il Barone Ristorante

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$31 to $50
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Italian
*We've moved to 900 Bristol North St. in Newport Beach, come visit us at our new location!*

The Orange County Register’s Brad Johnson states; “Il Barone actually has a soul. The cooking is solid and precise, steeped in tradition and clearly weighted with heart and experience.”

Chef Francesco Barone has created a menu representative of his Italian heritage which emphasizes fresh high quality ingredients prepared with care and served in a modern and elegant atmosphere.
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and excellent service

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! I am never disappointed!

OT
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, Excellent food!

D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Two food issues, beyond, the understaffed service: (1) Female Manager goaded us into ordering a special, the ricotta souffle with white and black truffles. I asked if it was a "proper souffle" and she said it was...however, it was actually a twice-baked variety (i.e. like a cheesecake texture, not a souffle) and it had zero white truffles. As if we couldn't know the difference. (2) Housemade pastas are nice, however, they are very thick here so not artisan (but I believe they are freshly-made, but more starchy than box pasta) . I won't find our repeat business with so many better choices in OC.

AM
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

IL Barone is home ! From the moment you walk in to the moment you leave ; Donatello and her team are like family ; the food is authentic Italian and the choices are many!
This is a must for a wonderful night of good wine and good food in an ambiance of the old country!

R
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, wait to hear about all the specials before making a decision. But don't miss the veal milanese.

OT
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il Barone is simply the BESt!!!

h
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Martina our server was great.
Food amount and quality was fabulous, ambiance was great, easy parking and access, reasonable prices. Drinks were fabulous. Definitely a go!!

S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Terrible service, outstanding food.

OT
Orange County
74 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service , food, and drinks.

KK
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was outstanding and the food was even better. I can't say enough about the salmon special!

SB
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Loved our dinner. Nice table noise level just perfect and would go back Waiter nice and explained all the dishes

RW
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Birthday for a good friend!

OT
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for a business lunch. Excellent!!!!

B
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a solid restaurant, excellent food and service

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an early dinner with friends and their 2 small children. Even though the children are so well mannered and well behaved for their age, small children are never easy for servers. However, the staff was amazing! Patient and accommodating! Thank you!

TL
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is always delicious but I miss their breadbasket (particularly the crispy flatbread and breadsticks).

M
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone was very welcoming. The server, Laurence (French), was very attentive and got us just what we wanted. The service was just enough! Seems like when we wanted service someone was there, and when we wanted to be left alone, no one interrupted. A PERFECT first experience. It won't be our last visit for sure!

LG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Very good ! Good Italian food in Orange County . I really recommend

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I went to the other restaurant off campus and always had a great experience. Tonight I was meeting an old friend for dinner. She had never dined there and I had not been to the new location. Rather than going to North or Davios, we decided to try here. There were only about 3 other tables filled and the service was so poor. The waiter was not friendly and even seemed bothered by serving us. I had an empty glass of wine waiting for him to come back to check on us after we ordered a salad and was standing in the kitchen talking to the other waiters. I had to get up and walk over to ask him for another glass of wine. I was so disappointed and will not be returning or recommending it. There are too many choices in OC. Service should be the top priority & provide your guests with a great experience.

OT
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff is amazing professional they know all the day Specials in details. The Specials and that it’s family owned makes me want to come back!!
Thank you
Il Barone

SB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Donatella....You and your staff are amazing....every time I am there I love it, and you, more!!!
Suzan Berkley

IH
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service & food....... ............ ........ ......... ............

m
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always the food and the service were outstanding. They make you feel like family the minute you walk in.
My husband and I both had the fish specials. Mine was enough to take home for lunch the next day. It was just as good the next day. Outstanding...

LY
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love taking family and clients to Il Barone. They have excellent food and service.

D
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is excellent. The food was delicious and the recommended wine was perfect. Always enjoy visiting Il Barone with friends as the atmosphere, service and food are consistently great!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food & service were acceptable . Atmosphere was a little strange - only 5 tables in restaurant on a Thursday night at 7:30

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our waiter Lauren. Great recommendations on everything!

ML
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For my Birthday/Fathers day I wanted to get some old school Italian food, and that’s just what was available. High quality freshly made pasta, great beer & wine, Amazing specials like Whole Dover Sole deboned at the table and plenty of fresh black truffles. The cannoli was the best This place was absolutely right on the money. When we walked in we were greeted by the chef/owner’s wife, the chef was present and visible working many parts of the kitchen himself, Great job! Please keep this place amazing!

OT
12 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The porterhouse steak was truly the very best I’ve had.
Italian restaurant with dry aged Steaks.
Bravo Chef thanks for a fabulous dinner

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This was our first time dining at Il Barone and we went to see if it would be suitable for our daughter’s graduation dinner. We were seated immediately in a cute corner table and I loved the ambiance and decor of the restaurant.

We ordered a bottle of wine and a flatbread appetizer to share. Both were delicious. The waiter upgraded our wine, which was very sweet. I ordered the oxtail pasta, which was amazing. My husband ordered the grass fed ribeye, which was a special that night. It came to the table rare, and we debated sending it back because more times than not, the kitchen will overcook it instead of making a new steak. We decided to take a chance, but unfortunately the steak came back medium, NOTb medium rare. When we told the waiter, he apologized, but didn’t offer a new steak, nor was the $65 steak taken off our bill.

I really wanted to love the place, but given our experience with the steak, am not sure we will return. After spending $200 for dinner for two, we left disappointed.

EC
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Pricy and not enough seafood lots of pasta

CD
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. We brought a friend from Northern Virginia, he loved it. He had the special of Branzino.

RR
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was very good. We had a large group. Service initially was a little spotty but improved. We really like it

OT
12 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Romantic professional staff
The owners presence is very pleasant she makes sure that all tables are happy .
The food is the BEST
You can tell the Chef has allot of passion for his cooking

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service is always excellent! One of my “go-to” places!

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I’ve had a business dinner here. It will always be my first choice. From an intimate dinner with my wife to a dinner with my CEO and our largest customer it is always perfect.

S
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb and the menu was great

M
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Chicken park was amazing however the waiter persuaded us to order the veal special... he did not say that it was $60 for just the veal and it was not worth it. Very dry, no sauce only a side of arugula( pointless). The service was great and the ambiance was great. For the price we could have gone to Ruth’s Chris or lawrys and gotten soup or salad the main entree and desert for the same price as 1 piece of dry veal.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

$40 corking fee 😝