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CUCINA enoteca - Irvine

4.6
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1695 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
CUCINA enoteca is centrally located in the Irvine Spectrum! Owner Tracy Borkum's flair for combining great ambience, award-winning cuisine and unparalleled service are once again starring components in this latest Urban Kitchen Group creation. Executive Chef Tim Kolanko and Chef de Cuisine Cesar Sarmiento bring their artistry to the table as guests enjoy an open kitchen. The menu features Italian classics with a modern twist, made with the freshest local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Along with a diverse selection of wines by the glass, guests may visit the restaurant's retail area to select from over 200 bottles for dinner (corkage fee of $9 applies) or purchase wine to go. The energetic space features contemporary elements and vintage artifacts creating the feel of a modern Italian kitchen combined with the comfort of an old rustic farmhouse.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1695 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.6
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great! I just had one negative: our waiter said they are pooling tips and I don’t think that’s a good idea. I think it’ll bring the overall service down because the food waiters won’t be motivated to be good.

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vipFoooodie
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience! Server recommended a wonderful bottle of California red wine which we enjoyed. Pasta dish the kitchen sent wasn’t right the first round but the server quickly had it remade. Solid Italian food, ample patio dining space and chill ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The only problem is with the hostess. We reserved for patio and were seated inside. We were disappointed that our table was given to a walk in.

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QueenvandIluvmnr14eterni
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was not great. Service was excellent. Menu was very limited

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

All was great especially our server...but where we were seated we could hear the restaurant next door and all we heard were screaming and crying children. We were trying to relax and take some time off from our own children so it was very annoying.

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ChristinaK
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a delicious lunch! The flavors were rich and complementary. The outside patio was perfect and safe. I appreciate the focus on social distance and cleanliness. Perfect!

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KristelL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was an amazing place! my friend and i enjoyed it very much :>

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eruby99
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food...Great location...Great Service❤️ The hummus is delicious...clam pasta is tasty...I'm sure the whole menu is wonderful! Looking foward to my next visit...Also, would like to check at the SD location.

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JoeNaz
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I seriously enjoyed all of it. The service was amazing too. It was $200 for 4 people to eat and have a drink. I think that is 15% overpriced but overall a great experience.

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ValerieL
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about this restaurant, definitely one of my favorites

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vablet
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away on the enclosed patio (glass walls about 3” higher than our heads. The food was excellent, we each had a pasta dish, one was pasta made from Sourdough and mine had squid ink. For dessert we shared the heavenly chocolate panna cotta.

They have a great wine list as well.

Perfect for couples or everyday dining.

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JessicaF
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Pizza was delicious! But pasta was a little chewy and undercooked and I would have loved some fresh cheese on it but the waiter dropped the food off and didn’t offer any. Not sure if maybe they were understaffed but I would have enjoyed my wine glass filled instead I filled my own wine 🍷 Expected more for the price.

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vipsnikonch
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The ambience was great, but the food was mediocre. My pasta entree was basically garlic olive oil with some pasta, vegetables, and cheese that I couldn’t taste at all because of the garlic overload. Not in a hurry to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
73 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Great food.... very bad reception staff and fair service.

We know things are challenging right now but your staff needs to be trained to be helpful.

The tables are distanced and we felt safe eating there.. that was actually great.

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vipfoodwinelover
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Terrible Service. I spent over $400 for dinner for 4 and it was the biggest waste of money. Save yourself stress and money and don’t go there. I can’t believe in current conditions they have such a bad service. I had to get up twice to ask for manager who never showed up either. Last time I’ll ever go this restaurant in Irvine.

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ScottW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A unique combination of restaurant/wine shop. We ordered a bottle of Paso Robles Cabernet with dinner and liked it so much we purchased two more bottles to take home. At a price LESS than winery direct! One of our favorite go-to OC restaurants.

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vipFernandoP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and ambiance. My wife and I enjoy ourselves every time we dine here.

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vipSeth
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very nice safe environment to enjoy outdoor dining with excellent menu choices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant, good food, great wine, friendly staff,... Cheers

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Definitely coming back

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vipMQeatsinOC
London
14 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omg the octopus was sooo tender & delicious which is hard to come by in OC!!!
Squash Blossoms always a must have fav😋
Pizzas never disappoint & Branzino so flaky (minor complaint... too much farro for my liking would prefer more veggies)

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JeffS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in town. Bread, pizza, and octopus salad outstanding. Great atmosphere. Outstanding service. Go.

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miriamb
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and ambiance was outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience at Cucina. The staff is incredible, the food is delicious and the drinks are great!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a great girls’ night and birthday celebration!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Emma was our amazing server and took great care of us! We will go back again soon!

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LindsayH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

All the pizzas and pastas are delicious and we loved the chocolate panna-cotta dessert

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

One of the best places to get italian food in Orange County.

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HenryC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Food and service was great but there was a table with a barking dog that totally ruined the ambience. People, stop bringing your dogs to restaurants! You are being so selfish. Leave your dog at home.

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vipIlanaF
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for a nice evening on a spacious patio

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LeilaniF
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was delicious and the service was good. We had a great time celebrating my birthday.

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AlexWL
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cucina Enoteca is my favorite Italian restaurant in Orange County! Amazing food every single time and their outdoor patio is beautiful. Superb drinks menu and wine list.

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vipBern
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was 110 degrees outside... But the meal helped us forget.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner with teenage daughters. We had a wonderful time.

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Tina
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A rare occasion to get out during the pandemic for a meal and visit with my sister. We sat out on their large patio and we enjoyed the greeting at the hostess stand to our very friendly waiter. Had a nice enjoyable evening

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NousheenQ
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Over all great experience. 😊

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PeymanY
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Food was really bad, the meat on the pasta was extremely greasy and smelled. Service is very average. Time to get service and food very average. I don’t recommend this restaurant.

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VICTORIAD
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean and socially distanced. Our sever was very knowledgeable about the menu. Overall we had a fantastic dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Atmosphere, food and service. It was very lovely to meet with a friend and get outside my house during this Covid.. I took great precautions and making us feel very safe.

FAQs

CUCINA enoteca - Irvine is rated 4.6 stars by 1695 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.