Culinaria Mediterranean Kitchen

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Culinaria Mediterranean Kitchen specializes in cuisine inspired by the ports of the Mediterranean sea, specifically Israel, Sicily, and Spain. All of our cuisines is made from scratch with our innovative chef and the freshest ingredients possible. Locally-owned and operated, we are committed to warm, friendly, delightful dining experiences with delicious tastes and exquisite pairings. We bring love to the table ...
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LawrenceKS
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lawrence, Kansas is fortunate have Culinaria in our midst. The atmosphere is awesome, the food is amazing, and the beverage list (especially the creative cocktails and wines) is wonderful. It's the kind of place where we can take visitors from out of town and they say, Wow, it feels like we're not in Kansas anymore!

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CalK
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of four included our D-I-L who is vegetarian. This is her favorite restaurant in Kansas, and it never fails to offer delicious meatless options. Meat eater that I am, I loved the pork tenderloin that was served with rice and a sort of tomato ragout. The Banana Foster after dinner drink was amazing!

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TerryB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, food and service. This restaurant is now on my favorite list.

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MaryC
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Culinaria is my favorite restaurant in Lawrence. The food is always full of flavor and delicious. The service is impeccable.

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SapperFoodie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I are self processed foodies and very health conscious. We found the small plates during happy hour to be wonderful Mediterranean influenced fare. The selections we chose were packed with flavor.

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Natty
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I’ve had the pleasure of eating here. Both times the service and food were excellent.

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ChrisT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite, go to restaurant. The food is delicious and very unique to Lawrence. There isn't any place like it. The service is always great and the bar is nice too. Since it's small, see cozy, reservations on the weekend are a good idea. And it can be a little noisy. But the crab cakes, hummus, pickles, pot roast and on and on more than make up for it!

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bonsho
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's so good, but don't tell anyone. It'll be our little secret.

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Gary
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good. My table enjoyed two appetizers, three entrees, and the cream brulle. Culinaria Mediterranean is on my "go to" list.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rob is an amazing waitress, so friendly and helpful.
He made the dinner special for us.

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LindaC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious!! Highly recommend. I can make a meal out of their hummus and pita bread alone. The sangria is amazing. You do need to make a reservation ahead of time. Very popular place for a good reason! YUM!

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HANK
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

IT WAS PERFECT !! STEAK WAS DELICIOUS AND THE PORK SHOULDER WAS OUTSTANDING. I NORMALLY DO NOT LIKE BEETS BUT THE BEET APPITIZER WAS EXCELLENT.

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JackieB
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

delicious offerings, quiet atmosphere, excellent service. A lovely dining experience.

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ILikeFood
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. The food was perfectly prepared, and each dish had a unique ambiance. I couldn't recommend it higher.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an reservation but showed up about an hour early to grab a cocktail or two at the bar. The waitstaff was able to seat us 45 minutes earlier than our reservation. They helped us move our drinks to our table and were very friendly. We ordered the Jerusalem hummus as an appetizer. The pita was warm and slightly crispy. It paired perfectly with the chorizo and beef in the hummus. Chorizo is usually greasy but this was pleasantly not without compromising flavor. My husband had the chicken fatte and I had the Pot roast and gnocchi. The fatte was visually appealing and provided my husband with a nice kick of spice without overpowering the other flavors present in the dish. My pot roast melted in my mouth and pulled apart with ease. For dessert, we tried the pistachio creme brûlée. The carmalized sugar paired with the pistachios was the right amount of crunch to pair with the brûlée. The pistachio flavor was present but in perfect balance. We will definitely visit again!

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vipColeen
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love this place!! The food is excellent and unusual. The cocktails are good and wine list is interesting. Or is noisy and energetic which I love. Service is good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing experience!

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vipJody
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great gem in Lawrence. Very authentic and fresh Mediterranean food. Multiple hummus flavors. Everything we ordered was excellent and we will be back!

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ScotW
St. Louis
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Innovative great food!! Fun new find in Lawrence. The best dessert ever was pistachio creme brule

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NicoleK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place! Quaint, sophisticated, and authentic!

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vipColeen
Kansas City
26 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Very nice ambience. The restaurant is more typical of something to be found in a large city. We enjoyed it very much. We had the mezzo platter, fried artichoke hearts and hummus. This was plenty for 2 people along with a bottle of wine.

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MarkR
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the first time we had been to Culinaria and we have lived in Lawrence quite awhile. It is “the best kept secret in Lawrence”.
The food quality is above par, the bar selection is great, the service is friendly and outstanding and the ambiance is just wonderful. Don’t tell anybody about this place because I want a seat !!!! This will be one of our NEW faves !!

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vipCraigS
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Really great as always!!! Need to come here more often. Never disappointed!! Goooooo if you haven’t been here!

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KimS
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We seem to over order with no help from server if I order a platter of a variety of things I sure want to order it again . That seems to happen a lot when we eat there. I feel it would be helpful if the waiter were to say you had that on the plater are you sure you want it again . Also bread isn’t that expensive we always have to ask for more pita . If that’s what everything is ate with it would be nice to have a bit more.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Culinaria is the best restaurant in Lawrence. The food is spectacular, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. We had the pot roast gnocchi and the meatloaf special, and both were amazing. The blueberry pear crumble for dessert was the perfect ending. I love this place, and will be back often.

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amazonratz
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place to go with friends! sharing all those delicious small plates and drinking lovely cocktails in such a beautiful, convivial atmosphere is a joy. I even asked them to sweeten up my cocktail and they did it with a smile. This place is highly recommended. It does get a bit noisy once full, but that detracts nothing from the experience. LOVE.

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AutumnC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in Lawrence. I’m always excited to find out about the weekly specials— they’re always creative, delicious, and pleasantly unexpected. I dined with my sister and her five year old daughter and we ALL loved our meal, even the picky kid! She especially loved the Jerusalem hummus (ask for schug on the side if you’re spice-averse) and the crispy smashed potato. And the brownie with Turkish coffee ice cream, of course. You MUST get dessert when you eat here. It truly rounds out the whole meal. Service was excellent as usual. Tori is a wonderful server. We had a great experience all around!

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LauraT
Kansas City
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique and fun menu. We got 3 appetizers and two entrees and they were all great! The atmosphere reminds me of some of the little, out of the way places I visited in Europe. I’m going back for sure!

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Scootertherapy
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Food, Great Service, Great “Perfect” Drinks!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was AMAZING!!!! Four of us shared 8 of the small plates. We couldn't decide which was our favorite. LOTS of variety for vegetarians. The place would be great for a romantic evening, and it was perfect for dinner with colleagues.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Truly a gem off the beaten path. This venue makes for a lovely evening. Good food, wine & service.

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EricaS
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I visited Culinaria for the first time with a few family members for my birthday and we all found it delightful! The food was delicious, the atmosphere warm and welcoming, but simple and clean. The sangria, wine and cocktails were thoroughly enjoyed as well. We were well taken care of by the wait staff and the chef. I have special dietary needs (gluten allergy) which were handled without issue. I have since recommended Culinaria to others and will be returning.

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TrevorStewart
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a true gem in Lawrence! The ingredients are super fresh and the flavors are mindblowing and intense! It’s a foodie’s paradise. Intimate atmosphere, great happy hour, wonderful service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, reasonably priced...and comes with a smile!!

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MarkL
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Dinner with out of town friends we have not seen in years.

Great food, great service.

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BeckyKC
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Unique space.

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DavidF
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Another delightful meal at one of Lawrence's very best. I had the crab cakes for the first time and they were delicious; and I was pleased by the very generous portion.

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Craig
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food is outstanding, arguably the best in Lawrence, but the service is really lagging. It is not that they have too few people serving, but for whatever reason, service often takes too long, and getting one's server's attention mid-meal can be challenging. Food is often left standing awaiting service, resulting in deserts with melted ice-cream and the like. It may be that it is the typical story of a restaurant ruined by its rapid success - it has become very popular, and it can't seem to handle the crowds.

Culinaria Mediterranean Kitchen
Responded on October 29, 2019

Craig ~ I sincerely apologize that your service experience was not up to par. We are trying to get more people in and trained and it is admittedly difficult to stay ahead of our rapid growth. Thank you for your compliments on our food. We take the feedback to heart and will share your review with our service staff. It is honestly crushing to hear as I am trying to inform and inspire this crew constantly. We will keep working at it. Thanks for your feedback, Regan Co-owner

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CassiW
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My daughter is attending KU and I was looking for a delicious place to have dinner with her. What a gem of a restaurant. My favorite dish (we tried quite a few of them) was the hummus!! Delicious! Good enough to bring another order home! The Brussels and the smashed potatoes were our next favorite. I wanted to love the mushroom side dish, not a fan. Pretty plain and simple. My daughter really enjoyed the potroast and gnocchi. We will be back!

FAQs

Culinaria Mediterranean Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (785) 766-8591.

Culinaria Mediterranean Kitchen is rated 4.9 stars by 213 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.