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CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach

4.6
2019 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 2019 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.5
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
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JuliaCorona2211
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing! From the Pizza to the Pasta -top notch!

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vipYellowbee
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter, Luke, was very good. He knew his wines, was very personable and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Staff was especially attentive to everyone in our party needs. Food was good served on time so it was hot. Can’t go wrong with this place

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vipfrequenttraveler
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was disappointing
Salad soggy
Pasta little taste

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Yummy food especially the burrata was delish! Awesome sunset view. Definitely will go back more often.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful staff. Everything was amazing. We ordered 8 items including squid ink pasta, squash blossoms, pizza, branzino and polenta. We can’t wait to go back.

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Night
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch with group of 10! Excellent waitress, Meghan!

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Christy
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Polenta with Raghu sauce is wonderful! The service staff was great. Lovely evening

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vipbrownbeauty
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always! Great food, attentive service, prompt delivery!

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MyriamC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was excellent but needs a bigger selection on main dishes.

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DIBF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

The noise level was nearly unbearable and made the rest irrelevant.

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duFer
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

I'm historically a fan of Ce and I'm guessing my recent experiences there are reflective of the times we are in - most significantly the labor shortage in food service.

The best part of Ce is and has always been their wine selection - broad range of bottles at very reasonable restaurant prices. Their by-the-glass is also pretty good both in value and offerings. If you're into good wine with good food nice setting...hard to beat Ce.

The food, while not competing for a Michelin star, is an entirely different league that most multiple-location restaurants. It would be an insult to compare them to the Cheesecake Factory or CPK. And I think they are meaningfully better than Houstons, North, etc.

Their short-rib pasta is my go-to and the best thing on the menu, though the squash blossoms are often excellent and the focaccia is quite good. Kid's pasta with marinara is also well-received by the young ones.

The interior is welcoming and handsome and creates a very enjoyable setting.

My recent less-than-stellar experiences there are mainly service and atmosphere related. Servers here (and in many places!) definitely have an air of being "over it." And it's hard to blame them (COVID has been rough on the whole industry). I appreciated the work to create outdoor seating, but it's definitely LOUD (very hard to hear even at our small table).

The menu changes very little, so if one is seeking major creativity, they'll need to look to more chef-driven menus. But Ce is reliable and definitely a cut above its peers.

If you're craving something on the Ce menu, want a reasonably priced dinner out with good food and wine that is significantly more interesting than most places, I think Ce is head and shoulders above the other comparable option. (And thanks to food service staff who is trying to hang in there, I know it's not easy!)

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vipCynthiaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good atmosphere and excellent food and service!!

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vipErinM
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food and ambiance are good here. Like most restaurants these days, I think they are slightly under staffed. No fault of the server, but everything is a little slower now.

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vipMichaelK
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was fantastic! It made our birthday celebration a real treat.

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vipSusanG
Indiana
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Michelle, was attentive and efficient and made our experience even better.

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vipBonnieR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

loved the meal and the ambiance but it was loud - would recommend eating on their indoor side room - pretty and quiet. Food was amazing - shot rib with pasta so flavorful and my chicken was huge and delicious with polenta - will eat there again,

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vipfhbradley3
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The Italian chopped salad was delicious. The new chairs were stylish but uncomfortable.

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vipNana
Los Angeles
196 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely patio. Delicious food. Service could have been better.

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vipshand
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food however way too noisy, we could not even talk to each other

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ElizabethA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from our waiter! Inside dining was loud. But the food was excellent.

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vipbrownbeauty
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little loud but that was just a minor issue!

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vipKMAC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated on the patio as we requested to celebrate a casual birthday lunch. We really enjoyed the food and received outstanding service. The hummus and charcuterie plates had a wonderful selection of veggies and meats and the pasta bolonese and polenta were also delicious. The tiramisu was also scrumptious. We will definitely return to Cucina Enoteca in Newport Beach.

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CharlesL
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed an excellent dinner. Terrific and attentive server and delicious food. Best in Newport Beach.

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AnWo
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

food is always great! tried the corn agnolotti and it was sooo yummy. wish they didn't run out of polenta.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had such a wonderful birthday dinner here! Our server Emily was awesome!

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Christ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Im very dessapoinment with the waiter Luke... bad experience .
Never again visit this restaurant 👎🏼

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was ok. Hostess friendly. Waiter a bit slow.

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JodyO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous… love introducing people or bringing them back… love the food… decor… friendly helpful help xoxoxo thank u

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vipCina
Sacramento
98 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here last year during the Thanksgiving week and enjoyed our meals then.

Our dinner did not disappoint this time. We ordered two family size dishes—an arugula salad and the short rib tagliatelle. Both dishes were generous and excellently prepared. They were so delicious that we polished them off.

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vipHowarddrfish
Las Vegas
198 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Better experience on past visit. Pizza and meatball not great this time. Very slow to get wine to our table

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vipCurtY
Los Angeles
110 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food and excellent, unrushed service! Great venue!

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GrantJ
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Enoteca. Good food, service and always satisfied!

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vipvgd1
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It's good, but not fantastic. The waiter we had this time was also ok, not great.
but, it is local, and a nice place to go, for covid.

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HectorB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food , good ambiance, great service, don’t push mask mandate !
Felt like normal and got to enjoy my time there.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our kids’ absolute favorite restaurant, luckily we love it too. Service is always friendly and great and the food is delicious. We have a few favorites but always try something new too!

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LucianaF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience, the food and the server were amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipEricS
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice waitperson

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 2019 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.