CUCINA enoteca - Irvine
CUCINA enoteca - Irvine

CUCINA enoteca - Irvine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cucinaenoteca.com/
  • Phone: 9498612222x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily Lunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Limited Menu: Daily: 2:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Joe Magnanelli
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Special Events: Our incredible space is ideal for special group events of all sizes, ranging from 10 to 100. Please contact Ruth Rodriguez for special event inquiries at ruth@urbankitchengroup.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Across from Edwards Cinema
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Complimentary self-parking is available in the Irvine Spectrum parking lots. Valet is also available for $8 at Gateway near Edwards Cinemas.
A word from CUCINA enoteca - Irvine
CUCINA enoteca is centrally located in the Irvine Spectrum, one of Orange County's most energized retail experiences! Owner Tracy Borkum's flair for combining great ambience, award-winning cuisine and unparalleled service are once again starring components in this latest Urban Kitchen Group creation. Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli and Chef de Cuisine Chad Urata bring their artistry to the table as guests enjoy an open kitchen, including a rotisserie, pizza oven and salumi and formaggi display. The menu features Italian classics with a modern twist, made with the freshest local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Along with a diverse selection of wines by the glass, guests may visit the restaurant's retail area to select from over 200 bottles for dinner (corkage fee of $8 applies) or purchase wine to go. The energetic space features contemporary elements and vintage artifacts creating the feel of a modern Italian kitchen combined with the comfort of an old rustic farmhouse.
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CUCINA enoteca - Irvine reviews from OpenTable diners
131 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (91)fit for foodies (87)notable wine list (73)good for groups (66)great for lunch (60)special occasion (54)hot spot (33)romantic (31)neighborhood gem (31)vibrant bar scene (23)kid-friendly (22)great for brunch (22)late-night find (8)scenic view (3)Show More
  • delishe whol fish
    seafoodlover
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    loved the fish! salad was delish, dont care for the butter , our waiter paul , was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fit for Foodies!
    Caroline
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great vibe with delicious food. The restaurant also has the best design. Artistically done with a touch of Italy, Spain and California coastal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine at a good price
    OCEricVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Very good Italian food and with a wine shop inside so you can buy a bottle at a good price and bring it to your table. Has a great brunello for $68.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine...
    Emilee92868
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    that is all you need for a great get together or happy hour. I love how knowledgable the staff is on the wine and food selections. It makes for a much nicer experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • don't go for brunch
    suzyalexVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I've had lunch and dinner here several times and have always loved the food. However, the brunch menu was horrible. The food was not fresh and lacked taste. The topping on the bruschetta tasted like it was made the day before, the waffle was cakey and even the lemon beet salad was off.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow, Fantastic Experience
    StinkyPeteVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This is one great place, with top quality rustic style food, cooked to perfection. Without doubt the best value, quality food I had in the Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Irvine area. Buying your wine retail (from a great selection) then just paying $8 corkage is such a refreshing change from being ripped off. Try it, you won't be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    food22
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The restaurant is decorated eclectic style with many items to catch your eye. Food was amazing and the service was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unique and Delicious
    FoodieAtHeart
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This restaurant is fantastic. The ambiance is great, especially on the patio where we sat. The food is to die for. Each person in my party ordered something different and we all shared, I enjoyed each one of their dishes. The wine list is great too and how it works is you purchase a bottle there at a retail price and then pay a corkage fee. Our server was a really great server, super knowledgeable about the food and drinks. He did seem to have a lot of tables though so he wasn't very fast at moving our meal along. However, we weren't in a rush though so it didn't bother us. Really great place to go, especially if you haven't tried it before!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the kale and wheatberry salad!
    WJMRVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The salad was awesome. It was a bit pricey and on the small side, but amazingly delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect brunch place
    kittyVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This is a perferct brunch place on the weekend, no corkage fee if purchase wine @ their wine shop. We had the chicken & waffle, Ham & Brie panini, they are very good. For sure will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but expensive for what it is
    restaurantreview
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This is always a great place to eat and the food is always good, my only complaint being that 21 dollars for a plate of pasta is too much - they must be making a fortune off it. $10 for a starter and $15-16 would be a lot better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I dream about the pasta.......
    Bonnie
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    been here numerous times and the restaurant never disappoints.The handmade pasta is what dreams are made of. The sweet corn agnolotti dish is savory and sweet (OMG) as well as the pea pasta dish. I love this restaurant and the wait staff are well trained foodies that are passionate about the menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find in Irvine
    2picky
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I was with some friends and we were attending a Ballroom competition in Irvine. I checked Open Table and Cucina enoteca got good reviews so I made a reservation. What a lovely surprise. The food was great and our server, Benjamin, was even better. Everything that he recommended was stellar including his wine choices. I wish this restaurant was closer to Los Angeles. I would go there all the time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch location for groups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This restaurant has a great selection of items and the setting is condusive to group get togethers! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty!
    Satsuma
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Overall, just wonderful! First time I've ever sent back a drink to have it remade, but I have to say, they did it without complaint, and quickly. Food was a little slow coming, but it all arrived hot and tasty. Restaurant was FULL with a wait on a Thursday night. Tried a couple new things that could become new favorites, specifically the clam linguini. Very fresh, very tasty and loved the hot chili bite at the finish. The Olive Oil semifreddo for dessert had AMAZING texture! Definitely getting that again. Though I have to admit, it was hard passing up the Chocolate Budino, a longtime favorite dessert. But only if we share it!!! So rich....and lovely....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still a sure bet
    PrincessWildhair2
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Cucina Enoteca continues to be consistant in its ability to stay relevant with a lot of competition. The food is fresh, changing, served quickly and with great plate presentation. The wine list is very good however the beer list could be better - more choices. With so many excellent microbrews within a small distance I would recommend that they improve this. While this is a super place I would not recommend it for anything romantic as it does get a bit noisey but don't miss the chance to try it out!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 star
    SomeWhiteBoi
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The food is absolutely outstanding! I was at the Irvine Spectrum location but I felt like I was in Italy. The ambience is very laid back which uniquely complimented the impeccable service and food quality. I made an online reservation and the hostesses knew about it without looking at the computer. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable about the vast wine selection. Overall the service was personal, beyond satisfactory and not at all instrusive upon my dining experience. If you order a pizza I recommend adding the farm egg! I will be coming back here very soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Quality food and reasonable portions. This was for a business focused luncheon meeting and we were able to maintain a conversation without having to yell or feel that others could over hear us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed Immensly
    Sandee
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Our Waitress was very helpful in deciding what to order - and everything we chose was great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    Satsuma
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Never been disappointed. Hard to try new things when the standards are always so wonderful. Papardelle Ragu Beef never disappoints. Nor does the Chocolate Budino Dessert. Fried Zucchini Blossoms were perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Decor was stylish, the food was great and the staff was super friendly and helpful.Best pork chop I've ever had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    Joey
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was top notch. Our waiter was Michael and he was one of the best waiters we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    DiningDeb
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    When you need to get together for a special occasion and everyone asks, "Where should we go?" a great answer is Cucina Enoteca. It has everything. Great food, service, and ambiance. Something for everyone, plus a great wine selection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    BlondieVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great food, great atmosphere. Loved the food!!! Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food & service
    Bronx731VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Had two great meals here in the past 2 weeks. This last time I had one of the best rib eyes I have ever had, and the desserts are outstanding. The service is extremely friendly, and both the Assistant Manager and Manager also stopped by our table to make sure we were completely satisfied (we were!). This is now on my favorites list and we will be bringing others to show off our new "find."
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella Cucina dinner!
    Tony
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We had dinner at CUCINA enoteca and the food was outstanding starting with the stuffed squash blossoms and grilled octupus. The flavors of each were exquisite and the texture of the ricotta combined well with the flavor from the cured lemons. The main dish of baked arctic char over sauteed greens and cannelini beans was heavenly. The fish was cooked perfectly and the limoncello glaze was wonderful. The other dish was linguini with clams that had a wonderful broth with a little heat added over linguini that was cooked to perfect al dente. As the Governator would say "I'll be beck'"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old Faithful, Already
    SandyToes
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Being in the middle of an always-busy outdoor mall, and difficult to get into without a reservation, this is a plan-ahead sort of place. But every time I actually make the effort, I'm so glad I did. Cucina Enoteca has food, wine and ambiance down pat. Being a wine retailer allows them to sell you a bottle, open it, and bag up whatever's still in there at the end of the meal. No corkage, no waste. And the food continues to shine: tasty, reliable, varied enough to please even the pickiest, and a quirky menu to peruse as soon as you sit down. I've sat indoors and out, at the bar and at tables. It's a feel-good experience every time. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home run once again. great choice
    Kilted1
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We love this place as it's half way home and close to everything. we've never had a bad experience and this night was no exception.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tandl
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Love the menu and they had gluten free options. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative
    Calibabeskis
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Gorgeous food that utilizes healthy and tasteful ingredients in innovative ways. Great choice of differing dining environments, eg outdoor, bar or indoor dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Italian
    Kellygurl
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    This is my fourth visit and I'm hooked. I just love everything I've tried from the brick oven cooked fish to the braised beef hamburger. Not your typical Italian food. The polenta boards are a must try. Best polenta I've ever had - hands down! My daughter highly recommends the pork chop. The menu is seasonal, so what you had last time might not be there on your next visit. But that's what I love about this place. They are always cooking up something yummy! A nice gem among the typical chain restaurants at the Irvine Spectrum. I love the unique decor. Down to the porcelain painted door knobs on the bathroom stalls and the vintage Italian movie posters in the hall. Just an overall great experience each time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very consistent
    fussyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I admit that I always order the same things when I come here, but that's because they are so good. Although I don't ordinarily like gorgonzola, the gorgonzola and pear spread is wonderful. I also love the eggplant and goat cheese pizza -- and the crust is great -- and the wheatberry salad. Each of these dishes is perfectly prepared and I'm very happy when I lunch at Cucina Enoteca.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Brunch!
    MVLisa
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Great Sunday brunch! So nice to sit outside and enjoy.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Food was great! Waiter was attentive, veru nice and patient. Restaurant was very busy so was noisy. Love the antler chandeliers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    FitFoodie
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    Cucina is always amazing and has yet to disappoint on any of my 50+ visits! I cannot speak highly enough!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and atmoshpere
    Gemini
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The atmosphere was unique but not gaudy. A very pleasant place to dine. The food was awesome and the server and staff were great. Very competent, conscientious and polite. We would definitely dine here again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    You really can't go wrong with anything you order here. The donuts are to die for....
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We didn't receive good service in any respect. Had it not been for a birthday celebration we would have said something to management
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • yummy
    Ashley
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    love this restaurant. the food was excellent. the short rib pappardelle pasta was excellent. loved the specialty cocktails. would definitely recommend. great for groups. the ambiance and feel of this restaurant is great!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Restaurant in Spectrum
    Daisy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Lots of choices at the Spectrum, but the unique menu and ambience here makes it the best of all the choices. Very impressed with the children's menu - roasted chicken and fresh vegetables instead of breaded, fried strips and fries!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate