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Cucina Enoteca

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Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar
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532 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, CA 92618 (Across from Edwards Cinema)
949-861-2222
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Description: Say hello to the sister restaurant of San Diego's award winning CUCINA...
Say hello to the sister restaurant of San Diego's award winning CUCINA urbana! CUCINA enoteca's menu features Italian classics with a modern twist, traditionally coursed or served family-style, and made with the freshest local, organic and sustainable ingredients.

Along with house-infused liquors, specialty cocktails and artisan beers, the restaurant's extensive wine list will follow a retail-priced program where guests are invited to visit CUCINA's wine shop, select a bottle to enjoy on site ($8 corkage will apply) or purchase wine to go.
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  • 72
    Excellent
  • 70
    Very good
  • 21
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  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food and fun place

Food and service were very good. I had the branzino and it was delicious. The restaurant was full and everybody seemed to be having a good time. The wine list was wonderful although most of the selection was current or very recent vintage. Would certainly consider returning.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Shannydog
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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is my favorite place at the Irvine Spectrum. Not only they serve good food and wine, but the ambiance is very relaxing and inviting! I usually order cheese and meat plate to start off. Oh and, DO NOT FORGET to order burrata cheese if you like cheese, which is a fresh creamy mozzarella! I liked everything I have ordered... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food and service were very good. I had the branzino and it was delicious. The restaurant was full and everybody seemed to be having a good time. The wine list was wonderful although most of the selection was current or very recent vintage. Would certainly consider returning.

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Thank Shannydog
Findlay, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our server was lovely. She was polite and wanted to please. That said, the food was just acceptable, the propane heaters too hot, and there was another person (maybe the manager) who kept coming to the table asking for my drink order. I'm not a big drinker, and it takes me a while to decide if I even want an... More 

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Thank TukeMom
Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service speed and precision was way behind the restaurant's good location and atmosphere. We had to ask for parmesan cheese for four times which resulted our food to get cold.

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Thank Istanbulapt
Newport Beach, California
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fun place to go very modern yet homey great vibe catering to 30 something to young 70 something crowd attentive service caters to lots of different diets need to try at least once happy hr is a great deal

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Thank Angela T
orange, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not usually big fan of restaurants in malls, but we were going to a movie, and did not want to do the boring chain restaurants. Tried this out, and it was very inviting, the decorations are like going to a friends house, and dining inside or on their back patio. Very low key, and relaxing. Service was on point, efficient,... More 

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Thank fmationg
Laguna Beach, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

Very creative interiors often lead to me-too menus in South Orange County that are just an excuse for that giant bar in the middle of the place where the booze is what they're really selling. Menus are all the same - steak, fish choice is salmon or salmon, and the poultry is herbed or fried chicken. But not here -... More 

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Thank FoodieMonster
Irvine, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is a great place for lunch or dinner, inside or outside. Service is above average and the food is great. Highly recommended!

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Thank Janet E
Benicia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

I'm not usually one for restaurants located in a shopping mall, but we had just arrived in town and our daughter & son in law suggested Cucina Enoteca for a spur of the moment meal. The food was fresh & imaginative... didn't have that chain-type taste. The thing crust pizza wasn't wood fired but it still had that blistered crust... More 

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Laguna Niguel, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015 via mobile

Authentic Italian restaurant. A few too many words in Italian on the menu for me. The pastas and pizzas looked amazing. I had a slice of a pizza with meatballs which was really good. Trying to avoid carbs I ordered the chopped salad with grilled chicken which was just average. But I know at a place like this you need... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 532 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine Spectrum, Irvine, CA 92618
    (Across from Edwards Cinema)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Orange County  >  Irvine
  • Phone Number: 949-861-2222

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Say hello to the sister restaurant of San Diego's award winning CUCINA urbana! CUCINA enoteca's menu features Italian classics with a modern twist, traditionally coursed or served family-style, and made with the freshest local, organic and sustainable ingredients.

Along with house-infused liquors, specialty cocktails and artisan beers, the restaurant's extensive wine list will follow a retail-priced program where guests are invited to visit CUCINA's wine shop, select a bottle to enjoy on site ($8 corkage will apply) or purchase wine to go.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?