Brunello Trattoria
Brunello Trattoria

Brunello Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.brunello-trattoria.com/
  • Phone: 3102803856x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Tue 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Wed 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Thu 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
    5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Cinzia
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Brunello catering can now bring our fine foods of Southern Italy to your home, office, park or any other special occasion.
  • Private Party Facilities: Join us for your business meetings, birthdays, family reunions, and other special occasions in our private room. We can set up a pre-fixed menu or your party can order a la carte.
  • Private Party Contact: Bruno 3102803856x
  • Special Events: May deal!
    Come in Wednesday nights and receive 30% off any bottle of wine from our full wine list.

    Come in Tuesday and Thursday nights and enjoy a 3 course menu for only $25 per person!

    Call the restaurant for details or find the menu on our Facebook!
    Facebook.com/brunellorestaurant

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hargis Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Brunello Trattoria
The married team of Cinzia and Bruno Morra came to the United States in 1985 with the intention to share their culture with Los Angeles. Today,the family opened up Brunello Trattoria and expands their empire to the eastern edge of Culver City to turn out solid southern Italian food. Cinzia, the chef, manages the kitchen and prepares fresh pasta sauces that are made to order and Bruno and son, Daniele run the dining room. Pictures of Naples give the restaurant a traditional feel, while the central bar offers a social dining option. Come in and join us for lunch or dinner to meet the family and experience real homemade Italian food!
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Brunello Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (40)good for groups (16)fit for foodies (14)kid-friendly (11)great for lunch (11)special occasion (9)notable wine list (4)hot spot (3)romantic (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Good meal. Restaurant could shine.
    FateoptionalVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    A good meal at Brunello: the lobster pasta was well cooked and nicely seasoned (though could have more spice). Spaghetti and meatballs were also hearty, though pasta was over-cooked. The litany of "specials" (over 5 in one night) was overkill -- when there are so many you wonder how special they are. It was our second meal at the restaurant, the first being unmemorable. We come away the second time with the impression of a restaurant we would go to if we didn't want to drive far, but that if we were looking for particularly nice dining, or atmosphere, we would go elsewhere. It's a neighborhood place, for sure, and one of the few offerings in the immediate area that isn't fast food. A little "makeover" in the dining room would do wonders.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovesla
    loveslaVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    They tried hard, but the food was terrible. I ordered manicotti stuffed with ricotta and spinach. The sauce was a horrible looking marinara(?). The manicotti had absolutely no taste whatsoever. I tried salt, parmesan cheese, pepper. Nothing helped. What a waste of money. My partner had pizza, which was so-so. Ravioli was good, said my other friend. The server was very nice but she tried to hard--every time we turned around, there she was--asking us if everything was ok. Very nice people, but I would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late night dinner
    ericaraev
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food was delicious. A great variety of food and wine. Service was good. Restaurant was quiet, as it was an 8pm dinner on a Wednesday.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Wonderful!
    Perfect
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We popped in for a light meal after a football game. We chose the Grilled Calamari with mixed greens and tomatoes with a Quattro Stagioni pizza. The Calamari knocked our socks off. We had grilled octopus several times in the Mediterranean but this was our first grilled calamari. Grilling made it so much more flavorful. And we loved the four flavors on our pizza. Their crust didn't disappoint but we had high expectations because of their terrific bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FUN, MODERN ITALIAN REST
    Elayne123VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We instantly liked the vibe when we walked in - it's clean with modern touches. It's a little loud inside so it was a challenge carrying on a conversation. We enjoyed most of our meal selections - The vegetarian lasagna was good but heavy on the sauce. Loved the thin crust pizza and the calamari salad. The servers were nice but rushed so had to ask for some things twice (parm cheese, water, etc). We don't live in the area but if we did we would definitely go back again very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Really good
    LAfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is excellent and authentic. Service was outstanding. If they offer the carbonara you must get it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simple and good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Ate here with friends recently, and really enjoyed the food. It's wonderfully simple Italian food. Nothing fancy, just good pastas, pizzas, fish, etc. I am an Italian food snob, and I was very happy with my meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good food !
    happygreekgirl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    everything was delicious and we will be back ......salad with octopus..risotto with leeks and salmon and vegetarian lasagna all were all seasoned well..not salty..the lemon/pine nut tart was a great was to end the meal !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food for reasonable prices
    Neisser4
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Good Italian restaurant where you can actually have a conversation. Pleasant environment and very reasonably priced. I will definitely go back and recommend it to friends. They have a limited menu (no pasta) on Monday nights, but my guest and I were very happy with our choices
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Lunch Spot in Culver City
    Ramdar
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Just a bit East on Washington, away from the hustle and bustle of the main drags in Culver City, sits Brunello Trattoria. I was searching for a peaceful spot for a business lunch, but with great food and a friendly atmosphere. This was it, and I and my colleagues were not disappointed. The service is quick and cordial, the food outstanding (I could not resist their warm bread - despite my efforts to hold to my "no bread" before meals policy), and the ambiance was just perfect for business (pleasantly busy, but neither bustling nor noisy). Their specials were outstanding, especially the grilled swordfish and pasta with bolognese sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Girls
    Girls
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food good. Service good. Not too expensive. A bit chilly with the air conditioning on but their back room was stuffy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over sea's visitor
    Food4thought
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Having family in L A , we are.always looking for good restaurant 's .Brunello's fits the bill perfectly ! Great food, great service . What more can you ask ? We will be back !!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Consistent
    Perfect
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We found this family-owned and run Italian restaurant a few years ago when we were looking for someplace for dinner near the Metro Rail Station after a USC football game. We always get wonderful service and delicious meals so we keep going back. It's definitely a neighborhood gem in a quiet location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good DineLA Find
    OpenTableReviews
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The place didn't have parking, which caught us off guard but we found good spots near the restaurant. The reservation was for 6 people, and they were very accommodating to our needs. For the DineLA menu, two of us asked for a slight change and they agreed to it, which is was nice. However, our vegetarian friend had to reorder because his plate came with meat by accident. They remade his meal really fast though. A few of the dishes were a bit salty. The waiters were very friendly and nice. Overall, a pretty good experience, would try it out for a non - DineLA night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scamorza!
    CCfoodiemom
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Just - wow - so delicious. A great meal with excellent service!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful surprise
    PlainjaneVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Food was definitely creative and delicious. Baked mozzarella had a smoky taste. Stuffed chicken had a light mustard sauce. Could not leave one bite behind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    JC1234
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Food was very delicious! Was here for DineLA and all of the courses were good. Restaurant is rather noisy though.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wish I lived in the neighborhood!
    BragigirlVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed this little gem in Culver City. Try it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • neighborhood gem!
    TaToS
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Bread was AWESOME!! First visit was on Monday and menu was limited. Still enjoyed the food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • IH07VIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Excellent neighborhood restaurant. Moderately priced with very good food especially the pasta dishes. Service was attentive and friendly. Great find!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Italian
    Gordon
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were seated at a cozy booth and served a freshly baked loaf of bread, still hot from the oven. My friend wanted something light so she ordered a dinner salad. It had a nice variety of very fresh ingredients and a tasty oil and vinegar dressing. I had a caesar salad with anchovies. The romaine lettuce was very fresh and crisp and it had ample dressing. I had pollo limone for my entree. It consisted of several slices of chicken breast in a lemon sauce, with capers, spinach, and roasted potatoes. It was thoroughly enjoyable. A glass of chianti complemented the meal very well. We shared an espresso gelato covered in chocolate. It was all outstanding, and the check was very reasonable. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 155 reviews are from the Brunello Trattoria reviews archive.
  • Pleasantly surprised!
    Calbchbum
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I was pleased with the menu & specials of the day! After eating the complementary bread I wished I had ordered a pizza. I guess that will be on our next visit!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • opinion of BRUNELLOS
    MARIANUSKJA
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I THOUGHT THE CHICKEN PARMAGIAN WAS DELICIOUS, THE VEGGIES TOO. THE CHOPPED SALAD NOT GREAT AS IT HAD LOTS OF LETTUCE AND NOT ENOUGH SALAMI, AND OTHER GOODIES. i WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THAT ONE. THE lASAGNA WAS GOOD. THE WINE OKAY. TOO BAD NO HARD LIQUOR WHICH MY FRIENDS WANTED ... ASLO NO LIMES>>>>>. UNUSUAL... THANKS.. MARIAN KNOX
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long time great place.
    RiCa
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I have been eating here, sometimes several times a week, The has been consistently good with just as consistantly good service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunello's is a favorite spot
    Empress
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My husband and I go to Brunello's quite often with or without other couples. Food is very good and not expensive. Sorry, I'm not a reviewer that's it in a nutshell. Should be enough if you are looking for a nice neighborhood spot. We live in West Hollywood and find the drive down there very easy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place For Dinner
    lovedeliciousfood
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This is a nice neighborhood restaurant with very attentive staff and pretty good food - not over the top delicious but also not over the top expensive. If you order salad be sure to split it or have it as an entree - they're huge. I had the one with pears and it was delicious but way too big before my really nice pasta with prawns. We'll be back - it was nice, convenient and parking was a breeze [but we were there on a Sunday night].
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    First dining experience at Brunello and we were very satisfied...food, service & ambiance were great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Familydiner.
    Familydiner
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Perfect for a business lunch. Second visit was as good as the first.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    A nice low-key family owned restaurant with excellent food choices with good food and service. Overall and enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Table Cloth
    Schtork
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    There is a TV above the the bar that is in the center of the restaurant and it is on but music is playing and the waiters are attentive, the food presentation is formal as are the cloth napkins and clean white paper on top of the white tablecloth. The remodel done a couple years ago still looks nice. My wife and I like the Italian food here. It is upscale and pricier than our typical hole-in-the-wall favorite Italian place but it is worth it once in awhile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    Onceaweekdate
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Food excellent. Service really good but not overly so. Not hovering over your table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good italian food close to home
    BGTGVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    A great neighborhood gem, with quality italian food and great service. You can't beat that!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm and friendly
    GoddessofWine
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great find. Moderately priced, comfortable, friendly. Good traditional Italian food, well-priced wine list. Excellent service. It wasn't too busy the night we were there, and we sat for a longer time than we would have if they had needed to turn the table. Never felt rushed or ignored. I would definitely go back. Only quibble is the parking - which is neighborhood or metered. No lot or valet. Still, not a big deal overall.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    ExperiencedEaterVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The food overall was bland. The salads tasted fresh but needed more flavor. My pasta alla norma was a bit gummy, and really had very little flavor. I think they need to use more salt and/or get more creative/aggressive with herbs.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EVERYTHING WAS GREAT AS USUAL!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    EVERYTHING WAS GREAT AS USUAL!!! SERVICE WAS GREAT TOO!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing House Made Bread
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Always a great pleasure to dine at this wonderful restaurant. Never a false note…...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reasonable food not worth the wait
    Jack
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My daughter and I ate at Brunello Trattoria this last Friday evening. Despite a 7:45 reservation via OpenTable, we stood in the entrance until 8:15. We were then seated at a table for 2 with another adjacent, too close for comfort, in a hallway with a cold draft coming through. The wait staff was competent but food took a long time to come. We waited 30 minutes for entrees. The food was tasty. However, our pasta was short on ingredients other than noodles. My risotto, for example, had maybe 6 slices of sausage 1/8 in thick in the entire bowl, and my daughter's fettucine with salmon, arugula and asparagus had maybe 1 sprig of asparagus sliced, maybe 3 oz. of salmon flakes and a few flecks of arugula in it. The rest was noodles.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Now open Monday nights
    waldort
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Note, however that it's a limited Monday night menu, though the range of Pizza and Calzone is there, and great salads, a few main courses too. Mama Cinzia has the night off but Bruno is there with his staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a little gem in Culver city
    judyjetson
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This is my second visit to Brunello's and again a delicious meal. From the moment one walks in service is very good. The folks there are very accommodating and make the meal and the dining experience terrific. I am struck by the wide range of diners in the place , which I find exciting. It has appeal for everyone and the food is lovely. I will be going back again and again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was hoping for more.....
    RoseFamilyFun
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    This is a girls night out that was nearly ruined by very, very slow service. Our reservation was for 6:30 and we nearly missed out theater tickets at 9pm, just down the street. We placed our order in tact at 7:10 and received our salads at 7:35. We had to continually ask for bread as we were literally starving. Our meal finally arrived at 8:15. The food was absolutely wonderful, but the very slow and overall poor service made this evening filled with stress. The location is great, minus the obvious parking issue. We planned everything early so we would not have to rush, yet that is exactly what happened. And when we realized that we were missing a salad that was ordered, the server argued with us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate