BRIO Tuscan Grille - Irvine - Spectrum Center

4.3
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Italian
BRIO (meaning "lively" or "full of life") is a "polished casual" restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, "Tuscan Grille" is descriptive for a menu that features oven-roasted steaks, chops, and seafood; similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO's philosophy of "to eat well, is to live well" is why they only use the finest and freshest ingredients. BRIO brings the pleasure of a Tuscan country villa to the American city. To learn more, go to www.BrioItalian.com.
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BO
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They made my Moms Birthday extra special!

BM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Food and service were good. Restaurant had a nice atmosphere.

DG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very attentive and gave us excellent service! We were seated promptly and the food was fabulous. We will be back :)

DH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A little noisy for conversation. Once a large party left, we could carry on a conversation.

DC
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very patient and friendly. Food was fresh and tasty

KK
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Our server was very attentive and got us out in time to make it to the comedy club.

a
Orange County
164 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

New waiter was just doing his job, but no personal connection, ie, not even a smile. He got all my substitutions correct.

QS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brio is one of my favorite chains. This one is my favorite location. You can never go wrong at Brio in Irvine!

LB
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great location, seated immediately with our reservation, great food!

b
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

GREAT meal, with timely service throughout, though it was a busy Valentine's Day evening. Hubby got the filet mignon, which was perfectly grilled. I got the salmon fresca. Both were wonderful! Value of these meals is great! It is a noisy restaurant, so it is not for a cozy quiet evening. Every sound echoes, including the kitchen chef shouting orders to his staff. But, we love the place anyway.

OT
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was on point on Valentine’s Day.

LM
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We felt a little rushed, but it was probably because it was Valentine’s Day and they were expecting a big crowd.

The salad was primarily white lettuce, with minimal dressing. BUT the olive appetizer, and the steaks were fantastic. The Gorgonzola crust, on my steak medallions, was bitter. But the steak was amazing. The vegetables were really food but the mashed potatoes weren’t great. All in all, we will come back.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Expired date beer....

T
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drink was really good . We got Italian margarita. The Salmon salad and chicken pesto was awesome.

C
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I normally love Brio, but lately the food is just not up to par. They keep changing the menu which is also frustrating. I reserved a table for 8 (16th Bday) and let them know it was for a birthday. We arrived and were seated within 5 minutes. The place was packed and therefore, service was very slow. It took almost 15 minutes to just get water and lemonade. As soon as the drinks came out, we ordered appetizers and our main entree. Five of us ordered thr Filet Mignon and/or NY Strip. Four of the steaks were overcooked (we ordered medium rare and got medium-medium well). I knew the minute the plate was set before us that the steaks were way overcooked. I even said they were overcooked when they were presented to us, but there was no offer to remedy the situation. We had waited so long and were so hungry, we decided to eat them anyway. When you're paying $36/plate and the steaks are not cooked properly it ruins the meal. The fingerling potatoes and broccolini that accompanied the steaks were dry and cold. I understand that when it's packed, service is going to lag a bit, but quality of the food shouldn't waiver. And to top it off, there was no mention of my grandson's birthday at all. I also had a $10 off coupon that I forgot to use (bill was over $300), not that it would have made much difference. I guess I should've know better than to order steak at a restaurant that mostly specializes in Italian fare. Lesson learned. I most likely will not be back.

TS
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Went Friday at 5:30. Food was decent... service was very slow!
Restaurant was extremely loud... hard to have a conversation.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Wish this restaurant food was good.
You couldn’t taste the actual ingredients of dish you weren’t having, Super salty.

CM
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum! Everything was great

RS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

For lunch I had the Chicken Marsala, my Mom had the Caprese Chicken, and her friend had the Wedge Salad and Crab Cake. Brio does a very good job of grilling the chicken breasts properly -moist and not overcooked. And that crab cake was the size of a large biscuit -with a decent crab to breading ratio.

B
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Good food and service but somewhat noisy for dinner conversation.

a
Orange County
164 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

they are very good with substitutions. I wish they had squash soup all year round! we celebrated a birthday; and the complimentary dessert used to have great choices, but now it's only vanilla gelato or sorbet.

SS
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was great. Noise level was perfect as we had lunch with long time friends who we had not seen in awhile.

E
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress recognized us from previous visits. She was Betty attentive and cordial. We had a wonderful dinner.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was really good. The server made us very comfortable and made sure we were well taken care of. Will definitely come back again soon.

L
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service2ambience4

Waited over 20 minutes for someone to get out drink order. Restaurant was quite and empty.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent Service, the food was perfect thanks to jhoshua He make our dinner perfect

CM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Service was friendly, and specialty drinks were good. Disappointed though overall because most of the entrees except the lamb chops were either way overly salted, hardly any marsala sauce with the Chicken Marsala nor lemon sauce with the Chicken Milanese.
Spaghetti Carbonara had too much pancetta, the chopped side salad was unflavored and small although the side green salad with lemon vinegarette was worth it. The worst things we ordered were the appetizers, calamari was little tiny pieces with chunks of Other fried things, and the spinach artichoke dip tasted sour. Based on the food we would nor go back there.

a
Orange County
164 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They are always great about my customizing my order. We're enjoying the newly added olive appetizer, but would suggest having little forks to use.

G
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I think I was expecting something different, not in a bad way. It was a energetic noise level and I saw a more laid back vibe then anticipated. Food was good and the service was good. Would certainly go back.

KR
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time, and won't be our last. Very good and a nice atmosphere.

AS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Shrimp and lobster fettuccine very salty, was disappointing

T
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Food was over cooked dry and somewhat tasteless. I ordered the pasta with pesto, it was dry and tasteless. Someone else ordered the chicken cutlets, dry, hard, cold. My husband ordered a lobster pasta it was just OK. The Lasgne was the most tasty of the items we tried.
My impression is that dishes are not cooked to order but prepared in advance and reheated.

TK
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat at this Brio on a regular basis. This past visit, it was a for a family brunch on Sunday. The service is excellent at this location, the head chef even popped out to check if our dishes arrived the way we liked it. The restaurant interior is open, comfortable and welcoming. And the menu is wide enough so that you can lean towards healthier options when you're in the mood. We look forward to our next meal there!

a
Orange County
164 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

New waiter seemed to be a bit frazzled. Food has improved and always accommodating my modifications. Still one of our favorite restaurants in the area.

JH
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food is not as good as it used to be. Served a warm chocolate cake that was microwaved.

c
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Ordered steak medium rare. It came well done. Second try it was cooked very rare. Sent it back , half it was as desired the other half was well done. I gave up.
The restaurant was 68 degrees when we arrived. It warmed up after an hour.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Gosh it's just too noisy. Otherwise it was great.

EB
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got there early and we’re able to get seated still. Food was excellent and service was good too. Had kids and didn’t feel out of place with them there either.

H
Las Vegas
162 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Only ok. Nothing wrong, all ok. Not very tasty. Reminds me of a nicer version of Olive Garden

S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service!!

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