Agostino's Ristorante Italiano

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$30 and under
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Italian
If you’re looking for a family owned Italian place that will make you think of a great home cooked meal with plenty of authentic touches, then you should be heading for Agostino’s Ristorante Italian. You will find some of the best Italian food around. Set just a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean in Dana point, visitors and locals alike have been coming to Agostino’s Ristorante Italian for years.

Starters, pastas, pizzas and entrées are all on the extensive Agostino’s Ristorante Italian menu and you will not lack for choices when you and your party arrive. Start with some mozzarella caprese or salmon carpaccio to share and follow it up by a nice bowl of house made pasta with delectable sauce, like spaghetti Pomodoro or penne arrabiatta.
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and terrific view

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A friend gave us a gift certificate to Agostino’s and what a great! I ordered the chicken piccata and my husband had the halibut and we shared eggplant Parmesan. Entrees are served with a good sized garden salad or soup and a side of pasta. Everything was fresh and flavorful. Service was excellent as waitstaff refilled water and cleared plates

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Ginger
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing, hidden gem! Found Agostino's through Open Table reviews and we're so glad we did! The owner sat us himself and greeted us warmly. Our server was wonderful! She recommended lasagna, carbonara, and the homemade sausage; all of which did not disappoint. She was so friendly and knowledgeable about the menu offerings. The minestrone soup, spumoni, and chocolate mousse (best I've ever had) were SO good! We are so glad to have found Agostino's and will certainly be back when we are in town.

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ItalianScalion
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great real Italian food at best price in the area. The owner is stuck on quality and reminded me of being in Italy.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day. Great server. Great experience. Thank you!

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MelindaE
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had a wonderful evening. Food was good, but limited because of Valentine’s. Food and service was good. No complaints, but maybe it was the night and the limited menu. Food was delicious, but not the best in the area. I would go back again.

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vipLisaS
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb and the service is Excellent!!! Home made Italian food that always tastes great. Leslie was our server and she was attentive and brought our food to us promptly. Great for a Date or families.

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CatT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was wonderful and beautiful view!

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SoCalSailors
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Agostino's is consistent. The food is abundant and tasty. It rarely changes. The view is spectacular. Lately they have added events. We have participated in the cooking class--great fun. The music events are very good. This place is a Capo Beach fixture--our go-to for Italian food. Actually my husband probably would have given the food higher ratings than I did, just to be fair.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience1

We arrived on Christmas Eve as a party of 4. In previous years we have celebrated Christmas Eve as a party of 6 or more. Our family was seated in a corner in the bar area. We were seated at 2 high top tables pushed together. We were told that you needed a larger party to be seated in a booth or table. In addition the service was slow and unable to serve us the correct order. Once our food finally arrived it wasn’t very tasty and it was cold. Needless to say we were very disappointed. We will not return.

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ThomasC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for dinner for Christmas Eve. When I arrived at the restaurant the owner told me that he did not have room to seat us. I told him I made a reservation on OpenTable and he said that he doesn't check OpenTable for reservation. We had to leave and find another restaurant to serve us on Christmas Eve. Nightmare!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We made reservations through open table and we’re seated at a hightop table at the bar. That was not the experience we were looking for!

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vipgirlfriend
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service. Nice variety on the menu, adequate portions, delicious veal piccata, and a unique carbonara.

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Riada
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We have had excellent meals at Agostino's in the past. Maybe it's what we ordered this time, but this time the meal wasn't quite up to the same level. I ordered the eggplant and the sauce was unremarkable. My husband had the saltimboca and he thought it was a little too salty. The service was fast and friendly and of course the location is great. I'm sure we will try it again in the future.

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JohnM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, dinner at Agostino's was fantastic! The food was delicious and the atmosphere is great! One of family's favorite restaurants.

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Bill67
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Augie has captured Quality and Taste at reasonable prices.

Service is OUTSTANDING !!

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vipChiclady
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

The staff were friendly and accommodating but I found the food lacking. The salad dressing was blah and my veal dish had too much garlic.

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SimonP
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food very generous portions staff friendly and attentive

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vipcrmacv
San Diego
95 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellence and there was lots of it. Menu is extensive with all of your Italian favorites.

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viplynn
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

It has been about a year since we have been to Agostino’s. The service and ambiance has always been wonderful. In the past the food WAS always great. Unfortunately that was not the case during our recent dining experience. The chicken on my salad was cold and dry- not freshly cooked. The eggplant parm taste fell short. I should have known because the usually packed place was almost empty.
So sad to see this cool place that has been around for a long time loose its way.
Advice- hire a new chef!

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raleighm
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always good food and service, entertainment did interfere with business discussion but it was at the end of our meeting.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Very very loud! Over the top loud!

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to eat good Italian food and watch the ocean.

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Beachbum7
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restaurant was a short walk from our timeshare. We were surprised at how nice it was inside though it was very loud. Our waitress Leslie was a delight. Food was good and portions were large. They do have outdoor seatimg and the noise level is loud there as well because it's right on Pacific Coast Highway. We will definitely return.

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GregD
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I'm Italian and food was just okay. It was nothing special. But the view was incredible!

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GoodEats
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed the meal, however, the Caesar Salad needed some help. The lettuce was HUGH and the dressing was non-existing. Once we were given more dressing all was great.

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vipFrancieB
Orange County
94 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently great food and great service - every time. A fun place to go.

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vipJeffH
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was run of the mill Italian comfort food nicely prepared and served. Although I would not consider it a gourmet type restaurant the food was of good quality and essentially comfort food.

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WilliamS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our friends' birthdays. Our server, Cheryl, made the evening extra special. As always, the food, service and atmosphere was exceptional.
Thank you!

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vipTomB
Naples
121 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

A let down. The place is outdated, menus greasy, plastic cups for water, and overall just a let down. The meatballs were cold, spongy, tasted like old liver. We sent them back only to have them nuked and returned to the table. They were inedible. The spaghetti Bolognese was lacking meat (it had very little). The ravioli special was excellent. The service was great. Unfortunately, if you are an Italian restaurant and can’t make a decent spaghetti and meatballs, then that’s it for me.

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GrandmaB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was so sweet and the food was unbelievable. We particularly loved the red sauce.

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vipAdoreCats
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We've been coming over 20 years. We also always take our visitors from back east. Great Italian food (and it IS home-made). Staff is always great--pleasant and efficient. Can't beat the view. One of a kind for Orange County.

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LaurieC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was horrible, we ordered pasta bolognese and it was basically tomato sauce with a few specks of meat. Also the sauce did not taste homemade. The salad that came with the meal consisted of iceberg lettuce and one piece of tomato.

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Slvr68
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here for 35 years and the food and service are always consistent and excellent.

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vipFrancieB
Orange County
94 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good food and service. Spaghetti and meatballs are great.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved loved loved the grouper! Super delicious. It may even be the best fish I’ve ever had. And I eat fish almost daily.Our waitress was outstanding, friendly and very patient with my elderly parents. Would come back here and make it a regular favorite. The location (next to hotel) should NOT deter you! Beautiful view of Capo Beach.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a great dinner at Augustino’s on Saturday night. Our table with an ocean view was ready on time. Gina our good server did a great job of bringing our several courses at appropriate times. The veal Marsala was one of the best I have ever had. We will return again!

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vipFriends
Salt Lake City
95 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was our first dinner at Dana Point when we arrived.
The food is excellent, and we had a great waitress.
We highly recommend this place

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LaurieC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent. We ordered the scallop special and the scallops were cooked perfectly.

MC
MelC
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming here for years. Food is always great. Service also. Sit outside if you can.

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Agostino's Ristorante Italiano does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Agostino's Ristorante Italiano is rated 4.2 stars by 130 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.

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