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CUCINA enoteca - Irvine

4.6
1714 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 $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.

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
What 1714 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.6
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4.3
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipbrea2942
Orange County
98 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away. Excellent service and very friendly. We were given 2 glasses of Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary - an unexpected and welcome surprise. Wonderful food, great service and ambiance made for a super evening.

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Earl
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Due to the pandemic, there aren’t too many restaurants that have outdoor seating. The staff at restaurant, were practicing the CDC guidelines which was comforting. We celebrated a birthday (11/24/20) and the ambiance was perfect and the food was good.

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Steph
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Took my mom here for some mother daughter quality time, and she said loved it! Coming from a chef that’s a huge compliment! Thank you so much for the amazing experience and service!

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AliG
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious amd service was outstanding! Every visit has been a good experience!

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Rebecca
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at CUCINA was incredible. The food was amazing and the service was friendly. I highly recommend this place!

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repeatcustomer
New England
25 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, patio dining, and great service!

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vipSteffi
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and dinner on a weekday night.

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JeffA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Great atmosphere, great server. Menu and/or drink selection not all that great but decent

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TTime
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The food is always tasty at cucina and we LOVE the parmesan fries however, they must be served piping hot with lots of ketchup to get a 5 star rating. Ours were only slightly warm which could indicate a service issue.

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Lanie
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their pizzas! Please bring back the Date, Bacon & Ricotta one, I believe. It would be nice to have a pizza that is sweet and savory.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for my sisters birthday and the food was delicious a d the service was incredible as well as the ambiance. We sat on the patio and felt safe and distanced from the other guests. I highly recommend making a reservation as this place gets booked up fast.

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vipGregJ
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been frequent customers since Cucina entoeca opened in Irvine. We enjoyed dining in the covered patio area. The server was attentive and the food selections were very tasty!

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GaryS
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service, very limited menu selection. Good overall.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was delicious and the employees were wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food

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SarahD
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is amazing. Service was friendly and attentive.

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vipBobF
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was wonderful. Food and service were excellent.

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SavannahN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite spots!!! Of all the dining at the Irvine Spectrum, this is my go-to. Great wine selection, delicious food and great customer service.

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ALiu
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both food and service were excellent. They are COVID compliant and we never felt we were too close to other patrons.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great! I just had one negative: our waiter said they are pooling tips and I don’t think that’s a good idea. I think it’ll bring the overall service down because the food waiters won’t be motivated to be good.

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vipFoooodie
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience! Server recommended a wonderful bottle of California red wine which we enjoyed. Pasta dish the kitchen sent wasn’t right the first round but the server quickly had it remade. Solid Italian food, ample patio dining space and chill ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The only problem is with the hostess. We reserved for patio and were seated inside. We were disappointed that our table was given to a walk in.

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QueenvandIluvmnr14eterni
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food was not great. Service was excellent. Menu was very limited

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

All was great especially our server...but where we were seated we could hear the restaurant next door and all we heard were screaming and crying children. We were trying to relax and take some time off from our own children so it was very annoying.

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ChristinaK
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a delicious lunch! The flavors were rich and complementary. The outside patio was perfect and safe. I appreciate the focus on social distance and cleanliness. Perfect!

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KristelL
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was an amazing place! my friend and i enjoyed it very much :>

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eruby99
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food...Great location...Great Service❤️ The hummus is delicious...clam pasta is tasty...I'm sure the whole menu is wonderful! Looking foward to my next visit...Also, would like to check at the SD location.

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JoeNaz
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. I seriously enjoyed all of it. The service was amazing too. It was $200 for 4 people to eat and have a drink. I think that is 15% overpriced but overall a great experience.

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ValerieL
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love everything about this restaurant, definitely one of my favorites

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vablet
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated right away on the enclosed patio (glass walls about 3” higher than our heads. The food was excellent, we each had a pasta dish, one was pasta made from Sourdough and mine had squid ink. For dessert we shared the heavenly chocolate panna cotta.

They have a great wine list as well.

Perfect for couples or everyday dining.

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JessicaF
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Pizza was delicious! But pasta was a little chewy and undercooked and I would have loved some fresh cheese on it but the waiter dropped the food off and didn’t offer any. Not sure if maybe they were understaffed but I would have enjoyed my wine glass filled instead I filled my own wine 🍷 Expected more for the price.

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vipsnikonch
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The ambience was great, but the food was mediocre. My pasta entree was basically garlic olive oil with some pasta, vegetables, and cheese that I couldn’t taste at all because of the garlic overload. Not in a hurry to go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
74 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Great food.... very bad reception staff and fair service.

We know things are challenging right now but your staff needs to be trained to be helpful.

The tables are distanced and we felt safe eating there.. that was actually great.

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vipfoodwinelover
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Terrible Service. I spent over $400 for dinner for 4 and it was the biggest waste of money. Save yourself stress and money and don’t go there. I can’t believe in current conditions they have such a bad service. I had to get up twice to ask for manager who never showed up either. Last time I’ll ever go this restaurant in Irvine.

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ScottW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A unique combination of restaurant/wine shop. We ordered a bottle of Paso Robles Cabernet with dinner and liked it so much we purchased two more bottles to take home. At a price LESS than winery direct! One of our favorite go-to OC restaurants.

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vipFernandoP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and ambiance. My wife and I enjoy ourselves every time we dine here.

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vipSeth
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A very nice safe environment to enjoy outdoor dining with excellent menu choices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice restaurant, good food, great wine, friendly staff,... Cheers

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious. Definitely coming back

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CUCINA enoteca - Irvine is rated 4.6 stars by 1714 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.