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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.
Culver City, CA 90232
Hours of Operation:
Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm
Tue–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm
Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
$31 to $50
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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/
Two parking lots are located 1/2 block east and 1/2 west of the restaurant.
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
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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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AR Cucina Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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!!!
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.
Good variety offered on the menu at reasonable prices. Although the burrata appetizer was slightly disappointing, everything else we ordered was first rate. Beautifully prepared trout, tasty yet subtle pasta, nicely cooked broccolini, outstanding desserts. Service, unfortunately, was poor. Waiter was inattentive, seemingly distracted. Had to ask for water three times.
Its a nice setting, but the food is just not great, and the people working there are nice but don't seem to know what they are doing. It wasn't as bad as the last time we went, but it would need a lot of improvement to get me to go back. It is often the only place that has openings, so if you have no other choices and low expectations, it might be an option.
Though the service we received from our waitress was knowledgeable and fairly efficient, we felt that the average entree price was definitely not in line with the portion size (as an example, I had a $16 tagliatelle bolognese entree with a portion size of that of a salad plate). Furthermore, bread (yes, BREAD) cost $4. At what Italian restaurant do they charge you for BREAD? And, mind you, it was nothing more than baked pizza dough (literally) with a few herbs brushed on, for good measure. The tiramisu was tasty but, again, the portion size did was a disappointment relative to the $9 cost. Overall, a 3-star experience for AR Cucina.
This is a real treasure for Downtown Culver City. Amazing food!! Top! Extreme care taken to serve authentic high quality Italian cuisine with a modern LA vibe! Best part was chatting with the owner, Allen; who graciously came to chat with us the lighting is perfect, the music choice and level is perfect, the interior design is perfect, and the service was impeccable. The flatbreads are made to perfection!
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