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CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach

4.7
1667 Reviews
$30 and under
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
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 1667 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KGlobalRealty
Miami
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was impeccable and the atmosphere perfect.

JJ
JenniJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since COVID, I prefer restaurants that are not overly packet, outside and a good vibe. This place never disappoints! Food was on point with the perfect bottle of wine

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GreatMealExperience
London
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was absolutely delicious. Our waiter Tanner was very attentive without being intrusive, great meal on the patio on a beautiful day. Can't wait to go again.

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vipQuint55
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor dining!

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Ladycoco
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Maybe it is covid setting, the waiter brings out all the food (appetizer, salad and entree) at once so order what you really want to eat. It felt a little rush.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Recommended wine was amazing!

We ordered the ribeye and it had no flavor at all. Very disappointed. This so called ribeye was the texture of tri-tip! When we asked they said that they use only the center cut so that’s why it had no fat but that’s what makes a ribeye flavorful. We truly believed it was not a ribeye steak that we were served.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time coming here! Amazing as always!

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Marg
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was our first visit to a cucina restaurant and we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. Everything was very fresh and well prepared. We all enjoyed our selections.
The restaurant has just the right amount of ambience and decor, rendering our visit to be a very enjoyable experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our service Was outstanding in the food was fantastic it’s so nice to be able to enjoy dining outdoors a good Americans again

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KathyL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We have not eaten here in a couple of months. The service was great from beginning to the the end. The burrata appetizer was fantastic. But both of us were a little disappointed with our pizzas. They were both a little bland, but the crust was very good. I know it is hard to run a resturant these days. But we will be back to try in the future.

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vipMicki
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Server had a bit of an attitude initially — got better. Food was good—not great, somewhat limited choices for lunch and overpriced
Ambiance was very pleasant

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great diner with friends and family great service

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MariaL
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lunch with my sister after MONTHS of lockdown. Outstanding.

Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Waiter was good. Hostess VERY rude

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vipRobertW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Over all we were very disappointed in a Restaurant we have visited on many occasions. We made our Res. 1.5 weeks in advance for our daughter's 19th birthday. We chose the restaurant partly on the fact they have a large patio for outdoor seating, and its very nice. We unfortunately were seated on the front sidewalk next to the door, our Server was merely going through the motions with no care about how things turned out. No water refills, no paper menus, only your phone, one glass of wine and no Birthday observation, even though we reminded them when we arrived. The food was good, we just had pizza, didn't feel like really dining is such a off putting environment. Overall a complete fail, have to try something else next time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

We enjoyed the the food very much. They need to be more polished on their service. That definitely need more improvement

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KoriS
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I feel badly rating restaurants during this crazy time as I know they are doing the best they can. Cucina has a beautiful patio and thankfully can accommodate a fair amount of diners making it almost feel normal during a night out. I always adore eating here but it just misses the mark a bit on food each time. I will keep dining here and look forward to it getting all 5 stars next time.

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mrsbsl
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

During the pandemic, we don’t eat out much. We decided we needed a nice meal, so we went to Cucina Enoteca. Reservations are the best bet. I ordered the Burrata, Pear and Persimmon dish. Looked wonderful....but had a long dark hair in it! The replacement had no persimmon in it, they must have rushed to get a replacement to me. There was no price adjustment to make up for the hair issue.
The hummus and margarita pizza were good
The servers were pretty good.

We’ll return, but hold the long hair in the food!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fabulous! Took some time (20 minutes) to get seated but not a big deal. Food tasted delicious. The menu has been shortened, again not a big deal. Server helped select a fantastic Pinot. Was a bit disappointed with the meat and cheese board... more like a small plate and the variety of yummies were much smaller compared to past visits. They ran out of the tasty crackers and offered bread as a substitute. Tiramisu was amazing! Patio offered great ambiance and was heated. We look forward to our next visit.

MB
MarkoB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our weekly “family dinner” night was a delicious experience on their beautiful fireplace lit patio!

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NancyT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had a lovely time on your charming, inviting patio!! The entrees were lovely, and we felt that the restaurant was following the Covid guidelines, to the letter! We will be back and hope to dine inside, which is a work of art, when it is safe! Nancy

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jamesE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Farm to table fresh food, great flavors, and very reasonable prices make Cucina Enoteca a wonderful dining experience. We highly recommend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I have to say I came here a couple years ago and didn’t like it. I hadn’t returned since then. I decided to make a reservation with my family a few weeks prior to this day and I accidentally made it for the Spectrum location. So we drove to the Spectrum location as the Newport location did not serve lunch at the time. It was delicious, every bite! I was so excited and I was glad I gave it another chance. So I booked the Newport location for today. Awful. I ordered meatballs to begin with and two iced teas. I asked for straws and Splenda and it took asking three times to get the Splenda. We placed our order for our main dishes and the meatballs still hadn’t come out. So I asked our server and he said, “oh yes, they should be coming shortly.” (I’m pretty sure he forgot to put the order in). Meanwhile, some of the main dishes came out and the meatballs still had not arrived. Finally, the meatballs arrived, and they were so tough... I was so disappointed. My daughter ordered the same dish that she ordered at the Spectrum and this one in Newport was completely off. She didn’t even eat it, and she’s not a picky eater. We ordered another dish for my other child, penne with butter, it came out and it was spaghetti with butter. And if your a true pasta eater you know that penne and spaghetti do taste different. While the waiter was nice, it was bad service. I’m sad to say that if I want to have the same experience I did at the spectrum I would have to drive there instead of going to the location that is closer to my home in Newport. I very rarely write a review. But this was so the polar opposite of our experience at the spectrum, I had to and it saddened me.

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vipbritts833
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, great service, would highly recommend!

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vipLBWJr
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice meal outside on the patio. It was quiet, the food was excellent, as usual, and service was good. Nice lunch with friends.

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vipOliviaD
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

This was not a good experience.
We were seated at an outside table that was 10 ft from the street, it was cold and the table was too high for the chairs, and the ambiance was horrible. We asked to be moved and they did. They brought the wrong drinks, did not have set ups on the table and had to ask for forks to eat with after the appetizers were served. Food was only average and it was a very limited menu, probably due to Covid. We asked for separate checks and the were wrong so the waitress redid them and they were still wrong. No manager o site or at least one did not come to our aid. Mostly very young servers with no experience.With so many wonderful restaurants in Newport/Fashion Island, why would we ever go back to this one.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor patio was cozy and warm.
Always Felicia food. Gem salad.
Squash flower.
Truffle fries.
:)

AL
AlbertL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were outstanding. Was not over-crowded in the covered patio area.

MK
vipMichaelK
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

God we love this place. Firstly, they've done COVID really well - outdoor patio, heaters overhead, good spacing.

Second the food OMG the food. Just get this - you can thank me later. Order the burnt brussels sprouts + ivan’s hot sauce first as your shared appetizer. Damn they are good. Then order the Bucatini with the egg and the Short rib Papardelle pasta. Share it. Wash it down with a couple of glasses of the Austin Hope Cabernet. OMG. I can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The place was OK. Food and service were fine. Overall a good spot to meet with friends and catch up.

DH
DavidH
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

a bit of let down from our usual

we love all the Cucina restaurants, including San Diego (been there 6+ times, including their covid-19 pop-up), Newport (3+ times), Irvine (3+ times)

our favorite has been the squash blossom, grilled octopus, and magherita pizza

this time, we had all of the above, and the squid ink linguine which we normally liked too
but the noodles were bad this time, smelled foul and tasted off
clams were okay, it was just the noodles.
the server took care of it for me and put it off the bill as well as was sorry for the mistake kitchen sent out

when we returned home, we were sick for the night from the few bites of pasta we ate
thankfully recovered mostly the next day

I understand during covid-19, operations is tough. just to be able to source these ingredients is no easy task already.

but a few short-cuts were taken
the octopus was deep fried and not grilled
magherita pizza had very little basil (about 8~9 little slices, 3 of which were stems, not leaves)

a bit sad but it is what it is.
my favorite Cucina is still Urbana in San Diego
heck, Ive driven down from LA county twice for that place...
just hope the Newport beach one can pick up the slack and get back to the glory it should have been

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vipDiana
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch and great entrees. The ambiance was very nice with outside tables.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Overall, we had a great experience and want to extend our gratitude to the manager on duty for all he did to recover our evening, the chef for personally delivering our first dish, and the food runners & our server Allison for their wonderful service.

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vipPhil17
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, full of flavors and good services

GM
vipGiovannaM
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch on the patio and the food and service were excellent, as always.

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vipLogan
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

COVID safe dining - check! Wonderful food - check! Excellent service - check! Hats off to our server, Steven, for going to extra mile. This was a dining experience we won’t forget any time soon, especially after being at home for so many months.

DB
vipDianeB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect venue for covid with covered patio and heat lamps

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budde
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always loved coming here, the food is so delicious, and so are the cocktails. I always seem to order the half roasted chicken, because its so flavorful and I can usually take the other half home with me. With Covid, they seat you in the outside garden room, with heaters and a fireplace. Only downside, its very loud, so its not a real romantic setting, but just getting out to eat , makes it worth it. Service has Always been excellent.

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vipaman
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots for some yummy wine and Italian food! The wine shop carries a unique selection of wine.

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vipLauraL
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I am happy Cucina is open again. We frequently dine here. Today I ordered the clam linguine. I really didn’t like it and don’t recommend this dish.

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 1667 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.