Alza Osteria

4.6
360 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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SharonM
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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SueS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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JosephF
Orange County
2 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
3 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
1 review
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.

JD
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
1 review
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
50 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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wjg01
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very good. We have been here many times and have never been disappointed. Also, the wine and beer selections are good. Service is good. Great place for a casual dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Celebration for a birthday dinner

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JackieF
Orange County
2 reviews
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
41 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place. Wonderful food.

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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.

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FruityHawaii
Orange County
9 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.

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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

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AnneF
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service

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TaraB
Orange County
2 reviews
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…

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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!!!

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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.

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vipFourSquareFoodie
Orange County
19 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.

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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 360 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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