Antonello Ristorante

4.8
1069 reviews
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Italian
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.
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Orange County
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. One minor issue was them coming by and taking the extra chairs at our table without asking anything except for my date to move her purse. Other than that, great experience.

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T
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our way to Segerstrom for Fiddler on the Roof this weekend, we stopped in at Antonello's. The old school charm of the restaurant is off the charts. We ordered the Gnochi, Filet, Antonello Salad and Bruschetta. The food was awesome...Gnochi was delicate and delicious. We ended with Banana's Foster...which is a rarity in So Orange County. Phenomenal.

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d
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation at 8 we got seated about 20 minutes after our reservation the hostess noticed we were waiting a little longer than usual they sat us in the bar area so my little girl can get something to eat meanwhile we waited on our table but the bar was perfect with live music going on. from the hostess to the busser the customer service was one of the best I’ve have received very attentive and making sure everything was going perfect mother days. Bottom line the food is amazing probably the best pasta I’ve had in the OC a little on the expensive side but most definitely worth the try! I can assure you that won’t be the last time We go there! Thank you!

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JB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a great dining experience. Expensive but worth it. Service very good with a friendly wait staff.

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Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything was Great!

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RN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved your food but my friend got very sick later that night so....

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely setting. Although re repeatedly told the waiter that we intended to have a leisurely meal, he continued to rush us to order and his Atwater , in general, abrupt. There were several empty tables around us so we did but feel that we were impacting others. The restaurant was lovely and the rest of the staff was very friendly and helpful. Our waiter seemed grumpy and aloof.

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JE
New England
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The service and the atmosphere were excellent. The interior of the restaurant is very cozy and the wait staff is very attentive. The food was just okay. My wife and I agreed that pretty much everything was under-seasoned.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good food. I was served quickly and the waiter was good as well. I will keep going back for sure.

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LW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been enjoying this fine restaurant for almost 40 years. I’ve never once had anything but a five-star experience!

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DL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. My date was so excited and impressed. The wine, cappuccino, octopus, wilted spinach salad. Everything was amazing. My only criticism would be the aircraft cable that suspended the lights looked a bit dusty and grimy. Other than that, I can't wait to head back and try something else.

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n
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Very subpar Italian food in a mall. Would not go back. Service was great though.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Service was okay. The trifle risotto had great flavor but personally it was a little to much on the al dente side for my taste.

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LM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hands down, incredible food. Ambiance and decor could use some updating but who cares! The food is that good!

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JG
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It had been a while since we had last dined at Antonello, and after this last time my wife and I each wondered why it had been so long. The service was absolutely impeccable, and everything that we ordered was exceptional!

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Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was great! Service was excellent. Our group was difficult, but the restaurant was very helpful helping us have a great time. The best experience ever!

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i
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at this long time favorite of my wife. Excellent on all aspects. Definitely want to go again and try everything on the menu.

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AE
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, it is a very nice restaurant with great service and food. I'm only sorry that I live so far away and can't visit more often.

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H
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have lived in south Orange County for 20 years. Antonello Ristorante was the first upscale restaurant we ever dined at 20 years ago and it is still a favorite of ours. We always celebrate special occasions here because we know we will not be disappointed. It has the feel of an old-style New York restaurant which is hard to find in Southern California. I highly recommend Antonello

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OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Really bad service from our waiter.
He was hostile and borderline rude, possibly because we did not order any alcohol? Tried to ask about menu and specials and got a glaring scowl only.
Hostess was very friendly and assistant waiter or busboy (?) took over for our waiter. For example,
when the wrong dessert came out he offered to grab the right one for us as well.
My osso bucco was fine but have had better.
Vegetables were overly oily but no one asked until the meal was over and the Owner came by. By then we didn’t want to cause a fuss.
Asked 3 times for water which bordered on ridiculous.
This used to be a favorite of ours but would not return or recommend anymore.

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VR
Palm Springs
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was outstanding. Carlos was a great waiter and helped our birthday celebration special.

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PP
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Italian food at its finest! Great ambiance... fabulous service from the moment you walk in the door b6 the very friendly hostess, to the Waiters, the manger and the Owner com8ng by to see how your dinning is going. Great selection of fabulous wines! A must try!

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MF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful restaurant. I went there with a group of 6 during the Expo West show. Everyone loved it!

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JM
Phoenix
89 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent and we greatly appreciated not being rushed out when we were the last to leave the dining area after a 3.5 hour dining experience. We had the Branzino for our main dish which was cooked perfectly. They were kind enough to accommodate our family’s special diet needs and requests.

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DP
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Miguel was our server and he was knowledgeable about everything. My wife has celiac disease and they had gluten free spaghetti and penne. Very accommodating.

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PU
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The veal was excellent and the service superb.

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HA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best lamb chops and soufflé I’ve ever tasted

Wonderful old school ambience

Service was outstanding

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B
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday, or special occasion? This is a great place for that. Food is excellent. From pasta to seagood to steak. We had the flambe mussles. I ordered the steak diane tableside and my boyfriend had spaghetti pescatore. Finished with Profiteroles for dessert.

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BB
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we visit Antonello, which isn't frequently, but regularly, we are reminded how terrific the food and service is, and how much we find it to be far superior overall to just about every other Italian restraurant in the general area. From the impeccable presentation and preparation of the cuisine, to the attentiveness and knowledge of the entire staff, it's always a memorable experience at Antonello. We just can't say enough positive things about it; that's why it is an institution and a treasure of Orange County, and well worth a long drive for many of its other regular patrons. Thank you for being a part of our lives, Antonello.

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V
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was excellent, very good quality it tasted like authentic homemade Italian cooking. For pasta it was overpriced and so was the fish. You can get a whole fresh branzino that is enough for 1 person shipped from Greece from Whole Foods for about 10$ each.
I would definitely go again and try all the pasta dishes!
The octopus carpaccio was amazing!

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OT
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with colleagues from around North America. Great good, wonderful service, charming atmosphere. Everyone had a wonderful time.

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c
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Antonello's is consistently a winner: the food is great meaning the pasta is al dente and the sauces marvelous. Service is professional and accomodating. Conversation is possible because the noise level is down. The ristorante is tastefully decorated with an Italian theme. Only one improvement I would recommend: the entry door is small and heavy: difficult for one on a walker to open.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience with friends the wait staff are attentive and helpful without being annoying. Food was wonderful all were pleased with their selections. Will continue to be our favorite Italian spot

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l
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & service were outstanding. We're looking forward to another visit soon!

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DK
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of, if not the, best restaurant in Orange County. Great food and excellent service -- with credit to Carlos who is a true gentleman and professional as a first class waiter who makes the evening special every time.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and so was the service and ambiance. Highly recommend for a special occasion or celebration.

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P
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a business dinner and we were seated in an area near the back of the restaurant. We were able to have a lively conversation without shouting to be heard. The waitstaff was appropriately attentive and the food was great.

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AF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Antonello Ristorante is always a most pleasant experience. The food is wonderful, the staff is friendly and efficient and the ambience is welcoming and warm. We would highly recommend Antonello's to any of our friends looking for a fine dining experience.

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LS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is diversified and the Specials for the day wonderful though pricey. But, worth the expenditure!
No rushing, quite nice!!

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AP
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service all around. The food was delicious as well. A must try for any Italian loving fans. Ask for Fernando as your server and thank me later.

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