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Life is a celebration. Enjoy it well.
— Uruj Shahid

Culinaria is a cozy restaurant in East Lawrence with a (sometimes) lively atmosphere. Located in one of Lawrence’s most historic buildings, Culinaria opened in 2009 as a customized catering company and private event space. After 8 years in the event’s industry, husband-and-wife owners, Aaron and Regan Pillar, decided to open a weekend restaurant, featuring foods they love, inspired by the spices and culinary aesthetic of the Mediterranean. Now open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, Culinaria serves Mediterranean-inspired dinner selections, homemade sweets and fresh fruit cocktails, wine pairings and craft beer. With flavorful, innovative food and a warm, friendly environment, the folks at Culinaria invite you to come in, relax and celebrate one of life’s greatest joys … the simple pleasure of eating and drinking. 


Thursday | Friday | Saturday                 3:30p-9p


512 East 9th Street

Lawrence, Kansas 66044







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Our Building

Located on the northwest corner of 9th and New Jersey, the building housing Culinaria was originally constructed for the Kansas Calvary after Quantrill’s raid (The Lawrence Massacre) in the fall of 1863. As a barn and carriage house, the dining room was used as a horse stable with a hay loft overhead. The space was also a butcher’s shop and slaughter house in the 1950’s as well as a Volkswagen mechanic in the 1970’s and 80’s.


Bubbles & White Wine

Catalonia, Spain | Torre Oria Brut Cava $8/$32

Champagne, France | Louis de Sacy 'Originel' Brut Champagne $55

Columbia Valley, Washington | The Jack Dry Riesling $8/$32

Portugal | Aliança Vinho Verde $7/$28

Oregon | Underwood Pinot Gris $9/$36

Mendocino, California | Brutocao Sauvignon Blanc $9.50/$38

Monterey, California | Peirano Estate Chardonnay $9/$36


Rose & Red Wine

Provence, France | Lavendette Rose $8.50/$34

Willamette Valley, Oregon | Cooper Hill Pinot Noir $11/$44

Willamette Valley, Oregon | Cooper Mountain Pinot Noir $52

Portugal | Cabriz Red Blend $8/$32

Tuscany, Italy | Ziobaffa Toscana Red $9/$36

Rioja, Spain | Raiza Tempranillo $10/$40

Mendoza, Argentina | Sur de los Andes $42



Coors Original $3.00

Peroni (Italy) $4.00

KC Bier Co Hefeweizen (Kansas City, MO) $4.25

WRB Warbeard Irish Red Ale (El Dorado, KS)

TW Pitchers' Tropic Plunder (CA) $4.75

Deschutes Fresh-squeezed IPA (OR) $4.50

Dogfish Head Sea Quench Sour Ale (DE) $5.00

Yankee Tank Red Dirt Country Ale $4.00

O'dell Drumroll APA (CO) $4.00

Free State Copperhead Pale Ale (Lawrence, KS) $4.00

Left Hand Brewing Mild Stout (CO) $4.50


Spirits & Cocktails

Vodka: Titos (Austin, TX) $5.50 | Reyka (Iceland) $6.00

Gin: Sloan's Dry (Netherlands) $6.00 | Principle de los Apostoles Yerba Matte (Argentina) $6.50

Whiskey (Rye | Bourbon): Old Overholt Rye $5.50 | Bulleit $6.50

Tequila: Espolon (Mexico) $5.00 | Demetrio Reposado (Mexico) $5.50

Scotch: Glenlivet $10.00

Classic Cocktails: Martinis | Manhattans | Margaritas | Highballs


Fresh Juice


Cocktails | Spritzers | Non-alcoholic Beverages

Fresh-squeezed Juices:

Lemonade, Limeade, Grapefruit, Orange, Pineapple

Purées (varies through the seasons):

Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Peach

Simple Syrups:

Vanilla, Ginger, Cranberry, Lemon, Spiced Pear Brown Sugar


Mint, Rosemary, Basil, Orange Peel


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