Davio's - Irvine

4.5
244 reviews
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Steakhouse
Steve DiFillippo has brought Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse to Irvine, CA. The restaurant is located at Irvine Towers and is the newest addition to the Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse restaurants. Locations include Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia and NYC. The 10,000-square-foot restaurant is led by GM, Yurii Barajas and Executive Chef, Istvan Toth. Davio’s Irvine serves an array of carefully sourced & seasonally inspired Northern Italian cuisine featuring handmade pasta, fresh seafood and salads as well as prime aged Brandt Beef. Gracious hospitality and an attentive dining room staff provides every guest an exceptional experience.

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

We will be open from 11 am - 9 pm on Father's Day serving our dinner menu in addition to Dinner Features. We look forward to celebrating Father's Day with you.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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JL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great owner, great bar staff, very friendly and warm with great service......

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MM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, an enjoyable setting.

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LC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went with my son for his birthday, it was our first time there. Food was excellent, had the rib eye and veal which were cooked to perfection. Crab cake was pricey but was mostly chunks of crab with a tasty mustard sauce. Service was outstanding, the server took his time to review the menu and answer questions and gave honest suggestions. Will definitely go back for our next special occasion or try out their lunch. I would go back only for the popovers and coffee!

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, friendly and attentive staff; great overall experience. Reasonably priced for this type of restaurant. It's definitely not cheap, but my wife and I didn't feel like anything was lacking (dessert, appetizer, main course + 2 glasses of wine for 150). Your experience will obviously vary by what you order - we didn't get the most expensive main courses, but didn't scrimp either.

Ken, our waiter, did an excellent job and water was always promptly refilled (this is very important) and was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine pairings!

Excellent Gluten Free accommodations (I have "the celiac," so this is very important to me) - make sure you tell them and get the gluten free menu.

Their gluten free bread/rolls were excellent. Obviously they couldn't overcome not having gluten, so eat them while they are warm for the best results, but they were among the best I have had - if you can eat gluten, these are not better than "the real thing."

Appetizer was a fig / fancy cheese melody that was quite scrumptious.

I had the swordfish, and while it was very well done, I think I'm just not that into swordfish. I've had it before at the California Fish Grill and this was definitely superior.

Wine pairings were excellent (excellent work again, Ken) and the wine that I received was excellent. My wife stated it may have been the best Chardonnay she'd had - her red wine was good as well. I don't know about the best I've had, but it was excellent and paired well with her steak.

Found this place from the 75 best restaurants in orange county from the oc register - we'll be back again after we get through the rest of the list (we aren't going through every restaurant, so far we've chosen 2 from 75-65).

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C
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food delicious and beautiful. We will be back for certain!

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A
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The foot was good. The ambiance of the main dining room was very nice, but they put us in the back room with low ceilings and horrible spot lights and bad loud music. We will not return.

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CB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Your manager was great and tried to make things right but the food was substandard. The Burrata was dried out and didn’t taste fresh, and the Avocado was brown. The pasta was drenched in Olive Oil and they forgot the tomatoes. I had to salt the pasta and tomato’s several times because it was tasteless. The waiter was very inexperienced and didn’t check in with us after the food was delivered and we couldn’t find him when we wanted another cocktail. Staff was running around behind the scenes and everyone seemed frantic. This is a poor location so the food and service need to be top notch to bring people here. These prices are Newport Beach and Laguna Beach prices and there are many other places to go where the food and service is excellent. This restaurant will not make it long term unless they make some major changes.

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AG
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent as was the service. Place is loud but it’s because it’s the open concourse type of design

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SC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to Davio's for a birthday celebration. There were 6 of us and we were seated in a private room. Very nice. The bread (Yorshire pudding-like) is to die for. We all had various dishes and we all raved about out dishes. I had the veal chop. The chop was amazing. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is that my mashed potatoes were not hot. The only complaint.

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New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was very good, a nice addition to our dining scene, my parents use to go to the original in Boston in the 50’s for special occasions. Very pricey, our fault, we had veal chops. Divine birthday dessert and a great wine list although they were out of our selection. Not perfect but we would go there again

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a
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent quality of food. and you're paying for it for sure. The space was very tight between tables, therefore the noise level was high.
I would most likely go back for a dinner, too pricey for an everyday lunch.

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OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first visit. Very quiet but it was Sunday night. Service was attentive. Food was good. Would like to come back for lunch during the week.

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BD
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our second visit. We were seated near the bar. We hear the kitchen banging pans and plates. If we come back will sit in other side.

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M
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This place is WAAAYYYY over priced. We don’t mind sending money like that if the food and service is worth it. Our server couldn’t open a bottle of wine and by the time she figured it out, half was on our table rather than our glasses. Even some on our bread plates. She didn’t bother to try and wipe it up rather ignored and pretended it didn’t happen. She didn’t come to get our order until and hour and half into sitting down!!! We were starving. Then I had to chase her down for the bill. She explained they don’t bring it until asked. Well at least walk by our table so we have an opportunity to ask!!!. Food was decent but my husbands was smothered in garlic. Love garlic but not that much. He had to send it back. Unfortunate. Oh, they won’t tell you but the corkage fee is $35/bottle. Then they try to charge you for water, $7. We did not ask for anything specific other than a glass of water w/out ice. They removed one corkage fee and the $7 for water after complaining. Again, if the service met the prices we’d have nothing to complain about. We should’ve taken a picture of our white table cloth covered in red wine do to bad service.

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DL
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Atmosphere is beautiful, service impeccable - and the food was excellent. Overall exceptional experience.

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JF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good every time

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had three appetizers crab cake,chicken parmigiana egg rolls and meatballs,all were excellent.
We split the tagliatelle bolognese.
The food and service were excellent.
A very pleasant evening.

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M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable meal. But there was nothing to set Davio's apart from other upscale restaurants in the area. The meal itself was good, but none of us had anything that we would say you have to go to Davio's because you can't get a taste like that anywhere else.

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MK
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our third visit to Davio’s and it’s just wonderful! I made special arrangements with the management team as I was surprising my husband with our adult kids flying in to join us for his birthday celebration. Uri was on the floor that evening (4/19/19) and he was completely filled in on the plan and made it work beautifully. Our server Val was exceptional! She has served us before and is extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and a lovely lady. Thanks to the whole team at Davio’s for making dining there a memorable and delightful experience!!

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D
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Davio’s is an outstanding restaurant with excellent food. We very much appreciated the semi private room they gave us for our anniversary celebration.
The only problem was the waiter who seemed totally clueless. He asked if I wanted my Gnocchi appetizer to come with the appetizer course. I said yes but it arrived only a few seconds before the main course was served. They were excellent. I asked several questions about the two pork chop items on the menu. He confirmed that I wanted the regular, single cut entree item, not the double cut separate item. He brought the double cut without the sides that were part of the entree. It was excellent but not what I wanted and not what I ordered. Next he brought the dessert cart. He described and showed the items on it. One was a bowl of berries with two stuffed Cannolis on the fruit. I said I would like the two Cannolis. Yup, he brought just the two stuffed Cannolis on a saucer. Again, they were excellent. But not what I ordered.
Sounds pretty grim! It wasn’t the food was wonderful as as the ambiance. I will definitely go again but if I get the same waiter, I will request a change.

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GN
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The only reason why I scored Davios a 4 and not 5 is that for LUNCH, pricing is way out of line. For dinner, not a problem. (Example: 2 pasta dishes and water = well over $60). Food and service were excellent.

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G
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This review is based on the lunch I had with a friend recently.

Our waitress Joanna was fantastic. She was very helpful with advice about the menu and did not rush us.

We both had the 3-course daily special which was a good size meal but not overwhelming. The tortilla soup was a special item not normally on the regular menu and was good. The salad was also very good.

Entrees were shrimp and hanger steak which were well prepared. The small chocolate dessert was rich and tasty.

By comparison, ordering a la carte for similar items would have been much more expensive. So, for lunch, I recommend the 3 course special (at $27, and additional $10 for hanger steak).

I will return for dinner at another time but would expect a much more expensive check.

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d
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service! We had a wonderful time, a girls lunch. Perfect

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DK
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It often seems like Orange County restaurants fail to deliver a full package -- exceptional food, great professional and friendly service, nice pleasant atmosphere, good music, and a touch of something else added in to generate a feeling like the night out is a treat. Several local restaurants get one or two of these things right, a few get several, but almost none hit every mark. Davios is one that hits all of those metrics! A very welcome addition to the area! We love the Davios in Philadelphia and were pleased that this one mostly matched its quality. Jermaine was an exceptional server.

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GH
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great lunch with great service!
Liked it so much went back the same day for happy hour.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday great

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b
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A lot of money was spent renovating this airport haunt, but it still the same crowd. Great place for a business lunch

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YA
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Business Lunch-only down side, requested no red peppers on 2 lunch salads ( faro, avocado, etc) and both were served with red peppers. Mentioned to Waiter and he just brushed off and pretty much said to eat around ? Not the answer you wish when you're paying $12 + for the salad and another $8 for the protein !

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C
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend brought me to the restaurant 2 weeks ago and since then I have been back twice with 2 different people. The food is outstanding. The salmon is to die for. My girlfriend got one of the pastas and she said it was phenomenal. The service was excellent as well. Very attentive. Will be back!

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T
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The foods were so delicious and service was great.
The only thing We weren’t happy with was the very steep corkage fee at $35 for a bottle. Yikes!!!!!!@@@$&&@@@

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S
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food but very pricey. Good for business lunch or dinner.

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CW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Went there for lunch and ordered the power lunch expected to be in and out in an hour but the service was slow and we were there for about 1.5 hours. Also the server never brought the dessert that came with the power lunch.

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c
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the service was outstanding. The food and presentation very good. An enjoyable evening where we were not rushed.

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F
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Lovely place with old world service however , the food was hood but not great and everything is ala carte and very expensive for what you get
I ordered grilled salmon n vegetables and that alone was almost $50
Ive dined st dined at some expensive fabulous places in the world
And I expected the good to be so much more
I will not be returning, so many places to eat for just good food

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OT
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience did not disappoint - the food was every bit as good as the company!

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KJ
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We came to celebrate a friend’s birthday. We were genially greeted by our server, Vanessa, who made the evening memorable! From wine suggestions to working with us on ordering to serving family style she was a dream! We took her advice on two seasonal specials which we enjoyed immensely, the ravioli with limoncello sauce and the steak Oscar. We would suggest blackout shades on the western facing windows because as the sun set, it was blinding to our guests facing that direction. They wiggled and moved around our table to avoid the sun but.....we will definitely come again and request Vanessa!

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C
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service! Went last week for the first time and already brought a friend and returned yesterday! Scottish salmon with eggplant is out of this world! I will be back soon!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Crab cake appetizer was delicious, pastas were awesome, and the bread was ridiculously good. To top it all off, server was very attentive and personable. Wonderful experience at this restaurant. Highly recommended.

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SH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Noisy, conversation difficult, just not the intimate ambiance we prefer for fine dining.

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DD
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome experience — so happy to have my hometown favorite in Irvine!

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