AR Cucina

4.6
420 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
AR Cucina is located at 9531 Culver Blvd in Culver City.
Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
Dinner 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday
Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 8:30pm Sunday
Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10a.m - 2:30p.m
(Closed on Mondays)
Happy Hour Everyday 4p.m. to 7p.m.

AR's menu is heavily influenced by rustic italian dishes that chef owner Akasha Richmond drew from her travels through Italy. AR's talented chef Josh Pebbles, also lends his talent to the menus dishes.

The menu changes with the seasons and focuses on using local seasonal produce, & artisan products. The bar offers a selection of hand-crafted italian classics for your palette as well as other tantalizing cocktails utilizing distinctive spirits, syrups and juices.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Lunch
Tue–Sun 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Happy Hour
Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Tue–Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
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Phone number
(310) 558-8800
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Josh Pebble - Akasha Richmond
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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/
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Watseka
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Parking details
Two parking lots are located 1/2 block east and 1/2 west of the restaurant.
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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!
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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

Private Dining

From an intimate evening with friends, to a dinner party on our patio ... Our restaurant is available for full buy-out to keep your event private for just you and your guests. Let us be a part of your next celebration!

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Our 3-course Thanksgiving menu choices include Butternut Squash Tortelli, Turkey Porchetta with Chestnut Stuffing, and Apple Crostata. Adults $70, children under 12, $35, plus tax & service charge. Reservations 2pm to 8pm. Credit card required.

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What 420 People Are Saying
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F
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

At 10:30pm the brought the lights up 100%, turn the music in the kitchen up and when we complain about been "kicked out" that way the bartender told us that they close at 9:30pm, that THEY NEEDED TO GO HOME and that he needed the lights all the way up "TO CLEAN". We saw all of them leaving before we did while we were saying our good byes in the parking garage. AWFUL experience, absolutely disrespectful staff.

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v
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love this place - Great vibe, great food, great drinks and wine list!

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M
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was open and airy with a direct view into the kitchen. The kitchen area is not behind glass so you can watch them prepare your meal if you desire. The menu had a great selection and every pasta item they carry can be substituted with a gluten-free pasta if needed. The wine list was not very extensive but they do have a full bar. Our wait time was non-existent; there was plenty of seating at 6:30 p.m. on a Saturday night. The service was good and everyone enjoyed their meals. There was nothing wrong with the food and nothing wrong with the service but there was nothing that made this place stand out either.

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M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

All of the food was excellent as were the cocktails. The drinks took a while to arrive but we didnt have any other issues. We wanted to sit out front but it was full so we sat on the quieter side patio. Not as fun for people watching but totally fine! We had a great time and everyone liked their meals.

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CR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Restaurants should never have strongly scented flowers present in the dining area. The hostess placed a large bouquet of lilys on the table next to us about 10mins before we ate....it's all we could smell and honestly ruined the wonderful flavors of the meal.
Food was delicious, I had the bucatini with eggplant and vegan parm (delish!). Service was very poor, the waitress was great when she showed up, but it took about 15mins for her to first appear, then about 40mins to take our order. There were many empty tables and they did not appear to be understaffed, so not sure what the deal was. I'll give them a second chance as the food was great.

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G
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The shrimp dish was delivered with two whole shrimp and two heads. I then had to wait another 20min for a new dinner.

Also the sliced steak was horrific. Really didn’t taste like steak. Inedible.

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ES
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Waiter seemed a little impatient and lacking in knowledge. Even made a few off-color comments about what food we were deciding to keep on the table as we went through the courses. Steak was under cooked, bleeding rare when we had asked for medium rare. No big deal but it was completely obvious to me, someone with a decent amount of experience working in food service. All in all not a bad experience, but for the price, the food and service were less than satisfying. Would not choose to go back with so many other options in the neighborhood.

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JV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Cocktails were not done well, we sent them back and switch to wine but we still got charged for them. Food is average, not bad but average. In my opinion, the price point doesn't match the quality.

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r
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The pesto pasta was very salty. The cheese board was great and so was the wine.

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Overall great meal. Octopus app is phenomenal. Lasagna was awesome incredible as well as the linguini and clams. Lamb ragu on polenta with kale was great, except the kale was uneattable from over salting. Great time otherwise

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t
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really great food, everything! Prawns excellent, lasagna superb, bread hot and crusty, dessert delicious.

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G
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

AR Cucina is a very good restaurant. Excellent happy hour. Excellent pizzas, fish and other dinner entrees.

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SA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

had reservations and they sat us inside. The noise level is awful. They were very nice about finding us a table outside, still little noisy because of traffic. Asked for bread and they said there is a charge. Just like Europe

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MR
Chicago
28 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food- consistently great experience! Love this place e

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KK
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a solid meal from start to finish, though there was an error when placing our order so one of the items didn't arrive until well after the others. Though the waiter apologized for the mix-up, it would have been nice to have that item comped. We sat on the patio which is quite lovely and was quieter than usual for a Saturday night.

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LA
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We’ve eaten there many times and the food and service is always excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This was our first visit to this restaurant and was chosen based on mostly good reviews, and all the dishes we ordered were very good, TILL we ordered a pasta dish with clams which happened to be really, really salty. We asked the waitress to remake it with less salt, and the result was a little better but not much. We also asked for a basket of breads which didn't come at the beginning (assuming it came with the dinner). What was a damper of all was that we were charged for asking the pasta dish to be remade with some kind of an extra kitchen staff appreciation fee (!!!) which was unheard of, plus charge for breads too. The waitress could have explained that ahead of time about the kitchen staff charge and charge for the breads.
When I made the reservation, I specifically mentioned "birthday" but nothing was offered or mentioned and completely ignored. I was a bit disappointed at the uneven experience overall especially toward the end.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had to go to Culver City for an event and wanted to grab a casual dinner dinner first. This place was amazing. The pizza bread wow! Home made pastas and good service love

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was recently introduced to this little gem and has now become a favorite. The food, service and people are all “spot on”. I would definitely recommend AR Cucina to anyone looking a special place to gather for wonderful food, service and great time!

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with creative dishes. A little too much pepper in one of the pasta dishes for one of us but otherwise all the rest loved their choices. Patio area was perfect for outdoor dining. Good service.....Dash was great!

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J
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Frankly, I was a bit disappointed with the service from our dinner last weekend. While our waitress was pleasant, because she was also mixing drinks, our used plates were left unbussed for most of the time. Our water glasses never got refilled nor did they even come around to ask if we wanted refills. There were only 4 tables being serviced that time so I don't understand why the service was just poor. I'm really disappointed because it's always been a reliable restaurant for me with homemade pasta and has a nice neighborhood vibe. But considering the price of the entree and glass of wine, it just was a HUGE disappointment.

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i
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Had the caesar salad, margherita pizza and fennel sausage pizza. Would not recommend any of these items. Very disappointed.

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TC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Good food. Service is a little odd and infrequent for a highly rated restaurant - refills on water, table touching, and explanation of food did not happen.

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AB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food; helpful friendly service

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VH
Los Angeles
144 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great Cacio e pepe! Everything from the fig salad to the chicken "parm" was delicious. It is a little loud inside though...

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m
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Service not so great—kind of tainted our otherwise good meal. Have had other good meals here before, so may have just been an off night.

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SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 1

Branzino dish way too salty, linguine way too spicy, got cocktail after food delivered, no follow up, no coke refill, had to pay for bread you would get complimentary at other places —-
for the prices, 👎. Had nothing to do with loud mentally ill woman next door.

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JD
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AR Cucina never disappoints! The Burrata and Octopus appetizers are a must! Alan is a wonderful host, who makes you feel like family!

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delicious meal and easy-going, friendly staff!

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j
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

the food is very good. the noise level is pretty deafening

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l
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

My halibut was overcooked as we're the vegetables, but it tasted delicious

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p
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AR Cucina does everything right. The menu provides great options. The pizza is a must try! AR Cucina is a neighborhood gem!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pasta with eggplant is on another level. Incredible!

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F
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Perfectly cooked and tasty pasta dishes! Nice Salumi board. I loved the personal photos throughout the bathrooms and hallways. Recognized some of these places in Italy.

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B
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner on their patio recently. You'll get a lot of noise from street traffic, but that didn't bother us. The food was really good. The Tagliatelle was homemade from scratch, and you could taste it. Our server--a lady who I can't remember her name--was really on top of things and anticipated our needs more than once. The man who greeted us initially was charming and witty. All in all a very good experience.

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AK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and cocktails at AR Cucina was delicious and they served generous portions! They also accommodated my birthday request with ease.

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SF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Akasha’s Italian restaurant. Excellent food. Some fresh from her gardens. Good happy hour menu in the bar or delicious meals on the patio. Meal prices are decent but wines are pricey. I would recommend

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d
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We love this restaurant and will return, but this week, other than getting our drink orders wrong, the cacio e pepe (our favorite here!) wasn't consistent with the quality or portion that we are used to. hopefully was just a fluke to do with the burden of Dine LA.

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m
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was great, food was hit or miss. Seasoning was all over the place. My chicken was waaaay too salty but the rapini it was served with was so underseasoned that if you mixed them together as one bite, it almost worked. The pasta was also severely underseasoned so ended up tasting like nothing. The pizza was really tasty, with a nice spicy kick.

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S
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I went with a friend for my birthday. I noted the occasion on the reservation and was not disappointed by the birthday greetings from the staff and the olive oil cake with a birthday candle. The only downsides were the tough brocolini and the loudness of the restuarant chatter.

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