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

service

4.7

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4.6

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4.2

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96% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (14)
Authentic (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Worth the Drive (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Business Meals (8)
Cozy (7)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Comfort Food (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Fun (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Live Music (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

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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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The restaurant does not disappoint. The food is always good and the service makes you feel that you are an important customer. The waiters know the food and wine well and their suggestions were on point! I highly recommend a visit.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Expensive! Waiter too nagging about ordering more and more food! Will not go back

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We had the octopus salad and Salvatore Salad for appetizer. Both were outstanding. My wife had the Steak Diane which was prepared at our tableside. I had the filet mignon. Both of our entrees were excellent.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 13, 2017

A lovely and warm atmosphere in the proximity of South Coast Plaza. The menu is what one expects at an Italian restaurant, but is a bit pricey and not very imaginative. The food is okay and nothing really stands out. I would recommend this for a romantic, quiet spot with acceptable fare.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Birthday celebration for my wife

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 8, 2017

The service was excellent, but since the head chef left, the food was good but not a great as it once was.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 27, 2017

This is one of the greatest restaurants in OC. If you haven't been there, then go. The todd is off the charts wonderful and it is coupled by an amazing wine list and old school Italian service! You feel like the only ones in the restaurant. Love this place!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

It was excellent.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 19, 2017

The food is always delicious....the best Italian food in the area, and the service is always very friendly and they are always very attentive! One of our favorite restaurants!!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We have not been here in about six months but the food and service are still excellent. We had the squash blossom appetizer, the Antonello salad and for entrees the lamb chops and the Branzino. The Branzino is one of the best around as are the lamb chops. Yes, this is not an inexpensive dinner, but worth it. I believe the corkage was $25.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Do not pass up the veal chop! Do not pass up the osso buco either. Service is superb. A bit pricey but worth every penny.

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Authentic Italian food paired with premier service. We found this restaurant by coincidence after searching for Italian food while visiting Disneyland. The 30 minute drive was worth it. Pasta is made fresh and all dishes inspire your taste buds. We will return definitely the next time we visit Anaheim. Many of the dishes and some special drinks are prepared table side. An amazing experience.

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·Dined on August 9, 2017

Waiter hard sell on multiple appetizer that was way too large and filled us before meal, also unnecessary cost and wasteful

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Had read lots of great reviews and decided to try lunch. They offer a fixed price 3-course meal or the regular menu items. The octopus salad was good but not something I would return for. Capellini with shrimp and the orecchiette with Pugliese sausage were delicious, as well as the minestrone soup. Tiramisu was excellent. Overall, a great lunch.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Great food and great service. A bit too noisy for a fancy dinner

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

We have dined here many times in the past, but this restaurant has turned into a disappointment. Prices have doubled and meal size has noticeably shrunk.
Will remember when things were different and will not be back anytime soon. Always excellent service however; at least that hasn't changed.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food my wife and I had was excellent as was the service. Would like to see a little more vareity in the menu selections.

Tags: Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 24, 2017

We have been there before on special occasions and its a great place. Wonderful atmosphere and fine service. A very classly place. This trip was to celebrate my wife's 85th birthday and staff was very friendly. We had their three course special. Wife had pumpkin ravioli and she said this is the best restaurant meal we have had in a very long time.

Tags: Comfort Food, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 23, 2017

The service was very good. Nice supper club feel. The menu was decent but I found it could use more side pasta dishes with the entrees. The entrees we ordered were tasty but salty?

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 27, 2017

I can describe Antonello with one word: Impecable! The ambiance is beautiful, the service is outstanding and the food is wonderful!!! Excellent wine list too!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Outstanding for a family birthday. Dominico always makes the evening special. Food and service were excellent.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Great food and service , as always. The ambience is conducive to conversation too.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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