il Barone Ristorante

4.6
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474 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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OT
13 reviews
Dined 16 hours ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
14 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
196 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.

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

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

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Horrible service. Three meals were good and mine was inedible. Server never came to check on us and the service was very slow. 2 hours for lunch is way too long.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and excellent service

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just because, Family is everything! Happy October Birthdays!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! I am never disappointed!

OT
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, Excellent food!

D
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Two food issues, beyond, the understaffed service: (1) Female Manager goaded us into ordering a special, the ricotta souffle with white and black truffles. I asked if it was a "proper souffle" and she said it was...however, it was actually a twice-baked variety (i.e. like a cheesecake texture, not a souffle) and it had zero white truffles. As if we couldn't know the difference. (2) Housemade pastas are nice, however, they are very thick here so not artisan (but I believe they are freshly-made, but more starchy than box pasta) . I won't find our repeat business with so many better choices in OC.

AM
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

IL Barone is home ! From the moment you walk in to the moment you leave ; Donatello and her team are like family ; the food is authentic Italian and the choices are many!
This is a must for a wonderful night of good wine and good food in an ambiance of the old country!

R
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, wait to hear about all the specials before making a decision. But don't miss the veal milanese.

OT
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Il Barone is simply the BESt!!!

h
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Martina our server was great.
Food amount and quality was fabulous, ambiance was great, easy parking and access, reasonable prices. Drinks were fabulous. Definitely a go!!

S
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Terrible service, outstanding food.

OT
Orange County
78 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , food, and drinks.

KK
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and the food was even better. I can't say enough about the salmon special!

SB
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved our dinner. Nice table noise level just perfect and would go back Waiter nice and explained all the dishes

RW
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Birthday for a good friend!

OT
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for a business lunch. Excellent!!!!

B
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a solid restaurant, excellent food and service

JC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an early dinner with friends and their 2 small children. Even though the children are so well mannered and well behaved for their age, small children are never easy for servers. However, the staff was amazing! Patient and accommodating! Thank you!

TL
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food is always delicious but I miss their breadbasket (particularly the crispy flatbread and breadsticks).

M
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very welcoming. The server, Laurence (French), was very attentive and got us just what we wanted. The service was just enough! Seems like when we wanted service someone was there, and when we wanted to be left alone, no one interrupted. A PERFECT first experience. It won't be our last visit for sure!

LG
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good ! Good Italian food in Orange County . I really recommend

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I went to the other restaurant off campus and always had a great experience. Tonight I was meeting an old friend for dinner. She had never dined there and I had not been to the new location. Rather than going to North or Davios, we decided to try here. There were only about 3 other tables filled and the service was so poor. The waiter was not friendly and even seemed bothered by serving us. I had an empty glass of wine waiting for him to come back to check on us after we ordered a salad and was standing in the kitchen talking to the other waiters. I had to get up and walk over to ask him for another glass of wine. I was so disappointed and will not be returning or recommending it. There are too many choices in OC. Service should be the top priority & provide your guests with a great experience.

OT
14 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff is amazing professional they know all the day Specials in details. The Specials and that it’s family owned makes me want to come back!!
Thank you
Il Barone

SB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Donatella....You and your staff are amazing....every time I am there I love it, and you, more!!!
Suzan Berkley

IH
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & food....... ............ ........ ......... ............

m
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and the service were outstanding. They make you feel like family the minute you walk in.
My husband and I both had the fish specials. Mine was enough to take home for lunch the next day. It was just as good the next day. Outstanding...

LY
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love taking family and clients to Il Barone. They have excellent food and service.

D
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is excellent. The food was delicious and the recommended wine was perfect. Always enjoy visiting Il Barone with friends as the atmosphere, service and food are consistently great!

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food & service were acceptable . Atmosphere was a little strange - only 5 tables in restaurant on a Thursday night at 7:30

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our waiter Lauren. Great recommendations on everything!