Brunos Trattoria
Brunos Trattoria

Brunos Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://brunosbrea.com/
  • Phone: 7142571000x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner

    Tuesday - Thursday & Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

    Happy Hour
    Tuesday - Sunday
    4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Christian De La Vara
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: For parties from 20 to 250, let the professionals at Brunos create a wonderful dining experience for your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Don Myers 7142571000x
  • Special Events: Looking for a unique private venue option? Check out our Sky Lounge Options! A private dining experience unlike anything in Brea! Combining the outstanding food, drinks and service of Brunos Trattoria with the spectacular view atop Downtown Brea!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Brea/Imperial Hwy.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Conveinent covered parking behind the Edwards theaters.
A word from Brunos Trattoria
Inspired by a simpler time when meals brought friends and families together….

The menu is comprised of Italian dishes like homemade pastas, fish and steak dishes. Standouts include the Pappardelle Bruno made with braised shorts ribs, wild mushrooms and homemade pappardelle; Branzino which is a Mediterranean sea bass served with roasted potatoes, fresh spinach, lemon and capers; and the Grilled Flatiron Steak served with creamy polenta and roasted cipollini onions.

Broad selection of Italian wines that share the same price point to make the selection process simple and encourage guests to be adventurous.

Brunos also features a menu of carefully crafted cocktails featuring Italian spirits, liqueurs and fresh seasonal ingredients.

Visit our website for more details on great offers like our $30 special three course menu, 'Family Style Sundays' and 'Penny Wine Wednesday.'
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Brunos Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (58)fit for foodies (52)special occasion (38)romantic (35)great for outdoor dining (30)notable wine list (26)good for groups (26)hot spot (25)vibrant bar scene (20)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (8)late-night find (8)great for brunch (4)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Nice neighborhood Italian option
    K8eats
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Good italian food in a nice setting - delicious meatball appetizer!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GTee
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    A wonderful dinner as always. We love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with family
    jccc85
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have ate at Brunos Trattoria numerous times. Food has always been excellent. Waitress always has good suggestions on dinner and wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bad bad experience.
    mrfoodie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    1. we had to eat under-cooked mussels. do you serve mussel sashimi? 2. we ordered 2 steaks one was okay, but other one was like......rubber.... we couldn't eat. couldn't finish. 3. we notified the situation to our server name mychal . but she didn't do nothing. she didn't even say sorry.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, poor & costly food
    PubEnthusiast
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The service is superb, but sadly, the food is far from it. Fruite de Mare was from frozen, pre-cooked muscles, shrimp & squid, all of which upon re-heating became rubbery. The sauce was lovely to look at, but lacked taste. No salt or pepper on the tables, either - but this sauce needed more. Fish was over done. And the noise level - at 33% occupied, it was too loud to speak softly to those at your small table. For the price, one expects far more.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great
    LaHabraCookieVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Love having a neighborhood restaurant in our area that is NOT a chain. Their homemade pasta is a cut above, my absolute favorite being the pappardelle with short rib ragu. And...no matter how full we are, we must always split the delicious budino. Molto bene!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    Kittie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Im In my twenties and i had a wonderful f time for my birthdsy here xoxo
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • happy2eat
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Service was very good. Waiter was attentive. One problem, no small fork for seafood dish, and the pasta was not cooked enough. Other than that, the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aliceVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We went on Thursday night to have dinner and as soon as we got to the restaurant we were seated. Service is excellent and we definitely will go back to try the other delicious dishes on the menu. Don't forget to save room for dessert!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in Brea
    CousinVinny
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Walked right past Brunos on several occasions, but we did notice it and my son wanted Italian for his birthday. We went as a small group of five and had a great time. Food was impeccable. Service was great. My son loved it. Me and the wife will definitely go back for a more romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date night
    Kimmycakes
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went here on a double date and everyone loved it! Everything from the cocktails to dessert was impeccable and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    Cvv1973
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    the food was amazing, staff very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu- enjoyed it very much!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A sure thing
    TazinFullerton
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have been to Bruno's many times and one of the things I appreciate most is it's consistency. The food is always good, the staff is always friendly, the service is always terrific and it's always a pleasant experience. Prices are quite reasonable, but the restaurant is a bit noisy, so be prepared for that though it has never bothered us. Have you ever left a restaurant irritated because of one thing or another? That's never going to happen here because they take care of you Italian style.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level too level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Too noisy and noise level was painful. May be because it was too crowded on a week end. May try on a week day. No soup!!! on item 2 "How would you specifically recommend this restaurant?" you should have a section for none of the above. eg I hesitate to recommend because the noise level was painful.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Food was great. Knowledgable staff. We server Sara was great. Would highly reccomend it to others. Can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    BillyBoyN
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Brunos has become our favorite Italian, though we make the drive from Corona. The food is well prepared, the service is generally top notch, and the desserts are to die for! Yes, we close out our meal with some of the best dessert around. Though they have plenty of promotions and discounts all the time, we seem to never take advantage of that as it is for days we're busy or working, but if you can hop over on one of those days, you will be pleasantly surprised. Arancini, steak, pork chops and desserts are top notch! Glad to see as they have become more popular, the quality of their food or service has not suffered!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Be-back Place
    Halloweendiner
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is a be-back place! Great food, nice italian wine selection from top end to mid price range. Service was good, did not feel rushed at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Food is good and tasty. Best non-family/chain Italian in the Brea area. Place needs more lighting and noise level was too loud and not good for chatting.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Date Spot
    Drupy12g
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Took a first date here and was overly surprised on how this restaurant made the date go well. Did not have to wait for service and the staff was accommodating for me and recognizing the first date and to not interrupt or make us feel rushed.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No pizza!
    pickyVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I was shocked that pizza is not on the menu. When I was the waitress she acted like I asked for a PB sandwich and said this is upscale casual. Service lagged and the food was just OK.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Brunos
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Bruno's has absolutely the greatest food. The pork chops are the juiciest you will ever have. Been there many times once u go you will be back every 3 wks or more. Great food!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good night out
    gensis
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Very nice casual dinner for my wife's bday. They even comped her bday desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GTee
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Always a wonderful meal with good service.. We come often and are always treated well.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    BillVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food and service!! Chef Christian knocks it out of the park with his menu choices!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    really enjoyed our evening. the food is excellent!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for two
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great Food at a high level from the appetizer to the dessert! Great server too his name is David P. I highly recommend this place and our waiter.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bruno's DT Brea
    2Breatonians
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our dining experience was excellent with one significant drawback.....the noise and hyper-stimulation. The dining and conversation would have been thoroughly enhanced if the televisions were eliminated, the music turned off, and the whole ambience dialed way down. The food, however, was just outstanding and left me wanting what I had again and again. Unfortunately, my wife and I won't return until we learn that the tone is turned way, way down.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bruno's
    karenb
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great bar and indoor/outdoor seating. Service was great, food was excellent and reasonably priced. We will definitely come back soon and highly recommend Bruno's for a fun night out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Fine Meal
    LaHabraCookieVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I had to have the pappardelle again and it was as good as I remembered. My husband had a problem with his steak, but it was dealt with graciously and quickly. In the end his meal was fine too, and the budino dessert is as addictive as ever.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but noisy
    Lcd1
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food and service is always good but it's really loud inside and they only have limited outdoor seating
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but too loud
    CGRae
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We really enjoy the food, service, ambience and location. It is great that they take reservations. However, it is just too loud. I had to always lean way forward to hear my companion and then both of us had to talk very loud and repeat ourselves in order to be heard. It is a shame you can't find some way to reduce the noise level. Otherwise, we love the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb
    Nena2828
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My taste buds are always content with the meals at Brunos. My favorite dish is the salmon, which I repeatedly order, along with the spinach as a side dish. The carpaccio is superb. It is delicately cut and seasoned to perfection. My dinning experience is always topped off with a selection of red wine from their wine list. This is conclusion makes me evening at Brunos superb.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Italian Food
    luvrestaurantsVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    This was our 1st time at Bruno's. It has been difficult to find good Italian food in the area and this one was very good. We had the tri colore salad, scallops and the branzino. The entrees tasted very good and the sides with them complemented the dishes. Everything that we had will entice us to return soon. The server was very good and the pacing of the meal was relaxed as we like it. We did have to hunt someone down for a second cup of coffee, but that did not affect the enjoyment of our meal. We look forward to trying other dishes. Bruno's prepares food with flavor and manages to keep it healthy.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great No OC restaurant
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We dine at Brunos a couple of times a month. The hand-made pasta is the best! Love the Polpette (spaghetti and meatballs) The short rib ragu is also wonderful. They make the best lasagna I may have ever had. Wonderful service. Brian is the best! Go…you will love it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing food
    JessNLoloVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We frequent Bruno's 4-10 times monthly. The food is always amazing, service is great! If you are looking for a cozy quiet spot for dinner do not go on Friday or Saturday. Restaurant is packed! Make a res because there will be a wait!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll Go Back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    It's good to know there is another very good choice for dinner in North Orange County. The prices were not "out of sight" and the menu was a little unique. The food was tasty and the wait staff was very personable at attentive. We'll go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected better food
    Bookleaf
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I'd read about this restaurant in several different publications & expected a pretty yummy meal. All dishes were just Ok, and the bruschetta, a sampler of 3 types, had 2 of the types downright bland. I had the pasta w/mushrooms. My husband had the pasta w/wild boar sausage - and we were both disappointed. We took our in-laws, who said it was all good because they'd feel rude complaining. However, our server, Daniella, was absolutely wonderful! Sweet, friendly, attentive - even gave us a free dessert so we'd be sure to taste their specialty. Maybe Sunday night is not their best work??
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food great $20 wine list
    Hellafood
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We would recommend this spot...great food, good $20 wine list and a really good feel and mood in the place...
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    nevergetout
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We have gotten emails from this place for months, but just could never get away until finally our 13 year wedding anniversary came around. Great atmosphere, good location, very romantic, plenty of wines to choose from, food was fabulous, especially the meatballs, they were incredible... Would definitely recommend this place for those who love Italian food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bill
    BillVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Outstanding food and service!!!! Linguini al fungi, lasagna, bucatini with wild boar sausage, spinach ravioli, Hamachi, burata all excellent dishes. I could go on and on. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.