Culina

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$31 to $50
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Italian
Culina is taking reservations for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Capturing the cosmopolitan ethos of Los Angeles, Culina presents a lively neighborhood gathering spot where sophisticated cuisine and familiarity join hands. Culina allows guests to savor small plates aside a glass of wine or settle in for an elegant, epicurean experience behind the backdrop of a classic Italian film. The menu features traditional items perfected by generations of northern Italian craftsmanship including house-made pastas and pizzas. Our crudo has the finest selections of hand prepared raw seafood meticulously constructed to highlight the freshness of seasonal ingredients. Our wine program offers approximately 400 selections with a focus on Italy and California, including hidden gems and older vintages to satisfy any occasion. Behind the bar you will find handcrafted cocktails inspired by authentic Italian ingredients and motivated by Californian sensibility.
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FRIENDS & FAMILY MONDAYS

Enjoy our Friends and Family Mondays starting October 21st. All Antipasti's are $12, Our hand Tossed Pizzas and Pastas $15, selections of entrees from $19.00-$24.00.

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: October 21, 2019

Ends: October 22, 2118

Availability: Mon 6:00PM-10:30PM

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Sun - Thu 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:15PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

What 1298 People Are Saying
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4.6
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IB
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another exceptional meal as usual enhanced by the talented chef Lucca.

JL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved their Monday night 'family & friends' menu with $15 brick oven pizzas made right in front of us!

EA
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will return .

p
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Buffet lunch. Everything was tasty in refined ambiance of Four Seasons dining. A few more salad like options would have been nice, but no important complaints

CV
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here several times and Culina staff’s never let us down.

Our server, Meg made sure our guests would feel special from the time they came to our table. We were also provided an Anniversary Tiramisu cake which is super delicious!

Cecily, The Manage is super friendly and approachable.

Afa, The Maitre’d, was always pleasant and she kept her promise of sitting us on our preferred table!! Perks of being “regulars”. 😊

As always, we had a great night and our guests were so happy and pleased with everything...from the valet parking guys, the Doorman, the Maitre’d, our “excellent’ server Meg, the ambience and the great food !!

Thanks again and we appreciate you all

We’ll see you guys again soon!!

Cora & Roger

CV
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here several times and Culina staff’s never let us down.

Our server, Alice made sure our guests would feel special from the time they came to our table. She greeted our celebrant a happy birthday and even presented her a very nice and delicious birthday cake!! Of course, Alice gave us an Anniversary cake for me and my hubby too!! 😊

The Asst Server, who we call “Duke” was extra nice in offering a hand to take our pictures so we can document our special night.

The Manager (sorry, I forgot her name) last night even came to our table to greet us.

The lady who checked us in was so pleasant and she even offered to put on my restaurant profile my preferred table!! Perks of being “regulars”. 😊

As always, we had a great night and our guests were so happy and pleased with everything...from the valet parking guys, the Doorman, the Maitre’d, our “excellent’ waitress ALICE, the ambience and the great food !!

We’ll see you guys again soon!!

Thanks again and we appreciate you all

Cora & Roger

Q
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was outstanding as usual. Food was very good but would have preferred a different preparation for the branzino like I had in my previous visits. Lemon tart was outstanding. The last time I was at Culina for lunch the tables had tablecloths. This time there were no tablecloths only cheap vinyl place mats - not acceptable for a restaurant of of this caliber.

AM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection to its finest! Sunday Bruch is absolutely wonderful!

R
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I was disappointed with the gnocchi. Gnocchi is supposed to be light fluffy pillows, at least that is what I learned in cooking school and learned how to make. I believe the chef had too much potato in his presentation this evening and that made it heavy. Everything else was perfect and my two guests enjoyed their selections completely.

O
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service.
Delicious food.
Great ambiance.
Superb value

V
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Excellent service, pretty restaurant, but very mediocre expensive food

E
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, little bit overpriced. very good service!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A 5 stars restaurant! We’ll come back.

GF
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! We recommend the Branzino.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the truffle dessert!
Great restaurant overall.

CV
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Our friend who’s celebrating their 25th anniversary had a blast and they loved the food so much too.

Our server, Meg is the best!!

The Manager, Collin made sure that we’re taken cared of and he even went to our table to greet our friends a Happy Anniversary!!!

Highly recommended and we will definitely be back again.

Thanks again !!

M
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really wonderful place to enjoy a quiet, lovely breakfast.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The host and severs were very nice and accommodating. The ambiance was great. There was a variety of different foods but most of them were mediocre at best. They claimed there would be live music but I didn't hear or see any and the Santa Clause didn't seem very happy to be there. I feel if you're charging $139 per guest for buffet, free flowing champagne should at least be included. Between 2 people we spent 500 plus dollars, definetly not worth that. The people that worked there made it an enjoyable time but we won't be back.

EE
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the best buffet I've ever had. Our fifth time spending Christmas here. This will sound like exaggeration, but we actually often spend both Thanksgiving and Christmas Days in town just to experience this. It is well-worth the money. Service is outstanding.

They brought back the individual turkey legs, as well as the cinnamon gelato -- which was missing last time. Also had chocolate-peppermint gelato for the first time, which was AMAZING. Really enjoyed the roasted duck, too.

A couple suggestions:

Their donuts were supposedly "sweet potato", which I normally don't care for, but they tasted the same to me. Maybe I lucked out, but I'd say don't mess with your normal donut recipe -- it's fantastic as-is. Same with the stuffing -- the Thanksgiving (cornbread) stuffing is superior to the Christmas (porcini) stuffing.

They had live music this time. The two guys were great and had beautiful voices. I just wish their repertoire stayed holiday-focused. It's Christmas Day -- I want to hear various holiday songs, not Coldplay and The Beatles.

I'm usually too full on breakfast by the time the "lunch" food is swapped out. But, since there are two breakfast stations, why not just have one be breakfast and the other be lunch food the entire time? Otherwise I'm sitting around getting full and waiting for the swap-out.

But these are nit-picks. I reiterate -- BEST BUFFET I'VE EVER HAD.

JF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best brunch I have ever had! Excellent food, beautiful Christmas decorations, impeccable service. Pricey, but definitely got our money’s worth! A strolling oyster shucker.... A gelato bar, a sushi bar, the most amazing cinnamon glazed ham, chicken and waffles, you name it they had it and it all was delicious. Save up and go next year. I will be there again! Yum!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect as always

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Watch out for the mussels

Culina
Responded on December 23, 2019

I'm glad you enjoyed the mussels, please come back soon for more! Cheers, Cecily Hernandez Culina Assistant Manager

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R
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Culina has a new Italian chef and he is top notch. Everything was perfect. Even the lights are dimmer. It took many years and quite a few chefs, but this time The Four Seasons got it right. I hope it continues to be perfect for the setting that it is in.

CC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love the food and restaurant decor, but a bit loud and pricey. The man seated next to us used his table as his office — had 3 separate people stop by at different times for interviews/discussions (this restaurant is not Starbucks!) — it was very annoying. Our waiter charged our credit card for our bill and someone else’s for $470, which will take 10 days to be credited! It would have been nice if he comped us a glass of wine.

SF
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent. I will return! The service was outstanding and meal was perfection.

T
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally blown away by their new revised lunch menu and buffet.
An absolute delightful lunch buffet that is fresh, well balanced, tasty and fairly healthy if you skip the yummy desserts! Loved it! My new to go place.

a
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Excellent service , but had a salad with grilled shrimp, got ill shortly thereafter in the afternoon.
Called the hostess to advise and she could care les. I only wanted to inform them so they could check their fish

CK
Adelaide / SA
7 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding never-ending Brunch in LA! A sampling of almost everything from Omelettes, fresh tortilla tacos, Pizza, sushi , many salads, fish, chicken, roast beef, ribs pot stickers, and more. The desserts are not their forte but there is a huge variety.

EE
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Buffet was, as always, the best I've ever had. I will say their breakfast offerings are sooo much better than when they switch over to "lunch" foods. I'd just keep the Belgian waffles and crab cakes all day long instead.

SB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Service is excellent, fish a bit over cooked, pasta that was supposed to be a bit spicy very bland. Atmosphere nice.

DL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The buffet is amazing! Genuine, understated, excellent service and yummy food.

LB
Adelaide / SA
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived to a warm welcome from the hostess and were seated outside on the patio with the heaters as requested. It was lovely and such a nice setting being outside but all warm and cosy on a chilly evening. Our servers were amazing. They even sent over complimentary glasses of champagne as it was our last night in LA. The food was delicious and they had a deal for a Monday which made it a lot cheaper than usual. The menu choices were good and although it was small portions it was cooked to perfection. The staff were so friendly, the whole evening nothing was too much trouble and they made us feel so welcome. It was the perfect place to spend our last evening in LA and I am so glad we chose here. I would return and recommend this place to colleagues, family and friends. The service was excellent and it made such a difference to making our evening just fabulous.

D
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service

J
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Restaurant was nice inside. Outside patio area wasn't as impressive. Stacked chairs that appeared to be for some event. Food had too much olive oil for every dish. Lamb dish was too dry and covered in butter. Chicken dish was average and not impressive at all. Customer service was outstanding.

1
Phoenix
22 reviews