Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


304 12th St. (Crest Dr.) Send to Phone
Fashionable restaurant with killer cocktails and a menu of Asian favorites.

Dinner nightly

* Click here for rating key

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Chakra Restaurant Review

: Dark wood and red hues proliferate, and silk lanterns cast a colorful glow at this fashionable Pan-Asian boîte in downtown Manhattan Beach. The massive menu includes fluffy madras pancakes filled with ground beef, egg and scallions. The dumpling trilogy is less successful: three preparations of artistically plated but bland dumplings. Slow-roasted pork is glazed with a sugary blend of mint and lemon grass chutney and paired with fried plantains; the meat is fork-tender, but too sweet. Redemption comes in the form of Phuket Island chicken, a juicy spice-rubbed half-bird, served with pineapple-cashew fried rice. There’s even a section of the menu devoted to rarely-seen Indonesian cuisine. To drink, Chakra has a full bar and inventive cocktails like the pomegranate-infused Chakratini, made with fresh blood orange juice. For dessert, bypass the ubiquitous chocolate cake and select the theatrical flaming rum cheesecake or the more Asian-inspired black rice pudding. If you plan on hitting Chakra on the weekends, arrive early. Fridays and Saturdays are especially hot, with a DJ and pulsing bar scene.
Discover LA's best new restaurants
New & Hip Restaurants in LA

Check out these new and trendy LA restaurants, from DTLA to Santa Monica and beyond.


GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Awards honor America's best chefs, as well as promising newcomers and a top restaurateur.