CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach

4.6
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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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CC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for Pizza and a glass of wine on the patio! Great service, fun atmosphere and pear and Gorgonzola Pizza is my favorite.

TS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, had the $40 three course and it was great food.

M
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for handling our large group and allowing us to add a couple people to our table at the last minute. Great service, delicious food and beautiful decor.

CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Melissa. It was a pleasure having you and your group with us the other night. We hope to see you back soon!

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MK
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. We like coming for a late lunch when it's not as busy. One of our regulars and we will return.

HD
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding chicken dishes and salad.. perfect spot to have dinner before a movie

CC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal selections, wine and service! Comfortable for table of 7 for a birthday.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, and the server was both attentive and helpful. Definitely would recommend and go again. Also their Tiramisu is to die for.

h
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had a nice new year's eve dinner. the food was very good. we enjoyed the octopus and beet salad most. octopus was cooked perfectly. the beet salad combined with the persimmon was perfect. our waitress was attentive and service was great in general. definitely, would come back.

JT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE! Great time, great food.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very well taken care of by the staff. They gave us the space to have an incredible dining experience.

A
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We speak Spanish and we’re there with small children sitting next to kitchen so we overheard the kitchen staff using very foul language in Spanish.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it all, Dmily was an outstanding server.

SM
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party of 7 thoroughly enjoyed the food and ambience.

AS
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very comfortable

OT
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and vegan options!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was phenomenal and informative. He really enhanced our experience. Food was also outstanding and flavorful

MB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I have been a fan and choose you a lot but it was not a satisfactory experience Friday. Our pizza arrived with the crust completely burnt it was black but we ate the pizza and just left the burnt part when the manager walking around asked how it was we pointed the pizza out and her response " I will tell the chef" now tell me what kind of response is that the chef knew it came from the kitchen and we were the customers eating around something burnt so her response was foolish and certainly not helpful.

LN
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience
Love lacieta as our server
Front desk was also great

TG
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to bring family and friends. Kids get to make their own pizza. Always yummy.

N
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and waitress! It was busy, so a bit noisy, but quiet down around 8:30

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an awesome experience my wife and I were blown away with the level of care and professionalism that everyone had. Our server was Arie and she was hands down spectacular! We will be telling our friends and definitely returning in the near future.

SS
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

I’ve always counted on the consistently great pasta at CUCINA Enoteca. It’s not inexpensive, but the food is good. Recently I experienced a waitress who was not very attentive and actually tipped only half of my usual amount. Going out to eat and enjoy food and a break from my work day is important to me. This woman clearly did not value me as a customer.

LL
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall a great experience. Food was fantastic - especially the lavender lemonade. Every person we spoke to was kind and service was awesome. A teeny bit loud for my liking, but it's not every day you catch up with a friend of 50 years that you haven't seen in 3 years!!

KJ
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The cocktails and food were delicious and service was impeccable. We were seated indoors but near the door to the patio which made it cold and breezy for us....

OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had great service and all the staff we spoke to were very helpful and all had sweet personalities which we appreciated!

Just wish the bar had Tanqueray Gin for my martini also the bar didn’t have olives for the martini either.... oh well, still loved our experience there! We all loved the brilliant wine selection!

Wish this restaurant had a footprint in the Malibu area where we live. Thanks to the great staff again!

SS
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brought some out of town guests for dinner. We enjoyed the menu variety, quality of the food and our service was excellent. Our waiter was friendly, helpful and had the perfect amount of attentiveness.

KH
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Where us gals go for all day rose ! Don’t forget the chicken liver pate, burnt Brussels, pizzas and kale Tuscan salad !

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent time with great service. Perfect for a wonderful date.

BS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Great! Everyone was very accommodating! The hostess even found us an inside table when I was only able to book outdoor seating :)

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Poor service

m
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

way too loud (we had to leave before dessert) and very expensive

l
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

CUCINA Enoteca met our expectations for food, wine, service and atmosphere. Our out of town guests enjoyed

TG
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love coming here. Best service. Delicious food. Such a relaxing atmosphere.

LR
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful family meal there. Perfect for the holidays.

CC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pizza and salads. Love the vibe! Seated promptly with our reservation.

R
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice ambiance except the noise level. Food
was very good. Highly encouraged to add truffles to our pizza and told the taste would be amazing. Very disappointed. Pleasant waitress and staff.

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The waiter was absent and often had to ask for a him which made it a bit tricky!

JB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
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.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great. We love squash blossoms!!!

AS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great birthday celebration!