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Permanently Closed - Onotria Wine Country Cuisine

4.3
407 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. The name "Land of Vines" was given to the South of Italy upon its discovery by the Greeks, for it's great expanse of vines across its rich & fertile country sides to seaside cliffs along the coast.

Master Chef Massimo Navarretta was raised farming & making wine at its heart, the region of Campania. At "Onotria," savor the gastronomy & oenology of wine producing regions of the world.

True to a farmer's spirit, all our food products are 100% natural, hormone-free, antibiotic-free, & of the highest quality of organic & biodynamic seasonal offerings.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Wine Bar, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Lunch | Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm;
Dinner | Monday - Saturday: 5:00 pm -10:00 pm;
Sunday Open for Private Events in Our Banquet Rooms.
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Phone number
(714) 641-5952
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Massimo Navarretta
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Catering
Entertain in the luxury and comfort of your home or professional setting with Onotria's catering services, customized food and wine pairing events or private wine cellar showcase parties.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bear
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Parking details
Complimentary valet parking
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Special events & promotions
Monthly food and wine pairing dinners featuring special guests such as winery proprietors and/or wine makers are a signature service and memorable experience. The four to seven course seasonal menues are designed by Master Chef Massimo to accentuate the featured wine selections. Presentations are made by Chef and Wine representatives throughout the course of the evening.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.3
service
4.0
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4.0
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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve dinner w family

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

The Baked Salmon was delicious, tender and seasoned wonderfully. Also excellent: the bruscetta, cauliflower in cheese sauce, spinach & arugula salad with pears, and tiramisu. Service was wonderful, prompt but not rushed. We will be back!

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5.0Dined on December 15, 2017

Best place in Orange County Mauro and Massimo are the best

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

Great customer service and great food. I️ would highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 24, 2017

Great authentic Italian food.
Fresh ingredients and great wines.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2017

Always good. Nice atmosphere to entertain a conversation with guests

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food and excellent service. Visited a couple times and will be back again.

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4.0Dined on October 10, 2017

Enjoyed appetizers, drinks, and dessert. The place has a view of the vineyard in the front of the building and we were entertained by raccoons stealing grapes from the vines; an unexpected "floor show". The restaurant is also decked out with Halloween themed creations; would be great for a party.

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4.0Dined on October 5, 2017

Food was excellent and the menu provided many special items that you might not find in some Italian Restaurants. Very extensive Wine list that was reasonably priced. Appetizer Special was excellent and unique.

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3.0Dined on October 3, 2017

Greatly reduced lunch menu compared to the past.

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2017

Definitely felt like Groupon customers. Once they serve you no one comes back to check on you. Wine was good. Salad way over dressed and just lettuce. Appetizers not very flavorful. Fish was good.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

This is one of our go-to restaurants in Orange County. The ambience is ideal: comfortable and homey, like having dinner at a friend's country house in Italy. The wine list has a large range of offerings, with good wines at every price point. The food is yummy, and the service is warm and unobtrusive. Always a pleasure.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

This was a wonderful experience. We were seated looking out at grape vines. Just a wonderful atmosphere. Excellent service with excellent food and excellent wine. What else can I say?

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3.0Dined on September 9, 2017

Had been there for lunch and enjoyed it very much. Great time for dinner and was very disappointed. Ordered the calamari entree and it was awful. The calamari was so overcooked it was like rubber and the polenta had no flavor. The seafood stew was ok but nothing to save about and the risotto with shrimp was fine. The wedge salad was able. The cucumber melon salad was good. Having had this experience I will not be back! So, I say don't bother with this restaurant. Go somewhere else.

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2017

Really good food that is sourced from their garden. It is a special occasion kind of place. We went at 5 with our 1 year old, and I wouldn't recommend taking a baby during peak times. The couple next to us was celebrating their anniversary and we felt bad that we had a loud little one. Great food and great ambiance!

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Fantastic service
Wine knowledge is top notch
Everything we tasted was superb
They aren't flattering themselves on their tiramisu - it's the best we've ever had
Menu diversity gives us a reason to return soon

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Excellent new find for pre-theatre in Costa Mesa area. Octopus ceviche superb! So was charcuterie.

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

Buratta was amazing! Risotto with black truffles, YES PLEASE! Perfect filet mignon. What else can you say? Amazing service to boot...

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Absolutely incredible dining experience. Mauro led us through a taste of authentic Italian cuisine I never knew existed. The food was incredible, the service impeccable and the environment wonderful. Would recommend to anyone looking for a unique dining experience alone, as a couple or with a few friends.

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2017

Had used open table and said it was an Anniversary celebration. No mention of it at all- disappointed.
Pasta was terribly salty and al dente

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2017

We went on a Wednesday evening and it was not crowded at all, we were looking for a bit more happy hour atmosphere, but the food was excellent and creative. The décor was old world Italian and very nice. I would go back for a date night with my husband.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

We come here somewhat regularly and love the food. Great service, too.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Wonderful dining experience . Will recommend highly. Will go back again for sure.

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2017

Our go-to restaurant in Costa Mesa and one of our favorites anywhere in the world. Great food, wonderful wines and fun, knowledgeable people. Chef Massimo is an encyclopedia of knowledge regarding wine, food, healthy eating ... and music. His passion is contagious and we love learning from him. A special team with a special leader. I highly recommend getting to know Onotria.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2017

This little GEM is one of my favorites and it lived up to it's reputation on my last visit here with not only the great food & wine, but the interaction with the fabulous wait staff and Massimo the owner. They make dining an experience!

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2017

Summer truffle season-always look forward to it at Onotria. Delicious fettuccini in marscspone sauce with these truffles shaved over-always a fav! Best whole branzino out there.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Romantic dinner with my Girl.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2017

Always dependable for great food and great service place an excellent wine list

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

The food is amazing! The Orange, Fennel, Cucumber, Avocado salad with citrus vinaigrette was delicious and refreshing! The Branzino was incredible, just wonderful, already craving it again. The cauliflower au gratin not to rich, just perfect and was an outstanding compliment to the Branzino. And the final topper is that they have the absolute best Tiramisu anywhere in Orange County, and I've had a lot of tiramisu in my day. Just the best meal I've had in a long time. Raymundo our server was a pleasure and truly on his game, well ask for him again for sure he completed the whole experience.

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2017

Good food. A bit pricey. Tall, open volume lacks intimacy; feels a bit too IHOP. Decor helps to compensate a bit.

Very friendly server and great food. Good variety for lunch menu.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2017

This is a special place. Truly a chef-run experience, where each dish has plenty of character. As the name says, think of it as special Italian/classic wine country experience. It will not disappoint. I am not sure if they keep the menu the same, but the lamb chops were amazing, as was the tiramisu. That being said, I don't think thought anything was not good.

We went on a mother's day, so the service was bit slow, but understandable since there were lots of big groups. We enjoyed our waiter, whose recommendations were spot-on. Huuuge wine menu.

The location is a bit out of the 'fancy' area, but I actually think it made for a great value. I loved that sense of a 'find.'

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2017

Food and ambiance was great. Excellent service. Owner is very passionate about the wines and very informative. Really enjoyed the evening.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Amazing dining and Tuscan atmosphere. You feel like you are somewhere in the wine country in Italy. The entrée selections are very unique and the ingredients are very original.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

What an amazing evening. The chef and owner Massimo is truly a master of food, wine and service. Can't say enough fabulous things about his restaurant. A must experience dining event!!!
He also makes his own wine and you can order bottles to talk home. I have an 875 bottle Celler and his wine is a wonderful add it my extensive collection.
Hours flew by as we pared wine and food together in a tour of Italy through food and wine.
We will definitely be back soon!!! You should too!!!

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Charming rustic setting. Amazing wine list with wines of all prices.

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3.0Dined on April 18, 2017

Charged $50 corkage and needed 3 requests before our waiter opened our wine. Food average at best. Will not return.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

True wine country experience in Orange County. One of my favorite restaurants in California.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2017

Rigatoni - horrid . Had kale or some bulks=÷× in it. Claims to be Italian restaurant. Don't fall for it. . Bright in there since only 5:30. Invest in drapes. Waiter came to table and stuck his hand out to shake and greet - so weird, plus yuck! Once and out.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Wonderful dinner, great experience!!! Chef very friendly and informative. We will be back

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3.0Dined on March 31, 2017

The calamari entree was excellent, and the steak also. However the ahi tuna with fresh kale was ruined having a lot of chopped raw garlic. This completely masked the flavor of the ahi.

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