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About Culina Cafe at the Muttart
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.
Edmonton, AB T6C 4L8
Contemporary Canadian, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm;
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm;
Dinner: Thursday and Wednesday Night ONLY : 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Plenty of free parking out front
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Culina Cafe at the Muttart Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
We've enjoyed every dining experience at Culina. It's a treat to book a table in advance when visiting the Muttart. The servers are attentive, the space is intimate, the food is consistently delicious. We wish we lived closer so that we could drop in more often.
I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for 2 years now, since it has been voted as one of the best places in Edmonton for brunch. Finally, i went last Sunday. The service was ok. We waited a long time to be served, and our server really wasn't very friendly. The food was also average. Three of us had the eggs benedict, which was ok, but the potatoes that came with it were awful, and not hot. My husband had the special, potato pancakes, which was just the same awful potatoes mushed up, with more potatoes on top! We wished that we had stayed home and cooked our own brunch.
Service was slow in every regard. Server was friendly and pleasant and did apologize for how long the food took.
Food was ok. My poached eggs were slightly cold, where the rest of the dish was good temp.
For a brunch, the food was ok, but the descriptions sounded better than what you get. The coffee was good quality, which is something I can't say about most brunch places.
Atmosphere is nice and cozy. The place has a nice energy. Thing s are happening, but it is not too loud or quiet.
Overall, I would go there again, but this place would have gotten a better rating from me if it weren't for the slightly cold food that took forever to come.
Culina Muttart was great! A tasty and unique spin on traditional brunch/lunch foods. Great atmosphere but it would be better if it was bigger or perhaps closed off from the main area of the muttart. It reminds me of being in a small cafe/cafeteria at first but once you are inside it has a wonderful atmosphere and ambience with the style. Awesome food and great service!
I am pleased to lunch at Culina at the Muttart Conservatory on a regular basis. I bring both friends and business associates there with me, and I have yet to ever be disappointed by either service or the quality of the food.
This is a restaurant I am happy to recommend to others, and that I am even happier to frequent, myself.
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