Cucina Alessa Huntington Beach

4.5
507 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Benvenuti da Cucina Alessa Huntington Beach, Ristorante Italiano. Feast your eyes upon our exquisite homemade creations and treat yourself to a truly authentic and delectable Italian entrees. From our famous "salsa verde" to our homemade lasagnas, fresh fish, and famous tiramisu, we will transport you to the heart of Italian hospitality and ensure you an experience only possible a Cucina Alessa!
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SK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good Italian food. We had the Calamari appetizer to start. It was cooked perfectly, crisp on the outside and tender inside. Not rubbery at all. The 2 lunch entrees were Butternut ravioli, sweet and excellent, and the lasagna which was probably the best I’ve ever had in a restaurant. Good service too.

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J
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant had a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The food was fabulous and the server was awesome. I will definitely return.

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LI
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for happy hour (runs from 3-6 PM). We made a reservation, which we found out they don’t accept for happy hour. Other than that inconvenience, the food was delicious, the price was good, and the service was excellent.

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E
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife birthday. Food was as usually very good.
It is a great Italian restaurante. The food was well made and served very hot and fast. Loved it.

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TL
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The location is great & very quaint . However, extremely noisy!

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EJ
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was good esp. the meatballs. However, service was poor & food took a long time to arrive despite the restaurant not being crowded. We had to constantly remind/request for additional items that should have been noticed. With improved professional service waiters, the restaurant can become better.

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RL
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I ordered the pork chop which was their special that night. An hour later the waiter came over and said they were out and asked if I wanted something else. We already had a bottle of wine and caprise salad so decided to wait and order a different dish. The manager then came by and apologized but didn’t offer any compensation at the time and said they would get the new order out, “right away”. 25 minutes later the order came out. Not exactly right away as promised. Besides this the service was pretty bad. Our waiter checked on us about 3 x’s in the 2 hours we were there so not only was the response from the manager inadequate, the service was subpar. When the waiter asked us if we wanted anything else we replied no and I had to ask if we would be compensated for our wait which he then said, “yes, the manager will take care of you”. I was like WOW, why didn’t the manager offer to compensate us when he came over the very first time? He could’ve diffused most of the frustration if he knew how to do his job correctly. The food was just OK and really no ambiance. The manager did end up comp’ing the 2nd dish and one of the two glasses of wine I ordered (I wouldn’t have ordered the 2nd but it took an hour and 25 minutes to get our meal to the table).

I would not recommend Alessa Cucina HB. It’s too bad b/c I remember having such a great time there when it first opened. The restaurant is much different now.

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J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food. Enjoyed the atmosphere although it is fairly basic. Only issue was that the food and plate super hot and a little hard to eat, but no big issue there.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Usually the food is exceptional but tonight it was lacking. The lobster in the ciapino sp? was rubber which made the special disappointing.

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OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really Yummy!

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AN
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!!! One of our favorite restaurants!!!

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S
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thursday night dinner with family. Sooo good. Everyone loved their meal and the service was excellent!!

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

Very friendly staff and food was excellent Very accommodating to our fussy eater lol On vacation here and decided to go Italian and we were not disappointed . Have to say we find prices here in California rather high but the food here was worth the cost 👍If we return to California would definitely come again Kim Lowe from London

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TC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening with perfect ambiance and the best Italian food in Orange County

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AS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 4

Still struggling to find a go-to in downtown HB. Thought we’d try Alessa again. Our overall “experience” was good with solid waitstaff and nice environment, but the food just wasn’t. Won’t be back.

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MW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I highly enjoyed this Italian dining experience. The meal was at a nice, slow pace which we liked. The server was very patient and kind. The food was amazing quality and we both enjoyed our seafood-pasta dishes. The pesto-oil they serve with the bread is also a great added element. Pretty romantic ambience. Would recommend to anyone looking for a nice date or just great meal!

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A
Central Coast
33 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have said this before, our favorite go to restaurant in the downtown HB area

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service and food were both fantastic. I ordered a carbonara which was creamy and delicious, however it only had onions in it, I found myself longing for peas or something else to add a bit extra freshness to the dish. The chocolate lava cake was good, however it was just an underdone chocolate cake which is not how it should be made, I needs the chocolate ganache inside so it acts as lava coming out. Overall, delicious and a delightful ambience. Will return.

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b
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Wonderful dining experience.

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MS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Over cooked pasta. The fresh Jumbo Shrimp were definitely not fresh. Great and attentive waiter but very disappointing food

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AA
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was disappointing and a service started out great, but quickly declined.

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S
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it when Joshua waits on us. Such an attentive server!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and food and ambiance!!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing authentic Italian. Great service, warm ambiance.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our party of 7 became ill and had to leave and waiter Victor packed our our meal in seconds and got us out to our Uber and treated us like family. Great food so authentic!! Our second trip .. we there will be back when we are in town again...

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

Great food and friendly staff. We celebrate all special occasions there.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend from out of town wanted Italian, I happen to love butternut squash ravioli, there were only two restaurants in the area that serve butternut squash raviolis. Cucina Alessa seemed the classier of the two, and I was not disappointed. Everything was wonderful. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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3
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and Victor, as always, impeccable.

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KW
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was just great - all the wait staff, ambiance and food were terrific! This was not our first time and will not be our last!!!!! Very nice evening - thank you!

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

My mother in-law’s 76th Birthday.

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S
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great but the service was the best. Joshua is a great server.

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BP
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was great. Party room available.

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A
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lasagna is one of best ever. Most expensive Cabernet was smoothe, rich, and very tasty.

Service was pleasant and attentive.

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M
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was good as I remember. It got loud as the evening progressed.

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R
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first time. Food was excellent but the experience was enhanced by our waiter Victor. There were a few hiccups, nothing that could not be forgotten by the response of Victor. He made the meal an experience.

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c
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the ambiance was excellent. Will recommend this place to everyone.

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RJ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly server, High quality italian food, wine on the expensive side, darker setting with an upstairs, downstairs, and bar seating. One table is actually a couch which is cool.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Ordered the steak and lobster for $75 and the lobster was not a real lobster.

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KS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day was very nice and romantic.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent and reasonably priced. Service was top-notch.

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