CUCINA enoteca - Irvine

4.5
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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.

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vipJeannie
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this place was very pretty and the food was SO delicious. I hope you can hang on during this difficult time

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TheSro
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Drinks few a bit weak for the price of them. But the food was good.

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vipCj2dine
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice and relaxing after a long work week with a friend!!

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HubertH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Cooking technique is just not up to restaurant standard. Simple example, onions in pasta were crunchy because they were not sautéed/caramelized enough. Fries came out super oily. But service was good, and outdoor seating was pleasant

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AlexB
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time chatting for a few hours and the food was great.

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vipGuyF
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

First, the menu was very limited and for a Cucina, there was 4 or 5 pasta dishes listed, and really none of the popular types you would normally see in an upscale Italian restarant. The service was mariginal, and was OK when I could get ahold of the waitress who was not that busy! I had the Ciopino, and it was served lke warm at best with hardly any good pieces of seafood, not one piece of lobster, but a couple of shrimps. Not worth the money I paid for it for sure and I have been to many excellent Italian restaurants and know good Italian food. It was indeed not the case here, and was extremely disappointed ! Did not see any quality in the food or service!