Cucina Alessa - Newport Beach

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$30 and under
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Benvenuti da Cucina Alessa Newport Beach, Ristorante Italiano. Feast your eyes upon our exquisite homemade creations and treat yourself to a truly authentic and delectable Italian entrees. From our famous "salsa verde" to our homemade lasagnas, fresh fish, and famous tiramisu, we will transport you to the heart of Italian hospitality and ensure you an experience only possible a Cucina Alessa!
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Orange County
49 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Nice portions and very fresh. A favorite.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Went for lunch so hard to say if it would have better ambiance in the evening. But... would say a little overpriced for the setting.

J
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Solid Italian restaurant reminiscent of those in the NY metro region. But only reminiscent.
Above par.

GS
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The colossal shrimp pasta with lobster sauce is about the best entree you will ever have in any Italian restaurant.

C
Orange County
29 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding the service was wonderful the owner was so appreciative it was all homemade Italian food, clean courtesy and friendliness can’t wait to go back!

CD
Tahoe
27 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Anniversary celebration Dined early. Excellent waiter. Food was good but sauces were a little weak. Overall good though. We’ll go back and try some other entrees.

MA
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Owner, manager and server went above and beyond the call of duty. Lovely atmosphere with large portions of traditional Italian food.
Thank you Cristian and happy to drive the distance from Laguna to dine here.
Recommend you go with a hearty appetite!

L
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bon Voyage party with family. Always the best pasta around. Guaranteed good time!

SC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food! Been wanting to try this place for awhile, glad we finally did. Service was a bit slow but overall I recommend!

A
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Food took a long time on this visit but worth the wait. Consistently good food.

SM
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 1ambience 4

Took 1/2 hour w reso to get seated after 1.5 hours we never got our food so we left. Minestrone soup was real good. Mgr comped our soup drink and wine. We will try it again maybe we will get food. They did try to make it right. Real busy place we slipped thru the cracks. I heard it’s suppose to be good maybe next time

RG
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, excellent dining experience!

LH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a night with your loved one. The food is excellent!

N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. Great service by Brian. Im making this spot a weekly tradition- so many dishes to try!

A
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and great service.

N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here. Came highly recommended and didn’t disappoint. Food was absolutely amazing and service by Brian and Elvis didn’t disappoint. Top notch! Will be back soon

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

Cucina Alessa is one of our family faves. We seem to end up there for special family events quite often! The food is spectacular and always served with accuracy and attention to detail. The service is great. The wine selection is more than adequate. We are never disappointed! It can get a bit noisy at peak dining times, but that’s to be expected in such a small and popular spot! They do have an outdoor patio if you prefer which helps with the noise aspect. We have vegetarians in our family, as well. They are always able to find more than enough choices on the menu that satisfy their needs and taste buds! All in all, Cucina Alessa checks all the boxes for us. We will continue to patronize this treasure of a “café” in the future. Amazing food, amazing service, simply amazing!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Made us feel so very welcome.

b
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Consistently delicious food, attentive and knowledgeable waitstaff, location on Coast Hwy makes dinner discussion a bit difficult at times, but overall lots of fun.

C
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites in Newport Beach. Staff is awesome and the food is even better.

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

The best K is the best ever

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Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful evening dinner, shrimp scampi appetizer with a tomato based sauce, so delicious. Ceasar salad, grilled salmon over roasted veggies. I would definately recommend this treasured spot and dessert spimoni and ricotta were exceptional

OT
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

great food!

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional! My colleague and I have both traveled nationally for years. I selected the restaurant for our business meeting. As we were leaving, she said this was one of the best dining experiences. The service was unparalleled. The food was perfection. And after dinner, a quick walk for the sunset ocean view was ideal.

RH
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It is a neighbourhood restaurant, very warm and cozy and you ways feel very welcome. Their service and attention is immpeccable. They always have fresh self made pasta and great dishes of the day as an addition to the menu. We love their pizzas, their raviolis are delicious - we love going their.

J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I would recommend it but the next time i will order appetizer sizes because the salad and the entree were too much food.

JR
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took my mother here for mothers day and were very impressed . We recently came back from a family trip to Italy, and we all said to each-other that this was the best and most authentic Italian food we have had since we have been back . We all cant wait to come back!! A nice little touch was that, when we ordered a pizza as an appetizer, the server told us he could tell we just got back from Italy because we ordered pizza first!

MS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On Mother’s Day 2019 we celebrated at Cucina Alessa NB and thoroughly enjoyed it. We ordered from their regular breakfast menu and were pleased with everything we ordered, including the Calabria omelet and breakfast panini. For only $10 we had bottomless mimosas that actually tasted like a mimosa and not just oj! The atmosphere was lively and busy but not rushed. Service was warm and welcoming, especially from our handsome busser. Thanks for a lovely holiday.

ED
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like good Italian food, this is the place for you. Be sure to leave room for dessert-- the calonis
are as good as delicious as anywhere in Italy.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! The chef made a special Italian dessert for me that wasn’t on the menu that I mentioned! It was wonderful. So kind. Wonderful food and service.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Love the food here always! Best butternut squash ravioli & chicken parm. Little/pretty slow service, but since I’m there fairly often and it was for my birthday I enjoyed it overall. Thank you

VO
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food and service! A family favorite that keeps us coming back.

MS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our dinner at Cucina Alessa was great! So thankful they have good gluten free options!

LS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We happened upon this restaurant driving on PCH a few years ago. Yesterday I popped in to meet a friend for lunch. Great service. The prices were very reasonable. Now the lasagna? The very best I’ve had in the US. I will be making a few more reservations in the near future.

LB
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Escape to Italy! Wonderful food and choices of wine. Full bar. The service is impeccable. I have been to Cucina Alessa several times and each time I have been warmly greeted and attended to. I highly recommend the lunch menu also. I had some with lemon caper sauce. Delicious!

FM
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service

KH
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved our dinner here. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. We had the lobster ravioli and it was perfect. We will return the next time we are in Newport.

IJ
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful homemade pasta. One of my favorite Italian restaurants.

JH
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been coming to Alessa for the last six years. Their service is the best around bar none. Their food is also delicious and in my experience the kitchen staff are very open to modifications which is so nice. They are my favorite Italian restaurant around because they are so welcoming and professional but without being pretentious. Plus the food is just always great. Will continue to go here for years to come!

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