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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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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Romantic (20)
Authentic (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Worth the Drive (15)
Business Meals (14)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Comfort Food (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Live Music (4)
Seasonal (4)
Casual (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 2 days ago

High caliber place serving a combination of traditional and innovative Italian cuisine. One of the best places to dine in OC. Antonello’s has never dissappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great atomosphere, with great service. Nice live music playing in the background. The food was very bland, but overall great experience. We definitely enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined 4 days ago

I have been a loyal patron of Antonello for over 30 years. All I can say is that is stands head and shoulders above every other Italian Restaurant in greater OC, and is one of the best I have eaten at across the country.

Antonello will fulfill your best expectations for authentic Italian, in an environment that is quiet, romantic and fun.

Just try it.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined 4 days ago

We dined at Antonellos because it has a reputation for great food. Only one problem. I had just received a Visa reward card for $200 but Antonellos wouldn't take it. The manager gave some excuse that their equipment was old. I didn't believe him. I put the meal on a personal card. It didn't occur to me to have ask if they accepted Visa reward cards. This was a first class restaurant with a low class card reader. Food was good, but I doubt I would return. I'm sure they won't miss my business.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

Second time dining here. I had the sparerib Papparadelle and my companion selected lobster ravioli. We brought our own wine ($25 corkage fee). The food was excellent, however, I actually wanted to order a different entrée, but did not because of the rather high pricing. We will return, but not as frequently as I would like – again, because of the pricing.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Service is excellent. Lalo is fhr BEST!

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

Antonellos is one of the true gems of Orange County. Impeccable service, warm and welcoming staff are experts on the menu and food. Antonio Cognolo has done a remarkable job training his staff and Chefs. It shows everywhere. A wonderful night out for my wife and I celebrating her birthday!

Tags: Live Music, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Tapas, Authentic, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Nice ambience, though Valentine's day decorations were a little tacky. Overall, food was good but not spectacular. Lasagna was well done, delicate, not too saucy or salty, Grand Marnier souffle was a surprisingly good alternative to traditional chocolate. Would have given higher rating but service was awful! Server was slow, ignored us, and didn't have courtesy to say thank you or really anything for that matter when handing us the bill.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Went to Antonello's for my wife's birthday. The service was wonderful with the sommelier recommending a reasonably priced pinot noir (Franks Family) to go with her veal and my chicken. Her Veal Saltimbocca was wonderful and the half chicken with a fig sauce, which I had my doubts about the sauce overpowering the chicken, was very tasty.

They gave her a dessert for her birthday and with a cappuccino ended a wonderful night.

Antonello's is expensive. It is also worth the cost. The service, food and ambiance is like you would find in a great restaurant in Florence.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2018

WENT THERE FOR PRE VALENTINES SATURDAY NIGHT. IT WAS PRETTY LOUD WHERE WE SAT BACK ROOM OF RESTAURANT) MADE RESEVRATIONS SAMED DAY SO NEXT TIME I'LL BOOK IN ADVANCE.
SERVICE WAS GOOD, BUT FOOD WAS JUST OK....ESP. FOR PRICE POINTS
DRINKS WERE GOOD AND STOUT.
WOULD COME BACK FOR CASUAL DINING OR APPETIZERS AND DRINKS

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I think this classic restaurant has changed over the years and the quality of the menu and food is not what it once was. It's still a great place to meet and dine in Orange County - but there are other restaurants with far better options and taste. The wonderful wait staff is still in force, just not the wonderful cuisine.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Always great service who are sensitive to theatre goers.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The service is always excellent and the food is outstanding.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I would tell all servers to slow down and not focus on table-turnover. It was very obvious we were being rushed. And with so many vacant tables there is really no reason for that. We always like the food and will come again. I think I will make it clear to my server about timing next time.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Waiter was fabulous
Food delicious

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We had to wait 30 mins. For our reservation. Hostess rude. Oso buck dry; other entrees just okay. Menu items seemed to be over priced. Our waiter was good and knowledgeable. Have been here many times before but this was probably the last time. Very disappointing!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Antonello's continues to be one of my absolute Orange County favorites. I enjoy it with my local friends and often impress my out-of-town guests. It is the best!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 12, 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 4, 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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

It was our first time at Antonello’s. We found out about Antonello’s while we were done shopping at South Coast and were looking for Italian food. From the moment we walked in we were greeted warmly until we left. We ordered few appetizers and several dishes. Both lobster ravioli and rotelle were great. We also tried their specialty drinks and the tropical martini was nice and refreshing.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 30, 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 29, 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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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Have been coming to this restaurant for 30 years. Always the best and I look forward to visiting as often as possible.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food and service

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 27, 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 24, 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 22, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 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 12, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 9, 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 7, 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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