101 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.012954 -118.496511
Sun â�� Thu, 4:00pm - 11:00pm Fri - Sat, 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Lunch Sat - Sun, 11:00am - 3:30
Neighborhoods: West LA, Downtown
I love sushi! But Bon Vivant green tea really made the night at Makai... – It was my bosses birthday (who is also my friend) and I was feeling a bit under the weather. It was one of those nights that I would've rather have stayed home, but really needed to attend the dinner.
About 9 of us attended and we waited for about 45-50 minutes (a little longer than expected considering that we had reservations). But the chatting at the bar made the time go by.
I had the spicy tuna with the crispy rice. It was delicate and so good that I kept popping them into my mouth...lol. In addition, the meal was also served with Wasabi, a green hot mustard/horseradish blend, sliced pickled ginger, and teriyaki sauce, all of which created a variety of taste possibilities. With a choice of soup or salad- I had Miso- a hot seaweed and tofu soup- the meal was very enjoyable.
The most exciting part of the night came rather unexpectedly. I decided to order some tea (being a tea lover) and the waitor recommended their new tea (apparantly it's popular with the staff, too). Having drank tea from around the world for over 10 years, I have to say, this unlike anything I have ever had. By far.
Just in case I need to repeat myself, this tea is the best!! I had never heard of it (although the waitor said that it's well known by health and fitness people) and the smell of the green tea was simply amazing. I don't know how it did it but I felt recharged and out of my slump after drinking a delicious cup. And it so complemented our sushi, too. Almost everyone in the party ordered the tea. It was hillarious.
I asked the waitor to buy the tea but they said that it wasn't packaged for sale. But you HAVE to ask for Bon Vivant Green tea if go here. You'll be glad you did.
The overall service has changed a bit. I hadn't been to this restaurant in about a year and I was delighted with great service and a new menu. :)
Makai – This place is great! I loved the atmosphere most of all, dimly lit, exotic wood,and candles all over the place. The music never got too loud, I found it very easy to have a conversation with the person seated next to me. The staff were "johny on the spot", prices very affordable, and overall I have to say the best lounge Ive been too in the USA. ....... Check it out, you will be glad you did..............
good time... mediocre food – Me and my boyfriend and a couple friends went to this restaurant for the first time a few weeks ago. The atmosphere is great. Its a really cool spot and a lot of fun. The staff is so friendly. The spicy tuna on rice cakes tastes like hash browns and the lobster dynamite roll taste like eggs.i was not the only one who thought that. It's so weird but its good. The manager Mike is great at recommending saki in every price range and a really nice guy. Later that night we went into the bar that becomes a lounge. The bar was busy and a dj plays good music. ladies BEWARE the old men at the bar pounce at the sight of any young girl. overall we really like this place and will be back.
Makai=Amazing – I went to Makai for a late Wednesday dinner with a friend and it was absolutely wonderful. The staff were all smiles. The food was delicious ( I recommend the kobe steak). We ordered appetizers consisting of edamame and fried calimari, which we both enjoyed very much. This restaurant has changed over the years, but in my opinion it is only becoming better. Soon, it will be as recognized as Boa or Sushi Roku.
I honeslty enjoyed my self very much and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a sophisticated, brilliantly decorated, fine dining restaurant. In response to some of the negative reviews: give Makai a second chance. The restaurant is changing things for the better frequently. They have made improvements over the years, and I'm sure you will enjoy yourself if you go again.
And if not, your drink is on me!
bleh – I came here for a friend's birthday with about 10 people, with a reservation. It was a crowded bar scene with people spilling over into the dinning area. The manager asked us to leave after 1 1/2 hours into out eating because there was another party waiting on our table. I mean, c'mon, what the hell kind of bookkeeping is that??!! It took our drinks 10 minutes to get to us and our food about 50 minutes. that left us with only 30 minutes to enjoy our food and order dessert and sing happy birthday.
the food is not bad, it's just not special and the price is ridiculous. I can get the same foods at a cheap sushi restaurant down my street...and it wouldn't be so loud that I couldn't even converse with my friends. They should just turn this place into a bar-only place, because it really comes off like a pseudo restaurant that only caters to its drunken masses.
Great place for drinks! – I recently stumbled across this Ocean Ave bar/restaurant the other night while out with a group of friends. We had just finished dinner at a local spot and were looking for a spot to grab a few more drinks. Great choice!
The atmosphere was hip but still approachable. Drink menu was next level and left me with the difficult decision of what to choose. Bartender definatly knew what he was doing back there and one drink turned into three.
We were planning on Bar hopping, but ended up joining the party which kicked off with the DJ and ended with one of the best nights I've had on the Westside.
Not to be missed!!!
never again – I went to Makai last weekend on a first date. I haven't been in about a year, so I thought this would be a good place to check out again since I had such a blast on my last experience. I made a reservation prior to sit in the dinner section around 8, and as I sat down for dinner I noticed that I was sat within arms reach of another couple which is kind of uncomfortable to have an intimate dinner with random people listening to your every word. After sharing the creamy rock shrimp as an appetizer which was totally dry and disgusting. I ordered the pacific soba which was a pretty bland and my date ordered the sea bass which she couldn't even finish because it was flaky and tasted like rubber. Afterwards we decided to go over to the lounge section and grab some drinks and listen to the dj. It was pretty vacant, and we waited 10 minutes for a cocktail server to even notice us. Then we waited 10 more minutes to get our drinks - a mojito which was 10 bucks and tasted like it didn't even have alcohol in it, and my date decided to order pomegranate martini which was 13 bucks and tasted like cough syrup. This place is totally not like what it used to be. They used to have a hot, very friendly staff, and a very awesome nightlife. I'll never go there again. I feel sorry for whoever manages this place because they turned something very good into a hollywood wannabe club. This is Santa Monica and I'm sure nobody from Hollywood would be willing to drive here to have fun. My advice to you, don't go. It's a has been.
Makaind of different – This place used to be one of my favorite spots to hang as I live locally and it is usually an impressive date spot. It has had its ups and downs over the years........ but I'm never going back nuff said. Seems to be a front these days for one of the oldest businesses in LA. Its a shame because the environment used to be hip, friendly, and legitimate ...now its a war zone laundering tool. Proceed with caution.
Great lounge area. – Makai has changed a lot over the years. I've been to MaKai a few times and everytime I leave satisfied. They're menu ranges from Miso Black Cod to Rib Eye Steak and Sliders. They also have a small sushi roll selection. The ambiance is relaxed but nice. The service can be a little lacking at times, but in a city filled with would-be actors, can you expect anything more?! If you haven't been to Makai it's worth a trip to make up your own mind. It seems the harshers reviews are a little dated, as they've made a lot of changes recently. If you're looking for a hip, non-pretensious restaurant with a good lounge scene and good food, this is the place. But don't forgo your reservation at Spago to go here, they're not the same type of restaurant nor are they trying to be.
Local Favorite – I've been going to Ma'kai for 3 years now and it has definitely been through some ups and downs. Over the last year or so, the attitude has decreased and the quality and value increased. Used to always go for the happy hour specials and cocktails, but recently have been dining and been really impressed. Despite some of the other reviews, all the staff have been friendly and accomodating and the food is great quality and value. On a street filled with hyper expensive sushi, steaks and seafood, it is nice to find a relaxed, comfortable place. I usually get either a filet or bone-in ribeye and they are huge & excellent. My girlfriend gets the miso black cod or the soba noodles with seafood in a garlic sauce. We haven't been disappointed yet. It's also nice to be able to have a romantic patio dinner and after move into the lounge for DJ and dancing. There are very few places where that is possible. Definitely a great place to have in Santa Monica.
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