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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Culina Millcreek reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (95)neighborhood gem (89)romantic (69)special occasion (62)great for brunch (49)notable wine list (27)great for outdoor dining (24)great for lunch (24)late-night find (12)good for groups (7)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • KenR
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Very impressed with our meals! Portions are great and very flavourful and tasty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not good this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Culina has been my favourite neighbourhood restaurant for 9 years. This last time was disappointing. We waited one hour for our food....and the restaurant wasn't even full. My friend and I agreed that the mussels were way too salty and I had to send them back. The attitude from the kitchen added insult to injury. Hopefully this is a one time incident, as I absolutey love culina as my go to restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and venue.
    food4fuel
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    I am fortunate this is around the corner from my house. I took a friend visiting from Toronto. On a Wednesday night it wasn't packed but still felt vibrant. The service was what efficient but not rushed. The food was interesting, well presented. Portions are generous - we likely didn't need an appetizer but like the sound of the pomme frite. I like supporting local so love that Culina's is that in all ways too.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent service. Good portion size. Good ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent time
    Boris
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Have been meaning to go here for ages and we finally went this weekend. The food was excellent, never had Icelandic Monkfish before it was very tasty. both of our meals were excellent and the service was terrific. Culina MillCreek is a small cozy place in a great neighborhood with a decent wine list. I can say for sure we will return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    ame5
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Fantastic service and food. Always innovative, solid menu. Tried the lamb, a brand new menu item - delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience!
    Lovely1Linda
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This restaurant is a neighborhood gem. Outstanding food from local farms. The atmosphere is quaint and is was nice setting for my group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always perfect
    joshisoranges
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I absolutely love this restaurant. The food is amazing and unique. The wine list is fantastic without being overwhelming. The wait-staff are polite and unobtrusive while still providing exceedingly competent service. The ambiance is fantastic. Gentlemen - if you want to impress a date, take her here. Also great for small groups. I would probably only not recommend this place if you are looking for an energetic start to an evening with a larger (greater than six people) group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely brunch
    FunkyFresh
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Mmmm, fantastic food and service. Quaint decor and cozy space. Culina is a real gem, a truly homemade dining delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious brunch!
    Yegfoodies
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This is one of our favourite spots for delicious local fare. Service was wonderful and the food is always great. The eggs Benedict with it's smoky hollandaise is easily one of my favourite dishes anywhere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    sosososha
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Small and cozy and the brunch menu was phenomenal. All three of us agreed to come back again with our significant others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Culina Millcreek
    JTC84
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    A great little restaurant in Strathcona/Millcreek, tucked away from busy Whyte Ave. Cosy and sophisticated atmosphere with great food and service, definitely somewhere I will come back to and recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    SteveinYEG
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The house salad is so good! I never know what I am going to have for my main course but I do know that it will be preceded by a salad.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Potentially Awesome
    YourCustomer
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    After reserving on line for a bit later in the evening at what was supposed to be the first available time, we were surprised to find the restaurant at least half empty. And the service a little slow. But friendly. The wine (Mezzacorona), the only one we could get a half litre of because it was already open, was nothing special. Okay mussels, not very fat, with good cream sauce. Delicious kind of crunchy salad! Wonderful warm, filling duck. Tasty cod, or rather its sauce was tasty and interesting, but the cod, a little less so. On the plus side, it was neither over- nor under-cooked. The trifle was frothy and not too sweet, and the cheesecake was a little bland. The room is cozy and it was nice to have the door left ajar on a warm evening.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We'll be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The food was just fabulous! We hadn't been back for a while - the next visit will be soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fell Short
    Travisty
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was not our first visit to Cullina's and have fully enjoyed and even been pleasently surprised by this little gem but this was a pitifully disapointing visit. Our server was unable to smile or visit enough to imply our visit mattered. I had ordered a Tenderloin med rare, but it was well done at best and the sauce tasted like it was burned. Overall it seems as though this sweet little gem has gone downhill and fast.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night
    outwithmom
    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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new find
    foodieadventurer
    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
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    lovegoodfood
    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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Our experience
    Happyandfull
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My wife and I have been going to Culina for years now. Most notably for our anniversary and other special occasions. As my wife can not eat wheat ( allergy not celiac ) the menu is flexible and the staff are always helpful and attentive. The food is always reason for delight and we have never been disappointed. Going to Culinary is meant to be an evening out and always is a point of excitement for the two of us. Culina is a definite favourite for us!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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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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    • 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.