About Antonello Ristorante

At Antonello Ristorante, we transport you to not just another place, but to another time. As you walk into Antonello's Main Dining Room, a typical scene from the streets of Bistango, Italy comes alive.

3800 South Plaza Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92704
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Sunflower & Plaza

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(714) 751-7153

Website:
http://www.antonello.com/

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet & Self parking

Public Transit:
Going to the theater or Opera at Orange County Performing Arts why not have dinner at Antonello, leave your car in our parking lot and take our complimentary shuttle to and from the theater. When making reservation please inquire about the theater shuttle program

Executive Chef:
Gino Buonanoce / Sal Ferrara

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Antonello offers many options to meet your event needs. Our kitchen staff can accommodate cocktail events, intimate dining parties, business dinner and luncheons. We have seven private rooms that can accommodate parties from 2 to 95 guests. Each event is personalized to meet your needs.

Antonello Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

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4.6

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4.6

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4.2

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Cozy (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

AS ALWAYS, THIS WAS A WONDERFUL MEAL WITH EXCELLENT, ATTENTIVE SERVICE FROM HOSTESS TO WAITER TO BUS PERSON. WE BOTH HAD THE PORK CHOP WITH A SWEET SAUCE. THE PORK WAS SERVED WITH MASHED POTATOES, CARROTS AND GREEN BEANS. VEGETABLE WERE TENDER CRISP--JUST THE WAY I LIKE THEM. BE CAREFUL PICKING WINE AS THE WINE LIST CAN BE EXPENSIVE. IT WAS A WONDERFUL DINNER AND WE WILL BE GOING BACK! :)

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 13, 2018

What a nice dining experience and excellent customer service!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2018

There’s a reason Antonello’s has been around so long......dependably exquisite food and reliable service.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Good food and service - what more can you ask for?

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year's Eve Dinner with friends was very nice. The restaurant was decorated for NYEve and looked really great. The food was very good, especially the Scottish Salmon and the lobster ravioli. The service was excellent, as usual, and the wine list was pretty broad and fairly reasonably priced. The Brunello we ordered was excellent. The only problem with the dinner is that a speaker was directly above our table, which was in a corner location, and it made any dialogue at the table almost impossible due to the acoustics. We endured the table but would not sit there ever again. Overall, dinner was very nice and the service was outstanding!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Made our reservation on Open Table, upon arrival, on time, the hostess immediately shunted us off to a cold, brightly lit, unappealing banquet room in the very rear of the restaurant. We objected and were brought, begrudgingly in to the main dining room where there were multiple empty tables. After that unfortunate incident the evening went smoothly.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Been going for years and it NEVER disappoints! we drive 40 miles, just to eat there!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a family gathering of 6 for a birthday.
Service was impeccable as always.
Pastas and veal were great.
Souffles were perfect.
Remains one of the best in OC

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food, Great service, Great ambiance, Great wine list, Great liquor selection.
and we had a Great time. We have been patronizing Antonello off and on since 1977.
Highly recommend for anyone looking for fine food and wine selection.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

This was our 7th Christmas Eve dinner. It is worth the drive. We love the upstairs room. The decorations are awesome and consistent. It is a family tradition. Great Saltimbuco

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great, you get what you pay for, a classic special place.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always know we are going to get top notch service and great food when ever we go to Antonello's.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Late-night Find
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·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food is great & so with their service. I suggest to expand their menu by adding pizza.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The scallops in the fusiliogne were indistinguishable from the pasta; both were mushy. The pesto sauce was heavy. The lobster ravioli had sat out long enough to have formed a dry coating. Both dishes were inedible.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

Holiday dinner with friends

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Antonello's is and has been my restaurant of choice for many years. Truly authentic Italian cuisine. Chef Gino prepares each dish in the time-honored tradition of the various regions of Italy to perfection. If you like true Italian cooking you will love Antonello's. Pastas are hand made in-house, try the Ravioli, perfect!

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 13, 2017

We made a last-minute reservation at this new-to-us restaurant. Happy to get in during the busy Christmas business dinner season. Good food, good service.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

This was my first time dining here, although service and ambiance was nice, i thought the food fell short .

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Overpriced. Has gone down hill significantly. In a town where there are many choices for fine dining, Antenello no longer had the quality of service, ambiance and food to stand out. For a place with $17 salads and the cheapest glass of drinkable wine was $18, the service was typical, the food ok, but not great. I won't be going back.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Sitting in the villa being cared for by Alfredo (38 years!) There is no better experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, People Watching, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Antonello's is a classic. The food is always amazing, especially the grand mariner soufflé! My family has been going to Antonello's for over 20 years and we always enjoy it. Highly recommend!

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Service and food was fantastic, can't wait until our next visit. Waiters and waitresses are very knowledgeable about the menu and very attentive at the right time.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Have dined here a ton of times but this time the service at 5 pm was nonexistent. The server had too many tables to care for and was awol most of the time. The food was good but combined with the service not worth it for the expense.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent food personalized. Authentic Italian plus American variants good wine lists
Great desserts

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Our dinner was very good. The portions were big and most importantly the food was served hot, hot, hot! We had a little issue with the valet. Discovered the next day that they backed the car into something. It looks like it will be taken care of but it was a bummer!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

That was one of the best restaurant experiences I’ve had in a long time. This place is a must for a romantic night out.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

One of the best Italian restaurants. Great foros. Superb service.

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Felt like a traditional New York Italian restaurant. The food was very good. The service was wonderful. Standout for Orange County area.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Co-worker and I always make plans to go there now when in the OC on business. Carlos our waiter was gracious and attentive. As usual, food was top notch; well-prepared and well-presented. One of the few non-chain fine dining establishments near South Coast Plaza. Comparable pricing. Much better food and atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 29, 2017

I haven't been for a while here but the food did not disappoint. We started with the Antonello salad. Delicious. Then on to the Lobster Ravioli with Seaweed caviar. Also delicious. We then had the Grand Marnier souffle for dessert. Decadent and cooked to perfection. The wait staff was attentive without hovering. A truly great place to take someone for a meal.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great food! Great service! The only criticism I have is that the corkage fee is $25. EVERYTHING else is off the charts!

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Antonello's is just one of those classics you can count on year over year. Exceptional team and service!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 10, 2017

One of the best Italian restaurants I've tried in a long time, if not ever! Absolutely great food and service. A bit on the expensive side for Italian dining.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Outstanding service and food. Waiters were very professional and courteous. Food was the best.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Very reliable Italian fare. Service friendly and good. Met the owner on hand with long time staff. Food perfected through the years.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Being an Italian I really enjoyed the food at Antonello's. We had the fritto Misto and it was so good. I had the osso bucco and found it one of the best I have ever had. The service was excellent. Everyjone was gracious and helpful.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Outstanding personal service. Perfect place for great food and friends!!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

My husband and I have been to Antonello's many times over the years. The food is always delicious, the service is always outstanding, we love going to Antonello's.

Tags: Seasonal, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Antonello is not your run-of-the-mill Italian place. The food is amazing, and the menu selections are varied and interesting. There were 6 of us, we each ordered something different, and everyone was very impressed with their food. The pork chop was a huge serving, the gnocchi was melt in your mouth perfection. We decided to try the porcini risotto (prepared in the cheese wheel) as a side to share for the table, and everyone LOVED it. It was rich and creamy with just the right amount of truffle. SO GOOD!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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