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CUCINA enoteca - Irvine

4.5
1997 Reviews
$30 and under
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 $10 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1997 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4
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4.6
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the food and service there

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GeorgeL
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met some friends there from out of state
They loved this place

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vipRamina
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Ordered hamburger. No tomatoes, no raw onion available. Ordered steak, very very small. Ordered Latte, cold and tasted horrible. Ordered chopped salad, chicken was good but salad too small and not tasty. Ordered Tiramisu, extremely soggy, not fresh and too much cream. The service was very good. The fries very good. Overall, over $300.00 later, none of us 8 will go back again. While I understand the chef chooses what goes with what, how could any chef decide no tomato or onion should even be an option for a hamburger? If that's how he wishes to have it, it should not be called a hamburger.

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vipastropopcandy
Orange County
56 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Nothing really amazing about our dinner. Food was overpriced for what you get. Service was great, but service only goes so far..

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a reservation for 6:45 and once we were seated we sat there for 20 minutes with no one coming to fill up our waters or take our order, we walked out.

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GeriG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

everything was delicious and wonderful , I love coming here for special occasions! I just felt awful for our waiter, he seemed stressed and over worked, I hope management takes care of him

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is BUSY! But it’s SO worth it! Definitely would come back and share another delicious bottle of wine. I highly recommend sharing a bunch of plates so you can try it all :)

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DavisFoodie
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very loud. Hard to talk. Food was just ok. Not worth it.
Are outside and it was cold!!!

BJ
vipBrianJ
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server, Tracey was really great! Enjoyed the patio seating; more quiet than inside. Food is good but not exceptional. Cocktail pours are a little light, but wine by the glass pour was generous.

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NancyA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

AMAZING!! We ordered the Branzino because we are Keto and had the most amazing Sauvignon Blanc! Absolutely great service and ambiance.

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Rouja
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ana was great! Food was delicious! Everything was amazing and we will definitely be going back sooner than later!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was (as always) amazing. However, it was clear that they were understaffed, both at the bar and in the restaurant. Service was exceptionally slow. Our server continued to apologize for the delays and explain/justify them, but it definitely put a damper on the dining experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

It took us over 30 minutes to sit with our reservation. Service very bad. Server poured beer all over me. Very slow.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was amazing and the atmosphere was serene. Just what my family needed.

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erinslac
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service!
We all enjoyed our selections.

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Emelyanne
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Pretty disappointing. We waited 20 minutes after our reservation, and found it extremely difficult to get a cocktail at the bar ahead of our seating. This Saturday night was a zoo with people crossing one another’s paths during the wait. For the price, we expected our food to be prepared more expertly. Ribeye was overcooked, and the environment was chaotic. Perhaps lunch is a better choice?

JB
JulieB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business lunch and was very enjoyable- great atmosphere and delicious food

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GeorgeL
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is excellent for most tastes.There is something for everyone.Service is quick & very pleasant

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SyeS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time dining at Cucina Enotec and we had a fantastic time. Our server Lorelei was absolutely wonderful. Her food knowledge, patience and attentiveness made our experience a memorable one. Her wine recommendation paired very well with our appetizer, pizza and pasta. Overall this was one of the best experiences we ever had dinning out. We will come back again.

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BumbFluchere
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a nice lunch with a friend. We shared an appetizer, which was the Fried Squash Blossoms. Very good. We then each had a the Italian Chopped Salad with grilled shrimp. I thought the shrimp was going to be tossed in the salad but it came on the side. Other than that, the food was great and the glass of wine was awesome.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The service was very slow, had to wait for 10 minutes for a waiter to order water, another 10 to order wine, another 10 to get a glass of wine.

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NahlaR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was great, but it was unfortunate that the initial request of choice my loved one and I had selected for food and drinks were out of. It almost felt that anything we selected they ran out of. However, the recommendation of food given to us were great. Overall atmosphere was perfect, food was great, service was alright. But I would come again.

TD
vipTerryD
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, first time and we will be back next time we are in California!

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SergioV
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

good lunch place and service is good, food can be improved a little more overall I will use it again.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jed was a great server!!

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lyss
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing here! The service was quick and friendly.

AR
AlexR
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. We were there for a birthday, and they brought a complimentary panne cotta for dessert that was fantastic. We were sat near some large groups with kids, which I didn’t expect at this type of restaurant, but nothing the staff could have really done about that. Overall, great food and great service.

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DennisL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little local chain / main stay that continues to serve awesome food. It's also a nice little spot for folks who are into wine to take advantage of the fact they're also a wine shop that offers pretty competitive retail pricing AND the benefit to enjoy it on-site with a meal.

We were able to reserve for an outdoors patio seat, well ventilated and covid-concern friendly. Ariana was our server and she was amazing in chasing down bottles for us and made our visit a blast.

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SummerO
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great rustic Italian food at a great price

SG
vipSharonG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food wasn’t as good at it usually is :( it’s probably because it was the end of the night. Salad was limp and not flavorful. The parpadelle was lacking sauce and needed more salt.

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Jess
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious as always and the service was fantastic. We sat outside under a heater and felt very comfortable. We keep coming back to Cucina because they are consistent in quality and hospitality.

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ChuckyBill
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great meal. I did struggle to find an Italian dish that I wanted to ot]Eder and ended up getting the Rib Eye Steak. It was really good, but I would have like to have an Italian meal. Meatballs came with Cus Cus instead of pasta and many dishes had pork which I don’t care for.

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RICARDO
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

They do not serve bread before the meal, like most Italian restaurants. Our appetizer, the charcuterie board, was tiny. The amount of pasta served for dinner was not enough. We were so disappointed! Olive Garden is better than this.

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Kiki
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was good and the restaurant offered a variety of dishes. The server was very attentive and the food was served promptly. The drinks were a little pricey and served in small quantity. Overall it was a good dinning experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our daughters 19th Birthday.. there was a small dog in a carrier next to us and it was barking a lot. Interrupted our evening!!!
We sang Happy Birthday and you can hear the dog barking in our video!! Having reservations we had to wait 10 minutes to be seated.. our server was excellent!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent. The atmosphere is relaxing.

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NadineG
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Loved the fried squash blossoms.

KA
KevinA
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Pasta didn’t have flavor it didn’t live up to its hype

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service really sets this restaurant apart from the others.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bucatini, burrata, squash flowers, and meatballs are my favorite!!! Service was quick and was great. Their sister restaurant, cucina Urbana in San Diego, is the same and is also excellent!

FAQs

CUCINA enoteca - Irvine is rated 4.5 stars by 1997 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.