Piccolino Ristorante

4.8
991 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Join us for a authentic Italian candlelit dining al fresco!

Salvatore Faso opened Piccolino in 2007. A Sicilian by way of Chicago, Faso comes from a family of Italian chefs and restaurateurs. He made a name for himself at Prego before setting off on his own with Piccolino.

In August of 2015 he moved to a free-standing building with exponentially nicer decor – it’s now the poshest Italian restaurant in south Orange County. The centerpiece is a beautiful wine vault that surrounds the front entrance. And there’s plenty to show off. Faso has assembled a concise but impressive collection of Italian wines.
Make sure to ask about the veal porterhouse. Chances are nobody’s going to tell you about it unless you bring it up. It’s not on the menu. It’s a secret special that’s always in short supply but usually available for a few orders each night. It is absolutely superb: cut thick, heavily charred around the edges and rosy pink throughout.
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SelenaM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time for dinner and it was very delicious! Portions were perfect, flavor was mmmm! Service was spot on! We will definitely return :)

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Maicoman
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service in a trying time with a truly fantastic menu. A great place to relax and enjoy the food. Always make sure to ask about the specials ! And be generous to your waiter staff-

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with attention to detail

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vipDublin14
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sea Bass Amazing food never disappoints

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DennisO
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. My special occasion restaurant.

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Grandmaj
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our evening at Piccolino’s could not have been more memorable! We were greeted by our waitress, Ivette, with a split of champagne and wishes for a Happy Anniversary. So sweet. She was amazing throughout the evening. I LOVE incredible Customer Service, and she delivered. Our food (and drinks!...mmmm...Piccolino Martini!) — just delicious. They never disappoint.

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TDee
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! It was our first time there, and we will definitely be going back! The menu is extensive and the food is perfection! The service was outstanding! Especially, Katarina!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and the food was excellent

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vipJimR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Food is like being in Italy!

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KimL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and wonderful food!! Beautiful atmosphere too!!

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vipDinerP59
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time at this restaurant. They sat us early as we arrived before our reservation The waiter was very nice and attentive. The food we ordered was excellent and everyone was happy with there dinner. We also had appetizers and I ordered a Bloody Mary which was kind of weak, with no salt or olives. I’d stick with the wine. Will come back for dinner again soon.

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vipDublin14
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always excellent food- didn't love our waiter but that's ok he was not very attentive

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vipNice
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Linen tablecloths
Friendly greeting
Excellent service
Sea Bass Entree was exquisite
Grgich Chardonnay completed the meal

Sorbet delightful

We must come again....soon

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RonnieA
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian in OC!!! and the hospitality team is amazing...have never had a bad meal, and we love the Veal Milanese! BTW...make sure you try one of their signature cocktails...they never disappoint!

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LocalFoodie
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Piccolino's during Covid was busy with a nice ambience. Two of us shared a caesar salad, followed by a pasta and two glasses of house wine each - the bill came to $126 + tip, which is a little pricey. There again, prices seemed to have shot up everywhere. It's becoming harder and harder to justify eating out, sadly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always incredible. Our server, Blake, was attentive and knowledgeable. The ambiance was nice. They have the tables spaced for social distance right now, giving us more space than usual. We will come back again soon.

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vipCherieB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and service! Always love our dining experience at Piccolinos! Sal is awesome!!! Highly recommend! Our whole family enjoys it!

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ShellieP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very enjoyable. They had a relatively nice outdoor area set up, would have been nicer inside I'm sure.

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foodie
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside patio. Food and service was great. Quiet atmosphere which is soooo enjoyable

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GUSU
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A terrific dining experience for authentic italian cuisine. Excellent wine selection and terrific service. Garrett our waiter was very attentive and provided excellent recommendations.
Highly recommend this restaurant

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LindseyO
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing as always!!! Was very disappointed that our server did not have a mask on when taking our drink order and still no mask or gloves when bringing us the drinks :( finally put one on when taking and bringing our food but no gloves.

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Carrie
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Piccolino’s was incredible. The service is amazing and the food is some of the best I’ve ever had. We will be back!!

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JOHNt
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Fantastic as always!

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vipHapa
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The outside dining is really nice and everybody was socially distance. Food was good however the bruschetta was disappointing. Very little flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We cannot stop talking about this experience! Top to bottom; service, appetizer, salad, entrees, everything was exceptional! We were visiting from Arizona and told our server we will plan a trip around coming back to eat.....we are not kidding!

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Cotodiner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous steaks!!! We loved our dinner and service!

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ALANW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall! Will be going back very soon. The best grilled salmon I’ve had...

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vipJuliana
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food! We have been here at least 5 times by now, and all were good experiences. Lamb, scampi, and lamb ragu are our favorites. Good wine selection. Will be back soon!

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DonB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wife and I went there a few weeks ago for the first time. It had been quite a while since me and the Mrs. were able to go out to dine in a somewhat normal environment. Our server, Joanna, was great. She was attentive without smothering us. She knew the menu well as well as the wine list. The food was great, however, I had one complaint about the squid in k past being over cooked. Other than that, our meal and entire evening was fantastic. Just recently, I went there with a friend and sat at the bar for lunch. Service there was good as well. The owner helped us most of the time. My friend said she was impressed with both the meal and the service. I think her and her fiancé will be there soon.
Overall, a nice experience. We'll be back!

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Simone
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently a cut above in every aspect: menu, service, ambience. Piccolino always offers a wonderful dining experience. A local treasure!

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vipNice
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

A day without Sea Bass is a day without A great dinner experience

Imagine my dismay when I purposely called for reservations to insure that Sea Bass was available on the evening Menu and they would set one aside for my dinner fare,.

Upon arrival , I asked the Hostess if my Sea Bass was set aside for me, and she said yes, and then excused herself to visit the kitchen...

Next, our waiter arrived to apologize for selling so many Sea Bass the previously evening, that none were currently available.

Trust me, the Sea Bass is worth forgiving them.......

But their rating on this evening was for poor service......

Tomorrow is another day....right Sal?

James the fan of Sea Bass

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vipJimR
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sal and his staff have done a great job accommodating those eating inside and outdoors. Always a consistently enjoyable meal and great service you can count on. It’s a great place for everyday dining

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vipTimothy
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation, however we sat at a table in the bar. Tina and Leah were prompt, friendly and efficient. We ordered the parmesan risotto for an appetizer, and the Fillet special for the entree both were excellent.
The experience was very Covid friendly.

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viplpzirb
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, amazing service and delicious food in the outdoor patio. Our favorite local restaurant never disappoints!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. Made our anniversary dinner special and the food was delicious! Seriously one of the best meals I’ve had at a restaurant! Will be back for sure :)

JB
vipJamieB
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, food and experience! We will eat there again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Everything was excellent. A couple of minor order errors were quickly resolved and our server was so kind and attentive. Highly recommend.

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Vlfrahm
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, great atmosphere (even the parking lot) and excellent service. This is fast becoming our go-to for our Italian dinners. Fettuccini Piccolino is incredible!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing venue for a nice one on one date. Plenty of great options on the menu. Multiple wines to choose from. Will be coming again !

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You can order delivery directly from Piccolino Ristorante using the Order Online button. Piccolino Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 380-7261.

Piccolino Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 991 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.