Brunello Trattoria

4.6
428 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Mon 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(310) 280-3856
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Cinzia
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Private party facilities
Join us for your business meetings, birthdays, family reunions, and other special occasions in our private room. We can set up a pre-fixed menu or your party can order a la carte.
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Private party contact
Bruno: (310) 280-3856
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Catering
Brunello catering can now bring our fine foods of Southern Italy to your home, office, park or any other special occasion.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hargis Street
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Special events & promotions
May deal!
Come in Wednesday nights and receive 30% off any bottle of wine from our full wine list.

Come in Tuesday and Thursday nights and enjoy a 3 course menu for only $25 per person!

Call the restaurant for details or find the menu on our Facebook!
Facebook.com/brunellorestaurant
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 428 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.7
service
4.2
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Dined on Father’s Day. Service was very attentive & helpful with entree & wine suggestions. Food was delicious! We tried a few new menu items this visit and they didn’t disappoint . (Pizza & bucatini pasta special). Will be back ☺️

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We had never eaten here before and I found them on OpenTable and to our surprise this turned out to be a delicious place for dinner. We will be back !!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Lovely dinner,great service, nice atmosphere !
We always have a great meal and experience at Brunello’s!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

We eat here often. The food is delicious. There's always enough for take home. The wine is very good. Staff friendly. Just a great place for delicious Italian food.

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2018

The parking situation has scared me away from future visits. I will not drive into the remote section of Culver City only to spend fifteen minutes circling the block, hoping that someone will vacate a parking spot. And we dined at 1:30 on a Thursday! I can only imagine what the parking situation would be at dinnertime

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Brunello Trattoria proved to be a pleasant surprise -- in a residential area of Washington Blvd. in Culver City, with studio types and others turning up for lunch. Good service and great food -- the whole-tomato-based spaghetti with a lobster tail was enjoyed even more with pieces of the very good just-baked bread. A pizza with four different sections and toppings on each was admired by a friend who last saw one like that in Italy. And, of course, tiramisu hit the spot before going out into the afternoon sun. Good experience!

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

A typical neighborhood Italian restaurant. The decor feels a little Office Max, but the food is tasty and well portioned. If you live in the area and start craving Italian, Brunello can satisfy your pasta cravings.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother's Day

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

There were 14 of us and every appetizer, salad and entree were amazing. Spectacular menu and delicious food. Service was excellent. Go! Enjoy!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Yummy! A great neighborhood restaurant with good service and great food. Easy parking too which is not the case in most of Culver City anymore! A go to restaurant for us!

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

It was fine but nothing to write home about. Staff was friendly, food mediocre, as a local place fine .

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

All Was amazing as it always is!!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Brunello is absolutely delicious, authentic Italian. The food and wine are insanely good and all completely affordable. It's a wonderful place.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Very cute restaurant with super friendly service. The food needs to improve a bit.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Yum- good service in a simple but pretty restaurant. Ample street parking which is a real plus in Culver City anymore and makes this delicious restaurant an easy access for going back. Pasta was really good!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We always enjoy this restaurant. My favorite is the grilled lamb chops special. I asked them to make it for my dinner, even though it was not on the menu this week. They did and it was delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Everyone kind and efficient. Food excellent. Decor rather limited, but the place was clean. The prices were quite reasonable, and I imagine if the decor were a lot better the prices would be higher. So all in all, this place is a good bet.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

A business foursome for lunch tried this restaurant for the first time because of its central location for all of us. None of us had been here before, but we'll come back. The food was very good and creatively prepared, the service was very attentive. Doesn't look like much from the outside and is pretty small on the inside, but we were all very pleased by the time we left.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

First time there and it was wonderful! Food was delicious and very generous portions. Loved the atmosphere and general feel of the place. Will definitely go back many times!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Perfect lunch menu for a group of guys. Good service and happy our table was ready upon arrival. Will return again.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The lamb chop special was delicious. Everyone enjoyed their entree. The service was attentive and the noise level was low. We will return.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great all around looking forward to another meal/ friend gathering

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Brunello's is always amazing!!! Delicious, quality, authentic Italian food made with care. The owners and staff are incredible. So friendly, kind and knowledgable. A twenty out of ten every time!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

It's a great neighborhood eatery. Attentive service, the menu is varied and delicious - many good options for different tastes, and it's a great environment to relax and catch up with friends and family.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Very Good, casual dining Italian. Good service and good value. Parking is difficult, but worth the hastle.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We were traveling from out of town and found this gem. Food and was excellent wish this restaurant was closer we would come back again and again. Fabuulos

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

I made a reservation for 18 people the night before we would be eating. We had a great experience. Especially because our waiter was able to cater to our Espanol speakers. The title of each dish was in Italian, but the ingredients were in English, so having our waiter explain the dish my family wanted to eat, was a plus. We loved it and we all live locally, so we were surprised that no one in our group had eaten there. Everything was delicious and would come back again.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Generous portions for the price, fresh and tasty, attentive and accommodating service by waitstaff and hostess.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Our waitperson was lovely--well informed and helpful, and she treated us as if we were friends who'd stopped in for a meal. The food was excellent. All three of us were delighted. The risotto special of salmon and mushrooms was a bit peppery, but if that's okay with you, it's wonderful. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Terrific authentic Italian food, prepared by Mama with love!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We live the food, the people and the service. Never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I'm not a restaurant expert so take this with a grain ... really nice people, crowded but not too crowded if you know what I mean ... excellent service ... great bread ... house made pasta that tastes great ... reasonable prices for what you get ... neighborhood gem ...

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

We love Brunello - something for everyone, and many great choices at that. We especially go for family meals with our adult children to converse, catch up and relax together with good food and attentive service.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Everything was great as usual. Thanks!

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

The place was small, but nice Italian place. I went there for the DineLA event and I ordered really nice pasta for only $15. They're also one of the only places here in southern California that I've seen with Ferrarelle water which is not common but speaks to the authenticity of this place.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Came here for dineLA but was quickly distracted by the real menu. We had the beef carpaccio appetizer, I had the lobster ravioli special (best ravioli I’ve ever had). He had the chicken Daniele. YUM. We shared everything, So satisfying! As a person that travels to Italy every year, I have the say this is the real deal here. Fresh pasta, perfected sauces...It’s hard to choose what you want to eat because it seems you can’t go wrong! Hospitality was a perfect 10 as well. I think I’ve found a new favorite spot ;)

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

The pasta and the beef carpaccio we're amazing especially with a glass of Chianti. Don't forget to finish off your meal with their special desserts and a cappuccino. The service was very attentive and helpful in making a selection for both food and wine. My date and I were both pleased.

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

food, as always, was outstanding. The value for the Dine LA restaurant week menu, was excellent. However, service was distressingly slow, and that was unfortunate. I have eaten at Brunello before and I expect I will again, but I will avoid peak crowd times.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

As part of the DineLA experience, I decided to take the wife to a local establishment highly touted by food critics as one of Culver City’s up and coming eateries.
East of Main Street and the downtown restaurant row, in a residential area of historic Culver City where the Industry and film studios intertwine is Brunello Trattoria a quintessential Italian brasserie. Here, the host resembles an older renaissance man and the food servers are donned in the traditional black apron with white linen shirts.
The atmosphere is that of a quaint bistro in Italy.
We were greeted by our server who immediately informed us of the specials for the evening as well as the DineLA experience which showcased their signature dishes. The DineLA menu would be offering three courses for the evening and we opted for this choice.
My wife had the Insalata di Gamberi shrimp salad and I chose the Portobello Mushroom E Pepperoni with burrata cheese for starters; both were exquisite, fresh and tasty. They drizzle sweet balsamic vinegar on the burrata which woke up this normally mild mozzarella to a more cheesy flavor yet keeping a smooth, creamy finish.
I chose the Paccheri Aragosta for my next course which is thin ribbons of pasta in a cream sauce with pieces of lobster whereas the pieces are small, the overall taste is...amazing. The Mrs. had the Braciolette di Pollo alla Marsala which is a roulee (chicken breast roll) with a goat cheese and spinach stuffing in a marsala sauce which she said,…very, very tasty. Our desserts were picked from the dessert tray of the night and I had the white chocolate and strawberry gelato; the wife had the three layered cake…all exquisitely created perfectly to compliment the end of a wonderful culinary experience.
Kudos to DineLA and the chefs and staff of Brunellos Trattoria; we will definitely re-visit outside of the DineLA experience as we will chalk this restaurant as one more of our dining delight locales.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I was pleasantly surprised with this restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious. I was there for a quick business lunch and the atmosphere was perfect for my needs. The service was good and the food was really good. I'll recommend and return soon.

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