Brunello Trattoria

4.6
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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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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.8
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4.2
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b
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place!

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a
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

W
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great pasta.

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JN
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.

GE
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.

OT
Los Angeles
260 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.

p
Los Angeles
7 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.

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

Delicious food, friendly service.....

JK
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was ok. Service was good.

AS
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.

G
Los Angeles
21 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.

c
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!

OT
Los Angeles
40 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.

c
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best! Love the food and service! Mikey is greatest waitress!

BM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

My kids ordered chicken parm, I'm pretty sure you can get a better chicken parm at Denny's. My wife's dish, salmon pasta w/asparagus was extremely under seasoned, I think they forgot to salt the pasta water. I ordered the veal special, it was kinda tuff, the side of spaghetti was also something that would taste better at a Denny's type of restaurant. Thank god for good bread!

OT
Los Angeles
260 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great neighborhood restaurant that's reasonable, well-prepared dishes, varied menu, bread you can't stop eating, and one you want to return to.

CB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious homemade pasta. Very fresh ingredients. Great salads and bread. Nice wine list. I had the pasta with salmon. Super delicious and sauce nice and creamy and not too rich. Had a little “kick!” Husband had the special-swordfish in pasta. Loved it.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Finally a great Italian restaurant in Culver City. Great, creative menu, delicious food, wonderful service. We will be back.

JP
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to place! My whole family loves this whole family’s establishment. Never gets old!

b
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, really good service and food.

AD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great mellow location for a quiet lunch. The food was wonderful!

JA
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great find. Lived in MDR until 2016 and never heard of this place. Friend that lives by Culver City wanted to go. Great service and food was very good!

ML
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I didn't know I could love pasta so much. Went here for dineLA and their food was so tasty! I ordered the Estate Salad to start, and the Shrimp artichoke lemon fettuccine for my main course. The dessert, a pick of any of the items on their dessert menu was a perfect ending. My favorite was the bottle of Sangiovese that my dinner companion and I shared while enjoying our meal. I hope to come back!

M
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The espresso gelato we had for dessert sounded simple, but contained a delicious surprise. I won’t blow it - just order it. It’s that good!

L
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

A great neighborhood restaurant with excellent food. Service was just fair. Half the party had their food on time and the others received their food when the first half had already finished. Made the dining experience less than desirable.

J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Best thing about this place was honestly the complimentary bread, which is moist and piping hot. Everything we ordered was pretty mediocre and lacked real depth of flavor.

p
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Brunello Trattoria is a neighborhood favorite of ours. The staff is friendly and the atmosphere is pleasant. They have the BEST bread in the city! Their wine list provides an excellent variety of wines for all price points. The menu is varied and the food is wonderful. Eating at Brunello is what dining should be.

S
Los Angeles
106 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Able to take advantage of Dine-in LA. Great options and good flavors. Will return again to explore the menu.

AG
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place was a bit out of the way for us, but the DineLA menu looked really interesting, and we always like to try new Italian places. We're very glad we did, as this place was quite a surprise. Bronwynn was our server, and she was very nice, helpful and attentive. The place filled up quite a lot while we were there, and the noise level did get rather loud, and the place got somewhat warm in the summer air, but otherwise it was a nice place to enjoy a weekday lunch (clearly favored by a lot of the business folk in the neighborhood, which is a good recommendation for it by itself). The bruschetta was very, very good, and the eggplant pizza was one of the best pizzas I have ever had. The desserts were not satisfactory - the cookies and cream gelato was so frozen we couldn't get pieces off of it, and whatever they call a profiterole is not what the rest of the world calls a profiterole - but the appetizers, entree and the wine list were all fantastic, and the lunch as a whole was very, very good. It was amazing how much food we got for the price, and it looks like the regular menu is a pretty good deal also. Whenever we're in the area again, we'll definitely be stopping by for that wonderful, wonderful pizza. A really wonderful time.

PM
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly, good service. Too bad the restaurant has no parking. Street parking is hard to find especially on street cleaning days.

L
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You never go wrong visiting Brunello Trattoria. From the time you enter the front door you are family.

JO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE sat in the back room so it was quiet back there but the front didn't seem too bad either. Excellent food, service, wine -- no complaints!

Q
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food, the service, and the ambiance. Been looking for a really good neighborhood Italian, and I think we've found it.

GB
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It took a while to get seated despite the reservation. Also getting orders took a while. Very loud restaurant.

KW
Central Coast
45 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

I don't usually give negative reviews. I just don't return to a restaurant that I've had a bad experience with. However this I couldn't pass up.

All my party was seated at 6:20 pm. Our order was taken shortly thereafter. At 7:20 pm a member flagged down the waiter and asked for the main course. We had to leave for an event at 8:00 pm and we wanted to enjoy our meal and dessert as well. At 7:30 pm I went over to the manager and asked where our main course was. He said you're at table 71 and left me standing there as he went into the kitchen and made some of the dishes himself. 7:40 pm the entrees arrived and 2 out of the 5 were over or under cooked. Then the waiter gave us some other table's receipt and credit card. When I asked for the dessert to go, they were tossed on the table with the check without any interaction or apology.

This staff has no idea how to run a restaurant. Food was average at best and the operation is flawed. Stay clear!

OT
Los Angeles
260 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Additional special menu for Dine LA was very nice, as was the three-course dinner for $29.

C
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food. If you are craving Italian food, forget the chain restaurants (Olive Garden, Macaroni Grill, etc). This place is so good!

a
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the food and the service was excellent.

t
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Consistently delicious

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. The tomato sauce like my grandmother’s. The server (the owner’s daughter) was extremely polite and helpful. The meal was served in a timely fashion. This is a family run restaurant , husband and wife are the cooks. I highly recommend going there.