il Barone Ristorante

4.5
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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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FW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were four of us who are rather demanding diners. One of us have hearing problem. Nevertheless, we could carry on a conversation with having to shout for the benefit of one of us. We all agreed that the food was excellent and reasonably priced. The menu offers excellent and diverse choice for our taste. The thin bread with cheese and prosciutto was unique and excellent. My sole was flavorful and not overcooked. My wife is usually picky on pasta but could not stop telling me how good her linguine vongole was compared to others she had recently. The other couple both had veal scaloppine and liked it. We all agreed that the meals were reasonably priced and hope that you would keep it that way so we can come back again. Best wishes,

ML
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh Seasonal authentic Italian fare. Everything at this place is excellent. If it ever isn’t they make it right with a smile. This is why I go out to eat there are still little gems out there producing amazing quality without pomp and circumstance. The owner is the Chef and his wife works the front of house. Great people great food

s
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience5

I don't remember the name of my pasta entree, but it was lacking flavor. The waitress said the sausage in it was hot Italian sausage, but it wasn't the hot Italian sausage I buy to cook with - it wasn't "hot"....The limoncello dessert was yummy!

AL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great, courses take a bit, but understandably so since it was Valentine's night. There was a blunder from the kitchen and other server, but our server was transparent and apologized, which was nice. Kitchen definitely seemed understaffed though, especially on a busy night. Sat around 8:30, wasn't out of the restaurant until around 10:15, again it was a busy night, so I can understand that. Server and manager were very kind to give us another round of wine and a free limoncello for the blunder. Overall experience was a solid 4/5 stars, if the food was just a bit quicker, I would give it 5 stars easy.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We love this place, but Valentine’s Day was way too busy and a bit of a disaster

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

food was good

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Valentines

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K
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience4

Went with my wife for Valentine’s Day. They had a preset menu which was not unexpected,however for the prices being charged the portions were small. The food tasted fantastic and that was the highlight of the evening

The service was abhorrent. It was a four course menu and we waited 40 minutes between our appetizer and salad course. During that 40 minutes we never once saw our waitress. After that wait she finally arrived and said “you haven’t gotten your salads yet?” Maybe if she had bothered to check in on us she would have seen the issue. We had barely started our salads when the entrees came so we had our salads and entrees together. We constantly had to ask for refills on drinks as well. Dessert was just ok.

For $200 for dinner for two, I expect commensurate service, not at all like we had.

We might try them again since the food was good, but such bad service will definitely give us pause in the future.

MW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

This review is specific to the Valentine’s Day dinner last Friday. We came in at 545 for an early reservation to avoid the crowds. We were seated across from the open kitchen. One of the waiters and the chef were arguing about the menu and we can heard profanity and let just said the experience was less than romantic at all. We asked to move to another table and the host was gracious enough to move us. There was no regular menu only pre fixed menu for Valentine’s, I wish I checked and verified ahead of time. My baked fish in a parchment paper was $85. Anyway, we usually had a great experience and really enjoyed the food. But we won’t be coming back for Valentine’s Day going forward.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was exceptional, and the waiter helped us pick the perfect wine. Overall great experience. Would definitely recommend.

BD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Best Italian restaurant in Orange County.

OT
London
257 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We were in the area for an event. And, this place seemed like a reasonable place to have a ‘business dinner’. The wait staff was excellent. The food was good - more like ‘above average’. I always like going here - and it’s ‘sister restaurant’ in Laguna Beach. It’s where I go for my ‘Italian food fix’.

H
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything great except place was very cold

SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donna and staff did an excellent job of providing attentive but respectful service. The wine recommendation was the perfect compliment to our well prepared, delicious meal. The limoncelo desert was fabulous.

BQ
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Six stars, really!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.
Had a really great time

DL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my husband's favorite restaurant. As a vegetarian, he loves all things pasta, and he thinks this place has the best. If we can't go to a steakhouse (my first choice), then I can be happy here eating fish, veal, chicken or beef. The salads are really delicious, too. Occasionally, they have homemade butter cake or creme brulee, and then my husband is really in heaven. Great wine list, as well. The place is beautiful and we enjoy the atmosphere very much. Highly recommend.

KJ
Charleston
37 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service outstanding. Wine outstanding. Salad outstanding. Had the ribeye special and shared the home made pasta special with the table.

Desserts also outstanding.

Highly recommend for anyone in the OC area in need of a great Italian experience.

OT
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The welcoming by the owner herself Donatella
Makes you feel you are entering her home
The specials are so amazing
I had the Dover Sole SUPERB
My guest SSF ha di the Ossobuco loved it
Grazie Il Barone

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience1

Food very disappointing... Caesar salad good....fish , pasta and desserts were poor
Food was ok but nothing special... especially considering cost....$405 for 4

CN
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a lovely experience to dine at il Barone.

L
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service has dropped very slow kitchen. Food is not what it once was.

AM
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the greeting at the door to the Expresso with Canoli this is a true Italy experience !

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious foods and very nice services

G
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was good but not excellent enough (for the cost) that I would return. I had Penne alla Arrabiata, which is traditionally spicy hot, and with tomato pieces. Mine was not spicy at all, and the sauce simply looked like a tomato sauce. It tasted good, but I expected excellent.
The Margarita pizza was good, but not as good as we had in Italy.
The basket of foccacia bread was good, and was served with a green pesto sauce, I believe. But I would have preferred a basic virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar to accompany the bread.

RM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service

BB
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a pleasant and welcoming Italian restaurant. Noise is moderate so a table of 4 can actually have conversations. We did ask them to reduce the volume on their 'background' music which they happily did. Food is good quality and well presented. Oso Buco was terrific. The Dover Sole was a little tough and served with more sauce than our group liked but very tasty. We will go back again - it's a nice locals find.

OT
London
257 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

A bit noisy dining here during ‘Christmas party season’. I could barely hold a conversation during my business dinner. I asked to be re-seated, and was denied. It did get quieter once a large party was seated. The food is quite good. The wine is adequate. It will be a ‘do again’ - if I go in with lower expectations.

DW
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely. Food was delicious.

OT
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Barone decor is a beautiful modern elegance

The holiday decor adds sparkle to the ambiance
Simply beautiful

Our dinner was perfect

Mille Grazie
Il barone

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The facci was good, however pastas were mediocre. Got the linguine vongole and some $60 special pasta with oxtail and truffles. The pasta consistency for both dishes was a bit dry and clumpy. Possibly old batch of pasta. Ive dined there at least 4 times and remember their pasta being better and more moist. Might have been a bad night for them. Desserts were pretty good. Their pistachio gelato and lemon ricotta cheesecake was good but their chocolate cake with vanilla gelato was just okay (not worth ordering imo)

CP
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and Service was perfect. As always, very warm greeting from Donatella

OT
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the BEST

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I was looking forward to checking this place out, but I was disappointed. I waited at the front desk for a long time before anyone greeted me. The pasta dishes were good, but so so.

FD
Orange County
197 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Franco creates amazing dishes. From the calamari friti, ensalada, butternut squash ravioli, wild boar bolognese, all were exceptional and perfectly done.

I highly recommend ilBarone for lunch, dinner or any special occasion.

LL
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lawrence was great!
Hug from Donatella the BEST!

KF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Italian, anywhere! Thank you for making our daughters birthday so special!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and casual enough to bring our 9 year old twins.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Very disappointed. Food quality mediocre and priced very high. Waiter smooth talking and misinformed. We brought friends from LA and were embarrassed by the poor food and misinformation from the waiter.

BS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really great food. The beef stuffed pasta was really good. Decent service.