Culina - Modern Italian
Culina - Modern Italian

Culina - Modern Italian

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://culinarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3108604000
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am – 11:00am; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 6:00pm – 10:30pm; Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Culina Chef Mette Williams
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Burton Way
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking - $8.00 for Culina patrons. Complimentary Valet Parking at Lunch.
A word from Culina - Modern Italian
Culina is taking reservations for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Capturing the cosmopolitan ethose of Los Angeles, Culina, Modern Italian presents a lively neighborhood gathering spot where sophisticated cuisine and levity join hands. Culina, from the Latin word for "kitchen" showcases the intersection of traditional and modern Italian cuisine with a menu guided by exceptional ingredients. Guests can linger over small plates and wine or settle in for a night of superior dining in the garden. The menu features Los Angeles' only crudo bar with the finest selections of hand prepared raw seafood, as well as homemade pastas, pizzas, the freshest Burrata and salami, and authentic entrees. Our wine program offers approximately 200 wines, most available by carafe, from Italy and the rest of the world, with a range of unique aperitifs and cocktails. Culina provides the perfect atmosphere to see and be seen!
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Culina - Modern Italian reviews from OpenTable diners
117 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (79)special occasion (69)romantic (55)fit for foodies (54)notable wine list (34)great for brunch (34)neighborhood gem (29)good for groups (24)great for lunch (23)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (12)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (9)scenic view (5)Show More
  • opentablefanVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    What a delightful new find. A pleasantly different menu. The service is impeccable but not stuffy. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dine among the lemons...
    alwyzhngry
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great spot, I've been here several times and have never had a bad meal. Service is always great! Sometimes the tables can be a little close and you can hear too much of a conversation! But it can also be VERY interesting because you NEVER KNOW who you may be sitting next too! I've booked dinners and lunches in the restaurant and hotel for several years. The wait and banquet staff is always on point!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • taste1light
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The service was superb and the ambiance was great. Food is terrific and it has become one of our favorite spots
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fit For Royalty
    DeborahInLA
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Culina has to be the best all-purpose grown-up foodie restaurant in LA. It is elegant, serves superb (and I mean SUPERB) food, provides excellent, unobtrusive service, and the prices are reasonable considering what you are getting. During warm weather, sit outdoors, day or night, and enjoy a serene, beautifully landscaped setting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food very good. Reasonable prices. Beautiful spot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    55555peace00000peace
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The quality of food didn't match the price, pizza was cold and not good, I have gotten better pizzas at Papa Jones, my chops vegetable salad had only one vegetable in it avocado the rest was a very hard grain I left the whole thing on the plate, the kids lemonade was synthetic it defiantly was not made from fresh lemons. The plate with the stake had a blue cheese on it mixed with mushrooms, you couldn't tell what it was till you tested and than for people who don't like the flavor of it, like me, I had to get a napkin to spit it out. After receiving $400 bill for the dinner I could think of many ways I could of spend these much money on more enjoyable experience.
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  • Could be a lot better
    Loveeatingout
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Beautiful and grand entrance! We were greated by friendly and accomodating staff. For entree we had the mixed seafood plata. Oysters were fresh and enjoyable, however I didn't understand the sauses. They did not that nice at all with the seafood. For main I had the red snapper. Fish was dry and the skin was soggy. It would have been much more enjoyable with crispy skin. The accompaniment of the vegetables was nice. The deep fried eggplant however make the dish a little heavy. The side of Brussel sprouts was disappointing. The meat that was served with it was not needed and if anything overwhelmed the dish. Service was five star! Great table service and a very welcoming team! I was expecting finer dining however the food was very average.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • Always enjoyable
    Sandie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Culina is one of our steady Faves! It's always consistent and very enjoyable. Food is excellent, though a little pricey and the ambience is warm and lovely! We recommend it all the time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beverly Hills Ladies Lunch
    Christmas
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We were celebrating our tennis court host and everybody in our group of 7 was commenting how lovely the setting was.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our waiter and his assistants were fantastic. The food is well priced and the portions are nice. We enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely-but
    dancingalong
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The setting is luxurious, the food delicious; the service adequate; the music too loud. Conversation is possible, just. Also, though the Travel Zoo voucher is a good buy, given the extras for things like branzino and mussels, you can probably do almost as well a la carte.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Usually a great experience . . BUT
    luvs2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The music was too loud and annoying for an upscale dinner restaurant. Food is always very good though.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why am I smelling cigar smoke
    Larry
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    As enjoyable as we hoped dinner would be on the patio. We had then constant smell of cigar smoke wafting across the patio from the front courtyard bar. Apparently guests are permitted to smoke in the front lounge and smoke while drinking/dining. Good for them, not for non-smokers also hoping to enjoy the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious special occasion meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The patio is beautiful and comfortable, the service excellent. Bread is delicious, and we got an extra wrapped biscotti to take home. Felt pampered and satisfied! I had a red snapper with roasted vegetables, the sauce was a bit salty but otherwise the fish was perfect. Desserts were to die for, especially the gelatos.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a grown up restaurant
    Texascountess
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were so impressed with the quality of the food as well as the superb service. I realized that I had forgotten what really professional service was like. The menu had been put together with great care and every dish was perfect-corn soup, pasta with fennel sausage-wow! We will definitely be back..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Anniversary Dinner!
    BrazilBabeVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Culina! We had the TravelZoo voucher for the 5 course menu, which was outstanding! We had reservatoins and they did take a bit longer to sit us, but they were very nice about it and served our prosecco while we waited without us even asking. Also, our waiter was amazing and offered us the wine pairings with his compliments! Very professional service, delicious food and a great ambiance! This was our first year anniversary and they made it very special for us!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • allenVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    teenagers at reception desk insanely incompetent! made us wait one hour inspite of opentable res sat night 7/19. I checked in repeatedly with my name. They claimed they called it, and even texted me when I was just a few feet away at the bar. No one offered me any token of awareness how stupid this was. Bet 8 and 9 pm i walked over to the desk 4 times!and spoke to everyone there, adults as well as young people.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We actually had dinner outside and it was a very nice atmosphere. The outside lounge area with the water/fire feature was pretty cool. Great food, good service, and some good wines.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location and 5 star cuisine
    mbcaffe
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Culina is a first class restaurant. We elected to be seated in the outdoor patio. It is beautiful setting with lots of natural vegetation. only drawback is occasional noise from sports cars on the street. (our table was closest to the street). Service and cuisine reflect its location in the 5 star Four Seasons hotel. Salmon and chicken dishes were wonderful. Vegetarians might have a limited selection. The vegetarian in our party had pizza and it was ok. Waiter was extremely knowledgeable and made great recommendations and accommodated special requests. Would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Italian Meal!
    vtsuiVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We had dinner here our first night in Beverly Hills. Very convenient as it was in our hotel. The food was delicious. Dishes were very well put together and I loved my squid ink speghetti... it was so good! Service was great, very attentive waiter. And the outside back patio is lovely, with heaters in case it gets chilly. Overall a great experience. Also had brunch here. Very much like the "make your own" juices option!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a Great Time
    fotobandi
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We went on a voucher for a 5 course dinner for two. The food was excellent. We had Burrata crostini, tonno crudo, fantastic Scallops, great short ribs. Our server, Dell, and his support staff were attentive without being intrusive. Great time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Perfect special ocassion restaurant
    Liz470VIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We chose Culina as the restaurant for us to celebrate our 43rd anniversary at. This happened to fall during Dine L.A. week. They offered a fixed price menu for $45 per person. It included an appetizer, main course and dessert. We ordered from that menu but added a burrata cheese and heirloom tomato appetizer. It was fantastic! We had smoked salmon appetizer, my husband had the pork duo and I ordered the NY steak. For dessert we had chocolate gelato sandwich, decorated plates for our anniversary. Everything was delicious. Culina is in the Four Seasons Hotel on Doheny in Beverly Hills. They have a beautiful patio for outdoor dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Service was slow.
    Beemer
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    It seemed that our waiter had to many tables to wait on,and my guests were a little surprised at how long it took to get things started,but when they did it was a wonderful time.Would we come back,no doubt.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth the Drive!
    Meg1a1licious
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was delicious! Five of us ordered a bunch of different dishes and shared them all! Service was very slow at first, but when we alerted the head waiter of the delay, he kicked it into gear and we received great service the rest of the meal. They were very accommodating, and even comped desserts and a couple of side dishes for us. We'll definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I really love this restaurant. Service is spot on and the food is delicious. We had a multi course dinner and it did not disappoint. The ahi crudo was a nice size and very good. The kale salad with artichoke and crispy prociutto was fresh. The short rib and scallop entrees were juicy and delicious. The desserts, zeppole and panino dolce, were also really tasty. However, the one dish that this restaurant does better than others is pasta. Each time and with different styles of their hand made pasta, I am always left wanting more. This time was a simple rigatoni and fennel sausage pasta, and it was perfectly al dente and absolutely delicious! This is a pricey restaurant in the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel, but it's worth the splurge
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    sam1025
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Nice restaurant. Service is excellent. It is recommended for special occasions.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Indulgence without the guilt
    JVPfromLA
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The menu features lots of tantalizing twists on conventional entrees so that even those who are counting calories or who have food restrictions can enjoy something unique and delicious - for example, a variation on Eggs Benedict that substitutes a hearty slab of tomato instead of bacon, with a fresh herbal drizzle on top instead of hollandaise. The setting is cushy and upscale without being stuffy, and not too noisy to enjoy a conversation. You can be dressed up or casual and will be equally comfortable. There are semi-private alcoves for small parties. The large patio is perfect for brunch. Parking is a bit pricey - $9 with validation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lady who lunches
    belleepoch54
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Enjoyed the serene day that I went. Joey our waiter was very patient with ladies who need to catch up before ordering. Pasta delicious and the mimosas were devine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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  • top notch buffet
    LenaK
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    love coming to their sunday brunch buffet especially when there are awards shows in town- you can always spot some celebrities dining along side of you. a lot to choose from- omlette station, french toast, waffles, toast, bacon, chicken sausage, sushi, roasted meats, made to order quesadillas, fresh juices, to an array of salads, cheeses even offer a gluten free section for those of us who cannot digest wheat...worth a whirl
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NTBoone
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Delicious and rather exotic cuisine, great service.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • City Hall Wedding Reception
    CallaLily1263
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The service was topnotch and the staff was very attentive. The restaurant has very good ambiance, food was delicious and above all, everyone was welcoming, helpful and nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4seasons
    GlobaleaterVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Service was wonderful and the food excellent. Greatly enjoyed eating outside and the heat lamps provided e perfect amount of warmth. Loved the small plates, italian sashimi was perfection. Much better than our experience at nobu a terrific disappointment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Excellent food, but our waiter got a large table towards the end of our meal and the service fell apart.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great 39th Anniversary
    youngat39
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food and 5 star service. All the staff was fantastic. They offered complimentary dessert and after dinner drink for our anniversary. That is a first for us-classy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • Always excellent
    georgicapondVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    Wonderful food and excellent service. Elegant, relaxed atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hardtopleaseVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    They call it 'modern Italian food' in the restaurant description but 'delicious Italian food' would do. The outdoor patio is one of the prettiest in LA. Also the management is very attentive, they're trying really hard to make Culina a destination restaurant and not just a hotel restaurant and they'e succeeding. We've been there twice and recommended it to many friends. One word of warning, there's a dress code - no shorts for men.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    frankee
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    I had the best breakfast here, especially because it was a breakfast birthday, I recommend to have such gatherings here, the best!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot to Power lunch
    tenaciousmiranda
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great place to have that perfect power lunch with entertainment industry execs on projects and with clients.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome deal through Travel Zoo
    LadiesNightOut
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The five course meal deal with Travel Zoo was FABULOUS! Great food, wonderful ambiance and excellent service. Can't beat the Travel Zoo deal!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Four Seasons Brunch
    RobertW
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Culina, happily enough, still does the original brunch that has become a favorite at the Four Seasons. It's every dish you can imagine at a fine buffet....always done nicely. One point however, it is not inexpensive. So when the bill arrives it's high. What gets me though is 'it's a buffet.' You serve yourself. Yet they suggest (calculate) a 15% or 20% gratuity. Excuse me? Since when does one tip 15-20% and serve yourself. It's a bit obnoxious. It may be automated at Culina for regular meal service ....but should not extend to the buffet. It made the host uncomfortable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.