Brunos Italian Kitchen

4.5
1089 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Inspired by a simpler time when meals brought friends and families together….

The menu is comprised of Italian dishes like homemade pastas, fish and steak dishes. Standouts include the Pappardelle Bruno made with braised shorts ribs, wild mushrooms and homemade pappardelle; Branzino which is a Mediterranean sea bass served with roasted potatoes, fresh spinach, lemon and capers; and the Grilled Flatiron Steak served with creamy polenta and roasted cipollini onions.

Broad selection of Italian wines that share the same price point to make the selection process simple and encourage guests to be adventurous.

Brunos also features a menu of carefully crafted cocktails featuring Italian spirits, liqueurs and fresh seasonal ingredients.

Visit our website for more details on great offers like our $30 special three course menu, 'Family Style Sundays' and 'Penny Wine Wednesday.'
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Orange County
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lasagna and Ravioli was fantatsic. The bruschetta was good but they need to use a better quality olive oil in the balsamic dip they put on the table for their excellent bread and bruschetta. Took advantage of 50% off wine Wed. Overall a great meal.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great food, cocktails, and outdoor seating. Lovely evening with friends!

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EC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Italian in Brea! The handmade pasta is amazing. We had the short rib parpadelli(misspelled) and loved it!

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there for birthday dinner.
The server was attentive, food was good as always (although I realized the choices are not grand).
Got birthday dinner treat on Sunday night. (birthday month)
I have recommended this place to all my friends

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LD
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and selected it based on the location since it was walking distance to the Brea Improv. My friend is vegan, and they were happy to accommodate special requests. The portions were big and the food was delicious!

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KL
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, the live music was a bit loud.

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JC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visit Bruno's occasionally and are always pleased with the food, service, wait time, atmosphere and noise level. The prices are reasonable given all else. I even like the coffee and I am picky about coffee. I don't know how they could make it any better.

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MR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is very good with freshly made pasta and meatballs. Lasagna is one of our favorites. Prices are high for pasta dishes but this seems consistent with many good Italian restaurants.

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SM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great service... Arrived early and went to the bar for happy hour had two amazing signature drinks 🍹 before making it to our table. Both my husband and I ordered the scallops dinner served with risotto which was very tasty 😋 will definitely go back! Great date night with my husband!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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RO
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy the food here.

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FB
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was absolutely delicious, the service impeccable and the restaurant is lovely! I would recommend it to anyone who wants a great dining experience.

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JK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten here many times. The food is always great and the staff is top-notch. My wife and I love the ambiance, including playing Italian music for your guests. Great job!

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T
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was as we have grown to expect: excellent! This small, local restaurant never disappoints.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal.

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KW
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Car show was going on therefore noise level was a little high at first. Once cars left it was great. Not restaurants fault. Everything was wonderful. Awesome dinner w/family celebrating dad.

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RB
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The fritto misto was a great app- just avoid the fried lemon slices. The glasses of white wine were served perfectly chilled. The red wine was so warm it was undrinkable. Adding ice chilled it down but also watered it down. They need to store the reds correctly so this does not occur. Meatballs were a bit too loose and not enough sauce, but still had good flavor. Husband loved the polenta, I thought it was too buttery and lumpy. The seafood pasta would have been ok except that the seafood was stone cold from the refrigerator as they must precook it or buy it precooked then rewarm it to serve. One bite and that was it, my husband lost his appetite. Service was excellent and the manager graciously comped the pasta dish and provided a comp glass of wine and a dessert.

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CJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It's best to have reservations on the weekend. It gets quite busy. The food is tasty and the wine selection is pretty good. It can be quite loud so not a place to go for a quiet meal.

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SB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always- great value! Excellent service.

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TP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

All 6 plates had no flavor plus pasta was mushy. Service lousy

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Menu items never disappoint! DELICIOUS

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LD
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Have been here several times but on this night the food flavors seemed a bit off. We are not writing Brunos off yet but we were very disappointed!

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Central Coast
39 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Somehow our order got "cut off" according to waitress...so we waited a really long time...no offers made for inconvenience.

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PO
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Limited menu. Food came too fast - within 10 minutes of ordering. Waitstaff not very attentive.

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PC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Recommended by our daughter. Looking for good Italian dining. This place was a true treat. We’ll be back again soon

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Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It had been a while since we tried Bruno's. I didn't recall it being out of the ordinary. We didn't expect amazing food but with a party of 4, none of us had a miss. The food was outstanding. Impeccable in fact. Pasta cooked perfectly and every bite enjoyable. We will be back soon.

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TD
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food . Nice area.

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KS
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I wanted this to be a Great experiance and it just kept going down hill from the minute we sat down. The table booth we asked for was right next to the entertainment . So we could not hear ourseleves talk. The musican was good ; just not sititng in his space ; that was bad. We ordered a drink and told the waiter we were waiting for our Son to arrive. We also put in a meatball appetizer and then our Son arrived. The Waiter never came over to take our sons drink order for not kidding 5minutes ; we could see our waiter talking to another waitress ; more like flirty with her and then on his phone... So when the Waiter did arrive we asked to move and order my son a drink while we wait for our meatball appetizer to arrive... which by the way never ever came ; we never got to taste them sadley. I bet the were very good. OUR son's drink arrived and it was beer not the drink he ordered ~ Got that corrected. MY dinner I ordered was not the dinner I orderd ~ got Rigatoni with cheese and mushrooms not Linguini and shrimp ~by this time we just wanted the dinner to end. Just ate we were served ; the Food was delishious and fresh ; very good food. to Top it off we were there to Celebrate my Birthday ~my Sons' treat. The waiter even mentioned this at the begining as he read the paper that he was given off the table and still never brought anything special to celebrate the evening or Even wished me a Happy Birthday. Just Sad, we left feeling unhappy at the experience.

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SW
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Bruno’s, it’s great for all occasions & is delicious.

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RD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We go here often and this was the first time that we had any issues and the staff fixed the problem right away and professionally.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Very expensive, for what you get! Don’t love the taste of the food!

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N
Orange County
39 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a very good dining experience

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T
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bruno’s never fails! The food is always delicious and servers are attentive without being intrusive.

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MY
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. We enjoyed an appetizer of salami, cheese and bread, entree’s were short ribs and cioppino. Dessert chocolate ganache. All was very good and we highly recommend. It is somewhat noisy but overall a great place.

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SP
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I enjoyed a delightful dinner at Bruno’s! I am gluten-free and was delighted with the selections, especially the desert! Everything was very nicely prepared, flavorful, and delicious at every turn.

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We are regulars for a reason.. It's always great food, service and vibe

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r
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Food was not very good and service was lacking too. I would like to add a manager did approach us after we sent our entree back and offered to take it off the bill and gave us a $20 gift card which was very nice. Although I gave the gift card to another guest on my way out, don't really need $20 to a place I wouldn't return to eat at.

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NK
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super yummy... and the patio was perfect with the warm weather.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sophia was wonderful! Love the crab and shrimp pasta.

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