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Brunos Trattoria
Brunos Trattoria

Brunos Trattoria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://brunosbrea.com
  • Phone: (714) 257-1000
  • 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: Italian, Seafood
  • 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 150, let the professionals at Brunos create a wonderful dining experience for your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Don Myers (714) 257-1000

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "Bruno's is definitely one of the best restaurants in Brea, and definitely the top pick in Brea Downtown. A great place to grab a nice sit down dinner before heading to the movies across the street. The short rib pasta is a must-have, as well as the frito misto. Wine list and cocktails are great as well."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "coze atmosphere.sevice nice with great taste of food. Good pasta and awesome appetizer.. Especially Hamachi.. Waitress naned Jamie gave warm and kind service!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Much better than your typical Italian food that you find at places such as BJ's, Yard House, etc. The shrimp/calamari appetizer was excellent as were the pasta dishes we've ordered. For desert, we didn't go with the famous carmel pudding, instead we had the peach cake with vanilla gelato, which was very good."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This is my 3rd time coming to Brunos with my girlfriend and every time we leave fully satisfied. The food quality is exceptional along with the house cocktails. We rave about this place to everyone because not only are the food and drinks great but the service is wonderful, the staff always makes us feel important."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This a great restaurant in downtown Brea (a lovely fun place). The food and service is excellent and I/we will continue to return. I suggest reservations even mid-week as it gets very crowded."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "We dined early on a Sunday, so we're able to snag an outside table where it's quieter than inside. Our waiter was attentive, my lasagna was perfect and the glass of Montepulciano I ordered paired perfectly with it. I shared some of my friend's ravioli which was tasty, but a bit too al dente for me. I also tasted the brussel sprouts that were ordered for the table and while they'd be perfect with just a bit more crispness on the outside, the flavor was really good...and this coming from someone who never orders brussel sprouts! Oh! I can't forget the chocolate bread pudding that my husband ordered...wow! It had cherries inside and was to die for! Moist and packed with flavor, it was a winner! Altogether, a satisfying meal with good friends!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "This is a great place for Italian food. Their pick-your-combo $30 dinner including a glass of wine and dessert was a great deal if one of the entrees available suits your taste and appetite. All but one of our party of 5 took advantage of it. Pastas are made right here, as are the desserts. Our waiter was amazing and friendly, service was prompt but not pushy, as we were catching up with family from out of town and took our time. Street parking can be iffy in downtown Brea, but parking structures are convenient and (so far) free!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We arrived and the place seemed nice, then we were seated and the food took some time to prepare. The food was ok, some plates were too salty (I am giving 2 starts because of the risotto) so we had to order something else, then we had to keep asking several time the waitress for bread, vinegar, oils, etc. Also we told three times the waitress that we have a birthday person and she said they will do something with dessert, well we didn't get anything, on top of that when we left I told her that they forgot the birthday treatment and her reaction was rude by saying if we want to take the dessert to go, no apology for forgetting the whole thing. I will skip this place"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a party of 6. Service and timeliness were great. Food was absolutely great. Better than homemade lasagna. The arincini brought me back to my childhood."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Three of us dined at Bruno's after going to a movie. We all ordered the tri-color salad and it was outstanding .... one of the best "just greens" salad I've ever had. My husband ordered lasagna, my girlfriend had roast chicken, and I ordered bucatini with wild boar sausage. The three of us sampled each other's dishes and agreed that all were wonderful. My friend's chicken was nice and moist, my husband's lasagna was excellent, and I thoroughly enjoyed the bucatini. For dessert my husband had chocolate gelato, and my girlfriend and I shared a peach tart with vanilla bean gelato. We will definitely return to Bruno's when we are in the area."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I had no idea what type of Italian restaurant this was. The menu was rather small, which did not have much of a choice. Actually, it was not what I expected, and I was rather disappointed. I am a wine snob, and enjoy a nice glass of wine. However, the wine was served in a small fruit juice glass that the water was served in as well ."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This was my second time taking my family here for dinner. We love the food and its in a great location. Like last time, we asked for the specials and were lucky to find that they had a duck with mushroom risotto that was right up my wife's alley. It was great although the $28 seemed a bit too much. At our prior visit I had a pasta with lobster and it was outstanding. We recommend getting pasta dishes here as we believe most are made on premises and we've found them to be delicious. Both my daughter and I had the raviolis and we were highly satisfied. The frutti de mare appetizer is our go to and its a real hit with the kids."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "urWalked in Manager greeted us. it was early and allowed us to sit where we would like. Service was quick, and not too overwhelming, food excellent and overall great dining experience. Would go again!W"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Good food and wine, very nice ambiance for local neighborhood restaurant. What made our experience special was the exceptional service. We prefer sitting side by side, only table for two was across from each other. We decided not to wait and sat down. Sophia our waitress was fantastic and the food service was very fast. Amanda however, continued to work on pleasing us and offered to switch our table after about 10 mins. We declined since Sophia had already taken our drink order. Later Amanda came by and changed the table next to us to make our table larger and switched my husbands seat next to mine. It was so unexpected but greatly appreciated. We felt very special and overall couldn't stop talking about the exceptional service."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Had apetizers and drinks, very enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Bruno's is a wonderful restaurant with a wonderful and beautiful staff. We were running late and although we had an 830 reservation I called to change that to 845 and they had no problem changing it. Considering how packed it was I'm grateful that they were so accommodating and able to hold our reservation. I'll be back for my bday in July and not gonna lie, probably before that :)"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "good food, reasonable prices, fun environment, good energy and helpful bartenders."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Love Bruno's! Always friendly, great food, wonderful location and ambience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "We had a great time as me and my girlfriend went out to celebrate her birthday on Tuesday. We were promptly seated at our table. our server was sweet and took the time to attend to our every need. We also got a free dessert since it was her birthday. we will be back soon!"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Delicious food, friendly service, great patio dining area! Would definitely recommend!!!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "If you come here you have to try the salmon it is amazing. The lasagna and ravioli is the best we have ever had too! The service there is excellent. Our favorite go to restaurant. Ambiance is a 10! Music is always perfect!"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "This has got to be the best Italian restaurant in Orange and maybe LA county. I could go on for awhile, but the short version is 5 star everything. We have eaten here a number of times now and each one just gets better. Here is a little hint, Salumi e Formaggi before your meal and Budino al Caramello after. Put anything on the menu in between these two. My favorite so far is the Braciola di Maiale"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Some really nice menu items, esp the appetizers. All wines are the same price for a glass, which is cool. But what sets them apart is service. We arrived on a Friday night, 20 minutes late and with an extra person. Nobody batted an eye. They were so, so nice. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "This is a local gem with. Great specials and happy hour also."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "came here with my gf for our two year anniversary and it was great! pretty classy, very delicious food, excellent service. i recommend dressing up just a little. the food was served really quick and they give free bread with italian dipping sauce. the arancini is a MUST HAVE! i know i will always order this every time i come back in the future. this was an amazing dining experience. classy ambience, candle-lit dinner, bar, good appetizers, and awesome pastas."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "this restaurant never fails to disappoint. We love sitting at the bar to eat our dinner. The bartenders are supernice and friendly"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The place is in Downtown Brea, Birch Street. I suggest reservations (when we left, there were 20 people waiting outside). Our party enjoyed all their entrees. I decided to go for it all and had the wild boar pasta. Simply delicious. Bountiful enough that it became lunch the next day. This place is a keeper!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I've been here a few times. The food is delicious. You have to try the signature dessert- Ah-mazing!! The only thing I don't like about Brunos is that it is way too loud. They have the 'open ceiling' which ends up with you barely being able to talk to the person next to you, let alone hear across the table when the restaurant is full. I always try to sit outside which is more quiet and has patio heaters."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "food and service. great ambience. music track that was playing was super. Sara, our waitress, was wonderful. Knew the food on the menu. Checked back on us just enough. wonderful experience all around."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I had the seared Jumbo Scallops on top of the tomato and asparagus risotto. So ONO !!! "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Our server was very knowledgeable and patient! Food was great! We had the 3 course dinner: arancini for appetizers; gnocchi & short rib pasta for dinner; caramel pudding & dark chocolate gelato for dessert. I would definitely return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My family and I came here on Mother's Day to have dinner for my mom. The overall experience was pretty good and the prices for the food was very reasonable. I also really loved the fact that their wine list was simple and all wines were the same price! I would definitely come here again in the near future and I also recommend it as well to friends and family."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Very solid service and good food at a decent price"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Their homemade pasta is so good, been there a couple of times the food is always excellent, great desserts and appetizers, the only thing I can say bad about this place is it's too dark in there it hard to read the menu ., love this place I'll defiantly be going back .,"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Have been here twice for Mother's day and was amazed both times at the overall experience. .The food and service were top notch! My husband who is a restaurant snob since he was once in the business hasn't stopped raving about..will definitely go back and will also spread the good word!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great little restaurant, unique menu! We mentioned that it was my husband's birthday & we were celebrating at Bruno's. This comment was ignored! Should have had a little dessert or spumoni or something!"
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Wonderful addition to dining scene in north orange county!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We found Brunos about a year ago and have become regulars since. We NEVER leave here unsatisfied! The food warms your soul and the service is always great. The Budino is a MUST! As is the Prosecco! I highly recommend any pasta dish and the seafood has always been fresh & flavorful. Great for any occasion, from romantic date-night to a casual evening out with friends or family. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Brunos and we will return. We were originally seated at a table near the door and because we were celebrating my birthday, we asked if we could be moved. The restaurant was very crowded so they were doubtful, but within 10 minutes, they were able to accommodate us. Our server, Andrew, was very attentive, and made some wonderful menu suggestions. Appetizers and salads were delicious. My girlfriend and I had the Branzino and my husband had the lasagna. Everything was excellent, and portion sizes were very good. We were extremely pleased with the service and food, and we will definitely return."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Shared a Caesar salad, one of the best I've had in a while, there was even a couple of slivers of anchovy on the dish (my husband loved that part). The roasted chicken dish is prepared just right, not at all dry. Our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable; she helped me to select a wine for my dish. Their signature cocktails are very tasty and happy hour prices too."
    Dined on 4/25/2014