About CUCINA enoteca - Irvine

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 Joe Magnanelli and Chef de Cuisine Tony Trujillo 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.

31 Fortune Dr.,Suite 306
Irvine, CA 92618
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch | Monday – Sunday | 11am – 4pm
Dinner | Sunday - Thursday | 4pm – 9pm
Dinner | Friday + Saturday | 4pm – 10pm

Cross Street:
Across from Edwards Cinema

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 861-2222

Website:
http://www.urbankitchengroup.com/cucina-enoteca-irvine/

Catering:
At this time, we do not offer off-site catering. However, we are happy to host events in our restaurant. Please contact Christopher Henning at christopherh@urbankitchengroup.com to inquire.

Parking Details:
Complimentary self-parking is available in the Irvine Spectrum parking lots. Valet is also available for $8 at Gateway near Edwards Cinemas.

Executive Chef:
Joe Magnanelli

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Our incredible space is ideal for special group events of all sizes. Please contact Christopher Henning for special event inquiries at christopherh@urbankitchengroup.com.

CUCINA enoteca - Irvine Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (27)
Good for Groups (26)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Special Occasion (22)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Casual (22)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Fun (20)
Authentic (16)
Cozy (16)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Romantic (15)
Business Meals (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Hot Spot (13)
People Watching (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Happy Hour (10)
Healthy (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Seasonal (9)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Organic (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Great Beer (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Music (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Live Sports (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

The decor and food is amazing. I’ve been to the Del Mar location and this one in Irvine was just as great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Organic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a stellar option in Irvine Spectrum. Food and service were great as usual. Bar menu was great and had a surprisingly diverse selection of local beers. The wine by the glass list left a bit more to be desired- the Cucina Cab Blend wasn't up to par with everything else, but that being said I'll be back for more!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

I think the slower service was due to a technical problem. However, I thought the food wasn't as good as I remember. The pappardelle dish lacked seasoning.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Service took a while, especially to have server greet us and take order but once we ordered everything was fantastic. Normally wouldn’t mind slower service but we had tickets to comedy show so didn’t plan on waiting 20 minutes to see our server after being seated. Food was fantastic and it was a slammed Saturday night. We’ll be back for sure!

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Hostess was rude and unprofessional. Won’t be back

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our first visit to celebrate a birthday on the patio, which was perfect on a warm Saturday night. Lighting at the table is very poor so have your phones handy. Service was prompt, courteous and attentive. All dishes ordered by our party of six including the appetizers were outstanding and delicious. One caveat: family size platters are very modest in size compared to other restaurants, serving 2 very hungry people or three people with additional sides, not 3-4 or 4-5 people as indicated on the menu and by our server.

Tags: Fun, People Watching
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was perfect.. everything was perfect .. service n customer service was outstanding and very helpful ..

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We ate on a Thursday night and got in right away. The ambiance and service were great. The food was delicious. We ate the short rib, clams n spaghetti, lamb rav and spaghetti and meatballs. All meals were delicious.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very mediocre Italian food. Nice seating outside, friendly service.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Came here for my sister's birthday. Made a reservation, which I didn't think was necessary for a Sunday lunch. The service was a bit slower than it should have been for how not busy they were but the food, like always, was delicious. Service was friendly and the ambiance was great. They even brought out a small dessert for my sister, which was delicious. Definitely would come back again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food was amazing! Our server was okay. I think he forgot about us...

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

The recommended food by the waiter wasn't a good choice, food was cold and meat was tough and chewy.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food is always good here. But the lights are turned down way to low. Every table people where using their phones for light to see the menu. Dark restaurants are out of date. Very inconvenient to struggle to read the menu. Turn up the lights.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Had a very good wine list. Food was not great will not return.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was great, and the service top-notch, but it was noisy and chilly. If we’d had a table that wasn’t right in path of doorway, it might have been better if you go, ask to be seated near a walk, away from the entrance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We started our business/celebrate-end-of-year conversation outside (with a bottle of sparkling wine and some appetizers) and then relocated inside because the sun had moved and was beating down on us. Our server could not have been more accommodating! The food selection was impressive, what we ate was delicious, the wine list was great, and we were able to sit and talk for four hours. The option to purchase a retail bottle and consume on site was a nice bonus and I hope to take advantage of it the next time I visit. All in all, a great experience! Thank you.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

One of our favorite OC spots. We usually share plates and try a new bottle of wine when we go.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great patio for our dog. The whole branzino was good for two. The service was excellent though we were the only table filled outside on the patio. A bit cold on Christmas Eve, but good people watching. The negative was the wine list was over priced and then they charge $9 to open their wine. So, we brought our own wine and then the corkage jumps to $25! Wine is rip off everywhere. Overall good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The pork shank was excellent. The shrimp pasta was over cooked. A bit confused about the wine. We thought if we bought one from their wine shop the corkage was charged. However if you order wine from the wine List, they charge corkage too. Next time we will just bring our own.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Horrible service. We picked this spot for an early Christmas dinner with friends. Waiter never came back to check on us after he dropped off our food. We had to flag him down. Manager was making the rounds and got to our table, we had to order another pizza through the manager. Waiter came back and asked us if we wanted the dessert menu, we had to inform him that we just ordered another pizza. Food was great, but the service was so horrible, we won’t be returning here nor referring friends to this restaurant. It wasn’t even busy, so I don’t understand how it was possible to ditch us the whole night.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Cucina Enoteca never disappoints! The food is fresh and delicious, the wines are well chosen (and you can buy bottles to go), the service is always of the highest caliber and you can have your dog with you on the patio.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Professional, friendly waiters and staffs, unique drinks, stocks of wine lists, love the deco, food are creative and tasty, great for friends gathering for lunch but the menu is not so much for date night. Found this place by accident and didn't regret it.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Several things:
1. The service was extremely slow, lunch shouldn't take 90 minutes. Too long to wait for everything.
2. The food portions appeared quite a bit smaller than previous trips
3. Bring back the Tiramisu. What a shame it isn't on the menu.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food here is incredible. It's not cheap at all but it's so good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Sat us next to screaming children
Freezing cold would not turn on middle heater because the people to the right & left did not want the middle one one-should have asked if we would like to be moved.
Server forgot to bring the following we asked for:
Olive oil
Vinegar
Cheese
More water
Just let the helper kind of throw our food down & did not check if we needed anything unless we asked her helper (he was very nice) or if by chance we waved our arms to get her attention.
She was not very knowledgeable and seemed confused & tired.
Cucina is our favorite restaurant & normally we would give all the stars possible.
It was disappointing....but we will come back.
Thank you for asking

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Celebrated my daughter’s 18th birthday here and had a wonderful experience!

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

High energy, good food that is fresh! Great variety! Definitely will be back!!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Delicious, rustic Italian food. Can’t wait to go back!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 12, 2017

No matter how many times I go to Cucina, which is a lot, it never disappoints. The food is always piping hot and I love that the menu changes with the seasons so they're using fresh, local, in-season ingredients. LOVE this place!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Got an email that isn't for me, don't even live in this state. So the hell with it, they get all the boxes checked.

Tags: Romantic, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Vegan, Healthy, Live Sports, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Organic, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 10, 2017

All three of our dinners were great. We will be back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The front desk girl (who takes your name) sucked!!!!!!!! She was rude and could have cared less. She made us wait 1hr for a very empty restaurant. I decided to bypass her and made reservations on Opentable and got seated in 30 minutes. Clearly they had spots open.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

On recommendation from "local's" while in Newport Beach for a Holiday party, we walked over to Fashion Island (a wonderful destination in itself) to have our dinner meal. So deceiving from the outside and not even sure where the entrance was, but how unique! You enter through their wine store with the cutest and creative friendly labeling system ever! The best news..all reasonably priced with under a $10 corkage charge if you decide to enjoy your selection with your meal. Not an extensive menu which was a gift to us...don't like too many choices, AND what was there (about 6 in each section) was a culinary treat! So creative, HEALTHY and filling at the same time! You can't go wrong! Inside it's just an energy filled room, with cozy chairs and friendly and PROFESSIONAL wait staff! Yea!! Value, Taste, Unique, Friendly, Energy = WINNER

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Organic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, People Watching, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I’ve been to several locations and truthfully , this was the worst dining experience from a good standpoint I have experienced. They had a buyout of the main dining room so maybe their focus was on that, but what a disappointment.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Mike, our waiter, was AMAZING! We were a party of 6 and he did a great job of making sure we had everything we needed. As for the food, my favorite is the chicken liver pate, it’s delicious! Everyone was happy with their food choices.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was excellent but the service was lacking. Had to wait for service and other servers would not accommodate you. I think they notified your server that a particular table requested service but I don't know because of the delays

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

awesome food! awesome service!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Only thing better than the food is the service! Cucina Enoteca staff are knowledgeable, professional, friendly and truly have a "customer first" attitude. Above and beyond expectations every time we dine.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The patio seating is always great, especially at the holidays; such a great view of the Spectrum festivities. The food is excellent and creative. Our server was friendly and efficient. All around, a great evening.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We drove from Santa Barbara for a special dinner with friends. We wanted ambiance and great food and both were experienced at Cucina.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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