Alza Osteria

4.7
331 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!
What 331 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
100% of people would recommend it to a friend
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
progress_bar_value foreground of progress bar
progress_bar_background background of progress bar
Sort by
Filters
OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebration for a birthday dinner

JF
JackieF
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation, arrived 5 minutes early, all was ready. As we reviewed the menu and wine selection our server asked if we had any questions and told our Yahoo perk of free spumoni was not available. We were told we could save it or they would give us a cannoli instead. We chose the cannoli. Our wine was brought quickly with the message our appetizer (named) was being prepared. Our main dish order was taken with the request of "heavy on the garlic" for my linguine and white wine sauce was confirmed. Food arrived in very timely manner, plating was beautiful. This was my first time at Alza and I have to say the food was amazing. I had the salad which was very good but asked about their minestrone. I was told it was their special recipe with addition of some rosemary and no pasta as they wanted us to really taste the spices and vegetables. I can't wait to try it. The cannoli was crispy and not too sweet. The servings were large and I am looking forward to my leftovers tonight. I will be a regular customer and can't wait to tell our friends in Laguna Woods about their new location in Rancho Santa Margarita where they are also open for breakfast.

JP
vipJudyP1
Las Vegas
38 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place. Wonderful food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice date night with my wife, we both enjoyed every single moment, the drinks and the food were top notch. The staff was very nice and very attentive, with a very warm smile.

FH
FruityHawaii
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great and the service was friendly. My husband had the eggplant Parmesan and I had the seafood pasta. My pasta was filled with large shrimps, clams, scallops and lots of garlic in a white wine sauce - yum! I ate the leftovers the next day for breakfast and it was still delicious. My only complaint is that it is a small place and I had to wait for my table even with reservations.

CT
CandyT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent as always and staff is always very pleasant but I don't understand why once you're seated it takes so long for anyone to come to the table. I always bring my own wine and if I could just get glasses my guests and I would be happy to wait for someone to come to the table while enjoying our wine. My only pet peeve with Alza and I tell everyone about it as it's one of my favorites

AF
AnneF
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

TB
vipTaraB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is always great but the service is so so. Today we came early for our reservation time and they told us we would have to have to wait even though they had open tables. We waited for 20 minutes and they sat us at the open table we had been staring at for 20 minutes while we waited. Not good…

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All I can say is wow! The moment we entered the smell of the food cooking grabbed our attention. The aromas in this restaurant are phenomenal. That set the bar for the entire experience. Excellent service! Calamari was great. Cocktails on point. We had lasagna, chicken capellini, chicken pesto, shrimp Alfredo and pizza all of which were to die for! First time here, will not be the last!!!

b
beachgirl1
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Have eaten there several times, food always very good, however lacks in service. Often very slow. They seem to be busy, and seem to have enough staff, so not sure what the problem is.

FS
vipFourSquareFoodie
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

We've been to the Alza Osteria a number of times recently. The staff and kitchen were clearly overwhelmed on our last visit. Service was slow, and we had to request refills, etc. multiple times. Given everything, we understand. However, we wish the menu had a little more variety.

JC
JessC
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food is outstanding, service was friendly, but the space is crammed and noisy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Great appetizers but the vegetables with my chicken piccata were way to salty. I could not eat them.

JS
vipJohnS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great

g
vipgriz
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

nice little neighborhood hangout that provides above average food at a fair price and gives excellent service

LH
LindaH
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience3

Really, really good. First time. You should go. Service was outstanding.

TF
TamaraF
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our new "go to" Italian restaurant. Small, so be sure and make a reservation. Absolutely yummy!

DM
DeanM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lauren and her staff always do a great job and last night was no different.

Delicious appetizers, salads, entrees and deserts as well.

We always look forward to coming back next time.

K
Kimly
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service!

R
vipRobinrabbit
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a local gem! We just happened upon this great place a week ago and have come back for more. Please go - you will not be sorry!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a birthday. The food was amazing. We love their calamari!

J
Juju
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have never been disappointed in our visit to Alza Osteria. This year, the had some new appetizers which were outstanding. One of our favorite places.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went for Mother’s Day lunch. The staff is very nice and the food was pretty good. Fresh bread was great. Entrees. Choices were great. Prices online were 25% cheaper then menu we got, not sure why maybe COVID menu prices in Room dining. I was disappointed that we were on time( 5 min early) for our reservation and we were told another reservation was going to be at our table in 1 hr 15 minutes later. We felt that was rushed and we had a baby also with us that would make that tough. We opted to sit outside to avoid being rushed and we were there longer then the 1h15m.

MC
MichaelC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I plan on returning for apps and drinks. The flatbread was very tasty.

j
julief
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

service was amazing, small family owned, or if not it has that feel. great food, we will be back soon

PI
PhilipI
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is an outstanding owner/chef run restaurant. It is nice to be able to talk to her. The food and service are as good as any. Eat here

PD
PriscillaD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were super yummy!! I would recommend their calamari!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was nice and the food was delicious. We tried the fettuccine Alfredo and the creamy arrabiata - both were very tasty. The bee's knees cocktail was great, too.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, reasonable prices, and a casual friendly atmosphere make for an awesome dining experience any night of the week. Lauren puts her heart and soul into every dish and her team does a great job conveying her passion through their friendly service.

TB
TaraB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Really slow service but great food.

DC
vipDandC
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, what a nice surprise this neighborhood restaurant is! Friends recommended it to us, it was great! They have a good menu, and you can substitute EGGPLANT NOODLES for most of the noodle dishes, which is a GREAT way to have a big Italian dinner without all the calories! First time with veggie noodles for me, what a pleasant surprise! And the “Lettuce Soup” was a treat, too, also a first time, but when the waiter described it as having a tomato soup consistency, but it’s green because it’s lettuce, and with Taragon spice, I had to try it! Boy, was it good! And their Cesar salad dressing is really delicious, too! So, we will DEFINITELY being going back soon! Thank you!

M
vipMyrawan
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great little neighborhood gem. I love the Tuscan flatbread and the pizza. The service Is stellar with a great wine list. My husband loves the huge beer selection and finds new and interesting craft beers to try. They now serve cocktails so theres something for everyone! A great find that we will visit often.

AK
AlexK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I love this place. I would like to recommend this wonderful restaurant to everybody. Literally food is awesome and service is great.

B
vipBosslady71
Orange County
37 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food done right! We enjoyed fresh baked bread and herb butter to start, with meatballs & crostini. We shared a small pepperoni pizza and linguini w/clams. Absolutely delicious and excellent service! Can’t wait to go back to this gem

SB
SharonB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic family business, always feel warm and welcoming!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

I can see why this restaurant is always crowded. I highly suggest a reservation as many people waited an hour to get in. The value for your buck is amazing. I had the Lasagna which includes a salad for a bargain and the food was awesome. Don’t wait to eat here. Sooooo good

g
vipgriz
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

nice, little neighborhood italian restaurant. moderately priced, great service and great atmosphere

z
zitherlozzia
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great and the staff was helpful and accommodating.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Went for pizza and wings after finding this place on Valentine’s Day. Definitely worth the trip.

LB
LinhB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious and was well priced for the amount we got. I had the fettuccine Alfredo and minestrone soup, both of which were fantastic. Our server Kyle was friendly and provided wonderful service.

FAQs

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

Alza Osteria is rated 4.7 stars by 331 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.

Tweets by Alza Osteria