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Jun 26, 2006 05:59 PM

Caffe Roberto

Looking for a little Italian in Culver City last night - a fairly gritty area West of the 405 and we gave Caffe Roberto another try (had a really wonderful lunch there a long time ago). The place while still Italian had a heavy Brazilian feel to it because it had been a Brazilian soccer haven - there is a Brazilian grocery store to the north of the restaurant which used to be an Italian grocery store. Atmosphere and mood - bistro-y - food good to quite good. Caesar salad and Mme ZoeZ, formely known as Mme Zoe and I split a Lasagna and it was plenty for a split. Our friends split a mushroom and chicken risotto which everyone said was very tasty.
Good place for a quick snack.

Caffe Roberto
Jefferson Blvd west of the 405,
Culver City

Parking lot in front of the restaurant

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  1. does the brasilian store serve food? its right next to where im working right now and every time i call them they dont asnwer? it looks like there are tables inside wheni drive by.

    1. The irony to your post for me comes in the "quick snack" reference.

      I live within a mile of Caffe Roberto and when we moved into the neighborhood we really wanted to like the place. We were looking for a nice Italian spot close to (new) home.

      And we went once and had literally the slowest and most disinterested service I've ever experienced. Slow. Messed up orders. Everything came out at a different time. Disorganized. Couldn't get anyone's attention.

      So bad, so insultingly bad, we never went back. (And we're still looking for some place else).

      Everyone's experience is different, I guess.

      5 Replies
      1. re: PaulF

        go back again, it has changed. it was your 1st time, usually this happens, restaurant biz is so complex you usually gotta give it a try.

        1. re: beverlybrat

          Sorry b-brat, we've been numerous times giving this place a chance, and we've always had bad service. I think "insultingly bad" really sums it up nicely. Slow, wrong, and they couldn't care less. It wasn't even busy!

          1. re: beverlybrat

            Is it even still there?

            I thought that a new place is in the spot where Caffe Roberto used to be located ...

            1. re: PaulF

              It's "Bellagio" now. Same folks, new name (I've been to both incarnations.)

              1. re: writergirl

                Thanks -- you saved me the trouble of going back.

        2. The Brasilian store was shut (Sunday night I thought) but the buzz in the restaurant was the leftovers from soccer fans who had been guzzling beer earlier and enjoying the big screen. Maybe all that activity made them more efficient in serving in the evening, but to be fair, it was far from slow - quite efficient I thought.

          1. Caffe Roberto... this place ranks at the top of my list as one of the most dismal restaurants I've ever been to. Clueless food, bad atmosphere. I can't figure out why or how it exists. The big piece of land it's on with good parking is begging for something worthwhile to take its place.