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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JB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Our dinner was ok, with some dishes being great and others barely mediocre. The server, when she was at our table, was great and super personable. But then we went loong periods without being able to find her or anyone to get more water or other services. We have had good meals here, so this was a bit disappointing.

AS
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration!

CC
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great table on the heated patio. The pear and Gorgonzola pizza is wonderful as well as the focaccia bread with roasted tomato. We will be back soon!

DS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

You can always count on cuccina enoteca for a delicious meal. Try the squash blossoms- they could make a vegetarian out of anyone

d
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. It’s our go to for lunch or special dinners

Sat on the patio which is cozy at night with all the hanging succulents , nice soft lighting and heat lamps


We started with a nice bottle of cab blend suggested by our sweet server Ari and olive oil focaccia this time and it was AMAZING!

We had burrata salad and it was creamy with delicious tomatoes and a beautiful dressing, SO good.
I had Lamb pasta for entree and it was tasty.
Husband had the bolognese and loved it
Our friends had the beet salad and I tasted it and it was delicious.
Friend had short rib pasta and seriously I would order that next time - just awesome!

Salted Carmel /butterscotch pudding (this is not what it’s called on the menu!) with homemade whip cream was a total fantasy.

A wonderful birthday dinner , well done again Enoteca!

BM
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took out of town friends here for dinner. They were very impressed with the whole experience.

CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for the kind words Brian. We look forward to having you back! David Cantrell General Manager

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F
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband's birthday. It was wonderful. Our server was amazing and very understanding as we had a small dog with us. She brought our pet water and offered to prepare it to go.

I will definitely come back!!

Rita

M
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A good place for a family lunch for the price. Wine list is impressive.

SI
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening with friends. Dinner was delicious and the service was excellent. A couple standout dishes were the polenta board and burrata. Great ambiance, too!

PU
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed a family dinner here. There was a slight misstep among the wait staff when we ordered, but it was corrected, and had a very pleasant meal.

OT
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. We sat outside on the patio which looks like a greenhouse.

Food was delicious, great wine paired with it.

Would absolutely recommend and will absolutely be back!

s
Los Angeles
71 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Terrific experience for dinner

CC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service- table was ready and waiting and pizza was delicious!

LT
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cucina Enoteca was a great experience. Both of us had pizza and wine. Creative ingredients on the pizza and perfect crust. The outside seating is as good as it gets around these parts. Yes, it's next to a mall and parking lot, but it is nicely protected and relatively quiet. We were seated in the corner so the noise level was pretty good. If we'd been out in the middle of the room, it would have been too loud. Great service also; just the right level of attentiveness.

MM
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The General Manager, David came by the tables to say hi and make sure everything was perfect. Nice gesture. Karina, our server was exceptional.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Always consistent.

j
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time I sat in outside patio and it was a very nice atmoshere

OT
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience2

The noise level was unbearable!!!
We will not comeback, the manager was told and wasn’t able to quite down a table of 12 screaming and loud people.
Everyone deserves a chance to enjoy their dinner.

MT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a nice dinner, great value & food, friendly service, great atmosphere

JM
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise level - we were outside.

l
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great!

OT
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server Luis was amazing

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was good. Sat outside and had a dog on either side of our table. Must be the new normal.

OT
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service food was excellent godd wine prices & selection

M
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Upon entering the restaurant, we embarked into their retail wine shop. With the help of the manger, we selected an excellent bottle to enjoy with dinner. The manager then walked us to our table, opened the wine and shortly thereafter we were greeted by our server. The food and service was superb. Extremely tasty, fresh and well presented. The restaurant’s freezer only holds gelato and frozen French fries. Everything’ else is farm fresh or made in house ( including their mozzarella which elevated the artistic flavor of my dish, Margarita pizza). Most definitely look forward to dining here again.

s
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I am enjoying eating here although I felt the pasta could be more al dente and service could be more attentive.

SK
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Waitress was very nice.
The reception and seating was a little slow. Bad communication with hostesses on who was seating us

DM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Service was incredibly slow, it wasn't a very busy time and all of the servers and bussers didn't seem to be caring of our table being there. Disappointing to say the least

PB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Everything was wonderful except the chicken was too salty and the side was luke warm when it was delivered. I asked to have a hot side so they brought back what appeared to be reheated rice and vegetables.

OT
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very contemporary vibe.
Open, cross between a wine bar and a restaurant.
Service was exceptional from Emily.
It is a little loud but that’s part of the vibe -

BM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant and our servers are always so gracious! The Kale Salad and the Fig Pizza are unbelievable.

JF
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall, a great experience. We tried to get a 530 reservation and were told at 430 that the restaurant was full and that all was left was 830 and 900, apparently due to several large parties. As we were staying across the street, we tried again at 520 and managed to get a reservation. The restaurant was half empty when we got there, and half empty when we left.

Food was very good, and the tomato and burrata was perhaps the best we have ever had, and the steak was cooked to perfection and well seasoned.

KG
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Were were celebrating my Birthday- beautiful restaurant and the food was great.

BS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food3service1ambience2

looks like if the reservation is through open table, they only give patio seating or a non-premium sitting in the middle or next to the kitchen! this has happened every single time I made a reservation through open table

LP
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

This was my favorite restaurant and I took an important business associate to a casual dinner on Sunday eve. While impressed by the food the service was terrible. Our server rarely visited the table. Served my colleagues thick port chop without a knife. Didn't revisit the table to check on the food. We finally served ourselves by going to the servers area to pick up a sharp knife but by that time the food was well past due.

It was disappointing and I won't count on this establishment again for an important meal.

P
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favorite restaurants for all occasions. The staff is always amazing and the food never disappoints. Can’t recommend this place enough!

h
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Sat at the bar to hopefully speed up the service. Did not work out. Food was mediocre. The wine concept is very interesting. Retail plus a $10 corkage. Great selection of wines but the service and food only ho-hum.

OT
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great and our waitress was the best !!

s
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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 on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to celebrate a special occasion. Food, drinks and staff are amazing. Try to sit on the patio when it’s warm:)