CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach

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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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Orange County
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I think the good is generous and very good. My only complaint is that it’s very loud when it’s busy and it’s difficult to have a conversation.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor dining was lovely; sit by the fireplace for ambience. We lingered after dinner and did not feel rushed eventhough the restaurant was moderately busy.

DF
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

waiter could not answer questions about food, chef would not accommodate food allergies

h
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

They took my favorite salad off the menu, so I tried another and it was a bowl of plain kale with a few sunflower seeds, maybe five golden raises, and I had to ask for more cheese. The dressing tasted exactly like sour cream. Also the windows in the restaurant let the sun beat in the evening so someone as your table will have sun in their eyes. I really wish they would bring back THE KALE CEASAR SALAD!!!

OT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great overall time

l
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Sat out in the patio. Very nice and much less noisy. Perfect for a Summer night

A
Kansas City
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always!! Best Italian around

A
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

The outdoor space makes this a favorite place for me to go. Also helps that i can walk over from my apartment. The issue is that it is inconsistent. Food wasn’t good. They ran out of a dish and didn’t tell us until my meal was served. Won’t be going back anytime soon.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Squash Blossoms for the win

a
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

20th anniversary dinner, food and service was great

AS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic, except no one addressed the small child running around at the private dining table. My table was a few feet away. I would expect that sort of behavior at Chuckee Cheese, not CUCINA Enoteca.

A
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding. Service was great. Loved the overall vibe of this place.

EE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant for Napolitano pizza and in-house made pasta along with many great sides and starters. Fantastic wine and beverage program with a retail shop that let's you buy at the table from the retail with a miniscule corkage charge. The food here is very authentic to classics from Italy and the service is great, well informed and genuinely interested in their guest's time at the restaurant. Highly recommend this place.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Cucina Enoteca was a good experience, expensive wine list though. Food was good but maybe slightly over priced for what we got.

JV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has been consistently one of my most favorite restaurants in OC. Great food and excellent service! The polenta board is my absolute fave dish.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Manager, Katy is wonderful and exceptional in making our dining experience fantastic!

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word... wonderful
The menu and execution were Michelin level.
the server was friendly, warm and helpful
We had the stuffed zucchini flowers with a lightly lemoned mascarpone filling and an almost tempura battered crust..... heaven.
The Wagyu burger with Taleggio cheese was perfectly prepared and juicy... like picture your perfect burger dream... that's it
Then a pizza with a thin, crispy crust, NOT overcooked flavorful mushrooms and gently carmelized onions
This all finished with a delightful light Italian red
This place is seriously under rated

RE
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Only open slot was 4pm, the place was empty, made for a quiet and great experience. The service was excellent and the food was SO good.

OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A little over priced.

SR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve had better experiences at this restaurant. There was a large hair in the butter for our table and we waited about 30 minutes for our bill.

K
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a really great experience for my friends and I. Although the restaurant was full, the noise level was great. Food arrived fabulous. Service was amazing. Would recommend to everyone!

DB
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around, wonderful wine selection, especislly by the Bottle good price point

Very relaxed grest Bar tender

ML
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The drinks and food were beautiful. My husbands steak wasn’t cooked quite right but they quickly brought out a new one and gave us a free desert because of it. We will definitely go back again.

s
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal. SIt in the Garden. Family friendly.

RW
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great go-to restaurant. I've only been here for lunches and has a great business lunch atmosphere. Perfect for conversation, very reasonable prices, very tasty food, attentive staff and easy parking. Highly recommended.

NA
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had my birthday party there and it was exactly how I wanted it to be! Everything was beyond outstanding and perfect!

A
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great service. They just need to honor seating time.

c
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This was one of my favorite restaurants years ago, but the food quality has really gone downhill. The squash blossoms were a bit soggy, the calamari was really dry and the pizza dry, chewy and hard. The pork chop was bland, even with the cranberry mustard sauce. The buckwheat pasta was not seasoned and actually too al dente. The two best items were the beet salad(very good) and the french fries.

OT
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food. Service was slow, but we really enjoyed it.

K
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great afternoon on the patio for lunch!

S
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was awesome and I will definitely return when I come back again.

LB
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant always nails it... creative menu, pleasant informed service, and price options to fit almost any budget. Retail pricing for wine seals the deal! A bit noisy if seated near banquet/group dining room (no sound barrier).

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made our birthday celebration very special!

BB
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A favorite place of ours: good food, changing menu (a good thing), waitstaff always attentive and eager to
please, very accommodating...this is the first time I have a suggestion: the chicken sandwich was little dry, it needed a sauce to go with it...not catsup, something savory and yummy which you do so well generally.

JL
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite spot for dinner or a quick bite when we're attending a summer jazz concert at the Marriott across the street. We can never resist an order of their fried squash blossoms and they were sensational as always. The mushroom, onion goat cheese pizza was also great. Service is always warm and spot-on.

LL
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The hostess stand was understaffed as there was only one girl working so the check in process was very slow. Also we were given the wrong leftovers and when I drove back and returned the box, she didn’t apologize for the inconvenience.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always been a long time fan of all the CUCINAs (in SD and OC), so it’s due time for a review. Came for an impromptu brunch and everything was delicious as always! Starting with stuffed squash blossoms is a must - this time they were filled with ricotta and served with saffron aioli. Another great appetizer was the chicken liver pâté served with figs. So creamy and luxurious! The family style short rib pappardelle was more than enough for four people. Overall, a great experience as always with great service and food.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lauren B. was absolutely wonderful & the food was delightful!

SO
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 5ambience 2

The service was excellent. The food was quite frankly terrible. Also it was hard to get a reservation...we went early were immediately seated and there were extra tables all around.
This is a mall restaurant that doesn't deserve any attention. Table of 4 and all 4 agreed.

AW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch on the patio was a delight this week. The squash blossoms were a new treat for a friend birthday celebration.

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