il Barone Ristorante

4.6
588 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Il Barone is open for business and now have a fully built outside dining patio for all year round come and enjoy dining al fresco! We also offer to go orders and we deliver please, call the restaurant.

*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.

Please be aware that on weekends, the maximum seating time is 90 minutes. We look forward to serving you!
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Il Barone and the food and service are always excellent. Their prices have gone up a bit.

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Suey42
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here 3 times and it had been amazing every time!! Highly recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
85 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food from a very talented creative chef. The menu covers almost all great Italian foods and the wine options are exceptional. We had a great veal chop , salad,and appetizer and wine! 😊🍸
Joanne and Terence O'Heany

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time here. Had a great dinner. Getting checked in was a little tough. A couple groups walked in front of us. But I’m never in that much of a hurry to cause a scene. For outdoor dining in covid times I’m just happy to be out.

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MichelleM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were celebrating our friend’s 50th birthday and wanted a wonderful meal so I’ll Barone was the perfect place. Due to COVID, we needed to sit outside so the ambiance wasn’t exceptional but the food and service totally made up for that. They also prepared a special dessert for the birthday girl which was so nice.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The waiter clearly forgot to put our main courses in.

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vipOpenTable Diner
21 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful out door dining Italian Food at its Best

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vipCarolynC
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Hoping to support a local restaurant during Covid and understand the challenges/changes they've have to make. But to be seated for outdoors for dinner by a heater that ran out of gas, with no one attempting to switch the tanks is unacceptable. How could they be so ill-prepared? They reseated us next to one of those high torch-y ones that gives off no heat. Service, when we got it was friendly, but spotty. Pizza was the best thing on the menu. A special fish entree was overcooked and basically tasteless. Overpriced and under-delivered. Hope they can rectify their problems. We won't be back, unless it's for pizza to go.

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vipRNSFerguson
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Very accommodating

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vipFoodies
Orange County
165 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

We were excited to try this restaurant, but unfortunately left disappointed. The service was good. However, the food was just okay.

The best item we ordered was the Pear/Burrata Carpaccio Salad, as an appetizer. The Margherita Pizza was decent but lacked flavor and seemed overcooked. Unfortunately, the chicken Parmesan lacked a flavorful sauce, lacked any breading and the chicken was quite tough. The Veal Chop was enormous but was just ok. The bread would be better if it was complimentary and served with olive oil or butter, instead of a green dip. My son ordered pasta with butter and we were charged $22....I understand you don’t have a kids menu but that’s ridiculous.

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vipTTone
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A neighborhood GEM, friendly, attentive, great service, and the food is always good! You must try the daily fresh fish dishes, pasta, beef, well.. anything you order. The special dishes are exceptional. I'm hungry now. Always a pleasure to dine at Il Barone's, I highly recommend a visit there soon.
Toni T

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
50 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The staff did a good job under trying circumstances...thanks Governor Newsom.

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vipkedmo
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and attentive service. We had the sole special...outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Everything was amazing. The food, service, ambiance, all amazing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Nice food nice waiters, friendly customer service food quality is to die for !

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DREDGMD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We waited 45 minutes past our reservation time. They're doing the best they can while being forced outdoors. But they were clearly understaffed. Great food and Donnatella the owner is a delight.

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vipPAMELAK
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an amazing meal! Never disappoints!

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vipOpenTable Diner
21 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place There out door patio is so nice you feel as if you are dining in Italy

The Staff is so professional and proud to work at this restaurant

The owner Donatella truly makes you feel like your dining at her house...

Thank you so much for staying open

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JoselineA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this place food delicious staff amazing

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vipsherryk
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was very bad. Our drinks arrived in the middle of our dinner.
My sons ravioli looked and tasted like it came from a can

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vipniki
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing good! I felt like I was back in Italy!

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vipLisaMarie
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner was magnificent!! The staff is so friendly and excellent food and service!!!

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LauraA
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and so happy they have stayed open through the nightmare that is 2020! Excellent service and food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant with great staff and superb food

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vipPAMELAK
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Love this restaurant

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JeanP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you like Italian food, you'll love it at il Barone!

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vipZapmobl
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kudos to them for staying open. Wish them all the success.

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vipDreve
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great neighborhood find. The food and service were great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In this COVID world you need places to eat and enjoy your date. The food and service is great and it’s clear the owners appreciate every patron. Go enjoy!

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vipEatout
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Disappointed with the service.

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vipmclwbl
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a pleasure to sample the chef's specials--the appetizers and salads from which we made our lunch were all simply outstanding. I rarely order off the menu here, because I've heard too many delectable options before I see it. We were very comfortable on the outdoor patio, and felt sufficiently distant from other diners.

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JasonR
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! best Italian food west of Mulberry Street.

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vipAnthonyM
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its just an old world feeling at Il Barone from the food to the service you feel like you are in Italy !

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Ambience is nice and staff is friendly. However, this restaurant has room for improvement. It was very confusing how this restaurant doesn’t assign one server to a table; all servers help serve all tables. We were seated without menus and it took many servers walking by to eventually realize we were a new table with no menus. We were asked by multiple people if we needed to order drinks when we already had established that we were not drinking. Yes this is better than being ignored but it would be nice if servers were on the same page. It must be hard to communicate server to server what’s going on with every single table in the restaurant so I understand why there seemed to be this mass confusion between staff. The most annoying part of my experience was that I already knew what I wanted to order but the server kept going on and on about the special and telling me I should get it instead so I went ahead and took his word for it. The meal was just okay; nowhere near how good he had talked it up to being. Chewy texture of fish and zero flavor. I wanted a dish with pasta and this one had none. When we got the bill at the end, I saw that the special was $40 (more expensive than anything else on the menu) and what I was originally wanting to order was $30. I couldn’t help but feel like the only reason I was told to order this item was to make our bill more expensive and the server would get a bigger tip. I absolutely hate when servers do this kind of manipulation. I would have tipped more on a cheaper bill if I would have liked what I ordered and felt like I hadn’t been mislead. My husband got a plain pasta with no meat or anything and it was $24. Seems really steep for just pasta and sauce. Before COVID I was a restaurant manager at a high end restaurant so I am not one to return food to the kitchen/ ask for money off on my bill as I realize everyone is trying to do their best. However, I most likely will not want to come back to this place again.

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vipBrianM
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a nice weekday dinner with great food. Being the right season, several truffle dishes were on special. Tried the truffle crepe appetizer. Good stuff. I had lasagna and my wife had the beef carpaccio and soup of the day. Fully satisfying.

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vipFrequentDiner
Orange County
205 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The reason for low ratings are: Food overpriced given the portions. Calamari was like shoe leather. Caesar salad had way too much dressing to the point of being slimy. Service was very slow and unattentive. Constant aircraft going overhead was really bad.

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vipThereseH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor or indoor dining.

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vipSunsetsandybeaches
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place...hubby usually does not want to travel more than 15 min away (we live in Sunset Beach) but he was impressed and as a couple , we will be back. I asked my great gal pals to do my BD lunch here too...(another shared) but up to me...I’m there!
Thank you....you are the best!

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vipFosh
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love to come here. 8 times in 10 we go for one of the specials and have yet to be let down. Never had less than a great meal here..

FAQs

il Barone Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 955-2755.

il Barone Ristorante is rated 4.6 stars by 588 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.