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CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach

4.7
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1579 Reviews
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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.

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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1579 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time for my birthday! Our server was so sweet, I wish I remembered her name so I could have written it on my review :( Food was delicious. Beautiful restaurant. We will be returning!

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Amber
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Safe covid protocols, great staff, great food! Parking is a bit of a hassle, but they do have valet

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JillT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The Management was extra attentive to making sure you were completely satisfied with the food and overall experience. Very nice especially during Covid times. Great service and food! Two thumbs up!!

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kellyW
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

During Covid, there was no toilet paper, toilet seat covers or paper towels in the bathroom. When I told the hostess, she said they clean every 30 minutes. This was an obvious false answer.

When we sat down, the table was dirty, 3 of the chairs were dirty and had water on the seat. And then one of the chairs was broken and pinched my 80 year old father's back. I told the hostess we were not happy with these chairs, but there seemed to be no other option. The hostess wanted us to sit at this table in an outdoor walkway next to the street.

Also, on Sunday there is only brunch, which we can appreciate but was not notified that is the only thing you could chose. It disappointed, most of the people in our party of 6.

And finally, we had mentioned it was our daughter's bday, they not only didn't acknowledge, they didn't even bring out anything to celebrate. This is usually common tact at most nice restaurants. We would have ordered "dessert" but only cinnamon buns were the option.

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MariaL
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Good food. Great service. Tranquil ambiance.

Thanks again!

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GeoS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around amazing experience. Food was top notch as always. Would definitely go again and recommend to anybody.

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DaisyM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was actually very great as far as service and food. Great brunch spot.

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ConnieB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I had requested an outdoor table for 6 with reservations made 5-6 days in advance. We were taken to an inside patio round table that would barely fit 6 adults and was not 6 feet from the next table ....so we rejected it. We were then seated outside at again a tight table but accepted it because we were outside. Pizza we ordered never came and second round of drinks took so long we forgot they had been ordered. Other than those issues the food was great. This was our second time at this location.

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CHuang
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Would give more stars if they had not changed my all time favorite burrata salad for something that is just not as good! But overall, great service and food!

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vipFranco
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Continually inconsistent.

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BruceM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great patio dining. Food was very good & service was fabulous. A known entity that’s always worth coming back to.

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Christi
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had lunch today to celebrate my mother’s birthday. I chose CUCINA Enoteca because in Newport Beach because I know they have a nice patio area and we always enjoy the food. I was especially pleased with the spacing of the tables due to Covid, we felt very comfortable. The food was tasty and our server was very nice and appeared when we needed him but didn’t make us feel rushed, so a big thumbs up to him. My sister and me had pizzas which had nice crispy crusts, mine had Brussels sprouts with bacon, red onions and balsamic vinegar. Delicious! And my sister had one with pepperoni, sausage and fresh mozzarella that also looked wonderful. Mom had an interesting salad with squash, dates, leaks and farro. Again super tasty, and they also brought a little something to celebrate mom’s birthday. I noticed the table near us was also celebrating a birthday and enjoying themselves too. A good experience all around.

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PDUB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place. Always went to the one in Irvine Spectrum. This was my fist time at Newport location. Never disappoints. I was on a date and she was thrilled with the place, the food and wine. Bonus points for me. Thank you. Our server Michelle was nothing short of spectacular.

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AngelaB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, nice garden atmosphere and pleasant staff!

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vipSusanJ
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We had a table of 8 inside that was remote from the rest of the diners. Nice space but we had to constantly find the waiter to follow up. Meals delivered sporadically and items forgotten. Food as usual was great! Definitely not up to their normal standard.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Dissappoint with the service
Use to be my favorite spot

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JackC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

chairs are NOT COMFORTABLE and really hurts experience

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vipYellowbee
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great dining experience outdoors with a great brunch selection.

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PrincessQ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for Sunday brunch and ordered Nutella French toast, squash blossom, poutine, crab frittata, and burrata for a party of 3. All were delicious!! We were seated outdoors at 11am and we left at almost 4pm. They weren’t as busy smudge to COVID so we were able to stay that long. Our server (I wish I remembered her name) was on top of everything, and she always checked up on us to make sure we were ok. It was a great day brunching with BFFs over a delicious meal. We surely killed it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

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vipSaraM
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Certainly not a bad experience but not an amazing one either. Everything was just OK. Outdoor dining with warmers and spaced tables was lovely and comfortable. Waitress was very nice but seemed stretched thin and often took a while to come around for a check in.

Cosmo and watermelon drink both were a bit on the sour side and needed simple syrup. Appetizers were superior to main course. Winner was the Brussel sprouts and focaccia and squash blossoms were also good. Did a family style serving of short rib papardelle. Again, not bad but also not melt in your mouth amazing. Skipped dessert after not being overly impressed.

With dozens of other restaurants within the same complex and surrounding, And prices pretty high, I wouldn’t rush to go back.

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MarkT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner on the new patio, where the Valet used to be. Was a very nice experience. Great food and very good service..

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food5service2ambience4

The host made us wait 20 minutes for our table. Our waitress Nancy did a wonderful job attending us

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chrism
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Emily was great. She explained all the awesome new fall items and also that some older items that would be back on the menu. Happy to see youre back open! Cheers

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vipTony
Orange County
103 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Painstaking adapting to Covid restrictions. Excelent food and service. Outdoor setting very pleasant.

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vipAlisM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently great!

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vipHenryT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Nice covid outdoor dinning. Service could have been better, but the good was really good.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

The host Stephanie was extremely rude. She didn’t bother to greet the customer because she was too busy looking at the screen. When I asked her for a different table she told ME to go to the other pateo and check if there is any table available or people done with the meal. Food was warm not hot. We ordered meatball for the kids but it was very spicy.

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vipNewportEd
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a date or Friday night dinner with friends. Food was fantastic (great pizza and seafood black ink pasta that we both enjoyed. )

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vipacarekids
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was limited

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vipTeeVDenver
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Could have used some music outside. Get like everyone could hear each other. It was way too quiet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I visit Cucina enoteca has been amazing food. I tried the hummus plate along with my meal and it was delicious! What stood out to me most on my recent visit, was the outdoor covered patio seating and the great experience with the staff. I enjoyed sitting in the open air patio on a summer afternoon to have lunch in the fresh breeze.

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vipCBDO
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice outside seating, but the tables are close together and the noise level was off the charts. Food is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service! I love it here

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vipMargo
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall1food2service3ambience3

Food quality and service went down. Not this same 🙁limited menu everything is excused as COVID
Never ever in my life did I payed $14 for regular size glass of 🍺.

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VDACEO
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to be put among people, eating great food, in a lovely environment - and still feel like safety precautions are all met. I just love this place.

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afinemom
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, delicious food as always. A bit more noisy than I remember.

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AndresD
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was really good. The price was a bit pricy but because the area it is its understandable. Luckily we got there early, by the time we were leaving it was way to loud and way to many people in the out door area.

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JH2013
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was great! The service was great! We had a lovely time.

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vipfoodie
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious...ambience was delightful outside on the patio.

FAQs

CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 706-1416.

CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach is rated 4.7 stars by 1579 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.