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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4.4

service

4.4

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4.5

value

4.1

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (29)
Good for Groups (28)
Good for a Date (24)
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Casual (22)
Special Occasion (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Notable Wine List (21)
Fun (19)
Cozy (18)
Romantic (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Business Meals (17)
Authentic (15)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Bar Seating (14)
Hot Spot (13)
People Watching (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Healthy (9)
Seasonal (8)
Local Ingredients (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Organic (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Afternoon Tea (4)
Great for Brunch (4)
Great Beer (4)
Late-night Find (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vegan (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Live Music (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Tapas (2)
Live Sports (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

Always consisent with service and quality - drinks are pretty yummy too!

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We sat at the bar. It was a nice experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Loved it. Good food, interesting menu, great atmosphere!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2018

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.

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·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great service. Good outdoor patio area and good food.

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Groups, Casual, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

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vip
 (London)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 27, 2018

GREAT salmon dish!!! What a surprise. Dined here before and it was unremarkable but this time they got it right.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Lovely place, delicious food, definitely coming back for sure.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

As good an Italian restaurant as most we've visited in Italy!

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The decor and food is amazing. I’ve been to the Del Mar location and this one in Irvine was just as great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Organic, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Hostess was rude and unprofessional. Won’t be back

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Fun, People Watching
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

It was perfect.. everything was perfect .. service n customer service was outstanding and very helpful ..

Tags: Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Very mediocre Italian food. Nice seating outside, friendly service.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Came here for my sister's birthday. Made a reservation, which I didn't think was necessary for a Sunday lunch. The service was a bit slower than it should have been for how not busy they were but the food, like always, was delicious. Service was friendly and the ambiance was great. They even brought out a small dessert for my sister, which was delicious. Definitely would come back again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Romantic, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The food was amazing! Our server was okay. I think he forgot about us...

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 3, 2018

The recommended food by the waiter wasn't a good choice, food was cold and meat was tough and chewy.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Food is always good here. But the lights are turned down way to low. Every table people where using their phones for light to see the menu. Dark restaurants are out of date. Very inconvenient to struggle to read the menu. Turn up the lights.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Had a very good wine list. Food was not great will not return.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The food was great, and the service top-notch, but it was noisy and chilly. If we’d had a table that wasn’t right in path of doorway, it might have been better if you go, ask to be seated near a walk, away from the entrance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We started our business/celebrate-end-of-year conversation outside (with a bottle of sparkling wine and some appetizers) and then relocated inside because the sun had moved and was beating down on us. Our server could not have been more accommodating! The food selection was impressive, what we ate was delicious, the wine list was great, and we were able to sit and talk for four hours. The option to purchase a retail bottle and consume on site was a nice bonus and I hope to take advantage of it the next time I visit. All in all, a great experience! Thank you.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

One of our favorite OC spots. We usually share plates and try a new bottle of wine when we go.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great patio for our dog. The whole branzino was good for two. The service was excellent though we were the only table filled outside on the patio. A bit cold on Christmas Eve, but good people watching. The negative was the wine list was over priced and then they charge $9 to open their wine. So, we brought our own wine and then the corkage jumps to $25! Wine is rip off everywhere. Overall good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The pork shank was excellent. The shrimp pasta was over cooked. A bit confused about the wine. We thought if we bought one from their wine shop the corkage was charged. However if you order wine from the wine List, they charge corkage too. Next time we will just bring our own.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

Horrible service. We picked this spot for an early Christmas dinner with friends. Waiter never came back to check on us after he dropped off our food. We had to flag him down. Manager was making the rounds and got to our table, we had to order another pizza through the manager. Waiter came back and asked us if we wanted the dessert menu, we had to inform him that we just ordered another pizza. Food was great, but the service was so horrible, we won’t be returning here nor referring friends to this restaurant. It wasn’t even busy, so I don’t understand how it was possible to ditch us the whole night.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Cucina Enoteca never disappoints! The food is fresh and delicious, the wines are well chosen (and you can buy bottles to go), the service is always of the highest caliber and you can have your dog with you on the patio.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Professional, friendly waiters and staffs, unique drinks, stocks of wine lists, love the deco, food are creative and tasty, great for friends gathering for lunch but the menu is not so much for date night. Found this place by accident and didn't regret it.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Several things:
1. The service was extremely slow, lunch shouldn't take 90 minutes. Too long to wait for everything.
2. The food portions appeared quite a bit smaller than previous trips
3. Bring back the Tiramisu. What a shame it isn't on the menu.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food here is incredible. It's not cheap at all but it's so good.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Sat us next to screaming children
Freezing cold would not turn on middle heater because the people to the right & left did not want the middle one one-should have asked if we would like to be moved.
Server forgot to bring the following we asked for:
Olive oil
Vinegar
Cheese
More water
Just let the helper kind of throw our food down & did not check if we needed anything unless we asked her helper (he was very nice) or if by chance we waved our arms to get her attention.
She was not very knowledgeable and seemed confused & tired.
Cucina is our favorite restaurant & normally we would give all the stars possible.
It was disappointing....but we will come back.
Thank you for asking

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Fun, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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