CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach

4.6
1187 reviews
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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 Joe Magnanelli 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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YH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely will come back! Good for celebrating birthdays, anniversary!

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h
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The best part about Cucina Enoteca? Space between tables. As a result, we were there on a Saturday evening and the noise was manageable, not deafening. So appreciated. Good food, excellent service. Look forward to returning.

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FF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great graduation lunch for our daughter. Our server Asa was GREAT. He was attentive, never rushed us and took care of a mistake I made when ordering. They put us in the sun room area which was great as it felt like a private dining space.

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h
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We arrived early for dinner and had no less than four waiters/waitresses! Dinner was great, but a little more consistency in wait staff would have made it a perfect evening.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Mother’s Day

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AB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious! Food looks and tastes amazing. Have a great wine list.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

My first date with my new boyfriend.

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LB
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A favorite for locals and visitors alike.

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T
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The environment can’t be beat. Sunday brunch on a warm day, on a large beautiful shaded porch with high end modern cottage feel. Burrata and tomato was delicious. Not a fan of the breakfast pizza.

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service as always. It’s a must every time we come to Newport!!

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JR
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although we weren't able to sit on the patio because of a private party, we enjoyed our experience. Our waitress was excellent as was the food!!! We visit this restaurant often and have suggested it to our friends.

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WJ
Philadelphia
33 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was not as good as previous visits. Meatballs were bland. The burrata was ok, but they had better options on earlier menus.

Wine choices were excellent. Will consider but not certain will return when looking for Italian food

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CS
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful experience celebrating my husbands birthday. The food was amazing and the service above expectation! Jennifer was outstanding! We will definitely be back soon!

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MT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in for a business lunch. The chopped salad was excellent as was the service.

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MO
14 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was the sweetest and brought us celebratory champagne for our recent engagement! Food was excellent as always and the ambiance was perfect!

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JK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The wait service was poor. Very disappointed as my guests just flew in from Chicago and they were starving and tired.

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CS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went before the dinner rush on Friday. Ordered the Short Rib pappardelle. It was tasty but I could tell it was reheated or microwaved.
The burger was good but very smoky.
Waitress was nice but not around after food was delivered. I’m sure it would have been better when busy.

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N
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. It is nice time even for having dinner with my boss. I definitely would return to try more dishes.

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J
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved it! I went with all of my girlfriends and we all ordered a different dish. Each one was spectacular! The wait staff was lovely. Attentive and knowledgeable, offering great suggestions. One of my new favorite places!

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JP
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and atmosphere were amazing. I would highly recommend this to anyone...Thank you.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Our reservation was a little later in the night. Our server rushed us through the entire experience. She was not attentive at all as she was more worried about doing her side work. She was very eager to sell wine. At the end of the night, she told us, “thank you for helping me meet my wine sales quota.” Will not be returning

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A
Orange County
31 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

One of my neighborhood places to go. Totally disappointed this time. Food wasn’t hot. All came out together. Took way to long. The noise level was off the charts. Couldn’t hear the ppl sitting at my table.

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t
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Ambience was a tad loud for where we were sitting, amongst other two seaters. Pizza was burnt a bit at the bottom, which I didn't like but tolerated. Main thing was that our squid ink pasta dish contained several empty mussel shells. Friendly hosts and server, but water wasn't refilled.

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l
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent.

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JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and exceptional service. We went during an off hour, so noise was low. I would highly recommend!!

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h
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service with awesome value. Great location for movies and dinner as all the theatres are within the Fashion Island complex

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KP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent service! great food! Nice environment! no wait.

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GA
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Misha, our server, was amazing. She was attentive, informative and entertaining.

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Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has a beautiful outdoor area, and our server, a gal from Kentucky, was attentive and gave excellent recommendations.

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c
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is charming, especially the patio. My friend and I had a leisurely two hour lunch on the patio. We weren't rushed at all. Our server was great. She was able to take care of our needs quickly while taking efficient care of other diners as well. We'll be back!

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MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. The outdoor dining is really nice too and they are dog friendly. Great food and service.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating. From the entrance to exit. Great staff great food and beautiful ambience

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C
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to take out of town visitors! Perfect service! Excellent menu and food!

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JW
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Like the decor and vibe of this place. Enjoyed outdoor seating, had good service, pizza, and wine. But our main pasta entrees lacked the flavor we expected based on other yelp reviews.

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MI
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

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AF
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Great vibe...great location in Fashion Island...perfect place to meet friends for lunch/dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is beautiful. We like to have our family birthday party celebrations on the patio here . It’s just beautiful ! I thought it was a bit ridiculous they wanted to charge us $2.50 per person to slice a birthday cake . Obviously we passed and did it ourselves. And please bring back yummy hummus truffle appetizer.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, never disappoints when we eat there. Great service, super friendly staff. The only downside was that even though we made a reservation through open table we still had to wait 15 minutes to be seated. Other than that everything was great.

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f
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent
We liked the chicken salad and would like to have it return to the menu.

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CR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Worst service we've had in a long time. Server took a half hour to take our order, and when we asked for things, she never brought them.

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