BRIO Tuscan Grille - Irvine - Spectrum Center

4.3
1360 reviews
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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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JB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would definitely recommend Brio, the food was excellent, the service was excellent and it was a great experience. Prices aren't bad either! Great place!

RM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, service and atmosphere!

RR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New menu. Everything was great. We ordered beef carpaccio, salmon salad and pesto fetuccini with lobster and shrimps

KA
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I threw a baby shower luncheon on the patio. The food and service were both excellent! They are extremely accomodating! Will do it again!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The restaurant when it’s busy is loud. The waitress had a difficult time taking our order. We felt like we had to yell our order for her to hear it. The bathroom was in an odd location. You go through the server area to get to it. Not sure if that’s sanitary.

S
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Unfortunately, this will be my last visit to this restaurant. I don't know what about this place screams bring all your unruly, undisciplined children to dinner after work??? Both times we have been surrounded by kids screaming and running around while parents completely ignore them, and waiters and diners are dodging them. It's impossible to carry on a conversation without yelling. I wish they could figure out a section for families and another for everyone else. The food is very reasonable and tasty, it's just not a great ambiance.

JH
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

As always, food was outstanding. The service, however, was far below your normal standard. We had to ask if our food was ready and the waiter said, (Oh, I think I see it up, I’ll check”. A waitress actually brought our lunch, we’ve had her before and she is always on top of everything!

TC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service!! Had a great anniversary at this restaurant.

DE
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

Asked for bread when we arrived. After multiple requests, it came out after the food. Food came out under cooked. Sent back 2 times. Server and manager didn’t acknowledge or apologize.

KS
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late and they were still professional and we had great customer service for my daughter’s birthday

CT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed my evening out with my hubby.
Good food great time

MK
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Everyone was nice, courteous, but service is very slow.

m
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was delicious. I had the grilled salmon and even though it was calorie friendly, the flavor was amazing. Will definitely go back.

FA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food

J
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable dinner. Our waiter Josh was amazing and went above and beyond to make the visit fun.

F
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Brio. They rarely (very rarely) take a misstep. The stuffed French toast was wonderful -- the filling tasty, the fruit at it's best, and the accompanying bacon crispy. My guest and I both had it, although the shrimp and polenta was tempting, too. My guest was an elderly lady who doesn't move very quickly and uses a walker. She is also almost blind. Our server couldn't have been more patient or kind. All reasons why I keep returning to this outstanding restaurant.

D
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Even tho' it is a small chain, the food is topnotch. The service almost always is great. The room is airy and comfortable EXCEPT for the fact that it gets VERY loud as it fills up. The best bet is to get there before 1800h and don't linger. On the other hand, if you like VERY noisy places then this is a 5 star restaurant.

CH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

After eating here at least once a month for a few years, I'm still never disappointed in the food or the service.

OR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my Mom for her birthday, and she loved it. My husband and I like this place for date night. Waiter Josh is great.

R
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating friends anniversary. Had a wonderful time and the food was amazing as always.

MP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place for brunch! Good value. My veggie omelette was delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Food was mediocre

DR
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable lunch with outstanding food and service.

CL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really love this place. I've been there for several different reasons, personal dining and business dining. The food is exceptional and fairly priced. The service is outstanding, all of the staff are extremely personable and attentive. The only issue I have is the noise level. It's loud which makes conversation at a large table difficult. The last meal I had there was a business dinner with 10 people and it was very hard to carry on a table wide conversation because of the ambient noise. Other than that, it's a great restaurant. I will go back and highly recommend it.

OT
Orange County
68 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner there last night! We started with the Insulata Della Casta salad and a wedge salad. Both were very fresh. Our main entree was the grilled salmon fresca and the fish of the day which was sea bass. Both were very moist, delicious and came with perfect accompanying vegetables. To end our meal we shared a tiramisu which was so yummy and not super sweet. Just the way we like it. Our wonderful waitress brewed us a fresh pot of decaf coffee which tasted great! A wonderful dining experience.

Tara, the restaurant's manager was especially nice and helped fix a situation we had experienced when we tried dining there before. Their doors were locked when we showed up for our reservations. Someone had decided to close the restaurant an hour early and Open Table thought I was a no-show.Thank you so much, Tara for rectifying the situation so professionally and speaking to your staff so it doesn't happen again. First class all the way!

OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Service was great! But food was ordinary and expensive.

S
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner, service was great, food was good. Due to the restaurant being very busy it was a little loud and we had a hard time hearing each other on a round 5 top table. But overall it was great

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my fiancé’s 43rd Birthday and it was a surprise dinner with his family. The food was great, our server Josh was very accommodating and the ambiance was very relaxing. Being that we’re a big party they placed us is an area where we’re somewhat away from the crowd so it was nice.

AM
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

I will only eat hear again if I can get a table on the patio. It is way too noisy inside for polite conversation. The food was excellent but the server and kitchen seemed overextended at 6pm on a Wednesday. Clientele is a bid odd too. There was a table nearby with women straight from the gym, no shower or change of clothes. Uncivilized for a $20-30 per plate restaurant.

k
San Joaquin
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice place good food and service

CB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Always a good experience except for their glassware often times seems not 100 cleaned. We have had to send our wine glasses back a couple times.

BA
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Just fine- terrific server

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Came in about 6pm on a Monday, not a very busy time. Happy hour was still going at the bar. There were two of us at a booth around four other full booths and one large table of 10. Our waiter was solely focused on the large table and barely paid attention to the smaller parties. Took 20 minutes for a mango ice tea. The food was Fantastic, The Lamb was phenomenal, the staff was nice, but the lack of service was less than desirable. Maybe additional help for the staff when larger parties are present, would make a difference. Will try again.

KD
Canberra / ACT
22 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go to business lunch place because they get you in and out with amazing Italian food! :)

FN
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

The restaurant is not accomodating and the food is not filling due to paltry portion sizes. Furthermore, I ordered my pasta without pancetta, but it was on there regardless. When I requested it without pancetta as I had originally requested, they just picked it out for me. I'm vegetarian, so found their approach to be insensitive and dismissive. We had some vegan friends in the group, and the restaurant couldn't accommodate one dish for them or adapt one item on the menu.

I wouldn't recommend this restaurant to anyone. It was for my 30th birthday too, so that added to the disappointment of wasting the experience at this place.

F
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brio is one of my favorite restaurants because it never miss steps in service and very rarely in food. This night I had their fettucini (sp?) with shrimp and lobster and it was superb! And enough for lunch the next day (I could have finished it, but I wanted dessert). I did try their raspberry mojito and it was good, but didn't quite work for me, the seeds were too much and the raspberry didn't mix well, just sat on the bottom. I prefer a lemon mojito. For dessert I had the fresh berries with zagblione (spelling again!) sauce. The berries were fresh, sweet and perfect. The sauce was good but there was too little of it and it was served in a glass where all the sauce went to a narrow bottom so you couldn't get to it with the berries. It was still delicious and I just drank the bit of sauce that was there once the berries were gobbled up!

j
Washington DC
101 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

If you are a local I'd say go for it, but if you're from out of town, not so much. With a map we still had to stop for direction twice. Spectrum Center is a shopping center. We didn't know what we were looking for & the street names aren't much help. Once we got there & ordered our food it was fine. My husband & I order the same 2 entrees every time we go. The food was good but not as good as at the Brio we go to at home.

SM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was fabulous. Bartender and management were fantastic. New waiter not so good but forgivable given lack of experience.

FF
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We love your lounge patio.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great wine selection. It was only our second time there but both time were amazing! The crab cakes are to die for!!

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