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CUCINA enoteca - Irvine

4.6
2055 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 2055 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liane was amazing! She was very attentive to our needs and is a pleasure to have for a waitress!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time as always. Not the first time we’ve been here and won’t be the last

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OCCR
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Short version:
I had reservations for 8 pm., got there early and “checked in”. 45 mins later we were seated AFTER I reminded the hostess we were waiting 3 times. We were seated at a table with 3 open tables right next to us.
The server, Carlo, shows up for water and drinks and apps over 10 mins after we were sat. (One of the 3 open tables filled while we were sitting there, AND was served their beverages before Carlo ever came over).
My wife and I, trying to make the best of it, are having a conversation, but closer to each other’s faces because of the noise…here comes Carlo, sliding 2 plates between our faces, (not on the rest of the 3/4 of open table there)…and says nothing, just drops the plates and runs.
The bar brings my wife’s ROOM TEMP Prosecco…for real, not even any condensation on the glass, the whole time we sat there.
Carlo finally comes through with the 2 apps, the squash blossom is why they got any stars on the food, because the meat ball was dry and hard.
Anyway, Carlo stopped by 1 more time, asked how things were, and I sh** you not, my wife said she was good, and looked at me and asked if I was ready to order, and Carlo left. He walked right away, and pretty fast, too.
10 mins after that, he came back when I flagged him down for the check (we were done after that). He brought the check, apologized for “whatever he did”.
Horrible service.
This was our second “let’s give it one more try…”. That’ll be it for us.

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TheaterPatron
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable lunch with friends. Patio seating was comfortable.

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JoanneE
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lunch with a friend. Had the indoor space to ourselves. Server was pleasant. Loved the decor. Food was good. Squash blossoms with lemon aioli were outstanding. My friend loved her Lavender 75 cocktail. Enjoyable day!

EM
vipEstherM
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent service and food.

Server was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around.

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Rouja
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. We loved the interior design, lots of cool elements. Our server, Ben was fantastic. It was a great experience and we will be back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Went in day and enjoyed it more. Better service and vibe. The music was a little too loud for that outdoor setting at night.

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Lovetoeatoutwithfriendsa
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was excellent and the service superb. They have an extensive wine list.

SC
vipSamC
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always the food and the service are consistently good. Due to shortage of staff, we had to wait for 10 minutes to be seated even though we had reservation and were there 5 minutes before our time but it was worth the wait.

GL
GeorgeL
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was top notch, quality of food is outstanding
Good table spacing
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience

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vipPhlin
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly service, so-so good. The burrata starter was under-seasoned, as was the chopped salad, and the shrimp add-on was overcooked. So some issues in the kitchen, but this is one of more attractive places to dine in Irvine.

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Food4thought
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! We tried two appetizers plus a pizza and a pasta dish. Everything was fantastic! Fresh, great flavors, and good portions (lots of leftovers) The staff were great and we sat outside by a giant olive tree. HIGHLY recommend!

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MaulinG
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice people. Good food at reasonable price. Quick service. That’s all u need to get it right.

RB
RanvirB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, comfortable seating, highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bucatini and Rigatoni Bolognese was amazing. Two of the three appetizers were disappointing. Octopus was great. Service was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server hard great recommendations.

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BABAKP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

It was my first time at the restaurant. Loved the decor, the food was good but portions were very small. I came in hungry and I left hungry. I felt the price point was too high for the value of the food and menu size. I understand it was New Year’s eve but i felt we were rushed by our server. I was not impressed with his level of service. I didnt like the fact he dictated how much to select for his tip. He absolutely did not earn the 20% he got out of me. He should NOT have selected the amount without asking permission. I was NOT happy about that at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve ….
Food …amazing
Service….fantastic
Noise level…a little loud for senior family members

Shrimp/clam/squid ink pasta…Delicious!!
Jared…server…excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Terrible start to the new year. When we were seated it took almost 20 minutes for us to be even acknowledged and that was because we had to stop a manager and ask. When we were given drinks it was with an understanding that the person who helped us was not going to be our server. She ended up seeing us anyway. No apologies by anyone. Food was terrible. I had to pick the pasta out of my teeth because it was so underdone. Never going there again.

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AmyS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good, fresh food. Great pizza and pasta. But rats delish. Yummy drinks. Great service. Loved the outdoor seating. Will define my return. Thank you!

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Anne
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good. Server was knowledgeable and nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

My husband and I went on a date night. Waiter was excellent. Restaurant was out of things but I guess this was to be expected at 8 pm on December 26. But the problem is I don’t eat meat or shellfish because of allergies, so it limited me. I had expected to get the butternut squash pasta, and probably should have chosen a restaurant with more options. The waiter was very sympathetic, and tried to find alternatives. I ended up getting the bucatini without the pork, and they wouldn’t substitute the egg for the pork without charging me extra so I went without. That to me was a bit frustrating as an egg is cheaper than pork. The food we did have was very good, but we would probably choose a different place next time.

JD
JayD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing, food was great, drinks were great. Nothing left to be desired. Excellent all around

RL
vipRosieL
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Christmas eve dinner. Service was awesome!

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StevenM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, consistently good food. Christmas Eve dinner Feast of the 7 Fishes was nicely executed. Wine was good.

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VikasS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good place for business meetings and also family get to geather

LL
vipLisaL
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dominique was wonderful!

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MaddyT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time ever coming to Cucina and it was a great experience. The staff was friendly, the service was great and the food was amazing. Highly recommend the fried squash blossoms as an appetizer and the aquazul for a non-alcoholic drink.

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vipSergeiK
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went with a big group so naturally some of the food took a while to come out. But overall was great and food was delicious. Recommend trying their pizzas. Even the crust is delicious. Pasta is good too. They do it al dente by default, which is exactly how I like my pasta.

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vipFrancesA
West Palm Beach
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service are great, hostess could be more friendly though.
Menu is not so big but everything is delicious. I recommend the burrata, short ribs papardelle, and rigatoni’s bolognese.

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Murf
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I thought the service was slow but under the circumstances with the pandemic and getting people back to work its been hard.

DA
vipDebbieA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebration of my brother in law life

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Guyzer
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

WoW!
As usual, the cuisine was on point! We enjoyed the taste of every dish: octopus, squash blossoms, arugula salad, mushroom pizza, and short rib pappardelle. The highlight of the evening was JARED! He helped us move to a table big enough to accommodate us, was thorough with explanations about menu items, and served us throughout the evening like we were VIPs! All four of us 60+ year olds commented that he was one of the best servers we have ever encountered [and we are frequent diners]. Jared has future manager all over...

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vipSergeiK
Toronto
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Service was quick and efficient and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable. We had a few of their pizzas, pastas, salads, and deserts and it was all tasty and done to perfection. Been here a few times and the quality is consistently top notch.

CB
CarrieB
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to dine. Excellent food and staff. Wonderful cocktails and excellent wine selection.

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Kimberly
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

carlos messed up our order and was not attentive to our table. also got yelled at for not wearing a mask when i just got up to use the restroom. no one else who was dining was even wearing a mask. and the workers weren’t even wearing theirs properly. what a joke this place was.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ordered two pastas, I was jealous of my boyfriends rigatoni bolognese as I had opted for the squash pasta, we also split a margarita pizza. Great service always a wonderful vibe

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Delay in sitting, had to ask although they said i would be texted
Ask for condiments, had to reminder her
Delay in getting drinks
Taste of food was just meh
Was seated outside, which was our preference although we were seated near to exit door that just remained open all nite
Requested it was for anniversary and special occasion and it was just ignored, otherwise why even mention

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CUCINA enoteca - Irvine is rated 4.6 stars by 2055 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.