CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach

4.7
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$30 and under
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Italian
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 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 a rustic farmhouse.
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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, nice food, everything was perfect

NK
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s quite expensive but we like the food. It’s a good place for special event.

GA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for Valentine's Day/Birthday with daughter for lunch. Service was good but not fantastic. Food was nice. Ambiance was ok. Would like to go back and see how dinner is.

T
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Brunch menu was not extensive, but the main bases were covered and entrees were creative and tasty. Service was A+. Nicely curated wine selection encourages exploration.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Reservations were for 7:30PM. We were not seated until 8:10PM. The waiting area was packed with customers just like us. It appeared the entire restaurant was running way behind schedule.

P
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE love the food and the teas! Great ambiance and amazing waiter, she was awesome!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience4

We came in at 9:30 with a reservation, and it was pretty clear that they were shutting down. We split a pear and Gorgonzola pizza, which sounded like it was going to be good, and might have been, if it hadn’t been so burned. Felt like they were in a rush to get us out. Maybe if they don’t want people to show up at 9:30 they shouldn’t offer reservations at that time. Or just tell us when we come in, that it’s too late. Would be more fair than providing bad food.

DD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only bad thing is there were several dogs in patio dining area at 630pm dinner time. Why? Disgusting and I like dogs. Don’t allow that.

K
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Usually a perfect place. Unfortunately they put us outside even though I reserved inside and the smokers outside the patio door ruined it. I will try afain

JH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience. Great vibe, excellent service , great selection, generous portions , and Deelish!!
Can’t wait to go back!

S
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great service, wonderful atmosphere. Can't wait to come back.

i
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I would recommend for the atmosphere, decor and service. The price is too high and food need to be a bit more inspired.

LB
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good meal, great service. Place was busy but and we were there during restaurant week, the menu was wonderful and at a great price.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Restaurant looks nice and that’s all.Food not good at all.

KB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cucina Enoteca Newport Beach was very good. The service and food was very good. However, the noise level was very high making it hard to talk. We were seated in the main dining room.

CC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for Pizza and a glass of wine on the patio! Great service, fun atmosphere and pear and Gorgonzola Pizza is my favorite.

TS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, had the $40 three course and it was great food.

M
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for handling our large group and allowing us to add a couple people to our table at the last minute. Great service, delicious food and beautiful decor.

CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach
Responded on January 21, 2020

Thank you Melissa. It was a pleasure having you and your group with us the other night. We hope to see you back soon!

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MK
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. We like coming for a late lunch when it's not as busy. One of our regulars and we will return.

HD
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding chicken dishes and salad.. perfect spot to have dinner before a movie

CC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal selections, wine and service! Comfortable for table of 7 for a birthday.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, and the server was both attentive and helpful. Definitely would recommend and go again. Also their Tiramisu is to die for.

h
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a nice new year's eve dinner. the food was very good. we enjoyed the octopus and beet salad most. octopus was cooked perfectly. the beet salad combined with the persimmon was perfect. our waitress was attentive and service was great in general. definitely, would come back.

JT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE! Great time, great food.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very well taken care of by the staff. They gave us the space to have an incredible dining experience.

A
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We speak Spanish and we’re there with small children sitting next to kitchen so we overheard the kitchen staff using very foul language in Spanish.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all, Dmily was an outstanding server.

SM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 7 thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambience.

AS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very comfortable

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and vegan options!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was phenomenal and informative. He really enhanced our experience. Food was also outstanding and flavorful

MB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have been a fan and choose you a lot but it was not a satisfactory experience Friday. Our pizza arrived with the crust completely burnt it was black but we ate the pizza and just left the burnt part when the manager walking around asked how it was we pointed the pizza out and her response " I will tell the chef" now tell me what kind of response is that the chef knew it came from the kitchen and we were the customers eating around something burnt so her response was foolish and certainly not helpful.

LN
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience
Love lacieta as our server
Front desk was also great

TG
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to bring family and friends. Kids get to make their own pizza. Always yummy.

N
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and waitress! It was busy, so a bit noisy, but quiet down around 8:30

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an awesome experience my wife and I were blown away with the level of care and professionalism that everyone had. Our server was Arie and she was hands down spectacular! We will be telling our friends and definitely returning in the near future.

SS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I’ve always counted on the consistently great pasta at CUCINA Enoteca. It’s not inexpensive, but the food is good. Recently I experienced a waitress who was not very attentive and actually tipped only half of my usual amount. Going out to eat and enjoy food and a break from my work day is important to me. This woman clearly did not value me as a customer.

LL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall a great experience. Food was fantastic - especially the lavender lemonade. Every person we spoke to was kind and service was awesome. A teeny bit loud for my liking, but it's not every day you catch up with a friend of 50 years that you haven't seen in 3 years!!

KJ
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The cocktails and food were delicious and service was impeccable. We were seated indoors but near the door to the patio which made it cold and breezy for us....

OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great service and all the staff we spoke to were very helpful and all had sweet personalities which we appreciated!

Just wish the bar had Tanqueray Gin for my martini also the bar didn’t have olives for the martini either.... oh well, still loved our experience there! We all loved the brilliant wine selection!

Wish this restaurant had a footprint in the Malibu area where we live. Thanks to the great staff again!