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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.
Irvine, CA 92618
Hours of Operation:
Lunch | Monday – Sunday | 11am – 4pm
Dinner | Sunday - Thursday | 4pm – 9pm
Dinner | Friday + Saturday | 4pm – 10pm
Across from Edwards Cinema
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Complimentary self-parking is available in the Irvine Spectrum parking lots. Valet is also available for $8 at Gateway near Edwards Cinemas.
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 email@example.com.
CUCINA enoteca - Irvine Ratings and Reviews
This is the second time I’ve been here in a month and the service was still not good. Took awhile to be waited on and then had to repeat myself twice for olive oil to be delivered. We were offered no Parmesan cheese with our meal and I had to request that as well.
The restaurant is very warm if you aren’t sitting outside. I’m always cold but it was way to be warm in there and it made it uncomfortable. There is no air circulation at all. Poor wait staff must have been boiling!
Food is good and our server was very nice but needed to be a bit more attractive. Last time we were practically ignored so this was somewhat better.
This restaurant's is definitely not boring, offering vibrant flavors and tangy sauces. Nothing is bland or boring. My husband loves the short rib pasta dish. The brussel sprouts are to die for. I was disappointed that they took the ravioli with mushrooms that I enjoyed a couple years ago.
Everything was great. Food, service, ambiance. Reservations at 8:30 on a Saturday night were not really necessary. Some event was happening outside the restaurant that caused a little extra noise, but was hardly bothersome even though we were seated on the patio.
This is a terrific restaurant. it's fun and it's friendly and in many ways it's classy like a New York trendy restaurant. The young man who was on the front desk nade us feel welcome from the moment we walked in on Saturday afternoon Sept 23. And his attitude started us out an a great afternoon Birthday party. We'll be back.
This is a favorite of mine and normally pretty darn good. This time everything was off. The burratta was mediocre, the roasted garlic was hard and cold as if it was delivered straight from the fridge. We sent the garlic back and the next round wasn't any better. The pizza was alright but not it's normal self either. The service was a bit lacking and found out that they charge to refill a lemon aid. Seriously? When a meal for two is easily $50, your going nickel and dime me on lemonade? I will give this place another shot but this last time left a bad taste.
A disappointment for sure! The server was GREAT, but the food was so so, the gluten free crackers were beyond salty, the seating against the bench was uncomfortable and there was no recognition of the birthday we were celebrating even though it was part of the reservation on "open table". There were 4 of us and no one was impressed. We would not return.
We made a reservation for Saturday lunch and visited this restaurant with our guests. The restaurant has a great atmosphere- tables and all the decorations are all exotic and pretty. Inside the restaurant was very calming and it was unbelievable that we were in the site of the crowded and noisy spectrum.
We had some antipasti first- burrata + prosciutto 'caprese' and smoked chicken salad, which were good, not very excellent, though. And, then, pizza margherita , shrimp spaghetti, meatball spaghetti were served.
What was disappointing was spaghetti, which was not al dente. OMG! Pizza was ok but the crust was thicker than we expected. we like thin crust. So, I would say the overall impression of the food was mediocre... not very excellent.
We paid nearly $200 total, including dessert (ice cream) and drinks and tip
Now, I am not sure if the food there is worth the price. The atmosphere and location is definitely nice, but I think I would go to Cheesecake factory or California pizza kitchen for same type of food.
There were 6 of us for a birthday dinner. We started with the chicken liver vasi and the fava bean vase. Both were very good. We had the chopped salad family style and it was way more than enough for 6 people. We shared the paparadelle with short rib ragu which was excellent. For entrees we had the chicken, salmon and the mixed grill. Everything was delicious. Our server, Susie, was excellent. We will be returning!
We ordered the date, ricotta and bacon pizza. Sweet delicious, fresh. Also ordered the short ribs with flat thick pasta, wow very delicious. The short ribs melt in ur mouth. The flat thick pasta was fresh, maybe hand made there. Ambiance is great lively, modern, open, clean. Open kitchen. Highly recommend this place for the environment, food and ood prices.
We have been there several times. Always great. Some interesting starters. Great pizza. Flavorful salads. You can purchase a bottle of wine in their attached "cellar" and drink that (some fee attached but wine is at retail price).
Service fantastic. Friendly and sassy staff.
This is more a wine shop with food than a restaurant in a wine shop. Portions are small and pricey. Nothing wrong with the food. Menu is a bit limited and trying too hard to be "hip". Nice outdoor patio that faces fountain/plaza. Service is friendly and competent. My papardelle with short ribs was good, but under seasoned. Pizza was good. Cheese plate offered too small portions, but good quality. Bread was excellent.
This CE location is convenient for a group coming from different directions. Our food choices were ok, but we needed to ask a lot of questions to identify the ingredients in some of the menu items. It seems very pretentious to use the most specific species' nomenclature for ingredients in a very simple salad... who but a foodie could identify caciocavallo, ceci bean, or castelvetrano?
Rethink this. Who is your audience, someone who wants a good meal or someone you're trying to impress with specifics?
Even while writing this, spell-check hasn't a clue...
Cucina Enoteca is a favorite...they do change things all the time, and sometimes something you really love is gone when you go back, but otherwise, the waitstaff are very nice and it's consistently good. The squash blossoms have gone back to their larger size (which is great!) but the presentation in a bowl is not as nice. The chocolate budino, another favorite, was also slightly changed, but still good (not as good as the previous incarnation, but fine). I tried the Tequila Mule, which was very spicy and delicious!
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