Antonello Ristorante
Antonello Ristorante

Antonello Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.antonello.com/
  • Phone: (714) 751-7153
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Gino Buonanoce / Sal Ferrara
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Antonello offers many options to meet your event needs. Our kitchen staff can accommodate cocktail events, intimate dining parties, business dinner and luncheons. We have seven private rooms that can accommodate parties from 2 to 100 guests. Each event is personalized to meet your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Vicenta Canton 7147551195

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sunflower & Plaza
  • Public Transit: Going to the theater or Opera at Orange County Performing Arts why not have dinner at Antonello, leave your car in our parking lot and take our complimentary shuttle to and from the theater. When making reservation please inquire about the theater shuttle program
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet & Self parking
A word from Antonello Ristorante
At Antonello Ristorante, we transport you to not just another place, but to another time. As you walk into Antonello's Main Dining Room, a typical scene from the streets of Bistango, Italy comes alive.
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Antonello Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (48)romantic (35)notable wine list (32)fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (22)good for groups (20)great for lunch (17)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (6)hot spot (6)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Wonderful
    Tina
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Great evening. Food always has lovely presentation and cooked to perfection. Dining room was noisy which was different....
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    iEATVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    If you venture out to the south coast plaza area, you must stop in to have a bite at Antonello's. Service and food are consistently good. You'll see similar faces year after year. If you like pasta then try the rotelle. It's really good! We've been here several times already and will keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent
    newportfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Have not dined here in a couple of months. Food is consistently good and the lamb and the osso bucco were very good. The carpaccio swordfish was not great -- it was as if it were frozen, then sliced thinly -- but the fish was waterlogged making the fish tasteless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SamT
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Service was excellent,very knowledgible waiters, excellent food preparation and presentation. Was a phone call earlier in the day, asking if we had any special requests. Inquired if we were going to the concert that evening. Got us out in time to make the performance. Thank you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner after the theater
    30thanniversaryVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We arrived at 5:00pm for our reservation. A nice young lady greeted us at the door.Our waiter, Carlos, came up and offered us a cocktail. Since I didn't know what they served I declined and asked for water. We waited a good bit for our menu.When we did receive the menu Carlos explained some of the specials. We asked for a wine menu.Started with a warm spinach salad prepared table side and it was delicious.Carlos graciously split the salad for us.We ordered lamb and veal prosciutto dish.Veal prosciutto tasted good but the veal was a bit tough to cut.My husband did not care for the lamb because it was very gamey.We eat lamb regularly and this was more like a mutton (more mature lamb)Next time we will try the Enoteca section of the restaurant
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food & service is always great!
    EddieRVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Best Italian restaurant in Orange County! Large portions and great prices. The food and service are excellent for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Service
    centanni
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The server was able to read his patrons. For example, my wife and I like to sit and have a long European style dinning experience. The table next to us was in a hurry. Our waiter handled both situations perfectly. He was attentive without being annoying. The food was great also.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great meal with friends
    ksb48VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went to Antonellos to celebrate a birthday....we shared Bruschetta and the fresh bread on the table was out of this world with it's dipping spread. Watermelon cocktail was delicious followed by Super Tuscan wine by the glass. One gal had Gnocchi, one had pasta primavera (which was not on the menu and made special) and I had linguini with clams. Everything was hot/delicious and perfectly seasoned. They followed with a free birthday dessert and the girls ordered spumoni. It was a great evening....servers are top notch....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    TwofwwVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    3 of us dining for a birthday celebration. All 3 meals were excellent. I had pasta with beef short ribs, others had veal chop and risotto entree. Service was also great. Love this restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NewportNic
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Consistently excellent food and great service. Atmosphere is energetic, but we did not feel rushed and were able to stay at our table as long as we wanted. They have nice private dining rooms for larger groups or events.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible food, wine & service.
    EddieC
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The best Italian dining in OC. Our favorite restaurant for 35 years.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    Kathleen
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    This is one place I always wanted to go and finally got to go and it was so good! I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesomeness!!!
    Abby
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    My boyfriend and I came here for his birthday. They made it so special. The managers came to our table several times to check if everything was ok, everything was awesome!!! my boyfriend got cowboy steak, and OMG! it melts in your mouth, it was nothing but deliciousness! and i got the osso buck which was delicious as well! we'll definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    jjfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food was good and the service was attentive. However, the air conditioning was way too cold.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!!!!
    Melkus
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I booked this place for my daughters birthday because she love italian food! I have been here once before so I knew she would without a doubt love this place. The food is excellent the servers are great and they go the extra mile to make sure you have an excellent time in their fine establishment. So if you like true italian then this is the place you need to go!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food in a noisy setting
    Thk22VIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The restaurant was packed on a Tuesday during Restaurant Week. There were several large groups which made a romantic setting a difficult place to talk and hear. The food was good and the service excellent. We plan to return on a less hectic evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious with vast menu
    Tarheelvisitor
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Something for everyone on the menu. We had 2 in our party who were vegan and they had several options as well. Wine list was on the expensive side. Very attentive service from everyone.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Antonello's - a gem
    JMcG
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Antonello's has amazing in-house made Italian food - that I knew. The discovery was the warm dining room, service attention by all staff including owner Antonio, seamless meal delivery, attention to detail. Prices moderate. We started with the prosciutto (excellent, from Italy) and melon (needed more) with mozzarella. My husband and I sampled 2 home made pasta dishes -the Rotelli was a dream with creamy vodka sauce amazing cheese mixture, we slowly ate and savored this. The Papparedelle with short ribs was good. The side of sausage and peppers was excellent. The house brought a BDay desert and we ordered Tiiramisu. Cappuccionos were average, roast not as full flavored as would be expected, not very hot. Overall meal was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Never had a bad meal here. Nice bar and staff always friendly and making sure guests are served promptly and are comfortable.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was great. The service outstanding. The rib eye was cooked to perfection and was very tender!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Antonello
    Cruise2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have been dining at Antonello for well over 30 years. It is a very special restaurant. We feel like part of the family when ever we go for dinner. One of the few restaurants in OC where you can actually have a conversation with the people who are with you. SUCH A PLEASURE. The food is always prepared per request. The chef is so flexible.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Italian restaurant in OC
    nbs1110815VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Antonellos continues to be our favorite Italian restaurant. They will go out of their way to please you and allow you to order items no longer on the menu. Get the fried mozzarella. The chicken milanese and veal milanese are the best. For a great evening book the Cucina if you have 8-12 people. Sommelier Steve is very knowledgeable as to the wines and always has excellent recommendations that are affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LoboVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Outstanding dining experience. The Spaghetti Carbonara as a split first course, then the Mediterranean Sea Bass (Branzino) was absolutely delicate and flavorful. Will definitely return to this wonderful Italian restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 456 reviews are from the Antonello Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Exceeded expectations
    Picoso
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    My niece, 16, had just finished a season of softball and wanted to go have a fancy meal to celebrate. We certainly weren't big ticket diners but neither of us are strangers to fine dining either. Since neither of us were familiar with the area I did some searching, found Antonello, made an Opentable reservation, and off we went. The food was superb and very well described by our waiter, who was very attentive. The atmosphere was very classy without that tacky feel that sometimes accompanies such restaurants. A huge selling point for me is that it's not a chain. Overall a great experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great traditional Italian Food
    Diner10
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    They offered a pre fixe lunch menu which included a salad, a choice from 3 entrees and gelato for dessert for only $20.00 per person. The food was excellent and this was a very good value for a restaurant of this caliber. My friend and I decided to try the sole and the spaghetti carbonara. We told them we were going to share so we could each taste some of the food and they were very nice and split the entrees in the kitchen. The portions were generous and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School
    DiscerningDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Came here for lunch with a date who prides himself on being a foodie, I thought this place would impress him, unfortunately he did not like it at all. He said the food was extremely average for high prices. I have to agree, nothing served had that "wow" factor. Including us there were only two tables occupied which may account for the very good service. Another place to cross off my list.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    RosmicVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    This is our first time and we were very impressed with the service, the food and the ambiance. Don't pass this one up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find
    Munchkin
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Love this restaurant. It was by accident we found it but now we keep coming back . This is old world service, the absolute best.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a wonderful evening
    finediningdiva
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I took my boyfriend for his birthday dinner with good friends and couldn't have asked for a better experience. As always, the food was amazing, service was excellent and the ambiance was elegant but not stuffy. Drinks with Chiro in the bar is always a good place to start. I highly recommend the mushroom risotto, veal shank and lamb chops as they were mouth-wateringly sublime. You can't go wrong here. A great place for adults to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatoutalot
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    the food was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    newportfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We've dined here a ton of times over the years and wanted to try their "new menu" as they sent us an email outlining the items. We chose crudos -- the mushroom and the swordfish as appetizers and I had the veal scallopini and my husband the tagliolini with veal and porcini. All were excellent. Service was kind of weird -- we starting with one waiter, then the matire 'd took our order and then someone else became our waiter -- strange for a 5 pm reservation when the restaurant was not busy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Decent Restaurant
    FineDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Given that Orange County lacks some real good Italian Restaurants, this is the best among the lot, and prices are reasonable. Food ingredients are usually high quality Italian products. Often over-seasoned, which they should refrain from, given the quality of ingredients they use. Pasta often overcooked. Can get plenty of attention from the wait staff, but some of them are not very knowledgeable. Steve the sommelier is attentive, but the wine list is somewhat limited and cannot find the best. Particularly if you are a fan of French wine, no luck. At this level of establishment, they should carry French Burgundy and Bordeaux. Excellent place to have parties in private rooms.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special evening
    SpecialEvening
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    This is not our first time dining at Antonello's and we've never been disappointed. It's so nice to enjoy an adult evening at a restaurant where everything from the decor to the service makes the evening extra special. The service and atmosphere is amazing and the food is always excellent. No need to worry about making it to your after dinner plans on time, because your schedule is always considered and respected.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • food
    djhmc
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Not up to our expectations. His dish osobuco was swimming in sauce. The saffron in the one dish was over powering. The sea bass was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Magnifico!
    DogsBestFriendVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    The BEST Italian restaurant in Southern California!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lived up to its reputation
    drferry
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food and even greater service. They asked if the dinner was a special occasion and brought out an extra desert at no charge when told it was our anniversary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spectacular Service
    RickN
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a party of 12, so we reserved one of the rooms. It was nice since you could hear everyone at the table. It was for my daughter and her boyfriends graduation from college so it was a special occasion. It was even more so since her boyfriend's family flew in from Japan. The service was awesome. I asked for appetizers for the entire table and our waiter had the kitchen give us something delicious that wasn't even on the menu. The food tasted amazing too. Great service and great food made for an memorable experience! Thanks Antonello Ristorante!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent experience
    enjoyLife
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    The service is unparalleled here. It is a wonderful treat to find service as it really should be. The food is excellent as well. It's a little pricey, so we usually come here for special occasions. I'm never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great...Once again.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The service and quality was once again right on. I ordered the Veal Chop Melanesia style with side of angel hair (al dente) with arabiata sauce (excellent), however portion was way to small. Especially for paying top dollar for a fine dinner. Why skimp on the pasta and sauce? Overall everyone enjoy their meals (Rack of Lamb, Branzino). Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • EleniA
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We had a wonderful meal, great cocktails and wine and the location where we were seated was perfect in every way. The waiters were very attentive and helpful. All in all, a great experience. Would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate