2627 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040334.036668 -118.476928
Lunch: Mon - Fri, 11:30am - 2pm; Dinner: Sun - Thu, 5:30pm - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat, 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Neighborhoods: West LA, Northeast
AWESOME! – Indian food is really good if it is made well. I have been to some pretty bad Indian restaurants. Akbar has not only amazing food but the service is really great, which makes the experience just so much better. Really great place!
amazing!!! – I just love everything about this place!! It is definately the best Indian food I'ver had in Los Angeles and the service is always friendly and helpful!!
I go at least once a week!!
Delicious Food, Great Ambiance, Fair Prices, Friendly Attentive Service - A++ – Wow! I've just found my new favorite Indian Restaurant in Los Angeles. The ambiance is very modern and detailed, yet warm and inviting. And the food, one bite and you know this is quality. Fresh, tasty and generous portions. Even the Iced Tea which looks perfectly normal suprises you when you taste its exotic spices. They can make pretty much any Indian dish you request, whether it's on the menu or not. My favorite is the Lamb Korma, but the Chicken Tikki Masala is also awesome. This might have been the most attentive service I've received in a long time. I like to drink a lot of ice tea, and the glass never went empty; they must have come around to refil it 5 times. It's great to be at a restaurant where the servers pay attention to you and make sure you're taken care of. Including the owner Avinash and Manager Gustavo. Both extra friendly and personable and came by our table and talked with us for a good 5 minutes or so, I hope they do well with this business, it's obvious they've poured thier heart into it. This is my favorite Indian restaurant. I will be bringing friends and any future dates here. None of this is an exageration, I just had to write a review. Check it out for yourself. And tell your friends. I know how hard it is to make a restaurant successfull. I want make sure my new favorite restaurant flourishes.
Indian Food Re-Invented with a Modern Twist of a Gormet Flavor & Zip – I walked into the newly remodeled Akbar in Santa Monica, saying "wow, it's clean, fresh & crisp." I sat down and was greeted with a spoonful of this amazingly delicious squash soup, seasoned with a bite of garlic, reminding me of a visit to Spagos. Speaking to the chef, Avinash Kapoor, I learned that Akbar is now preparing daily specials with fresh, seasonal soups & fish, using Farmers' Market vegies. Along with a yummy dish of Chicken Tika Marsala and hot Nan Bread, I was given a twirly thing with Indian condiments: fresh mint cilantro, chutney, coconut chutney, fresh tomato chutney and mixed vegetable; my favorite was the coconut chutney. While I was a fan of the old Akbar, the new, improved version transforms Akbar into a hidden gem of gourmet food at neighborhood prices. It's perfect for all occasions from a date to business.
Great Indian - Great service – We were intrigued by the new trendy decor at our local indian joint. It's been upgraded really nicely! And the food matches the impressive surrounds. We were worried that on a Saturday night this restaurant was empty but not long after we sat down 4 more parties were seated. We had delicious chat something, plus some amazing lamb tandoori and chicken akbari with cashews mmmmmm. Not completely authentic but fresh and tasty. We will back for more! Love it!
Best Indian Food in West LA – I've tried a lot of Indian places in Los Angeles, and while Curry Palace in Hollywood is still one of my faves, Akbar tops it in a number of areas. First - the food is amazing. Generous portions, perfectly balanced spices, fluffy/chewy naan bread - and very reasonably priced. I recommend the Chicken Akbari which is a cashew/saffron curry - heavenly. Also the service is great - attentive without being annoying. The ambiance is pleasant and comfortable and it's in a great location - easy parking in back, in meters out front or on side streets. I've also gotten food delivered and was happy with the experience. Check this place out - you won't be disappointed!
AMA-ZING! – I have been going to Akbar for years in both Marina del Rey and Santa Monica. The Marina branch had always been my favorite due to superior quality of food and decor, though Santa Monica was always a fine option as well. I dined in the newly renovated Santa Monica restaurant last night and had a truly great meal. The new atmosphere is a vast improvement and feels much lighter and more modern than the old stuffy place though a few tables are a little too close together. The food was awesome. Some of my favorite menu items from the Marina were missing, but they are happy to accomodate and make dishes not on the menu. The food may not be the most authentic by some people's definitions, but from my experience with Indian food the lightness and fresh ingredients (olive oil, chicken breast, fresh herbs and not GHEE, butter and heavy cream sauces) make Akbar way better than most Indian food I've had around the world. The Chicken Saag last night was unbelieveable, we wanted to eat every bit of the delicious spinach sauce and the Chicken breast pieces inside were moist and buttery on their own accord! The Tanddori Sea Bas and other seafood items are always incredible too. Service is friendly and professional if a little overintrusive (I felt like we had about 3 waiters last night).
Nice decorations - food bland and oily - great Nan and chutneys – I've been to Akbar before in Venice and I love it there, and in general Indian food - but the Santa Monica location - there is just something missing... the dishes we selected should have been really good, but instead of giving us the flavorful concoctions that we came for - it was bland and oily. The lamb special was tender but seemed somehow flavorless... The chutneys however are very good, and so is the nan... I love the paintings on their wall and the ambiance is romantic and stylish...
With a fresh remodel and even fresher menu, Santa Monica's saucy Indian spot is tempting folks with an all-around stepped-up experience. – In Short
Once a dark, divey dining haunt, this local Indian favorite has transformed into a decidedly brighter, more sophisticated space with cream-colored walls, modern canvas art, earth-toned linen pendant lamps and a brand new wine wall. But if the new look and front hostess don't clue you in to the restaurant's more polished turn, the menu and service certainly will. Guests start off with an amuse bouche (often a sampling of the daily soup, a new feature) and can choose from the menu that still offers old favorites (think chicken tikka masala, grilled lamb and saag paneer) as well as more gourmet options, including daily seafood specials. Even with the slightly higher price points and nicer digs, the scene is still casual and low key. Better still: Chef Avinash is in the kitchen and often comes out to greet customers.
Delicious Indian Food – I've been to this Akbar many times and the food was always good. the price is a bit high but i've had many different dishes here and i like all of them.
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