Celebrate Easter with Brunch at CUCINA. We'll be offering a menu of chef specials in addition to our regular lunch menu.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
This is my favorite restaurant, but last night I was disappointed. The short rib pappardelle is my favorite dish along with the chopped salad. The salad has had too much dressing the last 2 times. The pasta was over cooked and there was barely any meat. I also realized that the only comfortable seating on the patio is if you get to sit on the bench which I haven’t been able to do the past few times. Not sure why they don’t replace the chairs. They don’t fit with the tables. Very uncomfortable.
Service was attentive and dinner was great! Plenty of seating for a last minute 4:30 early dinner reservation( which were not needed). Suggestion.. dimmer on lights should be turned up two notches. Funny to see most tables using phone flashlights, including mine, just to read the menu. (Overcast rainy day)
We had a wonderful dining experience here last saturday for lunch for our teenage daughter's birthday. The pizza, as always, is fantastic as were the spicy Brussel sprouts appetizer that we love. We always purchase wine in the shop prior to enjoy with our meal and never cease to be amazed at the great variety and selection. Our server was spot-on and extremely attentive. We appreciated the complimentary birthday dessert with the sweet and salty crumble on top. Cucina Enoteca is well-worth the drive from Brea for us and we always have a great dining experience. We will continue to consider it one of our favorite restaurants as well as recommend it to others!
We went for the OC Restaurant Week. It was amazing, food was so delicious.
Everything was pretty good this time. Restaurant was very busy and i understand waiters rushing but the young woman that actually delivered our food practically threw it at us. She needs to so slow down and smile at her customers.
First time to Cucina Enoteca. Really enjoyed the experience. Great food, wine, and cocktail choices. We look forward to coming back.
Such a fun place to eat! Every time I have gone, we always have had good food. This last visit the service wasn't the best. But overall I have had good service. Would recommend this place to anyone.
I wish they tended to their servers a little. We had to wait and repeat our request a couple times. The server did not seem to care. Of course he was busy but his attitude did not help.
Went in with my wife and tried there Restaurant Week menu and it was delicious as always. My wife and I had a great dinner paired with a great bottle of wine.
Great date with the wife
Always love this place. The rock music outside in the Spectrum kinda ruined the vibe for methis time. I'll be back anyway :)
Brussels sprouts awesome. So was the salmon. Service wasn't great. Had to keep flagging waiter down for water and he never filled our wine glasses.
Also women's restroom was a disaster which I brought to waiter's attention before we even sat down, but nothing was done about it. Doesn't really help your appetite when that's one of the first things you see before
Food is terrific. Service in the bar could be better. Service at our table was awesome.
Not sure though when you buy a bottle of their own wine, you have to pay a $9.00 corkage fee.... That doesn't make sense
Waitress was on point and incredibly friendly.
Terrific branzino (zero bones), great chopped salad and don't miss the brussels sprouts. Service was spot on and reservation honored at time requested.
Always consisent with service and quality - drinks are pretty yummy too!
We sat at the bar. It was a nice experience.
The good - asked for a seat away from crowds in order for my 80-year-old Dad could hear better, without seating outside, they did find a decent location.
The good - burrata and roasted garlic appetizer was good, the beet salad was good size and tasty.
The good - the malted milk budino and nutrella bombolini dessert were delicious.
The good - server Kevin enthusiastic and did keep his word with pacing the appetizer, salad and main course.
The negative - linguini and clams, dad placed his fork to the pasta and he was able to lift a big blob of pasta. This is an Italian restaurant, cooking pasta should be their thing. Was also salty. There was however, plenty of clams. Parppadelle pasta was chewy; however, dish did have flavor.
The negative - the servers who brought out the food weren't on their game. They brought out appetizers but gave us no dishes. Not sure how the waiter relays to these food servers who gets what dish but salad and main dishes were given to the wrong person, not a big deal to pass to the right person, but if they just said who gets the beet salad instead of assuming and placing in front of the wrong person would have been better. Main dishes for 4 people were not brought out together and then one was wrong but another server brought the right one in seconds, seems mixed up tables.
The negative - so for appetizer we didn't get plates (until we asked) but for dessert we each ordered one, did not mention anything about sharing and they brought 4 plates before the desserts, now the desserts come out on their plates... so we stacked the plates in order to put the dessert plate in front of each person to enjoy. Odd.
Loved it. Good food, interesting menu, great atmosphere!
Mu daughter and i had the new dish- lamb ravioli. It was just okay and we do not like the new dishes with the rim.
Food is amazing. Love the ambiance and background. The music on sundays were amazing and we had a great wait staff. Everyone enjoyed the food.
Great service. Good outdoor patio area and good food.
I specifically left instructions that it was a birthday celebration and that i wanted to be seated side by side but neither of those were brought up. We were seated in the darkest corner of the patio. Our food was alright but our risotto was lukewarm, barely warm. It was a busy night so we didnt complain but i might consider going elsewhere for a birthday.
My family and I dine at Cucina Enoteca all the time. However, I was extremely disappointed this past Friday in not only the service, but the food. I wrote on my reservation AND told the hostess that we were celebrating a birthday. We spent over $300 and couldn't even get a scoop of ice cream with a candle. I also made my reservation weeks in advance and requested to be seated inside, but that request also went ignored. Won't be going back to Cucina any time soon.
I’ve always loved this Cucina Enoteca for yummy and fresh Italian food. This visit was enjoyable. We were running behind and called to let them know and they happily accommodated us. Server was friendly and attentive. We had the burrata as a starter, which I usually love, but this time the bread didn’t seem fresh and either did the burrata. It wasn’t terrible, but on other visits it was very fresh. We both had pasta, which never disappoints. I asked for a wine recommendation and the server was knowledgeable and helpful. Also followed up to see that I was pleased with the choice. We were in a bit of a hurry because we were off to a movie afterwards and they got our bill sorted quickly. Overall a great experience. A better burrata would have made for an excellent experience.
We had ordered a bottle of sparkling wine and they were out of it. They only had a more expensive bottle available and any other time I have seen this happen they extend the price to the available bottle if it is more. I feel he should have said they would waive the corkage or adjust bottle price due to the inconvenience. Then the bottle wasn’t cold because apparently the fridge had turned off the night before.
My husband and I enjoy Cucina Enoteca for the food and also the service. Brandon, our waiter, was wonderful. The food was absolutely fantastic! My husband had the Lasagna and I had a special, Pork Shank with polenta and apples and arugula (out of this world!!!!!!!!). We always enjoy our meals here and have yet to have a bad service experience. Great cocktails, pizza (bring back the arugula, pear gorgonzola) appetizers and entrees. Worth every penny!
This is our 3rd or 4th time visiting Cucina Enoteca and will most likely be our last visit. We keep hoping that the food and service will improve, but that just isn't happening. My wife had the fig pizza which was far too sweet and soggy. I had the chopped salad which was at best ordinary and our guest had the short rib pappardelle which was fatty and greasy. Since I have had the pappardelle previously I warned our guest that my experience was that the short rib was very fatty and grisly, but she had read that this was their signature pasta. She was very disappointed. Regarding the poor service, I find that restaurants that use the "team" method of serving usually disappoint. Seems like no one really takes responsibility for the service after the "lead" server takes the order. Took 15 minutes to get cheese for the pasta.
GREAT salmon dish!!! What a surprise. Dined here before and it was unremarkable but this time they got it right.
Lovely place, delicious food, definitely coming back for sure.
As good an Italian restaurant as most we've visited in Italy!
The decor and food is amazing. I’ve been to the Del Mar location and this one in Irvine was just as great.
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!
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.
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!
Hostess was rude and unprofessional. Won’t be back
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.
It was perfect.. everything was perfect .. service n customer service was outstanding and very helpful ..
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.
Very mediocre Italian food. Nice seating outside, friendly service.