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Antonello Ristorante
Antonello Ristorante

Antonello Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.antonello.com
  • Email: info@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 (714) 755-1195

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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Diner Reviews
  • "My wife and I each ordered a salad. Our waiter suggested adding grilled shrimp. Terrific idea as the shrimps were large, nicely seasoned and cooked to perfection - done but still moist and tender. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "One of the most consistently high quality dining experiences in Orange County. Authentic cuisine, excellent wine list, friendly and efficient service. A place I go to when I want to just relax and enjoy a great meal with my friends or family."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Overall this was a great place. Food was good, atmosphere is very nice. Service could have been as good as the food and atmosphere but wasn't."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Made reservation through opentable (never had problems ever with it at other restaurants, and both my wife and I dine a lot through it both locally and on while vacation). When we got there they seemed baffled about our table, and gave us an awkward "Ah...yes, one moment". 45 min later, our table is still "getting ready". At table, the waiter knew his wines and did offer a wonderful selection but unfortunately he also had a large party next to us, so things were moving a bit slow out on our end. They seemed also rather under understaffed, poor guy was running round. It is a shame that such a beautiful restaurant had such poor service."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "My wife ordered the ravioli dish and our mouth dropped after seeing only 5 raviolis were served on the big bowl. It was a ridiculously small portion considering the price of the meal. A can ravioli serves more than the restaurant. It seemed like an appetitizer rather than a meal. The portion should have been more reasonable. I hate leaving a restaurant feeling hungry. I would not return to this restaurant after this past experience."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Antonello is by far, the best Italian in the OC. We've been dining here for years and always enjoy the food, ambiance and service. This time arund we split the mushroom risotto as the appetizer and for entrees the lamb chops and the filet mignon. We had the chocolate souffle for dessert."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Food and service at this retaurant is awesome in Orange County."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I ordered the veal chop Milanese style and it was great. I'm surprised it's not on the menu. I also got hey side of pasta with arabiatta sauce. I've been coming here for a long time and this was really excellent. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Food, service, attitude all underwhelming and overall a very disappointing dining experience. Would never recommend this overpriced restaurant to anyone. So many better places to select that would be better."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Pretty good food. Good selection (menu). About 50% overpriced, in my opinion. We will not return there. Workers stand around speaking Spanish."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We needed to leave by 7:30 to attend the theater. Service was slow so we had to gulp down the dessert and coffee We had a 5:45 seating. Food was delicious,"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We purposely did NOT go out on Valentine's day to avoid paying for an over priced prix fixe menu so we were VERY disappointed to arrive the day after Valentine's to find that the prix fixe menu was still in place. I feel that this was a reason to make me not use open table any more for holidays as I am sure that if I had called to make a reservation they would have told me, yet by making my reservation on open table we were not made aware of this. As a result our meal cost quite a bit more than we would have liked and the dessert was just a joke. Seriously a joke. ONE strawberry with some yogurt in it? A BITE of two other pretty gross desserts. The rest of the meal was great but it was not what we expected. What a disappointment."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Never disappointed! A fantastic experience every time. We'll be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Don't go on a romantic holiday ~ you'll be disappointed. Caesar salad kit at grocery store better taste and serving size. Lava cake over cooked ..no flow. Maybe because we weren't regulars that the service was poor. Ran out of Italian beer. Didn't tell us the soufflé would take one half hour until we attempted to order it. lobster ravioli was the highlight whereas the veal was bland. Time for a bit of quality control!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Service was not as good as usual. It was slow and staff was not attentive, had to continue to Ask for drinks, bread, etc. waiter was not very good as well."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My wife and I moderately enjoyed Antonello. Food and ambience was good as expected however service was chaotic. It did not live up to the hype. At the end of dinner, our server tried to make up for the issues by providing free desert which we appreciated but again we were disappointed with the overall lack of attention we received as a couple. We speculated that the Saturday night large groups commanded more attention. We were also disappointed in seating chosen for us as a couple. Stuck in front of the kitchen door with two different types of seats for our table. One was a chair and one was a stiff upright bench which was very uncomfortable. Will not rush to go back"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "This restaurant was not as good as our previous visits. The prices are still right up there, but the quality of the food has dropped"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Always a favorite for any occasion. The food and service is excellent.. I have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated his birthday this week at Antonello and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We ordered the octopus carpaccio for our shared appetizer and it was delicious. My husband ordered one of their specials of the evening, Mediterranean sea bass, and I had the lobster ravioli---both delicious! We ordered a wonderful bottle of Cade cabernet and had a enlightening conversation with the sommelier about the wine and the winery. The service was outstanding all the way around. We have eaten there once before and enjoyed it, but somehow had not returned. (There are a bezillion great restaurants around here!) But we were extremely pleased with our second experience there. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "moving from NY recently, we have been struggling to find a decent italian restaurant. this was perfect! food was fantastic, service incredible & both the hostess & waiter catered to our 9 year old son. I do agree with the previous comment that the booth seating is where you want to sit for a more private dinner with family. we will absolutely be back!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I chose Antonello's for dinner with a colleague visiting from out of town. We both remarked on the remarkable flavor of everything from the breadsticks to the salad dressing through the entree. Fantastic! I can hardly wait to eat there again!!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "The ambience of the restaurant is very nice. We went there for a birthday lunch the Seabass and swordfish were excellent small proportions but very nice. The spaghetti was just okay overall the presentation and the food was very good"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "My family and I had heard about this place for quite some time, so we finally decided to check it out. While the food was sublime (and the portions were very satisfying - I have yet to eat a scallop the size of which was in the cioppino), I thought everything was quite expensive. Also, the service was very friendly, but became a bit annoying near the end when everyone seemed to hover around our table every second. It definitely detracted from the experience. I would definitely return, but only once in a loooooong while, to splurge like we did."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "If you want a real treat, go to Antonellos and enjoy their fine Italian cuisine, prepared just how you'd like them to. The wine list is extensive, although a bit expensive."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "We are pretty regular customers here, but this time we hosted a special birthday dinner for 8. We were the only ones who had been here before and all our guests were very pleased by the evening they enjoyed. The service was flawless and the food wonderful. Even with large groups, and there were plenty in the restaurant that evening, the food and service remain excellent which is a real feat today. No wonder they are continually busy and have been around for so long. A true traditional Italian restaurant with great food, a great wine list, and superb service by waiters and staff who know what it takes to make dining out memorable. Go treat yourself and anyone who loves food!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We've dined here often over a period of 20+ years. The service and food are always excellent. This time around we had appetizers of mussels and a spinach salad. For entrees, the veal chop and the ossobuco. All were good, but the veal shank seemed a little tough, not fork tender."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed! Great service, good food but expensive."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Enjoyed a late New Year's Eve dinner & toasted in the New Year @ midnight. The food was outstanding; salads & pasta were both remarkable. The service was excellent. Anthony was extremely accommodating even when we showed up 30 minutes before our reservation time. We had a wonderful time! We will definitely return! Highly recommend."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great food and service. Felt like we had our own waiter as he was very attentive. Food was beyond what I expected and we could gey enough of the pesto spread."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Great experience NYE, would return. We ordered the hot shrimp appetizer (gambria?) and it was great. Had caprese salad, lobster ravioli and rack of lamb with canoli desert. Lovely and great service."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Been hearing about this restaurant for a while and was really looking forward to go there for christmas eve. It was very busy but we were sat pretty quick, only the waiter was over busy, it took him a long time to greet us and give us the menus so we just sat there looking around. My daughter ordered the ravioli. ..which was so unaceptable no one at the table could eat it. But the waiter never came to check on us. by the time everyone else was done with their food, I just wanted to go. So I handed him my card (before he handed me the bill)and paid the bill. Did not complain to managment because it was our special night.but I don't think I will be going back."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Excellent food and service, lovely surroundings. Too bad that it was so noisy that conversing across the table (we were 6 at a round table) was difficult, especially for one member of the party who wears hearing aids. The issue was not loud music but a room full of people with insufficient soft surfaces to absorb noise."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Outstanding: food, service, wine list, Would recommend to family and friends. Very relaxed atmosphere, Enjoyed everything about the restaurant. Great holiday decorations."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "This is my all time favorite Italian restaurant in OC for over 20 years so this critique pains me. Generally, service is spot on but our party had to ask for water...then we had to request bread for the table. I'm accustomed to both being provided without having to ask."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I have been going to Antonello's for over 15 years and it is always perfect. Antonio is an amazing host and personally greets his guests. I feel like I am back in the heart of Italy!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "Im very picky about my Italian food. Antonello's never disappoints.if you don't see it on the menu - ask they will probably make it. Their sauces are rich and flavorful. Each dish is beautiful and seems like it was prepared with love by both a chef and an artist. Never had a bad waiter . Everyone is well versed on the menu and have never gone wrong with a recommendation. The restaurant is lovely always but sparkles at the holidays . Cannot say enough wonderful things about Antonello's . It is a true gem."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "My husband and I have been going to Antonellos for several years. In fact this is where my husband proposed to me. We went here for our Anniversary, however, we were disappointed to find the menu has changed drastically and many of our favorites are no longer offered. Also, and I realize December is a very busy month, however, they need more wait staff. Waayy to loud and understaffed. We were given a nice table, as we requested and I appreciated this. It was as quiet as could be, with tables of six and more all around us. Also, we ordered a second half-bottle of wine that was all wrong, It had gone bad, and really was undrinkable. For almost $70.00 dollars of a half-bottle of wine, I should expect it be spot on."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "This restaurant is oue favorite for family celebrations. They make us feel very special. Food and service are excellent!!"
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Took my out of town boss and two clients to lunch at this gem of a find. It was a wonderful lunch and I would recommend this to anyone whether taking a family member or a lover, or even a boss and a client. Great food and atmosphere."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "They orginally sat us next to the kitchen door and 20' from the waiting area (very noisy and busy) We asked for a change as there should not even be a table a there. The food was good (nothing special) and the service was mediocre. In a nutshell, they are trying to serve too many patrons for the size of their restaurant and staff. Its one thing if you are spending $50 for two, but not if you are spending $150."
    Dined on 11/16/2013