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Best Italian Restaurants in Irvine

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A photo of North Italia – Irvine restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(5212)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Irvine
Booked 167 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 Oliver’s Trattoria restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(238)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Irvine
Booked 27 times today
Opening December 10th, 2023! Chef Erik De Marchi is excited to bring his cuisine from Emilia-Romagna to Irvine with Oliver's Trattoria. Featuring homemade pasta and pizza and a full bar. Enjoy our outdoor patios, catering, and private event spaces. We can't wait to serve you at our second location Oliver's Trattoria.
A photo of CUCINA enoteca - Irvine restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(2660)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Irvine
Booked 49 times today
CUCINA enoteca in Irvine is highly regarded for its excellent Italian cuisine, receiving a multitude of glowing reviews from satisfied customers. Patrons have praised the restaurant for its high-value, delicious food, and exceptional service. According to a popular food critic, the restaurant provides a white-glove experience, with staff working in rhythmic harmony to create a memorable dining experience. Many cite the diverse menu, which includes a wide range of Italian staples from salad to pizza and pasta, as a significant highlight, praising the dishes for being perfectly prepared. As one review noted, "the Italian salad with a side of salmon was delicious and the salmon was done perfectly." This praise is echoed by other customers who affirm that the food and service are consistently excellent. The restaurant's ambiance is also often highlighted, with visitors mentioning it as a perfect spot for any occasion, from celebrations to casual gatherings. With its fresh, original food, good environment, and fair prices, CUCINA enoteca is a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
A photo of Il Fornaio - Irvine restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(3907)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Irvine
Booked 46 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 Prego Restaurant restaurant
4.5
Awesome(1383)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Irvine
Booked 12 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 Brio Italian Grille - Irvine - Spectrum Center restaurant
3.8
Excellent(1942)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Irvine
Booked 19 times today
Brio Italian Grille - Irvine - Spectrum Center receives glowing reviews for its authentic Italian cuisine and excellent service. Patrons appreciate the diverse menu, featuring classics like Calamari, Caesar Salad, Lobster and Shrimp Fettucine, and Chicken Limón. Several reviews mention the restaurant as an ideal spot for special occasions, business lunches, or a casual mid-week treat, praising the ambiance and location at the Spectrum Centre. The "beautiful setting" and "fabulous" outdoor patio dining are also commended. Despite some changes in the menu, fans assure that they will "definitely be back", thanks to the superb food and the staff's professionalism, with servers like Robert and Jaime earning special mentions for their impressive service.
A photo of Louie's by the Bay restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1341)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Newport Beach
Booked 41 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 Coliseum Grill - The Resort at Pelican Hill restaurant
4.5
Awesome(2259)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Newport Beach
Booked 11 times today
Coliseum Grill - The Resort at Pelican Hill, is celebrated for its exceptional American cuisine in a relaxed, California-style setting. Often praised for its tasty food and friendly service, the restaurant is a favorite for its impressive fish tacos and peaceful environment. Reviews repeatedly mention the spectacular scenery and great service, with one customer stating, "The Pelican Hill Coliseum Grill is a great place to eat. The scenery is spectacular, the food is very good and the service is great." Moreover, the restaurant provides an array of menu choices from American to Italian to seafood, catering to all tastes. Notably, the ambiance is described as serene and elegant, making it a highly recommended dining experience.
A photo of CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(2683)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Newport Beach
Booked 44 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 Modo Mio - Newport Coast restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(2875)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Newport Beach
Booked 45 times today
Modo Mio in Newport Coast consistently provides an excellent dining experience. Praised as one of the best Italian restaurants in Orange County, this hidden gem serves authentic dishes drawn from traditional Italian cuisine. Reviewers frequently rave about the menu, citing the veal scaloppini Limone and the seafood pasta as standout dishes. They also praise the quality of the homemade gnocchi and lasagna. The extensive wine list also stands out, with an impressive range of choices catering to diverse tastes. The staff is known for their warm and friendly service, making for a memorable dining experience at Modo Mio.
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