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CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach

4.7
1761 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
CUCINA enoteca is located on the west side of Fashion Island, Orange County's most sophisticated retail experience. Owner Tracy Borkum's flair for combining great ambience, award-winning cuisine and unparalleled service are once again starring components in this latest Urban Kitchen Group creation. Executive Chef Tim Kolanko and Chef de Cuisine Cesar Sarmiento bring their artistry to the table as guests enjoy an open kitchen. The menu features Italian classics with a modern twist, made with the freshest local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Along with a diverse selection of wines by the glass, guests may visit the restaurant's retail area to select from over 200 bottles for dinner (corkage fee of $10 applies) or purchase wine to go. The energetic space features contemporary elements and vintage artifacts creating the feel of a modern Italian kitchen combined with the comfort of a rustic farmhouse.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1761 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my moms birthday and it was lovely! Great food, service, ambiance, and decor! 10/10

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food5service1ambience2

Dinner took almost 2 hours , my reservation was for outside- they called and confirmed our reservation, we got there and they seated us inside. They delivered desserts that we didn’t order and said we did ? When we finally left there were 2 rats scurrying on the patio all the people on the outside patio saw it

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lada
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The lunch menu was very small. A $24 salad the size of a soupbowl was not a value however the pizza was great and good size. The service was good however they didn’t come to us we had to ask for things. It was a nice change but not so nice that I would say I have to go back soon

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JanNB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this outdoor patio that is screened from cars. Attentive, respectful service. Reliably delicious.

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VickiM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food in busy eclectic ambience. Interesting and diverse menu with quality ingredients and innovative taste combos...Loved food but not a fan of high top seating but so busy no options. Speaks to demand though. ENJOY>

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vipNana
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

We were there 5 minuets before our reservation time, but we got table 30 minuets after our reservation time.

Very bad.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience we had at Cucina enoteca, the food was absolutely delicious. We had been fortunate to have Luke as our waiter who went beyond incredible. Luke gave us time to get caught up with a dear friend, spent time discussing different wines and selections for dinner.
The evening was as perfect as it could get, thank you!!!

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CURT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Cucina enoteca previously. We always were impressed by their selection of wines for sale in the lobby and the list for dinner. We sat outside in very comfortable surroundings. Rachel was an excellent and attentive wait person. We enjoyed the squash blossoms, burrata salad, chopped salad and spicey chicken sausage pizza. The crust on the pizza was delicious as was the pizza itself. In fact all four dishes were very good and my impression was that the food was better this time than any of the times we ate there previously.

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vipMarcelS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience1

We were really disappointed although the dinner was good, we spotted rats and mouses! Something unacceptable in a restaurant like that, after seeing that we couldn’t relax and eat our dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Was disappointed that our server was more interested in the large party next worse than us. Did not get any attention.

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VictoriaS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every visit completely satisfies our expectations. Food is excellent. Staff is friendly. Ambiance is enjoyable. And the Brussels Sprouts are the BEST!!!

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NicoleC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I was so excited to come here for the first time! The service was great. The reservation was easy to make. But I was so disappointed with the food. I got the Italian Chopped salad and added chicken. It was so lacking in flavor and the chicken was so dry. I wanted to like it and it just totally surprised me with how underwhelming it was... I hate to say that too because I wanted to enjoy everything about it.

The drink I had was great. It was the cucumber, lime cocktail.

I just feel really disappointed about having to pay so much for a salad that was so bad.

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vipJCF818
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luke was very helpful and knowledgeable about the menu. He made it right when one of our dishes came out cold and gave us a new and fresh plate. The chicken liver pate and the pasta dishes were also very delectable. Can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my go to places, truly never fails 10/10 highly recommend

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vipVeronicaH
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on 25 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch, food was delicious and loved their Magnum Mimosa deals!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the pasta and service!!

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MeliMel
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved everything about this place. Our server was awesome. The service was great. The food was excellent. The pasta and mozzarella are made in house. The wine selection is amazing. I told our server that I liked Cabs. He brought us 3 different bottles for us to choose from. Definitely want to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They served a surprise glass of champagne to celebrate!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, enjoyed sitting outside with plenty of heaters and socially distanced.

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CARLOSJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Overall decent experience, maybe we had high expectations or hopes for this place but the food was "ok" not great. Service was good. The place itself was nice but overall just ok, if i was asked if i would return i probably wouldn't.

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Luck
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Try the giant meatball. You can't go wrong. The servers were also very attentive.

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vipBarbaraD
Orange County
17 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had lunch on the lovely open patio. Our waiter was terrific, very quick with anything we needed. I loved my burrata salad with salmon - so pretty and delicious. the wine was good and fairly priced. the only thing I would change is to add some cushions to the patio chairs. I’m tall, but the seat felt low in relation to the table.

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vipBobM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, perfect “outdoor” setting. Food was excellent!

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O202
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We keep returning to this restaurant as it has good food and is comfortable. We try and eat outside on the patio but have also sat inside. The patio atmosphere is lovely and they have heat lamps if it gets chilly. The italian chopped salad, truffle parmesan fries and margherite pizza are some of our favorites. The staff is professional and attentive. We also enjoy their extensive wine list and their wine store is on the premises.

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vipBMAN
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

John was awesome. They have Clase Azul tequila. Totally fresh and classic Italian. Coming Back.

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hansome4
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

very busy, limited menu, not enough servers

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aaron was an excellent waiter. The recommendations and service were top notch. The food was also very good! I will definitely return.

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linp182
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were disappointed with our last experience at Cucina Enoteca. We were seated outside on the side of the restaurant, and it was cold. There were heaters that were brought out but none were put by us and none were turned on (despite our waiter saying that he was going to turn them on). The nearby tables got heaters but we didn't, for some reason. We requested that all the dishes we ordered be brought out at the same time but they were not. We requested that our steak be cooked medium rare, and instead we received medium well. Worst of all, all of our food came out lukewarm, and that, coupled with the cold evening air, meant that we had cold food within minutes. It was a pretty uncomfortable dining experience! :(

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We love Cucina!!! Such a great place for any occasion with awesome vibe and great food. It is in our routine restaurant rotation. Yummy

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Miles
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love it here. We requested a table outside, not realizing they had set up tables out front (totally my fault). I had envisioned a table in their amazing patio. The front host staff was super friendly and moved us to the patio we wanted and we had an amazing dinner. Never a bad experience at Cucina!

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vipSueR
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We tried the squash blossoms and they were fantastic! As usual, the focaccia and pasta were delicious.

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vipNewport2
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

The atmosphere is great. Food and service just okay.

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patrickc
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Wait staff in a big hurry
Not that friendly spilled our wine bottle a bit messy
Noisy w big groups

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Jjjj
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place for a light Italian meal.

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lindas
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 14 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, I highly recommend the Brussel Sprouts! The gem salad is also great! The patio was warm on a cool day and the waiter was very friendly, overall service was great!

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AndrewW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wine, nice open space which feels safer

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Gray
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening with friends!
Felt comfortable eating outside ....nice ambiance!
Food was delicious. Would recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food is always amazing.

BB
BaroloBill
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff and service is always top-notch; have been there many times, and will be back again.

FAQs

CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 706-1416.

CUCINA enoteca - Newport Beach is rated 4.7 stars by 1761 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.