. The wide selection of pasta dishes – such as ravioli, gnocchi and spaghetti – embody the rich Italian flavor of Argentina. A date night favorite is the Grand Casino’s Parillada Double Roast Platter, a mixed roast platter piled high with succulent short ribs, skirt steaks, sausages and more. Then, satisfy your sweet tooth with a cream pancake or crepe.
3826 Main St.
EnjoEat Classico and Espresso Restaurant
Here, a pair of authentic Italian restaurants await, and EnjoEats Classico serves lunch and dinner, with a delicious grilled meatloaf and pasta dishes. In addition, EnjoEats Classico is known for its individually thrown paper-thin pizzas. Mimmo, for example, is topped with Parma ham, arugula and locally sourced Burrata cheese. The EnjoEat Espresso restaurant next door is connected by a passageway where you can finish your meal with a fresh espresso, ice cream or a rich dessert like cioccolato profiteroles al ciocolato. The restaurant is located behind the Arclight Theater and the historic Culver Hotel, where the Wizard of Oz once lived. The hotel features live jazz music almost every night, so check it out on your way in and out of EnjoEat to cap off your evening.
3918 Van Buren Pl.
So what is a Bico, according to its creator, Chef Josef Centeno, it started out as a flatbread sandwich. The way the bread was folded, people started calling it a “global burrito” and it soon became a “global burrito” and the rest is history.Bicoshop is an exciting fast-food alternative, with the globe-like dough rolled out right in front of you. Freshly baked flatbreads wrap everything from coffee-rubbed steak with horseradish cream; to slow-roasted pork with cotija cheese; to chile shrimp with Sriracha sauce, avocado cream cabbage salad and mint. You can choose the Bicorrito, which is more of a burrito style burrito, or you can make a B?co bowl with a filling of grains, burrata and balsamic vinaigrette.
9552 Washington Blvd.
Kay’n Dave’s Cantina.
Only a small selection of Mexican food is available in Culver City. While others may get higher scores, Kay ‘n Dave’s is a good choice for cantina-style fun and flavor. The full bar and festive atmosphere make Cantina a popular place, especially for brunch and happy hour. The spacious space has plenty of outdoor seating and an inviting fire pit where diners can gather in droves. Here, you can enjoy Oaxacan queso con huevos breakfast tacos and micheladas, an early morning “hangover brunch,” or small dishes from the late-night menu, such as lamb baba cacoa pancakes or cochinita pibil taquitos.Chef Alejo’s recipes, handed down to him by his Oaxacan grandmother, have earned rave reviews for their fresh ingredients and satisfying taste.
9341 Culver Blvd.
Koreatown has launched a Korean BBQ and seafood experience in Culver City with celebrity chef Chris Oh. While it can be shared by two people, fans of Korean BBQ say the more the merrier. After picking from a long list of options like brisket, pork belly, and baby octopus, it’s time to grill. Enjoy the fruits of your labor with a bowl of banchan, bean sprouts, cauliflower, sauerkraut and dried squid as Korean side dishes. Other side dishes are well worth a try, especially the bone marrow and corn cheese, and the buttered kimchi stir-fry. The soju cocktails and beers you can drink, both craft and Korean, are the perfect complement.
3829 Main St.
Voted one of America’s top fried chicken restaurants, Honey’s Kettle is a Culver City gem, with a Southern-style menu made from scratch. Old-fashioned kettle cooking, a colonial-era technique, was the inspiration for this hand-dipped fried chicken dish. Their specially formulated batter withstands the heat, so the result is crisp and moist. To strike the right balance between salty and sweet, Honey’s Kettle will pair the chicken with a thin biscuit or a delicious hot patty with local honey. The restaurant is bright and open and also has outdoor seating. Side dishes such as hand-ground potatoes, fresh tortillas and sautéed green beans are fresh, and desserts are made on site. You can make room for their sweet potato, apple, pecan or blackberry pie.
9537 Culver Blvd.
Meet in Paris.
This neighborhood bistro offers diners a romantic dining experience with French comfort food and a relaxed Culver City style. While the sidewalk seating is great for people-watching, the intimate indoor dining experience, with creative touches of antiquity, makes you feel like you’re in Paris. For mussel lovers, Meet in Paris is holy ground. No L.A. restaurant compares to this expansive menu – mussels with fries – cooked in a dozen ways. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, there’s even an “all mussels” menu with intoxicating sauce options like truffles and mushrooms, French onions, French onions and escarole. Whether you’re looking for a French toast with Nutella for breakfast or ready for a glass of wine and grilled meat, Meet in Paris is all about the food.
9727 Culver Blvd.