Culver City has a rich and storied history as a movie hub, but these days it’s best known as one of the city’s hottest culinary destinations, rising to the top of other hotspots in Westside dining like Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica. This is largely due to an increased demand for local and interesting dining options due to an influx of digital media and tech workers who now frequent the area.
“Since the restaurant’s inception in 1959, Tito’s Tacos has witnessed the city’s evolution from a sleepy neighborhood community where the fictional town of Mayberry on The Andy Griffith Show has been shot to become one of the fastest growing digital entertainment centers on the planet,” said Lynne Davidson, co-owner of Culver City’s famed Tito’s Tacos and granddaughter of founder Benjamin Davidson.
As tons of tech and media companies—Amazon, Apple, HBO, and TikTok, to name a few—move to the area, new restaurants are opening to cater to the appetites of their employees. “What’s exciting about Culver City is that it’s seeing an influx of residents from the entertainment and tech industries, who tend to gravitate towards different and unique dining experiences,” says the co-owner and executive chef of Piccalilli, Macks Collins. Now, fine dining establishments sit alongside fast-casual eateries, giving this once-sleepy suburb a phenomenal variety of options to keep your taste buds from getting bored.
From boom to boom to boom again, Culver City’s culinary scene continues to grow and develop. Whether you want a decadent brunch or a classic steakhouse, old-school tacos or new-school tacos, here are the 21 best places to binge in Culver City.