3280 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA | Directions 9003434.029919 -118.383950
Lunch: Mon - Sat, 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sun, Tues, Wed, 5:30pm - 9pm; Thu, Fri, Sat, 5:30pm - 10pm; Sun, closed for lunch; Mon, closed for dinner
Beacon does great catering! – I needed a caterer for a last minute party of 30. It had to be really good because the guest of honor is a very good cook and the rest of us are a bunch of foodies; unfortunately, our tastes often exceed our respective budgets. I called Beacon. Vicki Matsusaka worked with me to put together a menu with all my favorite edibles. Working with her was a pleasure. She tweaked the menu several times and was happy to do so. When the food arrived, on time, I couldn't believe how beautiful it all was. Vicki attended to every detail. Everybody raved about the food and pretty much devoured everything! The price was very reasonable. I have no doubts about who to call next time. Thanks Beacon!
Good food – Been there a couple of times and the food has always been great. Reasonable portions, good variety, and always new things on the menu. There is one table in the middle so they can squeeze one extra in -- your elbows are literally on the plate of the table next to you. As long as you don't get that table, you will have good food, good service, and good ambiance.
Poor service etiquette – I saw the review of Beacon in the Los Angeles Magazine and was excited to try it out.
I made a reservation and when we were seated at a table uncomfortably close to another couple, we asked to sit at the bar. We soon realized that the bar was a place where the waiters gathered to chit chat about how much they had made that night and how much they were required to tip out the sushi chef. It was as if they didn't think that those dining at the bar could hear everything they were saying. The dining experience was ruined by this atmosphere. Plus, the food was mediocre.
Nice relaxing dinner – My wife and I come here about once a month and are always glad we came back. The short-ribs are really good and the appetizers are decent. The seabass is good if you like asian style fish with a hint of sweetness. And they have nice service as well. Overall it is a nice night out at a very reasonable price. Note: I would recommend making reservations to make sure you are seated promptly.
Best choice for pan-asian in Culver City. – Ususally when I'm in the mood for asian, I'll head on over to Beacon. The menu has lots of flavorful comfort food-- I especially like the yaki udon, the pork katzu and the grilled organic chicken. The atmosphere is clean and hip, but somewhat cramped and loud. I usually prefer to get take out and eat quietly someplace else. If it's a nice day, definitely sit on the patio.
Pan-Asian cuisine with a flair in Culver City, and easy parking – We went last weekend and were pretty pleased. We liked all of our appetizers, especially the ahi tuna pizza. The skewers were good as well. My wife had the duck confit and I had the hanger (sp?) steak. She liked the duck and I really like the steak. I ordered wine by the glass and it was pretty good. Dessert was a real treat. I had the cheesecake and my wife had a tart that was the special for the night. This wasn't cheap, but overall, pretty good, and no complaints.
I don't know if this is typical, but when we were there, street parking was easy. There seemed to be a lot of spots close to the restaurant. That isn't typical for a good restaurant in LA so I thought it was worth noting.
We had our son with his and the staff was very obliging. We sat outside with a view of the bakery truck sculpture and fountain (hard to explain) and our son was fascinated by it.
Great Fresh, Creative, Clean Food – Beacon has been around for a few years and is still tops. The food, the service & the atmosphere is still the best in Culver City. Really clean Asian food. I went back last week, after have been away all Summer & had the Asian Short Ribs. They are melt in your mouth tender. The bartender was friendly & helpful. A great change from so many other trendy places in LA where food & service take a backseat to the hype.
You can't beat the prices for the quality & creativity of the food. Keep it up & I urge you to try beacon if you have not yet.
Nice place for a mid week meet up brunch – Beacon gets mixed reviews online, but it was great for my group of nine friends yesterday afternoon. The food was excellent and well-priced. We ordered a Mason Cellars Sauvignon Blanc that was particularly good. The service was exceptional. The wait staff was attentive. We sat outside and were there from 12:30 to 3:00. There was never a sense that we had out stayed our welcome.
Favorite restaurant in Culver City – I recently read some unfavorable reviews about this place and had to write and support Beacon. I have been going to this restaurant for 2 years and each and every experience has been lovely. The service, the food and the ambience are great. I go at least once a month, so I'm a regular, but not a regular that is catered to in any way so it's not as if I'm getting preferential treatment. Only once did I have trouble getting a table, but that was my fault since I was looking for a table on a busy Saturday night. 5-spice chicken salad, hangar steak, green tea soba noodles with shrimp, broccolini with tofu, fried oysters, whatever fish dish they are featuring and the lychee ice are my favorites but I've tried almost everything on the menu and it's all good.
Beacon is wonderful restaurant!
Pretentious. Bad food. Overrated. – I tried to go there once and they claimed to be all booked up, despite the 7 empty tables. I tried to go there a second time and once again, claimed they were booked up and the empty tables were reserved (even though I called ahead of time and was told I did not need reservations). Well, they finally seated us anyway, not before putting on a show of rearranging tables and so on (I guess to place the image of being busy). So, we waited a good 15 mins before any waiting approaching us (btw, not a single person walked in that door for the rest of the night...cancellations? Or the hostess was just full of it). Well, I got really excited for the ahi tuna pizza b/c I was expecting some crunchy wonton with some wasbi mayo and tuna tartar on top...and was disappointed that I got a pita with spicy mayo and sliced tuna on top. I got a pad thai and my bf got a swordfish. Swordfish actually very delic. Pad thai same, but I can get it at Natalee Thai for half the price. In end, they need to up the food and down the attitude.
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