il Barone Ristorante
*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!
I felt this place was very over priced for the value of the food. I tried 4 different items and none of them were good or if quality. It is nice enough inside, but it still feels like Coco’s and even has the distinct coffee smell when you enter and exit. I wish them luck, everyone was very nice, but just not my kind of place.
Everything was delicious. I have been going to Il Barrone since it opened. My only comment on last nights meal was my lamb was very rare, the waiter did not ask my preference so I sent it back for a little less color. Other than that, the butternut squash soup app was yummy and the cheese plate with heirloom tomato was a nice share. My companion had the branding and he enjoyed it very much. Bravo.
Best Italian Food in OC
the sweet potato ravioli is a must try! divine! the service is exemplar.. everyone is so warm and welcoming...
Food is delicious! And service was great!
Time had passed and this was my first visit to the new il Barone location after having spent many enjoyable evenings in the Martingale location across from my office. The outstanding cuisine and service that I had come to expect were there, and even more so, in the Bristol iteration. We started lunch with the Cesare Con Burrata that set the tone for what was to be a memorable meal. My lady friend had the branzino special and I had the Pizza Calabrese. Both dishes were gourmet quality. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting. The staff were quite knowledgable and able to describe the menu items in mouthwatering terms. They paid just enough attention to our table to be helpful but not intrusive. I highly recommend ilBarone and plan to return often in the future!
Simply the best Italian food in OC
As always, il Barone did not disappoint. We took a friend their from out of town for her birthday. We had amazing appetizers, amazing entree’s, we each ordered a different special and a great dessert.
The service and all the staff from the owners on down is always above par at il Barone. If you want fine dinning with also feeling part of the crew, you must eat here. We go many times per year and will continue to do so forever.
Thanks for another great evening.
Delicious food and friendly staff!
Love this place!
As always, our meal was outstanding! The food is fresh and delicious, the cocktails scrumptious, and the staff is warm and friendly and prompt! We will continue to dine here!
Food and service were excellent!
Waited quite a bit at the hostess stand until the bartender took pity on the line that was forming and seated us. The waiter rushed through the lengthy list of specials like he had some place else to be. The bartender made the cocktail wrong, twice, with nary an apology from staff. In fact, the waiter tried to convince me that my very orange drink was actually lemon! The pasta was fine, but bland. It was clear that not being a regular impacted the quality of service as evidenced by the chummy, effusive treatment at other tables. The waiter wrote us off when he realized we were not going to be an expensive ticket. Granted, we might have enjoyed more courses if we had at any time felt like guests they wanted to have there. Disappointing from beginning to end.
We were told after sitting at the table less than ten minutes that we only have 90 minutes then we have to leave. We already had cocktails and were just making up our minds. My date said how rude. My pasta was ok, his was grisly sausage with penne and with no flavor. I’ve been a regular for years and last couple times have been very disappointing.
We enjoyed my wife's birthday dinner with family. Everything was great and will celebrate there again.
Never disappointed in this place. The food and service was perfect as always.
This was our first visit since their move to this new location. We were not disappointed. The ambience was delightful, food delicious and service beyond compare. We all took advantage of the great specials thanks to our enthusiastic server. Although wine suppliers have been sporadic during these difficult times, our server found an excellent substitute for our first selection.
Wonderful food. Everything was delicious. Service is gracious.
Great, Family run establishment. Experience is great each time I go. Small or large parties, they take care of everything very nicely.
Great food, great service!
I had the pasta with wild boar ragu--it was lacking in taste and sauce, a disappoinment for $30. My wife wanted the veal chop milanese but it was already breaded with parmesan cheese which she cannot eat. How does a supposedly quality restaurant pre-make this dish? The chef/owner wasn't able to accommodate her. We had been to their sister restaurant Ti Amo (now closed) in Laguna Beach and they were always very attentive to her allergy issues. Had the veal Chop milanese many times and always fantastic.
Amazing food with attention to quality throughout. The staff is friendly personable and attentive making your experience personal and fun. I live in the Midwest but will go every time I’m in Southern California.
Lovely new digs for an outstanding chef and an inspired menu! Great for an impressive biz lunch/dinner or just a special treat!!
Fabulous as always!
This is definitely our favorite restaurant for good reason - it never disappoints!
We celebrate every birthday here - it’s amazing Italian cuisine — I’m from NY so I would know.
It took me forever to finally find a great Italian restaurant in Orange County.
Chef Franco is amazing and always keeps things fresh as he continues to challenge himself with new recipes — we love everything!
Our favorites include the beet salad, carbonara, arrabiata, any fish! And the beef carpaccio.
We love it all! It’s family owned and you cannot help but fall in love with the friendly, sweet and beautiful host/owner Donatella.
The waiters are amazing and attentive! Franky, Pepe and Johnny!
Do yourself a favor and experience this fine dining establishment - you won’t regret it!
We had a great experience. We had a birthday in the group and our waiters made our dinner memorable. His explanation of the specials was phenomenal, and help extremely helpful with our questions. Thank you to your entire team!
Birthday dinner with my wife. Il Barone is one of our go-to places
Johnny was an excellent waiter. Eager to please and knew the dishes well.
We were a party of nine last night and somewhat disappointed. This group has had at least 20 dinners at Il Barone for up to 40 people or more over the past 10 years and private "friend" dinners as well. It took an hour just to get some bread to our table last night - and they weren't busy! Service was extremely slow and we had to hunt our waiter down several times just to get everyone something to drink. The food was good but not great as in the past. Overall, it was just okay, which is sad because Il Barone used to be THE BEST THERE WAS!!!
Dined in the Chef Wine room. nice dinner and knowledgeable server.
We had an excellent meal with wonderful fresh past dishes and fresh fish. The facci appetizer is a family favorite. Service is excellent and the atmosphere is great for a family dinner of conversation.
Absolutely one of the finest Italian Restaurants in OC!
Friendly family owned neighborhood restaurant . The waiters recommendations were spot on. I ordered the ravioli special with truffles . He said I would lick my plate. I almost did! Every one else in my group was as equally impressed. I would definitely go back when I visiting the area.
Our waiter was awesome in describing the specials. Everyone was so nice and interactive.
Italian at its best! You really can't go wrong with this spot.
The owners and staff are genuinely warm and friendly. Waiters explain the chef’s specials with gusto. Order them.
Donatella welcomes you to her “home” and Franco uses his magic to create incredible dishes. True Italian.
The bar is small and intimate. Spend time there.
Too bad they are not in Corona Del Mar
The food and service was great!!
Always fabulous food and service and clients impressed!
Food was outstanding.... and now they’re packaging their own brand of spaghetti sauce cookies and breads.
The Italian cookies are outstanding.... reminded me of what my aunts used to make....
il Barone Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 955-2755.
il Barone Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 668 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.