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About North Italia – Irvine

At North, we focus on what we do best: Italian from scratch. Enjoy any of our handmade pastas and pizzas, created with seasonal ingredients and inventive flavors. Or, try a different signature dish, prepared with our fresh flavors from the garden, farm, and sea. We’ve hand crafted seasonal cocktails that pair great with our food, creating a real modern Italia experiences perfect for any occasion.

2957 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Brunch
Sat and Sun 11am - 4pm

Lunch
Mon- Fri 11am - 4pm

Dinner
Sun - Thurs
4pm - 10pm

Fri & Sat
4pm - 11pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options

North Italia – Irvine Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (77)
Fun (62)
Good for Birthdays (59)
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Casual (57)
Good for Groups (57)
Great for Lunch (55)
Hot Spot (53)
Fit for Foodies (49)
Great for Outdoor Dining (46)
Special Occasion (45)
Bar Seating (43)
Business Meals (43)
Creative Cuisine (42)
Good for Anniversaries (41)
Neighborhood Gem (40)
Comfort Food (34)
Worth the Drive (34)
Vibrant Bar Scene (33)
Happy Hour (28)
Handcrafted Cocktails (27)
Authentic (26)
People Watching (21)
Romantic (20)
Sunday Lunch (20)
Great for Brunch (19)
Tasting Menu (18)
Healthy (17)
Local Ingredients (17)
Kid-friendly (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Seasonal (14)
Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Cozy (13)
Notable Wine List (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Organic (9)
Tapas (9)
Live Sports (7)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Scenic View (5)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Great Beer (3)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Spicy (2)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Waited 30 mins past the reservation time and ended up in a round table for 4 people when we had a party of 6.

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·Dined 6 days ago

Great food and a place to hangout with friends to catch up. Small beer and cocktail menu. Everything we ordered was yummy! We had reservations but still had to wait awhile for them to clear a table off for us inside because outdoor dining was a bit cold that night. Our waitress was a little odd. She seemed kinda high to us, very slow to respond but in a good mood, if you know what I mean lol Great atmosphere and vibe. Prices are decent to high. Would def come back and recommend to others.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 7 days ago

Great food, small portions, clean, bright and beautiful. Slow service

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Romantic, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

I've been here many times but this visit was a terrible night! Had to repeatedly ask for waters for the table and bread. Ordered 2 spaghetti and meatballs, one had parm on it other did not. I had to ask for parm that came in a metal ramekin. Husband was brought wrong dish. Squid ink dish and mussels were very spicy. Every request took a long time. Maybe Friday night is not the night to go out! The Hostess was very nice and we got seated on time. It was nice that someone brought drink menus to us while we were seated outside waiting to be seated

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We had a wonderful time. Boy, tiramasu was the best.

Don’t dare to leave without dessert.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food and service. The parking is valet only and quite busy. Lively ambiance in the restaurant.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

We just had the best time at dinner tonight! The food was delicious! I ordered the Chicken Pesto pasta but with gluten free pasta. It was ridiculously good! I've never seen pesto this bright green and was a little skeptical, but was pleasantly surprised by the BRIGHT flavor. I will gladly order it again! Our server, Jordan, was a rockstar. He was super attentive, kind and professional. He made our time at North Italia pleasant amd enjoyable. We will definitely be coming back!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 11, 2018

This is one of our favorite places with kids or on a date . It’s deliciois and great esthetics !

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

We loved everything but could hardly hold a conversation because of the noise.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

I enjoyed my meal at North Italia. We went on a Saturday night and the place was lit. I had made a reseravation so we got seated right away (there was a long waitlist). I like that the place was open so it felt like a huge dinning room (some people may not like that because you have no privacy). Our server was friendly and helpful. We had to wait longer than I would have liked for our food but it was hot and delicious when served. The salad, main plate, deserts and drinks were amazing. Definitely worth the price. The only reason I don't give it five stars in all categories is because when we walked in the FOUR hostesses (that were all available) were talking to each other completely ignoring me and my partner. They were obviously snobs.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Amazing restaurant! Amazing customer service! The management is spot on with everything! We had a reservation and our table was ready right when we got there! Unlike other restaurants, this was a breath of fresh air!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fun, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great Italian Restauant with very friendly staff and yummy Italian food

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Consistent as always! Food, service, the feeling of being taken care of, excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

A lovely, mostly 100% authentic Italian restaurant with flowers, candles, and a couple Italian wines I don’t normally see on other menus. It’s a great date spot, but there’s also plenty of room for a group. Please leave the tiny, screaming children at home....and walk carefully on their wood floors because I almost slipped in my grip-less heels.

Our waitress was super friendly and efficient. We could see the kitchen through their massive glass wall - it was cool to see them making all the food. The bathroom “stalls” were actually all separate rooms, and they were clean.

I judge Italian restaurants based on their tiramisu, and almost all of them give me tiramisu from the freezer with sopping wet ladyfingers. This place has delicious tiramisu, probably because they make everything from scratch. Even my friend, who doesn’t normally like tiramisu, enjoyed this one. His caramel budino was very sweet but delicious as well.

An 8-oz pour of friulano, an entree, and a dessert came out to $45 each.

I’ll be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

North Italia is rock solid always great! We enjoy the flavorful foods amazing wine list. We had a D2 from Washington state that was awesome! Of course, the pizza was a nice fit for the wine. Thank for a great relaxing lunch!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Disabled Access, Casual, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

The setting is relaxed and well-lit. Service was excellent and the food was very good too.

Tags: Quick Bite, Great for Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Delicious! I want to try many more entrees. Open Table worked great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fun, Live Sports
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

It was NYE, we expected to wait even with a reservation but this wasn’t at all bad. The prefixed menu helped the food arrive really fast and the waiters were all very attentive. Great chill way to ring in the new year.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Years Eve
Disappointed there was a pre-set menu and wasn’t aware of this
Price was high based on choices provided
Will not go again on Holiday

Tags: Casual
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food4
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great vibe and food. Definitely would recommend a reservation. The Chicken Pesto was excellent but the Funghi Pizza was amazing.

Tags: Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Service and food appears to be less than previous visits. Consistency is taking a back seat, what a shame.
I hope the General Manager can turn his team around.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was perfect but I was disappointed that we weren’t offered any bread. I noticed the table next to us got some when we were already eating our main course. I don’t know if they requested it but it wasn’t offered to us. It would’ve been nice if we were asked when we were seated.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I am so happy this place opened up in my neighborhood. I wish the parking lot was a little better but they offer valet so it's not that bad. Great EVERYTHING! Not a single thing I've ordered ever disappointed. Brunch is also a great treat! It's best to make a reservation as this place does fill up. I would also highly suggest dining outside.

Tags: Organic, Cozy, Good for Groups, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We have frequented North Italia in Houston, which is considerably smaller than Irvine. I think the ambiance in Houston is better due to its size. But we are of the opinion that most upscale restaurants in Orange County with sister locations in other areas and states do not live up to the overall chain quality. It must be an Orange County anomaly.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Nice ambiance. The food was very good. Bartender Lauren was fantastic, great service... Highly recommend.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Had The Pig pizza. Nice and spicy, good crust. Nice wine options. Can be a little noisy.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Julie was awesome. Very attentive and friendly. we'll definitely be back!

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·Dined on December 22, 2017

The food is amazing here! We especially love the cheese bread and tiramisu!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Branzino, excellent. Tiramisu, excellent. Simple salad, excellent.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Great food all around!

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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Good food but I guess they don't do anything for birthdays. I mentioned that was the occasion in my RSVP. Waitress even checked my ID (I went there the day of my bday) and didn't acknowledge it. Oh well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Service food great loud table near us falling out of chairs screaming celebrating holidays

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food is very good. We shared the grilled cauliflower, arugula & roasted fennel salad, and mussels. My favorite is the cauliflower! We also shared the paparadelle with ragu sauce. The pasta is made in house and was delicious. For entrees we had the chicken, salmon and the short rib radiatori. All were very good. Service is always great - from the hostess, to the server, and the manager. Very good restaurant!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Hot Spot, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

North Italia has become our new local favorite. We love sharing the dishes and ALL have been fabulous so far. My husband loves the scallops, and I find a new favorite every time. The calamari with arugula, and the truffle toast are amazing. Our new go-to when treating friends to dinner. Next girls night is here!

Tags: Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Food was absolutely awesome! Our first time there: we will return. The noise level is extreme however.

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·Dined on December 16, 2017

It is always a perfect meal

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Love this place. Its my little hang out. It has good food and its just an enjoyable setting. Great inthe summet because of the outside bar and outside setting.

The one thing that sucks is The parking. If you dont mind a valet it only costs the price of the tip and sometimes its worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Waterfront, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Happening place! Good vibe, good food. Use the valet, parking is an issue.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Pasta was perfect. The cheese platter appetizer had a lot to be desired. The donuts were amazing. The bar is very slow, so plan accordingly.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We were late for our reservation. I wasn’t worried since I had just spoken with them on the phone an hour before our reservation. We were a party of 7 and between an accident and the valet, we were 20 minutes late. At first they told us our reservation was canceled. We were heartbroken! We were celebrating a friend’s birthday. We stood there stunned with our birthday gifts! My friend asked to speak to the manager and luckily she offered us seating outside. It was a huge relief and we were happy to be seated. We enjoyed the board, calamari, the grilled cauliflower, and the burrata cheese with apples. We moved on to kale salad, vegetable salad, and the house pizza. Our server was great about bringing us spoons and new plates so we could sample everything. The short rib pasta was a favorite too. Since we were celebrating a birthday, we ended with the chocolate salted caramel budino. It was amazing! Our night was almost ruined, but we ended up having an amazing time outside! Lesson learned don’t be late!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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