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CUCINA enoteca - Irvine
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Contactless payment available
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Staff temperature check required
scrambled egg + bacon + avocado + mozzarella + parmesan + ricotta salata + crème fraiche + green tomato salsa verde
fried squash blossoms
lemon ricotta + saffron aioli + chimichurri
burnt brussels sprouts + ivan's hot sauce
Liane was amazing! She was very attentive to our needs and is a pleasure to have for a waitress!
Great time as always. Not the first time we’ve been here and won’t be the last
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”.
This was our second “let’s give it one more try…”. That’ll be it for us.
Enjoyable lunch with friends. Patio seating was comfortable.
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!
excellent service and food.
Server was exceptional.
Great experience all around.
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!
Went in day and enjoyed it more. Better service and vibe. The music was a little too loud for that outdoor setting at night.
Dinner was excellent and the service superb. They have an extensive wine list.
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.
Service was top notch, quality of food is outstanding
Good table spacing
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience
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.
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!
Nice people. Good food at reasonable price. Quick service. That’s all u need to get it right.
Great food, great service, comfortable seating, highly recommend!
Bucatini and Rigatoni Bolognese was amazing. Two of the three appetizers were disappointing. Octopus was great. Service was great.
Our server hard great recommendations.
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.
New Year’s Eve ….
Noise level…a little loud for senior family members
Shrimp/clam/squid ink pasta…Delicious!!
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.
Good, fresh food. Great pizza and pasta. But rats delish. Yummy drinks. Great service. Loved the outdoor seating. Will define my return. Thank you!
Food was good. Server was knowledgeable and nice.
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.
Server was amazing, food was great, drinks were great. Nothing left to be desired. Excellent all around
Incredible Christmas eve dinner. Service was awesome!
Great service, consistently good food. Christmas Eve dinner Feast of the 7 Fishes was nicely executed. Wine was good.
Good place for business meetings and also family get to geather
Dominique was wonderful!
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.
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.
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.
I thought the service was slow but under the circumstances with the pandemic and getting people back to work its been hard.
Celebration of my brother in law life
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...
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.
Lovely place to dine. Excellent food and staff. Wonderful cocktails and excellent wine selection.
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.
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
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
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.