Brunello Trattoria

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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cvz1211
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food, welcoming atmosphere, wonderful staff. Will do what they can to fulfill special requests regarding food.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Server sat us delivered water then forgot about us. Took another 20 mins or so to get bread (only after our orders were takeN and asking for it). Soup came and I asked for parm cheese. Waiter did not return to table until I was half finished with it (didn’t want it to get cold) then brought it as I reminded him. 2 of 4 meals were delivered. Then 5 mins later the 3rd meal then another 5 mins before the 4th meal (there were 4 of us). As a result of waiting until all meals were delivered, the First two were lukewarm once we began eating. My husband and I both had chicken which was tough (overcooked). 3rd guest said shrimp in his dish were small and not so tasty. We’ve been several times before and thoroughly enjoyed our meals so this was a disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I’m in Love with Brunello. Husband and Wife team from Italy. The Chef is The Owner and does all the Cooking. Great Homemade Italian food and wine. I feel at home here. ❤️❤️❤️

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vipholidaydoll
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

DineLA goodness! Yum’

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JoshuaL
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service. Busy but friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious!

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vipFirstVisitProbablyLast
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The glowing reviews for Brunello Trattorie encouraged me to book at table. The food was good, but the server was really mediocre - unfortunately, wait staff can make or break an experience. The people serving bread and refilling water were great. it was just the waitress who lacked any kind of warmth. Signs of bad service: never asking if it was our first time at the restaurant; not suggesting some great starters or best dishes; not asking if others wanted coffee when one person ordered it; and literally picking up our settled credit card receipt off the table, before we left, and then looking at the check - perhaps assessing the tip - as she walked away. The tip, by the way, would make it appear that we had a good experience. Instead, it was really disappointing. Would we try again? Likely not, with all of the other options in Los Angeles.

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vipGino
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DineLA dinner. Service, ambience, and food were excellent. Tremendous value. Will visit again

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vipMelP
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I have been going there and recommend to anyone . they are the best Italian restaurant i have been to in all of LA

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StraightTalk
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent neighborhood Italian. I've been going periodically for almost 10 years and the food is consistently good.

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SuzyQ
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in LA -- classic trattoria, simple but with tablecloths and prompt, excellent service. The food is simple, but very very good -- wonderful calzones and entrees which come with terrific vegetables/side dishes. It's also in a less crowded part of Culver City, so parking is generally easy to find.

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DonnaB
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As I arrived early to prepare for our party I was immediately greeted with an aroma of homemade Italian food! And wonderful smiling Hostess Valerie. She knew exactly who I was as she had called to verify our reservation and to make sure my special request was going to be fulfilled. The place was buzzing with helpful friendly staff!
We made a reservation for 14 people for my Dad's 89th Birthday we were very pleased!! We had the pleasure of a private dining room. It was just perfect the right size beautiful old fashion Italy feel.
As our party started arriving our server was on point, I ordered appetizers for all to share they came on time. All the appetizers were amazing! Well-seasoned, marinated nice size portions Bruschetta al Pomodoro Homemade bread was fresh, Portobello e Pepperoni Baked Portobello mushrooms with roasted bell peppers and fresh burrata cheese, Antipasto Della Casa an assortment of marinated vegetables Their fresh bake bread is amazing! Our Entrees did not disappoint! Because it is LA Restaurant Week, we had the please of a Prix Fixe Menu that included appetizer entrée and dessert. The Chicken Marsala cooked just right not to much wine had to be the best I’ve ever had. Others had Chicken Piccata nice lemony caper delight, some had Spaghetti, Fish or Mussel entrees all were delicious!! This is a wonderful gem in our neighborhood! I will return again and again! Authentic Italian fare! I met Bruno (Owner) as I was hosting this party, I complimented him on his staff, food, ambiance what a great restaurant I highly recommend!

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FrankS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, fantastic service and we reserved a specific table a head of time which was saved for us, it was a perfect evening

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vipHappy
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a business meeting

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JohnK
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice discovery - loved it

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant!

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Lotus48
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We enjoyed eating here when it was just my husband and myself, but because of the noise level, didn’t enjoy it as much on our latest visit with a party of 6. Service was excellent and menu extensive with many specials. The salad and pasta dishes we ordered were good and nicely presented, but somewhat lacking in flavor. We will definitely go back again just the two of us and hope that what we will have a better experience.

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vipWilliefoodie
New England
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we come from Massachusetts we take our family to Brunellos. It's a wonderful place to gather the ambience is very comfortable and we are always warmly greeted. We look forward to many more visits.

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foodiegurl
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT! I had Theatre tix and only an hour to eat and make BUT I love this place so much I had to make it work! They don't open until 5pm so I called ahead around 4:30 and gave them my order so it would be ready soon after I arrived at 5! They were SO accommodating! And if course my fettuccini bolognese did NOT DISAPPOINT!! It was INCREDIBLE!

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vipbrian
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place!

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vipaudreyslate
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunello Trattoria is an excellent neighborhood restaurant with great food and service.

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vipWeekenddinermom
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great pasta.

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JayN
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very busy place. Excellent food. Service was a little bit slow but that didn't really detract from the evening. Reasonable corkage fee.

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vipGot2Eat
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This a great neighborhood Italian place. We used to come here all of the time. It was great to come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
262 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A casual, friendly restaurant on the east end of Culver City, away from the downtown crowds. Specials each day, take out-menu, street parking, and a place you will want to frequent for lunch or dinner.

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prof
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a great neighborhood restaurant. The bread is the best in the city! The food is excellent--I believe that the pasta is made fresh there. I have had different daily risotto specials and they are all fantastic. The wine list is quite satisfactory. The service is friendly and wonderful. They gave me a free tiramisu on my birthday and it was substantial and great tasting.

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Harmala
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, friendly service.....

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JosephK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was ok. Service was good.

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AshleySamone
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I’m always excited to try new restaurants especially when they’re held in such high regard. The food and ambience were a bit of a let down seeing as they lacked flavor and warmth. It’s not the restaurant’s fault when patrons or staff second-guess and/or stare at patrons, but this behavior only happens when an environment that overlooks or condones that behavior is created and maintained. As a foodie, journalist and lifelong resident of LA, I consider it my duty to leave truthful reviews so that people who are considering spending their money at an establishment can get a good idea of what it would be like to dine there. I would say that the food was edible and the overall experience was about the same.

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vipGail
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to spot for yummy authentic southern Italian food in a lovely and comfy setting. My favorite dish is the rigatoni with chunks of lobster in a red sauce with a splash of cream. Their small round bread loaves are warm and fresh and they have a great dessert menu. My only complaint is that street parking can be challenging - wish they had valet on the weekends.

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vipclairew
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this intimate Trattoria run by the wonderful Chef Bruno. I feel like I have been welcomed into the family and the food is perfecto!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brunello never disappoints. We've been going there for several years and the quality of the food and service has always been wonderful. The staff turnover is minimal as we're told that the staff is treated like family and stays forever.

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charm
Los Angeles
1 review