Culina Cafe at the Muttart

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Culina is a restaurant located inside the Muttart Conservatory in Edmonton, Alberta. The Muttart Conservatory itself is made up of four glass pyramids, where guests can experience four distinct climates. In the center of these pyramids, is Culina, the conservatory café.



All of the herbs used in Culina are grown right inside the conservatory itself, which is a great way to point to the freshness of the food. Culina serves a collection of soups, salads, sandwiches and fresh baked goods along with craft beer and wine by the glass. Get there early though, because Culina opens and closes with the conservatory.


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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always great, however the time between ordering and getting the food is often slow.
I have celiac so I don't know if the preperation time takes longer because of that, but it's always a longer wait time than most restuarants.
It was also very cold due to the amount of time the doors open and closed, the Muttart was busier than expected I believe, but overall I had a good experience.

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F
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Was unaware of the pop up kitchen when we made reservations. We were literally forced to pay for a meal that we didn't want. Pretty pricey too.

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a
Edmonton
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We were very pleasantly surprised! We went for Valentines day and enjoyed their pop up special menu. The service was incredible, and the food was amazing! We will definitely return to taste their regular menu in the near future.

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CZ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our last minute decision to enjoy the restaurant was a great one! It was a busy night, but we were well-served after getting seated. The limited menu on this special adults-only night had a nice variety of choices so we ordered one of everything, with each dish being beautifully and deliciously prepared and presented. Despite the full house, we had no trouble conversing and enjoying the wine selection . . . and the cheese fondue was awesome!!!

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J
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was amazing, however I had a reservation at 7:30 and wasn’t seated until 8. Our food didn’t arrive until after 9. Our waiter was nice, although the service could use some work, especially for such a small restaurant.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 1

Food was okay but wait for an appy (with a set meal) was like 35 minutes, main at least 40, dessert another 30ish. Didn't get out for 2 hours and 15 minutes, all told.

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G
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Whole the food was delicious, we were really disappointed we had to wait 30 mins for our reservation and then wait a long time for our food to come as well. They were very behind and all we were told was it will be a minute. I wax also disappointed I was served alcohol in my mocktail.

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l
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The atmosphere was pleasant with good music, and the food was well balanced in flavour. Be prepared when making a reservation as sometimes they overbook themselves and you can wait upwards of 30-45 minutes after your requested time. You may receive a free serving of wine or coffee during your wait. When busy, meals with three courses took 2.5-3 hours total in serving and the pyramids closed before we could enjoy them. Kitchen was, however, very efficient in re-making a raw meat dish that was served by mistake.

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OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a lovely meal! Grateful to have such a wonderful place to get together with friends!

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RO
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Original and tasty food, served in a timely manner by a pleasing waitress. It was a little chilly by the end of the meal due to the cold and the doors nearby opening and closing. It was not our first time there; the food portions are a nice size.

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SB
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

In this particular venue it would be difficult to control extra noise so I wouldn’t be too critical. The service and experience was excellant, considering some of our party was late due to car problems.

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L
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy my trips to Culina, in fact I will be there again Wednesday lunch time

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LK
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I did celebrate my Birthday in Culina. I like it, very friendly staff, unique food, not big plates, fresh. Very cozy location. My Birthday in January, not so many places around Edmonton, where you can cut winter mood. So Muttard one of them, and Culina Restaurant really bonus, after or before you can plan to visit Pyramids. Very nice of event planning Date Night and Family nights in Muttard. After you will defiantly to stay in Culina for a Glass of wine or coffee. I had been in Culina twice. One time in Sunday lunch, second time in my Birthday. Both times love it and will recommend to my friends and everybody to visit to Culina.
Thank you for Culina staff you made my Birthday very special.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was excellent - well prepared, delicious and healthy.
This restaurant is within the Muttart Conservatory, a peaceful oasis of beautiful plants in our cold winter city.
When we were at Culina they were playing loud jazz music - really jammin clarinet that cut into our conversation and was inappropriate for a peaceful restorative experience.
When I asked if the music could be changed the waiters looked at me like I was crazy - although they did decrease the volume and then changed the music to a female vocalist.
Am I the only one who prefers guitar or harp music as a background to eating a meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't stress enough how good that meal was. I've been in the restaurant business (fine dining as well) for nearly 20 years and have had few meals that were on the same level. Compliments to the chef! Amazing work.

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AX
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scrumptious food. Friendly service. Cozy ambiance. Great for a date night. Equally fitting for a casual, yet refined, social. Overall, a complete experience.

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SR
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our meal at Culina in Muttart. The food was very good, the service was excellent, the music and ambiance was perfect. It was my birthday and the music was exactly from my era. Not planned I'm sure but it all added up to a lovely birthday lunch with my family.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went to Culina's recently for the Ukranian pop-up dinner night. The food was excellent but 55$ seemed a little steep for the buffet. I have also been on a regular day and the food and value for money was quite good.

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LE
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We came for the Ukrainian New Year's Buffet. All buffet stations were well stocked and the food was great. We waited for a bit before staff acknowledged us and we were seated, but our plates were cleared quickly and we received dessert promptly. It was a good experience, albeit pricey if you didn't come with a huge appetite, but I hope to go to more of these pop-up events in the future!

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JN
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The Ukrainian new years eve pop up buffet was not reflective of the good food at Culina the borscht was bland and big chunks of beets. $55 is quite high for a buffer when it doesn't even include entrance to the Muttart which was misleading on the ad on Facebook. For that price one would assume it would include it and also for the amount of food options. I can go to Sawmill buffet on Sundays for half that price and get 3x as many options and better food.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful buffet,we lucked out. New Year's Eve who new

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h
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I met a friend for a weekday, mid-day bite. Service and food options were creative and healthy and fast... Always Consistent! Love it!

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JN
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVELY restaurant and food was DELICIOUS!!!
After that you can shop in the great store there or go walk amongst the plants - great place to spend some time eating and having some 'me' or 'we' time. Love it. Really nice in Summer too...not sure if there are tables outside - too bad if not. I'll be checking! :)

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B
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was lovely quaint nook for a wintery day.

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DS
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Atmosphere, decor, and food was fabulous. Service was friendly, but slow.

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BM
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been for lunch and dinner. Both times I had great food. Portions are good and tasty. The environment is a drawing card for me. Comfortable setting with the pyramid tour handy.
Great Location

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CG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We are seniors who enjoy lunch here several times per year but this time there was an "Office Christmas party" of about six who were a bit boisterous.
Usually the noise level in this small space is very reasonable and permits conversation at any table.
We will be there again tomorrow.

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JP
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and ambiance is great. But, be warned, space is limited, you better reserve ahead of time to get a table or you're likely out of luck. They are always packed, which is a good sign--the food is great, the atmosphere is energetic (quite loud usually). The menu is ever dynamic--right now they are doing a kind of around the world theme--every once and awhile featuring a new dish from a different country. This combined with an ever changing plant pyramid makes this a constant option to eat and entertain both for date night and the whole family.

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EG
Edmonton
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our lunch together with the delicious soup and salad. Great food and staff.

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NC
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and atmosphere
Casual comfort food delicious savory scone.
Would recommend it the menu has a nice selection of choices
The coffee was great!
It was easy to book a table on the website with confirmation details.

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BS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Always good food here - I guess the evening was busy and there was a lot of shuffling of tables and found it a bit noisy. Is a little quieter during my usual forays around lunch.

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JF
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special Christmas menu was outstanding. Will definitely return !

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Girls lunch out and it was perfect!
The food is always fresh, very tasty and flavourful.
I love that Culina is authentic and the service is really good.

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L
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were in on a Sunday for brunch. The food and service were good, but for the price, comparatively speaking, it was a little too cramped and noisy. It felt like eating in a cafe with higher end dining prices.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and awesome service

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AS
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A comfortable room. We had a cosy corner away from the entrance to the Muttart Conservatory. The winter borscht was a highlight and hit the spot on a cold day. Chicken breast on flatbread with cheese, tomato, and Muttart pesto was very good, and the club sandwich was enjoyed by another member of the party. Ideal spot for lunch before heading in to see the displays in the pyramids.

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TW
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for a date with my lady friend, it was quiet, and romantic. The food was delicious, and the staff were great. A little busy, but all went well.

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L
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Culina many times and have always been very satisfied

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E
Edmonton
20 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great brunch get together with out of town friends.

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PR
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful place for lunch. Food and service are always good. Sorry, this place will be closed during the work being done on the Muttart.

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