Alza Osteria

4.6
372 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located in Brea, California, Alza Osteria is a family-owned Italian restaurant specializing in classic Italian pasta dishes and everything from handcrafted pizzas to fresh, rustic paninis, sandwiches and salads - all prepared to order.

Also features an extensive wine list ranging from a California Cabernet to Italian Amarone and everything in between. For the craft beer drinkers, this spot is paradise. With a constantly rotating taplist, massive bottle list and reserve cellar, there is always something for everyone.

To complete the whole experience, the atmosphere and service is what stands out to guests. You can expect a warm welcome with friendly, attentive, and genuine table service at an unassuming, but upscale establishment.

Join us today for a great dining experience at Alza Osteria!
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EJS901
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was exceptional food was good, my wife is a lover of Spaghetti bolonesse and it didnt meet her expectations, the other 3 meals were good. They have a fairly good list of craft cocktails, we had a Bees Knee and a cosmopolitan, both tasty but on the light side. They only have 1 gin to offer and i ordered a martini straihht up with a lemon twist. It came in an ice filled tumbler with soda, but it did have a lemon twist. So fellow martini drinkers steer clear, chianti was good and reasonably priced. Might return for the food and service but not the drinks.

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vipFrancesC
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Food and service was good, restaurant needs alot of TLC. ceiling tile above us was missing and carpet was dirty.

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vipFineDiners
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service was excellent! Price is reasonable. This is a great place to dine in if your craving for Italian food. The only thing that needs a little TLC is housekeeping of the restroom. Definitely will come back.

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Navvati
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience and Food here is too good. All the varieties we ordered, taste was awesome. Service is also so good.

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vipgriz
Los Angeles
68 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we come here frequently as it is relatively inexpensive, but delicious food. unfortunately because of people like us getting out the good word the place is becoming pretty busy. be sure to get reservations. very good wine and beer list and judging from the number of pizzas heading out the door those must be good as well

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Ashley
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Awesome! Speechless! Literally cannot think of anything else to say..

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KirstenV
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! Our server was incredibly attentive and nice. I will be coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service and outstanding food! Love this place and would highly recommend.

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NancyT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. I especially love the zoodle option to replace pasta. Great fast and attentive service.

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JackieF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as usual. Unfortunately my most favorite appetizer, the fried calamari, was not available so we tried the Chipotle Shrimp Flatbread. Really, really good. I can't wait to try their pizza now. Of course that means I can't have my every time there entre, the Clam Linguine with white wine sauce and extra garlic. Mmm.

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Chang
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Value of the food is great and it feels much more like authentic Italian food comparing to those franchise Italian restaurants.

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SharonM
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great pizza! Also had a great dinner salad with homemade ranch.

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SueS
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great, server was very pleasant. The server support asked if we wanted more break and then didn't come back. There was a large table that was dropping F bombs and that affected our experience. Outside of that, all was good.

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CADenver
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Nice blah lahblaaahnhhhhbb

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JosephF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife and I truly enjoy the food!

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vipAngelaG
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Best Marinara Sauce ever

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AnneF
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vey friendly, unrushed, relaxing and tasty!

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KiaT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is why I love the open table app, it never disappoints. We rrived to our 1pm reservation at 1245pm and was seated immediately. It wasn't to busy nor crowded and we were allowed to pick our preferred seating. Our Server Laura was super sweet and informative of our 1st time menu selections. We ordered the House Margarita and the Beez-Knees for cocktails, they didnt have the fried calamari but advised the Twisted Bread sticks as an alternative which was really good. Our main course consisted of Chicken Marsala, Thier Seafood Linguine, 2 Ceasar salads with real Ceasar dressing (not the white stuff) and house made croutons! Everything was so fresh tasting and the servings were deffinately more then enough! This is a deffinate return spot. The chefs really know their Italian Cuisine! Thank you for the great food and service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The best italian food I have eaten.

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LennyC
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was fabulous. Everything tasted beyond expectations. Our server Alexis was friendly, knowledgeable about the menu and very helpful. She was very busy, but still took the time to make wine recommendations and gave us samples. Great experience and we will definitely be going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service was superb! Food was ok , unfortunately not impressed. Got free ice cream by checking in on Yelp. Good ambiance.

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SvenR
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It is a small Italian Osteria with real good food. Feels like being in Italia.

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NancyT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was awesome. Love that they offer zoodles (zucchini) in place of pasta.

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JudyE
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you want a quiet , intimate dinner, this is not your place; but if you want good food, good service, and an energetic atmosphere, you will love it!!

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FruityHawaii
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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Heidi
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We have been big fans of Alza for a long time but Saturday’s visit was not good. We had reservations for 4 at 6:30 and were seated promptly. We placed our orders and two of us ordered cannelloni. The server came back and said they only had enough cannelloni for one (at 6:30 on a Saturday night?) My husband changed his order. We ordered appetizers and waited 20 minutes. We called the waiter and he just said they were backed up. The restaurant wasn’t packed, but ok. He finally brought the salads and the appetizers arrived after 30 minutes of waiting. We finished the salads and appetizers and twice inquired about our entires. After 45 minutes we were told the kitchen was still “backed up.” After an HOUR, I told the waiter we had plans to visit the 9/11 memorial after dinner and needed to know exactly how much longer the food would be. He claimed the food had been plated. He then went and served other tables and we waited another 7 minutes before the food arrived. If I hadn’t had better previous experiences, we probably wouldn’t have gone back. I hope it was just a bad night.

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vipDinner
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lunch portion sizes are good for the price.

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bobacow
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I understand that it was a Saturday night plus you guys have a lot of take-out orders, but waiting one hour to get our main entree out was just too much. On top of that, our server, what looked like to be his only table, barely checked up on us. While another server was constantly going back and forth between his tables to check up on them and giving them their food on time. When the food was ready to be served, it was waiting on the counter for 5 minutes. We had to ask a lady that was vacuuming the floor to check on our order and have it be brought to us because it was just becoming too much. I normally don't right complaints and am a really patient person, but last night really was a disappointment

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jccc85
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was wonderful. They have a large variety of choices to choose from and if you don't see it on the menu and the chief has all the ingredients to make they are happy to do so. By far one of the best places in North Orange County.

Please give it a try you won't be sorry.

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vipDeanM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always look forward to getting to Alza for delicious "home cooked" Italian food. The staff is always polite and attentive, and the food never disappoints.

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SharonB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always welcoming! Great food, great portion sizes! Always our favorite place to support!

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WilliamK
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Delicious food. The wine was just right. Service was a little slow, but perhaps because they were extra busy. Acoustics were on the noisy side.

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AmyZ
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small restauran t, but delicious food and ambience! Wonderful service also.

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vipJandDS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, food and service is always amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great, service not so much. It took about 10 minutes before a server got to our table, after that things went well until fine fit the check. We were informed their credit card system was down and we needed to pay cash. Pretty late in the game for this announcement, especiallyl when they told us it was down all night. We happened to have enough cash fortunately. The pizza was great.

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JackieF
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was 2nd time to come. Amazing food and service. Don't know if they keep notes on customers or just remember. Who cares; they do. All personnel have a big smile (under their makes as their eyes show it). They had a special that my husband got because we knew how great our other order was but had to try it. Want to make sure we ask them to notify us when it will be a special again we can either plan to eat in or pick it up and bring it home. Way too large to eat it all so we can split it at home. We are a customer forever!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had such a great first date here! The waitress was amazing and super attentive. Would definitely come back. Thanks for making it a fabulous night for the both of us.

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vipKatrina
Orange County
52 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We do not live in the area but we come down here quite a bit. This is the third time we’ve gone to this restaurant and I’ve never had a bad experience. The wait staff is excellent the food is good and so is the wine. Last night I had an old fashion that was made perfect. We couldn’t decide on which wine so we were given to rather large samples to try and ended up with a Chianti. I definitely will be back with my husband.

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Alza Osteria offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (714) 990-1044.

Alza Osteria is rated 4.6 stars by 372 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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