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PRICE RANGE
US$11 - US$32
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stumbled across this restaurant whilst exploring the city on our first night in Palermo. The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly. Wide variety of food on their menu and they also had English translations of what each dish was which was very...helpful as our Italian isn’t brilliant. The wine was also really lovely! We both agreed that it was our favourite wine whilst being here! If we weren’t so exhausted from travelling that morning, we could have quite easily stayed here all evening! The staff were not in any rush to get us out the door and we were able sit for ages chatting over our wine and we never once felt like we needed to leave. Highly recommend this restaurantMore

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 7 October 2022 via mobile

I had a most enjoyable Sicilian cocktail using pomegranate seeds, their sauce and gin. This was followed by a dish of risotto with tomatoes, mozzarella, eggplants and zucchini., named Risotto O Sole Mio. There was a suggestion of a Sicilian red wine, which accompanied this...dish well. Nonna Maria’s dessert was the highlight of this meal. A family run business with grandsons and aunt serving me. Bellissimo!More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful food and staff! Family owned who are all friendly and delightful. All staff are willing to chat and provide recommendations. Highly recommend!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Palo is the best!! The food and service was amazing. Very easy to communicate with. Family owned and run business.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 31 December 2022 via mobile

Great choice of Sicilian recipes, with great execution (I loved their spaghetti with Riccio di mare - sea urchin). Good choice of wines. The antipasto “Poseidon” (fish based) was lacking a little bit of fantasy but great ingredients

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 25 December 2022 via mobile

Went here on Christmas by chance when the place I made a reservation for was actually closed. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding. Paolo was the best, nice and funny.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 16 December 2022 via mobile

Walking distance from hotel, setting was simple and pleasant. Ordered a bottle of Nero D’Avola that was solid. The assortment of Panelle! Fries and seafood was ok. The selection of Bruschetta was better. Olive spread was our favorite with the tomatoes a close second. Wife...had Seafood Risotto which was full of seafood and tasty with a light touch of tomatoes. I had the Swordfish, tasty and flavorful. Service by Paolo was attentive without being obtrusive. Staff was friendly and congenial. Recommend and would return.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 5 December 2022 via mobile

We had lunch at this place and was served by Paolo. He’s so warm, friendly and polite. We had a great first meal in Sicily. We had Uni pasta, seafood risotto, raw red prawns and my kids had bolognese pasta. The seafood was so fresh....Will go back again. look for Paolo!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 3 December 2022 via mobile

We were on a weekend trip to Palermo and stopped in Il Culinario for a lunch. Antipasti and food was great, but the best was service. Paulo was very friendly and helpful. It was a great pleasure eating and resting in this place with such...a wonderful serviceMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 3 December 2022 via mobile

I love this restaurant, such a nice waiter - Paolo. The best one I ever met. Food was delicious and in a good price.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 23 November 2022 via mobile

Found this place on our first night, returned for cocktails on the second night … and then returned for a third night, it was that good! Staff were so friendly, and looked after me and my girlfriend. Emanuelle and Paulo were fantastic! In fact, all...the staff were amazing! Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 17 November 2022 via mobile

This lovely restaurant on a pedestrian street in the center of Palermo was so good we went back for more. Their chickpea soup was exceptional, their pizza and street food second to none and they went out of their way to prepare the traditional Pasta...Con Sarde for us. We highly recommend them for their food, service and casual atmosphere.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 27 October 2022

located between plenty of other cafes and restaurants, Il Culinario is very popular with tourists. a great choice of food, from a simple pizza to delicious secondos. we had a very nice lunch here and enjoyed sitting outside in the street.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 10 October 2022

The food was delicious.... fresh seafood and grilled fish. An excellent wine list. Really good service, attentive without being intrusive. A perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon enjoying local food.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 7 October 2022

The food was very good. Eggplant Parmesan was to die for. My husband had a specialty cocktail the siscliana I would highly recommend. Our waiter Paolo was amazing. He took the time to suggest the most authentic dishes on the menu. Truly amazing experience. The...staff overall were exceptional and very accommodating to tourists and non Italian speakers.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Il Culinario is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4