The ambiance was cozy, warm
The ambiance was cozy, warm and inviting. Food was good but I was expecting better. Service was excellent. Would I go back? Absolutely!
3/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food. Good service.
Good food. Good service. I have been back to this restaurant twice this week.
3/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was just a gem, that not
It was just a gem, that not many people seem to have heard of. Wine list was extensive. Suggested pairings for each foood item on menu. That was a nice touch. We had Sergio for waiter. Very Italian! I intend to go back when I am next in Orange County. PS, the front of the restaurant looks very unkempt, until you realize they have their orange herb and vegetable garden.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
LOVE THIS! BETTER THAN I REMEMBERED. Truly outstanding....had ricotta stuffed squash blossoms, and two different specials. Everything outstanding!
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was my first visit and
This was my first visit and I will definitely return.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
A go to Favorite
Except for the location, this is one of Orange County's very best restaurants. When in doubt, we always choose Onotria. They always accommodate our special requests on ingredients and giving the Chef his options is always fun.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
I have been to Onotria for several work and charitable events but never as a casual diner. My husband had read some previous reviews as he had never been there before and was skeptical. He said we were either going to love it or hate it! I knew it would be the former and it certainly was! The menu is simple but pleasing to everyone! We had the stuffed zucchini blossoms that took us back to our recent trip to Sorrento! The wine list was extensive and reasonable. We had an amazing bottle which complemented the wonderful rib eye and filet that we each had. Their bread is amazing too! We will certainly be back and bring our friends!
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun dinner before the theater.
Fun dinner before the theater. I had the octopus (with fennel and artichoke) - tender and good. My wife chose the scallop special, with pasta and saffron. Everything was delicious!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fast tasty pre show dinner.
We both had the filet delicious sides of veggies included fennel roasted potatoes with garlic cloves delish our server was knowledgable & accommodating. My wife can't eat lactose or gluten so at an Italian restaurant that's wonderful.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great ambiance and feel. Really
Great ambiance and feel. Really good food. If you love wine pairings with the right food; this is your place. We went with another couple and had a great time sharing and tasting the different dishes. The wait staff was very friendly and fun. Wines are pricey, food is reasonable.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The restaurant was very quiet
The restaurant was very quiet as only a few people dined during the lunch hour. For us this was perfect as we could have a conversation. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the friendly staff. The food is good and is a bit on the high end for lunch time dining. For an Italian restaurant I was expecting more pasta dishes and I don't remember any on the menu. The menu is different but that is what makes this restaurant quaint and different.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Classy and Sophsticated
Most enjoyable. Food is amazing. Wine list outstanding. Very expensive but worth the price!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
everything was delicious, except
for the vegetable soup. The fresh poached fish was delicious and properly cooked. The calamari appetizer was so good we had two orders.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Simply amazing food
We had the Family special for Mother's Day and everything was spectacular! From the home made salad dressings and super fresh arugula to the mouth watering tiramisu!!! MUST go.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Repeat diners/have always
Repeat diners/have always enjoyed. Especially love the sustainable garden & spying the sous chef tip toeing around harvesting fresh herbs & veggies. Appetizers presented table side tempting. All looked scrumptious! Had my dining companion have bigger appetite, would have indulged. Shared tomato & avocado salad, a nice split size portion, REFRESHING! My companion ordered the pork medallions & enjoyed the sauce & flavors tremendously although was a bit disappointed w/the toughness of the pork. I opted for the penne w/wild boar ragu as it sounded so promisingly full of flavor. Was good, though not as anticipated, really nothing special. Did not really seem like an Onotria entrée. For the cost of our meal, this visit fell a little short.
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
First timer and very impressed. Celebrating birthdays for two special friends and they loved it! Wonderful food and service. Planning to return soon.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Onotria Wine Country Cusine is rather "rustic" in appearance both outside and inside. The hard interior surfaces make the environment somewhat "noisy". The service was prompt, friendly and professional. The food was savory, refreshingly unique in flavor, and served in reasonable portions. A good dining experience primarily because of the creativity of the chef; will likely return.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Like being in the Mediterranean
The place was charming but the food and service were superb.
The menu is interestingly arranged by wine groupings and the foods suggested
to have with them (instead of the other way around.)
We will go back.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This place should be busier, but it was so loud for being empty. The owner was having a good night.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is outstanding!
This restaurant is outstanding! For reference, the only reason I provided the Ambiance with three stars is because of the chairs. They are hard chairs with no cushion to them whatsoever--a problem for which they should desperately fix! Other than that, this place is outstanding. Excellent food; the waiters are all from Italy as well as the chef (and yes, they speak English perfectly); and the wine list is very good; however, I would like to see more choices by the glass. This place is a must try for everyone!!!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Work Birthday lunch
My office took my manager for lunch and it was fabulous. The food was amazing and we are considering having our Christmas party here.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Costa Mesa Gem
Sit, relax and enjoy the food, wine & service of this beautiful restaurant.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu is filled with wonderfully exciting food choices and an impressive selection of fabulous wines
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every time I am in town this is a must for myself and team. They have a wide variety of options that can please any pallet. Food is clearly a passion of the chef, which shows in the flavor and presentation. Our service is always top notch with suggestions on wine and pairings with food. Looking forward to my next trip!
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Tastiest whole fish preparation
Amazing whole fish preparation. It takes me back to Spain and the Mediterranean. Their homegrown heirloom tomato salad was the freshest and tastiest salad I've had in a very long time. There were so many small plates we did not have a chance to taste with only two people, that we will need to come back and try the rest of their offerings.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Giant Wild Prawns - Awsome!
We selected the Costa Mesa Restaurant Week menu. Besides the incredible wine, recommended by our server, it was the best decision we made all night. Three out of four at our table ordered the Giant Wild Prawns and our jaws dropped when served! They were huge and could have easily been mistaken for lobster, both in appearance and flavor. I had the superb Perkins Duck in plumb sauce and could not have been happier! They are extending the Restaurant Week menu until the end of August, so you still have a chance to take advantage of the incredible discounted value.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The meal and service was wonderful. We went as part of restaurant week. There were three of us so the waiter brought three tastes of the appetizer and swapped out my husband's dessert for the tiramisu. The duck was wonderful and the pork chops were so tasty. My daughter is a vegetarian and they catered to her perfectly. The wine list was extensive and very pricey. The background music was too loud when we got there and when we asked our waiter to turn it down, he did. We will be back!!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will come back
We found this gem when in the area for a quick weekend get away. Great food and FANTASTIC service. We will come back!
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still A Gem
I have yet to have a meal that was not outstanding. This place is tough to beat for consistency of variety, quality and service. The penne with wild boar ragu is one of my favorite dishes in Orange County. Make sure you ask for Mauro to wait on you. He's from Italy but speaks impeccable English and is friendly, knowledgeable and professional.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
wine pairing menu
They had a really great wine pairing menu. Lots of great choices and the food was amazing. Waiters were very helpful and friendly.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great quality food & service
Onotria is my #1 choice of Italian restaurant - can't say enough about the overall experience. Chef Massimo and Sergio(matridee) is exceptional!!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
First time at this restaurant but definitely not the last!
The location and outside are deceiving. Step inside and
be pleasantly surprised. The food, wine list and service were
all outstanding. I had picked the restaurant because we were
attending a performance at the Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts,
and it was close by. What a find! This will be our regular dinner restaurant
each time we go to the South Coat area. Wish we lived closer, so we could
frequent Onotria on a regular basis.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Touch of Napa Valley in OC
The restaurant reminds us of a Napa Valley location. Excellent wine selection, housemade Italian specialties and unique decor. My spouse says it is a great lunch spot also.
10/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding service, the staff
Outstanding service, the staff were knowledgeable and professional. The wine list is as advertized, extensive. It is also fairly pricy, although there are enough options so as not to break the bank! We will be returning.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We passed by this restaurant
We passed by this restaurant a hundred time but for some reason I thought it was exhorbitly expensive. Also it is hard to see if it was still in business from just passing by because it is set back from the road and seemed dark.
We were looking to find a new dining experience this Sat. Night and after reading the reviews and looking
At the menu on the web site we decided to try it. What a surprise! It was so delicious from the salad to the
Desert! It was expensive but no more than any other gourmet restaurant. Go there and you will be pleasantly
Surprised! This is now our SPECIAL go to restaurant!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our first visit to
This was our first visit to Onotria Wine Country Restaurant. The menu was intimidating as it pairs various foods with wine selections, but this made actually finding the selections initially difficult. Once I finally realized the plan it was a little easier. Then the waiter came with the daily specials. I ordered one of the specials, Osso Buco, and it was quite good. i ignored the wine pairings mostly because the prices were a little pricey. I did find a very good glass of red wine to go with the meal. The waiter was very good and he serviced us nicely.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our dinner at Onotria Wine
Our dinner at Onotria Wine Country Cuisine was, in most respects, a very good dinning experience. The food was well prepared with a hint of originality in the flavors delivered. For example, the sauce on the pork medallions was among the best I have ever tasted. The service was professional; attentive but not intrusive. The only mild distraction from an otherwise outstanding dining experience was the noise level. The hard surfaces of the restaurant did little to dampen the sound on conversations from throughout the restaurant making conversation at our table somewhat difficult.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another Awesome Experience
Instead of having dinner, we decided to go for a delightful cheese plate, wine and dessert. Just an awesome experience!!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Rare, Ravishing & Romantic
Onotria is a hidden gem with superb Italian dining. We went there for our anniversary and was treated well. The food is excellent! I've been to Onotria several times; first time for my husband. I had the risotto with veal sausage and grilled prawn. Good & tasty, but maybe too rich w/ butter and prawn shell was a little bitter w/ char. My husband had fettuccine w/ smoked duck & figs. It was excellent! We had the BEST tiramisu w/ candles for complimentary dessert. Thank you for a romantic, quiet, and delicious anniversary! We will be back! :)
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent food, but pricey
Excellent food, but small quantities and high pricing. We were only there for drinks and appetizers, but still had to spend over $25 a head. A great environment, but be prepared to spend a bit.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
I took several visiting corporate team members to dinner at Onotria after a day of meetings. We practically had the entire restaurant to ourselves mid-week. The service was wonderful, food delicious and wine list extensive.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you enjoy white truffles this time of year and fantastic and creative Italian wine/food pairings; you've come to the right place. Sit down, enjoy the ambiance, but more importantly enjoy the great food, wine and truffles!!
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't miss out!
This is a must if you like food or wine and if you like both, make sure you go!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We've eaten at Onotria several times and each time seems to be better than the last. We celebrated my wife's birthday and asked the waiter to surprise us. He brought course (and paired wine) after course that showed the chef's brilliance off to the nth degree. We walked out of the restaurant having had the most amazing evening of food, wine and friendship!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a treat!!
Onotria is my favorite spot for fine dining, and excellent service. I've been there enough that some of the servers know what I like, and recommend things off the menu if the chef is able to whip it up. Such a treat every time! Thank you.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM