Reasonable dining near Culver City
A friend is taking me shopping in Culver City and we plan to have dinner afterwards. Is there anything close by that is reasonable where we can have a good conversation while enjoyiing tasty food?
Brunello is pretty good, the tiramisu not so much though.
The thing that blew me away here was the amazing freshly baked bread hot from the pizza oven and the dynamite lobster ravioli in pink sauce, this is one of the best dishes I have had in a long time. And at not a terribly expensive price point.
We went to Brunello for lunch last week and truly enjoyed the food and service. Short but good wine list, great oven-baked ciabattas(?), pasta was prepared to perfection, and even the pizza was very respectable for a non-wood-fired oven. And as Servorg's wife will attest, the desserts were delicious as well.
As an aside but something that I have to point out - my wife didn't finish her pizza - still had about three slices left. She asked our waiter if he could wrap it to go, and as he walked off with it and some other things, he accidentally dropped a plate. This evidently distracted him and he forgot to wrap the pizza to go - probably tossed it. As we were about to leave, we asked for the pizza... Ooops - no pizza. Without any delay, they (I believe one the owners) immediately got to making my wife a whole new pizza to comp us - we told them it was okay, but they insisted - really insisted. In other words, they really want to please all of their guests, and will always do things, if not make things right. Hats off to Brunello!
Tender Greens is a great salad place with outdoor seating. Also, Le Dijonaise is a small French restaurant with great prices, and I think the food is really good for the price. Ugo is also reasonably priced, with a fantastic outdoor patio - and fabulous gelato! I frequent all of these places.
9523 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Ugo Italian Cafe
3865 Cardiff Ave, Culver City, CA 90232
La Dijonaise Cafe
8703 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
If by "reasonable" you mean really casual and inexpensive, I recommend Victor Jr.'s. It is on the north side of Washington across from the studio. You order at the counter, if I recall correctly, and they will bring the food to the tables on the outside patio, which would be very pleasant on a warm evening like this week. Really good eggplant parm or meatball subs, a nice Italian salad, and big goodlooking pizzas. You could split a salad, a sub, and have soft drinks for about $10 per person -- add a pizza or more dishes for a bit more. Only open weekdays, closed weekends.