Brunos Italian Kitchen

4.6
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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.'
What 1165 People Are Saying
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J
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding food, service and ambiance. We highly recommend this local eating establishment!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve eaten at Bruno’s a number of times and always had a delicious meal and wonderful service. I’ve been on a gluten-free diet for over 10 years, and their gluten-free options are great. We love the comfortable vibe of the restaurant, too. Overall, just a lovely dining experience.

GH
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. I love all the dishes we ordered. Haven’t been there for a while and still one of my favorite places.

J
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at this great Italian restaurant in our neighborhood. The food tonight was fresh and exceptional as usual. The Sunday Ahi fish special with the smoky risotto was delicious. The wine special that evening was a nice touch and our server Sophie was friendly and extremely attentive. We highly recommend this restaurant!

VM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The lasagna was excellent. The crab and shrimp fettuccini Was just ok. The bread, Caesar salad and bruschetta was tasty. Service was excellent. We were celebrating my fiancé’s birthday and the dessert they brought over was delicious!

JZ
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunos is a great place for Italian or just to hang out at the bar. Portions were a little small for the price but very good quality. Staff was pleasant and professional. Will go back.

c
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a guaranteed successful evening! They are very accommodating as our party size increased and it was "No Problem"! I always get the Branzino and it is Always Perfecto! Cesar salad is perfect, dressing not too heavy... Plus we celebrated a birthday and they brought us a fabulous tiramisu! All round a Perfect evening.

EL
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The pasta dish was a bit watery. I thought there would be more seafood variety than just shrimp.

The yellowtail appetizer was elegantly presently and very tasty.

VG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David is amazing!!! He made our New Year's!!!!

F
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Poor service level. Had to waive my hands to get attention.

P
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great expwrience

CF
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Brunos is one of my FAVORITE places. So yummy.

DE
Salt Lake City
16 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent Christmas dinner, staff was awesome, food was delicious

SP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

on this day the meatballs were overcooked or reheated, they have been better on past occasions.

DL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Accomodating, comfortable and service was very good. The menu options were considerable and each course was well prepared. Recommendations were helpful and although one server was assigned to the table - multiple assistance was provided by passing servers. While not quite the Amalfi Coast the food was satisfying and did not disappoint.

JY
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

I frequent Bruno’s . Took my staff for our Christmas dinner, the service was slow, we had to ask for everything, water, bread , drinks and a desert menu.

B
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Cold, way too loud this visit. Too many screaming kids. Our server was good! Too rushed with food. It used to be better.

RF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Italian restaurant in North OC. The menu,service and overall experience never disappoint. It was made that much better by our server, Patrick. Despite a practically full house, he was always pleasant, attentive and helpful; a real pro.

HD
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Dealing with the food server was like pulling teeth.

S
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Bruno’s is amazing!! Our server Patrick was fantastic!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! And the service was excellent.

LB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Brunos- My
Flat iron steak was so good. Friends had lasagna and it was really good too. Love this restaurant!!

C
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Starter break is excellent. Service is great and the place is kid friendly due to it's wonderful kids menu. We will be back.

J
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars at Bruno’s and have never been disappointed in the service, the quality of food and beverages and the overall ambiance.

r
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come here often and it's one of our favorite restaurants. We love their pasta dishes and while they have seasonal menus, they do try to cater to changes you would like to make. They also have very good kids menu and our kids love their pasta and especially the ice-cream!

OT
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful! It was my friend Terry’s first time and she loved it! Great service and delicious food!

SM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian restaurant, never disappointed, we just came back from Italy and had many dishes there, Bruno’s makes it equal or even better, two thumbs up.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience4

The restaurant was really nice, but the food was quite salty and mediocre. I ordered the sea bass, which was overcooked, and my husband had the scallops which had sand in some bites. We were quite disappointed, given the high reviews.

OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was decent. Being Italian, its very difficult finding a good local Italian restaurant. Our waitress was not very good. I ordered a wine and she never delivered it until I asked her for it, which was after the entrée had been served .
My husband asked if he could switch asparagus for a side of pasta, which she said he could and that would not be a problem. His entrée was delivered with the asparagus no pasta was given. Once he asked her about it, she served him the pasta and was charged for the pasta. That would have been fine, if she had told him that would be extra, but she never did.

The restaurant has great reviews. Food was good, nothing amazing. I wouldn't choose to go there again, not my first choice for sure.

GA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Open Table... Your calling "Deafening" "Energetic" is so unfair to others who may want to eat at this establishment. Unfortunately it seems to be the way too many restaurants are going. Unable to carry on a normal conversation without yelling and trying to be overheard by the table next to you who are also yelling, just to be heard by someone sitting two feet away is just wrong. I don't think you should have to wear earplugs or leave with a headache from the excessive noise to sit and have a nice meal. For a Friday evening they didn't seem too busy, and I can guess why. The food was on par with the cost which was also reasonable. The bar was fine with tasty specialty drinks. I'd veto returning here for at least a year, giving them an opportunity to fix their 'noisy' problem...

M
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing lasagne. We love this place. Consistently great quality and wonderful Italian wines. Highly recommended.

LB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience. In my opinion one of the best restaurants in Brea.

PF
Orange County
59 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food is always great, live music however, made a loud space nearly intolerable. Our group of 4 considered leaving after being seated. Gosh really, on a Wednesday night live music?

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive server, food was served with efficiency

AH
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

First time at Bruno's. The food was excellent, but the noise level was very excessive. It was a Wednesday when there is live music so it would be a little louder than typical. BUT, this particular Wednesday, the musician had his speakers turn up so it felt like I was at a concert and not at a restaurant. Hardly a relaxing environment to enjoy the very good food.

I hope to return as the food was great, but I will pick a day when I can enjoy my meal and not be blasted out of the restaurant.

CB
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We eat at Brunos about once a month. We enjoy the food and the price is right. We usually sit at the bar for dinner because we love Dee or bartends on the weekend. She makes great drinks and takes care of us.

AS
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I had the shrimp and crab pasta which was amazing and my dad had the cioppino that he loved as well. Chill rustic vibe and yummy drinks.

d
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was good, not great. Nothing special. Good service, nice atmosphere. Just nothing special.

L
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty meals at a good price

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