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CUCINA enoteca - Irvine

4.5
1919 Reviews
$30 and under
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 $10 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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1919 people are saying
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NikkiB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luke was a great server and made good recommendations when asked! The food was delicious. I did ask for grilled chicken on my salad, which was a little dry, but overall, enjoyed my dinner. Highly recommend the chicken pate appetizer.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Cute patio but the interior is also nicely decorated. I would recommend outside if you can. Food was good, some items were a hit or miss. Salmon for example had too much sauce but the pizza was very good. Appetizers were also very generous for the price and really good. The only thing is that drinks are overpriced. Overall good experience, even though service could be a little bit faster. Will definitely come back!

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vipDessireeC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything!!

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SilvaT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and so was the service. Had a great time

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great lunch. Tracy was awesome. She paced our lunch nicely. Food was very good. We’ll be back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

While I do understand that many establishments are short-staffed, that shouldn’t make the employees silly. Our server had apparently never poured a glass of wine in his short life. Which I was only able to ascertain after he searched for a bottle of wine for about 10 minutes, only to report its absence. The second choice I ordered, a Viognier, was served room temp. Because evidently the”refrigerators are broken for the beer and wine.” This information would have been useful prior to ordering beverages typically served chilled. I mean, they have red wine which I would have selected. Anyhow, the service was slow, they omitted my daughter’s drink, and the prices are not low. I don’t mind paying for a great experience. But this was not that. Recommend to avoid.

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JeffS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. The thing is some of the dishes are unique. There is a bread to die for. The pizzas are good although the main dishes are better. No great pizza outside of New York (Apologies Chicago). The Octopus Salad appetizer can’t really be found anywhere else and is very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The worst Italian food that I ever had. Their pasta menus is poor and quality is 0. The only thing that it was ok it was the ambience

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vipAshleyH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We experienced great service last night and the food was great as always!!!

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FrankT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food and wine

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GildaV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I wish they would bring back their regular menu. The current menu is so minimal and they are missing a lot of their best items. Food quality was just meh. Kind of disappointing actually. The quality used to be so much better pre-covid

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner before a concert. Great food and service. So pleased that they were playing music from the band we were seeing that night.

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Amanda
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian meals I’ve ever had! Highly recommend

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RaulD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I have been there on several occasions, and l’m guessing it totally depends on who your server is. Some servers are joyful and pleasant while others are not.

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ReverendBeau
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Once we got past the hostesses everything was perfect. They were just a little bit snotty. We had a reservation so that wasn't the issue. Also, I was on a date with my wife and they acted like she didn't even exist. It wasn't because I'm so handsome and captivating.

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vipCosmo
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening, the restaurant was a great venue after catching a movie at the Regal.

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MikeN
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Service was ok. Food was awful, no taste and flavor for the price at all.

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vipBeckyC
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My niece said her ravioli was the best thing she has ever tasted!!! The squash blossoms are always a favorite as well. Great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food as always. great bottle of wine recc from lester.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Service was great. Food was delicious. But hostesses were rude and inept. Seated us 20 minutes after reservation time despite us showing up early and the place being empty. After we ordered, she came back and told us we needed to move because another party had paid extra money for the seat we were in)since when is that even a thing?). She forced us to move to a table without enough seats for our party and was unapologetic and loud about it. Worst part is, the alleged party never even showed and the table still sat empty, along with rest of patio when we left.

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Angela
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food is delicious every time I go although the short ribs were overcooked and dry last night. Usually also too loud there to have a decent conversation. Sitting outside too, if the person is facing the theatre, the light is really blinding. We got bad seats and my date was blinded the whole night.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food!

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BradnOC
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Over all very good!

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NicholasD
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The food quality has gone down. The focaccia wasn't thoroughly heated, thr hamburger didn't come with neither lettuce nor tomato, or any accompaniments. The chopped salad was dry. The eat all and polenta were not hot when they got to the table

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JeffL
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Pizza was not cooked well. Probably needed a few more minutes in the oven.

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VictorV
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The environment is amazing and the service here is amazing and not to mention the food here is amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Crying kids at the spectrum per usual

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RustyK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, Ben, made it a great evening. His knowledge of the menu and ingredients made deciding informed and easy. I hope the rest of the waitstaff is as well versed in their product and provide comparable service.

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vipDavid
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really tasty salmon dish that I ordered for lunch!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and good food. Good amount of vegetarian options.

KM
KMcD
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cucina Enoteca never disappoints. The menu is imaginative and and the food is of the highest quality. Although there is no complimentary focaccia, we ordered as a side. Delizioso!

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GailP
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We were a group of 4. No one was impressed with the food. The italian salad was particularly disappointing.
The ambiance was nice, but don't go for the food.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here three times so far and both times the food was delicious! Since they are a wine shop, you can buy a bottle of wine much cheaper than other restaurants and just pay a corkage fee to drink it. Twice we went we ordered bottles that were between $30 to $40 (reds) and they were fantastic.

We have not yet found a dish that was not delicious - and the service is consistently good.

Great place for a date night or even casual evening out.

Each time I was pleasantly surprised at how reasonable the bill was compared to other restaurants in the area.

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Hkexpat50
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely unhurried lunch. Our first time and I hope not our last

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stinky510
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

this used to be one of our go-to places, especially with out of town guests. our past two visits were disappointing - food quality has gone down, portion sizes are smaller, service was terrible. not sure if the food issues are due to covid. there were plenty of staff (servers, bussers, runners, hosts) when we were there - more than enough to provide better service than we received.

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Andrea
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite Italian restaurants! Everything is so delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall, Everything was great! Would have liked more options on the menu & reasonable prices.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice to sit out in the patio and enjoy….

LJ
vipLynnJ
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Solid and classy Italian food. Good service too.

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CUCINA enoteca - Irvine is rated 4.5 stars by 1919 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.