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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (27)
Great for Outdoor Dining (25)
Good for Groups (22)
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Good for a Date (22)
Special Occasion (21)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Casual (19)
Fit for Foodies (19)
Great for Lunch (19)
Handcrafted Cocktails (18)
Fun (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Authentic (14)
Business Meals (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Romantic (11)
Cozy (10)
Healthy (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
People Watching (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Seasonal (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Tapas (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Vegan (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Organic (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Great food options, they have a wine store in the restaurant with a great selection of Italian wines that you can buy and drink at your table (and it you like them buy some more and take them home which we did). Good value for the food and service.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Irma was a great waitress, very knowledgeable. The food was delicious. Will be coming back!

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great food, Great Service. Had a wonderful server and everyone enjoyed the food.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

My food was delivered cold to me took them almost 15 minutes to reserve the food

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Love this place.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Horrible horrible horrible service. Waitress had no clue- we had to ask for water we had to ask for bread the service was sooooo slow. I took out two of my out of state clients and i was embarrassed! Never again will i go there. Period!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Had a wonderful dinner and we were extremely late and everyone was so nice and accommodating. Wonderful concept and decor.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great pet friendly restaurant nice place good food!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 14, 2017

You must try the Brussel sprouts and the Buccatini pasta with the quail egg on top. Must haves.....

Tags: Fun, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Romantic, People Watching, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Healthy, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 4, 2017

Bar tenders were awesome, super attentive and fun to chat with. Me and my friend had a blast, definitely recommend happy hour!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Everyone in our party loved the food and the service was fantastic! I really wish I could remember her name but our waitress was phenomenal.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 30, 2017

This was our second time at Cucina Enoteca. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is very airy and lovely. We drove from Burbank and it was well worth it (again!).

Tags: Casual, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Venue is s nice and peaceful. Nice patio area. Service was good. Food was ok.

Tags: Authentic, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Cozy, Fun, Casual, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Love it here! Great for a Mom's night out, date night, or even to take the whole family. I wish there were a few more vegetarian options, but otherwise, it's great!

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Fantastic service and great food and wine. One of my favorite places to have dinner with friends.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Excellent as usual!! Food is delicious. Brussels sprouts never tasted so good. Service is great.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Clam linguine was flavorful and clams were steamed perfectly. It is a bit loud inside but the outside seating is a fun place to people watch and still be able to carry on a conversation.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

We had a great time. The service and food were exceptional.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great food and service! My wife and I shared a bottle of wine (very reasonable) and two dishes! The dessert was delicious as well (pineapple rum cake). Would definitely recommend for a date night or a night out with friends!

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·Dined on August 17, 2017

They didn't have my OT booking.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Table was ready on time. Food was delicious and table was located in a silent nice area

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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.

Go.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, People Watching
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Service was terrible. Took 25 minutes for our bottle of wine to arrive at our table after ordering it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Unfortunately we were not given a table outside as originally confirmed, only because our party got larger (from 4 to 7) - larger tables remained w/o guests outside until kitchen closed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Delicious eggplant parmesan sandwich and generous portions.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Pretty busy and the poor server had more table that she could handle. I don't suggest the linguini with clam ! Very watery .pasta was swimming in it 👎pizza was good as always !

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 3, 2017

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...

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Cambridge)·Dined on August 2, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Nice Sunday patio dinner with friends. Bonus = no corkage! Expected quality of food met. Service good as well. Liked the fact we weren't rushed out of our table.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Montó bene 👌🏻

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