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Best Italian Restaurants in Costa Mesa


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A photo of North Italia – Irvine restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Irvine
Booked 156 times today
North Italia – Irvine is a restaurant that truly embodies the richness of Italian cuisine. The restaurant's menu offers a diverse range of dishes from traditional pasta and entrées to unique Chef's Boards. Their hand-crafted meals such as the Roasted Salmon, Bolognese, Spaghetti & Meatballs, and a house specialty Strozzapreti, have been lauded for their authentic taste and great quality. Many reviewers have commended it as the "closest to real Italian food", citing the well-balanced flavors, and freshness of the ingredients. Its ambiance is often described as warm, busy, and perfect for both a casual date night or a lunch outing. A favorite among customers is the restaurant's unique dessert, the "Budino". With excellent service and a vibrant atmosphere, it's no wonder that North Italia – Irvine holds a special place for those seeking a genuine Italian dining experience.
A photo of Il Fornaio - Irvine restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Irvine
Booked 57 times today
Il Fornaio in Irvine consistently earns rave reviews as one of the best Italian restaurants in Southern California. Patrons describe it as the "real thing," praising its excellent service, delightful ambiance, and mouthwatering dishes such as the Sicilian fava bean soup, spinach ravioli, and a special vegetarian risotto. Many reviews emphasize the authenticity of the cuisine, pointing out that the restaurant "stays true to Italian cuisine," rather than modernizing it. Whether marking an anniversary or simply enjoying a casual meal, guests consistently have a wonderful experience at Il Fornaio, proving its status as a beloved institution in Irvine.
A photo of Antonello Ristorante restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Italian • Santa Ana
Booked 15 times today
Antonello Ristorante, an Italian restaurant in Orange County, boasts a rich 40-year history of delivering consistently high-quality food. With a menu that caters to everyone, including those who are calorie-conscious, the restaurant delivers a fulfilling dining experience in a warm, quiet, and comfortable setting. An Italian patron declares it a "taste of home" and others frequently commend the exceptional service, food, and ambiance. Even the cocktails come highly recommended. Praised for their top-notch dishes and superb service, Antonello Ristorante is widely considered one of the best Italian restaurants in Orange County. Many patrons are repeat customers, evident by comments like "We'll definitely be back," and "As always, a great dining experience." Even first-time visitors leave impressed by the ambiance, service, and food offerings, vowing to return.
A photo of Ruscello - Nordstrom South Coast Plaza restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Costa Mesa
Booked 2 times today
Ruscello - Nordstrom South Coast Plaza is a much-loved Mediterranean restaurant, hidden inside Nordstrom's, offering an outstanding culinary experience. Reviewers have praised its exceptional service and delicious meals, with dishes like the Lobster Bisq, tomato soup, and the cilantro lime salad with shrimp receiving particular praise. The ambience is noted as simple, clean, and bright, adding to the overall enjoyable dining experience. Reviewers have shared their love for the "brunch offering on Saturdays and Sundays" and how it's the "perfect place for ladies night out/birthday celebrations." They describe Ruscello as a "hidden gem" offering "pretty good food," which makes their dining experience at South Coast Plaza memorable.
A photo of Louie's by the Bay restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Newport Beach
Booked 37 times today
Louie's by the Bay is a stellar choice for contemporary Italian cuisine. The restaurant's location is unique, right by the bay, boasting a spectacular view and a charming atmosphere. Patrons revel in the authentically Italian dishes such as lasagna and lobster ravioli, which have been described as "superb". The cuisine is consistently praised, with many comparing it favorably to the quality found in Italy itself. The staff's excellent service, combined with a selection of Italian wines, makes Louie's a must-visit destination. From intimate dinner to business events, the enthusiastic reviews are replete with appreciation for the fantastic food and ambiance offered by Louie's.
A photo of CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Newport Beach
Booked 30 times today
CUCINA enoteca in Newport Beach is a masterclass in offering excellent Italian cuisine. The restaurant's relaxed and comfortable environment, coupled with outstanding service, has garnered positive reviews from visitors time and again. Patrons are particularly fond of the unique 'Nuevo Italian' dishes, with the Polenta, Rigatoni, Short Rib Pappardelle and squash blossoms earning high praise. Even though the restaurant does not possess the traditional red-checkered tablecloth ambiance of an Italian place, the authenticity and caliber of the Italian dishes are undeniable. As one reviewer confirmed, "Service & cuisine are authentic & true to Italian cuisines. Highly recommended."
A photo of Prego Restaurant restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Irvine
Booked 8 times today
Prego Restaurant, located in the heart of Orange County, is praised for its consistently good service and exquisite Italian cuisine. Highlights from the menu include the classic Margherita pizza, creamy lobster ravioli, savory sole piccata, and delightful chicken scallopine, all of which are highly recommended by visitors. For those who appreciate seafood, Prego doesn't disappoint, offering phenomenal dishes such as the Australian lamb chops and tiger shrimp pasta. The restaurant's beautiful and clean ambiance, coupled with its outstanding service, also contributes to its charm. Many reviewers call it their go-to place for Italian food and recommend Prego for an overall enjoyable dining experience.
A photo of Il Dolce restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Costa Mesa
Booked 6 times today
Il Dolce is an exceptional Italian restaurant located in Orange County, known for its authentic Italian cuisine. Customers have consistently given positive reviews, praising the food, service, and ambiance. The customers note that the food tastes "wonderful", "delicious" and "authentic". Many reviewers highly recommend dishes like Carbonara, Prosciutto e Burrata, pizza diavola, and calamari, all of which they describe as "fantastic". It's also been mentioned that the pasta is homemade and light, and the bread is the most delicious you'll ever taste. Il Dolce is characterized as a hidden gem by numerous reviews and has been termed "the best Italian restaurant in Orange County" multiple times. Its warm and welcoming staff, delicious food, and pleasant ambiance make it a perfect place for all occasions.
A photo of Sapori Ristorante - Newport Beach restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Newport Beach
Booked 16 times today
Sapori Ristorante in Newport Beach is a highly acclaimed destination for authentic and delicious Italian cuisine. Audiences consistently praise it as their "all-time favorite and best Italian restaurant in Newport", attributing their accolades to its remarkable ambiance, exceptional service, and wide array of original Italian dishes that make diners feel like they're in Italy. Customers also applaud the team for their attentiveness and dedication that goes "above and beyond". Being referred to as not just a restaurant but an experience, Sapori Ristorante has found its ranking among the top three meals in all of Orange County. The blend of fresh food, extensive wine list, and personal touch, has cemented it as a regular choice for many residents, making it a must-visit whenever in Newport Beach.
A photo of Naples Ristorante e Bar restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Anaheim
Booked 27 times today
Naples Ristorante e Bar offers a delightful experience for lovers of authentic Italian cuisine. Patrons praise the delicious food, with special emphasis on the 'amazing, authentic Italian pizza and nice salads', 'generous kids portions', and 'fabulous tasting' pasta dishes. Located in the heart of Downtown Disney, the restaurant is deemed a 'must-stop' for visitors to the famed amusement park. The excellent service is repeatedly mentioned in reviews, with customers lauding the restaurant's hostess, waiters, and bartenders for their kindness and attentiveness. The overall atmosphere is also highly regarded, contributing to a pleasurable dining experience. Whether you're a local or a tourist, Naples Ristorante e Bar guarantees a memorable taste of Italy.
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