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CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach

4.6
1835 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 1835 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening!!! My husband and I went for Father’s Day dinner. The chef had a special going for Father’s Day. 3lb tomahawk steak with potatoes and veggies. We added a bottle of dom and the evening went perfectly. It was delicious!!!

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vipVinzy1234
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cucina never disappoints. we added 2 more guest and they accommodated us so quickly. They have a great market selection of wines. Food and service was outstanding. A great place with plenty vegan choices.

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MarkS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Awful service, food, Menu.
Totally disorganized !

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vipBrad
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and food quality

CA
CatherineA
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall good experience. Service slow but understandable for Sat afternoon.

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Gary
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We met friends on a busy weekend for lunch. Emote can was busy but the service was excellent. We had wine and pizza…delicious! Highly recommend.

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MarciaS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super experience!!!!!had Saturday 11:30am reservations. Seated quickly. Additionally, water was quickly brought and Rachel/Ally took our orders. Food was WONDERFUL - quality ingredients, my entree hot ( 1 mushroom pizza with carmelized onions and truffle oil). FANTASTIC! Of course we had to try dessert- we opted for tiramisu. UNBELIEVABLE! Served in a round bowl with shaved pistachios. SPEECHLESS. It takes a lot to impress me, let alone write a review or such a consistently positive one!
Enoteca deserves and definitely EARNED it. Will be back soon!!!!!

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ScottR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The chicken pate small plate served with bread and flat bread was great, as was the pepperoni and suasage pizza. Definitely worth visiting!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place - casual and fun. Great food and solid service!

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vipCyndi
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Front desk did not acknowledge or kept us appraised of our delayed seating even though we had a reservation. Our server did the best he could given that the restaurant was understaffed. Second order of drinks never came by the t finished dinner, so we had to cancel. We usually have a very pleasant experience, but service suffered tonight.

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VickiM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service1ambience4

Been here before and enjoy the quality of the food. Unfortunately good food seriously marred by SSUBPAR service...food arriving before we even get any cutlery...waited and waited then had to get up to get our own cutlery, several order mistakes...unfortunate as food is good but the experience was ruined by poorly trained staff .

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendship lunch

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Better than expected. Very good food quality.

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vipTony
Orange County
123 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Octopus starter excellent, Someine pulled tomatoes from thr burette plate, they were11 missed. pleasant outdoors setting. non-alcoholic cocktails a nice touch.

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PetraL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go there for the octopus, chicken pate and an old fashioned. Please please bring back the olive oil cake

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Tasty
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love this place! Great to be outside on a warm summer evening - sipping wine and eating delcious food.

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SusanneD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Cucina enoteca was a very delightful experience. The food was really good. The pizzas are so yummy. The drinks were great. You can tell they are probably having trouble finding staff. Our waiter was waiting several large parties, bartending and serving everyone.

It was too much for one man to do. I would definitely go back. We had a birthday party for my daughter in law and she had a great time.

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vipMac1
Orange County
117 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We will be back.

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Taylore
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was exceptional! It was only her second full service, but she was incredible. She had great recommendations for the food, drinks and explained the wine store really clearly. She was great! We forgot to tell her that we had a movie to catch, and she was very helpful to get us boxes and still celebrate my boyfriend's birthday.
I'm also allergic/intolerant to a lot of items - our waitress and the kitchen were so great at accommodating all of my dietary needs and the food didn't lack in any taste!
The balsamic octopus was incredible - it reminded me of being back in Greece, and the pizza and squash blossoms were just like being back in Italy - everything had quality ingredients and tasted clean, fresh and vibrant. Couldn't recommend more.
Plus, FINALLY a proper Aperol Spritz in California.

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KarenK
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, delicious food, relatively reasonable pricing, attentive service with a smile, and a charming atmosphere.

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Calivisitor
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cucina Enoteca! Our server Shane was wonderful, and the food and drink were great. Thank you for a lovely evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great as always. Cucina continues to be a favorite of mine.

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Jess
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and wine. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for delicious Italian food, wine, and beer.

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SueS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and ambience at Cucina Enoteca is great! The noise level is slightly higher when sitting on the patio however the service was exceptional.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great will be back:)

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Our waiter was not very good. Didn’t seem like he wanted to be there that day. Lame.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everyone in our party that order shall we call it the more Italian type meals were very pleased. Those who ordered rib eye were disappointed but realized this is an Italian resteraunt. The facilities and the staff were great!

RM
vipRileyM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The interior is beautiful and unique. And the food was outstanding. We tried the burrata appetizer, rigatoni bolognese, and margarita pizza with prosciutto. Everything was delicious!!!

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vipCayner
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best eating experiences in OC... you won't lose with any menu selection and the service is always exceptional

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely devine

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Lochonji
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Disappointed in the presentation of the Chicken liver appetizer.. In the past it was presented in a cute mason jar, but currently it is served , smeared on the inside of a bowl with bread and crackers on top. It looked like they were "scrimping" on the volume. This presentation they now show is poor. Very disappointed

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TarinW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for high quality food in a spacious and relaxed environment.

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Jake
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, pleasing environment, and awesome Sunday Brunch. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a place with great food for a reasonable price.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a nice brunch with friends. Our dog came along and we were placed in a corner where our baby can hang out quietly with his snack and water bowl from the restaurant. Food was good. We enjoyed the fried squash blossom very much.

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AlishaW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous on every level. Great food, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went and grabbed dinner with a few friends. We had a great time. The drinks were great and loved the happy hour menu. Ordered some pizzas and the bucatini and everything was fresh and delicious. The service was great as well as the outdoor seating area. Would definitely come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was yummy!!

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AutumnS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They make the most Devine homemade pasta..one of my favorite places to eat.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic dinner date, and staff was warm, welcoming, and timely. Great selection of wine and the pasta was divine.

SW
vipSteveW
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good, service was excellent, ambience pretty good.

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 4.6 stars by 1835 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.