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Culver City

Establishment neighborhood
Dear John’s
11208 Culver Blvd., Culver City
COVID-19 update: Open for pickup and delivery. A steakhouse with a storied past, Dear John’s originally opened in the ’60s, becoming a haunt for old Hollywood actors (Frank Sinatra was a fan) and entertainment executives from the nearby studios. A few decades in the place fell on hard times and was turned into a bar called Lucky’s—until 2019, when Hans Röckenwagner (a longtime LA chef) and Josiah Citrin (the chef-restaurateur behind Mélisse) decided to bring it back to life. They signed a lease for only two years—the building is being razed for a new development in April 2021—and unfortunately, the pandemic has cut into most of it. But you can still get your fix of fillet via takeout: They offer a classic steak dinner complete with broccolini, buttery mashed potatoes, and tiramisu, or you can order à la carte. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have…
Wild Child Gym
9715 Washington Blvd., Culver City
COVID-19 update: Open for small group socially distant classes outdoors and virtual sessions. This open environment gives kids ample space to do what kids do best: romp around. Wild Child is an environment where both kids and parents can enjoy spending time. Filled with ropes, ladders, rockers, and balance beams, the space is well lit, full of light wood and natural elements—a set of hanging bars made from tree limbs, for example. But the game changer here is the way the incredible staff engages the kids in play. Wild Child is currently offering private and small group classes (ten kids, max) at the gym, plus a stellar selection of virtual courses to help them get the zoomies out at home. If you do choose to enroll your child in a class, note that only one parent is permitted in the space per child and all adults must wear face coverings. All CDC guidelines are strictly adhered to. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information…
The Lifehood
8850 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Massage is typically a practice in receiving. You book a session, luxuriate in touch and pressure, and feel good. But it can also be a practice in giving: The Lifehood, a massage studio tucked into Culver City’s PLATFORM, is built on the idea that feeling good can be contagious. You can, of course, book a treatment for yourself, but you’re also encouraged to pay it forward by booking one for a friend or loved one. The idea is that your friend, in turn, will book for a friend, who will book for a friend, and so on. You can tailor massages by need—maybe you’re a deep tissue fan, maybe you’re the lymphatic drainage type—and opt into treatment add-ons like CBD gumdrops, cooling balms, signature oils, audio meditations, and virtual reality journeys.
Wild Child Gym
9715 Washington Blvd., Culver City
COVID-19 update: Open for small group socially distant classes outdoors and virtual sessions. This open environment gives kids ample space to do what kids do best: romp around. Wild Child is an environment where both kids and parents can enjoy spending time. Filled with ropes, ladders, rockers, and balance beams, the space is well lit, full of light wood and natural elements—a set of hanging bars made from tree limbs, for example. But the game changer here is the way the incredible staff engages the kids in play. Wild Child is currently offering private and small group classes (ten kids, max) at the gym, plus a stellar selection of virtual courses to help them get the zoomies out at home. If you do choose to enroll your child in a class, note that only one parent is permitted in the space per child and all adults must wear face coverings. All CDC guidelines are strictly adhered to. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information…
Chiqui Social
8530 Washington Blvd., Culver City
COVID-19 update: In-studio classes are suspended but a full virtual roster of classes and activities are available. A social club for kids is a cute idea—but a social club for kids growing up bilingual (and their families) is brilliant—and much-needed in Los Angeles. Founder Lizet Alvarez wanted to create a community to support Spanish learning and a dual-language lifestyle for her own chiquitos. This summer, Chiqui has expanded its online schedule to include an awesome virtual camp where for one hour daily on a weekly basis, kids travel (virtually) to a new Spanish-speaking country and get a full cultural lowdown through arts, crafts, and conversation with their camp pod. On Wednesdays, there’s a Spanish music class, and Mondays center on tiny linguists with a Spanish storytelling class for kids ages two and up. There is an in-person day camp option with strict safety measures in place, including masks (while inside), one-parent drop-off, temperature-taking, and rigorous handwashing. Check the site or sign up for the newsletter for full details. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the…
Platform
8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City
COVID-19 update: Platform is currently a fully contactless drive-through. Shop online and pickup your items forty-five minutes later. With the long-awaited completion of the Expo Line, a train that connects Culver City to both Downtown and Santa Monica, the area is in the midst of a period of immense growth. Platform, an indoor/outdoor space devoted to shopping and eating, is right next to the train stop. But calling it a straight-up mall feels off. In place of the usual shop suspects, there’s a Monocle pop-up, a Janessa Leone boutique, a Tenoverten nail salon, and the only Westside outpost of Poketo. And while you won’t see a food court, what you will find are a dozen or so restaurants—both casual (Loqui tacos, Van Leeuwen ice cream, Boba Guys) and not (Margot). The pièce de résistance is Roberta’s, Brooklyn’s finest, where they know how to sling a pizza. COVID-19 disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting.…
Palihotel Culver City
3927 Van Buren Pl., Culver City
It feels like every time we loop through Culver City, the cityscape has changed. Literally. New towers and rooftops and parking lots are quickly swallowing up desirable chunks of real estate surrounding Platform. We craned our necks, parked the car, and rushed into the lobby when we saw that one of these new structures was a Palihotel. Tucked behind the ArcLight, the Art Deco forty-nine-roomer is a stunner. Guest rooms are dressed up in cozy tartans, warm woods, and clean white subway tiles with the kind of contemporary art and photography you wish were shoppable. Restaurant Simonette echoes a swish French brasserie, and the bar and lounge areas are retro and so cool. The mid-century modern sofas demand a faceplant, or at least some postwork wine with a colleague, and the inner courtyard—shaded by a lone, towering tree—is one of the most serene in the city.
Roberta’s Pizza
8810 Washington Blvd., Culver City
COVID-19 Update: Open for delivery. In NYC, Roberta’s pizza is the OG. In LA, it’s the new kid who became the prom queen. Roberta’s, and its roster of signature pastas and pizzas, originally came west as a pop-up at Platform. But like so many East Coast transplants dipping their toes in the Pacific, Roberta’s decided to stay. A good thing, considering locals have developed a mean Bee Sting habit. (A Bee Sting is when you make soppressata and mozzarella into a pizza and top it with chili and honey.) The cacio e pepe here nails the cacio to pepe ratio, and the kid’s pastas are so good, adults know to order a second for themselves. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
Jaffa (Closed)
10306 Venice Blvd., Culver City
COVID-19 Update: Temporarily closed. It's named after a city in Israel, a city that co-owner Nancy Vrankovic says is eclectic and artsy and hip. Which is exactly what Jaffa is: a colorful and unique restaurant serving outstanding modern Israeli food. The sweet potato hummus is everything you want hummus to be—smooth, whipped, creamy, drizzled in olive oil, and served with fresh puffy house-made pita. The spiced chicken shawarma bowl boasts layers of salty and sweet and herby flavors—cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne, cinnamon—that come from hours of roasting. And the charred eggplant, soft and buttery with perfectly blackened edges drenched in umami-rich tahini, is our spirit food dish. And there is too such a thing. COVID-19 Disclaimer: We are working hard to keep our listings as up to date as possible (deliveries, outdoor dining, etc.), but given the evolving nature of local COVID-19 restrictions, we recommend double-checking the information in this guide with any business you plan on visiting. Also, please note that we have not vetted any businesses listed within our guides for their compliance with applicable safety regulations.
Aldea Home & Baby
3825 Main St., Culver City
It’s perfectly logical that after nurturing a thriving community of parents and kids in San Francisco’s Mission District, kid’s store Aldea founder Johanna Bialkin would set her sights on an equally family-oriented LA neighborhood: Culver City. That’s because community is just as big a part of the Aldea ethos as sustainability (most toys, clothes, and furniture reside on the eco-friendly spectrum), creativity (there are things here we’ve never seen anywhere else), and aesthetics (Oeuf, Monte, and Aelfie are just a few of the design-y brands on offer). There are weekly wine nights (for parents), story time (for kids), mommy-and-me yoga classes, live music, and more (for parents and kids). Walk through shelves upon shelves of giftables and Iittle nooks you’ll want to lift directly from the store and plop in your home as is—and the good news is that you totally can, by setting up an Aldea registry.
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