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“menu mixes it up in quaint town”
Review of Ugo Cafe

Ugo Cafe
Ranked #110 of 314 Restaurants in Culver City
Cuisines: Italian
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
Level 4 Contributor
18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“menu mixes it up in quaint town”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

For a foody twist on pizza to a taste topping pasta, UGO's combines an Italian/Armenian I don't know what else kind of fusion to a very up and coming sidewalk café lovers paradise in downtown culver city. Brand new and already booming every night, this open to air café makes you feel like you're out on a date yet doesn't play hanky panky with your wallet. I have frequented this lovely little spot twice and both times was greeted by the owner which always makes you feel nice. The showpiece if you will is their bar/wine room in the back. Try it, you'll thank me. Why not enjoy a sweet treat from either of their showcases up front before you leave. Word has it that the back room wine bar is an excellent location for wedding receptions and the like.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A wonderful Italian treat.”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

Walked here from our hotel and enjoyed an espresso and gelato one sunny afternoon. Sidewalk seating was lovely and the staff quite friendly. Will try dinner next time.

Visited September 2013
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Los Angeles, California
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good but used to be much better.”
Reviewed 15 August 2013

This used to be an excellent neighborhood trattoria. There were 2 separate restaurants. Both good -- fare was light, healthy, still hearty and inexpensive. Service super friendly and everyone like family. The owner's dream was to unite the two restaurants -- finally when the city allowed him to do so, he has created a beautiful restaurant. But at the same time he's created a completely different restaurant. Whereas the old one was homey, this one errs a bit towards pretentiousness. Whereas the old one had lighter, healthier fare; the new one is all about cream. None of the old items are on the menu. Service is friendly and attentive but still forgetful. Whereas the old restaurant was flexible, the new one is not -- and the chef seems a bit precious about his dishes. Great pizza. Great patisserie. But whereas the old one had a uniqueness, this is just one more LA overpriced Italian. Great location though and great outdoor seating. The manager is fantastic and smart. My opinion -- rethink the menu a bit. Just too heavy. And the salads -- no thanks.

Visited August 2013
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Fairfax Station, VA
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Would opt for another italian restaurant next time.”
Reviewed 8 February 2013

Great location in Culver City across from historic Culver hotel. Nearby parking garage is crowded but very accessible and reasonably priced.

Wine selection was not up to my or my dining partner's taste. No Malbec or Rieslings. Pinot Noir was not to my liking. Lobster ravioli (which all three of us ordered) was fishy and not of high quality. None of us finished our dishes. Would stick to basic pasta and sauce dish next time. Very noisy and could not carry on conversation well. Would have tried the Caprese salad but they use roma instead of heirloom tomatoes. Colleague did not like the mesclun green salad. Pretty but not tasty. Did not give desserts a try although they looked like what the restaurant might be best known for given the display cases and gelato.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Finiky
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