Brunello Trattoria

4.5
499 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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JS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Made myreservations for Friday night at about 4 pm Friday. No problems with space. Parking outside is free after 6. We arrived at 645 for our reservation and were given choice of three tables - all would have been fine. Excellent service and food. Bread is outstanding. Great dressing on salads. Mains were hot and tAsty. Chocolate heart with raspberry center for dessert. Only problem was noise level - loud - but that is common these days. Overall excellent and will visit again!

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SG
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great, apps. pizza,pasta and for course the wine

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunello’s never disappoints. Seriously the best risotto. And the bread-OMG!!

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PH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Only been twice and both times has the same experience. It took over an hour to get our entrees. Poorly, poorly managed place. It’s noisy and isnin desperate need of a whole redo on all levels.

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KD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to have a meal at Brunello's. Service is great!

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MP
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is my favorite italian restaurant in LA. Their food is very genuine and taste like dining in Italy . I would recommend to anyone

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LP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect Culver City location, (assuming the 'galleries' don't migrate en masse to DTLA..., the next trend before they migrate back to Culver City and the like...). Always good food. Wonderfully generous with their delicious hot, homemade bread. Vegan-friendly, tolerant of "people-in-a-hurry" and just generally dependably Very Good.

On a 'side note,' the woman's bathroom has always had a funky smell, maybe more a "city sewer" issue, but I think they have tried to improve it... Not at all a reflection of anything else. The restaurant is very clean and elegant-but-casual.

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AL
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Brunello Trattoria is a very enjoyable neighborhood restaurant. Good food at reasonable prices. The bread is outstanding. Hard not to fill up on it before your meal arrives.

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AK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always great food and great people. One of our favorite places.

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JY
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere. Great service - the server strikes a nice balance of friendly and professional and knows her stuff. And the bread... oh, the bread. :-)

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JP
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I frequent Brunellos often. I brought my father there for his birthday and he enjoyed it so very much that I believe he’ll be going back probably As much as I currently go!

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d
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, pleasant atmosphere, nice service. Location is a little out of the way, but it's worth it.

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L
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had several pastas, pear salad, and chicken marsala. All authentic and flavorful.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Very Disappointed. We tried this restaurant based on good Yelp reviews. We ordered the Daniele Pizza and the linguine with clams. The pizza was good but ordinary. The linguine came as a very small portion and had no taste whatsoever other than the salt water that the clams were probably soaked in. We will not be coming back here.

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OT
Los Angeles
239 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

At the east end of Culver City, away from the tumult of downtown Culver City. Specials every night; participates in Dine L.A; street parking. You'll go back.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

All of the dishes were good. Two comments: my husband’s boat ragu was not chewable. He left the meat on the dish. My friend said that her sole was salty. Desserts were enjoyable! We will be back for a regular dinner, not Dine LA.

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YY
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is wonderful to find a delicious, healthy neighborhood restaurant. It is easy to get to, easy street parking, friendly staff and good food.
Thank you!

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HW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Came in for their Dine LA lunch tasting. It was very good and a phenomenal value. Rather unexpectedly large portions and endless drinks. We had a lovely lunch and the service was impeccable!

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P
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My family and I have eaten dinner at Brunello Trattoria a number of times and have always been pleased with the service and the food. I decided to eat there for lunch during Dine LA. Unlike other restaurants that participate in Dine LA, where there are just two or three choices for appetizers and/or entrees, Brunello offered four choices of appetizers, including soup or salad, and six choices of entrees, plus a soft drink for just $15.00. The chef creates all soups without dairy products, and pasta dishes incorporate many fresh seasonal vegetables, cooked al dente. Both the soup with asparagus and potato and the tri-colored fettucine that I chose this day were delicious. The regular menus for lunch and dinner are comprehensive, and there are always a number of specials each day. The risotto, made with whatever the chef decides on a daily basis, is always wonderful. And the Tuscan bread and olive oil are divine. The wait staff is pleasant and knowledgeable. The only complaint that I have is that the acoustics are such that noise is a factor, especially given the proximity of the tables. Otherwise this restaurant is a go-to neighborhood place for very good Italian food.

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K
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is an excellent family Italian restaurant. The puree of artichoke and potato soup was unique and delicious. My nephew's Pizza Capricciosa was perfectly prepared as was my Fettuccine Tre Colori. We dined for lunch, and would definitely return for lunch or dinner.

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j
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food lovely ambience but a bit too noisy where we were sitting. All in all terrific place conveniently located and always consistent. Loved the crab cakes and tiramisu.

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m
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The atmosphere could use some punching up - some wall decoration or something and the food was very average.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My friends and I went for DineLA restaurant week. We all had the crab cake with mixed greens for our appetizer and loved it. The entrees we're good but not great. Our desserts we're also great. It was a little loud

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was poor, lemon pasta linguine had no flavor or sauce. The dish was not worth the money

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p
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunello Trattoria is a favorite for us. From the true Tuscan-style bread to the wonderful entrees, eating there is always a delight. The ambiance and service is welcoming and friendly.

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c
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!!!!

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r
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Brunello Trattoria is a neighborhood gem. The food is delicious, the portions ample and the waitstaff was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was very good, I'm a manager and 30year veteran in the food and beverage industry. I suggest you give this place a try. I will be back with more friends to impress.

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GO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently great at Brunello. Service is at times a little slow, but not so much a problem.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service..haven't been here for a while and will be back sooner, rather than later. The Chicken risotto was nice, and the halibut was tasty but a tad over done.Overall a good meal for a family night out.

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OT
Los Angeles
239 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Accommodates variations of the menu. Pizza bread with dinner is terrific. Large portions. Specials daily.

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B
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been to Brunello's several times and never came away disappointed. The food is good, the portions are ample,the service is friendly and attentive and the prices present a good value.

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LA
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food we had was excellent from their pounded shrimp appetizer over a bed of so many greens, to my salmon farfalle and my husbands chicken parmesian - also pounded. Our friend had the calzone and liked it. The atmosphere is blah - they need to do upgrades from a ceiling link to just not being either as modern or more charming and if they can figure that out, they should be packed non stop. Really one of the best Italian meals we have had in Los Angeles. And we have eaten a lot of Italian.

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BL
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. Real Italian food at a great price. I lived in Italy for several years and haven’t found an Italian restaurant that gives me the same feeling as some of my favorites in Italy, until now!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding neighborhood trattoria. Unique menu items, very well prepared. A favorite of ours.

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BH
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and fun ambiance.

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S
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy ourselves here. Great food and service.

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OT
Los Angeles
239 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Place was packed the other night. The bread is great. So is the service.
Specials every night. Never disappoints.

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FH
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was outstanding, great value for your money.
Parking terrible.

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AL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I like Brunello Trattoria and have gone there on several occasions and have recommended it to others. Was there Saturday night at 6:15 for a birthday dinner. The place was crowded. Always a good sign. But they had a large party in the back room. I think the kitchen was overwhelmed. It took a very long time to get our meal and quite some time before the waitperson gave us an explanation for the delay. And when the food arrived it was undercooked. Didn't send it back and didn't mention the birthday even though I listed it on the Open Table reservations as that would have delayed even further. Very disappointing experience.

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