With Hawaiian, Mexican, and Indian nationalities present throughout California, Culver City has dishes that represent all kinds of backgrounds. Here are the best restaurants in this dynamic LA area.
Another one of Chef Sang Yoon’s restaurants in the Helms District, Lukshon cooks up Southeast Asian cuisine ‘the Yoon way’ with menu options like Hawaiian butterfish and Kurobuta dandan noodles. It’s best to visit Lukshon in the evening to enjoy dinner under the California night sky, if weather permits. If not, go inside and grab a spot at one of their elegant booths or at their communal table to watch the chefs work in the kitchen. Sip a cocktail from their craft spirits list or enjoy one of their craft beers, and complete your meal with their coconut dark chocolate ‘rocks’ made with passionfruit, chocolate black pepper crumble, and toasted ‘sand’.
3229 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA, USA + 1 310 202 6808
Maple Block Meat Company is best known for their freshly cut meats, which are cooked using an authentic smoking technique. Their BBQ meats include brisket, ribs, chicken, and pork, which are all smoked on J & R Wood Smokers that are built in Texas and sent over to California. They offer three very different BBQ sauces: green, red, or white. The latter of these is an Alabama-style mayo-based mix with lots of pepper. With its down-home, casual environment, Maple Block Meat Company is worth a visit.
3973 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA, USA, +1 310 313 6328
Mayura serves up authentic South Indian cuisine and offers plenty of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. There’s more than 30 traditional Indian dishes on the menu. Try one of their specials, like the Mayura Special Dun Biriyani (flavored rice cooked with chicken and spices in the kerala style) or one of their many uthappam, which is the Indian version of pizza. If you want to try it all, their buffet option is open from 11am-3pm every day except Monday. Make sure to save room for dessert. Their Gulab Jamuna (a spongy milky ball soaked in rose scented syrup) pairs perfectly with ice cream.
10406 Venice Boulevard, Culver City, CA, USA +1 310 559 9644
This spot is home to one of the longest lines in Los Angeles, but it is totally worth the wait. Tito’s Tacos, which won ‘America’s Best Burrito’ at the Daily Meal in 2015, has been serving Culver City since 1959. Serving up super fresh Mexican food, this restaurant welcomes everyone from California natives to tourists who just arrived. The patio style seating offers communal tables for large groups, and the tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and tostadas are as close as you will get to Mexico without leaving Los Angeles.
In 2012, Wildcraft changed from a pizzeria to a Northern Italian-inspired restaurant. Modern and sophisticated, the dining room balances modern takes on classic entrees. If you want pasta, you can choose from delectable ingredients like poached egg, kale, or cheese to create a custom dish. You can also choose your own pizza toppings, and options include prime hangar steak, pepper, and mozzarella. Save room for dessert and try the truffle pie.
9725 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA, USA + 1 310 815 8100