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
underwelmed... that's a good way to put it. – small portions at a high price. they're fusion trio creme brule is a bust. only one of out the three is good and other two had the weirdest texture to them. the ambiance is nice, if you like that "we're trying too hard to be zen" type of feel. it was an "ehh" experience for a high price. the service was horrible too. they try to push us out of the resturant on to the cold patio and then ignore us for the most part. only one waiter had a heart there. a big bust if you ask me.
Good Asian-fusion place – I've been here a few times for work lunches and find their portions a bit on the small side, but very good. I liked my chicken pad thai, their salads, and their green iced tea (which is a curiously opaque olive-drab green). It's a bit on the pricey side and you have to fight for parking on the street--but we usually walked. I'd like to try coming here for dinner sometime.
Great time, great food – I was taken to Beacon for my birthday so it was a large party of 13. The service was attentive and the food and drinks were great! Everyone had such a great time, I highly recommend. I had the stirfried mushroom salad on the advise of other citysearch reviewers and it was excellent.
Interesting Japanese-World Food – Enough's been said for long enough about Beacon, but why not add a few more accolades.
Located on a prime corner in Culver City in the Helms Bakery area, the restaurant has a clean, cool interior befitting the flavors that come from the kitchen.
The food is fast, well-thought-out, and interesting -- not just a tired old collection of marinaded black cods and sushi rolls. One night, a special salad pairs heirloom tomatoes with a giant mound of baby shrimp all dressed in a bright yuzu vinaigrette. It's clean and perfect for a warm night. Although awkward as finger food, the ginger-soy chicken wings are like cra.ck, get two orders. For those wanting to try a creative sushi roll without paying someone at Koi $22 for something drizzled in mayonnaise, the Beacon roll is fresh with smoked salmon, crab meat, avocado -- all wrapped in paper-thin cucumber slices. No rice. Delicious.
Chilled sakes are available by the glass or bottle and the attentive staff will explain that (+10) means its dry.
Lunch is great too, with the ahi tuna BLT being my fondest memory. And well-recorded here.
amazing food, cozy ambiance – I absolutely love this restaurant!!! Tapas/small plate style food so you definitely get a broad range. Things I absolutely love and that you have to try!!!! The Oyster fry, tuna pizza (slices of tuna with hints of wasabi on a thin cheeseless crust...delicious and healthy!!), and the Beacon roll!!! Also, the lychee ice is delicious and where else can you get a rice krispy treat for dessert??? Service was good and I can't rave enough about the food. Four small plates will cost you about $50, enough for two (if you don't have a huge appetite!). A must try!!!!!!!!!!
alrighty – it was alright. not so fancy. small portions. i guess a yummy place to go when not in the mood to cook and not in the mood for fast food. ;)
Good value – Service was excellent and ambience was also pretty good. I ordered the vegetarian springrolls, chicken wings, stirfried eggplant with coconut milk, and chicken pad thai. Everything was fine except for the pad thai which was no comparison to the authentic one that we could have in a Thai restaurant. As a whole, it's a pleasant experience.
i was a little weary after reading so many contrasting reviews of beacon. we went there last nite with 6 friends, and had a great evening. it was sunday nite, and the restaurant was busy, but not totally full. our waiter was amazing, never pushy, and very nice..... he explained lots of dishes and took his time. the food was great, not the most amazing food i have ever had, but it is very reasonable priced for the quality. beacon is a great neighborhood place that i wish was closer.. the wine list was excellent, as was the sake list. the desserts were amazing. all in all, i was very impressed. i will definitely go back......
Don't waste your time or your money – Our California roll appetizer was made with Krab. I flagged the floor person, she snapped at me, insisting (loudly), they were made of real crab. The waiter heard our exchange and came over and apologized. He said the floor person made an innocent mistake, she didnt know a real crab/surimi blend was being used. Anyone can make a mistake, but yelling at customersnot good.
Entrees arrived - my hamburger was OK My sister got a beef salad; she thought it was just OK.
My overall impression was if Im in the area, and REALLY REALLY hungry, and I cant think of any place else to go, MAYBE Id go back to Beacon.
Precisely cooked food, warm modern atmosphere – My friends and I went here recently, and we were all very pleased with our experience. The price/portion was a little high, but I certainly did not have the sour culinary experiences that some of the other reviewers had. Three of us shared plates of a steak and potatoes dish (amazing steak served with average potato salad), incredible seasoned cod, and perfectly cooked chicken (the mango side was slightly disappointing, but the meats were what we were there for anyway). My vegetarian friend said she quite enjoyed her sauteed mushroom salad (despite the fact she doesn't love salads). Lychee ice was refreshing. Service was average to slightly pushy, but not incorrigible. If they have a special of fruit-infused saki, it is not to be missed (so smooth!)
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