Culinaria Mediterranean Kitchen
Great atmosphere, staff, ingredients, variety and cocktails! This place is a gem!
Overall great experience. Rather small inside and can get load with sounds bouncing off the hard surfaces. However, the food, service and value was absolutely incredible. They had the best hummus I have ever tried. We will certainly be back in the future.
Too many dishes (and beers) ran out before dinner. On a Saturday.
Loved everything about our visit to Culinaria. Love the building that the restaurant is in...the stone walls create such a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere. We tried a few different drinks and they were all quite tasty. The food was unique and absolutely delicious (especially the fried artichoke hearts). We will definitely be back the next time we are close to Lawrence!!
Always a tasty refreshing meal!
Absolutely delicious! Amazing flavors. We will be back for sure!
The food and drinks here are amazing. There are so many different flavors and dishes yet they all come together incredibly well. Inside the noise can get loud. We sat outside though where it was quiet and beautiful.
A great diversity of flavors and items for both carnivores and vegetarians. The place was packed and had a very friendly good time vibe. It can be a little loud, but otherwise a great evening.
Just a lovely experience. Great selection of foods without being overwhelming. Casual and calm atmosphere. Flavor was fantastic!
Great food, a favorite of mine and my wife's. Recommended.
Very refreshing restaurant. Loved the food and ambiance. The food was well put together and very fresh. Also, a very nice variety of cocktails and beer. We will definitely be coming back often!
I found about this little gem through OpenTable and I am so glad that I did. We went there on a Saturday evening and the food there was just awesome. They have a very refreshing and modern take to the Mediterranean food so if you are going there finding the standard Mediterrranean dishes, you will be good surprised. The falafels are just to die for. They melt in your mouth like little bundles of joy. Their other dishes burnt egg plant, Calabrian Chile Labneh Dip, chicken shawarma, fried cauliflower were just spot on. There is not one thing that I would like to change. The highlight of the day was their dessert Peaches and cream pudding and it was just awesomeeee. .. We left very happy. Definitely would like to go back. Must recommend to everyone.
I love their food but always feel unwelcome.
Our server was terrific. Informative. The happy hour was fresh and so original. The dessert and coffee were perfect to share.
Excellent all around
This was our third visit to Culinaria and the food just keeps getting better. Their food is creative, smart, and delicious. Beyond the food being so good, the drinks are great and their ice cream is the best in Lawrence!
Awesome awesome awesome meal. The hummus. My God, the hummus!!!
We have been wanting to try this restaurant for a while now. Everything we had was so good! Fried artichoke hearts were awesome! The humus was the best I have ever had. We will be back often.
What a gem tucked away in a neighborhood. The building is beautiful, service excellent and the food was delicious. I can't wait to go back to try more of it!
The freshness of the food matched with the unique preparation makes this a one of a kind experience in Lawrence. Truly enjoy every time I go!
I didn’t think I was a fan of Mediterranean food until I went to Culinaria. I’ve been several times and have sampled both the menu and special item and have enjoyed everything I tried. Service is great and waiters and hostess are extremely friendly. The bar specialities are outstanding!
Great food and service as always! We were able to take our 7 week old with us and not disturb anyone around us. Staff was very accommodating.
The food is great! A creative fusion of Mediterranean and Arabic food. The burnt eggplant and the meatballs are a must to try. Cocktails are amazing too.
My only pet peeve of this restaurant is that they use conference room chairs instead of dining chairs. Conference room chairs have lower and deeper seats, so you feel a little lower and away, sitting around a table that is clearly a dining table height. That will not stop me from going back but an observation for a retardant that cares about all details.
We had a great time. The waitress was so friendly and so helpful. The drinks were amazing. Loved trying different ones. We had two different hummus and both were delicious. Everything we ate was delicious. Excited to go back.
Wait staff was excellent. Old stone building was cute and I liked the paper lanterned ceiling decorations. Chairs slightly uncomfortable for a short person but that’s my only negative.
Food is too salty for me. I won’t be returning. Too noisy.
I would suggest a reservation. Getting there early and having a drink at the bar is always an option. Also, don't let the construction keep you from going! It will be over soon enough and the food is worth the extra effort.
Artichokes and bacon wrapped date appetizers... Amazing, complex, and not over worked. Sometime Cooks can try to hard while Chefs understand their food.
The Beef special for the evening was much the same ... Simply Devine, and complimenting with all the wonderful spices and deep flavors.
Going again soon
This is an absolute must in Lawrence. Everything we had was amazing and we cannot way to return! Highly recommend the mezze platter!
The food was not just good but delicious! Exciting combination of flavors., the staff friendly and knowledgeable. Wonderful atmosphere -
Great food and service.
As always the food and service was splendid. The avocado toast with pork belly special is just divine.
We've been to Culinaria a few times now, and every time, we are blown away. The space is cozy, and each plate has the care and attention of a homemade meal. Highly recommend!
The food and service was outstanding. Great value for quality, local, thoughtful food. Great place for an intimate dinner for two, or a group setting. The space is a little loud when it gets busy, but other than that the atmosphere is incredible. The old stone building really creates the ambiance that a Mediterranean style restaurant should have.
One of my favorite places in Lawrence! I recommend this restaurant for anyone who enjoys trying out new things. Their use of spices make the menu interesting and keep us coming back for more. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines and cocktails affordable."
I am so glad Culinaria exists. I live in Manhattan and am desperate for Mediteranean cuisine. Our favorite dish was the Labneh--so full of flavor. We also loved the falafel and a special item that night, green beans with Meyer lemon. The burnt eggplant dish we had was a bit bitter--but overall, the food was spectacular. We loved the space, too--it is intimate and romantic. I love spicy strawberry and it's so rarely on cocktail menus; it was great to find it on theirs, even though the heat level was a bit lacking.
This is a gem in Lawrence, KS. Worth a drive to experience exceptional food, drinks and authentic atmosphere. Run by a husband wife team with a commitment to nourishing food, well prepared and served with inventive beverages all while supporting the concept of farm to table.
We loved everything about our Culinaria dining experience. The service was helpful and attentive but not overbearing. The atmosphere was cozy and intimate. The food was absolutely amazing!! We talked about our meal for the next several days. We will definitely go back again!
Excellent food and attentive staff! 5 star experience!
Food is always unique, presentation excellent and extremely tasty!
We enjoyed our food, which was excellent, and the service was quick and attentive. The noise level was fine for talking to each other. I especially enjoyed the Charred Eggplant with tomatoes and onions. We chose the dessert of the evening: Warm brownie with Turkish coffee ice cream, and it was very special. We intend to go back and introduce this place to friends coming from out of state.