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About AR Cucina

AR Cucina is located at 9531 Culver Blvd in Culver City.
Lunch 11:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
Dinner 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday
Dinner 5:30 p.m.– 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday
Sunday Brunch 10a.m - 2:30p.m & Dinner 5p.m - 9p.m
(Closed on Mondays).
Happy Hour is from 4p.m. to 7p.m. The menu emphasizes authentic and rustic Italian cuisine inspired by Chef-Owner Akasha Richmond's travels through Italy and her love for regional dishes and traditions. The menu with change with the seasons and focus on using local seasonal produce, & artisan products. The bar offers a selection of hand-crafted Negronis to whet your appetite as well as other tantalizing cocktails utilizing distinctive spirits, syrups and juices.

9531 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm

Cross Street:
Watseka

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 558-8800

Website:
http://www.arcucina.com/

Catering:
Have your favorite AR Cucina dishes for your next event. Whether a plated lunch, dinner buffet or cocktail reception, our experienced team will assist in putting together the menu that will fit your needs best. Our list of hand crafted cocktails and infused spirits are also available at your next event! http://www.arcucina.com/corporate-catering/

Parking Details:
Two parking lots are located 1/2 block east and 1/2 west of the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Akasha Richmond

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Join us for Sunday Family Dinners with a new menu each week. Pricing is $30 per adult, $16 for children 12 and under, no charge for children under $4. We hope to see you there!

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

WINE TUESDAYS!!!

Wednesdays from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

After a trip to Sicily Akasha and her husband, Alan have brought back a treasure trove of products and ingredients to create this year’s holiday menu. Holiday Specials in addition to their complete á la carte menu for Christmas Eve Dinner to please everyone at the table. Join us for the feast!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Ring in 2018 at AR Cucina with a menu inspired by one of Akasha Richmond’s favorite regions in Italy - Emilia Romagna. Many products used for the dinner are from her recent trip to Italy, including special imported cheeses and balsamico. Indulge in a Wild Mushroom Lasagna or Lentil Ragu.

WINE TUESDAYS!!!

Wednesdays from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Details

WINE TUESDAYS!!!. Excludes Tax and Tip. Join us for 'Wine Tuesday' when we offer all bottles on our wine list at 1/2 off. Special valid Sep 6, 2017 - Jan 6, 2018 on Wednesdays from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM.

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AR Cucina Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

service

4.2

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4.2

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4.0

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
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Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Groups (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (13)
Fun (12)
Authentic (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Gluten Free Options (8)
Business Meals (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Romantic (6)
Seasonal (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Cozy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Healthy (2)
Live Sports (2)
Vegan (2)
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Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

This was my fifth dining experience at AR Cucina and I knew the food was very good there, unfortunately we were disappointed with the service and indirectly with the food.
I took a date there for dinner. We had a nice small square table for two outside on the patio,
We ordered two appetizers and two pasta as well as a bottle of Red wine and a bottle of sparkling water.
The busboy brought the two appetizers and we started to eat. We were in no rush, it was a Sunday night and the dining room was half empty. About 3-4 ' into our appetizers, the busboy brought the two pasta. First there was just no room on that small table to place them as we were still eating the first course, second: it would have been nice that the waiter pay attention to us before putting the order for the pasta in. The busboy took them back to the kitchen and brought them again about 10-12' later, of course they were not as hot and as tasty as they should have been. I served ourselves the wine and the water, neither a busboy or our waiter catered to our table. It was definitely not a great dining experience and I am sure the pastas would have been great eating them right after they were cooked.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We had a great experience at AR Cucina. The service was excellent, the staff very personable and friendly! The food was very tasty and cooked to perfection. We had the trout and the Ahi Tuna pasta and would recommend both dishes. The pace of the service was perfect as we very much like to take our time eating and have a relaxing meal. Since our overall experience was so positive, I would highly recommend this restaurant. I know we will return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

I've been here 3 times and everything we've ordered has been excellent! With great service.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food here is good. We had a bianco pizza, cacio e pepe, chicken meatballs, and tricolor salad. The waitstaff are friendly and helpful. It’s usaually noisy in this restaurant. A charming, casual restaurant.

Tags: Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always delicious and delightful. The freshmade pasta is exquisite, try the black pepper pasta. The cocktails are delicious, try the Fresca Verde, or any of the selection of Negroni.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Seasonal, Fun, People Watching, Cozy, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Organic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We requested outdoor seating with a dog, they were able to accommodate and even brought out water for the pup

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food fresh and outstanding. Service great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Super great prefix. Upscale casual. Lovely staff.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The food was very good - lots of good details in the preparation. It was thanksgiving so the kitchen was very busy - service was a little bumpy: servers didn't bring all the plates at once, got the dessert order wrong (server failed to confirm the difference between ice cream and vegan coconut option). Otherwise, it was fine. People were friendly. This is a good place for very casual dining. Not fancy.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Friends recommended this restaurant which was close to the theater which were going to that evening. Very pleasant surprise. Not only was it convenient for the theater both the food and service were first rate . We will plan on eating there in the future even if we are not going to the theater.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

ambiance, food and service were all very good. It was an easy weeknight out and overall experience was great

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Friend Birthday

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I've been here three times now and the food is quite good, especially the pastas. I had the Fettuccine on my most recent visit and was very impressed. I was a bit disappointed with the Mista salad - the balsamic dressing was not very flavorful. They have a nice wine list and an extensive menu with lots to pick from.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Food - Luke warm
Service slow

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 2, 2017

A quick business lunch turned into an amazing surprise. The menu is not large but you can add some extras like shrimp or salmon to your salad, sides of veggies to a sandwich...all were delicious and enjoyed!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Had a lovely evening at AR Cucina where the food was good and the waitstaff friendly and helpful. I had the tricolore salad which was crisp and delicious and the cacio e pepe pasta which was delicious. People in my party had sorbetti, ice cream, soft serve and enjoyed their desserts.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

We went here for the amatriciana pasta. The taste was good but the portion was so tiny I laughed. We have just returned from Italy where we ate this pasta all over Rome and elsewhere because we love it. I wanted to tell the owner that if she served pasta like that to an Italian there would be disbelief and outrage

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The service was so pathetic that I cannot recommend this restaurant even though the food was good. The restaurant was 1/2 empty and still the waiter and bus boys were not at all attentive. I had to get up and get my own plate at one point , got knives from the table next to me etc. This lousy service was frustrating and disappointing. We shall not return. I expected better!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Must say that our service was quite spotty. One of these would have been minor; the grouping was problematic. My friend's eggs arrived over hard, not over easy, as she had ordered. She had to ask a few times for salt and pepper (the salt came but not the pepper). I had to ask a couple of times for mustard; the first time a server-helper told me he wasn't sure the restaurant had any mustard. Are you training a new crew? Must say that I was disappointed after having had high expectations based on many visits to Akasha and to the late, lamented Indian eatery.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Enjoyed a great meal in the heart of downtown Culver City. As a couple, we opted to dine family style and found the portions, from the salad to dessert, ample and delicious. The service was spot on—attentive, yet patient enough to allow us to decide while diligently cycling thru the multiple courses. Definitely looking forward to exploring many more items on the menu in the future, including the drinks. Take a date, relax and enjoy!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We loved our food. Great chopped salad and eggplant pizza. Everything was very tasty. Nice signature cocktails. Service was very polite. Decor was very simple and modern. Very lively place. Maybe we would have liked sitting on the front patio better for a little quieter experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

My traditional Italian mother is still raving about the unconventional lasagna. It is nice to find an Italian restaurant where the entrees are not all about cheap filler ingredients (bland noodles and cheese). Surprised by how memorable everyone's meal was.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Wonderful menu...full choices of great options. Very creative cuisine, and excellent execution. I had a salad with anchovies that were more fresh than processed (YUM!). Trout was simple & flavorful (cooked perfectly). Apple tart-type dessert with flaky crust was fresh-tasting and not too sweet. It all was a joy!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

The service was great, the food was good. My bucatini all'Americana pasta was tasty but nothing special. It was actually a bit disappointing because there was so little of the house cured guanciale in it that it probably shouldn't be listed as an ingredient. My friend loved her Mista salad with the add in of Sicilian tuna. Her salad was quite large, my pasta was smaller. The space itself is light and airy but obnoxiously loud. At lunch, there was our party of two, a table of four, and a table of six seated inside. It was so loud that I literally had to shout in order to converse with my friend. To top it off, when the staff would clean/set a table, they didn't bother to pick-up the chairs to move them, they just pushed them across the concrete floor adding to the unpleasant din of the place. If I were to go here again, I would ask for a patio table. Even with buses going by it has to be quieter than the inside dining room. The service was really very good and our waiter was attentive and pleasant. Kudos to him.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Excellent - will be back
Service good - food delicious

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We were excited to try this new Culver City eatery, but it was disappointing. Some of the food was great, but my chicken was so over-salted it seemed like maybe a mistake was made. Restaurant was quite noisy, but a pleasant ambience in general. Not particularly beautiful or interesting. Some of our friends loved the food, but most thought it was ok.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 29, 2017

An amazing experience. The best pasta I have had in a long time. I had the green lasagna (lasagna verde) and my friend the tagliatelle ai funghi.
If u are anywhere near Culver City don't miss this restaurant.
The appetizers are also excellent. The wine options by the glass are splendid and all at a great price.
I will be in LA in three weeks. I am stopping by again!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Had a lovely dinner there. I was impressed they offered a gluten free pasta as well as gluten free bread, both were delicious. I dined with my friend who does not have an adverse effect to wheat and she seemed to really enjoy her pasta dish as well, which is hand made in house. The cocktails were superb as well as the service. The espresso gelato pie for dessert was also very tasty if you enjoy coffee flavored desserts. ( this also happened to be gluten free as the crust is chocolate.)

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Service was rushy. Table was being cleared when some were still eating.
Food was very good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great spot if you're headed to theatre just down the street. Very good food and value.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Appealing appetizers and entrees plus friendly service at reasonable prices.

Tags: Bar Seating, Authentic, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 18, 2017

This is a great place to go before the performance at the Kirk Douglas Theater. Owned by the same people who operate Akasha. There are always interesting items on the menu. There were 3 of us -- so we ordered several dishes to share. This time we tried a squash dish with polenta that we all agreed was the best of our choices -- also had the soup, a salad, and a pasta dish. The food is always excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The Lasagna was the best, but all pastas are great.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Wonderful homemade pasta and fresh produce dishes with an Italian flair. So deliciously good.

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·Dined on September 7, 2017

Very nice variaty of italian dishes and very careful service. We liked our dinner at your place.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 31, 2017

The restaurant is cute. Nice staff. Food is super tasty and fresh.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Fabulous pizza. nice ambiance. Wonderful that they don't use plastics, including straws!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Great food and outstanding value!
Loved the octopus appetizer.
Cacio e pepe was decent - needed extra pepper.
I ordered the NY Strip steak medium rare but came out well down. Staff apologized and grilled up a new one that was cooked perfectly. The heirloom salad was incredible and I usually hate tomatoes...
Tiramisu is a must.
No corkage Sundays!!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Creative and delicious food. Nice variation on lasagna, using short ribs. The pork chop was moist and delicious. Save room for the soft-serve from the machine left over from when the restaurant was Sambar.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I hope new trend in restauratnts will be less noise. Sitting outside, you are right on the sidewalk. Akasha Richmond and her chef have developed a really good idea. Staff is very accomodating and the food that was delivered to our table was very good/excellent. Recommend the octopus and the heirloom tomatos are perfect. Please ask for a bit of bread with these items, it really improves the taste. We think the trout was good and the eggplant parmigana was good, but each was served nearly cold and when sent back to the kitchen, the second trip out, the items were even colder. In our case, probably a disconnect between kitchen and serving staff. The squash casserole item we had was off the charts. And the shrimp scampi and pizzas at the adjoining table looked terrific as well. Our server was terrific, even putting up with a grumpy old man like me. What I really don't understand, is why a manager will offer a free desert when the meal served was not up to par? A free desert just doesn't overcome what is wrong. I think a heartfelt "I'm sorry" would be more appropriate. And, yes we will go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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