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.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

We’re putting our own CUCINA spin on Feast of the Seven Fishes. We will be offering 2-3 seafood dishes per night from December 18th – December 24th. Our chefs are excited to share their small plate creations with you invite you to visit often and try them all!

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Enjoy our regular Dinner menu and a selection of chef's specials for the evening. Last seating is at 10pm. Complimentary champagne toast for all guests at midnight.

CUCINA enoteca - Irvine Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

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Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (30)
Good for a Date (28)
Good for Groups (27)
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Fun (25)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Special Occasion (25)
Notable Wine List (24)
Fit for Foodies (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Casual (21)
Great for Lunch (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
Authentic (17)
Business Meals (15)
Romantic (15)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Happy Hour (14)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Comfort Food (11)
People Watching (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Healthy (10)
Seasonal (10)
Cozy (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Local Ingredients (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Great for Brunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Organic (5)
Tapas (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Vegan (3)
Great Beer (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Live Music (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Live Sports (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

High energy, good food that is fresh! Great variety! Definitely will be back!!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

No matter how many times I go to Cucina, which is a lot, it never disappoints. The food is always piping hot and I love that the menu changes with the seasons so they're using fresh, local, in-season ingredients. LOVE this place!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Fun
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·Dined 6 days ago

Got an email that isn't for me, don't even live in this state. So the hell with it, they get all the boxes checked.

Tags: Romantic, Kid-friendly, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Vegan, Healthy, Live Sports, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Waterfront, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Organic, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Scenic View, People Watching, Afternoon Coffee, Gluten Free Options, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fun, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Great Beer, Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 10, 2017

All three of our dinners were great. We will be back!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Comfort Food, Fun
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The front desk girl (who takes your name) sucked!!!!!!!! She was rude and could have cared less. She made us wait 1hr for a very empty restaurant. I decided to bypass her and made reservations on Opentable and got seated in 30 minutes. Clearly they had spots open.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

On recommendation from "local's" while in Newport Beach for a Holiday party, we walked over to Fashion Island (a wonderful destination in itself) to have our dinner meal. So deceiving from the outside and not even sure where the entrance was, but how unique! You enter through their wine store with the cutest and creative friendly labeling system ever! The best news..all reasonably priced with under a $10 corkage charge if you decide to enjoy your selection with your meal. Not an extensive menu which was a gift to us...don't like too many choices, AND what was there (about 6 in each section) was a culinary treat! So creative, HEALTHY and filling at the same time! You can't go wrong! Inside it's just an energy filled room, with cozy chairs and friendly and PROFESSIONAL wait staff! Yea!! Value, Taste, Unique, Friendly, Energy = WINNER

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Organic, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, People Watching, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 8, 2017

I’ve been to several locations and truthfully , this was the worst dining experience from a good standpoint I have experienced. They had a buyout of the main dining room so maybe their focus was on that, but what a disappointment.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Mike, our waiter, was AMAZING! We were a party of 6 and he did a great job of making sure we had everything we needed. As for the food, my favorite is the chicken liver pate, it’s delicious! Everyone was happy with their food choices.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was excellent but the service was lacking. Had to wait for service and other servers would not accommodate you. I think they notified your server that a particular table requested service but I don't know because of the delays

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

awesome food! awesome service!

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Only thing better than the food is the service! Cucina Enoteca staff are knowledgeable, professional, friendly and truly have a "customer first" attitude. Above and beyond expectations every time we dine.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Seasonal
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

The patio seating is always great, especially at the holidays; such a great view of the Spectrum festivities. The food is excellent and creative. Our server was friendly and efficient. All around, a great evening.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We drove from Santa Barbara for a special dinner with friends. We wanted ambiance and great food and both were experienced at Cucina.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Went to celebrate birthday dinner with friends that had not dined here before. We’ve been about 10 Times. Arrived early, had cocktails/appetizers. Stuffed flower blossoms were oily. Buratta ok, but too cold. Ordered a rare wine. Ordered salads and entree’s. The salads were lacking. Dry massaged kale. Sent them back. My lasagna was very good. The chicken a bit dry. The salmon was over cooked. As more folks arrived the service depreciated. There was a power outage. Lasted a long time. We asked for our bill. Was $360 for four. Gave our Amex card. Waited and waited. Our service person informed us that due to the power outage they could not process payment. That we would have to wait. I explained I needed to leave. The waitress apologized which was appreciated but why should we have to wait out a power failure? So, we paid with cash.
I feel management should have compt something for the inconvenience.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We had great service great food AWSOME wine it was a lovely evening!
We reserved online using open table.
We requested patio seating on the couches & when we arrived it was perfect!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Seasonal, People Watching, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Spicy
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

We ordered spaghetti with tomato sauce and it had no flavor at all ... please ask the kitchen crew to taste the food before serving it to customers

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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