CUCINA enoteca - Irvine
Great food but way overpriced drinks and the waitress was very pushy about buying the wine they sell when we clearly were not interested. Otherwise, I’d go again.
Very accommodating service, beautiful indoor and outdoor seating options. Parking convenient.
wonderful meal - started with apps and did not feel rushed
Chad was a great server, charismatic and helpful! Food was amazing and ambiance was phenomenal.
Cmocerall very enjoyable
This location of Cucina definitely has problem with their hostess and guess checking in. I have been there a dozen times and for some reason you wait for quite sometime before someone comes and seat you. There is always one of the hostess that's on the phone and the other not around. Yesterday there was a line of people waiting to be seated. And no manager to be found to assist
Excellent service and food
We will return
Consistently mediocre... pastas are way over sauced, I do not understand this practice...way too much sauce for the amount of pasta. Salads do not have much flavor though the addition of a protein increases flavor, especially goo is the salmon. Pizzas are still this restaurant's strong point, dough is crispy and soft as it should be while unlike the pasta, they are not over dressed with toppings. Service is always cordial and efficient. Sitting outside is always a plus.
Charming beautiful summer evening sharing a delicious leisurely birthday dinner for my dear friend. Excellent service and a delicious meal! Will be back for other special occasions.
The service was especially good! I indicated on Open Table that the dinner was a birthday, but forgot to say anything in person. Our server must have seen it tho, and brought us a free dessert with lit candle without my saying anything!
Dead Fly in salad :(
Overall consistently the most pleasant experience. Food is top notch, service always friendly and attentive. Wine list excellent
Food was great and our server was awesome. They did make us wait a bit even with the reservation, but the food was great.
Came here for an early dinner and absolutely loved everything. The ambiance, service and food were wonderful. Even the music that was being played made our experience memorable. Thank you.
Our waiter Branden was awesome!! Very knowledgeable!!!
Great option for date night. Wine was outstanding as was the service. The octopus appetizer was the most delicious preparation of this dish I've ever tasted.
The food was amazing and the service was good. I really like this place for a date night or even a group setting. One can bring co-workers or close friends for a night of great drinks and food. Glad we have this restaurant so close to work.
My wife and I brought our dog and sat out on the back patio. Food and drinks were amazing, though they forgot to put the arugula and balsamic glaze on my pizza (they caught it right away, at least).
Service was a mixed bag: the bus proactively brought a bowl of water for the dog, which was awesome. When it came time to finish and pay, however, the waiting was nearly unbearable; it took close to 15 minutes - during which time our waiter passed us and even made eye contact - to finally close out.
To be clear, this isn’t the normal experience we’ve had, which is why I still have it a 4-star review.
Great authentic Italian meal
Good food. Our waitress was very nice and helped us decide. I’m vegetarian and they had a handful of options that worked for us! Wine selection is amazing as well!
Diverse and creative menu, with all dishes beautifully served.
Josh was a great server. He took care of us like VIPs. His approach is very understated, but it is very much felt. We had a wonderful experience, largely in part to him.
Birthday celebration for 3 out of 4 of us.
Always interesting and unique.
A go to for northern modern Italian.
Great choice of wines.
Eat on either patio, the inside is crazy noisy. Mushroom pizza is outstanding and has been for 8 years!
Absolutely ridiculous. Hostess staff was completely rude and pompous. We had a patio reservation for 4 people at 7pm and showed up a few minutes late (7:15pm). They said multiple times that they almost cancelled our reservation because we were late and after waiting for our table, tried to seat us inside. When we pointed out the available tables outside which is what we reserved, they said no and reminded us again that they almost cancelled our reservation because we were late. The way they responded was infuriating as they made it clear they didn’t want to be helpful in the slightest. The manager looked our way and didn’t care to offer any assistance. At this point, taking we are this restaurant off of our rotation as I’m not interested in patronizing this business any further.
Went here for our anniversary before catching a comedy show. Food, drinks and service were spot on. We were very impressed with the food. Restaurant ambiance was pleasant and comfortable. Highly recommend. Thanks!
We've had lovely dinners before. However, this time it was a little off. My meal was extremely salty and drink had too much mint. Not as consistent as the last few times I've visited. But still it is a nice place to enjoy an alfresco supper.
Food was great, service is great, and location is ideal.
Food and service was not of usual quality this time
The food and the service were absolutely marvelous. Both the lasagna and the pappardelle were flavorful, satisfying and definitely worth ordering again. Our server, Brendan , was courteous and friendly. He made our visit very pleasant.
We love to come here. Food and environment are always good.
However, we missed their old menu. The latest menu removed quite a few good dishes and replaced with something simpler (cheaper ingredient?). Hope to be surprised by their next menu.
My wife had the lasagna, it was outstanding. I had the short ribs that our server recommended. The server also recommended the calamari appetizer witch neither my wife or I are big on, but he sold it well so tried it and was delighted with the dish that came with a delicious creamy sauce.
The waiter recommended the buckwheat pasta. Unfortunately it was bland. I told the waiter I didn’t want a spicy dish for my son so I chose the spaghetti. He didn’t tell me that the meatballs were spicy. My husband loved the rotisserie chicken and my son loved the Wagyu Burger. Squash blossoms were awesome. The waiter brought me a birthday dessert with 4 spoons. He didn’t ask if others wanted dessert. Maybe this experience was affected by the service but I thought the menu was limited. Not sure we’ll return.
Waiter acknowledged my granddaughter’s birthday with a special individual delicious panda cotta. Made her feel so special. Great food, great service!
The server did not only leave us with no water most of the time, our cocktails and beer were also dry. We would have had twice the drinks if he had come around. . Needed to wait for a very long time for the food to come out except the appetizer. The burger was not cooked as we ordered. After 10 minutes we flagged down a different server to take it back for us and then it back it never came back over 30 mins later until we were ready to leave and had already cancelled the dish. They offered us a dessert to compensate but we had a concert to go to and didn’t want to Rick waiting on it. We were there 2 hours total.
Food was OK, and our waitress was great. It was loud and lots of screaming kids.
Great service and food! They always put a spin on things and make the dishes interesting!
Service was soooooooooo slow. The restaurant didn’t appear to be very busy. We were starving!!!
If you don’t want to be eating with a bunch of dogs ( I wish they left them at home as it’s gross) then insist on an area with no dogs allowed like inside.
Otherwise this is a great place with excellent wines at retail prices and the food is excellent
Outstanding in every way.