il Barone Ristorante

4.5
668 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
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience2

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.

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RonnieF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
25 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian Food in OC

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vipTheresiayu
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

the sweet potato ravioli is a must try! divine! the service is exemplar.. everyone is so warm and welcoming...

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vipEnjoy
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is delicious! And service was great!

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RobertH
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
25 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the best Italian food in OC

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vipJacqueO
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Sons birthday

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and friendly staff!

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vipShamrock
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!

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vipKarinG
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipFredA
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

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.

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vipFoodie2
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

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.

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vipBillyD
Hawaii
59 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed my wife's birthday dinner with family. Everything was great and will celebrate there again.

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BrendaC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed in this place. The food and service was perfect as always.

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AnnC
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipJessM
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Everything was delicious. Service is gracious.

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ShaneG
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, Family run establishment. Experience is great each time I go. Small or large parties, they take care of everything very nicely.

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Jaealt
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service!

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TomW
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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.
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vipPaulC
Grand Rapids
13 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely new digs for an outstanding chef and an inspired menu! Great for an impressive biz lunch/dinner or just a special treat!!

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RayT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

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vipss1020
Orange County
23 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipBrad
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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WilliamG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner with my wife. Il Barone is one of our go-to places

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
33 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Johnny was an excellent waiter. Eager to please and knew the dishes well.

RL
RobinLL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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!!!

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vipBrianC
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dined in the Chef Wine room. nice dinner and knowledgeable server.

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vipToddL
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipFlyP51
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely one of the finest Italian Restaurants in OC!

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KatC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was awesome in describing the specials. Everyone was so nice and interactive.

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Andre
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Italian at its best! You really can't go wrong with this spot.

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Califoodie
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
D&B.

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PatriciaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was great!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous food and service and clients impressed!

MW
vipMaggieW
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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....

FAQs

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.