The Restaurant


In October 2010, Lotus opened its doors becoming USC's first Hookah lounge. Today, Lotus is more than a Hookah lounge, an intimate space to eat, drink, or smoke in a unique environment. Whether cooking your own Shabu-Shabu, or lounging in our Garden with a hookah and a hot cup of tea, the ambiance, decor, and lighting set the backdrop for a special evening with friends and family.

The Food


At Lotus, we provide something different than you would expect from a Hookah lounge...Japanese cuisine, namely Sushi and Shabu-Shabu. Shabu-Shabu is a variant of hot pot, which means "swish-swish" in Japanese. This is the sound created by submerging paper-thin slices of meat back and forth in a pot of boiling kelp water and cooked right at your table. Enjoy the healthy and rich taste of delicately sliced rib-eye, quality seasonal vegetables, and our house dipping sauces for the finishing touch. This unique and interactive experience provides a healthy balanced meal with simple, fresh, and raw ingredients made to cook.

Don't want to cook your own meal? Order any of our traditional Sushi or a fun, inventive Signature roll. HookahEither way, you won't forget it. Our selection of Asian brews and cocktails will have you coming back for more.

The Hookah

Hookah is one of the oldest traditions in the world still enjoyed by many. The Hookah Lounge, or Garden as it's called, is a large open space created for the best Hookah smoking experience, filled with an eclectic mix of very large beds, Egyptian rugs, dim lights, and Middle Eastern accents. The ambience is cozy with a brilliant vibe, a gathering place and setting for guests to socialize in. The centerpiece of the lounge is of course the handcrafted Egyptian hookahs and hookah service. Our hookahs deliver a smoke unparalleled by any other lounge in LA.