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.
Heard great things. Very disappointed with the service. Did not refill coffee regularly and was rude and rough with the cups when asked if she could refill at her next moment. Threw the bill on the table when she noted a 10% tip. I hope she was just having a bad day. Would probably not go back. Food was solid. They did forget the bacon on a dish and gave us a grudging discount which was appreciated.
Nice place. Sweet potatoe coconut soup was very good. Veggie flatbread very tasty and the coffee is excellent. A little pricey but they use good local products . Waitress was very friendly and attentive
We brought our granddaughter for lunch/brunch after her first gymnastics competition - not her first visit here. We were, as always, impressed with the food and how welcoming it is to children.
Service was very good and accommodating.
I eat at this venue about once a month, and although each time, I reserve through Open Table, I receive points about 1/10 times. This does not prevent me from always enjoying the fare, however.
I've always loved Culina's food, and our brunch did not disappoint.
The only negative is that the shakshuka that was offered at the other location did not make it to this menu!
Thanks, I'll be back.
Good cafe. This is not a Restuarant. Do not come here expecting this we did unfortunately. Limited menu. Not fish or chicken avail.
Staff were friendly but not able to handle complex orders. Food is always good...Culina...need I say more
Quite disorganized. Despite having a reservation we were kept waiting ten minutes or more even though there were empty tables. Limited menu and kind of eclectic - leaning to vegan but then some meat choices. Soups are always good. Nice neighbourhood feeling. No pressure to leave. I think we just caught them at a bad time. Will definitely go back. Nice that you can make reservations.
We came for family day lunch with my 3 kids Restaurant opened at 10. Our reservation was 11;15. No apples left with the p&j sandwich and no perogies. Poor planning for family day as kids menu items should have been available.
I have sung the praises of Culina for many, many years. After today’s brunch (for my MIL’s 75th Birthday), my husband stated that he’d never had a bad meal here... until now. We had all decided on perogies but were told on ordering that the perogies were being replaced by potatoes today. We reconsidered our orders and sadly my daughter’s grilled cheese was the best of the bunch. My eggs Benedict was served on a dry piece of toast with warm wilted lettuce, the cornbread (which I’ve ordered 20+ times) was undercooked to the point of being inedible, my husband’s chicken & egg tortilla were dry and bland. We weren’t actually given a chance to comment on the state of the food & admittedly would have nodded politely given the occasion. No dessert was offered despite indicating we were here to celebrate a birthday; the cake & candle given to the table beside us more covertly arranged perhaps?! The bill was placed at the birthday girl’s seat before our dishes had even been cleared. I am very sad to say that I likely won’t be back after many years of declaring Culina as the best brunch in town.
Cold due to opening main doors every time some one entered the building. Food was ok but nothing different.
Limited menu. Did not have one of the items available.
We frequent Culina at the Muttart often and like to wander through the pyramids while we are there. The food is always fresh and inventive. They also have a good selection of wine and beer. Great atmosphere for a date. The lobster bisque on their feature menu for Valentine's Day was the most delicious soup I've eaten to date. I hope to see it in their line up again.
Lunch at Muttart is always a good and delicious treat for ladies going out. We always tour the pyramids after dining. Winter salad is awesome and the soups are always different from usual fare, particularly the spicing and flavors the chefs choose to blend.
With such a limited brunch menu, you would think that the food would come out hot and within 15 minutes. Unfortunately such was not the case. Lukewarm food has been an ongoing problem with this eating establishment. Even the coffee was only warm. Not sure that we’ll be coming back again.
Other than the following, our experience was pleasant: Portions were small. Green onion cake was hard as rock. Salad was drowning in dressing. Server didn’t know the features or how to say them.
Daily special was excellent. Service is good. Good dollar value. Enjoy combining lunch with seeing the pyramids especially the feature pyramid
Please see below for my comments. Because of previous positive experiences, I will assume that my last experience was due to very extenuating circumstances at the restaurant.
Definitely a place to go and enjoy locally sourced foods. I will say their palate is risky but that is part of the adventure as they take interpret "classics" in a way that highlights local products.
We had a wonderful lunch with three friends together at Culina Muttart. The service was very good and the food delicious. The only disappointment is that they seem to have dropped many of the more interesting and tasty dishes from the menu and now seem to have more standard fare that you can find anywhere.
This is a favorite of mine, small restaurant attached to the Muttart museum. Food is good, service great, I would suggest reservations at lunch.
This is a nice little restaurant, which should be advertised better. The specials are delicious.
Culina did a beautiful job of accommodating my food allergies; the server was both knowledgeable and attentive; the food presentation was lovely and the food tastes great. I really like this location because we can also visit the Muttart after we eat.
Comforting food that pleases the eye as well as the palate. Inventive presentations of carefully prepared items. Pleasant and professional serving staff who listen well, are well versed in the restaurant's offerings and able to make good suggestions. Welcoming to children and their parents.
Food is consisently enjoyable and the menu is well developed with options for all diners. It’s Always a pleasant experience
The breakfast bowl is my new favourite
This was listed as the second best brunch in Edmonton, so we planned to take my mother-in-law, who loves plants. Sadly, it was so cold in the front lobby of the Muttart that most people kept their coats on! Can’t believe there isn’t a partition wall or a better architectural solution to the freezing cold the staff and patrons all endured in this ‘winter’ city. I would go back, but sadly, this wasn’t the indoor respite from the cold snap we hoped it would be.
We have been to Culina Muttart in the past, and were impressed. However, this meal was less than inspiring. The menu has changed, and has few choices. Very limited selections. There seems to be an unusual number of perogie choices. Far too much starchy food. The food was overpriced for the size of the portion. Our eggs were not hot enough. I will not select Culina Muttart any time in the future.
The cafe was very busy, but the service was prompt and friendly. We sat by the windows, I was prepared and had a shawl to keep warm(-28C outside). Gluten free bread is available for sandwiches.
The staff were so obliging - moved us to a quieter table in the corner when we were seated next to a very large happy group. They also had no problem with us sharing a veggie sandwich, which was so delicious I wished I wasn’t sharing! The salad that came with it was very generous. It almost seemed as though they had given us each a full portion.
The girls who work over there are the rudest people and not helpful at all. You don't have many choices for drinking.
As a frequent customer of the Culina, I was once again chagrined to learn that the reservation I had made through Open Table had not been noted. Fortunately, there WAS a table for me and my out-of-town guest. Once again, then, I did not collect any points, but enjoyed my lunch nonetheless. Staff continues to be considerate and attentive, and the food continues to satisfy the midday pause in the work schedule.
Couldn't find our reservation but managed to fit us in anyways about 15 minutes later
All was delicious and the service was fantastic. Have been there numerous times and will go back. Only issue is the poor ventilation system in the restaurant. Always come out smelling like burned toast and deep fried foods. Too bad, as it is a great place to treat guests.
There was no reservation at the restuarant, we will call restaurant directly, Open Table is not dependable. We did have confirmation from Open Table, but I guess they forgot to actually
Make the reservation for us.
Culinas is overpriced with poor service and poor food. We would return to Culinas.
We made a reservation and arrived on time, we stood at the concierge station for 10 minutes before the server came and sat us at our table. They have no hostess.
We ordered the eggs Benedict and the special which was potato latkes.
The potato latkes were flavourful but the portion was small and the dish was cold from sitting out while our server was busy with other tables, they do not use heat lamps to keep the food warm and they seem to be under staffed.
The eggs Benedict was flavourless and cold, they came with potatoes which were also cold.
Overall the service was ok, but the food was cold and serving sizes small. I had great expectations and am a big fan of the culina mill creek location, although the location is great the muttart did not meet our expectations. We won't be returning to this location.
This restaurant, apparently, no longer qualifies for Open Table points. So why is it still bookable through Open Table?
We were so looking forward to Sunday brunch after Culina was listed in the top 3 Sunday brunches when I searched brunches online. Our experience was far from this. There was a serious error in one of the orders and it had to be sent back. The other plate was not delivered hot. The greens were past due date and in one case so inedible that my friend could not continue with his meal. The server tried her best to make the experience good for us but the food really was not up to par. We appreciated that the server offered not to charge us. We hope that improvements can be made to insure that the description of food on the menu matches what is actually on the plate. We will give another try in a while as we love the Muttart and would like to enjoy food while there.
Our food was a little on the cool side. Disappointing because Culinary - Mill Creek was excellent when we went there a couple of years ago. We were expecting the same at Muttart. The servers simply need to get the food to us before it cools down! Otherwise I suspect it would be great.
Typically a favorite our last experience was not as good. Slow service and we had children with us so 45 minutes was much too long to wait for lunch. Be sure to leave amole time if you are going at lunch.