BRIO Tuscan Grille - Irvine - Spectrum Center

4.3
1282 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
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.
What 1282 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Even though there was a mixup with what I ordered, the way the waitstaff made up for the mixup was absolutely amazing and almost unnecessary. My experience with Brio was amazing and it was the perfect choice for my occasion.

Report
Helpful
AM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The restaurant reported me and my party as a “no show” to Open Table because we were late due to traffic and parking availability.
I ordered filet mignon, medium and received what looked and tasted like a sirloin very well done. The manager offered to replace the steak but by the time the waitress came to check that the meals came out ok, the rest of my party was nearly finished with their meals. The potatoes were also very over cooked and dried out as if they had been sitting under the heat lamp most of the day.
I also ordered a 6 oz glass of wine but the bill had a the price of a 9 oz glass.
In the end, they did remove the cost of the steak and correct the price of the wine, but the damage was already done.
I was a Brio rewards member, but I won’t go back to that chain again.

Report
Helpful
WK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

IOur server Michael was great, really good suggestions

Report
Helpful
h
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Small portioned items with a big price that are absolutely not worth it. Left feeling upset I brought my mother here for Mother’s Day.

Report
Helpful
EZ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Loved the food but our waitress was soooo slow. She walked past our table 20 times before giving us stars for our drinks. And then another 20 times until I had to remind her for sugar. But she was quick as lightning when it came to payment. I was in shock how quick she was as compared to her service.

Report
Helpful
IF
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service. Always great food. Love the ambiance too.

Report
Helpful
JS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was really good the kid pizza portion is huge, the grilled shrimp salad is huge as well.

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for Mother's Day Brunch!

Report
Helpful
HT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Would highly recommend.

Report
Helpful
WD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

It was a very nice evening. It is noisy. Service was good. Staff was friendly

Report
Helpful
VL
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We've always had a good experience at any location we've visited previously. This time, service was spotty (forgetful server), the taste of the food wasn't as good as we've enjoyed before. We understand the busy-ness of the weekend dinner rush, and note that it was during a holiday; but we've eaten at a Brio during these times in the past with great service and food. That's why this time was a little disappointing. The pomodoro was watery and flavorless. The lobster ravioli was dry. But the mushroom soup, calamari, lemon chicken and pasta alla vodka were great.

Report
Helpful
RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Last December, my boyfriend's company had their end of the year party at the BRIO. My boyfriend raved about the food and ambiance, but unfortunately, we did not have a similar experience this time when he took his mother and myself to dinner at the BRIO for Mother's Day. We had a reservation at 5:00 pm on Saturday, May 11th. We arrived on time at the restaurant, but they made us wait for about 15 minutes before we were seated. The service was slow and not personable. We ordered the prime ribs and the chicken rosemary. The prime ribs were, unfortunately, too salty. Overall, we were very disappointed and did not have a good experience. I will not recommend this place to my family and friends.

Report
Helpful
AS
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time at BRIO and i loved it. The food was beyond delish and the service amazing. Would definitely go back.

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice location at the Spectrum however all food at our table was over cooked which lessened the experience

Report
Helpful
MB
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was really good, albeit a little pricey but still good. Service was a little slow due to prom kids everywhere!

Report
Helpful
S
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Super fun Happy Hour! Great drinks and apps!

Report
Helpful
DR
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t say enough about this place. I love it and go there every chance I get.

Report
Helpful
BD
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was slow, although we we’re not in a hurry, my order was served wrong and had to be remade, pasta was dry with not much taste and we were disappointed compared to other times we’ve been there. It must have been a bad day for the restaurant!

Report
Helpful
b
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The service was fair at best. Our main courses were not very hot. They never came by to ask if we wanted more water or to pour more wine. Not impressed.

Report
Helpful
SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was our Easter family lunch on Easter Sunday.
This place has nice ambiance and food was okay.
We ordered (4) Shrimp and Lobster Fettuccine, Chicken
Caprese and some other dishes but these two were
Very salty ... we ended up with re- ordering the food. They
Were kind enough to re-order these two dishes for free.
If you’re ordering these two dishes make sure you ask them to be lightly salted.

Report
Helpful
IF
Adelaide / SA
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service.

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came for Easter on a last minute whim. It was really good. Service was excellent and the food was great. 2 kids and 4 adults had no issues ordering what they wanted. We sat outside because it was a little noisy inside but that was a great experience!

Report
Helpful
C
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious weekend brunch at a very good value. Two outside patios are available for dining and the inside bar and main dining hall are very attractive. Service is very good and the General Manager Tara is outstanding. The main menu is a very good selection at typical prices. The large bar is great for happy hour. One the better happy hour menu's and drinks options I have found.

Report
Helpful
HK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We loved it, and we will be back for brunch again.

Report
Helpful
a
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

I went to a 6PM dinner on April 20, 2019. I went to the men’s room and they had no paper towels. When I informed management they said “they knew, but had no more paper towels and sent an employee to the store to buy some more”.

This is an inexcusable management deficiency and probably a health code violation .

I will not go back to this establishment.

Report
Helpful
s
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We were having drinks (which were good & very reasonably priced compared to other places) & appetizers, told our waitress we were in no hurry, we ordered 2nd drinks & our meal which seemed to take longer than expected to get. I think our waitress had a large party to wait on & other people as well, so didn’t see too much of her after placing our orders. There must’ve been some kind of computer glitch, because they had to ask how much the gift cards were worth (?) & when giving an email offer for a free appetizer they couldn’t find my account in their system ? Was just a little uncomfortable for our group. Overall a very good meal, look forward to eating there again.

Report
Helpful
M
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have 8 women that dine at Brio’s once a month. Food always great and service is excellent. Sitting outside is wonderful and we always enjoy the food and ambiance. The inside is very pretty but so loud that we can’t hear one another. It seems that all the restaurants have a huge noise level. I don’t know why when building they don’t take that into consideration.

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very good food. Consistent. Can be noisy so be prepared

Report
Helpful
DK
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I usually enjoy this restaurant, but I have to say our experience this past Saturday has me reconsidering my opinion. We had a table of 6, no water was brought out, the waiter asked what we wanted to drink and I asked for water until we decided on anything else. Two water glasses were brought out. When we ordered wine, we were trying to decide between two bottles, both in the $50 range. Our waiter twice tried to upsell us to a bottle over $80 that is not even the same type of wine. This is very rude on the part of a waiter who at this point didn't even know what we were ordering and kept flipping back and forth in his notebook... looking for what I'm not sure. We had two people at our table who spoke little English and our waiter was condescending, rolling his eyes and making rude facial expressions when translating was going on. After we ordered he never once came by to check on our meals. I finally had to wave down another waiter to ask for water for the rest of the table and tea for one person in our party. The food was also not what I am used to when dining here. My chicken caprese had no mozzarella even though it clearly states on the menu that it has mozzarella, my husband's pesto pasta was dry and not warm, the steak ordered by one person in our party was so well done it resembled jerky. The waiter came back to ask if we wanted dessert when two people at our table were in the restroom. We said we weren't sure yet, he never came back to ask again. I'm hoping this was just a bad night in general, it wasn't that busy for a Saturday but with the number of great places to eat in the Spectrum I'm not sure if I will be returning here.

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Quality of N Y steak very bad

Report
Helpful
MK
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was so perfect!!! The salmon over lemon garlic capellini was exquisite!!! I could order that every day!! Service was impeccable and the decor and ambiance was fabulous..I feel like I was in Italy!

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Bar service was great. But good luck sitting in the patio. They forgot about us and never took our order until we approached them.

Report
Helpful
m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food service and ambiance
Highly recommended

Report
Helpful
HK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. I would recommend Brio in Spectrum. Irvine to my family members and Friends.

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met my parents here for dinner, the Spectrum is half way between their house and mine. It was our first time to Brio, and I already can’t wait to come back. We sat in the patio and had Gabe as our server. Not only were the food and drinks amazing, but the service we received that night was truly amazing. We were there for almost three hours just catching up and at no point did we feel rushed. Gabe and all of the waitstaff that we encountered were all professional and helpful. Brio is by far the best culinary experience at the Spectrum, and from my family and I - thank you.

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The wedge salad is back on the menu! I was thrilled

Report
Helpful
BS
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service, our server was Michael form Vermont.

Report
Helpful
OT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing as always

Report
Helpful
AW
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Brio has been a family favorite. However, our last experience was very disappointing. We all ordered Salmon which was very hot, however the vegetables and potatoes were ice cold. We told our waiter and 7-10 minutes later he brought us a hot vegetables and potatoes....unfortunately we had eaten our salmon. Our waiter didn't seem to want to take our entire dish back and give a complete hot meal. I won't be going back any time soon.

Report
Helpful
GD
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

After being seated by hostess waited 10 mins then found hostess again and asked for water and a water.
The bread when placed on the table was horrible, the flat bread was stale, and the slice of italian bread was under cooked.
When dinner was served it looked good, however the medallions of tenderloin for my wife was so salty it was impossible to eat, I tried a bite and had to spit it out.
My chicken was ok but there were more watery mashed potatoes than anything else on the plate.
The mixed vegetables on my plate consisted of 95%roasted carrots and only 2 bites of broccoli.
My wife did have a mixture of vegetables on her plate.
The cheesecake tasted like something they had just taken out of the freezer, with mushy crust and bland flavor.
The seat in my booth was split open about 6 inches long and the stuffing was actually exposed, not much pride in their establishment.
Not worth the time or taste.

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
33

Tweets by BRIO Tuscan Grille - Irvine - Spectrum Center