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Govinda's

  • Vegetarian
    ( 14 reviews )
Contact 310-836-1269
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3764 Watseka Ave (at Venice Blvd, by Culver City), Los Angeles, California, USA, 90034

Very casual veggie restaurant adjacent to a Hare Krishna temple. Upstairs is a gift shop selling imported Indian clothes, jewelry, and gifts. Serves prasadam (holy food) prepared by monks. Pay for food by weight, or opt for the all-you-can-eat buffet from Mon-Sat which features a salad bar and hot foods bar. Dairy is used in some hot dishes. Desserts, including vegan cake), samosas, and beverages also available as extra.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, American, Indian, Buffet, Salad bar, Take-out, Catering

Reviews (14)

First Review by The Veggie Cook

Inexpensive and Plentiful - Edit

Govinda's is a popular lunch place amongst temple goers, devotees, local vegheads, and vegetarians who happen to be in the Culver City / Palms area. I've eaten here a few times, was just here June 2013. Here's my review update.

If offers a good size buffet spread that features both cold salads and hot foods, and the food is refilled regularly. Guests could choose to pay for all-you-can-eat (presently $8.50), or pay per pound ($4.50). Very cheap prices.

Baked samosas, cookies, and cake slices (some vegan) are also available for purchase separately by the register.

Upstairs is a Indian things gift shop. I bought some shirts for my daughter, not cheap but pretty.

Pros: friendly, outside seating, simple


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yummy - Edit

I love this place! It's a great value for good food in a spiritual environment. The yellow dal is my favorite. Salad bar has great selection and there's a gift shop upstairs!

Pros: good value, great food, friendly staff

Cons: parking


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Good in a pinch - Edit

It's sort of like the cheap, vegetarian version of Souplantation. It's very convenient because all of the vegan options are clearly marked. The salad bar is good, but they don't have any nice, juicy beets, sadly. Sometimes the hot food here can be good. However, it can definitely vary since the selection is rather limited. If you don't like the vegan special of the day, that is just too bad. Personally, I tend to not be crazy about the curries because they seem to use tomatoes heavily, and I am not a big fan of tomatoes. They do always serve brown rice, though, and the vegan dal is reliable. Also, refills are allowed and the prices are very cheap.

Pros: good food, cheap, cool shop upstairs

Cons: disposable plates, not all vegan


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holy cow this place is good - Edit

Govinda's is one of my fave places to go for a cheap veggie lunch. Visit their website for the daily menu. Go when they have the dill pasta--carb overload heaven. All of their halvas rock, especially the blueberry. Cakes and cookies are delish. The salad bar is super fresh with wonderful dressing choices. Their Sunday prasadam meal is always to die for. Hopefully one day they will ditch the dairy and go all vegan.

Pros: Good value, friendly staff, great desserts

Cons: Tough to park


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Cheap, fresh, and good - Edit

That pretty much says it all about Govinda's. Their cooked food is a little overdone, but their salad section is delish. They are mostly vegan, but have some vegetarian so read carefully as they denote ingredients. Vegan cakes are amazing, some of the best in the city.


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Good value! - Edit

This is a great salad bar. Some days are much better than others, but I've had a lot of good meals there. The entree choices are a little more limited for vegans, depending what the daily selection is. My favorite is their vegan pesto pasta. What's great is that they mark vegan dishes clearly with a V, and there's always a delicious vegan dal with brown rice. The ambiance isn't anything to write home about, but I definitely recommend checking it out. Their vegan cakes are great, too! There are also some nice things in their store upstairs.

Pros: Value, Tasty, Healthful

Cons: Cafeteria atmosphere, Wish they had more vegan options, If lot is full, parking can be tricky


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Excellent food - Edit

I love this place. They mark on a board above the food which things are vegan. At dinner they serve an entree that has a vegan option. Just ask for it and they will bring it out of the warmer. It's usually something like enchildas. They have great vegan deserts and the salad bar is great. On Sunday and all of their holidays, all food is made with ghee so nothing is vegan.

Pros: great prices, tasty food, vegan choices clearly marked

Cons: parking can be a bummer sometimes


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good food, great price - Edit

the food here is good. it is a bit hard to get info on what is vegan sometimes though. it depends on who is working. have to carry your own food so a bit difficult with kids. great price though and great store upstairs.

Pros: good food, great price

Cons: have to carry own food


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An awesome find! - Edit

We had no idea we were stepping into a temple when we came here for lunch. What an awesome suprise. We got the all you can eat lunch buffet for $7 a piece. They also sell organic drinks. We picked up some gingerales. There is a great salad bar and hot item bar. There were at least 2 cold salads that were vegan (including potato salad) and I think all the dressings were vegan and certainly homemade. They had brown rice and 2 main dishes that were vegan. So, about 50% of the buffet is vegan and worth the money. My boyfriend is Indian, and he attested that the dal was "perfect." Soothing religious music played in the background and each table is fitted with small books on prayer and Hindu teachings to peruse as you eat. It was really neat.

After eating, we wandered upstairs to their store. Be wary. On impulse, we bought a ring, which corroded and bent within a day! Supposedly the stone is real, if that's any consolation! Also, all of the clothing is outrageously priced (but that may be because my Indian sidekick constantly vocalizes his disgust at the markup of a $2 kurta in India to $40 in the US). Our best discovery was the large art prints that ran from $5-12. Great deal. They also sold some postcards and stickers that were within reason.

There was also a museum, but we were out of time on the meter outside, so we had to move on. It was about $3 entry, so I'm sure it was worth it.

A great dining experience overall!

Pros: Half vegan and homemade, Had other things to do after eating, Near other attractions

Cons: Parking meter runs only for an hour, Buffet wasn't as vegan as it could be, Store is buyer beware


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Easy and No Frills - Edit

The set up is pretty simple at Govinda's - like cafeteria style. You get in line, help yourself to the salad bar and hot foods bar, and you pay for what you get by weight, or by all-you-can-eat.

The dishes are often similiar, usually consisting of greens and salads and maybe 4 hot lacto-veg dishes. Sometimes there is pizza.

Seating is outside in the patio. Very casual, inexpensive, and no frills.


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