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CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach

4.7
1696 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 $10 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1696 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipVIPY
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Table to table distance is keeping 6ft but the problem they have is the distance between seat positions of next tables is too close when all tables are occupied. You can tell how close when someone takes the seat right behind you
Food and service are still good

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value happy hour deals! Excellent service food and wine

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GaryF
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great rigatoni with lemon ricotta. Sat at the bar, which was empty and had safety barriers every couple of seats. Bartenders very attentive.

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NancyT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A European experience. No rushing, like in France or in Italy!! Every person on staff is gracious and patient. THE FOOD IS OUTSTANDING!

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vipTerri
Orange County
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The greens with salmon were a disappointment. The greens were so tough and chewy it was not possible to eat them. My guest had the chopped salad which was just OK.
The service was medium. The price for the food and service was high.

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gener
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best bucatini ive ever had...service is also excellent

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vipAlyse
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best happy hour. Excellent service.

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Timmyd
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Easter brunch - delicious & great atmosphere!

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vipMyDuffy
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was excellent and the everyone was very nice. I just wish they had more of a seafood selection. I love shrimp and scallops so I tried the seafood pasta but I’m not crazy about the clams, mussels and calamari.

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MinY
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was just right for my taste, and the portion size was perfect too, not too big, not too small. The staff members were all nice and attentive and made sure all our needs were met. I really liked their roasted brussels sprouts which I ordered as as an appetizer. I went there with my boyfriend to celebrate our birthdays, and they surprised us with delicious panna cottas after our meal. Great service, great ambience, don't have anything to complain about.

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NinaE
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Disappointed this past visit. Ordered the cheese plate as our appetizer and, in the past we were offered a selection. This time selection fixed forgot to double whether we were charged. Will most likely not return.

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LisaO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food is good, but choices are limited. The outside patio is very, very noisy.

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MitchZ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (authentic Italian), drinks and ambiance! Not easy to find all three in a restaurant! Will surely return! Grazie!

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vipPeterM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and very reasonable corkage fee.
The service was amazing

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vipReese
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

It was ok. I loved the venue outside - nicely decorated. The food was overpriced for the ok quality. For that price tag the consumer deserves better. The only wow was the chocolate panacotta once you broke thru the day old skin on top.

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NadiaT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great! I was there with four friends. Most of our food was fantastic, however my husband’s pasta was under cooked. We would still come back again.

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vipDisappointed
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Disappointing evening. Outdoor dining well set up, spaced, heaters. Menu limited; wife is sensitive to garlic, most items made with, initially told a pasta dish was without. Our server came back later noting she was sandbagged, and the pasta dish had garlic. Very few options, which would have meant further wait. Margherita pizza was good; wine selection very slim, considering it is an enoteca. Shop and buy the bottle is their motto I guess - wine by the glass limited.
Instead of an enchanted evening eating outdoors, we were left with a decent pizza and two glasses of mediocre wine. :(

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CeciliaG
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat for a date, or family. There was something on the menu for even my picky 6 year old daughter. Highly recommend the giant meatball as a starter!!

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JosephD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was outstanding

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EmmaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had reserved an outdoor table but they said this was not available despite there being lots of unoccupied tables and the wait would be 25 minutes. Ambience inside was not good.

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vipAlyse
Orange County
73 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour. Food came on time and hot.

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RikeH
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cucina Enoteca is one of our favorites restaurants in Orange County, we always go there for some special occasions or just to celebrate.
Try to get an outdoor table near the fireplace, it is always so cozy and the decor just fabulous. The food taste great - I had the see bass which was 5 star. my husband had the fettuccini which tasted great but the portions are very small. We had the sharing platter for $24 as an appetizer which stated artisan bread and crackers and had 2 measly bread on the board. I suggest to get a sarge each.
Still love the place and definitely will come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Very good food. Nice ambiance.Our waiter never came back after and refilled the water bottle. He never offered coffee. I sat facing outward so I could not see him at a distance. I kept want more water. We sat and talked for a little while after dinner. We never saw waiter again. Water jug was never refilled the entire dinner. There were five people.

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vipNikki
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The appetizers are perfect for sharing- the meatball and squash were delicious! The salad is big and can be shared but add chicken to make it even better. The short rib pasta is my fave since the flavors are so good! Ok the Panne cotta dessert is the best I’ve had and is smooth and the chocolate is not too sweet.

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Kimmyj65
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I like this restaurant. I come here for the Pate. It's delicious. The Sangria is great also. Love to come here on a Sunday and then shop after.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food. Hostesses were very sweet and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Ordered 1 appetizer and 2 mains along with 2 drinks. It took an hour for our appetizer to come out. It took 30 min for our waiter to get us drinks after sitting us down. Service was horrible. What made it even worse was the resturant was not busy at all. 2 people sitting inside and 3 groups of 2-4 sitting outside. Our server was a heavier set man with a cloth face mask that barley covers his face.

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TomR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love the restaurant and and glad they are reopened.

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DesignerOC
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Food was good, but slowest service EVER!! Very disappointed.

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MariaL
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good experience. We love it. Dine here frequently.

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deborahc
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to go out for dinner! The new foccacia bread and the artichoke and spinach triangles with the limoncello butter sauce was fabulous!

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BillG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The heated outdoor patio was very inviting and except for the noisy group of five at the table next to us, the experience was very enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday. Great fast service. We were seated on the covered patio and prepared for a chilly environment but the tenting and heaters kept us cozy warm. LOVE this restaurant! Meatball appetizer fabulous!

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vipJaneJ
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, ambience and customer service!

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vipTGCG
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love coming to Cucina. Great atmosphere, wonderful service, amazing food & they accommodate food allergies! Perfect spot for our little family.

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KarenP
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Due to Covid, the table was on the sidewalk, so not the best ambiance, but the food servers went overboard to provide the best service. The food, as always, was outstanding.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Service was awful. Waitress never came to check on us. When we sat down, we sat there for 30 mins before she came by and said “you good?” And we said well we’d like to order. They brought our entrees before we even got our appetizers. As regulars, it was extremely disappointing service for my birthday.

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vipLuv2eat
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The burrata salad was too pretty eat! Our meal was excellent and our server was friendly and professional.

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 1696 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.