CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach

4.6
1214 reviews
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$30 and under
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CUCINA enoteca is located on the west side of Fashion Island, Orange County's most sophisticated retail experience. 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 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 a rustic farmhouse.
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Orange County
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 4

It was my granddaughters 1st birthday. I called to say we were running 15 minutes late. We show up. Plenty of open tables in the garden YeT they make us wait. This happens all the time but ok. We get to the table and food comes out all timed wrong. I come all the time yet they charged me a cake fee. Was so upset.

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S
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, ambiance and food all outstanding. Wine choices also great. Fun, tasty meal.

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J
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A quaint elegant decoration, service was great for a group of us. We all had a wonderful lunch with family style serving for pasta, pizza and salad. Highly recommended!!

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The waiter was overwhelmed with the large parties around us. Was not very attentive to our party.

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RB
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite restaurants. This was the first time we brought the family who loved it.

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MM
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the restaurant is in a good location.

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and table outside

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s
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was meeting up with some friends and one of us had a birthday . So since I was the only local , the job of picking a restaurant was entrusted (read as forced ) to me :) .

I had the Charred Octopus at Cucina a week ago and it was still fresh in my mind. So the decision was easy. The food was amazing as expected. We were probably the last customers to enter the restaurant for the night and stayed a little bit over the closing time but at no point in time did we feel that we had to rush. A round of applause goes to Misha , the member of staff who was supporting us during the evening. She was truly helpful.

Highly recommended this and all other Cucina restaurants .

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SG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

There was a issue with my meal and they ended up taking it off the tab. That is great service. I will definitely come back!!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service is always incredible. Thanks as always!

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LA
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food & service. Celebrated a casual birthday dinner with friends & was met with excellent service from our server Sean. Very knowledgeable & helped us pick rich, wonderful food. Highly recommend! 10/10 overall experience.

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FM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I've already recommended to various people. Enjoyed the experience, food and service. We sampled various dishes,the parmesan fries the chopped salad and Margherita pizza and all were very very good. There non-alcoholic teas were very tasty and refreshing as well.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Teresa is always fantastic!

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LG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining location. Staff is very attentive, professional and friendly. Food is exceptional. Always a great dining experience.

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SH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic and friendly. I love this place! The squash blossoms are absolutely amazing. The seafood dish my husband enjoyed was top notch. Dining was very enjoyable even with my four young children. The staff was extremely friendly but professional. Thank you!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a perfect, intimate birthday dinner with my boyfriend.

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MM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved this place. Our waitress was great, she recommended a wine for us that was fabulous. The food was fresh and delicious. The service timing of bringing out our appetizers, to our food was perfect. We really enjoyed ourselves, and the tiramisu was to die for!

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

The waitress never came out to ask if we were ok, we were the ones calling her. Had a pile of plates on the table she didn’t even bother to pick up until we paid and getting up to go.

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RK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

We went for our wedding anniversary. The pizza was delicious, but the salad came undressed (by accident), they were out of my favorite mussels (by 6pm), and they didn't do anything to commemorate our anniversary.

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LB
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 5

I would give it another try because the food is good (especially the small plates) but our service was sub-par. Our waiter was rude and I felt rushed even though it was a Tuesday night at 7pm - the place was not busy so not sure what that was about.

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JM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved food and cozy outdoor patio wonderful experience with my family.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic server!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for meeting grandparents for Sunday brunch. Service is always great, fun atmosphere, great wine menu and value.

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GD
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing food in a nice setup. The cups had a bad smell though. Everything else was great

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NC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. The charred octopus and stuffed zucchini blossom appetizers are my favorite, and all the pizzas and pastas are great, too. Service was excellent, we will go back anytime.

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful space, creative dishes

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YH
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely will come back! Good for celebrating birthdays, anniversary!

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h
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The best part about Cucina Enoteca? Space between tables. As a result, we were there on a Saturday evening and the noise was manageable, not deafening. So appreciated. Good food, excellent service. Look forward to returning.

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FF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great graduation lunch for our daughter. Our server Asa was GREAT. He was attentive, never rushed us and took care of a mistake I made when ordering. They put us in the sun room area which was great as it felt like a private dining space.

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h
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We arrived early for dinner and had no less than four waiters/waitresses! Dinner was great, but a little more consistency in wait staff would have made it a perfect evening.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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AB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious! Food looks and tastes amazing. Have a great wine list.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My first date with my new boyfriend.

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LB
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A favorite for locals and visitors alike.

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T
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The environment can’t be beat. Sunday brunch on a warm day, on a large beautiful shaded porch with high end modern cottage feel. Burrata and tomato was delicious. Not a fan of the breakfast pizza.

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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service as always. It’s a must every time we come to Newport!!

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JR
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we weren't able to sit on the patio because of a private party, we enjoyed our experience. Our waitress was excellent as was the food!!! We visit this restaurant often and have suggested it to our friends.

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WJ
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was not as good as previous visits. Meatballs were bland. The burrata was ok, but they had better options on earlier menus.

Wine choices were excellent. Will consider but not certain will return when looking for Italian food

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience celebrating my husbands birthday. The food was amazing and the service above expectation! Jennifer was outstanding! We will definitely be back soon!

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MT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in for a business lunch. The chopped salad was excellent as was the service.

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