LOCATION9531 Culver Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Tuesday—Thursday / Sunday
Friday & Saturday
A NOTE FROM THE OWNERS
Sambar was a long time dream of ours and although we have many loyal fans, we eventually realized that the concept wasn’t working. We will be open for happy hour and dinner until our last night of service on Saturday August 27th. As we move ahead, we are excited to announce that we will be rebranding the space as an Italian restaurant, and plan on being open by mid September!
Thank-you for all of the support of Sambar! We hope to see many of you in the next few weeks. We will be extending happy hour nightly to include our outside patio, and while supplies last, we will be offering 1/2 off on all bottles of wine.
Akasha Richmond & Alan Schulman
First hour free parking is available in a public lot on Watseka Avenue & Cardiff Avenue, behind the restaurant, with additional public parking and metered spaces within a 5-minute walk.
A community valet parking service is available for visitors to Downtown Culver City.
There are four valet parking stations conveniently located throughout downtown allowing visitors to drop-off vehicles in one location and pickup at another.
Station 1: located on Culver Blvd. in front of The Culver Hotel
Station 2: located on the south side of Culver Blvd. between Irving Pl. and Main Street
Station 3: located on Culver Blvd. just south of Starbucks, in front of Lundeen's
Station 4: located on the north side of Culver Blvd. between Main St. and Cardiff Avel
Sambar show cases the diversity of Indian cuisine with an invigorating array of clean, bright flavors and choices - all inflicted with familiar ingredients as interpreted through a California lens. Our Sambar catering platters are Indian inspired, yet dishes you can eat everyday.
Our family style catering is perfect for last minute parties at home! Each dish is packed to-go and comes with heating and serving instructions. Custom menus are available and a 24 hour notice is recommended! Prices from $20 to $30 per person. Please click here for sample menu.
Akasha Richmond has been catering events and parties in Los Angeles for over 20 years. At Sambar we offer everything from small dinners to themed events from 100 to 1,000. our custom menus are inspired by the season and the flavors of Indian cuisine. We also offer "Chindian" menus: fusing Indian ingredients & Chinese dishes.
Sambar offers fully staffed off-site liquid catering. Our entire wine list, spice forward cocktail list, classic cocktails and a selection of fine spirits are available for all off-site events. Our mixologist can also create custom cocktails for any type of party or event.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
We offer private dining menus for groups of 10 or more. Menus can be family style or plated. Our patio spaces can accommodate smaller groups and the entire restaurant is available for a complete buyout.
For a sample family style menu please click here.
Please contact email@example.com for more information about booking your next party or event at SAMBAR.
The more intimate Paseo Patio runs alongside the east side of our establishment, offering a more secluded setting. The space can seat up to 28 guests at one beautiful, long table for you and your guests. It can also accommodate a standing reception with a bar setup, and tray passed hors d'ouevres for 35 guests.
Our Culver Patio overlooks bustling Culver Boulevard and serves as a bright and lively area for guests. The space is heated and covered, and can accommodate up to 26 guests for seated dinner, and up to 35 people for a standing reception.
What does SĀMBĀR mean?
Our namesake dish is a soupy southern Indian stew made from toor dal, onions, spices, vegetables and tamarind. Every home has its own recipe. We grind our own Sāmbār Masala, which adds the flavor to this incredible dish. We named our restaurant SĀMBĀR because it's one of our favorite dishes and it's the first Indian dish chef Akasha ever tried!
Why did Akasha open an Indian restaurant?
Akasha has been to India twice, but she has studied Indian cooking for many years.
SĀMBĀR will showcase the diversity of Indian cuisine with an invigorating array of clean, bright flavors and choices ̶ all inflected with familiar ingredients as interpreted through a California lens. Authentic flavors, ingredients and techniques are always an essential part of Akasha's cooking process.
Is the menu a typical Indian menu?
The dishes at Sāmbār are multi-regional across the Indian Subcontinent. While the foods of India can be as diverse as the varying states, from the heartier and richer curries of the North, to the rice-based and more tropical fare found in the south, there is a common thread which Akasha has effortlessly captured with the Sāmbār menu, emphasizing a balance of sweet, spicy, hot, and salty, dishes such as Sevpuri Chaat, Gunpowder Smashed Potatoes, Truck Stop Goat Curry, Mississippi Masala Wings, Cheese Thali, or Black Quinoa Uttapam–a small fermented pancake. The menu will change with the seasons as the kitchen turns out a selection of spice-driven dishes that focus on local California ingredients including small plates, snacks, and street foods.
What does New Wave Masala mean?
We would define this as a new way to cook with authentic masalas (spice blends), with reinvention of certain dishes. We are taking masala and adding to everyday western dishes like chicken wings, burgers and roasted pork. It's a great way to introduce these flavors to someone who has never tried Indian cuisine.
Please see our glossary for more definitions and fun facts about regions in India, our dishes, ingredients and more.