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Brunello Trattoria

4.6
395 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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!
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 395 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.3
ambience
4.7
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Everything was great as usual. Thanks!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  Dined 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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MichaelK (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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pickyeater (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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BrunelloTrattoria (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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Gigi (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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vipGrannyk (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

The food was good. It's nice to know of another reasonably priced restaurant in the neighborhood.

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vipLATrio (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

We visited Brunello Trattoria for the first time during DineLA. The restaurant has been in business for ten years, but for us it was a wonderful discovery! Everything, from our salads, to the piping hot bread, to dessert, was delicious. The entrees (a bowtie pasta with salmon and Paccheri all’Aragosta -- rigatoni with lobster meat) were exquisitely prepared. We look forward to returning often to this low-key, family-run restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

This place was fantastic! Can’t wait to eat here again!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

We love this restaurant but it's so loud! Can't figure out why.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on January 5, 2018

Some nights are clunkers; atypically, this was one of them: one dinner was poor; another was mediocre. REMEMBER, I said atypically.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. A bit noisy for my taste and hearing ability in my 60s. Server was wonderful, attentive, unobtrusive, helpful. I had a pasta dish with salmon a special that night. It was delicious. My husband enjoyed the Oso buco. Our friends loved the pear spinach salad. I would definitely return. We had a lovely evening.

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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on December 19, 2017

Really nice restaurant with delicious food and great for groups. The manager was very accommodating for a large party of 14 guests. Everyone loved their meals and the price point was moderate. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 7, 2017

One of the waitresses, Mikey, is bubbly, skilled, engaging competent.

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bitercat (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Our new go-to neighborhood Italian restaurant. Fresh, authentic italian food.

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viphoopsandyoyo (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

Brunello Tratorria is one of our very favorite neighborhood spots...

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Food is very well done versions of Italian classics. Atmosphere is a neighborhood restaurant filled with diverse characters. Service is friendly, humerus and reasonably quick.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2017

Brunello's is our go to spot for a tasty meal in a friendly, casual environment. Family owned and operated, "mama" is always ready to accommodate special requests, e.g. low or no salt.
The three course meal is a great bargain, and the servings are ample.

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GrubNut (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on November 4, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyable dining experience! Though it was quite noisy that particular night, the food and service was very good. The owner was always present, making sure the customers were taken care of! Highly recommended

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vipDoorah (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on October 25, 2017

I must've driven by this restaurant a hundred times and never noticed it before. So glad I found it on Open Table while looking for a Culver City restaurant. The good was good and reasonable. I think one reason why is because they scrimp on the more pricey ingredients. If you order linguine vongole, for example, you'll get like 10 small clams in our entree. However, all the dishes were delicious. I'd go back.

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Carnevali (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on October 22, 2017

I have eaten here twice before and loved it. We went on a Sunday when my brother was in town from NY. Perhaps it was so bad because it was a Sunday but the service was neglectful. The salad was wilted and brown. My Sister in Law ordered chicken and it was flat, and grilled and dry-she didn't eat it. Four people at the table ordered a pasta and they would not leave grated cheese on the table when we asked. They came back with a small dish with a tablespoon of grated cheese for the four of us! They were out of ice cream and tiramisu (highly disappointing). They wanted to remove plates from the table when some were finished and others were still eating (very rude-it rushes everyone). I won't go back again. Their pasta is fabulous, but the salad, chicken and unavailability of the desserts was disappointing.

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Inala (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

Enjoyed the food greatly. Service was very slow. Would come back again.

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vipRichardS (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

Unfortunately the glowing reviews are completely undeserved. Food is inexpensive and portions are large, but candidly this restaurant is ordinary at best and some of the dishes were downright bad. Wanted to like it, and had high hopes given the reviews, but it is quite mediocre.

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hddoc2000 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 7, 2017

This was a first visit and won't be the last. It was a very nice and cozy spot with great ambiance. The table was waiting when we arrived and the host was very friendly as well. The service was outstanding and the food was fresh and very delicious. The caprese salad was very fresh with a nice hint of basil and balsamic vinegar. We also tried the gluten free penne with spinach and mushrooms which was cooked just right. The salmon risotto was incredible with a unique flavor of its own. The meal was topped off with a hot chocolate souffle. I passed this place a lot and never knew what I was missing, but always saw the crowd in front. Now it will be on my list of favorite Italian spots to dine. Only thing that was missing was a cocktail before dinner; they only sale beer and wine. No biggie! We brought our own wine and the corkage was very reasonable.

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vipMicelis (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on September 29, 2017

First time there authentic Italian food and wine. Great for families or date night.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 28, 2017

Consistent from one meal to he next. The waitress, Micky, is a gem.

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vipdynamite (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 23, 2017

great neighborhood find. excellent variety, great service, very reasonable.

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bitercat (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on September 22, 2017

Love this neighborhood restaurant. Family-run and authentic Italian approach. I had the chicken parmigiano. Good and ample. Fit the bill for that night.

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