Onotria Wine Country Cuisine
Onotria Wine Country Cuisine

Onotria Wine Country Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.onotria.com/
  • Phone: 7146415952x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm.
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday:5 pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: Closed for Private Events in Our Banquet Rooms.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Massimo Navarretta
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Entertain in the luxury and comfort of your home or professional setting with Onotria's catering services, customized food and wine pairing events or private wine cellar showcase parties.
  • Special Events: Monthly food and wine pairing dinners featuring special guests such as winery proprietors and/or wine makers are a signature service and memorable experience. The four to seven course seasonal menues are designed by Master Chef Massimo to accentuate the featured wine selections. Presentations are made by Chef and Wine representatives throughout the course of the evening.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bear
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary valet parking
A word from Onotria Wine Country Cuisine
The name "Land of Vines" was given to the South of Italy upon its discovery by the Greeks, for it's great expanse of vines across its rich & fertile country sides to seaside cliffs along the coast.

Master Chef Massimo Navarretta was raised farming & making wine at its heart, the region of Campania. At "Onotria," savor the gastronomy & oenology of wine producing regions of the world.

True to a farmer's spirit, all our food products are 100% natural, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, & of the highest quality of organic & biodynamic seasonal offerings.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Onotria Wine Country Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (19)notable wine list (16)romantic (14)neighborhood gem (13)special occasion (13)good for groups (11)great for lunch (5)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Wonderful dinner at Onotria
    Morris
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had dinner here with a party of 6 on a Friday evening. The food and service were great. They treated us in a professional way but were not stuffy about it. And the wine list is really good. My son tasted everyone's dinner and noted that he would have been happy eating any one of the dishes. We definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good!
    DiningduoVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We love coming to Onotria. The Mediterranean White Fish is our favorite and we have it every time. No one makes it like this. We tried the pasta special with shaved truffles this trip too. Fantastic! And, the perfect ending is their threesome dessert-delicious chocolate pieces, fresh fruit and homemade whip cream. Always good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland and uninspiring
    imbibeme
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    If you think back about 10 years ago; you will now be ready to go to Onotria today. From the plastic sleeved menu pages that are copyrighted 2004, the tired cuisine, and shabby decor Onotria is a blast to the recent past but in all the wrong ways. Bland food, uninspiring interpretations and ingredients of questionable quality characterize the offering. Even a very good wine by the bottle list deep in older vintages is quickly brought down by a thoughtless by the glass line-up. Sorry but the competition today is just too good to want to spend money walking down memory lane.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OCFoodLoversVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We found the entire experience underwhelming and will never return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Find!
    Foodie512VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were visiting Costa Mesa and looking for a place to celebrate a friend's birthday. I'm so glad we found this place. The food was great and the service even greater. Our waiter was so friendly, helpful and accommodating to us. The menu was innovative but also provided options for all in our party. Next time we're in town, we'll visit this charming restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    AB2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The three course special for lunch was a great deal and delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FromSpainVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I've dinned in Onotria before and it was good. This time the meat was overcooked. Very dry. I would no have meat again. I think they are better with pasta dishes.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Special place for an adult brthday.
    Arborwalk
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was imaginative and excellently prepared. The outside wood grill imparted wonderful flavor. The service, as we had come to expect it from many prior visits, was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a treat every time.
    yummytummy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It always feels like home coming here. I've brought couples, groups of friends, girlfriends and family and we always have a great time. It's a great place for anyone who enjoys good quality food and appreciates a good pairing with wines. Massimo chooses to cook with whatever is in season, and uses organic, hormone and antibiotic free sustainable ingredients. Feel free to ask about it when he comes to your table. He's passionate about what he does and loves to talk about it. I always recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves food, wines, ambiance and of course desserts. Looove the desserts!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dinner
    BillVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    We have visited Onotria Wine Country Cuisine several times in the past year and the quality of the experience has been consistent - very good. The ambiance is not great beginning with the entrance that looks like a back door directly from the valet serviced parking lot. The interior is "quaint" with hard surfaces resulting in a somewhat noisy environment. If the goal was to create the ambiance of an Italian country-side barn converted to a restaurant, the owner has succeeded. However the food and service were excellent, and the wine list (mostly European) was extensive. I recommend specially the pork medallions in Mirabelle plum sauce - outstanding!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    None
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This is a wonderful Resturant, service is great and the food is winderful. It is great for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tony
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great authentic Italian Food, Knowledgeable Service, Wonderful wine list and Cigars in the Patio. Can't get much better than that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish food/ plus excellent service
    RebeccaBBinLAVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    First time here. Sergio took care of our table in a top notch way. Lots of special wines if you buy by the bottle. Nothing special by the glass. They have a garden and cook with veggies and herbs they grow. Zucchini blossoms were great. For dinner we enjoyed pork on the grill and the duck in fig sauce. Oh that slab of pork was sooo good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My wife and I consistently go here for a nice quiet atmosphere and great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great spot for date night. Small intimate setting. You can definately feel the wine country influences. Very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Ontoria is superb!! The service is excellent creating a fantastic experience from Valet to Host to the wait staff. The wine selection is truly excellent offering unique wines that pair well with the meals. Perfect for date night or a birthday dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a find!
    WhoFan
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We were just looking for a place to eat for 13 people near Costa Mesa and Onotria popped up. We went with 4 adults and 8 kids. Upon arriving we realized we were totally underdressed and this place was NICE! Oops. We went in anyway and they were amazing. They don't have a kids' menu but the manager thought up dishes that the kids would eat and the kitchen could prepare on the spot and they all loved it. My kids are still talking about him - he was fantastic with them! Our food was incredible, the service was perfect, the restaurant is beautiful and the wine list is phenomenal! This would be even better for a date or for a few couples to go to together. We will definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy to have found it!
    ILoveFood
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I found Onotria through my Advantage Dining points and thought it was a new restaurant; after arriving we had a big surprise they had been there 10 years and just new to that program. Seven of us had taken a friend for her birthday and all of them absolutely LOVED IT and could not believe we had never heard of it before! Everyone said they will be coming back and bringing their "foodie friends" with them. Everything was absolutely delicious!!! =)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 192 reviews are from the Onotria Wine Country Cuisine reviews archive.
  • Consistently outstanding
    localdinerVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Onotoria has become one of our family favorites. Consistently reliable and outstanding. Really enjoy the new "Tapas-style" appetizers like the octopus civiche, the grilled peppers, etc. A frequent special, the "whole branzino" is outstanding, and the duck breast is plentiful, lean and delicious. Frequently enjoy their risottos, especially the prawn one. The service is friendly, helpful, and outstanding - the perfect balance between attentive, but not in your face.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian heaven
    ali123VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    A little piece of Italian heaven. This has become our "go to" place any time we want Italian food. The food is perfectly cooked and more to the point extremely tasty! This time started with salads, and each dressing was wonderful, then had filet steak with an amazing sauce and duck with figs. As we cleared our plates there was no room for dessert this time, but from previous visits all desserts are great.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We went for my wife's bd and the experience was OK, but not anything to write home about. Food avg and service was slow. Wine list is extensive, but overpriced. They were nice to bring a dessert out for my wife with a candle, but they served it to the wrong person at our table. Will try it again in the future, but there are other places I will try first.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What a Gem
    GaryVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This place is wonderful from top to bottom. Great service and a attentive and knowledgeable waiter. The food is prepared with the chef's signature on every item. Be prepared to spend several hours as this is a epicurean adventure to which the staff wants you to soak it in with no rush. The wine list is extensive and a bit pricey and would be my only knock, but it is probably because they seek to serve only a certain level of wine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing dinner experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Booked a reservation for a special occasion dinner. The owner made an initial appearance to brag about his wine list, but later ignored us, although the place was practically empty. The water was served with a straw and the bread basket was full of bland, soft pieces. The wait staff was attentive but service was far from formal, and even pulling our plates before we were done. We were really disappointed with the food, especially at the high price point. The appetizers and main course were overcooked and poorly presented. Dessert wasn't thrilling either. Did find a sauvignon blanc and a pinot from the Russian River that were good, and not overpriced. The whole experience was very disappointing and we won't be back. Too bad! Live and Learn!
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Flavors and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary here and really enjoyed the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a delicious meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    We have been enjoying the owner's restaurants for close to 20 years now. Food is always of the best quality and taste. Consistency in the food, service and ambiance, makes it a home run.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent lunch spot.
    DD540
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    I frequently visit for business and friends lunches. The food is excellent and very European. Bistro style. The service has always been good and the noise level is quiet leading to easy conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gem
    Lawgal
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I have eaten at this restaurant some years ago and enjoyed it, but it fell off my radar. I was with two companions, all of us 'foodies' and the meal was simply wonderful (I ordered cassoulet. which had a really delicate flavor.) The wine list pairings were helpful and the service attentive. I also thought the prices reasonable. The only drawback was the noise level. The restaurant is all hard services with nothing to absorb the sound, hence my rating for ambience. Fortunately, the tables are not too close together so we didn't feel uncomfortable talking a little more loudly than usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not my valentine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I've been to Onotria's several times, so I decided to go for Valentine's dinner. When I arrived for my 8:00 reservation, we were told we'd have to wait about 15-20 for table. That already put a bad taste in my mouth. Finally when seated, we saw there was a special Valentines menu (now I looked on their website and this was not listed). My favorite dish was no on it, but no problem there were several other interesting choices. We started with a Pear Salad which was so bland even pepper couldn't enhance it. For our entree, I had the Rack of Lamb and that was very good. My fiancé had the Sea Bass which was not. I had a taste and agreed. As far as a romantic evening at Onotria, it is pretty difficult with all the noise and staff activity.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old favorite disappoints big time!
    JanaeVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went on Valentines to this now former favorite. Despite a reservation, we were seated more than 30 mins late. We stood for 25 of the 30 minutes in line at the bar trying to get a drink! After seating, noise level was incredible. Waiter was overwhelmed and distracted - never brought bread, forgot my husbands vegetable switch and wine. After the wrong veges were brought to his attention, he swiped them off the plate but never replaced them Dinner was mediocre - filet mignon was small and overdone. We were honestly glad to leave just so we could get away from the noise. It's a shame to see a great place take such a nosedive. It's clear someone massively overbooked.
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  • I love Onotria but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    the service has been lacking! I have noted Onotria as one of my favorite restaurants. However, the last three times I have been there, something has been terribly wrong with the service. Once we had wrong orders; once we had a forgotten meal; and once we had to wait FORTY minutes for just our DRINKS to get to our table. I have recommended Onotria many times, but am hesitant to do so just because their service has been "shotty" to say the least. It did not use to be like that. But, their food and wine is incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overrated
    BingelaugherVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    It took almost 2.5 hours for the two of us to go through a 3 course meal. The service was extremely slow. The risotto was really good but everything else was just "ehhh". I'm disappointed; I've been wanting to dine here for quite some time.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not a Memborable Dining Experience
    CALGal
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    I do not recommend Onotrio. They were out of one of our wine selections, and this is a wine restaurant. Three of us dined and one of the dinners arrived luke warm. We were the first ones in the dinning room that night and still the service was slow. Mediocore at best. The main dishes are not inexpensive, yet they do not have one grain of rice or other starch or any veggies on the plate. Kind of a bummer. Service could use a boost for sure. Not going back to this one...
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  • Our First Time
    Crystalfree
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    Our party was a small group of 5 for a retirement dinner with coworkers. Our table was prepared and ready when three of us arrived. While waiting we ordered wine at the table and were welcomed to sit and chat without being rushed. When the others arrived we chatted some more and it was an hour past our reservation time when we finally ordered entrees. I am relating this initial experience because our waiter never pushed us to order, was knowledgeable in steering us to a great bottle of wine that everyone liked, and let us feel like we were in our dining room with a group of friends. The food was fantastic, pasta and salmon dishes for the group. I am so glad to finally experience this neighborhood find.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent dining experience!
    LoRoVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This time, instead of a full meal, came in for cheese plate, wine, cocktails and appetizer - perfect for the evening! Thanks for the excellent recommendations everytime we are there. See you very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Showing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Extremely disappointed. Octopus was served with canned artichokes hearts. Yuck. "Wild salmon" may have been wild, but it was not fresh and was served with canned cannelloni beans in a flavorless sauce. Risotto tasted more like roasted rice doused in a cream sauce, the shrimp which came with it was also not fresh and over-cooked. The fettuccine with smoked duck was over powered by the sweetness of the dry figs and lacked any sort of acid to balance that sweetness. Good wine list and competent service. And yet, our server, a nice young man, never once asked us at any point in the meal how the food was. Perhaps he knew. Will definitely not return and have already canceled another reservation I had there for later in February.
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  • Our meal was flawless, the
    Juice
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Our meal was flawless, the waiter charming and attentive and they graciously allowed us to linger far beyond the completion of our meal. Absolutely fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was okay
    steveVIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Went on a Thursday night for a birthday dinner and the food was just okay. Have been at events that were catered by the chef before and had a better experience. Actually two of our dishes (Tuna and Fillet) were nice -- the sweet potato gnocchi was not as good as we hoped for some reason -- too mushy. Wine and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • what a find!
    ShoshanaVIP
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    We've passed this restaurant so many times and never knew what treasures it held. We'll be back many times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank goodness food was okay
    Mob8oss
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I made reservations and still had to wait almost an hour to be seated. The bartender at least gave us happy hour prices for our drinks since we waited so long. Once seated there was no silverware and we had to wait a long time to get bread. Once we got bread there were no bread plates to put our bread on so I had to ask for them personally. Once I placed my order the waiter came back to tell me they RAN OUT OF STEAK so I was not able to get the filet mignon I wanted. He tried to talk me into the prime rib that was twice the price of the filet and I said no. Then he said he would have the chef cut down the prime rib and charge me less. He did charge me less for the prime rib. The pasta dish was mediocre at best but my prime rib was good.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent
    ali123VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This was our second time at the restaurant, and this time was just as good as the first. Salads starters were perfect.The branzino was delicious as was the filet with cherries. All the desserts were incredible. I was so impressed that even on this extremely busy night New Year's Eve, when the restaurant is full and the wait staff very busy, we felt as if we were a valued customer and everything was as professional as our first visit. Massimo even had time to come over and say hello as he recognized us from our first visit...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.