Los Angeles, CA 90048
Culina is taking reservations for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Capturing the cosmopolitan ethose of Los Angeles, Culina, Modern Italian presents a lively neighborhood gathering spot where sophisticated cuisine and levity join hands. Culina, from the Latin word for "kitchen" showcases the intersection of traditional and modern Italian cuisine with a menu guided by exceptional ingredients. Guests can linger over small plates and wine or settle in for a night of superior dining in the garden. The menu features Los Angeles' only crudo bar with the finest selections of hand prepared raw seafood, as well as homemade pastas, pizzas, the freshest Burrata and salami, and authentic entrees. Our wine program offers approximately 200 wines, most available by carafe, from Italy and the rest of the world, with a range of unique aperitifs and cocktails. Culina provides the perfect atmosphere to see and be seen!
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Saturday: 6:30am – 11:00am; Sunday Brunch: 10:00am – 2:00pm; Lunch: Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 6:00pm – 10:30pm; Thursday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Valet Parking - $12.00 for Culina patrons. Complimentary Valet Parking at Lunch.
Culina Chef Denis Dello Stritto
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact Private Events Specialist Kaili Tidland at email@example.com or call (310) 860-4000.
Culina, Modern Italian’s elegant Private Dining Room and Grappa Room are ideal for business, social and intimate gatherings. For cocktail receptions, we recommend the Culina Lounge or Culina Patio.
Culina Ratings and Reviews
Culina is my favorite restaurant in the entire city of Los Angeles. The food is consistently outstanding and the cocktails are simply delicious; my guest said the wine list was extensive. The service is personal and friendly: I appreciate it when the server says "Welcome back, it's nice to see you again". My fish was perfectly prepared and presented, and my guest's salmon was moist and tasty. Dessert was heaven. I can't wait to return.
The restaurant is beautiful and it was very relaxed. I was able to have a good meeting, so this location met my needs. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was a disappointment.
The food in the restaurants in the Boston Four Seasons is exceptional. The food at this L. A. Four Seasons is, in my opinion, an embarrassment for the chain.
One of the worst dining experience I have ever had. Something that I would never expect from a restaurant located inside of the four seasons. Especially the one in beverly hills. Service was bad, never offered flat/sparkling water option. Instead, just brought tap water. Food was not good, pasta undercooked and black cod was not prepared right, it was fishy and had unplesant flavor that I was only able to take like 4 bites out of. Waiter didnt even bother to ask how the meal was. Never was offered fresh ground pepper while table next door (non groupon customers)was given the option of flat/sparkling water and also was offered fresh ground pepper with every course they ordered. I felt discriminated because I was using groupon. Extremely unhappy. I was embarrassed to take my boyfriend out for dinner. And just to make everything clear, we still left 20% tip only because we are generous but I would appreciate if groupon could contact this restaurnat in regards to this matter.
If the restaurant is going to treat groupon users differently, they should never offer groupon options. It is definitely not four seasons standards and can only imagine how others are treated using vouchers.
This was the worst meal lI have had in ages. The Caesar Salad was limp and tasteless. Spaghetti and clams were served with a few very small clams. The "homemade" pasta was tough, tasteless and doughy. I can't begin to tell you how disappointed I am. I had seen Culina used on the Food Network and had been anxious to go there. In addition to the food being poor, it was very expensive. One of my go to restaurants is Drago Centro; I guess I have been spoiled by them and many other quality restaurants in the Los Angeles Area. Culina is one I will stay away from.
Love the food! Love the service! Love the ambience! Everything about Culina is first rate and they aim to please. Truly a wonderful dining experience as soon as you walk in the front door. The staff is as pleasant as can be and the food is DELICIOUS!!! I live in NY and Culina is my 'go to place' I look forward to dining at every time I am in LA!!!
without a discount coupon, i doubt we'd dine at culina. especially with the drinks they pour. talk about cheap. they use a measuring thimble as the pour and i could barely taste the scotch on the rocks. our very sweet waitress was able to wrangle a decent pour from the bartender. why would i want to spend big bucks on dinner knowing what i do about their policy of chintzy drinks. boo hiss. how short sighted. bye bye.
I've enjoyed Culina through the years with a parade of chefs in the kitchen, some good and a few excellent ones, before moving on to their individual efforts outside the hotel. Now the kitchen is helmed by a veteran of the Los Angeles Italian restaurant scene --Mirko Paderno. Our meal was excellent beginning with a variety of crudo, followed by a delicious gnocchi with walnuts and blue cheese sauce and then Mirko's risotto with porcini mushrooms (beautifully served in the hollowed out rind of cheese). Ribeye steak was next. The whole staff was amazing with knowledgeable service and friendly smiles. Great start Mirko!
Not a destination place perhaps but considerably better than most any "hotel food." A compact menu with mostly Italian options--but not ordinary by any stretch. Ingredients and combinations that may be unfamiliar but work. The wine list may be exceptional. But unless you have an extensive familiarity of Italian varietals you may not know how to choose--which was my problem. Ended up with a USA bottle that was quite nice. But bring money.
A pleasant staff and easy going service.
Party of 6 arrived and were told to wait at the bar. A few minutes later we were taken to our table in the nearly empty restaurant. Did not see any reason to keep us waiting. Our table was ready and had been when we arrived. Wonderful waitress - competent and friendly. Food average. Chicken too salty. Branzino small & tasteless. Squid small and ok. Salad too much vinegar. Desserts not ok. Three scoops of gelato - two were melted into a puddle, the third frozen solid. All three bland with no discerning flavor. Butterscotch ok. Afforgato good. Even though the restaurant was not busy the hostess seated another party beside us instead of further away as was possible. A fork was dropped and went unnoticed by staff. It's to be expected that hotel dining is expensive but the value was not there.
Sunday night at 6PM. It seemed like the the top chef may have been off but who knows. Crudo was good but a little too subtle IMO. Octopus was good but needed something to kick it up a notch. My lamb shank was vey good, no problems but the rabbit pasta was lacking in real rabbit. It could have been ground turkey, chicken, veal??? so it was a downer. Service was fine. Though the wines by the glass are quite good, they need more selections.
Amazing food that you would only expect from a restaurant at the Four Seasons. The servers were attentive and knowledgeable, food came and was timed perfectly, not to mention, delicious and the perfect portion. Wine was also really good! A must for any one wanting a special night out.
Food and service were excellent. We initially were seated next to an exceptionally loud (what appeared to be a) bachelorette party, and though we didn't begrudge them their fun, we couldn't conduct a conversation. Upon request, we were moved to the patio, which was kept at a comfortable temperature by heat lamps on a fairly cold night, and was very quiet. Our server Michael was wonderful. My only suggestion is that they add some more affordable California red wines by the glass. I don't mind $15 - $20 for a really good glass of wine, but at $35 and up it was a little steep for my group.
Food is good, not great.
It is overpriced as you would expect from a hotel restaurant. The value with the discount made it ok, but not good.
Service was good, attentive and responsive. They were very good about finding a wine that worked for us.
One issue that we have always had with this restaurant is the 80's synth-heavy music that is playing in the background. It doesn't fit the restaurant or the general mood of the place. I understand that it gives the restaurant some "energy", but it just doesn't fit.
Wine prices are ridiculous. No good choices in a reasonable range. In more sophisticated restaurants, there are wines to choose that don't ruin the experience because you are being ripped off.
$25 for a 6 ounce pour? Insulting.
The server was delightful. Lovely personality.
The hostess needs training in public relations. She pulled a long face because we wanted a table inside, not on the patio where she took us.
Our Groupon deal: Two Drinks (Choices of either Cocktails, Wine, or Non-Alcoholic drinks); Two Shared Appetizers; 2 Main Entrees; and 1 Shared Dessert.
Mom got an adorable 6oz Diet Coke Bottle. I got the Fiori & Zenzero ($16) Cocktail. The drink was really strong after the first two sips, but got better as the huge ice melted.
Polpo alla Griglia $18 Comes with 2 pieces - one tentacle & one piece of the body. About the size of your middle and index fingers put together. Both were grilled deliciously - very soft and tender. Definitely recommend getting this one. Polpette $18 Small meatball sizes - think golf ball sizes. The meatballs were moist and tender, and seasoned perfectly. The tomato sauce was delicious, and we both used the parmesan cracker bread to scoop up the sauce with.
Gambetto $42 The braised lamb shank was soft and tender, easily fell off the bone. The farotto was hearty and seasoned perfectly. I think Mom liked the farotto more than the lamb shank itself, lol! Mom got the Branzino $46 - EPIC FAIL!!!! She was annoyed that a $46 dish had no flavor to it. The fish itself was tender, but oh so bland! We had high hopes for this dish, but sadly, it sucked. The only thing that we did agree on it was the crispy skin.
DESSERT -BUTTERSCOTCH BUDINO $11 (Whipped Crème Fraiche, Sea Salt Caramel, Coconut Cookies). Now came the best part of the meal, dessert!!! We both liked the soft and creamy texture. Paired with the whipped crème fraiche and long, thin shortbread coconut/toffee flavored cookie, it was divine.
Our waitress, - sweet and patient, answered any questions we had about our meal and drinks as well as being on point with changing up our dinner ware for each different dish. As for the male servers, very attentive in making sure our waters were refilled continuously, and taking away any finish dishes quickly. Also, they address you by your last name, which I thought I was very nice gesture.
Worth the try at least!
I used a Groupon to treat my nephew and brother from England to a fancy Saturday night dinner when we visited L.A. I reserved through OpenTable with no problems. When your teenage nephew sits up and remarks, this is posh, I knew I made the right choice. I appreciate our hostess who did not look down on us Groupon users. Service was attentive. Food came out timely and was indeed, very good. We were not rushed. It was worth the 30% tip. We ended up having a very nice evening out from our Culina dining experience.
My dining experience was regrettable. The food was excellent. The waitress (Meg)was horrid. She had no interest in providing service. She never asked if I wanted a refill. She demanded the check which we discovered she added an 18% tip at $45 and and the bill was $188. Also she added $20.80 in tax and food tax is only 9%...It was my birthday. We received a refund. We later discovered that she added a tip onto her 18% for a total of $79. We shouldn't have had to deal with it at all.
Everything is about this place is amazing but of a weird walk to finally get to your destination but once you are there you are greater with a smile , everybody is very attentive ( your server or others ) , the gambetto ( lamb shank ) was to die for and the wine selection is pretty great as well , MEG was very pleasant and made great recommendations especially when it came to dessert , I had the tiramisu and one scoop of house made gelato ( Dulce de Leche )
Culina never disappoints: outstanding food, good cocktails and excellent wine list, great desserts, attentive wait staff and lovely ambiance make for a PERFECT meal. I am lucky to have been here over ten times in two years and I look forward to every meal.
I think they may have hired a new chef now!
All the dishes we ordered were really really delicious!!
Bartender can make very yummy cocktails!!
William was our server, he is absolutely professional and nice!!
Many thanks to our great server, Chef, bartender and hostess, you guys are amazing!! We all have wonderful dinner!!
We'll definitely come back soon!!
We tried Culina because we happened to have a Groupon. We would definitely come again. The restaurant is beautiful and comfortable, with ample indoor and outdoor seating. The tables are nicely spaced, so that conversation is easy. There are also booths that are very roomy and comfy.
The service is top-notch. Extremely attentive, and kind. Everyone who works there is nice, and appears happy.
The food was beyond delicious. I had an octopus appetizer - which was fantastic. Don;t be scared of octopus, this was succulent and tasty. My husband had a ceasar salad that looked good. First courses run about $15-$18.
I had branzino that was delicious. It was a filet with a crispy crust along with fennel and at orange slices - at least three varieties. My husband had a chicken dish with truffled mushrooms and potatoes. It was good too. Entrees were around $35 and up (with steaks the priciest choices). There were also pizzas and pastas more moderately priced. The couple next to us each had a pizza.
Desert was a gooey chocolate something with gelato and was gone in 5 seconds.
Very lovely evening. Groupon is a fun way to try someplace new, that may have been there for a long time!
The food was good, but only good. Nothing new on the menu, but also nothing that really stands out. That great thing about it is just the overall design, especially the patio. I love al fresco dining, and this is wonderful. Nothing like Italian food while listening to Ferraris go up and down Doheny. This is dining in Beverly Hills
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