Culina Millcreek
Culina Millcreek

Culina Millcreek

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.culinafamily.ca/
  • Phone: 780-437-5588 x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00 am - 2:30 pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Brad Lazarenko
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Culina specializes in small to mid-size catering functions specializing in creative hors d'oeuvres menus and family style weddings. Culina also offers their signature 'TV Dinners', a take on the classic TV dinner but made with local naturally raised meats and ethnic flavours.
  • Private Party Facilities: We offer our entire restaurant which seats 42 people as well as our smaller intimate wine bar for private functions up to 20 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Ed Donszelmann 7802310373x

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Edmonton Transit stop 20m away on 99st just east of the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Culina offers private parking just to the west of the restaurant. As well there is ample street parking available on the front street
A word from Culina Millcreek
A friendly neighbourhood bistro serving contemporary ethnic comfort food.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Culina Millcreek reviews from OpenTable diners
151 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (106)neighborhood gem (102)romantic (77)special occasion (72)great for brunch (58)great for outdoor dining (30)notable wine list (30)great for lunch (28)late-night find (14)good for groups (12)hot spot (8)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We enjoyed a Friday Night away from the kids. Only our second visit to Culina, but we will certainly return. The service was exceptional, even though the wait for our main course was lengthy. We enjoyed the mussels to start and we made short work of our cod and tenderloin dishes. The bacon wrapped mashed potatoes were a hit... My wife could not resist eating several "tastes" of mine. Looking forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Excellent service, exceptional cuisine, beautifully presented. Especially enjoyed the beef tenderloin, and the dessert made with Alberta fruit. Will definitely return and bring friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Went for a special romantic dinner. The quaint feel of the place suited the occasion perfectly. The server was extremely cheerful and helpful in explaining the dishes. The food was excellent. The cheese fritters were fantastic! We also tried the mussels which were in a very flavorful sauce but could have used a bit less salt. The duck breast was delicious as was the caprese salad. We will definitely recommend this place and will return to try the other entrees.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best restaurant in Old Strathcona
    bknight
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We have eaten at this restaurant since it opened near 99th many years ago. It is a small room which looks like a badly renovated basement but it seems to suit the desired ambiance. The food is consistently good while a little eclectic. This is a very popular restaurant so reservations are essential although on at least two occasions they went out of their way to accommodate us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Sheemon
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I've been to Culina for brunch a few times and was always happy with the food, service and atmosphere. This was the first time we decided to go for dinner and were a little disappointed. The food was okay, but definitely not to the standard I would set with the brunch menu. And no pork? Definitely a letdown. However, my biggest gripe would be lukewarm food. I'll be back, but not for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic!
    Eateateat
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We enjoyed a fabulous dinner - shared a caprese salad and the BBQ pork entree, with a lovely bottle of Chilean wine. The food was just delicious, nicely paced, and the service was great! I love this place, especially during a quieter time of day
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely spot!
    b1rdofparadis
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    First time to Culina Mill Creek. I've been to Culina Muttart for brunch before - unmemorable. But dinner at Mill Creek was wonderful! The starters were delicious (Brazilian cheese balls and a very unique caprese salad). I had the mushroom and cheese ravioli and the rest of my table had beef tenderloin and the icelandic cod. Everyone's food was awesome, even the dessert was interesting. Wine selection mediocre but the bartender can whip up something fancy. The waiter was funny, attentive but not overbearing. We enjoyed ourselves. I'd go back, for like a wedding anniversary or something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will Return
    Burr
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent food and service, no pretensions--like old-fashioned down home dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday brunch
    Betti
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    we went there for a birthday celebration. The food was excellent and the service efficient and friendly. Also, the coffee was great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome restaurant
    Explorer
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wonderful place to dine. Great for a girls night out or with your spouse. Quiet and cozy but can also be very romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner!
    FatMatt
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Went for my great aunts birthday, and she loved her meal (Columbian style chicken). The table also had the BBQ pork shoulder, lamb ravioli, and pomme frites which were all good. The place is cozy, and our server was friendly. A little on the slow side, but we werent complaining because the wine was good as well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden
    Dater69
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Not much to see on the outside. Once inside it is very nice and the food is fantastic and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, slow service
    Yegfoodies
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary at Culina and the food was, as always, delicious. That being said, we arrived with a relatively empty dining room and it still took over an hour for our food to arrive. Our server was scattered and I believe we were forgotten for a time as other diners sat after us received their meals long before us (very similar orders). The menu was full of creative local fare, but I very much missed the addition of my favourite dish-the duck. Please bring it back! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous Brunch
    cleomum
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Dishes are creative and delicious. Excellent service! Just be sure to make a reservation on Sundays, or you may be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Been there many times and never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice cozy spot
    Jenbow
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We enjoy the ambiance and particularly the brunch menu of this little gem of a restaurant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Why Culina?
    Flochuck
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Why not when one lives just around the corner. Great, creative menu; specials that really are; delightful patio; and service as good as anywhere. Lambers and mash cannot be beaten, and made upstairs to boot. Why walk further when one may be pampered on one's doorstep.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it every time
    frequentdiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Fantastic food and great service. I'm never disappointed here. I happily recommend Culina for brunch, lunch, or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a treat
    WhereRMyGlovesEdmonton
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Some people just know food, know what to do with beautiful ingredients, to turn that into beautiful dishes. Culina is a place like that. Moreover, you get excellent advice on how your preferences relate to the menu, great service, personal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the best Culina dinner I've had
    DiscerningDiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    It had been a while since I'd had dinner here. I found the menu and food quality less impressive than previous meals. Most disappointing was the service. We ordered several appetizers and ate them slowly while waiting for our entrees. The server kept trying to clear them away before we had finished, saying that room was needed for the entrees. So we assumed the entrees were on the way. After about an hour, I asked if the entrees would not be served until we had finished the appetizers. The server had indeed been waiting for us to finish the appetizers before ordering the entrees to be prepared. When it became clear that this had not been our intention, she offered no apology for not having asked if we wanted the entrees delayed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice space, Good Food, BAD Service
    kmae
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The server was in a terrible mood. She slammed a bottle of water on our table without saying hello or any word for that matter. We ordered our first drink, and she never did ask if we wanted anything else. There was no quality check on our meals. Then the bill came. It was super disappointing. We overheard her complaining a few times about having a bad day. I was frustrated that I could not order some things I really wanted with our meals because she just never came back. The food was great though I must say. I tried to call the establishment to discuss my concerns but no one answered at the Millcreek location, I tried the Muttart location and the woman who answered the phone told me to look on the website and try and find a managers email.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great meal
    SteveinYEG
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The location of the restaurant and to style inside is very nice. It took longer than I expected for the server to arrive at our table for the first time. When we had a question about a wine choice, she consulted with the owner of the restaurant to get more information about the winds were asking about. This was good and ended up with a nice bottle of wine. I had the haddock and it was excellent. My date had to steak and she said it too was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable dinning experience
    Suculicious
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Culina Millcreek is consistent in that the food, service and ambiance are always excellent. My wife has a garlic allergy and the chef came out to meet her and discuss what he could prepare for her. The meal was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • INTERESTING EATERY
    kyew
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    WE HAVE ALWAYS HAD A GREAT MEAL HERE. UNFORTUNATELY THIS TIME BOTH MY HUSBAND ,SON AND MYSELF HAD THE PORK SHOULDER AND IT WAS VERY DRY. WE WERE ALL DISAPPOINTED AS THE PREVIOUS TIME IT WAS DELICIOUS!!! WE STILL WOULD RETURN THERE THOUGH. IT IS A HIDDEN GEM
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Adventurers, this is a must!
    Nomster
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    A menu not too big and not too small, filled with interesting dishes you might not have thought up of yourself at home. No standard fare but everything looks and tastes amazing! I myself just had the granola bowl for lunch, and while I liked the combination of tastes, it did end up being far sweeter than I bargained for. However, I will definitely be back to try out the other fare, and so should you!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste Bud Adventures
    UnderCoverSpoon
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This is always my go-to place to take out of town guests for brunch. My whisky-soaked apple fritters with aged white cheddar, chicken sausage & ginger maple syrup was an excellent wake-up call to my sleepy taste buds. The corn bread with saskatoon butter is the perfect sized appetizer to share. The coffee is great and so is the service too! Thank you for a lovely brunch :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently wonderful!
    fillmybelly
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I have dined at Culina Millcreek three times over the last year, and the staff are attentive and friendly. Most importantly, the food is always amazing! It's a lovely spot for good food and conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • suzyq
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    I really enjoyed dining here and I must say the Insalata Caprese was amazing!!!! I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Simply put the service was excellent. Casual but not sloppy, friendly but not common.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    JillianLaura
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Amazing food, cute little spot. Great for date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Culina
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The restaurant is small but cozy, the server was busy but efficient, service was well paced with adequate time between courses. The entree special was a rabbit ravioli with wild mushrooms, which I rated good and the tenderloin was rated excellent by my wife. A good dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner for two
    ZeroThaHero
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This restaurant is one of incredible quality, shining out in the moderately bleak Edmonton dining landscape. Every dish that my spouse and I ordered was of the utmost top quality, and was clearly prepared and presented by someone who takes great pride in their work! We each had an appetizer, an entree, multiple "beverages", and shared a desert, and the tab (all-in) was a modest $150! We were also impressed with the apparent production of a monthly, dynamic menu (or, as stated on the card, "Bill of Fare",) hinted at by the fact that the menu actually said "July" on it. We will definitely be returning to this establishment, most likely after a seasonal shift, so we can test our hypothesis regarding the fluidity of their fare offerings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • arla
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The only thing for me personally is that there was only one option for vegetarians - in the entree level. (it had goat cheese). It was DELICIOUS! I would have liked to see more options maybe though.... my friends LOVED their food too.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    as always. dont know why i have to have this be 50 characters but i'll type something to fill it in
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    All of our good was way too salty. They did not have our reservation on their system.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jmapp
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I would of preferred a choice of waffles or pancakes for the brunch, otherwise the meal was excellent that was only my concern.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Really enjoyed the "special event" Brazil night dinner. More please!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Was disappointed that there was no brunch menu but was very happy with the lunch selection
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    Mich
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We were a group of 6 ladies out for a stagette. The meal was incredible - portion sizes were amazing. Price was great. The only downside was that there weren't enough staff. Only two servers for the entire restaurant and no bartender. We were only able to order two drinks each in the three hours we were there because they were just too busy. It was nearly a half hour before our first drink order was taken and close to an hour before we received the first drinks. That part was quite disappointing, and would make me hesitate to recommend or return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Energie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    First time dining here and we would definitely go back . The waiter was real friendly and attentive. The food was great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.