Cube Marketplace & Cafe
615 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Fax: (323) 939-5520
Cube Cafe and Marketplace
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Take Out, Cafeterias, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Italian, European, Continental
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Average
08/29/2011Provided by Citysearch -
The Divine Pasta Company has a new look and a new name, Cube Cafe, Cheesebar, and Marketplace. While small in size, and relegated mostly to the corners and sides of the restaurant, the specialty food shop offers a nice selection of pestos, olive oils, salts, dried pastas, grains, and other pantry staples. Glass door refrigerators and freezers on both sides also display imported cheeses, salumis, and Cube?s signature prepared foods like Velvet Tomato Soup, Fresh Herb Marinated Wild Mahi Mahi, and Four Cheese Mac & Cheese. And, of course, it still stocks fresh Divine Pasta Company pastas, including flat noodles like Egg Pappardelle and Spinach Fettuccine and ravioli stuffed with roasted eggplant, wild mushrooms, and other classic ingredients.
02/26/2010Provided by Citysearch -
What does it feel like to eat in a private dining room? Well, I found out a few weeks ago when I called in a reservation for 5. We were seated in the wine room at a table meant for 6. It was awesome and we had great service.
The things to get are the maple braised bacon and the venison meatloaf. I also enjoyed the scallops.
The menu does change weekly so be on the lookout for new pastas and great farmers' market driven fare.
08/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
The service is great, the atmosphere is great, the food is excellent, especially the sweet corn stuffed pasta with brown butter sauce. Yum, it is triangle shaped pasta stuffed with sweet corn sprinkled with perfectly crisped bacon pieces and topped with a delicious brown butter sauce, it melts in your mouth. I will be going back for sure.
06/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Discovered this place today when looking for a lunch spot in Hollywood for a business lunch. Very cute little Italian cafe with a small number of tables inside and nice terrace outside (on La Brea). Inside has a wine section, a giant cheese selection, and lots of italian charm. The food was delicious. We had salads to start the heirloom tomatoes were super yummy and the wild arugula very spicy and crunchy. Veal Milanese for lunch with a side of (gasp) 4 cheese mac and cheese with black truffle oil. And actually felt good afterwords. The service was nice. I also had the sparkling home-made lemonade to drink which was good not too sweet. Of the pasta dishes about half were not available for lunch which was a shame since one of them (sweet corn stuffed pasta with brown butter) looked like it could have made the day... will have to wait to next time.
05/14/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Cube is elegant but fun with a lot of thoughtful attention to the details.
I had the Rabbit Stuffed Ravioli. Never tried Rabbit before and was a little hesitant but both the manager Jason and my waitress Alice assured me that if I'm gonna try rabbit, this is place to start. They were right, it was rich and delicious, as was the 4 cheese macaroni. I will be back to try more on the menu.
As great as the food was, the service was even better. Very pleasant and helpful with our menu options, both our waitress and the manager gave us plenty of attention, even to chat a bit and make jokes. I just felt very comfortable here.
And the decor is cool. I feel possessive, like I've found my new secret LA spot. What an awesome restaurant with awesome style, service and food. Highly recommended.
05/08/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Great selection of cheeses, charcuterie, wines, and interesting menu that never disappoints. I have no clue how these folks source their ingredients, but somehow they do, and the result is excellent. Italian food that is tough to find outside of Italy, and service that is consistently top notch, this is one of the best spots in LA.
11/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The experience was like Babette's Feast only in Italy. First, a tasting of Prosecco was offered. I was on my own but began talking to other guests right away. We shared a feeling of delight!
A flight of cheese and mole salami was my starter. The name of each morsel was written on the slate tray bearing them. Cube is renowned for its stock of cheeses and salamis. Now they stock wines too!
Each dish was cooked beautifully. I had a honey polenta with baked apple and gorgonzola. Next, the wonderful pancetta wrapped pork and spaghetti squash with another shredded squash. My waitress insisted I at least taste the bread pudding. The cook is so brilliant I wanted to take her home but settled on my neat little take away box.
I told my waitress, an opera singer, that working with such exquisite food must be inspiring. And isn't Italian food simpatico with opera.
07/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Initially I was skeptical. I really enjoy AOC and was afraid this was going to be lackluster. I was pleasantly surprised. Their presentation with their cheeses is very unique; swirls of rare honey, fruit, and nuts to accompany, and hand written names on the plates so you can remember what you're eating. Refreshingly, every week they have a new menu which focuses on a certain region of Italy. I've been here twice so far and definitely will be going back. I would call ahead for reservations, as the place is small. The atmosphere is great, dim lighting and low music create an atmosphere that focuses on the flavor experience. One downside, they do not serve alcohol, BUT, there is no corkage fee, so you can bring your own. Personally, I like this. Its fun to bring your own and it definitely makes the bill more reasonable at the end of the night.
06/24/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I recently went to Cube on a first date and I had such an amazing experience. We sat on the quaint sidewalk patio and were immediately greeted and brought out a small cheese plate of the day to give us a taste of their cheese selection and to feature one of their new cheeses. The establishment does not have an alcohol license, but they allow you to bring your favorite bottle of wine (or two!) without any corkage fees! Even with this, the customer service is still one of the best I've experienced in Los Angeles. In addition to their great selection of cheeses and their unique way of featuring them (on a black chalkboard-type plate with the names of the cheeses written on), they have a number of wonderful pastas and raviolis. I would highly recommend this place whether as a great casual date spot or a fun place to sit with friends over a bottle of wine. Definitely give it a try!!!
04/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
cube has become a favorite of mine (and my friends) for a casual lunch or fun night out to dinner. their menus change weekly and are totally seasonal/fresh which is unusual considering the low key atmosphere. i cannot imagine anyone having a less than stellar experience here--the staff is friendly and eager to recommend cheeses (they really prevent the long list of AMAZING cheese from becoming overwhelming) and there is something for everyone. last time i visited we split the green nettle gnocchi which was fantastic, as was the broken arrow ranch venison. just remember to make a reservation because they get crowded on the weekends.
04/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
To a carb freak like me, how could pasta ever be bad, so I had thought. Until I went to Cube, now I don't like to talk down on a restaurant only having tried one or two options, so I have probably had 7 of their pasta dishes. Why, because I have given this restaurant a fair number of chances, four to be exact. Each time I was with a group of friends that all wanted to go here, so I sucked it up again and again, but these pastas taste like water, I know you think I'm exagerating, but I actually suggest that you go this restaurant and you will know what I mean. The reason they get two stars instead of the obliterated one, is because my friend loves their cheese and they don't have a liquor license so you can bring your own bottle of wine. So if you like cheese, no atmosphere and byob than this is your place...
01/05/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The service is terribe and the food is as well....i could not figure out what was worse. Do not go to this place if you have a party of 6 or more...They split us up and would not allow us to sit next to each other....no one was in the place either so i dont see what the big deal was...Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else,
01/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We used to like this restaurant and we loved the cheese as well. We made reservations for 5 people for a Friday night and we were told that they have two seatings, one at 7 pm and one at 9 pm. We requested a 7:30 time slot and they gave it to us. We arrived at 7:30 and we were completely rushed throughout our entire meal. We were served our appetizers and our main courses at the same time. One waitress kept trying to take our food when we were not finished with it!! After completing our meal, we requested our check (at approximately 9:00 pm). There was a mistake on bill and we requested that it be fixed. While the waitress went to fix it, another waiter (who had not previously served our table) came over and said that we had to move from the table because another party was waiting to be seated. We explained that we were just waiting to pay our bill and he insisted that we still move!! At that point, everyone at that table had enough ? we will not be going back!
12/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Cube is by far the worst restaurant I have ever been to in my life!! I have never been so disrespected, not just by our server but by the entire staff. If you have more than 6 friends do not go here, because they will split up your group into different tables and different checks so you can't mingle and most likely put one table inside and the other table outside because they are so accommodating. This deli tries to be an upscale establishment, but is nothing more than some simple cheap food that goes well with its terrible service. They also don't even have a liquor license. Please know that if for some reason you decide to go here you WILL be disappointed. Im still upset about my experience there and hope this place gets shut down. Terrible terrible terrible!!
11/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I went to Cube fully equipped with a beautiful bottle of wine and an open mind to try the unusual, imported cheeses I had been hearing about. The ambience was pleasant and casual, while the menu seemed basic but promising--offering an array of pastas, pizzas, and daily specials, along with a large volume of cheeses (the list is a little overwhelming there are so many). I am not sure what people are referring to when they describe a complimentary plate of cheese/fig that is served when you first sit down--I was never given this, and instead was served bland, luke warm bread with no butter or accompaniment. Wanting to taste their very best, I asked the waitress to bring us a few of their best cheeses.....and described to her what flavors and textures I enjoy. She arrived with what was a quickly scraped together plate with ity-bitty cheese slivers, a few over ripe, wrinkly grapes, two dried apricots, and two nearly stale crackers. I am not exaggerating--it was pitiful--the Trador Joes down the street would have had a better selection. One of our cheeses was infused with lavender and tasted like it had been drentched in a bottle of perfume, with another was spungy and lacked any kind of flavor. All together--it was so disappointing, and for the hefty price, we truly felt cheated. Still quite hungry, we ordered the tuna/fennel/mandarin salad and porchini mushroom parpadelle---when our $18 salad arrived, we were annoyed to find four small slivers of tuna with a spoon sized mount of shaved fennel and mandarins--probably two or three bites worth. Our parpadelle tasted as though it had come from a can--it was over cooked and lacked any kind of sophistication or freshness. It was so terrible, we took it back and instead ordered another special and the broccolini. Our waitress subsequently mixed up our order and we were instead served a fennel gratin and the broccolini. The broccolini was average, but ironically the one mistake in our dinner was actually the most delicious.
08/23/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Our of all the restaurants I have been to in LA, Cube is the one that I recommend to people the most for a range of occasions -- parents are in town, first date, birthday dinner, etc. I have never had a bad experience here -- the servers are always friendly and very helpful with menu recommendations and the food is delicious. The peach caprese salad is fresh and tasty, as well as the fig appetizer. I always order a bit of the 5-year gouda as well -- it's the best cheese there. Secret tip: they are aways willing to mix and match the pasta and sauces, so if you don't like the combinations presented ask for a different pairing. And as they don't have their liquor license yet, definitely bring a bottle of wine to share. Cube is a good place to go for a fun night with friends (ask about the dining room in back), a romantic dinner, or a laid-back meal (or just cheese and appetizers!) at the bar with a friend. Enjoy!
06/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
It's a cute restaurant with a geat mix of people. They have a great selection of cheeses brought out in a beautiful presentation. Bring your own wines; no corkage fee. The servers were nice and easy going. The menu isn't to varied but what they have is wonderful. It's a great place for getting together with the girls.
04/07/2007Provided by Citysearch -
my wife called cube (after looking on city search for a new place to try) this past friday night to see if we could get a table for two. the answer was yes, so we ran out the door for a (sort of) date nite.
we were seated quickly at a little table that had been reserved for us. the server was quite pleasant, but as I read in one review about cube, and agree with, the service was also inattentive.
we were offered two little pieces of cheese, with a fig ... a good way to introduce you to, and possibly to sell you cheese that they carry .... the cheese was very tasty.
NOW TO THE REAL FOOD AND THE REAL PROBLEM. my wife ordered the salmon, which came over cooked and slightly stale tasting (just a bit off). my pizza margarita was simply uneventful. I know that this is a pretty simple pizza, but the cheese was too heavy, and the tomato had zero flavor.
my wife's mixed green salad was nice ... good mix of greens with an uplifting, and pleasant dressing. the best part of the meal was the side of kale that I ordered. the greens tasted quite fresh, and had a nice flavor and texture without being over done.
when the server finally did check in with us to ask how things were (we had not seen her around since the moment she placed our food and literally ran off - yes, they were busy), we did tell her that the fish was over cooked. she asked if my wife would like to order anything else. since we were three quarters of the way through our meal and she had, at my suggestion, eaten half of the pizza, she declined. the server said ""sorry"" and walked off.
in the end, as the server dropped off the bill, she did tell us that she had taken 40% off the cost of the salmon. at the time I thought that this was very nice. in retrospect, I am not sure why she charged us for it at all.