Cucina Alessa - Newport Beach

4.8
275 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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OpenTable Diner
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and a fun date night

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my 25th birthday here & their outdoor setting is nice & the food was delicious. The staff was super nice too!

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AngelaM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

RUINED our Valentines Day! We were brought the wrong meals twice and then one meal came but the other didn’t. After finally getting the correct meal the inside of the meatballs were cold. They charged us for the incorrect meals too! There were only 4-5 couples so they weren’t overly busy. Just an all round awful experience. DO NOT EAT HERE!

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vipGaryS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been going to this restaurant for over fourteen years, once or twice a week. The food is good, the servers are courteous and attentive, but the main reason we loved it so much was Senior Server Kay C. He elevated Alessa to something more than it is. He is authentic. His kindness toward our grandchildren, whom we brought often, is something we will never forget. His hours were cut after the first lockdown. Now, after the latest, they have taken him off the schedule. We have asked why, along with many others. No one can give us an explanation. So now we bid Alessa goodbye. We will not be returning again.

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AaronA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Their homemade fresh pastas are delicious, and the waiter was on point. Dean Martin/Rat Pack style music gives it in authentic Italian vibe. Fun date night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service exceptional food!

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vipJosephW
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

ate outdoors because of covid. They had some nice cover tables outside but there is a lot of road noise from pch. The food is amazing and outstanding with a great menu and fantastic service. Would highly recommend

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal!

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vipeatoutalot
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious, service attentive and outside dining very accommodating. Considering the current restrictive conditions, it was a very pleasant experience.

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vipErikaJ
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I called to have a wine bottle ready for a birthday/business dinner and it was not done as requested. They also reported no attendance for the reservation.

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Nicholas
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every part of the meal was fantastic from start to finish

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vipJanetK
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at Alessa, most definitely one of our favorites. The menu is extensive and certainly provides something for all diners, and the specials... WOW! Nine times out of 10 we start with the Heirloom Burrata as I just can’t say no. On this visit we also enjoyed a wonderful homemade pasta dish with lobster in a delicate sauce. The entree arrive and not only was it a grand portion it was absolutely delicious. We also ordered a filet cooked medium rare to perfection. Alessa has done a fabulous job amid the COVID restrictions for outdoor dining. The team at Alessa is always welcoming, professional, and efficient we want for nothing while dining here. Be sure to visit this month and purchase gift certificates as you are awarded an additional certificate for later use, what a great deal! Love this place!

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DLani
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 12 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food here is fantastic- delicioso! Service also impeccable. Highly recommend the sea bass and tira misu.

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JeffH
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t eat here as much as I want. If it was closer I would because love there food and I’ve never been disappointed ever! The staff is excellent and friendly.

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vipRonB
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This has become a favorite go to spot for brunch or lunch. Alex goes above and beyond to make us feel welcome every time, and can read our minds as to what we want and when we're ready for anything.

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ChristinaN
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and definitely not our last time for yummy Italian food.

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vipRonB
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding quality and quantity, and excellent service from Alex!

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vipElijahS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My favorite Cucina Alessa location hands down. Outdoor dining does get noisy due to PCH traffic other than that we love it!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Arrived for our 7:45 reservation on time: Left 30 minutes later after never being sat.

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WayneC
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was amazing. And although they were out of carpaccio, they made a special substitute dish using thinly sliced tomatoes!! Magnifico.

The gluten free pasta with lamb sauce was excellent. And the wine recommended was first class.

It may not look like much from the outside but the food and service were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the pesto served w bread and the squash ravioli!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needed to find a place with authentic Italian. This was it!

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RikeH
Orange County
24 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Cucina Alessa is a long time favorite in the neighborhood. I do love the attentive service there. Unfortnatlety the location is a letdown. We love sitting outside but the PCH is very lud and sometimes you can't hear yourself talk.
We still arrived at Happy Hours time and ordered our appetizers and drinks from this menu. We love the cypress and the calamaris with the spice tomato sauce. The wines were reasonable priced not he happy hour menu but the cocktails not.
The pasta dishes are all so very good, we do not have a favorite. They also offer now gluten free and vegan options, which seems to be a new addition.
It is a good neighborhood Italian restaurant.

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TedB
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food, the menu and soooooooooo happy they are OPEN

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FrankB
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both LOVED our meals. Service was excellent and we look forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Always a great experience. Good pricing on consistently excellent fare. Service is attentive and friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the chicken parmigiana. It was excellent. This was my first visit to Cucina Alessa. I usually compare and contrast all Italian restaurants based upon their particular chicken parmigiana, including their presentation and the flavor. This restaurant performed most excellently. Great presentation! Great flavor! I will definitely be returning. I am only sorry that it has taken me this long to learn about the existence of this great restaurant on PCH in Newport Beach.

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socalfoodie
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Food was average, service was okay. Ambience was good, overall value wasn't
great.

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vipdonalds
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

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vipKarenL
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is very good, they will alter or substitute at will for you. Authentic local Italian restaurant. Never disappoints.

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Foodie
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

During this pandemic, every restaurant is doing there best to serve us and I absolutely appreciate that. So, the outside seating setting in the parking lot next to PCH won't be quiet, you have to deal with occasional "noisy cars." I don't know if they are short stuffed dues to the pandemic, however, their service was extremely slow and it seems unorganized. When we got there at 5pm, there was only other table with 2 people were seating. In spite of the low volume, serving took a long time for each actions which we did not appreciate it. Food was ok. I don't think I will go back if it is my choice.

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Krysty
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Alejandro was a great server! Pasta was delicious, bread service was delicious, I do wish the calamari was crispier. That being said...Can't wait to go back, highly recommend.

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vippeterf
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unfortunately you cannot dine inside so we sat outside that now has been created from the parking lot to restaurant seating...noise from PCH was there but everything else was very nice. Excellent service and great food!

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vipJanet
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Service was fabulous as was the food. My only complaint was the noise from the traffic. Of course, the restaurant has no control over that.

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vipGaryS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still just as good, even outside. Kay is a wonderful server who elevates the restaurant.

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RonR
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

sat outside due to covid. PCH was overly loud with motorcycles etc. low ambiance grade. food was incredible. pesto dipping sauce that is comped with bread is spot on. wine prices are towards the high side. pinot noir $15.00 per glass. service was good but a little slow. will try location in Huntington Beach next

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Dirfday
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is delicious. It is a leisurely meal that takes a while to eat your meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
7 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The price fixed menu for lunch is a great deal. The food was terrific

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and amazing food quality. Quarantine anniversary did right!

FAQs

Cucina Alessa - Newport Beach does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Cucina Alessa - Newport Beach also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 645-2148.

Cucina Alessa - Newport Beach is rated 4.8 stars by 275 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.