il Barone Ristorante

4.4
401 reviews
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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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LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here a few times - fantastic food - amazing service - all around wonderful experiences each time.

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BL
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great smiles, great service and attention to detail as always.

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GJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. And very quiet on a Sunday night.

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JS
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall this is a very good Italian restaurant with a warm, comfortable atmosphere. We loved the old restaurant and service was terrific. The food continues to be terrific. But for the 2nd time, we experienced the same annoying service issues. After being greeted by the maitre d, we waited about 10 minutes or so to be seated; not because a table wasn't available; just because they can't get their act together for some unknown reason; it is annoying. After being seated, it took more than 5 minutes to be greeted by a waiter...a kiss of death. Then add more than 10 minutes until we actually received our drink.

OK: the bad stuff is over...the food is terrific and worth eating at this restaurant. Hoping that this review will be read by owners/mgt to link the service experience with the food

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P
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food and attentive service- will definitely be back

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional group in one of OC’s best restaurants. Fantastic service and food you’ll find nowhere else.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service a 10 +
Il Barone does not disappoint

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

Fabulous evening as usual, on a busy Saturday evening. Food was delicious. So special for our Birthday gal. We all love Il Barone Ristorante!! Thank you for a great evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service, food, and presentation were impeccable. I would suggest this to anyone who is looking for a special dining experience. The waiter Francesco,and the owner's Donatella made it that much more special. Their specials are fun and delicious. Try the homemade limoncello. They make you feel like your Part of the family
Looking forward in coming back real soon
Grazie
Il Barone

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MH
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was fine except the markup on an average bottle of wine was 300% (retail is about $26 and price there was $80.) If we go again we will definitely bring our own wine and pay the $30 corkage.

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SK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

Tast if food is very poor and is not related to the Italian cuisine

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f
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good ambiance and attentive service.
Good place for business lunches.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Family owned, make sure you to hear the specials
Excellent service excellent experience ❤️

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b
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The veal masala came as a shank. It had very little taste and was extremely tough to cut. My spaghetti (veal and beef) was delicious, perfect. The wine was excellent. The ambiance was ok. I ate there when it was a Coco's and its tough for me to drop the image. The service was very good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply amazing. Best italian romantic spot. Had a wonderful evening. Thank you il Barone.

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LL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spotless,
Thanks

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k
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Had dinner there. Good experience but very costly for pasta dishes (all between $21-$30+ for just pasta and sauce). Good wine selection. Meat and fish entrees were well over $30. Nice atmosphere and good service but it’s quite expensive for what you get.

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n
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service--waited forever for our main courses and then never got desert--they kept saying it was on its way
We have visited this restaurant many times and loved it but will NOT return

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SB
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Big fan for 10+ years. First time in new location - Valentine's evening. New room is bigger and roomier so would expect different feel. However, warmth and intimacy of former environment feels a bit sacrificed....Is it the industrial -look ceiling tiles? High ceiling? More hard/reflective surfaces??....whatever the contributors, detracts a bit from ambiance. Service and food still wonderful and overall still a fave. Maybe some attention to environment/experience will be invested.

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D
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

My evaluation of il Barone might be different than most since we went on a special ocasion, Valentines Day. I made my reservation on open table with the expectation of a $$ price point ($31-$60 per person ) and their normal menu. When we arrived, it was a fixed menu and the price point was well over $85 per person.
- our service was less than stellar, we sat between salad and enteee for well over and hour. We had to stop a busser to ask for help since our server was no where to be found. After acknowledgment of our delay, the kitchen got us our entrees about 20 minutes later.
- our server never stopped back to check on us, we assume because we could tell she forgot about us
- the food was average at best, especially for the price paid. I can get a much better ribeye for $90 at numerous other restaurants
- all in all, we arrived at 5:15pm and didn’t leave until 8:00pm with unfulfilled appetities and down $291 in total.

Maybe on a normal night il Barone is a good experience, not for us.

Sincerely,
Table 13

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DB
Nashville
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I booked dinner here at the last minute for Valentines Day. We didn’t mind eating early at 5 pm as there were few spots left. The restaurant filled up quickly. We had heard good things from friends already. It was decorated really cute with the Valentine theme. We were warmly welcomed, the server was prompt and courteous. All of our meals were delicious and the portions were just right. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends in the area and plan to go back ourselves and bring all of our children next time. Buon appetito and enjoy. Italian food is our favorite!!!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was great. We’ve been going for years but definitely preferred the old location. The new location is literally an upgraded Coco’s. Service wasn’t very good. We brought our own wine but were told we couldn’t open it. However, we witnessed at least three other couples that were allowed to open bottles they brought. Guess they were more important than us. Probably won’t ever go back again.

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KA
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Franco was on his game last Monday evening. If I could give the food six stars, I would. Love the new restaurant location and wish them the best.

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BD
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dined at Il Barone in their previous location and found the new restaurant even better. The food is always great and the people incredibly friendly.

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JW
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service are excellent. It is a special occasion dining place.

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m
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

waited 2 hours for the food , the sea food dish came out cold, the waiter over charged us, he also charged us for the most expensive liquor we didn't order. overall a bad night.

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CM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surprised by how great the food was. Had a ribeye that was perfect. The salad with Octopus was great. The spaghetti was amazing. The noodles were al dente and seemed house made or something. We really liked it. Will definitely return.

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BR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great night, food and service were great.. Will definitely be back again.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Lots of mistakes on orders. Bad attitude from waiter.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bella....Molto bella

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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The new location is great. The food is outstanding as always. Solid wine list. Great people

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RF
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food is fabulous, but the service is always lacking for us. Waiter disappears, dirty plates are left on the table until we ask to have them removed. This night, after 40minutes of being at the table we got asked if we wanted an appetizer, way too long of a wait!!! For this reason, service alone, wouldn’t recommend to a friend unless they sat at the bar.

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m
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Too expensive fir what you get!! Our bill was almost $700 fir 4 people and nothing extraordinary!!

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SP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been eating at Il Barone whenever we go to Newport Beach. Their food and service has always been outstanding. The specials are varied and wonderful. The wine list is exquisite and extensive. This was the first time we have visited their new restaurant. It is very nicely appointed. This family owned and run restaurant makes you feel like family as soon as you sit down. We will continue to visit anytime we are in the area.

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RG
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service. Tasty food.

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A
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

first at new location and was very happy with the site and decor. food is as good as ever - delicious best describes. Great evening.

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HR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally a restaurant to enjoy with friends and be able to hear your table conversations! A beautifully designed restaurant and the food was deliciously prepared. The service was not hurried and one felt comfortable enjoying the experience!

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place server very attentive. Food was the best we have had in OC

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JK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the pasta special and it was like heaven in every bite. I love the food, the service, and actually just everything about Il Barone. It is the place I go to when I need good food that is also comfort food.

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k
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food was disappointing. It lacked taste and the preparation was just adequate. The service was slow. The only thing high was the price---greatly overpriced compared to much better restaurants within the Newport Beach area.

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